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kjstech
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How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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We got two new Dell XPS 13 for users and there does not seem to be any video out ports like on previous models.  This runs Windows 10 Professional and has an internal screen resolution of 1920x1080.  Looks like there is 2 USB 3.0 super speed ports and possibly a (thunderbolt)??? port?

I've heard of USB-C so I'm not sure if this one port on the left side is that, or if its thunderbolt.  I googled thunderbolt to hdmi adapter and in all the images I find it always shows a mini display port on one end despite the descriptions saying thunderbolt.

So whats the cheapest way to get HDMI out on this laptop?

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FJ40
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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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I just purchased a 2016 XPS 13 9350 and now find out that the only way to hook up any monitor what so ever is to by a dell dock or adapter.  THERE IS NO CABLE THAT CAN BE USED ALONE TO HOOK UP THIS LAPTOP TO A MONITOR.  

I work in three offices and the adapter I got lasted 2 weeks before burning out and it was the second one.  20% of forum posters are having the same issue so using a $200 doc now.  That is $600 for the 3 offices I work in if I don't want to carry around a doc that is heavier than the laptop!  

Who in their right mind at Dell product management would make a lightweight laptop that had no option to hook up a monitor with just a cable.  Why they couldn't also include a DP or HDMI port or hold off until there was a cable is nuts.  This stinks for us but great for Dell they now get to sell a lot more docs than ever before.

I have asked to return the laptop and get a surface or lenovo and our IT group is frantically looking at them with many more new employees coming on board. No way were are going to by $200 docs by the dozen. We were dedicated dell company but not anymore. 

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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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Hi,

The Thunderbolt( USB Type C port) on the Left Hand side deals with the video output on the system. You will need to purchase a USB Type C to HDMI adapter to display video.

The cable is available on the Dell website here

Colin H
Dell | Social Outreach Services

I'm based in the UK and available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm GMT

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kjstech
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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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Ah so the USB-C is the same thing as "Thunderbolt" ?  Thank you for the link, but the price is in euros.  I was able to google the description and get the same page in USD, though $40.  At least its cheaper than the $120 USB 3.0 dock and doesn't require an additional power source.  We've used the docks before on various brand laptops, they are great for adding multiple displays at a desk.

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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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No problem, sorry it wasn't in $, because I'm in the UK it defaults to my location so it'll show as £

Colin H
Dell | Social Outreach Services

I'm based in the UK and available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm GMT

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Emmakai
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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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I also just purchased the "new" XPS 13 (9350) with a thunderbolt port and a P2416d monitor with HDMI, USB, VGA, and last but not least Displayport. I would prefer to connect the monitor going thunderbolt to Displayport. Can you please tell me what cable I would need to purchase? Also will I need to install the USB upstream cable to the computer too? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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@Emmakai

There are no USB-C to DP cables available from Dell. The only cables available are these USB-C Cables (USB-C to VGA/HDMI/Ethernet/USB-A)

There are a couple of sites selling USB-C to DP that a quick search will find

Colin H
Dell | Social Outreach Services

I'm based in the UK and available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm GMT

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Emmakai
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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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Thank you very much. This explains why after hours of searching Dell website I didn't seem to be finding what I needed! Also appreciate the specific google search criteria!

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Astellar
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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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I have 9350 notebook and DA200 adapter, but it dont support 2560x1080 ultra-wide screens, am I doing something wrong?

How to plug ultrawide monitor to XPS 13?

Thanks.

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FJ40
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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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I just purchased a 2016 XPS 13 9350 and now find out that the only way to hook up any monitor what so ever is to by a dell dock or adapter.  THERE IS NO CABLE THAT CAN BE USED ALONE TO HOOK UP THIS LAPTOP TO A MONITOR.  

I work in three offices and the adapter I got lasted 2 weeks before burning out and it was the second one.  20% of forum posters are having the same issue so using a $200 doc now.  That is $600 for the 3 offices I work in if I don't want to carry around a doc that is heavier than the laptop!  

Who in their right mind at Dell product management would make a lightweight laptop that had no option to hook up a monitor with just a cable.  Why they couldn't also include a DP or HDMI port or hold off until there was a cable is nuts.  This stinks for us but great for Dell they now get to sell a lot more docs than ever before.

I have asked to return the laptop and get a surface or lenovo and our IT group is frantically looking at them with many more new employees coming on board. No way were are going to by $200 docs by the dozen. We were dedicated dell company but not anymore. 

BabaDude
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RE: How do I connect an external monitor to a new Dell XPS 13?

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Why can't you use this adapter?

smile.amazon.com/.../ref=sr_1_1;qid=1463088550&sr=8-1&keywords=usb-c+to+displayport