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Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter Review

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Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter Conclusion:

In the end, I think it is the cost that keeps poking at me with this product. Sure I can easily add another display using only USB for $60, but if I wanted to do six displays as boasted by Diamond, I would need six times the cost, or $360. Granted that is much cheaper than a decent discrete card to support six monitors and prevents me from having to use another slot for a secondary card I may not have room for, but that cost is a bit heavy weighing on my pocket.

In the occasional use for my laptop, I could argue a good case for being able to connect almost anywhere on the go. I could use any plug from any monitor, TV, or projector on the go and be ready for most cases. However, I feel in most cases, it would be easier to just arrange ahead of time for the needs on both ends. $60 is quite a bit for my personal use, but if my school or work invested in a couple of these, things would be quite a bit smoother when it came to so many different laptops on one source.

Ultimately, I like the concept. It was nice not having to dig through my bag of cables for the right one to use and it was pretty simple to set up and use. However, with the fad of smaller tablet/PC devices and the ever popular BayTrail and Tegra processors, it becomes difficult to use such a device. The CPU isn't enough to power the conversion to upscale the output 1080p. Though understandable, my main "laptop" on the go for work or school is now my ASUS T100, as it can do everything I need it to do – besides display 1080p. Though I believe the Diamond adapter has its place, it doesn't exactly have a home in my travel bag.

 

Pros:

  • Small drivers, minimal install, and no required clunky software.
  • Just works, if you have the CPU power; no extra setup needed.
  • Provides USB connection to DVI, HDMI, and VGA output devices.

Cons:

  • Cost. It costs a bit much for the seemingly occasional use or possibly even one time use; seems cheaper to just invest in a cable for permanent use.
  • CPU-limited means lowly tablet/PC units might not be compatible, which are often the ones with minimal connections.
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  1. Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter: Introduction
  2. Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter: Closer Look
  3. Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter: Specifications & Features
  4. Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter: Testing & Results
  5. Diamond UGA USB 3.0/2.0 to DVI/HDMI/VGA Adapter: Conclusion
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