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Is anyone running dual external monitors off of their Surface Pro, or Surface Pro 2 not using display port daisy chaining? I am curious what setup people are using and how well it works. I have 2 external monitors that will do DVI or VGA, and was planning on doing a display port to DVI converter for one, and a USB to VGA adapter for the other. The other option I was looking at was getting something like this. Obviously that would require a mini display port to display port adapter. I am not sure if that would work though.  Does anyone have any recommendations based on what they are using?

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schoondoggy

This is a popular device to drive two monitors;

http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-2048x1152-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1390574377&sr=8-2&keywords=plugable 

 

I should add I do not have the Surface Pro but I have used this with other USB 3.0 mobile devices. 

 

Amazon review:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R14Z5MTP3Q2ZA0/ref=cm_cr_dp_title?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00ECDM78E&nodeID=541966&store=pc

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Dave

I've used the plugable and am now using just a single USB3 to HDMI adapter from Plugable.

 

 

 

I'm using two 1080p 27" screens and the Surface Pro 2 screen as well.  Works very well.  I wouldn't game on it but it works.  My SP2 is docked in the MS Docking Station and using the mini display port out to one HDMI screen via this cable.  

 

http://www.amazon.com/HDE%C2%AE-Mini-Display-Adapter-Cable/dp/B009K62HQ0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390574871&sr=8-1&keywords=mini+display+port+to+hdmi

 

 

Then USB 3 to the second screen via this adapter.  http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Multiple-2048x1152-1920x1200-DisplayLink/dp/B007L6NYAO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390574659&sr=8-1&keywords=plugable+usb+to+hdmi

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surfaceRT

Thanks for the feedback!  I think I am going to stick with using the display port for one monitor, and using a USB 3.0 adapter for the other monitor. No gaming or heavy video use is going to be required for this setup. Now I need to find the elusive docking station for the Surface Pro to complete the setup. The integrated charging with that dock is a must have. Looks like the Microsoft store is still out of stock, but the Best Buy and Walmart websites show them as "In Stock", wonder if that is really the case.

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dvn

I've used the plugable and am now using just a single USB3 to HDMI adapter from Plugable.

 

I'm using two 1080p 27" screens and the Surface Pro 2 screen as well.  Works very well.  I wouldn't game on it but it works.  My SP2 is docked in the MS Docking Station and using the mini display port out to one HDMI screen via this cable.  

 

http://www.amazon.com/HDE%C2%AE-Mini-Display-Adapter-Cable/dp/B009K62HQ0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390574871&sr=8-1&keywords=mini+display+port+to+hdmi

 

Then USB 3 to the second screen via this adapter.  http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-Multiple-2048x1152-1920x1200-DisplayLink/dp/B007L6NYAO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390574659&sr=8-1&keywords=plugable+usb+to+hdmi

@SurfaceGeek -

 

Did you like the Plugable UD 3900? Why did you switch to the cable and USB to HDMI adapter? Would you recommend this for a good keyboard, mouse, and monitor docking station for a friend? 

 

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Dave

I switched to the USBtoHDMI purely as a test.  I have since moved back to the docking station Plugable.  I needed more USB ports!

http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-2048x1152-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1393524936&sr=8-2&keywords=plugable

It's a great device but it's still USB video.  If you can afford Display Port that is certainly the best way to go.  I use the video on this as a static display for a remote desktop. Nothing very intense.

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ImTheTypeOfGuy

I switched to the USBtoHDMI purely as a test. I have since moved back to the docking station Plugable. I needed more USB ports!

http://www.amazon.com/Plugable-UD-3900-Universal-2048x1152-Ethernet/dp/B00ECDM78E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1393524936&sr=8-2&keywords=plugable

It's a great device but it's still USB video. If you can afford Display Port that is certainly the best way to go. I use the video on this as a static display for a remote desktop. Nothing very intense.

 

 

So the plugable is attached to the surface docking station or direct to the surface? If the docking station how do you have it connected?

 

 

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surfaceRT

Just wanted to circle back on this. The setup I needed was dual external monitors on the Surface Pro. Thanks for the recommendation on the pluggable USB to HDMI - they work perfectly.

 

Just FYI - Best Buy had the Surface Pro Docking station in stock online when the Microsoft store was out of stock for so long.

 

Items I used:

Surface Pro Dock

Pluggable USB to HDMI Display adapter

Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter

 

 

 

Sent from my Surface with Windows RT using Tapatalk

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surfaceRT

ImTheTypeOfGuy - the pluggable USB to HDMI display adapter is plugged into the docking station's USB 3.0 port.

 

 

Sent from my Surface with Windows RT using Tapatalk

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puma008

Correct  me if I am wrong but when you hook up the monitors via the USB port like the Pluggable dock uses.. doesn't the video look washed out and horrible? I tried this and did not like how the picture looked at all. WHen I went to calibrate the colors and gamma through windows they did not work. How can I get two monitors working by using the display port of the surface pro so the video card runs them?

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