Macintosh and PC monitor compatibility

Updated: 01/24/2018 by Computer Hope
Computer monitor

Due to hardware differences, it's important to know what connector types will work with your computer before you purchase a new monitor. PCs tend to use DisplayPort and HDMI, as well as the older DVI and VGA technologies. Macs have moved almost exclusively to Thunderbolt connectors.

How do I know if a monitor is compatible?

The first step is to check both the back of the monitor and the back of your computer to see if they have a connection type that is the same on both. If this is the case, buy the appropriate cable type and you'll be good to go.

What if all of the connectors are different?

If you cannot find a matching connector type on your computer and your monitor, you can buy an adapter or video converter from online retailers such as Amazon, Newegg, or Apple.


To find the appropriate cable, enter the two connector types into the search field on the retailer's website. For example, "Thunderbolt to DisplayPort" or "HDMI to DVI."

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