Question Entry level laptop to 4k or 1080p tv ?

Nov 27, 2019
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Hi newbie question here.

I'm upgrading my tv - pc arrangement and have concerns about resulting picture display.
I currently use entry level HP / Lenovo laptops linked via HDMI to a tv with no problem. Audio is via wireless headphones.

HP 662 XF332EA#ABU Notebook (year: 2011) / max screen resolution 1366 x 768
https://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-G62-b17SA-Notebook-XF332EA-ABU/dp/B004I9XYH0
or:
Lenovo IdeaPad 310 15ABR (Year: approx 2017 / max screen resolution 1366 x 768
connected to a:
Bush LED24970fhd 24" tv full HD 1080p (Year: approx 2012)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/BUSH-LED24970FHD-24IN-FULL-1080P/dp/B007ZGWHGC

I currently stream off my laptop into the tv. I don't use tv smart menus or pay a tv license to view freeview.
I wish to retain this set up for now. I might consider adding smart menu use / licenesed access later.

I' m considering the following 43" tv upgrades:
Full HD 1080p type:
LG 43LM6300PLA
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9407051
or
4k type:
LG 43UM7500PLA
https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/televisions/lg-43um7500pla/technical-specifications

My concerns relate to the quality of picture which may result when connecting either laptop to the tv upgrade (and please correct me if i am wrong.)
  1. I think upgrading to a 43" Full HD 1080p and connecting to either laptop via any HDMI cable will be straight forward and there wont be any issues re: picture quality ? Please advise.
  2. If i opt for the 43" 4k tv models i'm confused about what result. Will i be ok connecting my entry level laptops with their 1366 x 768 screen res to a 43" 4K tv using any HDMI cable ?
I understand i wont tap into the 4k quality. If i buy into a 4k tv now it's to future-proof my tv. I can always upgrade my laptops in the future. For now i wish just to confirm that i wouldn't need to purchase a mid or high range laptop to connect to a 43" 4k tv.
If there are any tweaks or adjustment settings i should do to make my current laptops display on either 4k or 1080p 43" tv - please feel free to advise.

Thanks for attention
sp
 
Hi newbie question here.

I'm upgrading my tv - pc arrangement and have concerns about resulting picture display.
I currently use entry level HP / Lenovo laptops linked via HDMI to a tv with no problem. Audio is via wireless headphones.

HP 662 XF332EA#ABU Notebook (year: 2011) / max screen resolution 1366 x 768
https://www.amazon.co.uk/HP-G62-b17SA-Notebook-XF332EA-ABU/dp/B004I9XYH0
or:
Lenovo IdeaPad 310 15ABR (Year: approx 2017 / max screen resolution 1366 x 768
connected to a:
Bush LED24970fhd 24" tv full HD 1080p (Year: approx 2012)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/BUSH-LED24970FHD-24IN-FULL-1080P/dp/B007ZGWHGC

I currently stream off my laptop into the tv. I don't use tv smart menus or pay a tv license to view freeview.
I wish to retain this set up for now. I might consider adding smart menu use / licenesed access later.

I' m considering the following 43" tv upgrades:
Full HD 1080p type:
LG 43LM6300PLA
https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9407051
or
4k type:
LG 43UM7500PLA
https://www.which.co.uk/reviews/televisions/lg-43um7500pla/technical-specifications

My concerns relate to the quality of picture which may result when connecting either laptop to the tv upgrade (and please correct me if i am wrong.)
  1. I think upgrading to a 43" Full HD 1080p and connecting to either laptop via any HDMI cable will be straight forward and there wont be any issues re: picture quality ? Please advise.
  2. If i opt for the 43" 4k tv models i'm confused about what result. Will i be ok connecting my entry level laptops with their 1366 x 768 screen res to a 43" 4K tv using any HDMI cable ?
I understand i wont tap into the 4k quality. If i buy into a 4k tv now it's to future-proof my tv. I can always upgrade my laptops in the future. For now i wish just to confirm that i wouldn't need to purchase a mid or high range laptop to connect to a 43" 4k tv.
If there are any tweaks or adjustment settings i should do to make my current laptops display on either 4k or 1080p 43" tv - please feel free to advise.

Thanks for attention
sp
You should be able to run your TV at 4k resolution off the laptop without a problem- just set it to an extended desktop and it can run at a different resolution to your machine.

Even though it's an entry level part, that APU should be able to handle video at 4k reasonably well. If not you can always drop the TV resolution down to 1080p. All you will need is a HDMI 2,0 cable (note that older HDMI cables might not work properly at 4K resolution).
 
Nov 27, 2019
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Hi thanks both

To clarify:
1. When you say run at 1080p - you mean run the stream or file playing in vlc player at 1080p if it's a 4k item ? Or do you mean change a setting in the 4k tv so the screen is displaying at 1080p ? Can a 4k tv screen actually do that - switch between 1080p and 4k display or is it always fixed at 4k ?

2. Will i get any issues with the 4 x bigger issue of 4k ? So if i run a stream or vlc player on my laptop at fullscreen - does that just do the same on the 4k tv or am i going to run into the 4 x bigger issue ? If so is there an easy fix ?

thanks again - im glad the general message is this is an easy issue !!
sp
 

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