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External video cards

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by CitizenOfDreams, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. 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.
     
  2. srhoades

    srhoades

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    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.
     

  3. 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:
     
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  4. sappy13

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    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.
     
  5. srhoades

    srhoades

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    General office productivity and accounting.
     
  6. Thanks for the replies guys, my plan is to give one of them a try.