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Add another monitor or TV easily and quickly!
on 26 February 2013
This is one of those products that does exactly what it sets out to do. This clever little USB device, adds the capability to add a monitor or TV to a set-up that doesn't currently have the appropriate outputs (e.g. many laptops). However it doesn't stop there! You can add multiple units and have a complete multi-screen set-up!
Set-up of the device is very simple and straightforward. The compact box comes with the USB device itself, an HDMI->DVI adapter, a driver CD and an instruction book. The built quality of the device feels solid and durable. Overall the product feels high quality.
I tested the product with a Windows 7 64-bit laptop. Firstly I installed the driver using the supplied CD. Please note that the CD is a mini CD which works with most CD/DVD/BD readers, but slot reading devices do not like them. If that is an issue, you can download the driver directly from the manufacturers website ([...]). Having installed the driver (which is written/provided by DisplayLink), it is then simply a case of connecting the Anker device to a USB 2.0 or 3.0 port and connecting your monitor or TV. The device itself has an HDMI output which is compatible with sound. However, also included in the box is a DVI adapter so that you can connect it to many monitors (DVI does not support sound). The Anker device automatically detects the resolution capability of the connected device.
It is very important to emphasise that this product DOES work with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. There is a very slight latency in fast motion that I noticed when connected via USB 2.0, that was improved with USB 3.0. This would never be noticed for typical productivity, but may be noticed for gaming. Therefore, if you have a USB 3.0 port, it is strongly recommended to use this connection if possible. However the device is perfectly usable for the vast majority of productivity applications over USB 2.0.
When a monitor or TV is connected, an extra icon appears in the icon tray at the bottom right of the Windows desktop. From this icon, you can quickly customize both sound and video attributes. In particularly this provides a quick way of changing the resolution of the connected display and also whether the display is a duplication (mirror) or an extension of the desktop. In this way, it could be used to connect a projector for a travelling salesman, teacher, presenter. Or it could be part of a multi-screen display as part of a home or office installation.
I like devices that just work. This is one of those devices. It is compact, simple to install and use, and does exactly what it says without problems. Highly recommended!
N.B Please see photo showing the simple connection/usage of this device to a Sony TV