May 23, 2012

Win8 enhancing end-user multi-monitor experience

Among the very user-friendly multi-monitor features that are improved in Windows 8 are:
- setting different desktop background images for different screens
- setting desktop backgrounds that span across multiple screens
- having taskbars on every screen
- better edge and corner mouse detection to help improve triggering shortcut actions

From the official Microsoft MSDN developer blog:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2012/05/21/enhancing-windows-8-for-multiple-monitors.aspx

May 11, 2012

Six Ways to Use Multiple Displays With Your Laptop

A great article about how to expand your laptop screen real estate!

via PCWorld:

1. Android, iPad tablets
Yes, you can use your tablet as an external monitor with your PC or Mac OS X laptop. ... Apps that transform an iPad into an external monitor for a Windows laptop include DisplayLink ....

2. Portable USB Monitors
Professionals such as auditors and consultants who may frequently be required to work at various locations will know that a portable USB monitor used with a laptop helps to greatly increase work efficiency. This is made possible by technology DisplayLink developed to compress video data and pump it over a USB link, where it is uncompressed and decoded by a specialized chip made by the company.
By embedding a DisplayLink chip into an energy-efficient LCD monitor and drawing power directly from the USB interface, manufacturers have been able to come up with portable USB monitors that can fit into the same size bag as a laptop. Moreover, the availability of faster CPUs on laptops and the high bandwidth available in USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 means that the usage experience no different than that of a conventional monitor for most users-and can even allow for video playback on external monitors.
Models include the Field Monitor Pro, a 4-pound portable monitor that packs a larger 15.4-inch screen and folks shut like a laptop for stowing away, and the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 USB monitor, which tips the scales at just 1.91 pounds (0.87kg) and draws its power entirely from the USB port. Since older laptops may not deliver sufficient current from a single USB port, the ThinkVision and other models typically come equipped with a two-pronged USB cable to alleviate this problem and make it possible to use multiple displays.

4. Dedicated DisplayLink Adapter
The DisplayLink technology mentioned earlier can also be implemented for a laptop-based workstation, where up to six displays are supported per system using specialized DisplayLink adapters. Since the DisplayLink technology consumes a fraction of the processing cycles from its host, one drawback is that it may perform poorer in underpowered systems or when multiple large displays are used, as opposed to solutions that uses dedicated display adapters.
High-definition displays of up to 2560x1440 are not supported by any DisplayLink adapters currently on the market, though that should soon change given that the latest DisplayLink DL-3000 chip platform is capable of supporting displays of up to 2560x1600. For now, vendors such as Targus have also released high-performance docking stations built around USB 3.0 and incorporating DisplayLink technology to support up to two displays.
 

May 3, 2012

DisplayLink Drives AOC 22" USB Powered HD Display

AOC’s new 22-inch High Definition USB 2.0 Powered Display (model e2251Fwu) is now available in Asia and US. To know more, see:
US news
Asia news

May 1, 2012

The $50 Thin Client from Plugable

Plugable KickStarter aims at providing low cost USB thin clients and zero software licensing fees.
Visit the Plugable Thin Client on KickStarter to learn more.

And to hear what others are saying, check out:

Plugable USB 3.0 to HDMI / DVI Graphics Adapter


Plugable has just launched an indeed very small, smaller length and width than a business card USB3.- to HDMI/DVI graphics adapter.
It is available and shipping in USA, UK, and 26 additional EU countries (USA buyers order on Amazon.com, UK/EU buyers from Amazon.co.uk).
More info 



Feb 24, 2012

RATOC DisplayLink-certified USB 3.0 to HDMI announced



photo credit: TechPowerUp
Japanese company RATOC introduced the REX-USB3HDMI display adapter. The device connects to a host machine over USB 3.0 SuperSpeed interface, taking both power and connectivity from a single cable, and gives out a single HDMI display output. Under the hood is a DisplayLink-designed chipset, which went on to certify the device. While the device still works at its resolution over USB 2.0, USB 3.0 is recommended for smoother display and video playback. Measuring 42 x 64 x 14 mm (WxDxH), the device weighs about 26 g. Its highest resolution supported is 2048 x 1536. It's possible to connect as many as six of these devices to a single USB 3.0 hub without facing performance issues. Slated for mid-March, the RATOC REX-USB3HDMI is priced at 10,500 JPY (US $131).

Feb 8, 2012

NY Times "In Data Deluge, Multitaskers Go to Multiscreens"

photo credit: Marcus Yam for The New York Times


The New York Times posted an interesting article on the growing trend of multiscreen computing to help increase employee productivity in the workplace.

There's also some interesting data on the sales side of monitors:
Tech firms sold 179 million monitors worldwide last year and only 130 million desktop computers — meaning “more screens per desk,” said Rhoda Alexander, who heads monitor and tablet research at IHS iSuppli. Monitors are bigger, too. The average monitor sold worldwide is 21 inches, up from 18 inches five years ago, according to iSuppli.
 The Times cites the growth in multiscreen computing to the growing need to monitor multiple data streams (social media feeds, stock tickers, headlines), to studies that found people are more productive with two monitors over one, and to the drop in monitor prices -- "$200 to $300 for a 24-inch display today compared with $700 five years ago."

The idea of more screen space to accomplish more work is echoed in the article comments. Accounts, programmers, graphic designers, network administrators, and doctors all chimed in saying that keeping information visible rather than having to toggle or adjust windows to get to relevant information helped them stay focused on their work and ultimately be more productive.

It's exciting to read such positive comments on how simply adding another monitor to your workspace can make such a difference in productivity, especially because that is what DisplayLink is all about -- USB connectivity to multiple monitors.

You can read about our multi-display adapters on the DisplayLink benefits page. Connecting your primary computer to a variety of displays, including TVs, mobile screens (also tablets), and Universal Docking Stations through USB DisplayLink technology is simple and easy. Just have a look in our store and find the product that meets your multiscreen computing need.

Jan 12, 2012

Two new DisplayLink-enabled Toshiba products at CES 2012: the dynadock U3.0 Universal Docking Station and the USB 3.0 Mobile Monitor

Here at CES 2012 you can find two new products from Toshiba using DisplayLink-enabled technology. The first is the Toshiba dynadock U3.0 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station. Engadget did a short write-up on it and you can  view the product overview on Toshiba's YouTube page.

Its list of features include:
  •  One simple USB 3.0 cable connection from your laptop to all your accessories
  • Built-in video card supports two displays up to 2048 x 1152 resolution
  • HDMI™ out port built-in for Full 1080 HD video and gaming
  • 5.1 channel surround sound through HDMI™ or 3.5mm audio ports
  • Six USB ports
  • Two easy access front USB 3.0 “always on” Sleep & Charge ports
  • Fast USB 3.0 data transfer speed to USB 3.0 external storage devices
  • Universal compatibility with all Windows®-based computers

The second new product at CES is the Toshiba USB 3.0 Mobile Monitor. Toshiba increased the screen size from 14-inches to 15.6 inches and added a USB 3.0 port that both displays and powers the monitor. The protective case also functions as a stand and storage for USB cables. In all, it makes for an easy, no-nonsense portable monitor for those looking to add an additional screen to any Windows-based computer.














PC Magazine's Natalie Shoemaker took look at it during CES 2012.
The USB 3.0 Mobile Monitor sports a 15.6-inch anti-glare widescreen that displays in a 1,366-by-768 resolution; the same as a standard laptop screen. The monitor measures one inch thick and weighs an easily portable 3.6 pounds. 
You can read the rest of her overview on PC Magazine. And priceing will be revealed during its launch date later this year. However, the Toshiba dynadock U3.0 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station is currently available through Toshiba's product page for under $180.