EVGA UV Plus+ UV-19 USB Display Hub E-mail
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Written by Nate Swetland - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
EVGA UV Plus+ UV-19 USB Display Hub
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: EVGA UV Plus
EVGA UV-19 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

UV Plus+ Final Thoughts

Did the EVGA Plus+ UV-19 live up to the expectations we demand from one of the leading display vendors? The UV-19 is very easy to set up and use. It is a very good solution for users that have limited resources, and limited options when it comes to extending their PC system's display. I don't quite understand why EVGA markets this with a portable design, being that even with today's LCD screens being very thin, they are not what I would consider portable, and the UV-19 device may be portable, you still need a display to connect it to. This device can definitely make your life easier when it comes to document creation, web browsing, file and folder organization, etc. Depending on your system, this is also a good product to use if you want to watch videos on a separate display.

EVGA UV-19 Conclusion

Performance was perfectly acceptable when working with documents, email, folders, and light web browsing in both configurations.. It fell short on heavy media usage such as full screen media streaming and local media viewing using an onboard video configuration similar to the Dell E6510 laptop, but redeemed itself when attached to a type of setup that allows the DisplayLink to work its magic, such as when it was connected to a Nvidia GTX260.

The Appearance is quite attractive. It has a very small footprint and is very aesthecially pleasing. The activity light is pleasantly not distracting.

Construction appears to be of sturdy stuff. I see no signs of the device being poorly built, or able to be easily damaged.

The Functionality of the device is a bit subjective. If you want to add a simple display to your computer without a lot of fuss, then this functions accordingly. If have a basic system without a lot of horesepower in your graphics card and you need the functionality of a display to play videos or something similar without losing a great deal of detail, you will be disappointed. On the flip side, if you have a decent graphics card with DisplayLink capabilities, you will be pleasantly surprised with how useful this device can be to add an additional display to your system.

The Value is again a subjective matter. Currently listed for $89.99 at NewEgg (as well as other retailers), the EVGA UV Plus+ is a relatively inexpensive solution to add an additional monitor to your system. If you have the right configuration, this device can be a great way to boost the current capabilities of your machine. If video on a less-than-capable machine is your main objective, however, the inexpensive price may not outweigh the device's capabilities.

I would recommend this to someone who needs to add a display to their system for a wide variety of reasons. If you need full screen videos, consider your machine's current potential. If you have a graphics card that can make use of the DisplayLink technology, then this would be a great way to also watch movies on a separate screen.

Pros:

+ Inexpensive
+ Very Simple to set up and use
+ Portable device
+ Included accessories and adapters are nice
+ Stackable design
+ Attractive design with small footprint
+ Low power requirements - uses USB power only
+ DisplayLink technology makes great use of CPU and GPU power
+ Microsoft Windows and Apple OSX support

Cons:

- Full screen video on machines lacking in graphics processing power leaves much to be desired
- Portability is negated if you need to carry an LCD monitor with you
- Slightly laggy doing basic Window tasks, especially at higher resolutions
- "Optimized for Video" mode severely reduces display quality
- No Linux Support

Ratings:

  • Performance: 8.50
  • Appearance: 8.50
  • Construction: 9.00
  • Functionality: 7.75
  • Value: 7.50

Final Score: 8.25 out of 10.

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