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TRENDnet Intros USB 3 to HDMI Adapter

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Here's a good way to extend your desktop or laptop's workspace.

Looking for a way to add another display to your desktop or notebook? TRENDnet has a simple solution: the TU3-HDMI. It's an adapter that features one HDMI port and one Micro-B USB 3.0 port, allowing users to extend their Windows desktop via a USB 3.0 port without the need for adding a PCIe card to their tower. For laptop owners, it's a great way to turn a desk into a multi-monitor workstation.

According to the company, the adapter converts a USB 3.0 signal to HDMI although how this is done isn't specified. Similar solutions on the market require that DisplayLink software be installed which, after installation, allows the user to plug in up to six USB adapters and configure the attached displays. The specs and product sheet say nothing about DiplayLink.

According to the specs, the adapter supports HDMI 1.3 up to 165 MHz, and screen resolutions up to 2048 x 1152. It also supports three modes: Extended for expanding your desktop horizontally across multiple monitors, Mirror for duplicating the desktop on another screen (good for presentations and such), and Primary for making the connected monitor the primary display when the adapter is plugged in.

As for other specs, the TU3-HDMI features digital RGB, DAC, DVI, FPI display connectivity, 32-bit True Color Depth technology, and a 60 Hz refresh rate. The adapter is powered by the desktop or laptop's USB port (1.47 W), so there's no need for an external power supply. It works on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and even the decrepit Windows XP operating systems.

For Windows8/7/Vista, the adapter requires for video streaming and playback an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or better, 2 GB of RAM, and one of the following GPUs: Intel GMA X5400, AMD Radeon HD 3xxx, Nvidia GeForce 9-series or better. For office use, customers will only need an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.4 GHz processor or better, and 1 GB of RAM.

The TU3-HDMI is available now online and at retail partners for $99.99 USD. For more information about the adapter, head here.

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    rualexru , July 15, 2013 10:10 PM
    My new HTPC 4770k+gtx770 4gb, 16gb ram, can power 10 HDTV Outputs at 60 FPS, just make these cheap and I'll buy some
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    mouse24 , July 16, 2013 12:15 AM
    Might be a dumb question but: Would this "bypass" a dedicated video card? I know USB headsets don't take advantage of dedicated sound cards because they are on a separate audio layer.
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    unksol , July 16, 2013 12:40 AM
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    Might be a dumb question but: Would this "bypass" a dedicated video card? I know USB headsets don't take advantage of dedicated sound cards because they are on a separate audio layer.


    Note the CPU requirement. Its just another display link or display link type adapter running off the CPU, maybe with some GPU help. Suitable for desktop and nothing else. Its only "news" because its USB 3
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    mouse24 , July 16, 2013 1:12 AM
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    Might be a dumb question but: Would this "bypass" a dedicated video card? I know USB headsets don't take advantage of dedicated sound cards because they are on a separate audio layer.


    Note the CPU requirement. Its just another display link or display link type adapter running off the CPU, maybe with some GPU help. Suitable for desktop and nothing else. Its only "news" because its USB 3


    Ah yeah, missed that. Total bummer :/ . Thanks.
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    morten christiansen , July 16, 2013 12:44 PM
    It took about 2 minutes to go to the TRENDnet website and download the install guide which shows DisplayLink. Nothing new, nothing wrong. DisplayLink adapters work quite well actually but this is a "me too" product with nothing extra that I have been able to identify. For my Ultrabook with only HDMI output I spent $60 on a similar product that had both HDMI and DVI with VGA adapter included. This means I cab connect to anything incl old projectors or 2 external displays with just one small dongle.