DisplayLink adapters capable of outputting 1080p Full HD are relatively rare beasts - so far we've spotted a Lenovo model on the market, for a heady $129 - so Diamond Multimedia's $75 BVUMD3 USB Display Adapter Plus tickles us exactly where we want it to: in our wallets. The compact device allows you to hook up a DVI or VGA monitor to a regular USB 2.0 port on your PC, notebook or netbook, and you can plug in up to six at any one time.
As well as the display output there are three powered USB 2.0 ports for using the BVUMD3 as a mini docking station of sorts. Up to 1600 x 1200 and 1920 x 1080 (wide) 32-bit True Color resolutions are supported, and you can either mirror your notebook's display or extend it.
It's worth noting that, since the DisplayLink drivers take a toll on your CPU, you won't be able to run six of these from, say, a regular netbook. Still, for adding a third screen when you're already using your notebook's normal display output, $75 seems something of a bargain.
DisplayLink and Diamond Create New Twist on Docking Stations, Combines Mini Display Adapter and USB Hub
PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology has enabled Diamond Multimedia’s BVUMD3 USB HD Display Adapter Plus to provide plug-and-play capabilities for additional displays to laptop or desktop computers, while providing additional USB ports for peripheral connectivity and giving a new twist to the traditional universal docking station.
“DisplayLink’s DL-165 USB virtual graphics chip has enabled us to offer our customers a means to connect multiple monitors to a single device, along with many other multimedia capabilities”
Using DisplayLink’s USB virtual graphics chip, the DL-165, Diamond’s BVUMD3 USB HD Display Adapter Plus packs a lot into a small 4.0 x 2.6 x .8 inch device. It supports DVI or VGA interfaces, offering high quality digital imaging up to 1600 x 1200 and 1920 x 1080 (wide) 32-bit True Color resolutions and allows users to mirror or extend the display in any direction. The BVUMD3 can determine the type, resolutions and key features of any display, ensuring a fast and error free setup. Furthermore, it is fully integrated into the Windows operating system and is managed by the Windows Control Panel interface.
“DisplayLink’s DL-165 USB virtual graphics chip has enabled us to offer our customers a means to connect multiple monitors to a single device, along with many other multimedia capabilities,” says Louis Kokenis, the Product Engineering Manager for Diamond Multimedia. “The BVUMD3 also uses 80% less power than a discrete solution.”
In addition to the USB graphics adapter, the BVUMD3 provides three DisplayLink USB virtual graphics powered USB 2.0 high speed ports that can be used as a mini universal USB docking station for netbooks, notebooks and Macbook peripherals.
“Diamond’s USB HD Display Adapter Plus is another example of USB universal docking stations gaining momentum in the market and how they have unlimited potential to enhance the notebook/netbook computing experience,” says Dennis Crespo, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for DisplayLink. “The USB HD Display Adapter Plus offers big productivity and organizational benefits in a small package.”
Diamond’s BVUMD3 USB HD Display Adapter Plus is available now for $75 from Diamond’s online partners, including Amazon.com, Buy.com, CircuitCity.com, CompUSA.com, NewEgg.com, TigerDirect.com and retail outlets such as Fry’s and Micro Center.