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I have an Asus VivoBook 15 X510UR-BQ166T (Intel Core i5-7200U 2.50GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 930MX 2GB GDDR5, RAM DDR4 8GB, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI) and recently bought a LG 32UD59-B (31.5" UHD 4K, AMD FreeSync, DisplayPort, HDMI 4k), which I'm still waiting to be delivered.

Immediately after buying it I was quite concerned about a question: is it possible to use the monitor in 4K resolution and 60Hz without a DisplayPort? I couldn't find the HDMI version supported and I don't know if USB Type-C could stream in 4k. I chose this monitor precisely because of its image quality, response time, pixel density, size and resolution, and I may have had a terrible deal if I can't use it with my laptop.

I don't plan on playing hard games or using modeling programs, I just wish I could read, code and watch movies without seeing pixels or waiting for the mouse to move, which pisses me off a lot.

If my fear is real and I can't really connect it directly, is there any kind of passive/active converter/adapter or dock station that I could use to get the most out of the resolution? I don't understand how this would be possible since the limitation should be the laptop's connector output speed, but I've seen some people comment on this and I was quite confused.

Does there seem to be any workable solution or should I start thinking about returning the monitor before the company actually delivers it? Here in my country this kind of hardware is very expensive, and exchanging products is always a complicated issue, which is why I am concerned.

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  • If your USB port supports display output, your USB C port is DisplayPort, just with a different connector. It can stream the same things DisplayPort can, becuse it is the same. However, not all USB C ports can be used as a display output (unless you use some kind of USB graphics card in between).
    – Peter
    Aug 4, 2019 at 0:24
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    Thanks @Peter! How can I find if my USB C port can be used as a display output? And what do you mean by some kind of USB graphics card in between? Aug 4, 2019 at 2:08

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So I've done some research and your monitor supports hdmi 2.0 and display port 1.2, both of these can play 4k @60hz, I could not find out what type of hdmi your VivoBook is so not sure on that but anything 1.4 or later should do 4k. As for the usb-type C, the VivoBook is 3.1 gen 1 where as in order to get a display output you need a usb thunderbolt 3, so while a type c to display port would fit in your VivoBook it will not give out a display. I will continue to look for the type of hdmi on the vivo and let you know if i find out but for now the only way you can connect to the monitor is using that hdmi port.

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  • Note that for HDMI, v1.4 will support 4:2:0, 2.0 and higher will support any. You will need a cable rated Premium for 4K60 HDR (or basically any content requiring HDMI 2.0 bandwidth). For 4K60 SDR, you can probably get by with a cable rated High Speed. But if you need to buy a cable and the VivoBook supports HDMI 2.0, it might be worth just getting a Premium one to avoid needing to upgrade later since the monitor supports 2.0.
    – fixer1234
    Aug 4, 2019 at 21:48

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