Incoming - USB LCD Monitors

Gear: Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421, Toshiba 14" Monitor, AOC E1649FWU 16", MIMO UM-710S.

It's been a while since I did some videos and posts. But I have something a bit interesting coming. In my possession I have three USB powered LCD Monitors. They each have their positives and negatives and in a few days I'll go over each monitor.

Why are they different?
These USB LCD monitors are powered only via USB, there is no need for an AC/DC adapter. This makes them very attractive for laptop owners that want to remain mobile.

My current HP Pavilion DV6T QE laptop has a resolution of 1366x768 which limits productivity. With the addition of at least one of these monitors doing things like editing and programming become a lot easier.

If there are specifics you would like me to cover make sure to write a comment. Thanks.

[update - posts posted]

Published: Jan 21, 2012


  1. Weight (mobility), power consumption and usability (that is, how they stand on the table)

    1. Yep. Each one has their pros and cons. The mimo is neat because it's small, but the usability goes down because of the small resolution.

  2. It would be nice if you could compare the dedicated USB monitors to an iPad or Android tablet running one of the apps that turn them into a second screen (Air Display, MaxiVista, iDisplay).

    I for one would rather carry my tablet around with my laptop than a uni-tasker USB monitor that sucks power from the laptop.

    1. Usually anything that is plugged in works better/faster than anything through wireless connections.

      I think the practicality depends on what you end up using the usb monitor or iPad for. For video editing I would take a USB monitor over an iPad. But if I'm going on a trip and want to read stuff I would use the iPad, and that in turn conserves a laptop's power.

  3. Hey Jesse... you need to do a home office tour of your setup. I'm looking for inspiration.

    1. My current setup isn't very inspirational or epic. I know you and I love to see those crazy battle stations, but right now I have what may be the most functional for my needs.

      The L shape style desk(s) on the corner seems to be what works. One side for the computer stuff, and the other side for recording close ups of systems. Three of the walls in the room have a white color, which is fine when dealing with reflections of screens.

  4. I hear ya...Its whatever works best to be productive, it doesn't have to be pretty


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