Photos: Hands-on the Samsung Dual Display 2263DX

How do you make a good LCD screen even better? You add a second display via USB and call it the Dual Display 2263DX, that's how

Crave knows two screens are better than one. Many of us use twin 19-inch displays, while the real high rollers rock twin 30-inch Dell 3007WFPs . We don't need to -- but that's just how we roll. So you can imagine just how intrigued we were when Samsung showed us its Dual Display 2263DX -- a 22-inch monitor with a second 7-inch monitor poking out of the top.

It may look odd, but Samsung says it lets users have their favourite applications running uninterrupted in a totally separate, always-visible desktop space. It's right, too: we can definitely see ourselves running common apps such as Outlook, or a media player on the 7-inch display, while the main 22-incher gets on with the serious stuff. Like Facebook.

The Dual Display 2263DX will be available to buy from your local Currys.Digital later this month for £280. We'll have a full review as soon as we can, but in the meantime don't forget to click through for more pictures of the system in action. -Rory Reid

The auxiliary 7-inch display is essentially a digital photo frame. It runs at a native resolution of 800x480 pixels, which isn't quite enough real estate to accommodate a Web page without scroll bars, but there's plenty of other things you can use it for. Watching dedicated CCTV or webcam footage seems an obvious place to start.

Here, the secondary display is positioned to the side of the primary monitor, like a wing mirror. The image doesn't switch orientations automatically, so you'll need to fiddle with the accompanying software to get it to run in portrait mode.

The rear bracket houses the extendible, rotating arm. Note there's only a single cable protruding from auxiliary display -- both power and signal are provided via USB thanks to Samsung's Ubisync technology.

The arm extends by a fair amount, but to do this you'll need to spin the monitor around, grip the hinge, and pull the arm separately. It's not difficult to do, but thankfully it's something you can do, then forget about completely.

If you prefer, you can disconnect the secondary display from the arm completely, and position it almost anywhere. The only restriction you have is the length of the USB cable that connects the primary and the secondary display.

 

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