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  • dicobalt - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    1366x768 Reply
  • Dustin Sklavos - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Are you kidding me? Did you not see what this was? Do you understand that driving a high resolution screen increases power consumption? Reply
  • dicobalt - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    It's just that I can't imagine someone using this in a place where you can't plug in the laptop anyway *shrug* Reply
  • This Guy - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    And how much power does a spec USB socket provide? 2.5W? Reply
  • dicobalt - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Perhaps a battery inside the screen (like a tablet) so it's not drawing off the laptop battery at all? Reply
  • FrederickL - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    I had written this post before I noticed in your posting below that the thought had already occurred to you. Oh well, I'll post it anyway - you know what they say, "great minds think alike"!

    How about going the whole hog with the concept. I.e. A battery-powered touch-screen thin client (wireless) connected to a box running Win8? If the tech was well implemented you would have an ass-kicker of a tablet that you could use around the office/home without have to sync/administer two separate os installs. It would of course be restricted in range (not fully mobile in that sense) but I could well imagine a user case for being able to work wherever I want in the house (or at work) and not being nailed to our home-office chair or my workplace desk. You could literally take your desk-top with you to work-place meetings. Just a thought -:)
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  • dicobalt - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    I have thought of that as well, a device that is literally nothing more than a mobile display (using WiDi) and touch input device (using wireless USB). You would have more casual and mobile access around the house. There is no reason a weak mobile CPU should be hammering away at running a cut down mobile OS and software when you have a powerful desktop in the next room.

    It would even work with decently powerful laptops. You could have the laptop tucked away in your backpack or briefcase while using it with the removable display. All the computing would be done on the laptop base but the display would be totally wireless and you could carry it around. Perfect for places with little or no desk space or standing room only. It would be handy for presentations where people could connect their displays to your computer and get your display output in their hands instead of on an often awful projector in a dark cave.

    I have the sneaking feeling this is what Intel has been planning all along in order to combat the tablet market. It's like getting a free tablet with every laptop purchase and it's perfect now that Win8 is on the way.
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  • FrederickL - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link


    "I have the sneaking feeling this is what Intel has been planning all along in order to combat the tablet market. It's like getting a free tablet with every laptop purchase and it's perfect now that Win8 is on the way."

    This is by way of reply to both your new postings.
    I have to say that I would be astonished if the idea had not already occurred to them and some of the more ingenious OEMs. They want to distinguish themselves by adding value? What about your home office pc + thin-client remote touch-screen bundle? "The complete flexible solution for your home office" - damn, I could write their ad-copy for them! If they were to include a dock which in turn could accept keyboard/mouse input via wireless USB with HDMI out to your front-room telly then your full song with choruses stack in your home office could be your working pc, your tablet and your front room "from-your-armchair" pc. Indeed if you ran a sort of Windows or Linux server setup (with some reasonably heavy-lifting hardware) you could in principle have a completely flexible home computing network (with separate accounts for all family members + guest account) all run around one install. Now that would simplify things at home for me as our domestic sys-admin!
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  • FrederickL - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link

    Yet another thought. How about it having enough grunt to accept both touch and stylus input plus being equipped with a microphone. You install some proper voice recognition software (the latest version of Dragon Naturally Speaking perhaps) on your home-office rig and voila you have a tablet that is "the state of the bad-ass art" (if I may be permitted to recycle a favorite quote) with touch, stylus and voice input without it having to be anything other than a remote monitor. Hell, that would be a package I would be willing to pay some serious money for when we next upgrade our home-office. Reply
  • dicobalt - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Not to mention the fact that such a device would be cheap because it doesn't need so much hardware jam packed into it. You could have one waiting to be used in every room of your home and office with no need to carry something around with you. Reply
  • pensive69 - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - link

    i like the idea of having something system connected in each room that is minimal and 'on'. Reply
  • Samus - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link

    thats the dumbest thing i've ever heard. last thing we need is another battery in our mobile devices.

    i use a doublesight 9" usb screen that runs off a single USB port and works great. It's only 1024x800, but being 9", serves its job quite well holding widgets, vento, other misc tools, and occasionally a calculator/calendar when i'm typing up invoices.

    by the way, I use it on a desktop, not a laptop. i prefer the low power consumption, small size, and not driving off my videocard which would impact in-game performance using an ordinary monitor. the usb monitor uses no resources when running just widgets during gameplay.
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  • FrederickL - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link

    Suggest you bother to read related postings before you post yourself. If you had taken a look at what Cobalt and I were discussing you would have realised that this product had prompted an exchange concerning a related but somewhat different concept - the wireless thin client touch screen. The user case scenarios for such a device are tolerably obvious are and the thought is, IMHO, very far from "dumb". Reply
  • FrederickL - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link


    Apologies Dicobalt - spelling fail on my part. -:)
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  • dicobalt - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Maybe even use WiDi and put a touch screen on it? Reply
  • pensive69 - Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - link

    well, you might use this as a 2nd monitor
    or
    you could use it as a small form server or desktop
    monitor if they offer VGA/HDMI outputs.
    we will order a few to set in security video server
    cabinets for our warehouses. power thru USB seems
    do-able now and the small form of these displays
    is very welcomed in a cabinet which is space
    constrained in most locations.

    a USB 2.0-powered monitor that still runs off of the GPU.
    interesting product.
    perhaps they intend to do 1080p.
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  • ImSpartacus - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    Poor Dustin, he writes a fair and concise review of a fledglingly niche product and then we just apply the wrong standards for our brash snap judgments.

    It's a tough position for a reviewer to be in. Perhaps future articles could quickly review the fundamental limitations of this kind of product?
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  • captcanuck - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    http://www.toshiba.ca/web/product.grp?lg=en&se... Reply
  • ImSpartacus - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    A larger display with a constant pixel count would increase power consumption, right?

    I feel like 13" is the sweet spot for a 768p display. Hell, a 12.5" display would be passable if the power consumption is better.
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  • vegemeister - Tuesday, May 08, 2012 - link

    The sweet spot for 1366x768, if one exists, is 6". Reply
  • JarredWalton - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    First paragraph of the final page: "There are other products on the market that add portable screens to your notebook (we actually have Toshiba's Mobile Monitor due in soon), but none that do it the way GeChic's solution does. Everything else uses DisplayLink; what GeChic has is something no one else does: a USB 2.0-powered monitor that still runs off of the GPU." Reply
  • french toast - Sunday, April 15, 2012 - link

    When will you guys have the reviews in for the HTC ONE X?? love your smartphone reviews but you do seem to take a while to get them out? perhaps the time goes to a quality review ;)

    Perhaps a comparison with the HTC ONE S would be great, thanks
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  • stephenbrooks - Monday, April 16, 2012 - link

    That's a Mirror's Edge wallpaper I haven't got yet. Reply

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