No, this is not a joke. Apparently, a Japanese company known as Green House has recently announced a new eco-friendly monitor that is definitely going to have a significant impact on one’s monthly electrical bills. With USB-powered monitors such as this one here, who needs messy power cables and dedicated power outlets anymore?
Unless one is talking about mobile computers and mobile computing devices such as notebooks, netbooks and tablet PCs, it goes without saying that most PCs are not exactly the most energy-efficient or low-power machines to exist in one’s home environment. This is especially so in the case of power users and hardware enthusiasts who will not spare any expense in building a high energy consumption, high-performance rig with bells and whistles such as three-way SLI and water-cooling systems for some extremely high overclocks.
With all that it mind, it should probably come as no surprise that the unfortunate person in charge of paying the utility bills needs a regular supply of aspirin and a defibrillator to avoid suffering from a heart attack when the next bill payment arrives. And if that kind of situation is starting to weight heavily on your conscience, perhaps the next upgrade for your PC should come in the form of this eco-friendly 15.6-inch monitor from Green House.
At first glance, the Green House GH-USD16K looks like a typical 15.6 monitor which can be found in just about any computer shop. However, the truth is that the GH-USD16K is more than “just a typical monitor”. Unlike most LCD monitors which require that they be supplied with a constant source of power through an electrical outlet, Green House’s GH-USD16K take the cake in its extremely low power consumption of 5w, which is so low that it can be powered by simply connecting it to a standard USB 2.0 port.
In addition, Green House claims that the GH-USD16K can be daisy-chained with five additional such monitors to produce a seven-monitor setup, as shown in the image below.
Needless to say, a 15.6-inch monitor is not going to sport full HD resolutions: this is confirmed on Green House’s product page, which states that the monitor is only capable of displaying content at resolutions of up to 1366 x 768, a commonly-found resolution on 15 and 16-inch notebooks. However, Green House has not released any information about the display interface used by the GH-USD16K, which suggests that the monitor is only capable of receiving data via its USB port. Last but not least, this monitor also requires that the host PC meet certain software and hardware requirements, probably due to the fact that it depends on the host PC for data transmission.
That being said, it cannot be denied that the GH-USD16K will make an excellent addition for users of multi-monitor setups who are concerned about their ever-increasing carbon footprint and utility bills. Unfortunately, it appears that the GH-USD16K is currently a Japan-only product, as Green House has not revealed any plans to sell this monitor outside its domestic market, if at all. But more importantly, a pricetag has yet to be fixed on the GH-USD16K, so interested readers will probably have to ask a Japanese friend to do some CSI-ing for that missing detail.
Source: Green House