Samsung's latest SE370 monitor will have a wireless charging pad built into its plinth. This aims to de-clutter office drones' desks, or at least provide more space for other forms of clutter.
The pad uses the Qi wireless charging standard, and while Samsung swings both ways as a member of both the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), the new monitor only supports the WPC system.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone supports both standards, but that’s a flagship product; the SE370 monitor is more mass market.
With a resolution of 1920×1080, and only one port for each of HDMI (1.4), DisplayPort (1.2) and D-Sub, it’s available in 23.6-inch and 27-inch sizes. No price has been announced yet, Samsung is saving that for the official unveiling at the IFA trade fair.
It must be a little galling for Samsung to be following a lead set by Ikea but it is putting on a brave face. Seok-gi Kim, senior vice president, visual display business at Samsung Electronics said: “Through the integration of wireless mobile charging technology, our innovative SE370 monitor dramatically improves efficiency, convenience and connectivity at home and at work – representing another significant milestone in our long history of industry-firsts.”
He also said: “Technology should support, not interfere with, active lifestyles. Our customers increasingly rely on mobile devices to obtain information and interact with others; so by doing away with the clutter on their desks.”
This presumably refers to the kind of active lifestyle where you sit at your desk.
The monitor has a mode which reduces its blue light emissions and flicker suppression, to help with eye strain. There is an AMD processor which synchronises frame rates with AMD graphics cards to reduce latency, stutter and lag during gaming and video playback. All very useful for enhancing your active lifestyle. ®
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