Video Card Problems/External Video Card


Hi Bobbert,

I hope you can help me.

I have an Acer Aspire 5336-2524 laptop.  It is extremely slow, graphics-wise.  I know there is no way to upgrade the internal video card, but can I purchase an external one, such as IOGEAR USB 2.0 External DVI Video Card GUC2020DW6? If so, which external video card would you suggest.  Limited budget here.


None of the USB external devices would be an upgrade - they are generally slower than onboard solutions, and useful only to add additional monitor outputs for things like PowerPoint or web browsing on machines that lack an additional video output. If you need a more powerful graphics adapter for gaming or professional 3D work, you will unfortunately have to buy an entirely new computer due to the limited nature of laptops. I would suggest a desktop system, as they will allow you to make hardware upgrades in many cases, and offer generally better cooling performance than that of a laptop. If you can expand on what specific software, or type of software, that you're needing to run I can provide much more focused and specialized suggestions for what kind of hardware you should be looking for in a new machine.

If you have any further questions or need clarification, feel free to ask.


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