What would be the recommended hardware to connect a laptop and 2 (possibly 3) monitors? We are preparing a business plan and are determining startup costs.
Well, before we go too in depth as far as recommendations are concerned, we would like to have a bit more information regarding your planned setup…
First, do you already have laptop and monitors or are you looking for requirements on that hardware as well?
Second, what operating system were you planning to use?
If you could answer these two questions, it would be greatly appreciated as then we can give you a slightly narrower answer, instead of a shotgun spread of information regarding our products.
I will be using an Acer Aspire V5-571P that is running Windows 8.
With those hardware specifications, almost any option you choose to use for adding additional monitors should work.
For operating with two or more displays, there are two general paths you can take to achieve this.
The first path is to opt for using a docking station, thereby reducing the number of USB ports used. A good example for 3 monitors would be the UD-3900, as the UD-3900 allows for two monitors directly off of the unit plus the monitor that can be connected via the VGA or HDMI port on the laptop.
The other route you can opt for is to purchase multiple USB graphics adapters. Since the laptop only has 1 USB 3.0 port and 2 USB 2.0 ports, you may want to consider buying a mix of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 graphics adapters. However, this option may be inconvenient if you want to use other USB devices.