External Startech USB2DVIE3 USB video card

    Quite a long time ago, I had the idea that a desktop, a bulky buzzing box with a bunch of wires, would long ago become an anachronism and a thing of the past, giving way to a laptop, if not for one small circumstance: you can connect two (or more) monitors to the desktop.

    The topic of connecting an external video card to a laptop was already raised on the hub (for example, here ), and I got excited about the idea of ​​organizing a workplace with two monitors and a laptop. A USB2DVIE3 device manufactured by the British company Startech was purchased on e-bay.

    If you want to know what came of it, welcome to cat.


    So, the box: The


    contents of the box:

    The device itself, the DVI-VGA adapter, the driver disk (a completely useless thing in modern realities, for my taste) and instructions.

    Device Photos:

    Technical details

    Memory - 32 MB DDR SDRAM
    Standard USB - USB 2.0
    Chipset - MCT T2-285B
    Connector A - USBA Male
    Connector B - DVI-I Female

    Supported resolutions:
    Widescreen, 16/32 bit
    1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1680x1050, 1440x900, 1360x768, 1280x800, 1280x768, 1280x720
    Standard, 16/32 bit
    1600x1200, 1400x1050, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1152x864, 1024x768, 800x600

    Compatible with OS:

    Windows 8 (32/64)
    Windows 7 (32/64)
    Windows Vista (32/64)
    Windows XP ( 32/64)
    Windows Server 2008 R2
    Drivers are WHQL certified

    Case Material: Black Plastic
    Cable Length: 500 mm
    Dimensions: 88 x 52.5 x 18 mm
    Weight: 108 g.
    Shipping weight: 300 g.

    Operating temperature range: -10 ° C - 55 ° C
    Storage temperature range: -25 ° C - 75 ° C
    Humidity: <85%


    So, we connect the device to the Acer Aspire 3810T laptop with Windows 8, install the drivers, connect the monitor (resolution 1920x1200), and ... everything works!

    But it works, let's say, not very fast. We are trying to run some movie, and ... epic fail! The film goes on jerky, this device, alas, is unsuitable for watching a movie. About the game and say nothing.

    We launch the Windows "performance index" test. The result is pretty dull.

    It's time to test the laptop in a dual-monitor configuration. We connect a second monitor (via HDMI), and, alas, another file. HDMI for some reason does not work. But this is not a problem with this device.

    We continue the test with another laptop (old Lenovo).

    And now, the desired result: a laptop and two monitors at work. The resolutions of the monitors are 1920x1200 and 1600x1200, the device is connected to a monitor with a resolution of 1920x1200.

    What about the MacBook?

    Unfortunately, no way. There are no drivers for the poppy.

    Issue price

    The device costs 44.27 GBP plus 11.25 GBP shipping.


    Draw your own conclusions. The device is unsuitable for games and movies, the “brakes” of the graphics are quite noticeable, but the device is quite suitable for working at resolutions up to 1920x1200, and, in principle, can serve as an output if you need to connect two monitors to the laptop.

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