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MMD launches Philips USB Docking Monitor

Display allows hooked-up notebook to access peripherals connected to screen

A single USB cable allows a notebook to access any peripherals connected to the monitor.
A single USB cable allows a notebook to access any peripherals connected to the monitor.

Philips Monitors brand license partner, MMD, today announced the launch of a 21.5-inch Philips USB Docking Monitor to complement the existing 23-inch model.

The 221S6QUMB USB Docking Monitor comes with USB plug-and-play and Ethernet connection and is aimed at notebook users, to allow them to "keep peripherals connected, access the Internet or office intranet, and enjoy additional display space". A notebook that is hooked up to the monitor is also connected to any device also connected to the monitor.

 "With more and more mobile professionals preferring ultra-thin notebooks that are short on ports and interfaces, there is a real need for a display that can deliver instant access to desktop peripherals - and instant productivity - when users are in the office," said Thomas Schade, vice president, EMEA, MMD.

"The new 21.5-inch Philips LCD Docking Monitor connects the notebook to any of the devices hooked up to the display. It also expands the screen space available, enabling people to use both their notebook screen and the large AH-IPS display without having to adjust the resolution."

MMD distinguishes the Philips monitor from other conventional port replicators or docking stations by pointing out that the monitor does not "introduce extra hardware and cables to the desktop".

"The Philips USB Docking Monitor already has extensive connectivity options built in, which users can access simply by connecting their notebook via a standard USB cable," the company said in a statement. "A full-sized keyboard and mouse, external hard drive, a camera - users simply attach devices of their choice to the USB docking monitor for instant productivity benefits. With its integrated Ethernet, the display also provides plug-in access to the Internet or company intranet, eliminating the dedicated cable that would otherwise be needed."