CES 2013: HP launches U160 USB-powered travel LCD monitor

HP hopes you'll want to take this 15.6-inch display along with you and your laptop.

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The virtues of a dual-monitor setup have long been extolled, but it's difficult to schlep a second screen along with you when you're traveling. HP hopes to cure this problem with its new U160 monitor.

The U160 is a 15.6-inch LED-backlit display that weighs 3.4 pounds,  is a mere 1.02 inches thick and is powered via USB, which makes it about as portable as a second screen could be. It also includes a built-in case that not only protects the display on the go, but also folds into a stand to prop up the U160.

There are a couple of drawbacks. One is the 1,366x768 resolution, which isn't great in this era of the Retina Display. The U160 also draws 5 watts of power from the USB port, which means it might not be suitable for all laptops without using a connector to make use of two USB jacks.

But the good news is that unlike many products being introduced at CES this week, the U160 actually has a price and release date we can report. Luckily, you won't have to break the bank if you want to bring this along with you, as the U160 will cost $179 when it becomes available later this month. That makes it a slightly better deal than the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 USB monitor, which is priced at $199 for a 14-inch screen with the same 1,366x768 resolution. 

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