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DoubleSight Launches USB Powered Mini Monitors

Gordon Kelly


DoubleSight Launches USB Powered Mini Monitors

We've seen our fair share of DisplayLink monitors, but could this be the latest USB screen trend...?

DoubleSight Displays has announced a line of tiny 16:9 'Smart USB' monitors which are designed to easily add desktop real estate to your PC or laptop. Three models make up the range: the 7in 'DS-70' and two nine inchers, the 'DS-90' and 'DS-90 UC'.

Not a lot is spelt out in terms of specs, though I suspect you're hardly going to be chasing down the lowest response times and highest contrast ratios. That said, while the 800 x 480 resolution on the DS-70 is perhaps a little low the 1024 x 600 netbook-esque display on the two nine inchers should make for a extra handy space (the 'UC' model adds a webcam). Vitally all will connect and be powered by a single USB port meaning no extra cables.

Now we've seen similar one-off solutions before, but this is the first time I've noticed a company doing a full range of mini USB monitors and it's likely no bad thing. As for pricing and availability, we still await European details, but in the US they go on sale now for $120 (£75), $140 (£87) and $160 (£100) respectively making them just about within the realms of an impulse buy.

Good idea? Bad idea? Either way, I suspect we'll see a lot more soon.


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September 30, 2009, 7:33 pm

Damn good idea if you ask me. I'd snap up the nine inch one if I had the money; a really cheap way to get some more screen for my 13 inch laptop.

Luan Bach

September 30, 2009, 8:37 pm

USB power, really ? I thought a USB port is only 500ma, considering it's not enough to power a 3.5" HD what chance for a monitor ?


September 30, 2009, 9:55 pm

@Luan Back - 3.5" drives are more power thirsty than you might think, especially on spin up. They can easily draw over 5W, whereas as you state the max for a USB device is 2.5W (5V x 500mA). A modestly sized LCD monitor using high efficiency lowish brightness LED backlighting could quite easily come in under 2.5W, especially if fitted with circuitry to store some charge to meet surge demands in output (maybe startup, maybe quick changes in large areas of the screen) without exceeding the rated input current.


September 30, 2009, 9:57 pm

I don't suppose they rotate to portrait view? Would be ideal for an e-mails monitor...


September 30, 2009, 9:59 pm

I guess you could use for playing a video while browsing... but then what's wrong with using the VGA port for that?


September 30, 2009, 10:22 pm

nice idea. might be useful for displaying the time, and other widgets logitechs's gamng keyboards, do too. i always hated looking down from the screen with the g15 keyboard. not cool.


September 30, 2009, 10:58 pm

Perfect for a separate Tweetdeck monitor. I'm tempted.

Chris Nolan

October 1, 2009, 1:48 am

hmmm....tempted as a screen for api/code documentation while coding away...saves flicking between windows


October 1, 2009, 4:31 am

"...this is the first time I've noticed a company doing a full range of mini USB monitors and it's likely no bad thing..."

Ahem, the Nanovision MIMO range of 7" USB monitors have been aroudn for a while, now on their 2nd generation... http://www.nanovisionmimo.com/


October 1, 2009, 5:21 am

I'll take 10. I can't think what I'll use them for, but if it helps make my workstation look more like the BatCave, then it's no bad thing.

Seriously though - awesome idea. As a Visual Studio developer, I love the idea of having a dedicated screen for each development window. One for code, one for controls, one for explorer, one for output, one for finding things, one for debugging, one for email, one for tweets, one for torrents, etc...


October 1, 2009, 1:28 pm

I suppose the difference between paying for one of these and paying roughly the same for a 17" monitor is simply that sometimes smaller is better, and the lack of VGA/DVI ports or available wall sockets could be an issue...


October 1, 2009, 1:55 pm

It is USB remember, it doesn't run off of the graphics card, so it costs CPU to run.

And that means you probably don't want to run 10 of them.

I don't think they can play videos smoothly either.

And the 7" model consumes 3.3 to 4.9W. How the hell can they run it off a single USB cable?!

And the answer is that it takes two USB ports >__<

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