Question Do USB to HDMI cables need the boxy part? [SOLVED]

Apr 24, 2020
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I have a pair of All In One PCs which lack any kind of video output. I'd like to buy USB HDMI dongles for second screens, and I've noticed nearly all have a large box at the HDMI end.
Does this contain a circuit board or are they just bulky HDMI sockets?

They're like these:








There are also a few normal looking cables which seem like they'd achieve the same thing, like these:













Do these cables actually work? I imagine they would, but I've been burnt before in buying adapter cables for logically incompatible systems, which as far as I could tell should never have been manufactured or sold.

Any info is greatly appreciated!

Systems:
OS: Windows 10 Home x64
Manufacturer: Toshiba
Model: Qosmio DX730 (All In One PC)
CPU: Intel Core i5-2410M
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 3000 (onboard)
RAM: 16GB
HDD: Crucial MX500 2TB SSD
 
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Apr 24, 2020
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Several more hours of reading later and I've answered my own question:
The cable is either a DisplayLink cable or what's known as a management cable - only suitable for interacting with HDMI service interfaces on some monitors, not delivering a proper HDMI signal.
I need the dongle type, with the boxy end, as those are essentially USB graphics cards capable of generating a HDMI signal.

Thank you to everyone who read my question anyway
 

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