Do We Need USB Powered Mini Monitors?


D-Link yesterday announced the SideStage monitor.  It is a 7 inch monitor that is powered via USB.  Don’t get me wrong I love having multiple monitors hooked up to my computer, but I’m having trouble understanding who would need this?   Nanovision announced a similar product, the Mimo UM-710, recently that will cost $130.  It is expected the SideStage will cost that much or more.  While it would cost a little bit more to pick up a cheap second video card and 19 inch monitor I would think that the value for your money would be much better.  Is anyone interested in these mini monitors that are USB based? If so, what would you it for?

D-Link Introduces “SideStageTM,” a USB-Powered Monitor for Multi-Tasking PC Users

LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwire – January 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″ 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 3/4-inch thick.

It will be on display this week at CES 09 in the South Hall Meeting Room S218 of the Las Vegas Convention Center 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 Color 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.

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  1. Paul February 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    I need this thing. My current home theater setup includes a computer, using the TVs VGA port as the monitor. I have various “smart home” applications running on the box. Other than using TV to run these apps (switching the TV source to VGA) or using my laptop via Remote Desktop (size, power consumption, and power cord) I really have no alternatives. This little guy (or the Mimo 740) requires no power cord stretched across the floor. I’ll be able to run the USB cord through a conduit I had installed in the floor for my CAT5 cables that sits under the coffee table. It’s just the right size, won’t need a mouse, and is actually pretty cool looking. Basically I would be able to use it as a touch screen remote and see when new email arrive with out swapping the TV source.

  2. mountainboy July 14, 2009 at 4:54 pm #

    i need one. its perfect for my slimpro mini pc. its not like a laptop. google it & ull see what i meen. power is perfect to since im doing solar from my backpack. its almost to good to be true.

  3. Josh October 8, 2009 at 12:57 am #

    Yeah and I have have my normal computer set up on my desk, and i have a slimpro set up as a downloading server. it turns itself on and off according to my off-peak internet time so i can get the most of my downloads while i sleep. it runs headless, but when i want to go in and edit any of the programs or if there are any problems it’s a pain unplugging my desktop monitor and plugging it into the slimpro and its really not worth buying another monitor for, and i dont want to take up the space. this way i can have the little monitor sitting on my desk like a photoframe, then when i want to have a look at whats going on inside my server i can just pop it in the usb. saves cables and power!!

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