Monitors these days use display technology such as LCD or LED, but it seems that Philips is trying to buck the trend by introducing a monitor that combines two different display technologies into a single device.
This comes in the form of the Philips 24B1D5600 (yes we know, not very memorable) which uses both LCD and e-ink display technology! Now, these panels aren’t combined in the strictest sense, but rather it is a monitor that comes with two different panels placed side by side.
The “main” display will feature the use of LCD display tech, and on the side, there will be a smaller 13-inch display that uses e-ink technology. The e-ink panel is attached with a flexible hinge which allows users to angle it or fold it away when not in use. This is useful if you want to do extended readings or read ebooks on your computer as e-ink display is generally easier on the eyes, which is why e-readers like the Kindle prefer to use that technology.
The downside is the e-ink displays generally don’t come with color, which means that save for reading, we’re not sure what else you could really use it for. We suppose it could always be used for text-based tasks like reading websites, sending emails, or sending messages, but beyond that, it probably won’t be the same as compared to using a secondary monitor.
If you’re keen on picking up the Philips 24B1D5600, at the moment it seems to be only available in China and is priced around $850. There is no mention of a North American launch yet, so don’t hold your breath.
Source: XDA Developers