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Plugable UGA-2K-A USB 2.0 to VGA/DVI/HDMI Adapter for Windows, Multiple Monitors up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1080 Each (DisplayLink DL-195 Chipset)

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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)
  • Plug and play, extensible USB 2.0 connectivity to any VGA, DVI, or HDMI monitor or projector
  • DisplayLink DL-195 chipset, supports resolutions up to 2048x1152 (1920x1080 with Analog VGA)
  • Windows 8.1/8/7 32/64 and XP 32-bit drivers via Windows Update, download, or disk
  • Mac 10.9 "Mavericks" is not supported due to significant limitations in the operating system. Not currently supported for Linux.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.6 x 0.6 inches ; 1.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 11 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0038P1TP4
  • Item model number: UGA-2K-A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (508 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: February 17, 2010
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Product Description

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, up to six on Windows PCs). 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 2048x1152 or 1920x1200 (1920x1080 for Analog VGA).

Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8.1/8/7 64 and 32 bit, XP SP2+ 32 bit only - We recommend downloading DisplayLink's newest driver.
Mac 10.9 "Mavericks" is not supported due to significant limitations in the operating system.
Requires Intel / AMD / nVidia main GPU and driver with Windows Aero enabled. USB graphics requires dual core or 2 Ghz or better CPU for best performance. Not compatible with ARM-based Windows (MS Surface). Windows RT, Vista Home Basic, Win7 Starter Edition disable multiple monitors and are not supported. No supported drivers are available for Linux at this time.

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Customer Reviews

The drivers under Windows 7 work great.
Michael F. Miller
Now I have the laptop screen, one external monitor connected to the VGA port of the laptop plus an extra external monitor connected the Plugable UGA-2K-A adapter.
Neil Bergman
This device worked perfectly (even when running video content at full screen) and didn't noticeable affect my computer's performance.
Ben

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

166 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Ben Buck on March 31, 2010
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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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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Ratnieks on January 10, 2011
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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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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By K. Wu on April 6, 2010
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USB 2 has is slow, but for non-video and gaming usage, it is perfect. I use it to connect a second monitor to my laptop when I work with various office applications and web sessions at the same time. Note, the better your processor performance is, the better this adapter's performance will be.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steve G. Bjorg on February 5, 2011
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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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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cazares on April 10, 2010
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The display link product line makes for expanding to additional displays a breeze. I added a 24" 1920 x 1080 resolution monitor to a laptop using the Plugable USB 2.0 to VGA/DVI/HDMI Adapter DL-195. Couldn't have been easier. I had an issue with the hardware and customer support at Plugable immediately stepped in and made things right. Highly recommended.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Engineer on November 29, 2010
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My engineering firm purchased four of the adapters and they worked as advertised. We use new HP laptops. One of the engineers actually uses two adapters to get 3 additional screens for his laptop including a 32" 1080p TV monitor. My worked great until I opened QuickBooks the first time. Computer crashed and the adapter has not worked for my laptop since. We all have the exact same HP laptop purchased together. I think it is a driver issue because after repeated attempts at trouble shooting I am back to my original configuration of only one additional screen. Would have been 5 stars if the adapter worked on my computer...
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