How to Connect a Laptop to a Sony Bravia TV

Sony Bravia television sets offer an extensive range of connections. Because of this, just about every laptop on the market can conveniently be connected to a Bravia. The benefits of using a Bravia TV as a monitor are twofold. The first benefit is that Sony's Bravia LCD TVs have higher resolution than most notebook computer screens--with the smallest of them offering 1366 by 768 pixels on-screen--allowing you to both see more of your computer's display at once and see it with more clear detail. In addition, Bravia TVs are much larger than your laptop monitor, making it more simple to share the images from your computer screen.

Connect an HDMI cable between your laptop's HDMI output and one of the HDMI inputs on your Bravia TV. The HDMI cable will only connect one way, so do not place a great deal of pressure on the connector. HDMI carries both the highest quality video and audio over a single cable. With an Apple MacBook, you will need to use a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adaptor to be able to use an HDMI cable.

Connect a VGA cable between your computer's VGA output and your Sony Bravia TV's computer input if you are unable to use a HDMI connection. The VGA cable will have two trapezoid-shaped 15-pin plugs at either end and can only fit in the correct way.

Connect a cable with one 1/8-inch stereo miniplug on either end between the audio line out or headphone out jack on your laptop and the "PC In / Audio In" jack on your Bravia TV. A separate audio connection is required if you use VGA and if your computer does not output audio over HDMI, which many do not.

Switch your Sony Bravia TV to display the input into which you have connected your computer. You can do this by pressing the "Input" button on your remote and selecting that input.


Do not use your computer's S-video or composite video output since they are much lower resolution than VGA or HDMI.

Things You'll Need

  • HDMI or VGA cable
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Solomon Poretsky has been writing since 1996 and has been published in a number of trade publications including the "Minnesota Real Estate Journal" and "Minnesota Multi-Housing Association Advocate." He holds a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Columbia University and has extensive experience in the fields of financial services, real estate and technology.