Mimo 7-inch LCD gets reviewed (Verdict: fantastic for coralling all your tiny windows and widgets)

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Our good friends over at technabob have reviewed one of those diminutive Mimo mini-displays that extend your desktop via a simple USB conenction. As I suspected, a few caveats aside, these are pretty great little frame to corral your PhotoShop palletes and desktop widgets:

Overall, I was really impressed with this pint-size monitor. It took just a couple of minutes to get set up, and it looks really great (especially in landscape mode). While you probably wouldn’t trust the color accuracy of the display for image retouching work, it’s more than capable of handling the secondary display usage that it was designed for. And while I wondered about USB’s ability to handle fast-motion data, I managed to play back full-screen video clips on the display with not the slightest stutter.

Caveats include a lack of color correction and some strange weight balancing issues when pivoted, but none sound like a deal breaker. I may have to pick one of these up: while I already have a dual display set-up, another 800 pixels will never go amiss, and I love the idea of a dedicated iTunes CoverFlow display.

Nanovision Mimo 7 inch mini monitor review [Technabob]

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12 Responses to Mimo 7-inch LCD gets reviewed (Verdict: fantastic for coralling all your tiny windows and widgets)

  1. dculberson says:

    iTunes under Windows is also really big, and really slow. I cry every time I need to sync my iPod.

  2. wrybread says:

    I’m hoping they release one in 1024×768. I know that’s not exactly “pallette monitor” sized, but that’s the minimum I’d need it to be useful.

    I wonder if USB could handle the throughput of that resolution.

  3. acb says:

    Problem is that DisplayLink is a proprietary protocol, which is a trade secret and nobody has reverse-engineered yet. So if you want to use one of these with anything other than Windows or OSX (such as Linux), you’re SOL.

  4. Downpressor says:

    I got all excited until I saw that it was for Intel Macs only.

  5. airship says:

    meh. Can’t use it with my Commodore 64.

  6. caipirina says:

    I love the general idea .. and maybe I am not getting all the info straight … but thsi mimo means i can basically add a 3rd screen? I am always running mac laptop with second screen .. but a 3rd via USB would be so cool .. please .. someone confirm that this is doable .. and that I can find this screen for cheap in akihabara

  7. vetnoir says:

    If only I could get this for my PPC Mac.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The coolness of iTunes coverflow – whether on a separate screen or not – is cdertainly impeded by iTunes being the worst modern MP3 player program around. It can’t even find covers for anything but the most mainstream of releases, and is – even after the last few updates – really bad at sorting and presenting information.

    (My captcha words are oddly appropriate: “crank visit”)

  9. zuzu says:

    Ok, this is using DisplayLink (i.e. video over USB), and there’s an OSX driver for that. Anyone with first-hand experience with it care to comment?

  10. Anonymous says:

    @ZUZU – The company that manufactures these is working on a driver for OSX currently – unsure about what you mentioned.

    I have to thank http://www.thegadgeteers.com/, for bringing this stateside, I’m in for one!

  11. hohum says:

    This looks fantastic! It’d be even more fantastic if they’d import the white ones, but I think having a black box sticking out like a sore thumb on my desk might just be worth it… Now… to touchscreen or not to touchscreen…

  12. geekpdx says:

    @ #1 and #2

    I’m using a brand new Macbook Pro. I have an external 21″ LCD attached via a DisplayPort to DVI adapter and a 30″ LCD attached using a DisplayLink adapter*. Both work fine when I’m running Windows XP (via bootcamp). When in OS X, the DisplayLink attached LCD works with the DisplayLink Mac driver, but not quite as well as it does in Windows. The Mac driver is still on the newish side, and I’ve seen plenty of Windows driver updates in the last year, so I’m pretty sure that the Mac driver will improve soon and regularly.

    It should be noted that things get a little mysterious when I load my bootcamp partition in OS X via VMware’s Fusion – and both Windows XP and OS X want to use the adapter.

    *The larger display is lower resolution, which is why it’s living on the DislplayLink adapter.

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