EVGA UV-16 UV Plus+ USB VGA Display Port (100-U2-UV16-A1)
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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).
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's January 2015 and I'm still using them almost daily. Great for watching internet movies on TV!Published 16 months ago by A. Barbosa
I have "burnt through" 2 of these units. They work fine while they last but seem to be engineered to last somewhat past warranty. Read morePublished 17 months ago by CantedValve
2 years now and it's still working.. No glitches, no returns, no hassles. I just have to keep writing words down so amazon accepts the review...Published on April 9, 2014 by papatech
I've had this for a while now, and use it for my second monitor - and can be used to add second monitor on a laptop without tying up your VGA or HDMI port! Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by W. Paul Lothary
Item works fine but I had to find the software and download it from the EVGA website. Only slight problem is the slight slow down in display. Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by D. Vogl
I guess it works. But it is terribly slow refresh. Really only good for text.
I sold it on ebay almost right away.
This little device is great. Allows me to have 2 monitors plus laptop screen for 3 screen extended monitors. One monitor is connected to VGA and the other to this device. Read morePublished on October 26, 2013 by W. Lo
Not being a techie, I can't say why, but this didn't work on my desktop. When pluggged in, the screen would flicker endlessly.Published on January 7, 2012 by Kate
I purchased an EVGA UV 16 plus from Datavision. It was a month before I had time to install. Turns out the device was defective. EVGA's tech support is very slow. Read morePublished on May 7, 2011 by Chip