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There’s a pretty good chance your TV has a larger screen than the one on your laptop or desktop computer. Have you ever thought about hooking up your PC to the TV? It’s easier than you might think.

Whether you’re interested in connecting your laptop to your TV for one night or you want a mini PC connected to your TV 24/7, there are a few accessories that make the experience the best it can be. In fact, depending on your needs, you may already have everything on hand.

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Wireless Casting

Choose to "Cast Desktop."

First, we should mention you may not need to use any accessories at all. If you have a streaming media player connected to your TV, such as a Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV, you can connect wirelessly.

“Casting” your computer screen wireless is great for certain situations, but not everything. It’s handy for showing off what you’re doing on the screen or playing YouTube videos, but the lag that be troublesome for things like games.

On Windows and Chromebooks, you can share your screen from the casting menu in Chrome (and Microsoft Edge). Mac users should look for the “AirPlay” button to cast to an Apple TV or Roku.

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HDMI Cable

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If wireless isn’t the best choice for your situation, the first thing you’ll need is an HDMI cable. The HDMI cable will allow you to treat the TV as a monitor. There are tons of HDMI cables on the market, but they aren’t all made equally.

We’ve got a roundup of the best HDMI cables for different price points and specifications. If you have a 4K HDR TV, you’ll want an HDMI cable capable of 4K HDR output. You may also want to pay attention to the refresh rate to match your TV. The length of the cable can also be important when tethering to a TV. A standard HDMI cable can only be so long, but there are ways to make an HDMI cable longer.

The Best HDMI Cables of 2022

Best Overall
Amazon Basics Premium-Certified Braided HDMI Cable
Best Budget HDMI Cable
Amazon Basics High-Speed HDMI Cable
Best HDMI 2.1 Cable
Monoprice 8K Certified Braided Ultra High-Speed HDMI 2.1 Cable
Best 8K HDMI Cable
Cable Matters Braided 48Gbps Ultra HD 8K HDMI Cable
Best HDMI Cable for Gaming/PS5
Zeskit Maya 8K 48Gbps Certified Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable
Best Angled HDMI Cable
UGREEN Right Angle HDMI Cable

Wireless Keyboard & Mouse

Logitech keyboard on couch.
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Now that we’ve got the PC tethered to the TV, it’s probably not at arm’s reach from your couch. You’re going to need some wireless accessories to control your PC from afar.

There are two directions you can go here. The first is a wireless keyboard with a built-in trackpad. These are great for using on your lap as they don’t require a flat surface for the mouse. They’re also compact, and you only have one accessory to charge. You can get laptop-style or desktop-style versions.

If that’s not your style—or you’d prefer a separate mouse—there are plenty of options as well. Any Bluetooth mouse or keyboard will work for this setup. Check out our Best Keyboards and Best Mouse guides for some wireless options.

The Best Keyboards of 2022

Best Keyboard Overall
Razer Pro Type Ultra
Best Budget Keyboard
Logitech MK270 Keyboard and Mouse Combo
Best Wired Gaming Keyboard
Razer Huntsman V2
Best Wireless Gaming Keyboard
Logitech G915 TKL
Best Bluetooth Keyboard
Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard
Best Ergonomic Keyboard
Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard
Best TKL Keyboard
Logitech G915 TKL
Best 60% Keyboard
GMMK 60% Percent Compact
Best Mac Keyboard
Apple Magic Keyboard

Gaming Controller

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A lot of people connect their PC to a TV for gaming purposes. If that’s the case for you, a good controller is an integral part of the setup.

Whether you need a wired or wireless controller is going to depend on your situation. To minimize latency as much as possible, wired is the best choice. However, if the distance from the PC to your couch is too far, you’re probably stuck with wireless.

Thankfully, there are many controllers that offer both wired and wireless options. You may already have a controller that can connect to your PC too. Take a look at our Best PC Gaming Controllers guide for some ideas.

The Best PC Gaming Controllers of 2022

Best Overall PC Controller
Xbox Wireless Controller
Best Budget PC Controller
PowerA Spectra
Best Premium Controller
Xbox Elite Series 2 Controller
Best Wired PC Controller
Razer Wolverine Ultimate
Best PC Controller for Retro Gaming
8Bitdo Sn30 Pro+
Best PC Controller for Flight Simulators
Logitech G Saitek X52 Pro
Best PC Fight Stick
Qanba Obsidian

Pretty simple, right? The biggest challenge with using a PC connected to a TV is room logistics. That’s why wireless accessories are often the best choice. However, anything is possible with a long enough cable. Go forth and take advantage of that big screen!

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