Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C to VGA Adapter

Product Description

The Plugable USBC-VGA adapter enables a full HD-capable VGA output from systems which support “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” (Alt Mode) via USB-C such as the 2017 & 2018 MacBook/MacBook Pro, Google Pixelbook, Dell XPS 13 & 15, Microsoft Surface Book 2 and upcoming systems.

Alt Mode adapters allow you to add an additional display output easily and inexpensively on supported systems. Since “DisplayPort Alternate Mode” is a direct pipeline to your graphics processor via special functionality introduced in USB 3.1, there is no performance penalty to using the adapter; the attached display should be just as responsive and functional as if it were connected to a video port directly attached to your system’s motherboard.

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  • Enables an inexpensive additional VGA output port on supported systems
  • Compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Supports resolutions up to 1920×1200@60Hz
  • Adapter is fully Plug and Play; no special driver installation required (though please note that system will require functional graphics drivers and USB drivers for Alt Mode to function properly)
  • Complies with the VESA “DisplayPort Alternate Mode on USB Type-C Connector” Standard


Most current USB-C-enabled tablets and phones do not support “Alternate Mode” video output functionality. Additionally, USB 3.1 controllers from ASMedia do not support Alternate Mode video output. If you’re unsure if your USB-C system supports Alternate Mode video output, please contact your system manufacturer to confirm.

Please see our compatibility information below. If you’ve tested and confirmed functionality (or lack thereof) of a Plugable USB-C Alt Mode adapter with a specific USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 system, please feel free to email so we can add your results to the list below.


Q: Sometimes when I plug the adapter into my Pixel, I do not get display output. Why is this, and is there a solution?
A: Currently, several USB-C devices (including Google’s own DP and HDMI adapters) do not detect upon connection 100% of the time. This is thought to be a firmware issue with the USB 3.1 “switching” chip in the Pixel (which is responsible for allowing a USB-C connectors to be reversible). Currently, the best solution is to try flipping the USB connector and reinserting the adapter.

In the Bag

6.5″/16.5cm USB-C to VGA Adapter


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