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Tritton - Graphic Card

Model: TRI-UV200SKU: 9325321

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Rating 2.5 out of 5 stars with 14 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not optimum for full Windows 7 Aero experience

    Posted
    YourMotherDoesWindowsBlog

    This USB to DVI/VGA adapter can work with Windows 7 but it does not at this time support the Aero experience. I bought this to add 2nd monitor capability to an HP Pavilion 6110f desktop computer I purchased in July 2009. This model of HP only has one video output on the back, but if you check many new PCs today, they usually include one VGA port and either a DVI-D port or HDMI port. Some laptops provide a VGA port and a DisplayPort, which with the right adapter can be connected via DVI-D cable or VGA cable to a second monitor. In order to use a 2nd monitor on my HP desktop, I'd need to either add a new video card that had two video ports, (usually one VGA and one DVI-D). Or, use a USB to VGA/DVI-D adapter for each additional monitor I want to add. I checked several products and reviews for these types of adapters---besides Tritton, there are other manufacturers such as StarTech. I purchased the Tritton because it appeared to work for some people on Windows 7, and it seemed to support pretty high resolutions. I only needed it for a 1280 x 1054 regular width older 15 " Radius/KDS monitor. I have two of these and they work well side by side. After installing the drivers from the supplied disk, and hooking up the monitor, it looked awful. The two monitors, though purchased at different times, are basically the same model. So the colors and picture have always been identical when used in a multi-monitor setup on other computers. I immediately encountered several problems: - The colors were quite harsh and garish on the monitor hooked up to the Tritton adapter, compared to the other monitor hooked up to the integrated VGA port on the comnputer. - Windows 7 immediately displayed a message that Aero effects were no longer available because one of the devices did not support it. - I could not adjust the monitor settings via Display control panel (in Windows 7, it's on the Resolution page). On the Resolution page, it did not show the second monitor at all. - I could not switch the positioining of the monitors through the software to make the mouse move from right to left from screen 1 to screen 2. The mouse cursor went from the right side of the right screen to the left side of the left screen---from outer side to outer side---not inner side to inner side. I could physically switch the monitor positions on my desk but I shouldn't have to. Solutions: - I readjusted the contrast, birightness, and colors on the Tritton connected monitor, using the monitor's adjustment menus, and was able to get the colors almost identical. - I downloaded updated Windows 7 drivers, though in the support FAQ I did notice that there were still some Windows 7 issues that were being worked on, such as incompatibilty with HP Touchscreen systems. But after installing the upgraded drivers the 2nd monitor still didn't appear in the display properties/resolution page. I finally discovered the Trittion icon in the taskbar notification area, and found I could adjust the resolution there. But still no UI to switch the monitor positions. - Even after adjusting the display properties and resolution, I still couldn't get Aero back. Previously, I'd updated the graphics on another Windows 7 computer with a PNY9400GT 1054 MB DD2 card.I was very satisfied with the performance and multi-monitor support. I'd gone with the Tritton adapter this time because I thought it would be nice to be able to add multi-monitor capability to my laptop when I wasn't using the desktop. I was really disappointed with the lack of Aero support. So I returned the Tritton VGA adapter and bought the PNY 9400GT graphics card, identical to the one I'd installed in the other comnputer a few months back. The new PNY Graphics card really boosts several parts of the Windows Experience Index, it fully supports Aero, and both monitors can be configured within the same UI---either the standard Windows Resolution page, or via the NVidia graphics card. I'm not a gamer, but I do a lot of graphics-intensive work with images and documents, and this card is great. Installation is a snap. If you're not sure if you'd be comfortable opening up the case and installing a card, it's easier than you think. Check your documentation for your PC---most owner's manuals give pretty good instructions on how to open the case and how to replace or install new video cards, audio cards, memory, or drives. For my model, HP actually provides short videos as well as printed explanations to show you how to open the case and replace or install the card. I think the USB to VGA/DVI-D adapter is a great idea. It sounds like Tritton is working on updated drivers for Windows 7, but the current lack of full Aero support was a deal-breaker for me. I don't know how well it works on Windows Vista, but since most of the issues I have are related to taking full advantage of Windows 7 features, the Tritton adapter would probably be just fine on Windows XP. I also liked the color and design of the adapter. I wish I could have made it work for everything I wanted out of it. Many hardware device manufacturers are still catching up with Windows 7 drivers, and sometimes it takes awhile to get the new drivers into the product packaging. Check the manufacturer's web site for the latest drivers and information about Windows 7 support. With some reservations, I might recommend this to a friend if they are still using Windows XP. Since the device is not permanently installed in the computer, perhaps by the time you move to a newer computer there may be updated drivers available.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work well with MAC OS 1.6.3

    Posted
    Petah

    Configuration: I have 2 22" LCD monitors, and I wanted them both lit up (as well as the LCD on the MacBook Air running OSX 10.6.3) giving me a total of 3 monitors. I have one monitor hooked up to the MacBook's DVI port via a DVI-VGA adapter cable, that works fine. The second external monitor is connected to a USB 2.0 port via the Tritton See2 xtreme box. I am running the current production driver from Tritton's website which is supposed to be compatible with OSX 10.6.3. Symptoms: The second monitor seems to work OK for a while, giving me the desired 3 independent monitors. Unfortunately it then freezes or the display turns to snow. Once that happens the only way to get it back is to reboot the MacBook (re discovering the displays doesn't work- the 3rd display doesn't discover). It tends to freeze when it's asked to display any kind of content involving graphics. For instance, pasting a screenshot into an email caused it to freeze. The problem is much more prevalent when I used other items on the USB (I was using a wireless USB keyboard, had to stop since it contributed to monitor instability). Now I'm using a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and the problem is not as bad (although it still exists). Remediation: None yet. I've opened a ticket with Tritton's support via their website, but so far other than an automated email acknowledging the case I've received no reply. I'm taking this thing back to the Best Buy store next time I'm up there. Comments: I have no insight as to how well this device might work on a Windows machine. The support for Mac seems to be relatively new (posts in Tritton's FAQ site mentioned a beta driver for Snow Leopard) so it may be better on Windows. Doesn't help me, I'm a Mac :).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great concept but doesn't work to well

    Posted
    DigEfxGrp

    Being a visual effects artist, having a three monitor span is an ideal set-up as I can display reference material, etc. on a third monitor without it cluttering up my normal two-panel span. At the time, the Tritton SEE2 Xtreme was the only external card I found that could display at 1920x1200 which is what I run my other two panels at. I picked one up at BB and the installation was painless. However once I got everything set-up, I found it had nothing but problems. I was only able to get an image on my third monitor twice and it was a b++ch to do that. Most the time it would go into this endless loop of asking me to re-boot the machine, which would pop up again after I did reboot. There was also an intermittent issue in which the machine wouldn’t boot at all if the device was plugged in. I contacted Tritton’s tech-support and it took over two weeks to get any kind of answer and what they did reply was no help. About a month later I got another email asking me to test out a beta-version of their “upgraded” software but by then I had returned the device for a refund. Wanting this concept to work, I found a similar device put out by Diamond and tried my luck with that. It does run better, but also has issues, again with the device being recognized upon booting. Most the time it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I’m not sure if it’s these external cards aren’t really designed to work with an existing dual-head configuration or if they just don’t work at all.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Pro Users - DO NOT BUY

    Posted
    Campah

    I had hoped to use this product to add a second display to my MacBook Pro, but I should have done a little research before purchasing it. I didn't expect much from this product, expecting to use it for just keeping a web browser open, but it couldn't even meet those low expectations. The install was easy enough, and I was pretty excited when the second display lit up after restarting my computer, but that's where my good experiences with this product ended. After about 5 minutes of use, the screen image froze. I was able to get it back by unplugging and replugging in the USB cable, but it froze again a few minutes after AND froze my entire computer to the point I needed to do a hard shut down. I switched USB ports, but that didn't help. I found I could actually make it freeze if I was doing anything that required a quick refresh, like simply scrolling down a web page. After messing with it trying to get it to work for about an hour, I gave up, boxed it back up and returned it. I should have guessed it wasn't the highest quality product when I noticed that along with the documentation were two cards. One card had a notice blaming problems with Macs on the monitor and not the SEE2, and another card that asking you to try a few things before returning the adapter. I don't know if it would work better on a PC, but as a Mac user, I recommend staying far far away from this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My Mac mini's best friend

    Posted
    JavierSATX

    After reading the reviews from other Mac mini owners, I decided that it was time to give this product a try. I have an old dual core G4 desktop with 2 monitors attached on which I did most of my graphic and photographic work. However, Adobe CS4 will not run on it so I'm slowly switching to the mini. I've decided not to invest in a Mac Pro desktop until Apple picks a side on the high-definition standard. I have the mini set up with a Vizio 22 inch HD TV monitor so that I can watch TV when I'm not working. I was a bit dubious on how successful this product would be but it worked like a charm. I did download Tritton's latest patch for the Mac and restarted the system before I plugged in the USB cable to the monitor. It took a couple of seconds for the system to recognized that the monitor was there but once it did, it gave me a message to change the resolution for the monitor. Once I did that, I had 2 working monitors! I am now migrating my files to the mini from my desktop. I am very impressed so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    This product is not worth the cost.

    Posted
    nburns

    I have been using this product now for about 3 months. At first it sounded like a great deal and worked well after setting it up. I then started to realize that it is not a good device for any type of motion and should only be used for a screen displaying text only. I found myself having to restart my Macbook Pro every time I disconnected the device and reconnected it as the drivers were not working properly. Just yesterday I upgraded to Mac OS X Lion and found that Tritton was no ready with new drivers and I am now without my second monitor. A co-worker of mine has a different brand device for USB to DVI and his is working without a hiccup (and it only cost him $50.) Overall I would not recommend this product to anyone, anyone using a Mac anyway as I do not know how it works with Windows. On another note, Tritton has horrible support hours and response. Thanks Best Buy Shoppers! ~Former Best Buy Computer Sales Associate/Geek Squad Agent

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works as previously reviewed

    Posted
    cblevins

    As previously said, this device CANNOT do sophisticated video without being choppy. I bought it as a replacement for my external monitor hookup on my Macbook which became bent and nonfunctional. You'll have to download the new driver from their website (because Snow Leopard wasn't out when this product was released) but once you do, it works perfectly. The usb cord that comes with it is long enough so you can move the laptop around a little bit without pulling something too tight. After you get the driver installed, this device becomes an external monitor hookup to your computer; use the operating system's software, it doesn't require anything special. I also have Windows installed on my laptop, and the disc-provided drivers worked fine on XP. Haven't tried on Vista or 7, but I'm assuming a download would probably be required for 7 as well, as it wasn't released until after Snow Leopard was.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Lots of problems

    Posted
    Jim151

    I bought two of these, hoping to run 3 monitors total. I understood that these wouldn't be good for gaming, I just needed to view a browser, spreadsheets and word docs at the same time. It was hard to give a rating since I couldn't even get it to install. This was after reading the manual, checking the manufacturers site for updated drivers and tech documents, and finally googling for the specific problems that I was having. Spending an hour was enough for me. Also, there were notes inside the box apologizing for various incompatible items, and the manual listed several other things that are not compatible. i.e. Vista64, Direct3d, on and on. (with promises for future support) Unfortunately, I spent $160 TODAY on 2 of these items, I can't wait for future support. Back to Best Buy I go, (after a 15 minute detour to warn fellow consumers).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    No support for Mac OS X 10.6.3 Yet

    Posted
    JoeM3200

    I'm a web developer and need some extra screen real estate. I've got a few 23" Acer monitors (which are awesome) and I wanted to run two of them off of my Macbook. After spending $80+ (after tax), I got the adapter back to the office, installed the drivers for Mac, rebooted my machine, and plugged the adapter into my USB port... NADA, nothing. Tried another port, nothing. Went to the Tritton site, the last driver update was in August 2009. I've left a support ticket, and am awaiting a response. So far, I'm not too excited with Tritton Technologies as its apparent they cant keep up with their stuff. If I cant get this thing to work in the next 24 hours, its going back.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great solution for adding a few more monitors

    Posted
    TylerG

    I purchased two of these VGA USB video adapters for my PC. I now have three Acer 22 inch wide screen monitors in use on my desktop. It is really great...I'm getting a lot more done in a fraction of the time. One is plugged into the VGA port on my PC, and the other two are plugged into these USB adapters. I had to purchase two. (one for each additional monitor) After taking the time to figure them out, they are working great. I use them everyday. Excellent picture quality and they do handle video playback very well. I did call the Tritton support line with a few questions, they were polite and helpful. Overall, I'm pretty impressed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very easy to use and works great!

    Posted
    Mikey2799

    I needed to add another display to my Mac Mini and there aren't a lot of options out there. I found this and was pleased to find that it was easy to setup and use. Just install the driver, reboot, and plug it in. I mentioned that it's not great for gaming, but that's not really what it's for. Web browsing and other applications work great and I really like having the extra desktop space. Apparently I can connect several of these to my computer to add even more displays. I'm already spoiled with the extra desktop space.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy--ever

    Posted
    AuntRancy

    Worked beautifully for exactly 10 weeks. Then a wavy line on the monitor. Then dead. Permanently dead. This company does NOT support its products. Absolutely cannot be contacted. Do NOT buy anything from this company. Website support nil. Telephone support nil. Responded to email request for support at 17 days from my request. I bought a desktop with fantastic video cards in it to support multiple monitors. The external cards were a good idea. I bought 5. 3 permanently dead at 10 weeks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't live up to expectations

    Posted
    Anonymous

    It will set you up with a second monitor, but not at the level expected. No way this can be used with advanced graphics. It has a hard time keeping up with web pages.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent, no Windows 7 support yet

    Posted
    Armen

    Pros: Relatively easy to add a third monitor to a laptop+docking station setup Cons: Slow GPU/USB bus = sluggish performance. No Windows 7 support = won't work on Windows 7

    I would recommend this to a friend