Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Samsung Central Station

Samsung Central StationSamsung debuted a lot of cool stuff during CES 2011 which included a slew of new monitors. One such product was the Samsung Central Station. Now, you can't get a lot of information on this device from just looking at it which is why you need to get a hands on if possible. Once you sit down and actually see what the Central Station is all about then you can really see what Samsung is trying to do here.

According to Samsung, the Central Station is more of an IT hub than anything else. The device is a standalone monitor that comes with a number of different connection inputs located on the base of the device. You connect your peripherals, like your mouse and keyboard, via USB to the base of the monitor. Then you insert the included USB dongle into the USB port on your laptop if you are going wirelessly. The cool thing here is that when your laptop comes within range of your Central Station all of your desktop peripherals connect automatically.

There will be three different versions of the Central Station according to Samsung with either a 23-inch screen or a 27-inch screen and these are:

  • The Wired Version: 23-inch C23A550U or 27-inch C27A550U
  • Wireless Consumer: 23-inch C23A750U or 27-inch C27A750U
  • Wireless Professional: 23-inch C23A650U or 27-inch C27A650U

Basic specifications include:

  • 1920x1080 pixel resolution
  • 2ms Response Time
  • 1000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 2 USB 2.0
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • Audio output jack
  • HDMI
  • VGA
  • Ethernet
  • Upstream
  • USB 3.0
  • Proprietary Wireless connection to laptop
  • WLED Backlit

You can adjust the height of the Central Station to your liking as all consumer models sport a dual-hinge base. The Professional model features your more traditional fully height adjustable stand as opposed to the dual-hinge design. In addition to that, the USB ports can also charge anything that has USB connectivity.

According to Samsung, "Central Station is designed to reduce companies' long-term equipment costs. By eliminating the need to purchase device-specific docking stations, a single Central Station will last through multiple generations of PCs."

Samsung will offer the Central Station with your choice of a metallic or crystal finish and will also feature Samsung's Touch of Color highlight. This looks to be a pretty cool device from Samsung. It is still unclear on how it works in the real world but we will know shortly as the Central Station will be coming out in March.

Source: CNET
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1 comment:

thomas said...

Looks like this is a good product. HOwever, cannot get it to work with my USB head set and after connecting my back USB drive to it, my laptop doesn't recognize the drive. It does recognize a flash drive, my wireless Logitech mouse and keyboard which work fine, and a Logitech 9000 web came which also works fine. Ideas?