For years, computer enthusiasts have been running dual monitors to maximize their screen real estate—we’ve been longtime advocates of the practice ourselves. Now, DoubleSight seeks to meet this need by offering two 19-inch screens on a single stand. The DC-1900S certainly looks cool, and in a way it makes sense— most folks welcome the chance to free up some desk space. But does the elimination of a monitor base warrant the DoubleSight’s premium price?
For starters, anyone with an existing monitor is much better off matching it with a second screen rather than scrapping it for a two-in-one model. And even someone starting from scratch will want to consider the fact that two brand-new, high-performance 20-inch models can be had for a similar or lesser price—shoot, so can a 20/24-inch combo, for that matter.
Still, there are folks who will be attracted to the DS-1900S’s elegance, so let’s look at its attributes. You’ll be tasked with assembly, which is a fairly straightforward job of connecting the individual panels to the stand using the included hardware. Each panel must be connected to your PC (you’re supplied with two VGA and two DVI cables), and each has its own power cord and power brick (so much for minimizing desk clutter!). The stand sports a telescoping neck, so the screens can be raised or lowered in tandem, and they can be tilted forward and back to a limited degree. The hinged middle lets you angle the screens slightly in for more ergonomic viewing. Each screen also has onscreen display buttons that let you adjust brightness, contrast, and the individual RGB color channels.
Screen performance in our tests was up to par. There was some backlight seepage along the lower edge of the two panels and a loss of distinction among shades at the extreme dark and light ends of DisplayMate’s (www.displaymate.com) grayscales, but such issues had no negative impact on real-world content. From photos, to movies, to text, we were pleased with the DS-1900S’s capabilities. Fast-paced games also played without incident, although we were left thinking that a single 24-inch screen would make for a more satisfying experience
Way To Go
An elegant way to amass screen real estate. Good screen quality.