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HIS Multi-View II Adapter
Written by Scott Harness   
Thursday, 25 March 2010 00:00

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This little box allows you to hook up a secondary screen via a USB port, allowing for quick and easy, portable multi-display setups.


So multiple screens are all the rage right now, what with Eyefinity and of course even Nvidia making big on Multi-Screen gaming, but multiple screens attached to a PC is not a new thing. Just ask any Flight Sim fan. Production environments, CAD or accounting, whatever you are using a PC or laptop for, adding extra screens can be very liberating and increase your work efficiency. Graphics cards these days all have multiple outputs and it's quite easy to set up a dual screen display. But there are some limitations, the biggest being portability. Also, while we have seen dual screen laptops, they are expensive.

Enter the . Simple USB hot plugging and portability of either your display or your PC/Laptop is the desired effect, not to mention that multiple 's can offer you more extra screens than most graphics cards can (Eyefinity 6 not-with-standing). This neat little adapter offers you easy and quick extra screens with the minimum of fuss, so let's open the box and see what we get.


  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed compliant input

  • Dual DisplayLink DL2+ Decompression Engines

  • High definition resolution up to 2048x1152 including Full HD (1080p)

  • High performance (DDR) memory interface

  • Comprehensive operating system support including full support for Windows Vista (including Aero 3D) and Windows 7*

  • Windows driver Auto-Install via SPI flash interface

  • Support for standard and widescreen aspect ratio displays

  • 32-bit True Color depth for high quality graphics

  • Integrated DVI (TMDS) and analog (VGA) DAC

  • Support for direct LCD panel connections via LVDS

  • Video output via DisplayPort and HMDI supported via external chips (12/24-bit RGB-TTL)

  • Ultra low power consumption compatible with USB bus-powered designs

  • Automatic display detection using VESA compliant protocols

  • Support for a wide range of static, interactive, and video content

  • Fast and simple installation using Microsoft WHQL signed drivers

  • Configuration flexibility allowing extend and clone desktop display. Configurations are remembered with the unique benefit that when unplugging the device, all applications are brought back to the computer's main display, to enhance mobility.

  • Fully software upgradable allowing performance and feature enhancements over the life of the product

  • Optional Auto-Update to provide users with the latest software enhancements


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The box for the HIS Multi-View II Adapter is quite a simple affair, but indicates at a glance the devices purpose and example usage. As with all HIS products, the rear of the box offers plenty of pertinent information.


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Inside, everything is kept safe inside a black cardboard box much like the latest HIS graphics cards. Opening the lid, we can see everything is kept safe in a tray like insert with sized holes for each of the components. Removing the tray we can see the rest of the items.


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Included with the HIS Multi-View II Adapter is the adapter itself, a DVI to VGA adapter, a retractable Male USB to Male Mini USB cable, a Software CD, a quick start guide and a small bag with a spring loaded ring loop. Opening the bag we also found a lace type cord to allow you to hang the bag from a shoulder.


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The retractable USB cable is a nice touch, and it's also nice that this isn't permanently attached to the adapter meaning you can use it with other USB devices if you so wish. However the cable isn't all that long when fully extended, about 12" or 30cm in length approx.


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The HIS Multi-View II Adapter itself is basically a small white box, but HIS have styled it a little with sloped sides and a two tone color theme (black and white). At one end of the box, you will find a DVI out. Turning the adapter around and you find a female Mini USB port.


Underneath, there are 4 rubber feet and a serial number/bar-code sticker.

It's quite light, and everything fits in the supplied bag nicely, which with the portable nature of the device is a must really.



Installation requires you to first of all install the software supplied on the CD, which by the way includes more than just the device drivers. HIS have also included wallpapers, 3D Bumptop, and a link to grab the latest version of the drivers from the DisplayLink website. Naturally, this is what we did, and opted for the 5.3 beta's.

After unzipping the files, we ran the installer. Even including the time it took to grab the 12.12mb drivers, the entire installation process took less than 5 minutes. As this was the first time I quickly grabbed an old 14" 4:3 1024x768 Relisys monitor I'd be saving for posterity (or to prop my door open with), connected the Multi-View II Adapter to the VGA cable via a DVI-VGA adapter, and plugged the USB in to a free port on the front of my case.

As soon as I did, the system flashed the screen a few times and a few seconds later both screens were setup in extended mode and ready to go with no input or prompting from myself.

It was the exact same process on my Acer 8.9" Netbook. Software installation took a bit longer due to the Atom CPU, but the end result was that plugging in the USB resulted in a couple of blank screens and then everything just worked.

I don't know what I was expecting really, and being USB there is no reason it shouldn't be quick and easy, but I have to admit was still surprised at just how quick and how easy it all was.


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