Philips’ Monitor Carries Four Signals Through USB

The new 21.5″ Philips USB docking monitor – the 221S6QUMB – is an expansion to the USB monitor line, which currently consists solely of a 23″ model.

Designed to complement today’s ultra-slim notebooks, which have minimal ports, the display requires a single USB connection to carry video, audio (two 2W speakers are built in), ethernet and power. Resolution is set automatically, based on the source.

To support prolonged use, the product is flicker-free and has an ergonomic stand. Users can tilt the monitor between -5° and 20°; swivel 150°; and pivot 90°. Height is adjustable to 110mm.

An IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution is built in, providing 178° viewing angles. Brightness is 250 cd/m². USB 2.0 (x3) ports are featured.

Philips is selling the 221S6QUMB now, for £125 ($190) ex VAT.

Analyst Comment

As we have mentioned before, one of the applications for this kind of monitor (and demonstrated by Philips at shows) is putting the monitor with a notebook on a mobile cart so that it can be used, for example, in medical applications where the a trolley is being wheeled around without the need for a power connection. It might also be useful in applications where special power supply regulations are needed as it eliminates the use of a mains power supply. (BR)