Samsung says monitor market in decline

SyncMaster LD190G

The PC monitor market is in overall decline, according to Samsung.

At a press briefing, Ami Randhawa, product marketing manager for Samsung's display division told IT PRO that the monitor market has suffered a three per cent drop from this time last year.

Randhawa pinned the blame for this on a market shift away from desktop PCs towards laptops, resulting in reduced demand for dedicated monitors.

Randhawa said that despite the downturn, Samsung has actually increased its monitor market share in that time and was looking to take advantage of the shift to portables with its new Lapshift' displays.

These are designed to plug straight into notebooks and netbooks via USB and are powered by Ubisync, Samsung's name for DisplayLink - enabling a multiple display setup can be quickly set up.

Samsung is launching the SyncMaster LD220G and SyncMaster LD190G Lapfit monitors at 19in and 22in sizes, with a cost of 129 and 200 respectively. These feature a 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 and 1,920 x 1,080 respectively.

Click here to read a review of a DisplayLink equipped monitor.

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