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CitizenOfDreams 11-03-2012 18:34

External video cards
 
Please school me on external video adapters that plug into a USB2 port. What exactly they can and cannot do? I understand that full-screen video would be out of question, but are they fast enough for things like editing Office documents, reading PDF files, using Remote Desktop? Or are they strictly for static pictures like Powerpoint presentations?

I want to be able to use an external monitor with my pocket size PC. It does not have any video outputs, so a USB video adapter is my only option.

srhoades 11-03-2012 19:29

They can do a lot more than you think. I had a client us one so they could use dual monitors in Windows 7. Couldn't tell the difference between the onboard adapter and the USB. The current generation adapters support full HD resolutions.

CitizenOfDreams 11-03-2012 21:21

Quote:

Originally Posted by srhoades (Post 19588119)
They can do a lot more than you think. I had a client us one so they could use dual monitors in Windows 7. Couldn't tell the difference between the onboard adapter and the USB.

What kind of work does your client do? Office, CAD, video? I would imagine there are some limitations due to USB speed and latency. :dunno:

sappy13 11-04-2012 10:58

We have recently started using some startech usb to vga adapters for clients that want dual monitors. They work suprisingly well. I dont think I would suggest for for intensive video editing or cad, but for anything else I think you would be good. We havent had anyone complain about them yet.

srhoades 11-04-2012 18:38

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Originally Posted by CitizenOfDreams (Post 19588556)
What kind of work does your client do? Office, CAD, video? I would imagine there are some limitations due to USB speed and latency. :dunno:

General office productivity and accounting.

CitizenOfDreams 11-04-2012 21:53

Thanks for the replies guys, my plan is to give one of them a try.


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