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Philips launches combined monitor stand and universal dock

by Mark Tyson on 31 July 2015, 12:15

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Philips has launched a new product to help you create a convenient, ergonomic and clutter free workplace. The Philips SB4B1928UB Monitor Stand and Universal Dock is said to mix a stylish, ergonomic monitor stand with an I/O hub that connects to your PC via a single USB 3.0 cable. Mobile business professionals who work at multiple locations, toting the latest ultra-thin notebooks, are expected to be particularly attracted by the features of the Philips SB4B1928UB.

Dock functionality

As mentioned above, the stand connects via a single USB 3.0 cable connection for speed and simplicity. The dock provides a large number of common office connectivity options to the connected user. Spread across the right hand side and back of the monitor pedestal, users will have access to the following ports:

  • Signal Input: USB 3.0 x 1 (upstream)
  • Signal Output: DP x 1, HDMI x 1
  • USB: USB 3.0 x 4 with B.C.1.2
  • Earphone jack
  • RJ45 Ethernet: Yes (through USB)
  • Microphone in: Yes (through USB)
  • SD MMC card slot: SD card
  • There's also a Kensington lock, power switch and power cable socket

Philips points out that this dock will work with any computer with a USB 3.0 connector so won't need replacing if you upgrade/change laptop brand, for instance. The dock supports multiple monitors and can display up to UHD (3840 x 2160) resolutions.

SmartErgoBase stand

Philips' SB4B1928UB can support monitors measuring between 19- to 28-inches in diagonal. The attached screen simply needs to be VESA-compliant (100 x 100 mm hole pattern). As a stand, the SmartErgoBase is pretty feature-filled and provides user-friendly height, swivel, tilt and rotation angle adjustments plus cable management. It can be adjusted for low bezel-to-table height for bifocals, trifocals or progressive lens glasses wearers. Its full ergonomic specs are as follows:

  • Height adjustment: 120 mm
  • Pivot: 90 degree
  • Swivel: -65/65
  • Tilt: -5/20 degree

The SB4B1928UB weighs 3.4Kg and measures 310 x 463 x 261mm. It uses between a typical 3.8W and a maximum of 121W when powered up and has a built-in 100-240V, 50-60 Hz PSU. Philips tells us that the SB4B1928UB is available immediately and has an RRP of £128.

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This seems to be an unfortunately timed product. With USB-C and USB 3.1 about to come into the mainstream (e.g. included in Intel's 100-platform due out in a week), a USB-A only product is going to be pretty outdated pretty quick.

USB-A cannot charge laptops and will introduce some display lag - fine for office applications but unusable for gaming - while the already-available USB-C not only provides power but native PCIe and/or DisplayPort eliminating display lag entirely.
That's perfect timing this appearing here today, as I salvaged my old laptop screen the other day and have been struggling to think of an attractive way to have it sit nicely. It's way too pricey for me but at least I know stuff like this is on the market now.
£128? Another overpriced gimmick, no thanks.
Makes more sense to me than a lot of monitors with usb ports and headphone ports on the actual monitor. Just leads to a mass of cables. The monitor and base can be upgraded seperatly as well.

Not really for me as I am a desktop guy.
I fell like this might make some more sense when the price drops to around £50 - £60