Plugable’s New USB 3.0 to VGA Adapter

We’re pleased to announce the latest expansion of our USB 3.0 product line with the USB3-VGA: Plugable’s USB 3.0 to VGA graphics adapter for Windows PCs.

Most monitors, TVs, and projectors still have the familiar 15-pin VGA input port for attaching a computer. Don’t let VGA’s age fool you. Images on your display will look exactly the same when transmitted through a VGA connection as they would through all the competing, latest-and-greatest video connection types (DVI, Dual-Link DVI, multiple versions of HDMI, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, etc.). Customers are used to VGA, and we’re happy to offer a USB 3.0 adapter that works with their existing display devices.

This new USB 3.0 to VGA graphics adapter offers the same ease of use as our highly regarded USB 2.0 to VGA adapter but supports a higher range of display resolutions (up to 2048×1152/1920×1200) and includes the ability to provide high-definition video to a 1080p-capable VGA display or projector.

These improvements are made possible by USB 3.0’s faster data transfer speeds of five gigabits per second versus USB 2.0’s 480 megabits per second and by the improved data compression capabilities in the DisplayLink DL-3100 chipset. The DL-3100 chipset uses the host computer’s central processor and graphics processor more efficiently than its USB 2.0 predecessor, making the USB3-VGA outshine USB 2.0 to VGA adapters even on computers without any USB 3.0 ports.

AdapterUSB VersionVideo OutputMax ResolutionSupported OS*
USB3-HDMI-DVIUSB 3.0/2.0HDMI, DVI2048×1152Windows
USB3-VGAUSB 3.0/2.0VGA2048×1152Windows
UGA-2K-AUSB 2.0HDMI, DVI, VGA2048×1152Windows, Mac OS X
UGA-165USB 2.0HDMI, DVI, VGA1920×1080Windows, Mac OS X

*See product detail pages for specific version information.

The one drawback of the DL-3XXX chipset is that it’s only supported by DisplayLink on Windows right now–including the soon-to-release Windows 8. Sorry Mac and Linux customers, but there are no OS X or Linux drivers for our USB 3.0 graphics adapters. Please continue to use Plugable’s USB 2.0 graphics adapters for now.

Now that we have digital and analog adapters, think about your usage scenarios to make the best purchase decision.

  • If your monitor or projector only supports an HDMI or DVI connection, you’ll want to go with the USB3-DVI-HDMI.
  • If that monitor or projector only has a VGA input, the USB3-VGA is for you.
  • If you can hook up with any of these three display types, it may come down to price or the displays you intend to purchase in the future.

As with all Plugable graphics adapters, you can connect up to six to your Windows PC either directly (if you have enough open USB ports) or through a self-powered USB hub connected to your PC. Our new USB3-HUB4 four-port USB 3.0 hub with a four-amp power supply offers an easy, cost-effective way to connect four USB3-VGA graphics adapters through a single USB 3.0 port on your PC.

If you have questions about Plugable’s new USB 3.0 to VGA graphics adapter or any of our other USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 products, don’t hesitate to leave us a message below or to write to us at support@plugable.com. We’re here to help.

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