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The first thing that jumps out at me is the small attached cable. It tucks away nice and neatly inside the device, however, because it's quite short and stiff, it may get in the way of your laptop desk set-up.
The desk I conduct my work on isn't the biggest. When I removed my second monitor and placed a laptop there for testing, plugging in the device wasn't easy thanks to the laptop having extremely limited and closely-located USB ports.
The device itself looks quite nice and is extremely small and portable, I just hope for future models to contain either USB extension or longer connected cable - once you've plugged in a monitor, LAN cable and USB device - the placement of the actual device is paramount in keeping your desk organised.
This product feels sturdy and offers all of the ports nicely located on the same face, which means it's easy to use. I can see this product fitting in almost any laptop carry-bag quite well as it did with mine.
Putting it to use
As I explained previously, the short USB cable can be a pain, as you can see below - there's only really one way to connect it to my laptop. Now imagine a HDMI cable, Ethernet cable and USB device all plugged in at once - you've got yourself a mess of wires in one spot.
To be honest, when being used on the laptop which I currently have, this device isn't extremely useful. The HIS Multi-View is usually reserved for devices like ultra-thin Zenbook's or your various MacBook offerings - this is due to them often not including the various display or an Ethernet port as standard (without adaptors).
As for something different, this product can be used in general desktop applications. Sometimes office PC's won't have multiple video outputs located on their motherboard. Simply installing the drivers and plugging in this system means that an extra monitor can be used.
I tested this theory out for myself and you can see the result above - running on a BenQ 24" monitor. The picture is crisp and clear - working just as if it was plugged in through DVI, however, there's no saying if the 120Hz refresh rate will be available through this device. However, I don't think that any users would be buying this product with that in mind.
There is one main issue I have with the display outputs on this product. Generally (unless you're using a Zenbook or MacBook like mentioned before), your laptop will contain a video output port no matter what the model. The HIS Multi-View only allows you to display one monitor at a time, even though two ports are provided.
As explained in the manual, if you have a VGA and HDMI monitor plugged into this device, it will override the VGA port, supplying signal to HDMI only. It would be great if a device this small and easy could be used for two monitors, as it takes up next-to-no space on your desk, and would also enable people who work in multiple offices (and at home) to take the device with them as they see fit to help with multi-monitor displays. Using two (or more) monitors is becoming the norm in office work this day-and-age, so I see it as an extremely handy inclusion.
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