- Editor's Rating
- Adds another video port, regardless of your GPU
- Fast, fluid responses
- Easy-ish setup
- Doesn't (currently) work with OS X or Windows 8
- Limited to 1080p @ 60Hz
Quick TakeIf you have a USB 3.0 port, and need another display, it's hard to go wrong with Cirago's USB-to-HDMI adapter.
It’s been a long time since DisplayLink introduced the concept of running another display off of one of those tiny USB ports. For some users, it’s a godsend, letting them run an additional monitor even after they’ve run out of video ports.
They’ve never exactly been good, however, since the limited bandwidth given to the USB ports results in a degraded experience – the displays, well, displayed, but they did it at limited resolutions, with limited framerates, choppy scrolling, and choppier video. Still, it’s definitely a niche in need, and one that DisplayLink filled as best they could.
Enter USB 3.0 – bringing with it a substantial speed upgrade of more than 10 times the maximum theoretical input of USB 2.0, it also brings with it (finally!) the promise of a useful – and usable – experience with regards to video over USB.
Now that USB 3.0 is finally becoming widespread, and DisplayLink has produced drivers and chipsets certified to work with the new standard, Cirago is one of the first on the scene with a USB-to-HDMI adapter. We put it through its paces, and figure out whether USB 3.0 can really make one of these things work like you expect.