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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

  • USB-VGA-165
  • Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (Not Windows RT), and OS X 10.7/8 compatible only

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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.

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: 3.5"
  • Width: 2.0"
  • Depth: 0.6"

Learn more about the Plugable Technologies USB-VGA-165


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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

Package Contents
USB-VGA-165, USB 2.0 A to mini-B cable, DVI to VGA adapter, DVI to HDMI Rotating Adapter


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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  • Jerry S.
  • 6/11/2014 1:18:19 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Adds support for more than two displays
Easy Setup

Cons: 1:10 failed
Little Support

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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