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How to connect Nexus tablet to monitor or TV?

ebrianh45ebrianh45

Mum has been given a 10 in.tablet Nexus, but wants to connect to a larger screen for her poor sight.
Could be by cable to a larger monitor, or ideally the large flat-screen running Sky TV, or wireless?

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    golumtoad
    u can't do it
    DanielDavies
    The Nexus 10 is well connected with Bluetooth and dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi with MIMO (multiple input multiple output) antennae and Wi-Fi Direct. There's also NFC (near-field communications) and GPS. If you want mobile data on-the-go you'll have to tether the Nexus 10 as there is no 3G or 4G model.

    As we said earlier, the Nexus 10 has a microUSB port for charging and connecting to a PC. It also has, to our delight, a micro HDMI port so you can connect the tablet to an external display like a TV or a monitor. Sadly, a cable isn't provided in the box.

    so it seems u can actually connect it to ur telly
    mishen
    I don't have the Nexus 10 but have done some research on it, as was intending to buy it when it came out.

    You will definitely be able to connect via cable to a TV or monitor with HDMI - you just have to get the right cable. You need a micro-HDMI to HDMI (make sure not to get a mini-HDMI as that won't fit on your mum's tablet). This will connect to your TV or Monitor. I wouldn't pay more than a fiver for such a cable and you should be able to find one easily on eBay or amazon.

    There is supposed to be wireless capability too - if you go to the tablet's Settings then pick Display, there should be an option for Wireless Display. The problem is whether your TV can receive that signal - first things first, you can just press the button for wireless display on your tablet and see if the tablet detects your TV. To be honest, this is pretty unlikely unless you have a very up to date TV with wifi capability and the appropriate hardware (it is advertised with lots of different brand names like Wireless Display (WiDi) or Miracast). Have a look through the TV settings and manual to see if you need to switch that capability on. If you tell us the TV's model number, we can probably tell you one way or the other if it will work.

    Assuming it doesn't work, you can still buy an adaptor for your TV - the Netgear PTV3000 is £34.99 on amazon and should do what you want it to (see this youtube video).

    Hope that helps!
    Bigfootpete
    I connected mine via micro HDMI - on a much larger screen it doesn't look very good - picture was quite good on a 22" LLD though.
    dereklogan7
    Connect using micro HDMI to HDMI cable. Amazon has 5m cable for £2.95. You do not need an expensive cable the cheap ones will do fine.
    ebrianh45
    Thanks for the last 4 positive responses!! Seems one CAN connect: I'm looking to buy a 5 m micro-HDMI to HDMI to connect to the large LCD TV, though the picture ill be a bit fuzzy on such a large screen! Brian
    mishen
    Bigfootpete
    I connected mine via micro HDMI - on a much larger screen it doesn't look very good - picture was quite good on a 22" LLD though.


    I'm surprised the picture isn't great for you via HDMI - doesn't the Nexus 10 output 1080p? I use an Acer A700 (which definitely isn't as good as the Nexus 10!) and it looks great via HDMI on a 40+ inch screen - very clear and no pixelation. May be worth just checking settings on your tablet and TV to make sure all is optimised?
    mishen
    ebrianh45
    Thanks for the last 4 positive responses!! Seems one CAN connect: I'm looking to buy a 5 m micro-HDMI to HDMI to connect to the large LCD TV, though the picture ill be a bit fuzzy on such a large screen! Brian


    bigfootpete may well be right (about it not looking great), but I think you may be pleasantly surprised how it looks on the big screen. Worth having a quick try to get the wireless working (in case the TV has it built in) as that would probably be most convenient for your mum. Either way, hope she enjoys the present.

    As an afterthought, it might be worth increasing font size on the tablet (in Settings/Display) to see if that helps her use the tablet without a big screen. There's also a Large Text option in Settings/Accessibility which might help too.
    Also, if she is using it for web-browsing, it might be worth finding a browser in the app store that suits her requirements (opera browser for example has a nice clear interface) and make sure she knows how to use the (very handy) google voice search to avoid keyboards altogether.
    Bigfootpete
    I'm not 100% sure but I think it's due to the pixel count - there are a lot more pixels on a 46" display compared to my 10" Nexus...
    mishen
    Bigfootpete
    I'm not 100% sure but I think it's due to the pixel count - there are a lot more pixels on a 46" display compared to my 10" Nexus...


    Thanks for your reply, but I'm not sure you're right. Surprisingly, there are actually probably more pixels on your 10" nexus! A TV display will have larger pixels (because you are further away, you are less likely to be able to see the individual pixels) but even a full HD screen will only have 1,080 pixels from top to bottom (hence 1080p). By comparison, a Nexus 10 has 1600 pixels top to bottom - as your eyes are much closer to the screen the pixels have to be much smaller and more tightly packed to still fool the eye. As such, the nexus should have no problem outputting a very clear picture on a 1080p HD TV screen. Bit of a shame that, as you said, it isn't actually doing so.

    As I mentioned, I don't have one, so maybe it is some internal failing of the Nexus 10 but I'd advise taking a quick look at the settings on your TV to make sure they were optimised for a full HD input.

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