Laptop as a display?

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#1 Edited by earthking (12506 posts) -

Hey everybody. I'm thinking about a new build in the near future and have a quick question. Is it possible for me to use a laptop as a display/monitor? I don't really want to buy a monitor on my new rig (not that much space for a monitor in the house). I currently have this laptop:

Does the laptop have an HDMI-IN or another way to allow me to use it as a display?

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#2 Posted by bluesunmerc (275 posts) -

No, unless you take it apart and hot wire some setup. Those ports on the side for vga and hdmi are just for out. Unfortunately they don't work both ways, or atleast not that I know of.

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#4 Edited by earthking (12506 posts) -

Darn. I guessed that much. Thanx guys :D. Appreciate the help.

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#5 Edited by Jr14 (2148 posts) -

You can get small monitors for pretty cheap that wont take up that much space.

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#6 Posted by G-Lord (2141 posts) -

I remember that there was a laptop which allowed that, can't remember the model though. It's really too bad that this feature is not more widespread.

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#7 Posted by GummiRaccoon (13793 posts) -

@G-Lord: it's possible with macs

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#8 Posted by earthking (12506 posts) -

I know alienware laptops have in/out.

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#9 Edited by noddleeatgo (25 posts) -

you are right,I know alienware laptops have in/out.thank you