Ultrabooks and netbooks are great for mobile users, such as business professionals and travel nomads. But, when it comes to presentation, whether for a meeting of professionals or just a group of friends, the compact size of ultrabooks and netbooks work against them. Generally small screen sizes and a limited number of ports for accessories and peripherals, USB or otherwise, make it difficult to see share details or create a favorable viewing experience. To remedy this, Philips and Multimedia Displays (MMD) have partnered up to develop and release a monitor that acts as a “docking display”: the Philips USB Docking Monitor 231P4UPES.
The Philips USB Docking Monitor 231P4UPES is nothing like your ordinary display. It’s marketed mainly to ultrabook and netbook users precisely because of the way it provides extended connectivity to the laptop. According to Philips, a single USB 3.0 cable opens up a world of connection, connection to printers, cameras, keyboard and mouse, and speakers. Philips makes all this possible in the 231P4UPES through two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, built-in speakers, and an Ethernet port. The USB 3.0 cable connecting your laptop to the USB Docking Monitor allows video, audio, and network signals to be transferred. The presence of the additional ports allows users to connect other peripherals to the monitor, instead of the laptop, which already suffers from limited connectivity. The result of this combination is a presentation-ready setup that temporarily lends your laptop the advantages of a desktop computer.
Philips’ USB Docking Monitor also features what the company calls a SmartErgoBase and PowerSensor. The SmartErgoBase is the display’s base, which offers a lot of ergonomic benefits in such a way that you can adjust the height and angle of the display to your taste. It also features cable management, ensuring that you won’t have to deal with a tangled mess of cables at the end of your presentation.
Meanwhile, the PowerSensor comes in to provide some serious energy savings. It is a sensor that detects the presence of a person in front of the display by transmitting infrared signals. The purpose of this: to reduce the monitor brightness when no one is detected. This in turn results in the reduction of energy costs of up to 80 percent and a longer life for your monitor. To keep with the notion of going green (which is tricky enough in the business of technology), the USB Docking Monitor 231P4UPES received TCO Edge certification, a stamp of eco-friendliness based on energy efficiency, recyclable packaging, and the use of at least 65% post-consumer recycled plastics in manufacture.
The Philips USB Docking Monitor 231P4UPES is currently retailed at about $384.