Though E Ink expertise has remained a largely area of interest show tech over the previous decade, it is none the much less excelled in that position. The electrophoretic expertise carefully approximates paper, offering vital energy benefits versus conventional emissive shows, to not point out making it considerably simpler on readers’ eyes in some instances. And whereas the constraints of the expertise make it unsuitable to be used as a main desktop show, Phillips thinks there’s nonetheless a marketplace for it as a secondary show. To that finish, Philips this week has launched their novel, business-oriented Dual Screen Display, which mixes each an LCD panel and and E Ink panel right into a single show, with the intention of capturing the advantages of each applied sciences.
The Philips Twin Display screen Show (24B1D5600/96) is a single show that integrates each a 23.8-inch 2560×1440 IPS panel in addition to a 13.3-inch, greyscale 1200×1600 decision E Ink show. With every show working independently, the thought is much like earlier ideas of multi-panel screens; nevertheless Phillips is taking issues in a special path by utilizing an E Ink show as a second panel – combining two in any other case very totally different show applied sciences right into a single product. By providing an E Ink panel on this product, Phillips is seeking to courtroom the marketplace for customers who would favor the lowered eye pressure of an E Ink show, however are working at a desktop laptop, the place an E Ink show wouldn’t be viable as a main monitor.
As you may count on from the essential format of the monitor, the first panel is a slightly typical workplace show that is designed for video and productiveness functions – basically something the place you want a contemporary, full shade LCD. The secondary E Ink show, however, is a greyscale display screen whose energy is the shortage of flicker that comes from not being backlit by a PWM mild. Each screens act independently, however since they’re encased into the identical chassis, they’re meant to work collectively. For instance, the secondary monitor can show supplementary info in textual content type, whereas the first monitor can show photographs.
In the end, Philips is pitching the show on the concept that the secondary display screen can cut back the attention pressure of the viewer whereas viewing paperwork. It is a easy sufficient idea, however one which requires consumers to miss the trade-offs of E Ink, and the potential drawbacks of getting two dissimilar shows immediately subsequent to one another.
Beneath the hood, the LCD panel on the Deal Display screen Show is an unremarkable office-grade show. Phillips is utilizing 23.8-inch anti-glare 6-bit + Hello FRC IPS panel with a 2560×1440 decision, which might hit a most brightness of 250 nits whereas delivering 178-degree viewing angles. In the meantime, the E Ink panel is a 13.3-inch 4-bit greyscale electrophoretic panel, with a decision of 1200×1600. Notably right here, there isn’t any backlighting; the E Ink panel is supposed to be environmentally lit (e.g. workplace lighting) to actually reduce eye pressure.
Relating to connectivity, the first display screen is supplied with a DisplayPort 1.2 and a USB Kind-C enter (with DP Alt mode and USB Energy Supply assist), a USB hub, and a GbE adapter. In the meantime, the secondary display screen connects to host utilizing a USB Kind-C connector that additionally helps DP Alt Mode, and Energy Supply.
|Specs of the Philips Twin Display screen Show
|Major Display screen||Secondary Display screen|
|Panel||27″ IPS 6-bit + Hello FRC||13.3″ E Ink 4-bit|
|Native Decision||2560 × 1440||1200 × 1600|
|Most Refresh Fee||75 Hz||?|
|Brightness||250 cd/m² (typical)||?|
|Viewing Angles||178°/178° horizontal/vertical||excessive|
|Dynamic Refresh Fee||none||none|
|Pixel Pitch||0.2058 mm²||0.2058 mm²|
|Pixel Density||123 ppi||150 ppi|
|Show Colours||16.7 million||greyscale|
|Coloration Gamut Assist||NTSC: 99%
|Stand||Top: +/-100 mm
|Inputs||1 × DisplayPort (HDCP 1.4)
1 × USB-C (HDCP 1.2 + PD)
|1 × USB-C (HDCP 1.4 + PD)|
|USB Hub||USB 3.0 hub||–|
|Launch Date||Q2 2023|
The Philips Twin Display screen Show has a slightly smooth stand which might modify peak, tilt, and swivel. It makes the entire unit seem like one monitor slightly than like two separate screens. Although to make sure, the E Ink portion of the show will be angled independently from the LCD panel, permitting the pretty extensive monitor to contour to a consumer’s area of view a bit higher.
Relating to pricing, Philips’s Twin Display screen Show is out there in China for $850 (in accordance with Liliputing), which appears fairly costly for a 24-inch IPS LCD and a 13.3-inch secondary display screen. Although as this can be a slightly distinctive product, it isn’t shocking that it’s bought at a premium.