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At the moment, the DisplayLink hardware rendering engine is limited to 1,600 x 1,200 resolution, but this will rise to 1,920 x 1,200 in 2008. The other really cool aspect is that this technology has already been demonstrated over a Wireless-USB connection, so you could well find yourself in the situation where you just place your notebook on your desk, and it automatically, wirelessly connects to an external monitor.
Taking the DisplayLink technology out of the equation for a minute, the SyncMaster 940UX has a lot going for it. The silver bezel surrounding the screen is very slim, lending itself perfectly to the notion of a multi-monitor setup. The height adjustment is also smooth as silk, while the pivot pad integrated into the base allows the screen to be swivelled completely around with ease. There's also tilt adjustment and a cable management tidy mounted to the rear of the central column.
Of course the screen can also pivot, in case you prefer a portrait aspect ratio. In fact if you work on a lot of long documents, multiple monitors, side by side in portrait mode could be quite appealing. Being able to pivot the screen also makes it far easier to reach all the connections - talking of which, you'll find DVI, D-SUB, USB and power. On the left side, you'll find the integrated USB hub with two ports.
If there's one downside to the SyncMaster 940UX, it's the price. At £195 including VAT on the street, the 940UX is quite pricey for a 19in screen. That said, the non-USB 19in Samsung screen comes in at £169, so you're actually only playing a £26 premium for the DisplayLink technology. And it has to be said, that as far as 4:3 19in monitors go, this is one of the best I've seen.
Ultimately, even with the high price, I think that the SyncMaster 940UX is a superb display, especially for anyone who works primarily with a notebook. No matter how small your notebook is, and no matter what graphics chipset it employs, you can now drive up to six external displays for as much desktop real estate as you'll ever really need. And I for one, think that both Samsung and DisplayLink should be congratulated for bringing such an exciting new product to market.
The DisplayLink technology that Samsung has embedded into the SyncMaster 940UX is truly superb, simple as that. Being able to hook up multiple screens digitally, over USB is an inspired idea, and a welcome feature for anyone who uses a notebook as their main computer.
I'm sure that the SyncMaster 940UX is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to USB display technology, and Samsung has already told me that there will be 1,600 x 1,200 displays and widescreen versions available next year. As it stands though, the 940UX is a great screen for anyone that needs multiple, digitally connected monitors.
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