Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Philips Shows Off 2-In-1 Monitor

During COMPUTEX 2014 in Taipei this year Philips Monitors announced that it was the recipient of the show's d&i Gold Award for the world's very first "virtually" seamless two-in-one matter. Known as the 19DP6QJNS, this monitor setup combines two 19" IPS screens mounted on a single "space-saving" base. As a result a nearly-seamless 32" panoramic display is created.

In talking about the design of the monitor Philips stated that both screens have a 3.5mm narrow border that can tilt forward and backward up to 22.5 degrees. In addition to that, the monitor also includes two USB ports on each panel along with one DisplayPort and one VGA input on the first panel and one VGA input and one MHL-enabled HDMI port on the second panel. For the not-so-tech-savvy, MHL stands for Mobile High-Definition Link and is capable of charging an MHL-compatible device while its digital audio and video are sent to the big screen. MHL delivers power, video and audio instead of the standard two lanes in HDMI.

According to Philips press release about the monitor, "The Philips Two-in-One Monitor is the optimum display for any environment. Perfect for expanding space at the office, the monitor allows side-by-side comparisons and more screen area for reviewing documents, helping to enhance efficiency and productivity. Ideal for designers using 3D graphics or requiring extremely detailed information for CAD-CAM solutions, the connected screens allow or more space to create and use multiple designs."

In addition to that, Philips also indicated that this monitor setup would be perfect for PC gamers as it allows for a cool panoramic view in single-player. In addition to that, you can also hook up two different machines to the two monitors and compare game quality side-by-side. Multiplayer games should also benefit from the dual screen setup as well, according to Philips.

Having a dual-monitor setup isn't revolutionary in the PC world. I'm currently writing this article using my own dual-monitor setup and I know some coworkers that take it a step further with quad-monitor setups (4 monitors). Having multiple monitors is a great way to work on a PC, especially if you like to multitask. In addition to that, if you are a graphic designer or you use your PC in other creative ways then having more than one monitor can be an essential part of your work. The only problem is that in order to have a setup like this you have to physically purchase two separate monitors. I got my two monitors during a Black Friday deal but the still set me back $120 a piece.

Philips appears to be trying to get rid of this by fusing two monitors into one. While this may seem like a great idea it is far too early to tell. Aside from what I mentioned above, Philips has yet to unveil any pricing information, specifications or a release date and market for this monitor other than it will be launching this fall. Until then, we won't know for sure if this setup will actually save people money or not. Stay tuned, though, as we will have all the details on this as it unfolds.

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