StarTech.com USB to VGA Multi Monitor External Video Card Adapter - 1440x900 - USB to VGA External Graphics Card
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- Connect a VGA monitor for an extended desktop multi-monitor USB solution
- Compatible with Windows 8/7/Vista/XP computers and VGA equipped monitors and projectors
- USB Video / Multi Monitor Adapter / USB Video Card / USB to VGA
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Connect a VGA monitor for an extended desktop multi-monitor USB solution The USB2VGAE2 USB to VGA external video adapter is the perfect multi-monitor VGA solution for office applications and Internet browsing. The USB video adapter features a small form factor and enables a USB 2.0 port to be used with a VGA port. A cost-saving multi-monitor or dual display option that can be used as an external graphics card for either laptop or desktop applications.The USB video adapter can be used with up to four additional (five total) USB2VGAE2 USB video adapters, creating multiple VGA connections that can be used to further extend or mirror the desktop shown on the existing display - all without having to open the computer case to add extra video cards.Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year and lifetime technical support.
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The problem was a setting in Office 2013, in Word under: | File | Options | Advanced |. I had to check the box, disabling "Hardware graphics acceleration." Once that was done. this unit worked just fine.
1. You want to add a second monitor to your computer, but your computer does not have a second monitor port
2. You do not have the ability (skill, permission, time, interest, etc.) to add a new or second video card
3. You are using a Microsoft Windows-based PC (I tested this on a Mac running OS X 10.8.2)
4. You want the second monitor to be able either to mirror or to extend* your existing desktop
Note: at the current price of this device, you can buy a basic video card that has two ports.
Note: you will have to install the included software, which is PC-only, for this device to work properly.
FYI: I bought this for a colleague at work. The machine had a single DVI port, already in use. The office had several extra VGA monitors available. This device allowed us to plug in a VGA monitor into my colleague's computer's available USB port. Through the Control Panel, we extended* his desktop across the two monitors so that he can now see large Excel spreadsheets in their entirety. (*Extend means that the computer treats all monitors as a single monitor. You desktop then 'stretches' or extends across them. Your mouse will similarly glide from monitor to monitor as if it were single, continuous desktop space. This configuration works best when the monitors are physically side by side.)
We noticed a slight color/temperature difference between the monitors. Some tweaking with the monitor menus and/or the Display preferences should allow us to match the screens, but so far no luck. However, my colleague is still quite happy.
I strongly recommend this device if your situation meets the above criteria.
I hope this helps.
5 Stars: Works great for a secondary monitor, driver download easy (Windows 10)
My problem was that while my little flip-screen DUO does everything I want in a computer for travel, I sometimes need to bring my BIG laptop along if I want to connect to a projector. This is a big deal weight-wise and a hassle as well. I researched solutions and it appeared that a USB2-to-VGA external device would work, but I couldn't find any reviews making it clear that it would work for certain.
I contacted StarTech.com's technical support and they got back to me very quickly. They advised buying the unit somewhere with a good return policy because they had seen some "issues" with touch screen devices. I was looking at a competing device and contacted their tech support with the same question and got a "we're sure it will work." I went with StarTech because I liked their response time AND their honesty. Turns out, it works just fine.
One tip: Don't install from the enclosed CD at all. Just download the latest driver installation from the StarTech website. The only thing that happens if you install from the CD is that you have to then uninstall it to get the updated drivers installed. My mistake, but it would've been more clever to just tell me to get the drivers online and not bother with the CD. Anyway, a few minutes wasted time, but otherwise no big deal.
After getting the drivers installed, I connected everything as directed in the brief manual. And it works! No fuss, no muss. Upon recognizing the device, it went immediately into dual monitor mode and mirrored everything from my screen to the projector. I'm good to go.
By the way, it works just fine in touch screen mode as well. I didn't START the computer in tablet mode, but when I switched from keyboard to tablet mode, it had no problem paging through a PowerPoint slide presentation and showing that on the projector.
UPDATE: Used it on a trip. I had to restart my laptop a couple of times as it "lost" the connection to the projector (or the projector lost it). But, after that, it ran like a charm for 2.5 hours without a glitch. EXCELLENT product.