Samsung SyncMaster U70

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 April, 2009, 12:00am

Everything seems to be going portable, and so is your computer monitor. While it looks like a standalone digital picture frame, Samsung's SyncMaster U70 is actually a portable LCD display that plugs into the USB slot in your computer to give you extra screen real estate.

The 7-inch U70 features 800x480 resolution, 400:1 contrast ratio, 200cd/m2 brightness, 30 millisecond response time, 140/140-degree viewing angle, and software for extending your PC's desktop.

Besides, the U70 doesn't require a separate power cable. It simply plugs into your USB slot to give your desktop 7 inches of extra display area. This makes the U70 perfect for netbooks, which typically come with smaller displays. However, note that the U70 only supports Windows operating systems, so if you happen to have a Linux-based netbook, it won't work. It also doesn't support Mac machines.

Another drawback - if you use it on the road - is that it will drain the battery on your netbook/notebook faster as it uses the same battery.

On the other hand, it is perfect as a desktop companion if you don't have room for a standard LCD display. The extra screen realty gives you enough room to work on two application windows, such as your Web browser and Word, side by side.

The Samsung SyncMaster U70 is priced at HK$1,090.

Pros: you can take an extra LCD on the road, no power cord needed

Cons: will drain your netbook/notebook's battery, works only on Windows machines