Using USB 2.0 to HDMI® Display Adapter w/ Audio to run an HDMI compatible monitor with an older laptop or desktop We purchased a new 52" LCD display for one of our clients. In general we find that owning a display makes sense if the monitor will be used more than twice a year. The pricing is now low enough, that the savings from owning the unit more than makes up for the convenience and worry free strategy of renting. However, most of our clients' older laptops and desktops, ones that typically stay with the booth, specifically for use as flash presentation and video sources, do not have HDMI or digital outputs for video. On the other hand, most of the new monitors do not have the VGA connectors which are compatible with the typical laptop or desktop computer video outputs. But almost all laptops and desktops built in the last 6 years have USB 2.0 output. I was able to purchase a USB 2.0 to HDMI® Display Adapter w/ Audio from a Comp USA in FL. Had I not, there are numerous choices available on the web, and many of these can be ordered last minute and shipped overnight to your hotel near the trade show venue. These devices are very simple to set-up, typically with a software driver downloadable or on CD and USB to adapter cable included. Based on my experience, you will typically need to provide your own HDMI cable. The adapter is powered by the USB cable so there are no extra power cables to run. The adapter itself is small - a little bit thicker and slightly shorter than a typical smartphone, so it can easily be velcro'ed out of the way to the back of the monitor or in a nearby cabinet or drawer. The adapter that I purchased at Comp USA in Ft Lauderdale FL cost approximately $60.00, installed easily and works consistently with a great picture and clear sound. These units are available with up to 1080P's superb clarity.