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USB Graphics Adapter (Unsupported Generic Model)


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  • Connect three or more monitors to your laptop or desktop PC (one adapter required per monitor, up to 6 on Windows PCs)
  • Mirror displays or create large desktop spanning displays, with any VGA monitor or projector
  • DisplayLink DL-165 chip, up to 1920x1080 / 1600x1200 on higher-resolution monitors
  • Windows 7/Vista 32/64 and XP 32-bit drivers via Windows Update, download, or disk
  • Linux and Mac beta-quality drivers available but with important limitations--details below
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Product Description

Featuring the DisplayLink DL-125 USB 2.0 graphics chipset, the Plugable UGA-125 enables multiple monitors with any laptop or desktop (one adapter required per monitor, up to six on Windows). Most people use it to gain a third or fourth monitor for their laptop. You get the full benefits of USB, including plug and play connectivity, thin and flexible cabling, and ability to connect via USB 2.0 hubs and repeaters. Multitask with a dedicated monitor for each document or application.

Performance

USB graphics adapters work by rendering 2D/3D with your computer's CPU and GPU, and then compressing and transmitting the pixels that change over USB. Dual core or 2Ghz or better CPU recommended. Recommended for web and applications, not 3D gaming or motion video playback.

Connectivity

The adapter package includes the main USB 2.0 to DVI-I adapter, a USB 2.0 cable and hardware adapters for the different connector types (DVI-I to VGA/D-Sub and DVI-I to HDMI). HDMI connections are graphics only - this adapter has no audio function. Supports monitors and PC-compatible TVs up to 1440x900 or 1280x1024. Powered via USB with an LED indicator light.

Drivers

Windows 7/Vista/XP drivers installed automatically via Windows Update. 32 and 64 bit supported for both Vista and Win7. Vista Home Basic and Win7 Starter Edition disable multiple monitors and are not supported. GPU is used for 2D/3D rendering on Windows, requiring Intel, nVidia, or ATI primary WDDM driver. Not compatible with ARM-based Windows (MS Surface). Not recommended for use on Mac, as only beta-level OS X 10.4+ Intel 32/64-bit driver available via download, and Mac has lower performance and functionality than Windows for USB graphics. Open source available for Linux and other platforms. Linux requires xorg.conf editing (advanced users only). USB graphics devices with different chipset drivers (MCT, SMSC, DisplayLink, etc.) should not be mixed on the same system.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 2 inches ; 1.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • ASIN: B003IE49T8
  • Item model number: UGA-125
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 20, 2010
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Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By neartheredrocks on August 1, 2010
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I bought this adapter to connect a third monitor (1280x1080) to my iMac with 2.66GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor and OS X 10.6.4. I downloaded the OS X driver from the manufacturer website, installed it, restarted and connected the monitor. Works just great and delivers a great picture. On more reason to like this adapter is that it comes super complete with adapters for VGA and HDMI and a USB cable. Given the fact that Apple takes 30 Dollars just for a Mini Displayport to DVI adapter (which, of course, you can also buy here at Amazon for $10) I find the $50 that I paid for this USB adapter a reasonable solution to connect another monitor to an iMac.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By just me on October 22, 2010
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Bought it online at Amazon for under $50. Plugged it in and Windoze recognized it immediately. I added it through the standard display GUI and was up and running in less than 5 minutes and have had zero problems with it. I don't run games or anything with high speed graphics - mostly spreadsheets and static data. For my purposes, it works absolutely great and doesn't slow down my laptop at all. I have 3 monitors total - 1 laptop - 1 external to laptop and 1 via DisplayLink.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Capt. Aus on September 21, 2010
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I bought it as to connect my third LCD monitor to my laptop for the flight simulator. I am using DVI but have used VGA as well. The nvidia card pumps enough horses to display good quality graphics. Tested with movies and there is no pixel refresh lags.
Overall the best product there is. Will buy more for my work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stace on January 5, 2011
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I have this hooked up for a double-monitor and when the computer goes to sleep, the second monitor doesn't always come back on when I move the mouse or press a key to wake it back up. I end up having to unplug the USB from the back of the computer and plug it back in for the screen to come on. It's great when it works, but it doesn't work all the time and that's frustrating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nate on October 27, 2010
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This adapter is a great accessory for my netbook. Because of its small screen, the netbook's onboard graphics adapter is limited to 800x600 resolution, even when I plug my 17" monitor into the VGA port. With the Plugable USB adapter, I am now able to hook up to the larger monitor and display much more content on its screen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Malcheski on September 9, 2010
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I purchased the Plugable UGA-125 USB 2.0 to VGA/DVI/HDMI Adapter as my laptop monitor no longer worked. I already had an external monitor plugged into it, but I wanted another monitor. This was a great (cheap) solution. I highly recommend the item and the seller.

- Matt Malcheski
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Ryan on April 21, 2011
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This was my third and last attempt at getting my laptop to output to two monitors with only one video card. If this product hadn't worked, I'd have bought a desktop. The product was simple to install and came with a multitude of connection options. I used VGA as it allowed me to adjust the monitor's screen more than the DVI cables did (a function of the monitor, I'm sure).

The most difficult thing about this product came after the installation when you need to use your operating system, Windows 7 in my case, to label each monitor with the proper number and get the laptop screen to be blank. Once this is done it's smooth sailing. I've heard from some that these crap out after a short time. I've only had mine since around April 10th so I can't say if this is true or not.

Only other comment is that the screens seem to reset themselves if you restart the computer, making you configure them again. However, putting the laptop to sleep does not do this so it works for me. Just make sure you have sufficient USB ports on your laptop.

So far, so good. Did the job.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mfnjr on September 30, 2010
Recently replaced CPU and realized we also had an extra monitor in the house. With new horsepower, running two screens seemed appealing. Found this product with favorable reviews and ordered it. Usual rapid Amazon delivery. Set up the adapter without difficulty but had problems migrating from screen to screen. Sent SOS to tech support and had immediate, patient, and involved help from people who were clearly committed to getting the thing to work. Problem turned out to be simple, reflecting much more my user ignorance than product, which is now performing exactly as expected. So don't throw away your old monitor. Get one of these devices and enjoy the expanded screen space.
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