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Philips unveils new dual monitor with an e-ink side-panel display

It’s going to cost you $1,600 if it ever makes it to the states.

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Remember when e-ink was going to save our eyeballs from strain? Well, it mostly stuck to e-readers and a few laptops. But Philips isn’t letting that dream die, as they’ve cooked up the Business Monitor Dual Screen Display.

Don’t let the snooze-worthy name fool you – it’s a bizarrely intriguing combo of a 24-inch IPS monitor and a 13.3-inch black-and-white ePaper display in one unit. It sports a 13.3-inch vertical panel with a humble 1600×1200 resolution.

The matte, 4-bit grayscale screen is perfect for tackling lengthy documents without frying your eyes, and like most Amazon Kindles, it shines in low light thanks to a front light.

The standalone screen comes with DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB-C connections at a cool $800, which is par for the course in this niche market.

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GoodEReader spilled the beans on the more bonkers dual-screen version, fusing the ePaper display with an ordinary 23.8-inch, 1440p IPS monitor into a solid, single beast.

FeatureStandalone e-Paper DisplayDual Screen Display
Screen Size13.3-inch24-inch IPS + 13.3-inch ePaper
Resolution1600×12001440p (IPS), 1600×1200 (ePaper)
Grayscale4-bit4-bit (ePaper)
Low-Light FunctionalityFront lightFront light (ePaper)
ConnectionsDisplayPort, HDMI, USB-CDisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, Ethernet, 4x USB-A
VESA Mount CompatibilityYes
Software for Remote ViewingYes (ePaper half)
Price$800$1599.99

They’re joined at the hip with a hinge, and the rear monitor mount is smack dab in the middle, giving it a funky off-center vibe that’s surprisingly practical and ergonomic. You can even VESA mount this bad boy.

It has the same inputs as the standalone version, Ethernet, four USB-A ports for easy connections, and USB-C power delivery of up to 90 watts.

This Frankenstein monster of a design could be a hit with folks who spend hours poring over text, especially if it’s the only display on their desk.

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Despite the chunky bezels, the integrated hinge and vertical alignment make it feel unified. However, the dual monitor version will set you back a whopping $1599.99, with the ePaper display eating up $800.

That means you’re dropping $800 on a 24-inch IPS monitor, which is way more than the usual $300-ish for a similar screen with solid connection options. Additionally, it’s only available in Asia, but you can import one from Good E-Reader for an extra $100.

But hey, e-ink fans are a unique breed, often happy to fork over extra cash for fancy hardware. If you’re on the same wavelength, the Business Monitor Dual Screen Display is up for grabs now

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Kevin is KnowTechie's founder and executive editor. With over 15 years of blogging experience in the tech industry, Kevin has transformed what was once a passion project into a full-blown tech news publication. Shoot him an email at kevin@knowtechie.com or find him on Mastodon or Post.

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