USB-powered monitors were quite huge at one point, but the excitement surrounding them has tempered somewhat. That said, there's still significant demand, and we're guessing that the market will actually grow somewhat when prices slide down a bit. DisplayLink
has just announced a new USB 3.0 adapter in partnership with SIIG. The SIIG USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter with Audio is powered by the DisplayLink DL-3500 USB virtual graphics chip, and it's one of the more compact adapters that we've seen. The new DisplayLink Certified adapter adds an HDMI port to any USB 3.0-enabled PC or notebook, enabling users to hot-plug their system into any HDMI device, such as a monitor, HDTV or projector. Backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well, the adapter supports standard and widescreen (16:9 & 16:10) aspect ratio and delivers high-quality video resolutions up to 2048 x 1152. Additionally, up to six adapters can be connected simultaneously, with easy configuration enabled by the latest release of DisplayLink software.
"DisplayLink's DL-3500 chip was the perfect choice for us offering maximum performance, reliability and compatibility for the SIIG USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter with Audio," said Mike Woodmansee, director of sales and marketing at SIIG. "With DisplayLink certification, our customers can be confident that they've chosen the easiest and most reliable means of expanding the visual desktop."
It'll ship in the US and UK for $129.99, and if you need a USB 3.0 to HDMI adapter (with audio!), that's the premium you'll have to swallow.