DisplayLink adapters are a-dime-a-dozen these days, dutifully displaying our desktop environments on other displays not connected via traditional monitor interfaces. Pumping out video content to the big screen has been simplified, sure, but audio has always been the Achilles heel of the diminutive dongles. Enter IOGEAR, whose GUC2025H USB External HD A/V Adapter solves this exact problem -- without taking up any additional ports to boot. The 4.2- x .63- x 2.8-inch box supports a max resolution of 1920 x 1080, and will output via HDMI when connected via standard USB. At a nickel under $100, the price seems to be about right, though we wouldn't have complained if the company had thrown in an HDMI to DVI converter for good measure. Full PR after the break.
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IOGEAR Adapter Adds HD Display with Audio through USB 2.0 Port

Foothill Ranch, Calif. – April 2011 – IOGEAR, a leader in convergence and connectivity products, announces a new USB to HD Adapter (GUC2025H) designed to connect additional HD displays to a desktop or laptop computer using a USB 2.0 cable. Utilizing the increased bandwidth of HDMI and DisplayLink™ technology, IOGEAR is now able to provide both audio and video support, a huge advancement from the traditional internal video cards or external adapters / cards (VGA / DVI) that can only support video.

With a USB to HD Adapter in place, laptop users will be able to have up to three displays showing content; the laptop screen, a second display via the built-in VGA port and a third from the USB port courtesy of IOGEAR's new adapter. In the home, the GUC2025H complements convergence since it provides a hard-wired streaming solution of any standard or HD content from the PC to the TV with only a single HDMI cable connection. Youtube, Hulu and other computer content can be streamed to the TV interference-free with ease.

Outside the home, the USB to HD adapter is made for multitasking. Office accounting and marketing personnel will appreciate the ability to view large spreadsheets across two screens without sacrificing continuity. Graphic designers can queue up editing tools and pallets without constantly minimizing and maximizing windows, while data analysts can type in one document while viewing reference material elsewhere. Lastly, anyone who works heavily with email will appreciate the ability to open attachments on one screen while staying in the inbox to manage email functions.

Installing the USB to HD Adapter video card is a quick and easy for anyone who's ever plugged in a mouse or other USB peripheral. No need for multiple software and hardware updates to get both audio and video, and no need for an external power supply since the adapter runs via the USB port. With video cards, it's sometimes necessary to remove a computer's back panel, locate the existing video card, remove and replace it with a new one, all without affecting any of the sensitive electronics. While certainly possible, these actions can void a manufacturer warranty, or worse, cook the motherboard.

Because the IOGEAR USB to HD Adapter connects externally, there is no threat of memory loss or inadvertent collateral damage from the installation. With support of resolutions up to 1600x1200 / 1920x1080 and 32-bit color, the USB to HD adapter shares content at its ideal resolution for the purest viewing experience possible.

"The development of HDMI has opened connectivity doorways for IOGEAR and other manufacturers to design convergence products that add new functionality to pre-existing electronic devices," said Bill Nguyen, senior marketing manager for IOGEAR. "Our innovative new USB to HD Adapter is one solution that's allowing consumers to reap the benefits of HDMI connectivity."

The USB to HD Adapter model GUC2025H is now shipping with an MSRP of $99.95.

For more information on IOGEAR and its connectivity solutions, please visit: www.iogear.com. Follow IOGEAR on Twitter, the company blog, and become a fan on Facebook for additional industry, company and product details.

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IOGEAR's USB-to-HDMI adapter brings a soundtrack to the DisplayLink party