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Plugable USB3-HDMI-DVI USB 3.0 to HDMI/DVI Display Adapter (Supports Monitors up to 2048×1152 on Windows, Mac OS X Support Limited to 10.7, 10.8)

  • USB to HDMI
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (Not Windows RT), and OS X 10.7/8 compatible only
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The Plugable USB3-HDMI-DVI graphics adapter allows a standard HDMI or DVI monitor to be connected to a Windows PC via a USB 3.0/2.0 connection. An adapter is required for every monitor you wish to connect via USB, up to six adapters per Windows system (up to 4 on OS X 10.7.x and 10.8.x only). No power adapter is needed for the adapter. Power is provided by USB. The adapter can display in resolutions up to 2048×1152/1920×1200.

When the adapter is connected to your PC, graphics processing still is handled by your computer’s central processor and graphics processor. The USB graphic adapter’s DisplayLink drivers on the PC compress and transmit pixels to the USB adapter as pixels are updated. The adapter’s DisplayLink DL-3500 chipset decodes the data and displays it.

Audio can be carried over the HDMI output from the USB3-HDMI-DVI when the adapter is set as the PC’s default audio device (except on Macs, due to limitations in the Mac software). On OS X, audio is ONLY supported over USB 3.0 on 10.8.5- earlier versions only supported audio endpoints on USB 2.0, not USB 3.0. This means you won’t need a separate audio cable to transmit sound from your PC to your HDMI-connected display (provided that the display has some sort of speaker system).

The USB3-HDMI-DVI adapter can be used in conjunction with any of Plugable’s other USB graphics adapters. Please note that USB graphics adapters not powered by DisplayLink technology cannot be used on your PC simultaneously with Plugable (or any DisplayLink-based) USB graphics adapters. Even the drivers for non-DisplayLink USB graphics adapters must be uninstalled from the PC.

When the adapter is connected to a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port on the PC, the increased data transmission speed makes it possible to display high-definition video on 1080p-compliant displays.

Hardware Requirements
Dual Core Intel CPU 2GHz or better. Windows GPU should be Intel, nVidia, or ATI. OS X uses CPU rendering exclusively, so note that additional load on CPU from applications, virtual machines, etc. can degrade graphics performance substantially.

Resolutions Supported
The hardware is capable of supporting nearly arbitrary resolutions, up to its limit of 2048×1152. VESA standard and widescreen resolutions are supported by most software, including: 1920×1080, 1600×1200, 1680×1050, 1440×900. 1400×1050, 1280×1024, 1280×768, 1280×720, 1152×864, 1024×768, 800×600, 640×480 For all resolutions, the display is refreshed at 60Hz, and the hardware is capable of 16, and 32bpp color depths. Some operating systems require specific depths, like 32bpp for Windows Aero support.

Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)
Windows XP Home or Professional Windows XP Home or Professional (including Tablet edition) with Service Pack 2 or 3 (no 64-bit support)

Mac OS X 10.7.(latest), 10.8.(latest)
Mac OS X USB displays have limited functionality and performance compared to your main monitor. We provide DisplayLink's latest Mac drivers for download. Apple's APIs support these USB display drivers, but that support is limited. The most important limitations on Mac are:

  • No use of the GPU, so performance isn't at the same level as your main display
  • Apps which use 3D APIs like Quartz Extreme or OpenGL (including iMovie and Keynote for certain features) won't update on the USB display
  • Some applications won't function in fullscreen mode, Parallels coherence mode, various Adobe creative suites CS5 and CS6 applications, etc.
So it can be a good solution for attaching additional monitors for web and information work -- but not for 3D or gaming, and not as a replacement for your primary monitor.
  • Length: 2.5"
  • Width: 1.0"
  • Depth: 0.5"

Learn more about the Plugable Technologies USB3-HDMI-DVI


Plugable Technologies


Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (Not Windows RT), and OS X 10.7/8 compatible only


Connect up to six monitors to a Windows laptop or desktop PC, or up to 4 displays on OS X--one adapter required per monitor.


Package Contents
USB3-HDMI-DVI, USB 3.0 A to Micro B cable, HDMI to DVI adapter

Manufacturer Warranty

Limited 1 Year
Limited 1 Year


Not compatible with USB graphics adapters based on non-DisplayLink chipsets. Also not compatible with Windows versions before XP, OS X versions before 10.7, Linux or other operating systems.

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