Until now, products designed to address these problems have never been fully satisfactory. Although high-end video cards allow users to add external monitors, it’s challenging to replace the notebook computer’s video card. Proprietary docking stations, designed for easy peripheral hook up, work only with a specific laptap model. And most USB port replicators, while non-proprietary, don’t function with a Video Graphics Array (VGA) connector - the connector between the PC and desktop monitor.
Fortunately for mobile computing users in need of seamless multi-screen viewing and easy one-step peripheral hook-up, the new UniXpress USB Port Replicator from Addlogix of Irvine, Calif. offers these abilities.
“UniXpress bridges the worlds of VGA, USB, and non-USB computer peripherals to the notebook with a single cable,” says Matthew Chang, Addlogix Marketing Manager. “For the first time, users can achieve 1280 x 1024 resolution via a USB connection from their laptop to a monitor or even use a third screen without adding a video card.”
Mobile computing users simply connect peripherals such as VGA display, Ethernet, speakers, and printers to UniXpress, which works on any Windows-based notebook or PC, and the peripherals interface with the computer via a single USB cable.
Through UniXpress, users can add a second monitor without installing video graphics cards; for computers that already support dual displays, a third screen can be added. This means that mobile computing users will no longer have to manipulate tiny windows and tool bars away from the files they’re working on.
Users of applications like Adobe Photoshop know the pain of squeezing nine toolbar windows onto the notebook screen. Instead, with UniXpress users with dual display can comfortably view the document with a digital image on one screen and the toolbar windows on another, effectively doubling image size.
Alternately, they can run Word on the notebook screen, Excel on an external monitor, and websurf on yet another. Animators, video editors, business users, and other multi-taskers can make use of this additional “desktop space” to increase productivity.
UniXpress’s VGA port provides a benefit normally reserved for high-end video graphics cards – three modes of video support:
1) Extended mode (allows different images on each screen, with seamless ability to drag data, items, or windows from one screen to the next as if a single “desktop” - a real help to multi-taskers)
2) Primary mode (allows use of a larger desktop monitor in place of the smaller laptop screen)
3) Duplication mode (the same image appears on the notebook and second or third computer monitor)
UniXpress is the only port replicator that supports video resolution of 1280 x 1024, which provides better visibility on data intensive applications than smaller resolution displays; and the only port replicator that supports primary mode, convenient when use of a larger external monitor is preferable to a smaller screen. Its patent pending graphics engine also offers DVD playback on a laptop or desktop PC.