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How to connect the Dell XPS 15 to your TV

Dell XPS 15 7590
Dell XPS 15 7590 (Image credit: Windows Central)

It sounds like the simplest thing in the world, and fortunately, the XPS 15 does have the necessary ports to hook it up to a TV. However, that's not the whole story, and thanks to its Thunderbolt 3 port you can get a little more advanced if you wish, too.

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When connecting specifically to a TV, you're going to need HDMI connectivity, something that the XPS 15 (opens in new tab) thankfully has built-in.

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI port on your laptop.
  2. Connect the HDMI end of the cable to an empty HDMI input on your TV.
  3. Turn on the laptop, and you'll now see Windows 10 on your TV.

That's all there is to it. As the XPS 15 has an HDMI 2.0 port, with the cable we've recommended here, you'll be able to deliver 4K video at 60 FPS.

How to connect your XPS 15 using a dock

A single cable is the cheapest and quickest way to hook up your XPS 15 to your TV, but if you'd like a little extra connectivity as well, a Thunderbolt 3 dock is the answer.

The Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3 dock (opens in new tab) is a particularly good choice because it has a raft of USB ports and Ethernet built-in also, as well as a HDMI output so you can run everything through it. Note that you need a cable like this Thunderbolt 3 certified USB-C cable (opens in new tab) to connect to the dock.

The process of using it is equally simple.

  1. Connect the Thunderbolt 3 certified USB-C to USB-C cable to the Thunderbolt 3 port on your laptop.
  2. Connect the other end to the Thunderbolt 3 input on the dock.
  3. Connect a regular HDMI cable from your TV to the HDMI output on the dock.

A dock is an excellent solution if you're going to be connecting your laptop to your TV a lot, and this one can deliver up to 60W of power to keep it charged while connected.

Both of these methods will leave you with just a single cable coming from the laptop. It's a rapid and affordable process, with enough flexibility to add plenty more connectivity into the mix if you wish.

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It's the quickest and most affordable way to connect your XPS 15 to your TV. There's not a lot else to say about it, just plug it in and you're away!

Additional Equipment

An HDMI cable might be the easiest way to do this, but more advanced needs can be met by using a Thunderbolt 3 dock.

Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3 dock (opens in new tab) ($240 at Amazon)

One cable from your laptop can get you a bunch of USB ports, Ethernet, and an HDMI output to your TV.

Thunderbolt 3 certified USB-C cable (opens in new tab) ($20 at Amazon)

To connect to a dock, you need to make sure you get one of these Thunderbolt 3 certified cables.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.