I find myself constantly in need of a second display. It started when I worked doing tech support years back, where the company graciously gave me a second display to “improve efficiency”. If there’s any one thing having a second monitor does, it’s just that. DisplayLink’s Monitor2Go is supposed to do just that…but for laptops.

But why for laptops? The whole point is to be portable. That’s true, though many professionals are finding a greater need for more screen real estate, and with laptops like the Lenovo W700 with it’s extendable display, and many companies searching for ways to add more space in a smaller package, the Monitor2Go may be a good solution.

The 15.4″ display connects via USB – which I’m not fond of for displays – and expected to be available for $279 sometime between now and February. It comes with a stand, can work in tandem with five other monitors, is only four pounds and provides a meek 1280×800 resolution. But at least it”s LED backlit. I’ll check out the Monitor2Go on Thursday night and have brief impressions on it then.

James Pikover

Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.