New Samsung monitor connects via USB

Monitors that double as USB hubs are common nowadays, but Samsung has gone one step further by introducing a fully USB monitor. According to a Samsung press release posted on Forbes, the new 19" Samsung 940UX hooks up via USB instead of VGA or DVI, and it requires neither a graphics card nor any special video hardware.

To do its magic, the 940UX features an embedded graphics card with an "embedded software driver" Samsung says allows for "easy and automatic installation on any Windows XP PC." Users can reportedly add as many as six 940UX monitors to a single PC, although such a setup won't come cheap: the 940UX has a recommended price tag of $379, which is in the same range as 20.1" wide-screen monitors like Dell's UltraSharp 2007WFP.

On the specifications front, the 940UX features a 19" 1280 x 1024 panel with a a 2000:1 contrast ratio, 300cd/m² luminosity, and rated response time of of 5ms. The monitor also has traditional DVI and VGA inputs. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

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