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  • Compact, USB powered adapter provides the easiest way add a secondary or additional display to your PC
  • Completely external device offers a simple upgrade solution saving the cost and hassle of upgrading the internal video card on your system
  • The ability to use multiple adapters (up to five) provides a scalable display configuration for future expansion
  • Optimal performance at 1680x1050 and ideal for use with 20' to 22' monitors or smaller
  • Acts as an external video card connected through USB 2.0
  • No power adapter required
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Supports the use of DVI to VGA or DVI to HDMI adapters
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Technical Details

  • Minimum RAM: 512

Product Description

The USB2DVI USB DVI Multi Monitor External Video Adapter turns an available USB 2.0 port into an external video card DVI port - providing high quality dual-display or multi-monitor capability that can be used in a variety of laptop or desktop applications to increase your productivity. The device also offers the option of running up to five additional displays simultaneously (using five USB2DVI Multi Monitor External Video Cards). Each connected adapter can be used to further extend the desktop or mirror the image shown on the existing display - all without having to open the computer case to install an additional video card. Backed by a 1 year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.8 x 8 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B0011VJRLU
  • Item model number: USB2DVI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at December 22, 2007

Customer Reviews

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Weber on March 20, 2008
I looked at a lot of different adapters, and ultimately decided on this one. A little more expensive, but I wanted a digital adapter. I was concerned about other items as well, since there were a lot of comments about watching video on the monitor using this kind of adapter. Well, video playback through this device was as smooth and as clear as through the primary monitor. The video I watched was through iTunes (an MP4) and from RealPlayer (Big Brother live feeds) -- although the live video was a little more pixelized. I would buy this again.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowdie on May 28, 2009
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First, there is no problem with this particular StarTech adapter. My only criticism of it is that it would be nice to have a longer and/or removable USB cable.

The adapter works, though it required at least one reboot to provide 32-bit color and resolutions higher than 1024x768. The problem is that whenever my computer attempted to go to a screensaver or wake up from standby, there was chaos with the displays. For one thing the display connected to this adapter defaulted to mirror the primary display rather than extend the desktop and never remembered the extend setting. Windows became confused, causing me to have to repeatedly reset display settings for the USB adapter and my primary (DVI) and my secondary (VGA) monitors. Once set, it would work until the next time the screensaver came on or the computer went to standby. This is more a fault of Windows than this adapter, but still made it too problematic for regular use. At one point after coming back from the screen saver, all three monitors flickered and changed settings for several minutes until I finally forced the computer to restart.

I found after buying that all these USB video adapters seem to incorporate DisplayLink chips and use DisplayLink drivers. This StarTech has better specs than most others. However, the Lenovo adapter uses the latest chip and has even better specs. I would recommend skipping installation of the CD you receive in the package and going straight to DisplayLink's web site to download and install the latest drivers.

To sum up, this adapter (and presumably others based on DisplayLink chips) work. But I found that Windows Vista frequently became confused about the display settings and required some time to get everything set correctly again. I just don't think this is worth the trouble. I would recommend this only as a last resort if you have no other options.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Ford on November 23, 2008
I'm coming back to Amazon to buy my second USB2DVI adapter. It works just as good as the advertising claims.

On an older notebook I'm now running two 19" external monitors and the difference between the the one on my VGA and USB port is indistinguishable. Actually the USB2DVI is more convenient as the USB cord is more flexible and can use any USB port, compared to the problems associated with hooking up a heavier monitor cable to your only VGA port.

I do stocks, desktop publishing, and YouTube videos without any problems, gaps, or degradation (I don't do high-end games however.)

As a note, after buying my first one I learned the hard way that it does NOT work with the 64-bit version of VISTA (like a lot of things.) Their online tech support worked great, and they confirmed it's compatible with XP and the more common 32-bit VISTA, but not VISTA 64-bit. So rather than returning it, I called my older XP notebook out of retirement and my multi-monitor system was up in running in no time.

But I know since it's USB based, I can now upgrade to a less expensive desktop computer and still run a multi-monitor setup. Buying a USB2DVI is money well spent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zerobandwidth on May 10, 2010
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I work in software development and was recently given a new laptop for the office. The screen resolution is nice and high, but its physical size is small, so some sorts of documents (like massive spreadsheets in 8pt fonts) can be quite hard to read. Also, I routinely have to look at three windows at once, and that just isn't practical on only two monitors. While the laptop does have both VGA and DVI outputs, it can't support both at the same time while also using the integrated screen. The StarTech adapter works flawlessly to fill this need. I obtained a second monitor with a DVI input and hooked that up to the adapter, then plugged my original monitor into the laptop's onboard DVI port. All three work perfectly, with no visible lag. The quality-of-life improvement from this improvement is well worth the ~$90 price tag.

Installation was not fool-proof but was still relatively easy. The CD that came in the package with the adapter did not have drivers that were compatible with Windows 7. However, the StarTech website does have a downloadable driver package for Windows 7, which installed easily when substituted into the instructions provided. In fact, the Windows 7 version of the driver integrates transparently with the normal display control panel provided by the OS.

Most folks say that this device is not sufficient for intensive stuff (like gaming), and they're probably right. The only thing I have to test this with is the iTunes visualizer, and I did notice some minor stuttering when I maximized the window onto the adapter's monitor. However, for regular day-to-day office work, this adapter is a way to vastly expand screen space for a reasonable cost, without having to tear a computer to pieces. We spend eight hours a day at work; this is a great tool to make those eight hours better every day.
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