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NewerTech Display Adapter

USB 2.0 to DVI / HDMI / VGA

Small, lightweight, and bus powered with no AC adapter needed.
Up to 2048 x 1152 resolution.
Raise productivity by as much as 50% with an extra monitor.
Multiple displays (previously used primarily by financial traders, graphic designers, and video gamers) are now a common requirement for modern, everyday computer users that require viewing a volume of personal content and websites simultaneously.

Studies have shown productivity gains of 10% to 50% with multiple monitor use, because users are able to perform more work in less time and with fewer errors.

Note: This release does not support OpenGL acceleration (3D hardware acceleration) so therefore applications and features that require OpenGL, Quartz Extreme, Quartz Composer and other framework based on OpenGL will not be fully supported. Examples of such features are Keynote Presentations, iPhoto Slideshows and iMovie.

Add up to 4 monitors via Mac Add up to 6 monitors via PC

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Included Items

Multitasking

  • Multitask more effectively without overlapping windows.

Spreadsheets

  • View large spreadsheets across two screens with display continuity.

e-mails

  • Open attachments on one screen while reading the e-mail on the other.

Presentations

  • Use a laptop to run multiple screens during a large audience presentation.

TV/movies

  • View Internet TV or DVD movies on one screen and your desktop on the other screen.

Reference

  • Type documents on one screen while viewing reference material on the other.

Photoshop

  • Design on one screen and use second display for Photoshop pallets/tools.

Charts/Data

  • View investment charts and live market data at the same time.

Product Specifications

Overview

  • Works on PC and Intel Mac models
  • Lossless compression
  • LCD, CRT, projector displays
  • Connect one extra monitor per adapter to your desktop or laptop's USB port!
  • Configure connected monitors to either clone your primary screen, or extend the desktop allowing visibility of more applications at the same time!
  • Standard and Widescreen ratio aspects
  • Bus Powered Operation - no external power supply needed

Display Modes

  • Can easily Mirror the main display or extend left, right, above, and below
  • Can also be rotated left, right, or upside-down

Operation

  • High-Performance DDR memory
  • Completely silent operation
  • Uses very little computer resources and offers a vast array of screen resolutions and color depths ensuring little performance difference between a screen directly connected or via USB 2.0

Resolution

  • Supports resolutions up to 2048 x 1152 including SDTV/HDTV resolutions: 480i/p (640x480), 720p (1280x720), 1080i/p (1920x1080)
  • NOTE: Software Color Calibration tools do not operate on displays connected via USB Displayport technology.

Dimensions

  • Adapter Size 3.085"(L) X 1.862"(W) X .80"(H)

Warranty

Includes everything needed for DVI, HDMI, and VGA connectivity

Included Items

Package Contents

Gallery

Installation Instructions

Included Items

System Requirements

Mac

  • Intel based Mac OS X 10.4.11 and above (not compatible with PowerPC based Macs)
  • Supports up to four monitors
  • NOTE: There is a possible incompatibility with the primary screen becomes corrupted or other issues are seen when using the DisplayLink Mac driver on Core i5/i7 systems. This issue has been resolved by Apple in Mac OS X 10.6.5.

Windows

  • 2000 SP4, XP SP2, Vista with Aero support, and 7
  • Supports up to six monitors

Resolution

  • Supports resolutions up to 2048 x 1152 including SDTV/HDTV resolutions: 480i/p (640x480), 720p (1280x720), 1080i/p (1920x1080)
  • NOTE: Software Color Calibration tools do not operate on displays connected via USB Displayport technology.

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.6 / 5 14 out of 16 (88%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 3/5 works but... April 9, 2015 The best part is that it just worked. The challenges are (a) USB video is slow and I cannot blame then for it (b) but it was a challenge to locate the drivers for OSX. Once found it was ok.

Response from MacSales.com, Technical Support April 10, 2015 The latest drives are located on the Requirements Tab.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Mountain View, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 A great way to add extra monitor March 22, 2015 The NewerTech Display Adapter has worked flawlessly with my older Snow Leopard OS enabled MacBook Pro. Since Apple's YOSEMITE was installed the beta version of the software has been erratic. I expect they will fix it soon enough.

This is a great way to add extra monitors beyond what the computer normally permits.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Chicago Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great for its intended purpose July 29, 2014 I love multiple monitors and can't do my work without them anymore. This product allows for VGA and and DVI monitors to be hooked up through a USB 2.0 connection. For business purposes, they work great. The video gets kind of mangled when attempting to watch video, but that's OK, I just move the video to the primary screen of my computer setup. You can't use these for video editing, and at the price, you should not expect it to. I use them to put MS Outlook on one screen, IM on another and Internet on a third. I actually have four monitors: Laptop, vga attached monitor, and two of these devices. The resolutions are fine and I think the screens are plenty clear for my use. I use these for both Mac and Windows. I like how the drivers allow for integration with the Windows and Mac display settings - you can move the various images around within the display settings.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Germany Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 This product has great features July 19, 2014 I would recommend this item to a friend!
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Canada Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent product, as expected !! May 1, 2014 This product meet exactly the requirement I expect for the usage. Good product and good price!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Earth Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 3/5 Has SERIOUS Issues with 10.9 January 15, 2014 Great device but beware if you upgrade to 10.9. It does not work properly. They are aware of issue BUT say it's Apple's fault because they changed some of the system components. No updates or workarounds have been issued. I used to LOVE this product! Not anymore......

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing January 15, 2014 There is a software update required for use with Mavericks 10.9. See the Requirements tab for the link to download the latest driver. At the current time, yes, there are a few known issues that are being worked upon. Details can be found at the same link.
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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Little Powerhouse December 3, 2013 I love this. Its a little external video card that lets you add a monitor (or even several). As an IT manager, I've had many opportunities to use this on a variety of computers, operating systems, and display devices and thus far have great experiences. I've had this for a long time now and it just keeps on kicking (no ticking). A great solution if you have a DVI display that you want to connect to a computer that only has USB slots available.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Oak Ridge Tn Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works like a charm May 1, 2013 I'm using this on the 2012 Mac mini. Easy painless installation. It works!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Melbourne, Australia Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Brilliant April 16, 2013 Works perfectly both in Mac and Windows BootCamp - easy installation and easy configuration - handled video playback seamlessly

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: San Jose, CA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Good solution for static screen content March 2, 2013 Installed without a hitch, it cycles once when starting up, but then is ok, I use for email and other less intensive display tasks, driving a 23 inch view sonic VX2450, I am driving an Apple 23 and another VS VX2450 off the Mini onboard video. Watching a You tube video is ok, frame rate lags a little vs the main Apple display, but its ok, but not for video editing. I am running the latest 2.3 GHz i7 Mini with 8GB RAM Intel HD 4000 768MB

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: HappyRAMCustomer Location: TN Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great for presentations October 7, 2012 Our church uses this to run multiple displays, each with different media. The product itself has worked great, and has enabled us to use more than just the minidisplay port on our iMac.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: RC07042 Location: NJ Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 It works, which is great. August 19, 2012 This was a great solution to running a second external monitor on my MacBook Pro. The first is connected with the Thunderbolt port. I don't see any significant difference between the two monitors with this adapter. When first plugged in, I do sometimes need to do a little fiddling or do a restart to get everything going, but once connected it works well and stays connected (sometimes for days).

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: Raj001 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Amazing product August 12, 2012 I have read reviews of many other products before buying this one. Most common complaint I see of those is that the video doesn't play on the third monitor. I was so scared when I bought this one, and guess what, it plays video on the third monitor too. I have connected one of my monitors to my Macbook Pro 13" using regular port, and the second monitor using this product with USB. There were some glitches during the installation, but it worked. After a windows update of the product's drivers, it got even better. Forgot to mention, I am using this on Windows 7 not on Mac OS. Laptop works as one of the three monitors. I was able to play videos on all the monitors at the same time. But, do remember that my Macbook Pro was extended to 8 GB ram, optical drive was removed to accommodate another hard drive with a total of 2 TB storage. There are still some glitches when the screen comes to live after sleep, but it's not that big of a deal.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: station2 Location: Roseville, CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Flawless performance June 2, 2012 I got this adapter in order to run the second one of my dual external monitors with my MacBook (not "Pro"). The first one of the external monitors was already connected to the MacBook through the regular external-monitor port, so this allowed for the use of both external monitors on the MacBook.

To my utter astonishment and delight, the arrangement works absolutely superbly. I ended up with an arrangement in which my desktop spans all three monitors, with my main monitor on the left-hand side (22" CRT) being the one connected directly to the MacBook's monitor port, the center one (also a 22" CRT) conected through the above described USB adapter, and on the right the MacBook's own built-in monitor. In total, the desktop is now 3840x1024 pixels.

Working with Photoshop13 ("CS6") with all that screen real estate is like a dream.

The only thing that didn't work was taking a screen shot of the center display, i.e. the one connected through the USB adapter. Using Command_Shift_3 generates only screen-shot files from monitors one (left) and three (right), the center one is simply ignored. Using Command_Shift_4 only in the center screen, I could hear the shutter-clack sound, but no image was generated again. I tried swapping the screens and connections around, and whichever is connected through the USB adapter was always ignored as far as the screen shot.

This issue was solved with SnapzProX2, a utility that does the job perfectly, by either taking a screen shot of just the secondary (center) monitor or one spanning the entire width of all three screens combined. Alas, the utility costs $70.

However, this proves that the USB-adapter is indeed working flawlessly and that it provides all the necessary information to capture a screen shot of the monitor it is driving. So this is really an Apple problem—which I have no hope of seeing fixed, as Snow Leopard is no longer supported.

I would highly recommend this adapter.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Brundles Location: Ontario Canada Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very Kool March 29, 2012 Now i'm able to run 2 X 24" monitors to my new 2011 Macbook Pro. It runs perfect! Thanks again to Macsales for supplying this product. Also AMAZING SHIPPING! Got it next day!!!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: New2u2012 Location: Charlotte, NC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great compatibility January 6, 2012 If you own a HP Touchsmart All-in-one desktop PC and you want to add an additional monitor this product is for you. I tried another brand but when connected to my computer the software of their adapter was not compatible with the touch screen interface of the computer and I had to disconnect their adapter to use the touch screen function on my pc. This product works great and the picture quality of the additional monitor is flawless!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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