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|Review: HIS Multi-View 2 - Multi Monitor USB adaptor|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Friday, 06 August 2010 03:43|
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To all notebook users ... have you ever wanted to extend your desktop on several monitors? Just imagine having your desktop extended over 2 or monitors, running different resolutions. You'll be able to run your favourite web browser on one monitor, while checking your emails on another. Extending your notebook's desktop is nothing new and most notebooks can support an extra monitor, but how about 2 or more monitors? ... Well, HIS have released an external USB device that can let you do just that. They call it ... Multi-View 2, and you can connect upto 6 monitors to your notebook (additional Multi-View 2 adaptors needed).
The HIS Multi-View 2 features Dual DisplayLink DL2+ decompression engines as well as high performance (DDR) memory interface. It can also support resolutions of upto 2048x1152 including Full HD (1080p). This means you'll be able to output HD (1080p) video to any large plasma or LCD/LED TV.
Sounds pretty impressive. But what makes this little device even more impressive is that fact that it's compatibile with both Windows based notebooks, as well as Apple Macbooks. This makes things a little more interesting. Now, we all know that Apple accessories are proprietary and can be extremely expensive. Even their video out extension cable can cost as much as $25.00, and this only allows you to extend your desktop to just one monitor. However, with HIS Multi-View 2, you can now connect a 3rd monitor (or more) to your Macbook and have multiple desktops.
I never really understood the importance of multiple/extended desktops, until one day I wanted to check my emails, have my web browser open (for realtime bidding on eBay) and watching a YouTube video clip, a friend just sent me. With all these windows open on my notebook, I couldn't switch over faster enough, and in the end I lost my bid on eBay. This is just one scenario ... but imagine, if you were a programmer or a graphic designer who needs to have multiple windows. A tiny 13" notebook LCD screen is just too small. The HIS Multi-View 2 would be the perfect answer, allowing you to have multiple windows and your desktop extended over 2 or montiors.
In this review, we'll be taking a closer look at the HIS Multi-View 2 external USB multi monitor adaptor. I'll be testing it on a standard Core 2 notebook, an ATOM based netbook and of course an Apple Macbook. According to HIS, it's capable of outputing HD (1080p) video to any large plasma or LCD/LED TV. It'll be interesting to see if that's the case.
Let's take a closer look at the specifications of the HIS Multi-View 2 external USB multi monitor adaptor ...