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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Two Monitors are Better than One

I recently saw this product on Amazon.com:

USB 2.0 UGA Multi-Display Adapter External Video Card
Product Description

Add monitors to your computer setup without having to open the computer case to install a new video card. The UGA adapter connects to your USB 2.0 port and allows you connect a CRT or LCD monitor or a projector. The adapter comes with two additional units to modify output for either digital or analog displays.

Here's how it works: The main adapter connects to your computer via USB cable, and features a DVI-I port (female). You can then connect to the DVI-I port with a DVI-I cable (not included), or use the two additional adapters. You can connect the DVI-I to HDMI adapter for digital displays using an HDMI cable, or use the DVI-I to VGA adapter to connect to analog display ports with a VGA cable. Please note that DVI-I, HDMI, and VGA cables are not included.

System Requirements:
CPU: 1.2GHz or faster, Intel Pentium/Celeron or better, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron or better
RAM: 256MB or better
USB 2.0 port
30 Mb hard disk space
OS: Windows XP, Vista 32/64, or 7; Mac OS X; Linux
Monitor: Super VGA (800 x 600) or higher resolution
CD Drive

I'd heard about this technology for years, but never followed it up. But recently I've had a spare flat screen, and I saw this product for only $42.86. Customer reviews sang it's praises, saying it allowed people to work much faster. It seemed like it would be worth trying, so I got it.

So far, I am REALLY liking it! It was easy to set up, and it's easy to use. I'm using it right now. It makes blogging go faster, because I don't have to keep collapsing and opening windows, I just move the cursor across the screens to work on multiple open windows. How did I ever manage without it?

I might eventually need a THIRD monitor! ;-)
     

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