Plugable’s New USB 3.0 Graphics Adapter for 2K and 4K HDMI Displays

Multimedia background. 4k resolution conceptWhen Plugable was the first company in the world to launch a 4K-capable USB 3.0 DisplayPort graphics adapter last fall, we heard from users around the globe who were excited to be able to add Ultra-High-Definition displays to their systems via USB. As popular as our UGA-4KDP DisplayPort adapter has been, we’ve also heard from many who have been awaiting the release of our HDMI version of the adapter. Today we’re happy to announce that the wait is over! The Plugable USB 3.0 4K HDMI graphics adapter (UGA-4KHDMI) is now available. (Well, the wait is over for US customers. We expect the adapters to be available in non-US geographies soon).

The USB 3.0 4K HDMI graphics adapter is powered by the same DisplayLink DL-5500 chipset as our UGA-4KDP, and the performance specifications are identical, with support for displays up to 3840×2160@30Hz and 2560×1600/2560×1440@60Hz. Being designed for 4K it can of course render pixels with even better performance with 1080p (1920×1080) and smaller resolutions. The DL-5500 chipset was designed to have a DisplayPort output, so to provide an HDMI port our new UGA-4KHDMI has an integrated active DisplayPort to HDMI conversion chip matched to the full capabilities of the DisplayLink chip.

As a market leader in USB graphics technology, Plugable set out to create a unified design for our three flagship graphics adapters; a design that would look great while also focusing on improved reliability over previous USB 3.0 graphics adapters. We love all things USB here at Plugable, but we’ve found that the modular USB 3.0 “Micro-B” connection standard can be more fragile than we’d like. When designing our new adapters, we upgraded to a robust, built-in USB 3.0 cable and eliminated the USB 3.0 Micro-B connector.

The Plugable USB 3.0 4K HDMI adapter is the newest member of our redesigned family of USB 3.0 graphics adapters. Like its siblings the UGA-3000 and the UGA-4KDP, our new 4K HDMI adapter shares the same aesthetically-pleasing, clean design and solid built-in 12″ (30cm) USB 3.0 cable. If you’re unsure which adapter will best fit your needs, please reference the comparison chart below, or feel free to reach out via email to and we’ll be happy to help!

2016 Plugable USB 3.0 Graphics Adapter Comparison

* Not supported in out of box configuration. Can be enabled with adapter, not included

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