Running multiple monitors has become something of a necessity for serious PC users. You don’t have to take it to the sort of extremes we do in this month’s display challenge, but anything less than two monitors is risking serious damage to your nerd cred.
Unfortunately, running multiple monitors can make it difficult to keep your desktops looking nice with custom wallpapers. Here's how you can run multiple wallpapers, without bloating your system with extra software.
If you’re the type that really craves extra screen real estate with a minimum of hassle, you probably dig these USB monitors we’re seeing these days. But if you also happen to be hard up for cash, the Luma Labs UD7 may be what you’re looking for. Well, maybe if you have low expectations. The UD7 is a mere 1.5 inches across. The practical upshot of its small size is the similarly small price of $30.
Like its larger brethren, the UD7 is powered and controlled via a single USB input. Luma suggests running a calendar or twitter stream on the tiny device. They have included software to allow it to display just that sort of stuff. The bad news is that you’ll probably need the software, as the device likely won’t be detected as a real monitor. This makes it less an extra (if small) display, and more of an executive desk toy.
Maybe you’d like to have a very small slideshow on your desk? Despite its expected uselessness, Christmas is just around the corner. How would you feel if you got one of these under the tree?
Matrox isn’t a name you hear a lot anymore. The graphics spotlight has been effectively taken over by Nvidia and AMD. Matrox isn’t letting that get them down and have announced a new GPU, the Matrox M9188 PCIe x16 multi-display Octal.
The M9188 comes equipped with eight DisplayPort outputs and 2GB of RAM. Each of the DisplayPorts is capable of driving a monitor with a resolution of 2560x1600. They also throw in eight DisplayPort to DVI adapters in case you have eight DVI monitors lying around.
Further, the driver supports multiple cards on a system. So with two of these monsters, you’d be capable of running 16 monitors with a total resolution of 20480 X 3200, in a 2 X 8 configuration. Good luck finding wallpaper for that.
If you’ve ever tried to get any amount of real work done on a netbook, you know how frustrating it can be. One of the biggest barriers to regular netbook use is the undersized low-resolution LCD they come equipped with. In a recent demo at CEATEC Japan, Kohjinsha showed off their prototype dual screen netbook. In what was probably the biggest shocker of the show, it actually looks good.
When closed, the Kohjinsha netbook looks like any 10.1 inch unit. It doesn’t even look terribly bulky. In the video we can see a smooth sliding mechanism at work that folds out the displays symmetrically. This little beauty sports an AMD Athlon NeoMV-40 CPU running at 1.6Ghz, 4GB of RAM, and Microsoft Windows 7. No word on how badly battery life suffers due to the dual displays.
No exact release date or pricing info was available, but Kohjinsha expects to be offering the dual screen netbook late this year for less than 100,000 Yen (slightly under $1100). If this were available, would you pay more than $1000 for it?
Need more displays for your business or professional PC? With support for up to four displays on a single PCI Express slot and a choice of support for analog or digital displays, find out why Matrox Graphics M-series might be just what you're looking for. While older Matrox product families have supported now-legacy technologies such as AGP and PCI as well as PCI Express (aka PCIe), Matrox M-series is strictly built for PCIe. M-series cards also feature 512MB of RAM, support both Windows XP and Vista with unified drivers, and support a fanless (passive-cooling) design.
Wondering if Matrox is planning to make a triumphant comeback into the 3D gaming market after the failure of Parhelia? All is revealed - after the break.