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USB 2.0 to VGA Display Adapter (1920x1080)
There are literally countless ways of increasing your desktop real estate which can improve the efficiency, enjoyment, and usability of your computer. With another monitor, you can look at more programs at the same time and do real multitasking; the way using a computer is supposed to be.
Imagine surfing the internet, reading a spreadsheet and being able to read your email while being involved in an instant messaging conversation and at the same time. You can even watch a movie on one screen without the need to minimize and maximize every window in the other. Whether you're a video editor that needs more monitors, a business that needs to take control and see all the crucial data at once or a home business owner that needs a bit more space, Monoprice's UGA Series is the easiest and fastest way to fulfill your multitasking needs.
- Ability to clone or extend in all directions
- Standard and widescreen ratio aspects
- 1920x1080p maximum resolutioin
- Primary, Extended, and Mirror display modes
- Compatible with PPC based Macs
* Note: VGA cable not included
Compatible Operating Systems:
- Windows 2000
- Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
- Mac OS X 10.4 and later
- Drivers for Windows ver 7.4 (Sep 6, 2013)
- Drivers for Windows ver 7.2 (Apr 7, 2013)
- Drivers for Windows XP/Server 2003/Vista/Server 2008/7 ver 5.6 (May 23, 2011)
- Drivers for Windows 2000 ver 5.3 (Dec 7, 2010)
- Drivers for Mac OS X 10.6 and later ver 2.0 (Mar 28, 2013)
- Drivers for Mac OS X 10.4-10.7 ver 1.7b4 (Sep 9, 2011)
- Drivers for Mac OS X 10.4-10.6 ver 1.6 (May 26, 2011)
- Drivers for Linux ver 0.1.2 (Oct 24, 2010)
- 1x USB to VGA Adapter
- 1x Quick Start Guide
- 1x CD Driver
- 1x USB 2.0 Cable
I've compared it with another adapter that I purchased for twice the price from a well recognized laptop manufacturer. That one that one did not work nearly as well.
I purchased another one to run another external monitor because this one works so well
PROS: this USB adapter was recognized by my new Windows 7 laptop immediately and works flawlessly.
CONS: none to date
I was skeptical at first, and just got one to begin with. But these are no gimmick performance is surprisingly good. I've played some video on the UGA screens, though it's not *quite* as snappy as direct video link (and video-intensive applications like full-screen video games will likely not perform well.) But my use case is not quite that intensive. I may have several applications open (email, a few browser windows, a development environment, and so on) and each application or task is given its own screen. Looking at the monitors, you can't tell if you're looking at a UGA or traditional cabled video's output. You can move windows across all your screens as if it's one big surface. And things like rotating orientation, and mirroring other screens is supported. Two of my monitors are portrait orientation, for full-page viewing. That's nice.
One thing to be said: this needs USB 2 ports or better. For giggles I tried an old USB 1.1 hub, and ... it ... was ... quite ... slow. It worked, but not very well. Thing is, these little devices are their own video card, and the driver installed on your computer sends a compressed description of what's changed on your screen, which the card(s) remember and show on their monitor. So these cards can keep up with normal applications (word processing, spreadsheets, email, etc) over USB 2.0 just fine.
Intallation (on a Wintel box) was completely painless: connect in the monitor to one end of the UGA, then connect the UGA to the computer via USB Windows detects the device, installs the driver, and in a few minutes, you've got a second, third, (or sixth!) monitor.
The devices run a little warm, so I've got mine rubber-banded to some aluminum office framing behind my desk to help dissipate the heat I don't know if that's necessary, but I figure with four of them, keeping them all cool helps.
In short, these are great. Notebooks don't expand well (you can't add an additional video card easily) but even with a desktop workstation, why crack open the cover when you can do this by just plugging some USB cables? They're also very portable, so traveling with them is no problem. Sweet.
PROS: Mindlessly simple. Surprisingly effective.
CONS: Some video cards don't play nice with this. Probably not suitable for high-intensity gaming.
PROS: very easy to use... Just plugged it in & went to work
PROS: Much easier to use to add multiple monitors than trying to add new video cards. Worked exactly as advertised.
CONS: Very good for what I needed them for (general office work). Would probably not work as well where high quality (graphics, etc) was needed. But for an inexpensive means to add a couple of computers, they were great!
PROS: Easy to use, very reliable.
PROS: For what is advertised and the price I thought it a great buy. I had a failure of a $1700.00 board and program that operates 3 screens. Two of these replaced it simply and quickly. I purchased extra for when the other computer that runs the same program develops a problem.
Reorder it and no trouble.. mayby defective unit...! good product
PROS: Easy connection, detection on windows 7 and 8, work as supposed
CONS: First unit work only 5 minutes... never detected again by computer... try on 2 other computers.. with another usb cable.. no more detected by computer...!
After replacement (good service from monoprice) : now work great..everyday use... seem cheap but do the work... rate 9 now (10 cause needed replacement.. and seem cheap..)!
PROS: Great price, handles hi res graphics fine.
PROS: Price, selection, availability, delivery.
PROS: Installed the software an plugged it into a USB port and a monitor and it worked immediately. Great product! I very well may be purchasing more of these.
CONS: If you let the main piece hang free where the weight of the adapter pulls on both sides, it has a greater tendency of coming apart at the adapter