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Plugable USB 2.0 to VGA/DVI/HDMI VGA / DVI / HDMI Video Graphics Adapter for Multiple Monitors up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1200 Each (Supports Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP)

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  • Connect multiple additional monitors to your laptop, desktop, or tablet PC (one adapter required per monitor)
  • Plug and play USB 2.0 connectivity to any VGA, DVI, or HDMI monitor or projector
  • DisplayLink DL-195 chipset, supports resolutions up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1200 (1920x1080 with Analog VGA)
  • Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP drivers via Windows Update, download, or disk. Mac OS X and Linux not supported
  • We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support.
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Product Description

Capacity: 2048 VGA/DVI/HDMI

Featuring the DisplayLink DL-195 USB 2.0 graphics chipset, the Plugable UGA-2K-A enables multiple monitors with any laptop or desktop (one adapter required per monitor). 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.


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.


Windows 10/8.1/8/7 32 and 64 bit, XP SP3 32 bit. Drivers can be automatically installed from Windows Update or downloaded from

Supports monitors and PC-compatible TVs up to 1920x1080.

Requires Intel / AMD / nVidia main GPU and driver with Windows Aero enabled. USB graphics requires dual core or 2 Ghz or better CPU and 2GB RAM for best performance.

Does not support HDCP, and will not allow for playback of encrypted Bluray disks or copy-protected content. Not recommended for gaming or HD video playback.

Cannot be mixed with non-DisplayLink USB graphics adapters and drivers (e.g. MCT, j5, or SMSC).

If converting DVI output to HDMI, signal will carry video only, not audio.

Not compatible with ARM-based Windows (Surface RT). Vista Home Basic and Win7 Starter Edition disable multiple monitors and are not supported.

Mac OS X and Linux not supported.

In the Box
UGA-2KA USB graphics adapter, USB 2.0 cable, hardware adapters for the different connector types (DVI to VGA/D-Sub and DVI HDMI), driver CD, quick install guide

Product Information

Capacity: 2048 VGA/DVI/HDMI
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Brand NamePlugable
Item model numberUGA-2K-A
Item Weight1.6 ounces
Item Dimensions L x W x H3.54 x 1.57 x 0.59 inches
Color black
Voltage5 volts
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank
Shipping Weight8 ounces
Date First AvailableFebruary 17, 2010
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

238 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Ben Buck on March 31, 2010
Size: 2048 VGA/DVI/HDMI Verified Purchase
I work at an office where each computer has 4 screens. We had no difficulty getting desktop cards to run 4 screens, but laptops were a different story. We used to get these large Dell docking stations with a pci card slot. They no longer make these and the new ones will do two external screens with the laptop closed. We keep the laptops closed on the docks, so I needed 2 more screens.

We purchased another brand of USB adapters and while they worked, we had problems with them. If you open anything video intense (quicktime for instance) or that heavily used the microsoft .net framework, the screens would flicker and go crazy. You would lose control of the mouse and keyboard making the computer unusable. Quickbooks 2010 was one of these products.

The screens with the other brand of USB adapters were also somewhat fuzzy and much less clear than the 2 screens on the integrated video.

I had just about given up hope when I read about Display link. I mean all usb adapters are equal right? (Answer: No way!) I visited their website and saw the videos of one of their employees running 720p video and thought I would give it a shot. Plugable was one of their featured products.

What a difference! These Plugable adapters are almost identical to the integrated video. They have clean and crisp video and each one shows up as a separate monitor in the Windows display preferences. I was able to play video and open Quickbooks without error. PDFs and other documents also scrolled faster, identical to the speed of the integrated video. They used to lag before when on the usb adapter screens.

This product is highly recommended for those needing extra screens. Very highly recommended for laptop users because your video card options are limited.
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139 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Ratnieks on January 10, 2011
Size: 2048 VGA/DVI/HDMI Verified Purchase
One line review: Great plug and play video adapters with more PROS than CONS. Only problem: very CPU consuming at high resolutions

Please consider my comments about this products before buying:

- This is not a Video card. Is a VIDEO INTERFACE.
Whats that mean? The image processing is done by the main CPU so the USB cable just send processed and ready to use graphics.

- The problem: Very cpu hungry at high resolutions. If you play a high res movie on a full hd screen expect to consume %.

- If you plan to have lot's of these little boxes hooked on the same machine make sure you have enough CPU processing capabilities like a quad-core+.

Conclusion: This product cannot be used to play graphic intense games.

Appreciate your time,
Bruno Ratnieks
Sniffer Networks do Brasil
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By J. Lunt on June 23, 2011
Size: 1920 VGA Verified Purchase
I used this to drive one of the 23" 1080p monitors I use to write code for work. The install was pretty simple - I just plugged it in like any other device. Within 30 seconds or so my external monitor came to life, and I simply went into the Control Panel options in Win7 and set it to "extend my desktop". Bingo! I was in business.

The interesting part of my setup is that the external monitor is just one of a 3-monitor setup. Monitor 1 is the built-in monitor on my work laptop, monitor 2 is a 23" 1080p monitor connected to the laptop's VGA-out, and the 3rd this another 23" 1080p monitor connected to this Plugable USB-VGA adapter. Since this is all part of a work-related monitor setup, it was important that this thing work right out of the box, and function without interruption so I can get my work done without any trouble. It's been a week since I got it, and so far the only time I've had an issue with it was when I put the laptop to sleep, then re-awoke it, and the display on the monitor connected to this device wasn't doing any screen updates. Well, since this is a USB device (and putting your computer to sleep can put external devices in funny states from time to time), I simply removed it and reattached it. Back to business in no time, and that was the only time I've noticed anything strange at all.

Before the device arrived in the post, I was a little concerned that it might not work "out of the box," as the manufacturer's site mentioned the possible need for installing extra drivers. However, I've found that if you're using a modern OS (Win7 in my case) that it works with no configuration needed.

I like this so much, I'm probably going to get another external monitor for my setup, and run it off of yet another one of these Plugable USB-VGA devices.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Steve G. Bjorg on February 5, 2011
Size: 2048 VGA/DVI/HDMI Verified Purchase
I read some reviews that this product had issues with the new MacBook Pro generation (rev 2010, the one that can dynamically switch b/w integrated and nVidia chips). So I ordered one to try out it (since drivers change all the time) and I'm happy to report it works great! I'm using the 1.6 BETA 3 drivers from the DisplayLink site ([..]). In fact, it worked so well that I immediately order a second unit. And now, I live in 4 screen bliss.

I didn't realize how useful multi-monitor support was until I read an article from a multi-screen power user (sorry no link). The short of it was that he used one screen for async activities (email, rss, twitter), another screen for real-time communication (skype, im, etc.), and the two middle screen for work with the bigger one being used as primary work area and the built-in screen being a reference/scratchpad screen. I've tried this is out and it's an amazing experience. No more switching between application and losing context! You want email, just move your mouse to the left. Need to respond to an IM, go to the right, respond and get immediately to your working state in the middle. Truly the way to work!

One word advice though, you MUST disable your screensaver. Because DisplayLink works over USB by compressing the screen, anything with lots of motion puts enormous strain on the CPU. I found my notebook's fan screaming a few times with the screensaver going at glacial speed. So, instead of the screensaver, I now simply use the screen off timer. Good enough and no CPU drain.
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