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I have an HP-envy that is very minimalist ports-wise. Basically it has two USB3 and a type-c ( and an SD-card slot ) - but the question is more general and not only specific to this machine.

What are the hardware options ( not specific but more categories of hardware ) that will allow me to use two external monitors that extend each other on a machine that only has one type-C port?

I found some splitters, some external USB graphic cards, but all the solutions I found are a bit clumsy or will not allow two external monitors ( but only one )

I can afford to ignore the laptop own monitor - or if allowing to have it also working reaching 3 Monitors ..

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Something like this USB C to Dual HDMI Adaptor should allow you to use 2 additional screens although this is dependant on your laptop.

I found some splitters, some external USB graphic cards, but all the solutions I found are a bit clumsy or will not allow two external monitors ( but only one )

I have had similar issues using external USB Graphics cards / Hubs such as this USB docking station. A lot of these use displaylink to enable the use of an external display. The problem with displaylink is that it has an extra overhead over a native display connection, such as HDMI, to enable extra screens to be connected over lower bandwidth, non-native, connections, such as USB 2.0 and therefore can be not as smooth or 'clumsy' as you described.

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