By Grant Hatchimonji
How often do you find yourself wishing you had just a little more on-screen real estate when using your desktop or notebook? Things can get pretty cramped sometimes, which can be especially frustrating when all you want is some space for your media player, instant messaging, or maybe even Photoshop tools.
Enter the Lilliput Mini USB Monitor.
A 7-inch display, the Lilliput Mini USB Monitor provides you with a secondary display without the need for separate power or an additional video card. Instead, it has its own built-in video card and simply draws its power from your computer via a single USB 2.0 connection. It has flexibility, too, as it can act as either a duplicate screen (should your OS support that function) or an extension of your desktop.
The Lilliput Monitor can also switch between both portrait and landscape modes, making it a perfect fit for whatever your needs may be. Need to display a Word document or an Excel spreadsheet? Go vertical. Want to watch a movie? Go horizontal.
In terms of which operating systems can support the Lilliput Monitor, you have a few options. It comes packaged with Windows XP and Vista drivers (32- and 64-bit) in the box, but others are available for download for Intel-based Macs that are running Apple OS X Tiger 10.4.11, Leopard 10.5.6, Leopard 10.5.7, or Snow Leopard (though this driver is a beta). Drivers are also available for Windows 2000 and Windows 7 (also available for the 32- or 64-bit versions). So just select the appropriate driver for your operating system, install, and you're ready to enjoy your 800 x 480 resolution secondary display.
And despite what a great little piece of technology the Lilliput Mini USB Monitor is, it won't put the hurt on your wallet. Right now, it's on sale over at ThinkGeek for only $74.99. The site does not say how temporary that sale price is, so for those wondering, it normally goes for $99.99, which is still not a bad deal at all.
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