Looking to expand your desktop environment but don't want to spend a lot of money on two separate monitors? Maybe you want something compact and sharp to save desktop space and make you more productive. You're in luck, as Philips Monitors just launched its Two-in-One Monitor.
The Two-In-One IPS Monitor is still somewhat pricey at $499 (Newegg lists it for $417.99 (opens in new tab)), but you get two screens measuring 19 inches each that can be rotated to create one 32 inch display. The 3.5 mm border provides a near-seamless environment so you can focus on what's on the combined screens rather than the border cutting the environment down the middle.
Additionally, the screens on the Two-In-One Monitor can be turned forwards and backwards up to 22.5 degrees, allowing the user to maximize the viewing area. Their height can also be adjusted by up to 100 mm.
Each LED-lit screen has a 1280 x 1024 resolution, a 5 ms response time, a contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1 and a brightness of 250 cd/m2. There's also one DisplayPort and one VGA input on the first monitor and one VGA input and one MHL-capable HDMI input on the second panel. Two USB 2.0 ports are provided on both panels.
Not familiar with MHL? The term stands for Mobile High-Definition Link, and it allows a mobile device to receive a charge from another MHL-compliant device like an HDTV, when connected. Unlike HDMI cables that only serve up audio and video, MHL cables and ports support a third power line. Plugging a mobile device into an electrical socket on a wall is not needed when an MHL link is established.
"Ideal for designers using 3D graphics or requiring extremely detailed information for CAD-CAM solutions, the connected screens allow for more space to create and use multiple design tools," stated the company's press release. "Plus gamers can immerse themselves in the action with duel-screen comparisons, perfect for two players on one screen."
This two-in-one setup sounds like a cool deal, although the resolution in each is rather lackluster. Again, if you're looking to expand your desktop, give Philips Monitors' new double-screen solution a gander. At around $250 per screen (or less, depending on where you make a purchase), this solution seems a little pricey, but could be worth the money. What do you think?