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  1.    08 Nov 2015 #1
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    Triple Monitor Q&A - USB to VGA solutions?


    Is anyone out there familiar with triple monitor setups?

    Specifically, anyone on here have experience with these or similar products?
    Amazon.com: Plugable USB to VGA Video Graphics Adapter for Multiple Displays up to 1920x1080 (Supports Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and XP): Electronics

    Amazon.com: LinkS SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter for Windows: Electronics


    I've been thinking about building another computer because what I use has only one VGA port and I want a third monitor.
    Then I realized, I really don't have to get another computer. I could just get another monitor and a USB to VGA device.

    Who even knew these were a thing?

    Any experiences, positive or negative? I don't intend to play games on the third monitor, but I will likely watch videos on it, however I'm not picky about the quality. Everyone I know swears they can tell the difference between 720 and 1080p. I'm not sure that I can, and the better quality doesn't enhance the experience for me any. As long as it's at least broadcast TV clear, and the voices are synced I'm happy.
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  2.    08 Nov 2015 #2
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    I run triple monitors on my desktop PC but they all run off of my dedicated Video card. On my laptop I run dual displays with the second one being a USB 3 display. It uses DisplayLink software. This is the one I have, https://www.asus.com/Monitors/MB168BPlus/ May not be the exact same model but looks identical to the one I have. I've watched videos on it and didn't notice any lag. I don't game on my laptop anyway. I went this route because its nice and compact and will fit it my laptop bag with my laptop. It's the same size as a 15 inch tablet only its a monitor. Just the one cable for power and video. I have no experience with the adapters you posted, sorry.
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  3.    08 Nov 2015 #3
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    never used a usb to vga, but I do use a hdmi to vga ,for connecting my Raspberry Pi to my multiport monitor, and it works great
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  4.    08 Nov 2015 #4
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    Those USB to VGA stuffs are good only for regular PC tasks like spreadsheets and other documents. It's kind of slow refreshing pages so watching videos through them may not be a good idea. I had one before but I returned it. Instead I just replaced my video card. If you have a 300 watts power supply, this low end video card will solve your problem (provided that you are not going to do gaming):

    http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Silence-Di...IS+HD+5450+1gb

    Of course you will still need to buy a 3rd monitor and an active displayport to VGA/DVI/HDMI (whatever port you have) adapter to make the third monitor work.

    This is a sample of the displayport to dvi active adapter (keyword: ACTIVE , passive will not work):

    http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters%...active+adapter
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  5.    08 Nov 2015 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    Those USB to VGA stuffs are good only for regular PC tasks like spreadsheets and other documents. It's kind of slow refreshing pages so watching videos through them may not be a good idea. I had one before but I returned it. Instead I just replaced my video card. If you have a 300 watts power supply, this low end video card will solve your problem (provided that you are not going to do gaming):

    http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Silence-DisplayPort-PCI-Express-H545H1GD1/dp/B004GL72K0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1447014348&sr=1-1&keywords=HIS+HD+5450+1gb

    Except I have a laptop so that's probably not going to work right?

    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    Of course you will still need to buy a 3rd monitor and an active displayport to VGA/DVI/HDMI (whatever port you have) adapter to make the third monitor work.
    That's not a problem. I got two 24 inch HP monitors last year for $150.

    Quote Originally Posted by badrobot View Post
    This is a sample of the displayport to dvi active adapter (keyword: ACTIVE , passive will not work):

    http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters%...active+adapter
    What's the difference between active and passive?
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  6.    08 Nov 2015 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatypusKnight View Post
    Except I have a laptop so that's probably not going to work right?



    That's not a problem. I got two 24 inch HP monitors last year for $150.



    What's the difference between active and passive?
    Ok my bad. I didn't know it's for a laptop you are looking for.

    Either you get the ASUS one that alphanumeric posted or this one:
    https://youtu.be/l_LrPu_Qk9k
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  7.    09 Nov 2015 #7
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    You could use an old legacy PCI VGA card so you have at least one more monitor output. This is an example of EVGA GeForce 6200 512MB PCI card

    WARNING! I'm talking about legacy PCI (plugs into the white legacy 32-bit PCI ports), not the new PCI-Express cards (that plug into a PCI-E 16x port)

    In case that running the relevant nVidia Forceware setup conflicts with your newer nVidia card and software, you have to manually install the driver from the Device Manager.
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  8.    09 Nov 2015 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by spapakons View Post
    You could use an old legacy PCI VGA card so you have at least one more monitor output. This is an example of EVGA GeForce 6200 512MB PCI card

    WARNING! I'm talking about legacy PCI (plugs into the white legacy 32-bit PCI ports), not the new PCI-Express cards (that plug into a PCI-E 16x port)

    In case that running the relevant nVidia Forceware setup conflicts with your newer nVidia card and software, you have to manually install the driver from the Device Manager.
    its already been stated that OP is using a laptop
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  9.    09 Nov 2015 #9
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    Oops... too fast to reply...sorry. In that case I guess the only option is a USB to VGA adapter, the faster the better.
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  10.    09 Nov 2015 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlatypusKnight View Post
    Is anyone out there familiar with triple monitor setups?

    Specifically, anyone on here have experience with these or similar products?
    Amazon.com: Plugable USB to VGA Video Graphics Adapter for Multiple Displays up to 1920x1080 (Supports Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, and XP): Electronics

    Amazon.com: LinkS SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter for Windows: Electronics


    I've been thinking about building another computer because what I use has only one VGA port and I want a third monitor.
    Then I realized, I really don't have to get another computer. I could just get another monitor and a USB to VGA device.

    Who even knew these were a thing?

    Any experiences, positive or negative? I don't intend to play games on the third monitor, but I will likely watch videos on it, however I'm not picky about the quality. Everyone I know swears they can tell the difference between 720 and 1080p. I'm not sure that I can, and the better quality doesn't enhance the experience for me any. As long as it's at least broadcast TV clear, and the voices are synced I'm happy.
    your laptop seem it should be new enough to have a hdmi out on it ,you would be able to use a hdmi to vga adapter similar to the usb to vga you have linked,, so are you are saying that your monitors are vga ,or your laptop only has a vga out
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