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Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter


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  • Product Description: Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter - graphics adapter
  • Device Type: Graphics adapter
  • Enclosure Type: External
  • Interface Type: USB
  • Localisation: Europe
  • System Requirements: Microsoft Windows XP SP2, Microsoft Windows Vista SP1, Apple MacOS X 10.4.11, Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Apple MacOS X 10.5.5
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Technical Details
BrandKensington
Item Weight259 g
Product Dimensions15.2 x 5.1 x 17.8 cm
Item model numberK33928US
ColorGrey
Number of USB 2.0 Ports1
  
Additional Information
ASINB002F9NSMQ
Best Sellers Rank 40,435 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight281 g
Date First Available4 Feb 2010
  
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with VGA/DVI & Ethernet

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Colin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Oct 2010
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I happened to have 2 widescreen Dell displays available (one from my home set-up and another that I bought for use at work that is no longer needed)and I have been wanting to run 2 displays for some time. I have a notebook so a video-splitter expansion card was not an option.

I did have a cheaper VGA device (2 in fact), from a chinese 3rd party bought many months ago, which worked after a fashion, but the secondary display (run off the usb) was limited to quite a low resolution.

Searching yesterday I found this device, it promised high resolution and Windows 7 compatibility (although this is not clear from the Amazon site, it was shown on the kensington site). Kensington is a name with a reasonable reputation so i ordered it yesterday from Amazon and received it today.

Software installation was simple and straightforward, no problems found. The CD says it is Windows7 compatible, and it seems to hbe the case. It connects to a USB socket, and I have used it to connect to the DVI input of my monitor( VGA is also an option)

Basically it does exactly what you might expect, in fact it has exceeded my expectations. The driver software works seamlessly in conjunction with the Windows Control Panel. Both my Dell monitors are recognised by model number. It is very simple to assign which monitor is which (and to identify it - one click of the mouse and a big number 1, 2 or 3 appears on each display), share the desktop, extend the desktop, and select resolutions.
I have both monitors running at 1920 x 1200, my main monitor driven off the notebook VGA output, and the second monitor driven off USB via this Kensington device.

Both displays are stable, and show good resolution, focus etc.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By vialli25 on 29 Oct 2011
I've not had much time to play around with this yet as it took me a while to actually get it working.

I think anyone thinking of buying this product should be aware that it does not ship with drivers compatible with Apple's latest operating system, Lion.

You have to go into the user manual supplied on the disc and through there I somehow managed to navigate to a website with BETA drivers for Lion. This means they are unfinished and still in testing. I did manage to finally get it to work in Lion, but I haven't had a chance to fully test it out yet. In the release notes it did list some limitations of using it with the latest OS.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dsfsdvs156 on 8 Dec 2010
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Having compared similar adapters, I decided to opt for the Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter. I am now streaming video, with no loss in picture quality, from my PC (running windows 7, 64-bit) to my TV over the other side of my room (I used a USB extension lead, as the USB lead supplied is VERY short).

I'm glad I spent a little more and opted for this, as the cheaper adapters had mixed reviews and were not listed as being compatible with windows 7.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ME on 5 Jan 2012
I bought this to extend my mac to do displays got an LED 28" Monitor running on HDMI, and wanted to add a 23" LCD monitor, so got this, set up was good, and clarity is good, its just very slow, even just dragging a window around it judders and flickers slightly, its okay for still images, but trying to play a video you have no chance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cairo on 29 Oct 2011
If you're happy making your Mac OSX Lion run a lot (~50%) slower, then this is the product for you.

Hopefully they may fix this performance issue in the future, but don't bother asking their customer support, as they'll just ignore you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Aug 2011
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I had a feeling there would be a catch with this product, and there was.

It uses substantial CPU resources - scrolling through a long webpage can hog 80% of the CPU (on a 2009 Core 2 MacBook Pro here) on a 23" 1920x1080 monitor. I expected it to be useless for, say, 3D games, but was hoping it to be at least usable for this common use case. Say goodbye to smooth scrolling - the image is clear but nowhere near as fluid as on the native display.

Not to mention the latest Mac OS X Lion drivers are unfinished betas which leave you without a login screen.

That all said, it *does* work, just slow for anything that involves lots of change on the screen. It loses a star for that, and another star for the drivers (how long as the Lion developer preview been out already?), and price, which is on the high side. Considering they're working with the limits of USB 2, it's not a bad product and can probably find utility in some places where people won't care/notice the slower screen updates, but for me it was a disappointment. Maybe they'll nail it with the USB 3 version.

UPDATE: Tried with a faster i5 based Windows desktop, and performance is much better. From this I gather this product works *much* better with Windows (both performance and driver quality), and having a faster CPU helps too. For this reason I've upgraded it to 4 stars. If you're a Mac user, I'd advise staying away however, at least until they get their act together on the drivers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Sussman on 8 Mar 2011
I bought this on recommendation from a friend, and given its price, it's a bargain. I already have two montors (1600x1200) on long cables, so this adapter was for the third. It's plugged into the USB port on the back of another monitor, which itself is plugged into a powered USB hub on the end of a five metre USB cable from the machine. Windows 7 recognised the device, installed the drivers automatically, and set the default resolution (again 1600x1200). Windows has no problem with it, nor does Display Fusion which I use to manage the monitors. This is reall an excellent product and I can wholeheartedly recommend it.
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