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Actually usable USB-A display adapter?

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16 minutes ago, jtams said:

Has anyone found a reliable DisplayLink adapter for USB-A to HDMI/DisplayPort/VGA?

Up until CoViD moved all my work home, I was using this adapter with my work laptop (HP i5-4310M) in the office. As long as it was connected directly to the laptop (and not through the dock, which I suspect has a USB hub internally), it worked flawlessly. It's also been tested on the machine I validated for a department refresh (Dell i7-9750H, I think) and an Atom-powered Windows tablet (Asus X5-Z8350; I didn't say it worked well). I'll try it on my new laptop (Lenovo R5-4500U) tonight.

 

For 1080p, it will work fine (it can even handle a Youtube video), but it doesn't do 4Kp60 (only 4Kp30), just FYI.

 

I needed the adapter to get around Intel's arbitrary three display maximum (regardless of display resolution, even through 3 x 4K is 8 times the pixels of 3 x 1080p) </rant>, which it works very well for.

I bought a new ASUS Zenbook off of Newegg, and I guess I didn't look at the USB-C port closely enough. I'm going to a 2 monitor set-up, and found out that my USB-C port does not support display connections... Has anyone found a reliable DisplayLink adapter for USB-A to HDMI/DisplayPort/VGA? Reviews on all that I've found are dicey at best. A work around for still using the USB-C port would also be very welcome. I don't need anything majorly fancy as it is just going to a secondary 1080p/60hz monitor. 

 

For reference, this is my laptop. My config has the MX150 and  i7. 

 

Thanks in advance!

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16 minutes ago, jtams said:

Has anyone found a reliable DisplayLink adapter for USB-A to HDMI/DisplayPort/VGA?

Up until CoViD moved all my work home, I was using this adapter with my work laptop (HP i5-4310M) in the office. As long as it was connected directly to the laptop (and not through the dock, which I suspect has a USB hub internally), it worked flawlessly. It's also been tested on the machine I validated for a department refresh (Dell i7-9750H, I think) and an Atom-powered Windows tablet (Asus X5-Z8350; I didn't say it worked well). I'll try it on my new laptop (Lenovo R5-4500U) tonight.

 

For 1080p, it will work fine (it can even handle a Youtube video), but it doesn't do 4Kp60 (only 4Kp30), just FYI.

 

I needed the adapter to get around Intel's arbitrary three display maximum (regardless of display resolution, even through 3 x 4K is 8 times the pixels of 3 x 1080p) </rant>, which it works very well for.

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12 minutes ago, AbydosOne said:

For 1080p, it will work fine (it can even handle a Youtube video), but it doesn't do 4Kp60 (only 4Kp30), just FYI.

This is perfect as I'd just be using it for side stuff like YouTube videos and general surfing. All the real traffic would be going through the dedicated HDMI port to my 1440p/144hz main monitor. I see Pluggable makes a cheaper version that supports up to 2k, so I might go with that. 

 

Thank you!!

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11 minutes ago, AbydosOne said:

Up until CoViD moved all my work home, I was using this adapter with my work laptop (HP i5-4310M) in the office. As long as it was connected directly to the laptop (and not through the dock, which I suspect has a USB hub internally), it worked flawlessly. It's also been tested on the machine I validated for a department refresh (Dell i7-9750H, I think) and an Atom-powered Windows tablet (Asus X5-Z8350; I didn't say it worked well). I'll try it on my new laptop (Lenovo R5-4500U) tonight.

 

For 1080p, it will work fine (it can even handle a Youtube video), but it doesn't do 4Kp60 (only 4Kp30), just FYI.

 

I needed the adapter to get around Intel's arbitrary three display maximum (regardless of display resolution, even through 3 x 4K is 8 times the pixels of 3 x 1080p) </rant>, which it works very well for.

Interesting...

How noticeable is the compression with that one?

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17 minutes ago, Vishera said:

Interesting...

How noticeable is the compression with that one?

As far as I can tell, there's none. USB 3.0 can handle a 1080p stream uncompressed (24 bit/pixel * (1920×1080) pixels * 60 frames/sec = ~3 Gbps out of 5 Gbps max).

 

I imagine there's some driver magic going on in the background to only send the changing parts of the screen to the device, so I suspect the average throughput is much lower, but it can handle worst-case-scenario full-screen video.

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I've been using the AOC 720 and their 1080 15.6" usb displays, ok overall but the viewing angle sucks, not a problem since i use them for work

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