The Plugable USB-VGA-165 graphics adapter allows a standard HDMI or DVI monitor to be connected to a Windows PC via USB 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. Analog VGA connections support up to 1920×1080/1600x1200. All standard monitor modes up to the maximum resolution can be set by the device.
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 chipset decodes the data and displays it.
Multiple Monitor Magic
For anyone doing information work in several applications or files all at once, multiple monitors can be indispensable.
You can duplicate or extend your Windows desktop to the additional monitors connected via USB adapters. All monitors are configured using the standard Windows display control panel.
Gain multitasking efficiency by using each monitor to show a different document or application. Simply drag a window from one monitor to another.
If you need more monitors than you have USB ports on your PC, you can connect adapters through a USB hub.
The USB-VGA-165 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.
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.
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:
This review is from: Plugable USB-VGA-165 USB to VGA Display Adapter (Supports Monitors up to 1920x1080 on Windows, Mac OS X Support Limited to 10.7, 10.8) DisplayLink DL-165 Chipset
Pros: Adds support for more than two displays
Cons: 1:10 failed
Other Thoughts: This is a great little product for the price. Use these on multiple different computers. Works with Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista. Adds options for additional displays past factory 2 displays.
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