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Smartworking with Philips Smart Displays – USB-C monitors are the key to flexibility

The way we work is changing

Driven by employees’ expectations, globally distributed teams, modern technologies and increasingly complex tasks, work environments are changing rapidly in the UK. Employees might change office space from day to day – or even during a single day. But for them to be efficient, it is essential that no matter where they are they will always find a working environment they are accustomed to and that does not require them to continuously adjust.

It’s all in the display

Nowadays computer monitors can do a lot more than just display images sent to them from a computer – this makes them an even more valuable asset on your desk.  A number of Philips displays feature an integrated USB docking station with DisplayPort over USB-C and USB-A with DisplayLink technologies to transfer the video signal. Moreover they offer all the benefits of a regular USB hub, increasing available USB ports for connecting and charging various devices. Thanks to USB 3.2 support, the highest bandwidth is possible. Users can instantly connect their notebook using a single, two-part USB cable (Type-A/Type-C), power and charge it directly from their monitor with up to 65 W 5 A, transfer data extremely quickly, watch videos and much more. As the monitors can be connected to an existing network via the integrated RJ45 socket, USB-C also provides secure network access.

Another requirement for modern workplaces is to make sure that documents and data are easily accessible to everyone involved. Thanks to the Philips displays with USB-C docking this is as easy as it gets as they are equipped with Ethernet ports so connection to the local area network (and the Internet) is practically built into the monitor. This makes Wi-Fi access superfluous and provides a much higher bandwidth for each user. Also, USB 3.1 enables data transfer speeds of 1.25 GB/s so that data can be transferred in no time at all.

All necessary peripherals readily available

As all the Philips USB-C docking monitors are also equipped with a USB hub, peripherals such as mouse and keyboard can be plugged into the display and are readily available to the user as soon as they have connected their laptop to the monitor’s USB-C port.

One great advantage of USB-C cables over cables from previous USB standards: you cannot plug it in the wrong way round as the connector has an all-round symmetrical design always ensuring a snug fit. Moreover, the connectors are the same on both ends of the cable, so it doesn’t matter which end you plug into which device.

USB has come a long way

USB has been part of the computer world for over 20 years. Just about all computers and mobile devices as well as peripherals found on desks or even in pockets or bags have some sort of USB connector. Mice, keyboards, external hard drives, printers, scanners, etc. are generally all connected to PCs using USB. Most mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets and many laptops are also charged via a USB cable. From its first incarnation in 1996, USB has come a long way to what it is now. Just imagine the transfer rate of USB 1.0: in the so-called Low Speed mode it was a mere 187.5 KILOBYTE per second, the Full Speed mode managed at least 1.5 MB/s. Compare this to the whopping 1.25 GB (10 Gbit)/s transfer speed USB 3.1 now provides!

Great choice of screen sizes plus user-friendly features

Philips displays with USB-C docking are available in a range of screen sizes. The 241B7QUBHEB, for instance, has a 23.8” (60.5cm) screen with Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution, while the 272B7QUPBEB features Quad HD (2560 x 1440 pixels) resolution with a screen size of 27” (68.5 cm). Both come with glare-free IPS panels, which offer great colours and wide viewing angles, so an exchange of views in front of a single monitor is comfortable for all participants. The fully ergonomic monitor stand can easily be adjusted to the needs of the individual in front of the monitor, while Low Blue mode and Flicker-free technology minimise eye fatigue.

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Please note that your connected hardware must fully support the USB 3.1 standard to benefit from its high technical specifications. A hard disk with a USB 2.0 interface, for example, can only transfer data with the maximum USB 2.0 transfer rate of 60 MB (480 Mbit)/s, even when connected to a USB 3.1 port.