If HP's latest business monitor, Samsung's, and Apple's are any indication, monitors that act as docking stations are indeed a trend. If, of course, like me, you're willing to call it a trend after only a couple instances.
The HP Compaq L2311c sports a 23-inch, LED-backlit screen and features two USB 3.0 upstream ports. These allow your laptop to not only connect to the display, but to have its battery charged by it as well.
You'll also find two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, VGA, and audio ports.
Samsung's Central Station impressed us with its wireless implementaion of this idea. HP seems to be going in a safer, but possibly less conventient route.
We'll have to wait and see. The L2311c will be available in February starting at $319.
Here's a full list of specs to pour over.
- Screen size: 23 inches
- Resolution: 1,920x1,080
- Response time: 5ms
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- Two USB 2.0 ports
- Ethernet port
- Ergo features: Tilt, swivel, height, and pivot
- Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
- Brightness: 250 cd/m2
- Panel type: TN