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EVGA UV-16 UV Plus+ USB VGA Display Port (100-U2-UV16-A1)

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3.6 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

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USB 2.0 Video Adapter

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Product Dimensions 4.5 x 1 x 4.4 inches
Item Weight 7 ounces
Shipping Weight 5 pounds
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ASIN B00191GZ8U
Item model number 100-U2-UV16-A1
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3.6 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,324 in Electronics > Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > Graphics Cards
Date first available at Amazon.com April 2, 2004

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UPDATE Sep 04 2010: This product still works great, but you might consider the Diamond BVU195 HD USB Display Adapter (DVI and VGA with included DVI to VGA adapter) which gives you a later version of the Displaylink chipset and a higher supported display resolution for about $25 more.

Three monitors may seem like overkill, but when you have as many apps open at once as I do it's a great convenience. I can cover almost every square inch, and a decent 19 inch monitor can be had for only $200 or so these days. But more than two monitors at once is a problem since any recent card will only support two monitors (ah, I miss Matrox).

I used to add a cheap second video adapter, but then there were always driver compat issues and other problems. I finally grabbed one of these and I love it to death. I use it for my third monitor where I don't worry about performance - I stick email and other long term text-heavy low-usage processes there. Though I actually tried full screen video on it just to see what would happen and it worked surprisingly well.

It's tiny, needs no external power connector, has a DVI connector (and comes with a DVI->VGA adaptor), and it works just fine under Windows XP and Windows 7 (presumably Windows Vista as well, but haven't tried that). It's just thoroughly awesome. My only complaint is the chintzy snarl-prone retracting USB-A to mini-USB adaptor - I just tossed it and used another one.

I wouldn't use this as your primary display if you wanted to do anything 3D (there's some lag you notice in games; USB is not intended to be low latency), but otherwise, I am very impressed. I'm ordering another one for work.

P.S.: When you get this, the first thing you should do is toss out the driver CD and get the latest driver from [...] (Displaylink).
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It's said, "You can never be too rich, or too thin ...', or have too many monitors. The UV Plus works well, just as advertised. It's only problem comes when I move from the office where I have three monitors to the lab where I have two; the driver doesn't automagically handle the shift between one-monitor, two-monitor and three-monitor sites consistently. I then have to shift the relative positions of the monitors on the video properties menu manually. It's a small price to pay to have a help file, journal file, application editor, application control panel and application data panel all open at once.
Incidentally, I tried a software-only solution (not free), and it locked up repeatedly; I could get no help at all from the German company who sold it. This device is reasonably fast, responsive and predictable.
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By mjo on August 24, 2008
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I've been using this EVGA adapter at work for a 3rd monitor running at 1280x1024 (native resolution on a LCD over DVI) for about 3 weeks. It works perfectly with no problems. It's fantastic to be able to add an additional monitor over USB. Performance for most applications is great. I've noticed that it does slow down a bit for video or motion heavy Flash animations. The manufacturer claims you can watch full screen DVD video, but I haven't tried. Works great for Visual Studio, Office, IE, etc.

Update 10/2009: I previously wrote that I used this product with Windows Server. It looks like the latest driver will not support Windows Server, so I recommend not buying this product if you're planning to use it with a Server OS at this time. Check Displaylink's web site for driver and compatibility updates.
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I wanted to test a multi-monitor setup suitable for laptops or non-expandable PCs, so I grabbed a couple of these EVGA brand "UV Plus+ 16" USB 2.0 video adapters. I'm running 4 heads on my laptop for a couple months to see how these hold up and if I run in to any problems. They've worked well for a couple of weeks now. USB 2.0 is limited to 480Mbps if I recall correctly, but the displays I'm using with these are running 1280x1024 with 16 bit color and are not particularly demanding. The manufacturer site notes that USB bandwidth is minimized by using lossless compression between the computer and the adapter.

The adapter has a mini-usb port on one side and a DVI port on the other. Also in the box is a USB cable (thin one with a spring loaded reel) and a DVI to 15HD adapter so you can use with a standard VGA cable.

The adapters run slightly warm. They have little rubber feet with matching indents on the top of the unit so they stack well, but I ended up foam-sticky taping them to the back of their monitors as the USB cables were long enough to go from the laptop to the monitors.

The UV Plus+ adapters and windows driver appear fairly flexible. I'm running their 2 heads with 16 bit color at 1280x1024 on Dell 19" LCDs. I've got the laptop primary display at it's native 1920x1200, and my laptop's external video on a NEC LCD at it's native 1600x1200 resolution. Both the laptop's main and external are at 32bit color. Mouse movement and screen drags between monitors works as expected. The driver for the UV Plus+ adapters runs in the tray and lets you set how they work. The screen positions can be set from the main Windows Display Properties tool. The only odd thing I've noticed is that once when my screen saver kicked in I had to re-extend my desktop to the UV Plus+ heads. Since the app I'm running on these adapters keeps my screen saver from running, this is not an issue for me.
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