Using Your Smartphone or Tablet as a Desktop PC with the Diamond DS3900V2 Ultra-Dock

Believe it or not, there are times when you stumble across something on your smartphone or tablet and wish you could see that content on a desktop monitor. I know, because it happens to me all the time. Rather than taking the time to turn on your computer, logging in, then opening a browser and searching for that content, wouldn’t it be much easier just to connect your device to a monitor? This week, we’ll quickly go over how you can be using your Android smartphone or tablet as a desktop PC with the Diamond DS3900V2 Ultra-Dock.

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The Diamond DS3900V2 is a dual-video USB 3.0/2.0 docking station enabling an Android 5.x device to have access to a large screen display with a maximum resolution of 2048 ×1152. Instantly transform your Android device into your desktop workstation. Now you can use Microsoft Office, Google docs or any other productivity app on a desktop monitor with a keyboard and mouse.

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First, you will need a USB OTG cable, to connect the USB DisplayLink dock cable (USB Type A) to the Android device. Then connect the other end to the DS3900V2. All USB 2.0 and 3.0 devices are supported. Keep in mind, if the device is USB bus powered, you may have to attach it to an externally powered USB hub first, as the Android device might not be able to provide enough power. You’ll also need to download the Android Displaylink drivers from the Google play store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.displaylink.desktop.

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So if you’re looking for a convenient way to integrate your Android mobile device with your desktop duties without the actual use of a desktop PC, then the DS3900V2 would be a great choice. And of course this is just part of the capabilities of the Diamond DS3900V2 Ultra-Dock. You can read more about it here in a previous blog. If you would like more information on how to order the Diamond DS3900V2, or any of the other innovative multimedia devices available, just visit: www.diamondmm.com.

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Optimize Your Tablet Gaming on a Diamond TAB360 Universal Tablet Stand

If you’ve ever tried playing a racing game on your tablet, you know that holding onto the sides of your device doesn’t exactly give you that feel of being behind the wheel. This week we’ll look at one way you can optimize your tablet gaming on a Diamond TAB360 Universal Tablet Stand.

The Diamond TAB360 is a universal stand for iPads and tablets with a gyro 360° degree gaming wheel design. The stand itself can accommodate varying sizes of tablets in the 7″  to 10.1″ inch range. These include Apple iPads, iPad Minis, Samsung Galaxy Tabs, Dell Venue 8 as well as Amazon Kindle Fires. The TAB360 is a tablet stand with gaming on its mind.

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Great for Racing and Flying Games
The steering wheel design is really cool and it feels great in your hands. The grip feels nice and really captures the experience of driving or flying. It’s a whole lot more enjoyable than simply rotating my tablet around that’s for sure. Also, if you’re familiar with playing games on a tablet, you’ll know how frustrating it can be when you accidentally hit the back button or home button. The TAB360 gives you more stability when steering because the tablet stays suspended and locks into place on the stand. It’s light but highly durable and has a solid build quality.

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Not Just for Gaming
And of course, it’s not just for gaming. The Diamond TAB360 can be used as a regular stand as well. I like to watch videos and TV shows on my tablet, so I just snap it into the TAB360 and sit back and relax. Use it in the bedroom, living room or just about anywhere. It’s ergonomically-shaped design allows you to use it on your lap, as well as any flat surface. It also comes in 2 colors, black and white. There’s even a Bluetooth® model. The TAB360BT is equipped with a fully functional wireless speaker connection for enhanced audio output over built-in tablet audio speakers.

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You may find the Diamond TAB360 Universal Tablet Stand overly simple in its design and features because simplicity is exactly what it was designed for. But with that simplicity, comes the optimization of tablet gaming and the efficiency of viewing tablet content. If you would like more information on the Diamond TAB360 or any of the other really innovative multimedia products Diamond has to offer, just visit: www.diamondmm.com.

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A Closer Look at the Triple Play Feature of the Diamond Game-Caster GC2000

Not sure how you will be using Diamond’s GC2000? In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Triple Play feature of the Diamond Game-Caster GC2000. The GC2000 is a powerful, yet compact game capturing device that captures, edits and streams your game-play in HD 1080P from all the major game consoles. You can upload and stream your edited scenes onto YouTube, Facebook, Twitch® with real-time Voice Commentary.

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The device itself is feature-packed and comes loaded with a host of connectors and ports. The Game-Caster GC2000 is designed to be used with your TV, game consoles, DVD players, set top boxes, router as well as your PC and laptops.

The three modes in which you can use the GC2000 are as follows:

  • PC (Capture/Edit) including real-time “Voice Commentary”
  • Standalone – Record directly to a SD card without a PC
  • Streaming – Stream directly to Twitch, Ustream or your Smartphone/Tablet

 

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The PC (Capture/Edit) Mode
You’ll want to use the PC Mode to directly capture, preview, edit and save your game-play as final files to keep on your PC or laptop. Add real Voice Commentary to every scene. Once it’s captured, you can burn a file to DVD format, stream it to Twitch or Ustream or upload to YouTube.

Connect your game console to the Audio right and left ports, as well as the Component ports on the GC2000, or if you’re using an Xbox1 or PS4, use the HDMI In port, then connect your PC or laptop to the USB 2.0 port. You’ll want to connect your TV to the HDMI Out port to play your game while your computer is doing all the capturing. To start the capturing process, just hit the Record button.

 

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The Standalone Mode
If you want to directly capture and store your game-play on an external SD card, you can use the Standalone Mode on the GC2000. This mode does not require you to be hooked up to a PC at all and gives you the flexibility to edit your files later. Again, connect your game console and TV to the GC2000 and push the Record button to start your capturing. Then take your SD card and transfer the files onto your computer for editing.

 

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The Streaming Mode
If you want to directly capture your game-play and stream it to websites such as Ustream or Twitch, you’ll want to use the Streaming mode. By connecting your router to the GC2000 via the Ethernet port, and using the Shareview software, you can also stream your favorite captured game-play scenes to your tablet or smartphone.

 

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Any one of the Triple Play modes of the GC2000 can be selected by the Mode switch so you can seamlessly go back and forth each mode.

When it comes to game-play, simply having the different options, of capturing and editing, can be a lot of fun and a great way to show off your skills. Diamond Multimedia makes it easy to share those skills. Looking for more information on the Game-Caster GC2000 or other really useful multimedia devices? Simply visit: www.diamondmm.com.

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