Plugable® USB 3.0 to HDMI / DVI Video Graphics Adapter Card for Multiple Monitors up to 2560x1440 (HDMI) / 1920x1200 (DVI). DisplayLink DL-3500 Chipset - Supports Windows 8.1, 8, 7, and XP
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- Connect up to 16 total monitors to Windows-based laptops or desktops (one adapter required per monitor)
- Highest performance USB graphics solution available. Combines both video and audio over a single USB cable and HDMI cable. DVI monitors (using included HDMI to DVI adapter) do not support audio
- Connects to Windows PCs via USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) or SuperSpeed USB 3.0 (5 Gbps). USB bus powered (no adapter required). USB 3.0 connection recommended for best performance
- Uses latest DisplayLink DL-3500 chipset, supporting resolutions up to 2560x1440 (HDMI) / 1920x1200 (DVI). Note: 2560x1440 output only available over HDMI and requires a "High Speed" HDMI cable. 2560x1440 mode will operate at a 50Hz refresh rate; all lower modes support 60Hz refresh. 2560x1440 output requires current DisplayLink drivers and attached monitor must natively support 2560x1440 via HDMI input. (Most monitors that support 2560x1600 do not support 2560x1440.)
- Windows 8.1/8/7 32/64 and XP 32-bit drivers via Windows Update, download, or disk. Mac is not supported. No support for Linux at this time
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Featuring the latest and highest performance USB graphics technology, the Plugable USB 3.0 to HDMI graphics adapter lets you connect an additional HDMI or DVI monitor or TV to your Windows-based laptop or desktop via SuperSpeed USB 3.0 or USB 2.0. Add up to 16 total displays to your Windows tablet or PC (one adapter per display) with USB's plug-and-play ease. Multiple monitors enhance productivity by enabling the use of separate monitors for different documents or applications, for more efficient multitasking and document editing.
Specs and Performance
Highest available USB graphics performance on both USB 3.0 (5 Gbps) and USB 2.0 (480 Mbps), using DisplayLink's DL-3500 chipset. Supports HDMI and DVI displays with resolutions up to 2560x1440. (2560x1440 resolution only available via HDMI. DVI limited to 1920x1200.) HD video playback requires player software that supports GPU acceleration. USB graphics uses your system's main CPU and GPU for graphics rendering.
Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8.1/8/7/XP - We recommend downloading DisplayLink's newest driver.
Mac OS X not supported.
Not compatible with ARM-based Windows (MS Surface RT).
No supported drivers are available for Linux at this time.
USB graphics requires dual core or 2 Ghz or better CPU for best performance. Cannot be mixed with USB graphics devices using non-DisplayLink drivers (e.g. MCT, j5, or SMSC). 3D gaming not recommended nor supported on DisplayLink-based adapters. Requires Intel/AMD/nVidia main GPU and drivers with Windows Aero enabled.
Top customer reviews
Installation was very straightforward on my MacBook Pro even with OS X 10.9 using Mavericks but that's because I was only connecting a single DisplayLink device via HDMI to DVI adapter and I have no HDMI displays connected. I can now use three screens: the MacBook screen, a second screen connected via a mini DisplayPort to DVI cable and a third screen connected via this Plugable DisplayLink adapter.
BEWARE if you have a more complex set up with Mavericks it is unlikely to work until the software is updated. This may be true for all DisplayLink adapters, not just this Plugable one. See the dire warnings on:
HOWEVER, while this device is just about usable, it does have problems with Mavericks. Some Applications just don't work on the DisplayLink monitor: Notes fails to show the top 20 lines of text and other windows don't always display properly.
To be fair, OS X 10.9 Mavericks has only just been released at the time of writing and has some mayor changes for multiple monitors. I expect DisplayLink and Apple will sort this out soon but currently there are numerous problems and it appears connecting ANY HDMI devices breaks it completely.
All in all, no complaints.
I just had to unpack, install DisplayLink drivers with support for Windows 8, reboot and everything is working without any setup apart from the usual detect & setup/align new monitor that all windows users should be familiar with.
The thing I would caution is if you are a heavy user of VMWare Fusion. I have both Ubuntu and Windows 8 VMs that I use regularly and while the Windows 8 VM works reasonably well, the Ubuntu VM is painful. Especially if you make use of the 4 workspaces heavily like I do. The redrawing lag is unacceptable and even typing lags and gets multiple hits, for example I would type 'hello' and 'heeeeeeeellllllo' would appear. Now I put this mostly down to VMWare rather than the adapters as using Skype in the Ubuntu VM suffers from some heavy audio lag too. I've managed to minimise this by not have the VM spread to all available monitors, only having it on one monitor (one of the externals provided by Plugable). It's now just about useable and the typing issues have gone.
I have also noticed the screensaver making the processor work overtime as mentioned by another reviewer. Same solution as they gave, disable your screensaver, no big loss.
Coupled with the 7-port USB 3 hub this is a fantastic solution to a problem I've been trying to solve for a while. Highly, highly recommended.
EDIT: Installing Xubuntu desktop on top of Ubuntu has solved even these problems so I'm now using the VM on all 2 (soon to be 3) monitors, leaving just a small lag when typing. Looks like it was the default animations playing havoc with the cards.
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