Planning on Purchasing a Laptop? Here is Some Info You Should Know!
You know that standard 15-pin (well…14-pin) connector for computers often referred to as a "VGA" connection? It is going away!
It has been a standard with most computers for nearly 25 years. With technology, however, nothing lasts forever. That VGA connection and the analog signal are being replaced.
It is being replaced by a number of newer "digital" signal technologies and connections…including HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI and others. Soon, it will be impossible to purchase a new desktop or laptop computer with the old "VGA" connection.
"How does this impact me?"
If you plan on purchasing a new laptop or tablet, and want to be able to hook it up to displays/projectors in rooms that have not yet been upgraded for digital signals, it is recommended that you try to select one that has BOTH a VGA output and one of the newer digital outputs. This way you should be relatively assured that your computer will work in these spaces…NOW, as well as AFTER they are upgraded.
If you are purchasing a MAC laptop, Apple does offer an optional adaptor to convert their digital output port to VGA. Options are much more limited, however, with Windows-based laptops…and much more expensive.
LTS has been working hard to prepare for the demise of VGA. Over the past 15 months we have been upgrading the technology and cabling in classrooms across campus. Over 100 classroom spaces have received this upgrade, including adding the ability for faculty and presenters to bring in and hook up a laptop (that has the newer digital outputs) to the room display systems.
However, most spaces designated as "labs" have NOT been upgraded at this point. The upgrade needs in most of these labs have been identified to keep them viable for use with newer computers. As funding becomes available, we intend to aggressively continue to make the campus fully "digital ready."
In the meantime, we want to make sure that you will continue to be able to make use of your laptops and tablets in learning spaces without interruption. If you have questions, feel free to contact the LTS Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-5711.