A little late to the party but Toshiba has obviously used the extra time making a really polished 14-inch USB monitor. Weighing in at less than 3 pounds and less than an inch thick, this Toshiba mobile monitor adds negligible extra tow to any laptop bag. Power and video are provided by the single USB cord. We should it’s a USB cord that splits into two plugs. However, if your laptop has one of those underpowered USB ports, you may need an optional AC adapter. The monitor is touted as a great companionto the seasoned road warrior that is also become addicted to the now standard multi-monitor desk layout. The 1366 x 768 display is capable of full 720p high definition images, but YMMV trying to run HD content over USB 2.0. Though the screen itself might be suitable for web surfing and number crunching as it’s only capable of displaying up to 256,000 colors.
The main difference between the other available USB monitors is the ‘finish’ of the product and weight. The case that it comes in is reminiscent of an iPad case. The semi-rigid case doubles as a stand with several viewing angle options. It has all the seasoned touches that you expect from Toshiba. The weight of the USB monitor is merely 2.8 lb. or 1.27kg; that’s pretty impressive for a 14″ LCD screen. The price is right at $199 available now from ToshibaDirect.com. As a reminder, the Toshiba USB Monitor only works with Windows 7, Vista and XP despite the screen being just another DisplayLink-certified display.