December 2011 Ian Chiu
USB video cards have been around for nearly half a decade, yet its usefulness is still up for debate. This is largely due to the limited bandwidth provided by USB 2.0 and the widespread adoption of HDMI. So, only people who needs a third monitor (or fourth) would find USB video adapters appealing. If you belong to this niche, then there’s good news for you. SuperSpeed USB is here to stay and with real-world performance at least 10 times that of its predecessor, USB video is finally able to reach HD resolution without sacrificing frame rates and image quality.
The JUA350 USB 3.0 Video Display Adapter from J5Create you are looking at is the first of its kind. It employs technology from MCT, not DisplayLink that many may have expected. The J5Create can reportedly go beyond HD and hit 2048×1152 but for most, being able to run 1080p at 60fps should be more than enough. There’s, however, a catch and a big one at that. To be able to stream full screen HD video, J5Create recommends a quad core 2.4Ghz or faster processor and at least 12GB RAM. Luckily, this small niche who dig multi-display setup is mostly workaholics and may be only using the adapters for productivity apps, in which case J5Create still requires you to have at least a Core i5 quad core 2.8Ghz and 4GB RAM. There’s no word on pricing yet.