Maybe it's because I just re-read Watchmen, but the idea of getting D-Link's SideStage, a bonus 7" USB-powered display for extra video monitoring, sounds like a really good one.
The thing isn't exactly lightweight at 600g, but it's nice and small, and displays 800x480 resolution. Since it's both driven and powered by USB 2.0, I can't imagine it's super fast on the refresh, either, but then again, it probably depends more on what else you have going on. My sense from reading the press release below is that it's PC only, but so are most of the cool USB-video products out there. No pic yet—and no pricing either—but we've put in some requests for more info.
D-LINK INTRODUCES 'SIDESTAGE™', A USB-POWERED MONITOR FOR MULTI-TASKING PC USERS
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2009 - You've embraced interactive computing and your desktop proves it. All sorts of cool widgets, gadgets and programs keep you informed in real time.
The problem is, you also need to get some work done. D-Link, the end-to-end network solutions provider for consumers and business, has made it easy to move your desktop to a side monitor, freeing your main monitor for productivity with the introduction of the D-Link® SideStage™.
The Fountain Valley, Calif.-based company is introducing the SideStage, a 7-inch monitor designed for multi-tasking computer users who prefer to have their main screen for viewing Windows applications, and another smaller screen for extending their desktop to display instant messaging, watch videos, conduct video conferencing via webcams, display Yahoo® Widgets™ and Microsoft® Gadgets™, or house common tools from programs such as Adobe® PhotoShop®.
The SideStage is a stylish and compact USB 2.0-powered monitor with a 7-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) screen featuring 800 by 480 resolution with both landscape and portrait modes. Weighing only 1.34 pounds and housed in a sleek black frame, it is 7 inches wide, 4.6 inches tall and only ¾-inch thick.
It will be on display this week at CES 09 in the South Hall Meeting Room S218 of the Las Vegas Convention Centre and by appointment at off-site demo hotel suites.
"This latest addition to our family of digital home solutions is designed to add productivity to PC users while providing a convenient and friendly way to view smaller applications," according to Steven Joe, president and CEO, D-Link Systems, Inc. "The SideStage solves the problem of needing a bit more screen space, providing quick access to commonly accessed applications hidden behind larger Windows on the desktop."
The SideStage is compatible with virtually all CRT and flat panel monitors, has standard and wide screen aspect ratios, 32-bit True Colour depth for high-quality images and ultra low power consumption, consistent with the D-Link Green™ initiative.
Price and Availability
Pricing for the SideStage will be announced when the product ships later this year to D-Link's vast network of retail outlets.