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    Has Any one ever used one of these?

    I was just randomly searching for computer related items and found this -

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/valentines/bfa3/

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/interests/valentines/bfa3/

    Has anyone ever used one as a secondary or primary monitor or something?

    Just curious

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    there's also a Lilliput one, but doesn't give touch capabilities.

    now I want one... thanks!
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    im about to order one. they go for $210 shipped on the bay, for the touchscreen slider model. i dont want it for the car, just for a spare service monitor. ive been waiting years for someone to come out with an affordable portable touchscreen monitor. this is awesome because you can even service headless pc's with it, so no more lugging an lcd monitor down to the basement just to work on my server. actually, i could just run a usb cable to upstairs and i wont have to go down there at all. MUCH better then a VNC connection, that is for sure.

    this slider touch model would be nice too in case my lilliput craps out on me. this could be rubber banded right into place for a temporary fix. it seems it would be crazy handy to have around....

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    Quote Originally Posted by trader007 View Post
    im about to order one. they go for $210 shipped on the bay, for the touchscreen slider model. i dont want it for the car, just for a spare service monitor. ive been waiting years for someone to come out with an affordable portable touchscreen monitor. this is awesome because you can even service headless pc's with it, so no more lugging an lcd monitor down to the basement just to work on my server. actually, i could just run a usb cable to upstairs and i wont have to go down there at all. MUCH better then a VNC connection, that is for sure.

    this slider touch model would be nice too in case my lilliput craps out on me. this could be rubber banded right into place for a temporary fix. it seems it would be crazy handy to have around....
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    I got a DoubleSight (DisplayLink) one off woot a while back for around $80, no TS though. I think they're all the same. With Windows 7 it doesn't even need the CD. It just installed the drivers over the internet (possibly with some interaction so you still need a monitor). Windows 7 also has a visual multiview control where you drag it around the other screen(s) to the left/top or bottom/center, between 2 screens or anywhere you want.

    It's possibly to connect several and put them all over the place which is really cool. Then just start dragging things over to them.

    It requires USB 2.0 though, 2 ports. 15ft max. Yes, there are extenders, but many are 1.1 if you read the fine print. And just when USB 3.0 comes out. LOL I still like it a lot!

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    is the 2nd usb hookup just for power though? meaning you could make your own 5v a/c adapter and plug one usb port into that.

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    Just don't expect to do anything graphical on those....even flash video will have a nice stutter (forget about games, 3D or video) til the USB 3.0 versions hit the market.

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    I thought about one of these a while back. I am curious though why it would not be able to play video material. Theoretically (I know, not real world), the USB 2.0 bus should have sufficient bandwidth to deliver full screen 800x600 video at a respectable frame rate.

    Not to mention a fairly significant number of VGA over USB devices on the market. Still, it wouldn't surprise me if the video results were less than stunning.

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    Theoretically yea...

    800x600 video should be 27MB/s uncompressed...and since USB 2.0 has a theoretical rate of 60MB/s it should work. I think the problem is that most desktops are higher then that and realistically USB 2.0 only gets around 45MB/s max (with nothing else connected). For 1024x768 we max out...which may not be a problem if frame-dropping was implemented properly but flash for example doesn't frame-drop. Then theres the whole issue of video cards not being designed to pump video over the system bus.

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