Saturday, December 6th 2008

Acer Ships 22-inch B223 LCD Screen with DisplayLink USB

DisplayLink and Acer today announced the availability of a new Windows Vista Aero-compatible USB computer monitor, with integrated DisplayLink technology. The 22-inch B223 screen, part of Acer's ergonomic B series family of monitors, is now shipping in Europe. With 1680x1050 widescreen resolution, Acer's new display has integrated USB ports to facilitate multiple displays easily. Using DisplayLink's DL-160 network display chip, up to six Acer B223 monitors can be connected to a single PC or laptop, via a standard USB 2.0 connection.


DisplayLink's plug-and-play technology enables quick and simple one step set-up, and a five millisecond response time eliminates latency and ensures exceptional performance across multiple screens.

"At Acer, we're committed to enhancing our customers' viewing experience and mobility, and we realise that different types of users want different features and functionality from their monitors," said Oliver Ahrens, Product Business Director at Acer. "By adding DisplayLink's USB technology to our popular 22-inch displays, we're making it easy and cost-effective for computer users to add extra screens. Building on our expertise with the B series, this new addition is ideal for businesses that need to carry out document comparison activities, or put together complicated presentations, or indeed any other image- or text-intensive computer task."

The DisplayLink DL-160 network display chip embedded in Acer's new range of monitors, powers high-quality, fully-interactive 32-bit true-colour graphics, with smooth DVD video playback across a USB 2.0 connection. DisplayLink is the first company to enable the 3D capabilities of the Windows Vista Aero interface for USB-connected displays with an unparalleled user experience.

Furthermore, given Acer's success in the notebook market, the ability to easily add a larger screen is ideal for customers that require the mobility offered by a laptop, but also want the added benefits of more display space while at their desks. With the B223 monitor, it is possible to connect a laptop, wireless keyboard and mouse via a single USB 2.0 port, enabling users to simply create a mobile workstation. In addition, the height adjustment, rotation and swivel functions of the Acer B223 display make it ergonomically sound and suitable for all users.

"Since establishing our operation in Taiwan, the growth and interest in multi-monitor computing has been incredible," said Taiwan-based Andy Davis, director of worldwide strategic accounts at DisplayLink. "To have ground-breaking industry leaders, such as Acer, add DisplayLink's technology to their portfolios is a fantastic position to be in and endorses the increased demand we expect to see for these solutions."

Pricing and Availability
The Acer B223 is available immediately in Europe with a recommended street price of EUR 339. For further details visit the Acer website at http://www.global.acer.com.Source: Acer
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10 Comments on Acer Ships 22-inch B223 LCD Screen with DisplayLink USB

#1
TheGuruStud
How do they think this actually going to work with NO bandwidth....

Tards.


Compressing it until it looks like crap doesn't count, either.
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#2
zithe
by: TheGuruStud
How do they think this actually going to work with NO bandwidth....

Tards.


Compressing it until it looks like crap doesn't count, either.
Before attacking it, why don't you wait for some tests?
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#3
TheGuruStud
by: zithe
Before attacking it, why don't you wait for some tests?
We all know how well all of those usb video cards work. 1024x768, sure, but HD, yeah right.
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#4
robodude666
by: TheGuruStud
We all know how well all of those usb video cards work. 1024x768, sure, but HD, yeah right.
Like zithe said, test a product before bashing on it. I use an eVGA UV PLUS+ with my MacBook on a 1280 x 1024 monitor and it works just fine. There is some lag because Mac drivers are immature. However, I tested it on my 22" Samsung 226BW (C) on my PC at 1680 x 1050 and it works flawless. Video works just fine, even when you put it in the middle of two monitors (one on DVI, one on USB). Aero works great, and it is detected as fast as a regular monitor. It also doesn't put a lot of load on the CPU either.

You should also consider taking a look on youtube... There are a number of videos from DisplayLink of them running several monitors in varying sizes flawlessly. I find DisplayLink's technology to be fantastic if you're stuck with a computer that doesn't have room for multiple videos cards but you need multiple monitors (Situation I'm in. MacbBok only supports 1 external), but don't want to chuck out $300 for a Dual/Triple Head2Go or want them to appear as separate monitors (i.e not one huge wide window like the Head2Go does).


-robodude666
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#6
Selene
The one on NE is not USB, it has a USB hub.
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#7
wiak
why usb? it makes no sense
we
got
VGA
DVI
HDMI
DisplayPort

atm ;)
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#8
Darkrealms
by: wiak
why usb? it makes no sense
we
got
VGA
DVI
HDMI
DisplayPort

atm ;)
An example would be at a trade show. Having one computer running 10 displays all showing info on the products they are sitting behind. There's been talk about this off and on.

We'll see if it is mature enough. . . I have my doubts but time will tell.
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TheGuruStud
by: Darkrealms
An example would be at a trade show. Having one computer running 10 displays all showing info on the products they are sitting behind. There's been talk about this off and on.

We'll see if it is mature enough. . . I have my doubts but time will tell.
If Acer was serious, then they would be firewire.
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#10
Darkrealms
by: TheGuruStud
If Acer was serious, then they would be firewire.
Unfortunately as much as I would agree. Firewire is not really considered a "standard".
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