4K monitors are becoming increasingly popular and affordable for businesses and consumers. From some angles, the ratcheting up of screen resolutions hasn’t been easy for manufacturers, who have had to keep up with the rate of change. As a result, many tablets, laptops and other portable devices don’t support 4K displays. Instead of upgrading your device or graphics card, a 4K video adapter is the quickest way to connect: simply plug and display to extend your workspace. The adapters support either DisplayPort or HDMI monitors, connecting to a laptop’s USB 3.0, DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort. Here’s a quick overview of compatibility and other issues to consider when buying a 4K video adapter.

DisplayPort or HDMI

Most of the Ultra HD 4K currently being shipped support either DisplayPort or HDMI inputs. We offer adapters that output for DisplayPorts, as well as others compatible with HDMI-only screens. The VP4000 4K Video Adapter is an active DisplayPort to HDMI adapter compatible with Windows 8, Windows 10 and Mac OS X and above, which enables users to leverage the higher screen resolution of 4K.



60Hz or 30Hz

Rather than rendering the pixels independently to produce a crisper 4K image, the video adapters use a device’s CPU and GPU. The pixels are then compressed and sent over USB to be mirrored or extended. The video adapter can support refresh rates of 60Hz, although 30Hz may be more reliable when performing some intensive tasks. If using a tablet device without HDMI or microHDMI, the new VU4000D 4K Video Adapter will let you output 4K through a USB cable, in effect enabling users to plug in a 4K monitor as though it were a USB peripheral.

Plug and Display

With a 4K video adapter, any laptop or tablet device can be extended to additional 4K monitors. In fact, with DisplayPort compatibility, it’s possible to connect devices to multiple 4K projectors or screens, with potential applications ranging from displaying data and spreadsheets to previewing video and even gaming. The ability to extend these visual enhancements beyond the one connected screen can benefit employees during internal meetings and presentations as well as clients or contacts in an external setting. The compact size of the adapter encourages portability of the accessory and allows businesses or employees to bring 4K with them when working on-the-go.

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Upgrading technology and device capabilities within a business is something which is always going to face debate and hesitation from a financial point of view. To transform your current device into a 4K compatible model, we’re looking at $300 for an internal card plus installation costs. To purchase a Dell 4K monitor, we’re hitting the $700 mark and to choose a 4K projector, anywhere between £6-14,000. When looking at these numbers, $99.99 for a Kensington 4K Video Adapter is looking like a sensible business decision and promises to future proof your devices against resolution changes in the near future.

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