Philips Monitors has created a two-in-one computer display that puts a new angle on multitasking. Instead of splitting your workspace between two separate displays, this unit packs two screens onto one base to create a single, space-saving dual-screen experience.
Screens have been getting decidedly wider in recent times, a trend Philips is no stranger to with its 21:9 home cinema range. While ultrawide computer monitors can use "split screen" software, Philips Model 19DP6QJNS Two-in-One Monitor works with two separate 19-inch 250-nit IPS LCD displays. These two units are (almost) seamlessly joined together to create a single 32-inch panoramic screen.
Each of the panels works with its own separate display input cord from your computer and while Philips suggests you’ll likely connect a single computer to these two monitors, it’s also possible for you to connect two separate machines. For example, one side could show your desktop computer while the other could show an additional screen for your laptop.
The left display works with a DisplayPort and VGA input, while the other has a VGA input and MHL-capable HDMI. The Two-in-One also features four USB 2.0 ports. Both LED-backlit displays run at an optimum resolution of 1280 x 1024 at 60 Hz.
Both displays tilt inwards up to 22.5-degrees, but neither tilts upward or downward – vertical adjustments are made by raising or lowering the entire monitor (up to 100 mm/4 in).
One downside is that unlike humungous single panels, this unit still has a 3.5mm bezel around each display panel, resulting in an always-present thin black strip between pictures.
The Two-in-One Monitor was recently shown at the Computex Taipei technology convention where it won the 2014 Computex d&i Gold Award for outstanding innovation.
Philips has not yet finalized pricing, but we do know that it’ll be available for purchase in the autumn of 2014 (northern hemisphere).