HDMI Only Laptop -- Dual Monitor Solution Requested

Daniel Van Der Werken
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HP ENVY Notebook PC
INTEL(R) HD Graphics 4600

No PC-CARD/PCMCIA slot.
Single HDMI output only.

Windows 8.1

The thing has four USB 3.0 ports -- one of them even charges.

I have one monitor connected to the single HDMI out port. How would I connect a second monitor such that it would work as standard Windows Dual Monitor.

I know I can split the HDMI out, but that would make both monitors show the identical images. I want to be able to use the second monitor showing different stuff.

I understand I need another graphics adapter. My only choice is a USB graphics adapter.

There are plenty of these things available, but I'd like some recommendations from folks here who have used them.

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I don't have any HP Envy laptops (mine are HP EliteBook), but I'm pretty sure the Envy has a VGA connector in addition to HDMI. Simply connect a monitor via VGA and you'll be able to use both in an extended desktop config. That's what I'm doing with my HP EliteBook 2540p. Here's an article about it:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Laptops_Notebooks/A_6770-Dual-External-Monitors-on-the-HP-EliteBook-2540p.html

Update: Well, my bad! I just did some research on the Envy laptops and they don't have VGA ports...I'm guessing you knew that. :)

I have not used a USB video adapter, so I recommend that you wait to hear from folks with actual experience. That said, I have used many StarTech products with varying DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, VGA, and USB features — they have all been excellent. I would not hesitate to try their USB video adapters. Here's a link at Amazon that shows several of StarTech's USB video adapters, including DVI, VGA, DisplayPort, HDMI, and even a dual monitor one (HDMI and DVI):
http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-Monitor-External-Adapter-USB32HDDVII/dp/B008CXFMT6/

For best performance, get a USB 3.0 one (not USB 2.0) — I'm assuming your Envy has USB 3.0.

Sorry for the bad initial post. Regards, Joe
This is the one I have and love it, but it is expensive.

Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0/2.0 to HDMI/DVI Adapter for Windows and Mac up to 2048x1152/1920x1200 in White


http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-SuperSpeed-2048x1152-1920x1200/dp/B004MS0DIK/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1398956547&sr=8-6&keywords=usb+to+hdmi
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Thank you both.
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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You're welcome. Good luck with the project. Regards, Joe

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