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Plugable UGA-4KDP

New Adapter from Plugable Technologies Enables 4K Ultra HD Monitors up to 3840×2160 on Nearly Any USB 3.0 Capable Windows 7 and Higher System

Ultra HD 4K monitors with resolutions up to 3840×2160 are starting to move into the mainstream. Many Windows-based tablets and laptops shipped in recent years don’t yet support this new generation of displays, and certainly don’t support connecting more than one of them to a Windows PC.

We’re excited to announce the Plugable UGA-4KDP USB 3.0 Graphics Adapter. It’s the first widely available solution for connecting one or more 4K DisplayPort-based monitors to any Windows 7 or later PC with available USB 3.0 ports. Using one adapter per monitor, you can connect 6 or more huge monitors. The adapter is backwards compatible with USB 2.0, so older machines will work — but for most scenarios USB 3.0 is a must for performance reasons.

The Ultra HD 4K generation of monitors available today support either DisplayPort or HDMI inputs. This adapter outputs DisplayPort signals, enabling connection without any additional adapters. Output to HDMI-only monitors is still possible, but requires an active DisplayPort to HDMI adapter (not included) which supports these higher resolutions.

The DisplayLink DL-5500 chipset at the heart of this adapter is a virtual graphics device. It uses the computer’s own CPU and GPU for rendering pixels, then compresses and sends just the pixels that change over the USB bus. Actual display to the monitor is then refreshed from memory on the device at 60Hz for all modes up to 3840×2160, and 30 Hz at that highest mode.

This is a great solution for web and application use, but is not recommended for 3D gaming or motion video.

Have any questions at all? Comment below or email support@plugable.com – we’d be happy to help! We’re excited to help bring 4K to the PC masses – thanks for going out of your way for Plugable products!

Plugable USB 3.0 to DisplayPort 4K/2160p/UHD (Ultra-High Definition) Video Graphics Adapter for Multiple Monitors up to 3840x2160 (DisplayLink DL-5500 Chipset - Supports Windows 8.1, 8, 7) Product Details
$69.00

Plugable Launches New 10-Port USB Hub Family

Plugable has had the top-selling 10-port USB 2.0 hub on Amazon for over 3 years — much of that time in the “top 100″ of all electronics. And over that period, we made many large and small improvements responding to customer feedback.

That’s made the Plugable USB2-HUB10S a proven, rock-solid solution for giving your USB-capable computer additional USB ports. It will work with any Windows, Mac, or Linux computer along with many game consoles, wireless routers, and other devices that have a USB port and support USB hubs.

Today, we’re building on this solid foundation by adding a higher-end USB 2.0 model with extra charging features. The Plugable USB2-HUB10C2 uses the same Terminus Technology FE 1.1s chip in our popular 4-port charging hub to support extra charging features on the two swivel ports. It upgrades the power supply to a high-quality 5V 4A model — the same used on our top-selling $109 USB 3.0 universal docking station. Charging rates are device dependent, so make sure to check our charging rates table for this model before purchase. This is a great solution for iOS and Android users with PCs or Macs who want both connectivity and charging of devices in a single hub, along with lots of extra USB ports for other devices.

Even more exciting is we’ve brought this same 10 port design to USB 3.0, for making the most of all your high-performance USB 3.0 devices. Over the past few years, with updates to chips, firmware, and the various operating systems, USB 3.0 has become mature. Our new Plugable USB3-HUB10C2 uses the same VIA VL812 Rev B2 chips and 9000 series firmware as our top-selling USB 3.0 7 port hub to deliver no-compromise compatibility with USB hosts and devices for all operating systems. It’s also fully backward compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1. It includes a beefy 12V 4A power supply (with step-down in the hub to USB’s 5V).

For charging, there are some compromises with these USB 3.0 chips and firmware — devices will charge at maximum rate only when the PC is off or not connected. Our hub supports this feature on the two swivel charging ports. Again, see our charging rates table for this model for more details.

We’re very excited to have these 3 great options to cover the full range of USB hub needs with proven components. Today, these hubs are available on Amazon.com, and over the next few weeks will be available throughout Europe, UK, Canada, and Japan.

There is much more detail on each product pages and throughout the site. Any questions? Please feel free to comment below or email support@plugable.com. We’re happy to help!

Plugable USB 2.0 10 Port Hub (12.5W Power Adapter) Product Details
$24.95

Plugable USB 2.0 10-Port Hub With Two Flip-Up Charging Ports (20W Power Adapter) Product Details
$29.75

Plugable USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 10-Port Hub with Two Flip-Up Ports and 48W Power Adapter (VIA VL812 Rev B2 Chipset with ... Product Details
$49.95

Black Friday for your Multiple Monitor Setup

At Plugable, we price our products at a fixed, low margin that doesn’t usually leave room for Black Friday specials.

Because of lower costs, this year we have a pricing realignment of our DisplayLink-based USB Graphics Adapters that happened to come on Black Friday. We’re dropping prices on all our USB graphics adapters on Amazon.

We believe you won’t find a better combination of price and product. So go out and build that awesome multi-monitor Windows 7 or Windows 8 setup you’ve always wanted.

Here are the new prices for our complete line of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 adapters, with a variety of display output types.

Plugable USB to VGA Video Graphics Adapter Card for Multiple Displays up to 1920x1080 / 1600x1200 Each (DisplayLink ... Product Details
$35.00

Plugable USB 2.0 to VGA / DVI / HDMI Video Graphics Adapter Card for Multiple Monitors up to 1920x1080 / 1600x1200 E... Product Details
$39.95

Plugable USB 3.0 to VGA / DVI / HDMI Video Graphics Adapter Card for Multiple Monitors up to 2048x1152 / 1920x1080 E... Product Details
$44.95

Plugable USB 2.0 to VGA/DVI/HDMI VGA / DVI / HDMI Video Graphics Adapter Card for Multiple Monitors up to 2048x1152 ... Product Details
$49.95

Plugable USB 3.0 to HDMI / DVI Video Graphics Adapter Card for Multiple Monitors up to 2560x1440 (HDMI) / 1920x1200 ... Product Details
$56.00

Plugable USB 3.0 Dual-Head Graphics (DVI / VGA plus HDMI) and Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (DL3900 chipset) for Windows ... Product Details
$64.00

And here’s us showing what’s possible with these products

Have any questions? Feel free to comment below or email support@plugable.com anytime.

Thanks for going out of your way for Plugable products!