A lot of people use laptops both at home as well as when traveling. Outside the home a single monitor is fine (the one on the laptop), but when inside having additional monitors can boost productivity and make for a more sensible and serene use. There’s been gadgets out there that propose to let a laptop connect to stand-alone monitors, but it took Accell’s UltraAV DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI Multi-Display Adapter to make it both simple and efficient to do so.
The beauty of the UltraAV DisplayPort is twofold: first it doesn’t require any drivers or software, which means that updates to the laptop’s operating system isn’t going to suddenly crash its use (or slow it down as you wait on a fix or patch from the developers). The second attraction of the UltraAV DisplayPort is that the DisplayPort plug works as well on a laptop as it does a desktop computer.
Now let’s get to the crux of the matter. The only reason for the UltraAV DisplayPort is to multiple the number of monitor screens that the person is wanting to use. So those with laptops doubling as the home computer will find this plenty attractive. The UltraAV DisplayPort provides its own graphic processing, which frees up the laptop or computer from having to do any heavy lifting. So there’s a total of 2 connections to make (Displayport and a power brick) and then all that is needed is one or more HDMI cables which hold on through friction (making for a fairly easy insertion/extraction situation).
The last connection to make is to plug in up to 3 HDMI-capable monitors and that’s it — those with DVI cables can use an adaptor since transferring audio along with video isn’t such a needed issue. Full HD video (1920 x 1080) is now achieved (transferring 3D as well as copyright-compliant protection) and, depending on whether you want a mirrored effect (all monitors showing the same desktop) or an extended desktop (one desktop traveling the length of all the monitors), it’s just a matter of telling the OS what to do since the total resolution attainable is 1920×1080 @60Hz for two and the third monitor up to 2560×1600. And it should be noted that the UltraAV DisplayPort is big enough to stay put but no so large as to take up a lot of space on whatever surface it’s been placed.
The UltraAV DisplayPort 1.2 to HDMI Multi-Display Adaptert retails for $119.99 and lets a laptop compete aggressively with that of a desktop so far as having multiple monitors go. And unlike some other multiple monitor solutions, this doesn’t slow down the desktops being presented or turn the mouse into a slow moving donkey. For playing games you might want to disengage the UltraAV DisplayPort and return to using the laptop’s attached screen, but for all other uses it’s hard not to applaud what it does for you.