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Samsung Launching 18-inch USB Monitor for 2011

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How many monitors is too many?

A lot of people have let notebooks take the place of their regular, desktop PCs. If you need a full size keyboard or monitor, you can always add externals for when you're at home. However, those of us who like to work on more than one monitor are kind of stuck as the majority of laptops only have one VGA port.

A new offering from Samsung expected to hit next year could be the answer all of us multi-monitor enthusiasts are looking for. We've seen USB displays before but never one as big as this. Samsung is displaying 18.5-inches of USB-only LCD (1,366x768, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 250 cd/m² maximum brightness and LED backlit illumination) at Computex and we're suitably impressed. Especially with the fact that power consumption measures in at just 6.5W.

Of course, how many of these you use depends on how many USB ports you have and one of these displays will take up two right off the bat. However, if the shortage of ports is your only problem, there's no shortage of USB hubs and adapters on the market. No word on price yet but we should know more when the 2011 release date draws a little bit closer.

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    Gin Fushicho , May 31, 2010 11:24 PM
    Very cool, but they should have waited for USB 3.0
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    AMDnoob , May 31, 2010 10:34 PM
    Why hasn't USB as a display transfer medium gone mainstream? What are it's limitations? This must be 2.0 I'm assuming... WOW I just had a realization just now as I typed "2.0". How do you tell the computer to send the display info through the USB??? Do you need software to do this theN?
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    requiemsallure , May 31, 2010 10:54 PM
    if the response time was good, than i would say go for it.
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    blasterth , May 31, 2010 10:56 PM
    For a resolution of 1,366x768 24bit color and 60Hz you need 1510 Mbit/s. USB 2.0 gives only 480 Mbit/s, so some type of compression is needed to achieve display via USB.
    Another question is, will it be possible to have a PC without graphic chip and use this monitor as an output?
    Yes some sort of drivers will be necessary to run this monitor.
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    Anonymous , May 31, 2010 11:15 PM
    i'm using the samsung u70 mounted to my shuttle.
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    Gin Fushicho , May 31, 2010 11:24 PM
    Very cool, but they should have waited for USB 3.0
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    PLATTERMAN , May 31, 2010 11:29 PM
    I see no use for it with a desktop, its a gimmick to me and nothing more and resolution is way less too. A Blu ray would look terrible.
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    megahustler , May 31, 2010 11:41 PM
    AMDnoobHow do you tell the computer to send the display info through the USB??? Do you need software to do this theN?

    Definitely. My guess is a driver that installs a virtual graphics card. Like some VPN software installs a virtual network card.
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    lauxenburg , June 1, 2010 12:12 AM
    AMDnoobWhy hasn't USB as a display transfer medium gone mainstream? What are it's limitations? This must be 2.0 I'm assuming... WOW I just had a realization just now as I typed "2.0". How do you tell the computer to send the display info through the USB??? Do you need software to do this theN?

    assuming... WOW I just had a realization just now as I typed "2.0". How do you tell the computer to send the display info through the USB??? Do you need software to do this theN?[/citation]

    Not enough bandwidth/speed/latency in USB 2.0. You can get USB monitors but they are only good for basic stuff like productivity. Also, USB doesn't (as of now) have support for GPU video acceleration so don't even think of gaming on one or watching a movie.
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    Pyroflea , June 1, 2010 12:45 AM
    Cool idea, but USB 3.0 would have been a better choice, imo. Backwards compatibility would have made it the same product, but one notch higher.
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    septentriones , June 1, 2010 12:48 AM
    I can't wait to see someone with two of them and a gaming laptop set up in eyefinity. It would be expensive and excessive but completely worth it.
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    oxxfatelostxxo , June 1, 2010 3:08 AM
    USB monitors havnt gone mainstream due to power requirements., USB doesnt supply a ton of power, thus y on things like HDD's u only see the smaller labtop versions as usb only.

    ALSO USB splitters wont work, as it wont increase the power available, and cant run more monitors.

    But still not bad for a 6.5w monitor
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    Dirtman73 , June 1, 2010 3:13 AM
    If Samsung had designed this for USB 3.0, they would have ended up waiting for two more years- at least- to see some kind of justifiable profit. 3.0 isn't going to become the standard until a long time from now, so 2.0 it is.

    How many of you have USB 3.0 slots on your rigs? Not damn many.
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    liquidsnake718 , June 1, 2010 3:15 AM
    I second on the usb 3.0 comment. They should have been more patient and waited. Im sure the speed might allow full HD as well as HZ.... The good news is that this product might be discounted by the end of the year when USB3.0 takes off...
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    back_by_demand , June 1, 2010 7:32 AM
    Lots of complaining and not enough wonder
    Imagine a powered USB 3.0 hub running Eyefinity 6
    Or even Eyefinity 12

    Admittedly not for playing games but still amazing
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    dEAne , June 1, 2010 9:11 AM
    Good idea - I am sure it needs lots of speed, I just hope USB 3.0 can handle that.
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    infodan , June 1, 2010 10:26 AM
    Acer tried this about 18 months ago
    http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/06/acer-ships-22-inch-b223-displaylink-usb-monitor-in-europe/
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    sublifer , June 1, 2010 1:49 PM
    AMDnoobWhy hasn't USB as a display transfer medium gone mainstream? What are it's limitations? This must be 2.0 I'm assuming... WOW I just had a realization just now as I typed "2.0". How do you tell the computer to send the display info through the USB??? Do you need software to do this theN?

    Its software-based graphics. The processing load runs on the CPU rather than a GPU so frame-rates might not be very impressive if you're running much else. You'll be limited by CPU on how many you could run at a time...

    I gotta say though, if that thing is powered only from the USB port and has no power cord, then that could be pretty nifty.

    With a 6-12 core processor, as long as affinities work properly, then maybe you could run a whole bunch of these...
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    Regulas , June 1, 2010 2:01 PM
    I can see people complaining now, my USB port quit working (because it fried).
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2010 2:24 PM
    How about USB 3.0???
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    DaddyW123 , June 1, 2010 3:32 PM
    You are all very funny. Nowhere in this article does it specify that it's USB 2.0 only. Who says they didn't build this as 3.0 capable? Also USB splitters do help with power requirements as long as you get a powered splitter.
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