Las Vegas (NV) – If you are like me, you probably have a multitude of things going on daily. My desktop is cluttered with websites, notes, instant messages, e-mails and articles to keep up with. Sometimes paying attention to my work gets tough. D-Link may have the solution.
D-Link’s SideStage is a 7 inch wide monitor with an 800 x 480 resolution which can be utilized in either portrait or landscape mode, weighing a mere 1.34 pounds. The screen is only 3/4 inch thick, and is powered by USB. D-Link claims that the SideStage is compatible with almost all CRT and flat panel monitors, thus allowing you to use your main screen for your work, while playing?? on your small screen.
Steven Joe, president and CEO of D-Link Systems, said “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. 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 device is not currently on sale. The company has yet to announce a price or release date, but it will be on display for the duration of CES. An earlier version of a similar device was seen at CeBIT 2008 in March.
We here at TG Daily ask the question: What would you use this for? A USB powered 800 x 480 display connected to your desktop? If coupled to a traditional video signal interface it would require having either two video cards, or a video card with multiple outputs. And even then, would such a small screen be of much use? How many applications fit nicely into 800 x 480? Also, chances are if you can afford a desktop with two video cards or a two-head output video card, you could afford a traditional $100 1024 x 768 or larger display, something giving the user some real workspace.
It doesn’t seem like a mainstream market product, perhaps for nich markets like something that could be carried around by techies as they examine a server that doesn’t otherwise have a monitor connected to it, just cables dangling out the front. Then, there might be utility. Any thoughts?