It seems that we’re heading closer and closer to a completely wireless world, and this product from Samsung removes one of the most frustrating cables of them all: the one between your PC and your monitor.
It’s of particular convenience to notebook users who might frequently take their PC on the road but wish to make use of a larger display (or even two displays) when in the comfort of their home or office. Of course, it’s also of use to desktop users who simply wish to minimise the cable clutter around their desks.
The monitor’s installation is a moderately difficult part of the process. With only a small amount of guidance (and a pathetic two entries in the manual’s troubleshooting section), you’re required to run three executable programs to install the appropriate drivers before attaching the wireless dongle to your PC. It’s important that this is the last thing you do, as it seems drivers from the first three executables are required before the dongle’s drivers can install.
Once done, you must activate the monitor’s wireless detection and synch the display and the PC using the monitor’s fairly cumbersome touch-button menu navigation.
But as soon as you’re past the installation stage and have the monitor all synched up to your PC, you’re away laughing; from the user’s perspective, the performance of the Samsung wireless monitor is so good that it may as well be hardwired. The picture quality is exceptional owing to its crisp LED display, and thanks to its Ultra Wide Band USB technology, there’s no noticeable lag or dip in resolution. And the best part - there’s no meddlesome cables to reconnect once you bring your notebook back on site; simply bring the PC within range and it will automatically re-establish the connection.
One of the other truly great uses of the monitor’s wireless functionality is that it also acts as a wireless USB hub, adding an extra four USB ports (two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0) to your PC setup. Plug a USB device into the monitor and it will show up as an extra drive on your PC as per usual. Impressively, it can even wirelessly stream high-definition video content as if the file was local to my PC.
Of course, the monitor can be hardwired to your PC if the need arises via its physical HDMI and VGA ports (although DVI stalwarts are out of luck here).
PROS: Unparalleled convenience for notebook users. Exceptional wireless performance.
CONS: Installation is a bit of a hassle. Wireless connection dipped occasionally.
VERDICT: Sure, it’s not the most hassle-free monitor to set-up, but it all becomes worthwhile once it’s up and running. Absolutely recommended for those who frequently need to take their notebooks off-site and also require a secondary monitor while on-site.