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StarTech USB to HDMI External Dual or Multi Monitor Video Adapter with Audio review

A mouthful of a name but a useful adaptor for gaining an HDMI port

Our Verdict

For

  • Useful features
  • Audio support
  • Works well

Against

  • Limited appeal
  • Not as powerful as a graphics card

HDMI ports on computers can be incredibly useful – the ability to transform your HD TV into a huge monitor has excellent uses from watching movies to playing games on the big screen. Or for work, you can also use HDMI to display presentations on TVs and projectors.

If your laptop or desktop PC doesn't come with an HDMI-out port then the StarTech USB to HDMI External Dual or Multi Monitor Video Adapter with Audio is very useful, since it effectively transforms a USB port into an HDMI one.

Another benefit is that even if your PC comes with HDMI, you can use this adaptor to extend your desktop over an extra monitor – a worthwhile feature if your graphics card isn't up to the task.

While some people use a DVI to HDMI cable to connect their PC to a high-definition TV – because DVI ports are far more popular than HDMIs on computers – the DVI can't handle audio.

The StarTech USB to HDMI External Dual or Multi Monitor Video Adapter with Audio, as the very long-winded name suggests, can handle audio. A small feature perhaps, but it's very valuable if you use your TV's speakers when watching media via HDMI.

Verdict

This is a useful product, although if you have a decent graphics card that comes with HDMI and can support multiple monitors then you're not going to need it.

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
HDMIYes
Brand NameStarTech.com
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Number of HDMI Outputs1
ManufacturerStarTech.com
Product NameUSB to HDMI External Dual or Multi Monitor Video Adapter with Audio
Manufacturer Part NumberUSB2HDMI
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.startech.com/uk
Marketing Information

The USB2HDMI USB HDMI External Video Adapter (Dual or Multi Monitor with Audio) turns an available USB 2.0 port into an HDMI output, with high resolution video support (up to 1920x1080) and audio.

The USB HDMI adapter can be used to mirror your primary desktop, showing the same image on each display, or to extend your desktop to double your workspace and increase your productivity. This external graphics card is a cost-saving multi-monitor or dual display solution, for either laptop or desktop applications, offering the ability to connect an additional HDMI (or DVI) display to your computer setup without the hassle of opening the computer case to install a new video card.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Limited Warranty2 Year