j5create - USB 3.0-to-HDMI/DVI Display Adapter - Black

This j5 create JUA350 adapter lets you add an additional display to your desktop setup through the USB 3.0-to-HDMI/DVI connection for enhanced productivity. The aluminum housing provides a stylish appearance and a durable design.
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Overview

What's Included


  • j5 create USB 3.0-to-HDMI/DVI Display Adapter
  • DVI-to-HDMI converter, driver CD
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (690 out of 769)

Features


Compatible with most PC and Mac computers

With a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 connection, for wide-ranging use.

Adapter

Lets you add an additional display to your setup, so you can eliminate the layering of open windows to enhance productivity.

Supports resolution up to 2048 x 1152

For video playback up to 1080p.

0°, 90°, 180° and 270° display rotation

Enables flexible positioning for easy viewing.

Plug-and-play design

Allows easy connectivity.

Aluminum housing

Provides durability and a stylish look.


Customer rating

4.4
90%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I can game on mine!

    Posted
    howarddavidp

    I can game on mine, no lag as a 3rd monitor to do surround in World of Tanks (WoT). I have a Lenovo Y510P with 2 GeForce 750m cards, and the laptop has 1 HDMI and 1 VGA port, both go to my Samsung T27B350 TV/Monitors running at 1080p@60. I have a Desktop that I actually run 6 of those Samsung monitors with 2 video cards. Since I choose to rebuild my Desktop, I have been using my laptop in the meanwhile. I wanted to use 3 monitors so I could game with peripheral vision, since World of Tanks supports 120' FOV. While my center and right monitors are handled by the laptop video ports, I was short 1 port to do 3 displays. I initially used a KWorld USB2-2-DVI, and that even worked, but there was noticeable lag. Since I only use about 1/3 of the side monitor, this was possible. If I tried to use the entire screen, this might have been bad, but for my purposes and this game, it was acceptable. Since I saw they released USB3-2-DVI, I figure it could only be faster. they were right, now using 1/3 of my left side monitor, and there is almost no lag, I would have to be looking for it to even notice. It works perfect, so this will work in place of the Matrox TripleHead2Go I was looking at. I will try to see how it handles full screen, but for a partial screen, WoT in 1080p is fine. Hope this helps out someone who is trying to decide if this will work, I think if you wanted to watch full screen videos at 1080p@60 this would handle that no problem at all. David

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Update: Works great on Mac OS 10.13 (High Sierra)!

    Posted
    nismo9132
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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    After getting frustrated with this adapter last night because it was not working despite following the instructions, I decided to try reinstalling the driver today. My hunch was that the driver did not install correctly last night because of an issue with the instructions. Specifically, the install guide states that after the install completes you need to go into the Security and Privacy setting and click 'Open All' to essentially accept the code's digital signature and allow it to run. My guess was that by accepting this signature after the installer tried to update the pre-boot settings did not allow the driver to properly install. That would also explain why the device did not appear to do anything last night when I tried it. The screen would just remain blank and never received a signal. However, after reinstalling the driver, the device is working great! I haven't tried any videos yet, but scrolling is smooth and text entry is no different than a regular HDMI output. Your mileage may vary though depending on the processor. I'm running a Core i7 from Mid-2014 with 16GB of RAM, so that may help. Overall, if you run into an issue with the install where you're just getting a blank screen on a Mac, try installing the driver again after you accept the digital signature (by clicking 'Allow') in the Settings --> Security & Privacy menu. It worked for me, and will most likely work for you too! Definitely a much cheaper option than buying a new Mac too!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Work with Mac Mini and OSX Mavericks

    Posted
    GRabs
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I was looking to set up a third monitor for my home setup, and this product seemed to be promising. Current Home Setup: - Late 2012 Mac Mini - Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display - (2) 24" 1080P HDMI Monitors (1 Connected with HDMI on Mac Mini) I found this product online, and looked to work for others in the same scenario. When i got this home, i installed the drivers (as warned and stated numerous times in the packaging) before connecting the device and the monitor to the Mac Mini. After restarting the Mac Mini, i connected the j5Create device to the HDMI Monitor and then to the USB 3.0 port on the back of the Mac. The display lit up and stayed black with no background or title bar. I could move my mouse over to the screen and see the cursor, but that was it. I emailed and called j5Create tech support for help with this issue. They helped me uninstall the two files the package installed, and reinstall the drivers again. After another couple of restarts, the same results. Come to find out they do not have drivers for OS X Mavericks as of now (9/30/2014) and is in the works with no ETA. That said, hopefully they can release these drivers and drivers for Yosemite coming out next month. I did offer up testing for a Beta driver set, or to work with the engineering team during the QA phase of the release. I was basically shot down with a product that is DOA. Its unfortunate as this could be a great product, but the customer service and tech support at j5Create is a little disappointing. Bottom line, at this point, the product does not work as intended and in the environment that i have.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product!

    Posted
    RayJ
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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Using this adapter I was able to add a third monitor to my 2012 Mac Mini. All three monitors are Viewsonic VX2450WM-LED 24-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor with Full HD 1080p. I am using the Mac Mini built in ports, and one of these adapters. One to the Mac Mini DVI port, one to the Mac Mini HDMI port using the Apple HDMI to DVI adapter, and one hooked to the J5 device, using the J5 included HDMI to DVI adapter. I am not using mirror mode, all three monitors have their own unique display, with all the features OSX provides therein, such as different backgrounds per monitor, more useable desktop area, etc. As a working professional, the extra desktop space of a third monitor is awesome. The only mild downside is that the OSX color calibration controls did not work on the monitor using this adapter. I was able to use the monitors built-in controls to reasonably match the color of my other two monitors that had previously been carefully calibrated using the OSX controls. I can definitely tell that the monitor refreshes a tad slower when I try to "push" it, like if I am rapidly moving a window around the screen there is a barely noticeable delay while it redraws. For normal use, such as web-browsing or creating content in Adobe products, I do not notice the refresh at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    HDMI to USB Adaptor met my needs

    Posted
    Stoneman61
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    Use case was that I needed to connect a PC without an HDMI out connection to an LG 4K display. When I explained my need to an associate at the Bend Oregon Best Buy, she immediately had an answer for me which I really appreciated. I loaded the software onto my PC using the supplied CD. After loading and updating the software, I restarted as instructed. First things I got was an error message that the software had stopped working. I was alarmed by this, but hoped for the best when I connected the PC to the 4K display. Everything worked fine. But every time I do start my PC, I get the same error message which is mainly just annoying. Recently I attempted to load the software onto a "loaner" PC without a CD player. I tried the j5 Create website as well as chatting with a tech who provided me a link to the driver software. My attempts to load the software were met with error messages. The tech's opinion was that the reason I could not load was that I didn't have admin right to the loaner PC. I'm giving a 3 out of 5 for two reasons. First, even though the software does appear to work fine on my PC, I hate getting the error message every time I start my PC. Second, even though it may not be a software issue, I still can't load onto the loaner PC.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for streaming media to a TV while traveling

    Posted
    tbn8vb
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    While traveling, my wife and I normally stay at resorts or condos that usually have access to a wireless network and TVs with HDMI inputs. Devices like Chromecast and Roku don't usually work, because the resort's "secondary sign-in" required to access the resort's wireless network prevents these devices from connecting to the network. However, the "j5 create" does work, because you're not actually "casting" from the network to the TV. We simply plug the "j5 create" adaptor into one of the USB ports on our laptop, and connect it (via a standard HDMI cable) to an available HDMI input on the TV. We're then able to stream NetFlix and other media to our laptop, which simultaneously sends the audio and video to the TV. It works rather well. Occasionally, a few words of the audio will get garbled; however, I believe that's more a function of the capacity and speed of the resort''s wireless network. I did not notice this when I tried out the device on the high-speed wireless network in our home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good idea, but not so great in reality

    Posted
    MediaCult
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    I need two monitors for work. I looked at a couple of solutions, but with a Macbook Pro, there seem to be only three. 1. Buy thunderbolt compatible monitors and daisy chain them. I found this cost-prohibitive as my two AOC monitors cost less that one Thunderbolt monitor 2. Use a device that creates an extended Display over two monitors via Thunderbolt, effectively splitting the Thunderbolt or Mini Display port signal. The only one I found was from Monoprice. It was horribly reviewed and it only did DVI, not HDMI. 3. This device. Several offerings, I got the J5 from Best Buy because I enjoy shopping at the store. The reality is that the device is HDMI over USB 3.0. I really had my reservations about this technology, but it does work. It just doesn't work _well_. It hits a known bug in OS X that causes the screen to jump during refreshes, momentarily scrambling everything. I have used it enough that I now, mostly, ignore it. I am checking in with the folks at J5 every month to see if there's a fix. Until then, it more or less suits my need and I resisted the temptation to return it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly as advertised

    Posted
    Evan123
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    I have been searching for a solution that would allow me to attach a second monitor (total of three monitors, including laptop monitor) to my laptop for a while now. I have tried other usb to video converters, but none have had the quality and functionality of this one. I can see no noticeable lag when playing videos and movies on the connected monitor, though I have yet to try it for gaming. I also do not know how well this product performs over an extended period of time. When I was trying to set it up, I had it connected to a TV that I was planning on using as the third monitor. It was not working so I called there costumer service, and I have to say that they were great. Though they weren't able to fix the compatibly issues, I was able to fix it by using the adapter to connect to my monitor instead of the TV. So when you buy this product keep in mind that it may not be compatible with your TV.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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