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Pros: Runs my 2560x1080 monitor nicely for most purposes. Uses the stock DisplayLink driver so you don't have to rely on the device manufacturer to update drivers.
Cons: It isn't just a video adapter, but a mini USB 3.0 video card which requires some processor power to help push those pixels. My laptop fan will spin up if I try to play a game on the display connected to this adapter, which makes sense because it isn't using my built-in graphics card to do the rendering.
Other Thoughts: This solved my need for DisplayPort output from a laptop with only HDMI. The fact that this isn't a high performance video output and doesn't leverage my laptop's built-in graphics card is just the nature of the beast, and is really more about the fact that I bought a laptop without native DisplayPort. This gives me the DP output I needed, and is cheaper than most other DisplayLink adapter and dock options out there. I just won't be playing games on it.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: UNITEK Y-5301 1080P HDMI Male to VGA Female Cable Converter Adapter
Pros: It does what it is supposed to do.
Other Thoughts: Apparently you need an HDMI port that provides enough power. I'm not sure how common low- or non-powered HDMI ports are, but it wasn't a problem for me. Be aware that your computer will likely still try to send audio out of you HDMI port with this adapter connected, which obviously won't work since it's just outputiing VGA video.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Overall, a huge improvement over the stock Intel heat sink and fan. Much quieter, and I have yet to hear the fan spin up at all from the lowest speed. I would hear the stock fan spin up regularly. I installed it to blow towards the exhaust fan in the rear of the case, so I'd bet my PC is now better at getting hot air out of the case. The stock fan blew straight down towards the motherboard so there was a fair amount of warm air recirculation inside the case.
Cons: I had to install it myself with some of the limited free time I have :)
Other Thoughts: I've been running a Core i3 with the stock heat sink and fan in a media center PC for a few years. Recently the fan started making more noise than usual. Without checking for clearance I ordered a Hyper 212 Plus, which I had installed in a desktop build and was quite happy with, especially for the price. Turns out the 212 won't fit in a 3U media center case, duh. So I looked for a similar unit with smaller dimensions and this one looked like a good choice at a similar price to the 212. The install went without a hitch, and it is noticeably quieter than the stock fan ever was.
Just remember to be smart in you case choice. With my desktop case I can have both sides off and easy access to the front and back of the socket area of the motherboard by removing 4 thumbscrews. My media center case made the process significantly more difficult. 11 screws to remove the top, 4 screws to remove the cross brace, then I had to disconnect all the cables and mounting screws from the motherboard so I could pull it out to access the back side for mounting the new heat sink.
Swapping heat sinks isn't something you'll do regularly, but the suboptimal access of my media center case turned what could have been a 10 minute process into a 90 minute hassle. But at least this product is working like a champ now. Certainly no regrets from me, other than me continuing to use this media center case with poor access :)