Monday, January 7, 2013

CES 2013: HP unveils the U160, its first portable monitor

HP has unveiled the U160, a 15.6-inch monitor that has been specifically built for portability, according to Engadget. The monitor can connect to laptops through USB and includes a foldable carrying case that can also double as a stand.
The HP U160 15.6-inch portable monitor
The HP U160 15.6-inch portable monitor

The 15.6-inch screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 and the carrying case is made of leather. It weighs 3.4 pounds and is 1.2-inches thick. For comparison's sake, this is slightly heavier than the average Ultrabook. The contrast ratio and brightness levels for the monitor are said to be comparable with the average notebook screen. HP hasn't revealed any other specifications for the monitor, even though it is set to be available towards the end of January for $179, which roughly translates to Rs 9,700.

The main utility of the monitor can be seen in scenarios like needing to give a presentation, or even something as simple as a bunch of friends wanting to watch a movie or something on a bigger screen while travelling. The monitor could also be useful for those who travel a lot. Some users like the ability to quickly jump to a second monitor while working on the go.

The unveiling of the monitor is no surprise as it is basically what HP has been doing for the CES. The U610 is still notable though, as it is the first portable monitor from HP.

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