A bittersweet air fills the room as I type these characters into this document. The item I am reviewing is also the latest Gear Diary will give away in partnership with the sponsoring company. But for an A/V geek like myself, I will say goodbye to it with a tear in my eye.
Sabrent, – tagline “Connecting Differently” – sent me its latest USB external video/graphics adapter, the USB-DH88, for review and giveaway.
I first came across an e-mail sent us by the company’s PR firm touting Sabrent’s solutions to A/V presentation problems. This got my attention because recently I was put in that very situation and had to scramble for a last-minute solution that involved driving across town twice.
Had Sabrent been in my satchel it would have spared my blood pressure and stress level that day.
Just last night I was in a similar situation – living as a Mac in a PC-dominated world – but this time Sabrent was in my corner (literally) and a quick software install followed by a quick connection or two and my laptop screen was showing on the conference room wall for the planning team to see and utilize.
Given this experience, I will be sad to depart with the Sabrent USB adapter but, a deal is a deal and this deal could be yours.
The device works on OSX, Windows or Linux platforms and comes with the main display adapter unit along with a DVI-to-VGA adapter, a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, USB 2.0 cable, driver CD and quick start guide.
The CD was the miniature variety so it was too small to work in my MacBook but a quick zip over to www.Sabrent.com and I downloaded the necessary driver for my OS.
The default setting for the display adapter is having the projected image as a second desktop so a quick check of the mirror display box and we were off and running.
This morning I had a bit more time to check out the rest of the company’s website and I find they offer a host of external device solutions: Card readers, iPad camera connection kit, surround sound audio adapters, cables, accessories, controller cards, cooler pads, more display adapters, HDD enclosures, network adapters and devices, TV and video devices, USB hubs, webcams and wireless solutions.
Sabrent may call themselves “Connecting Differently,” but I call them connecting done right.
The Sabrent USB-DH88 is available directly from the manufacturer and other retailers.
What I Like: Fast, easy, intuitive, attractive product; Website and support; HD 1080P ready
What Needs Improvement: Needs a fullsize driver CD
So, for the giveaway:
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b. Retweet another post and tell us which you chose.
c. Tell us your A/V solution needs for the Sabrent device.
The fine print:
1. This contest will be open until Friday, April 1 (no foolin’); the winner will be announced shortly thereafter.
2. Shipping address must be in the U.S.A.
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4. The winner will be announced on the site and will have 24 hours to respond to our email. After 24 hours a new winner will be picked.