Laptops are getting slimmer and slimmer, to accommodate flexible working weeks and needs. However, that comes with the sacrifice of ports and connectivity options. The industry is slowly moving towards the adoption of USB-C or Thunderbolt ports and cables, which allow impressive data transfer. For example, both USB-C and Thunderbolt appear to be slim cables able to carry both power and data signal from laptop to screen and vice versa. The technology is easy to configure, requiring only one cable with a symmetrical plug, to make any set-up ready for any workload. To learn more about the difference between USB-C and Thunderbolt (spoiler: they are not the same!), jump to page.
However, there is and there will be a need for docking and hubs to simplify connections. For example, professionals might feel the need to expand their workstation from the single laptop to a wide number of peripherals (keyboards, mice, headphones) and add more screen estate with a monitor or two.
Rather than adding an external device, choosing a monitor with built-in USB docking can truly simplify connections and user experience, boosting business productivity and reducing costs. Philips Monitors USB docking solutions offer Power Delivery up to 90W or 100W*, data transfer, RJ-45 and DP out all in one. USB docking is the best solution, specifically designed for corporate and office environments – but not only those.
Built-in docking stations expand the number of ports on a monitor (and in a working station). This lets professionals connect more devices or peripherals, without the need to add additional and bulkier external devices to improve and widen connectivity. With the same goal of simplifying connectivity, it eliminates the need to disconnect and reconnect individual wires – making it the ideal option for modern offices offering hybrid working weeks and coworking spaces alike. Docks save time and effort, whilst reducing the risk of the working station being inoperable due to damaged or frayed wires.
Users will all be given the experience of using a PC (with its multiple connection options and ports) while using their portable laptop, just by choosing monitors that include USB Docking stations. With Philips USB Docking displays, users will be able to extend their laptop autonomy without any additional external power supplies (please check official manufacturer specifications for complete details on compatibility), plug all external devices they need directly to the monitor, easily daisy chain multiple monitors, and transfer data, video and power with one cable.
Philips USB docking combines USB-C, RJ45 and DP-out for added convenience, thereby replacing any external bulky docking standalone, reducing unwanted clutter on the desks, and assuring high connectivity.
For professional users that need the most advanced and comprehensive solution, Philips designed a USB Docking Pro, a vertical hybrid docking that allows an even more versatile connectivity that feature universal port replication and assures higher quality for power, data and audio/video delivery. In models such as the Philips 276B1JH or 241B7QUBHEB, the USB Docking Pro is equipped with USB-A with DisplayLink technology that feature universal port replication. With docking monitors with built-in DisplayLink Technology, users can benefit from forwards and backwards USB compatibility with virtually any recent notebook.
Although for some the terms docks and hubs might appear synonyms, they are not. Both are specifically designed to connect multiple displays and peripherals, while also providing power to the laptop in use with one connection, but docking stations are generally more powerful than a hub. Specifically, they feature more ports than USB-C hubs, and a wider connection.
A single USB-C can already change the user experience (no more chargers, power and signal cable), but built-in USB docking is highly powerful and future-proof, and more suitable for professionals who need more than a simple monitor-keyboard-mouse set-up. Users requiring complex set-ups with multiple monitors should check out Philips monitors with built-in USB docking pro.
Philips USB-C Docking ports deliver up to 90W or 100W* to your laptop or smart devices, bringing order and convenience to your digital workspace. Philips monitors are tested to ensure compatibility with a wide range of laptop and phone brands and models, but please always check with your Notebook user manual or manufacturer for more details.
USB-C docking stations are a great solution to enhance users’ productivity, creativity, and comfort. There is no need for external wires, or to set up the desk every morning – just plug in one single cable to be ready to work.
Daisy chaining is easier with a built-in docking solution. Since it is still not possible to daisy chain through USB-C alone, Philips Docking Solutions also include DP out to help you connect multiple displays seamlessly.
For professionals, screen size matters: having more space means that professionals can have more documents, apps and media displayed at the same time, with less toggling through programs, less switching through documents. Daisy-chaining monitors means connecting multiple monitors to each other and then to a single computer, using a DisplayPort cable to connect monitor to monitor, rather than connecting each monitor to graphics board of the single computer or laptop in use. Using DP and a Philips monitor with built-in USB docking enables even more flexibility and comfort, reducing clutter and simplifying cable management.
*Depending on model.
Innovations such as the Thunderbolt™ 4 technology are timeless: It is explicitly made to simplify the connection from multiple devices to a single computer.
Thunderbolt™ technology was first developed by Intel in 2011 and it combined a single cable DisplayPort and PCI Express technologies with an aim to drive high-resolution displays and high-speed data transfers with a 10Gbps speed.
A couple of generations later, in 2020, the Thunderbolt™ 4 technology provided lightning-fast bidirectional 40 Gbps data transfer speeds and supplied high-resolution video, multi-stream transport for daisy chaining, up to 90W power delivery for devices, and a stable 1 Gbit/s Ethernet connection… all through a single cable.
So, want to know more about this innovative Thunderbolt™ 4 solution? In the sections below, we will cover the benefits, if it provides power delivery, and how it compares to other connections like HDMI and USB-C.
Thunderbolt™ 4 is quite a must-have if you plan to connect multiple monitors/ accessories, daisy-chain monitors, or simply transfer large amounts of data. In addition, it allows users to connect their computers to external GPUs, storage drives, and PCIe enclosures. Moreover, Thunderbolt™ 4 has faster transfer speeds when compared to other connectivity options.
Specifically designed to answer the needs of architects, video makers, and photographers, Philips 27B1U7903 offers the picture performance of a Mini LED backlit and DisplayHDR™ 1400 certified display while also including all the benefits of Thunderbolt™ 4: lightning-fast 40 Gbps data transfer speeds, high-resolution video, multi-stream transport for daisy chaining, up to 90W power delivery for devices, and a stable 1 Gbit/s Ethernet connection.
To see the Philips 27B1U7903’s full specifications, please visit the product page here.
Thunderbolt™ 4 and USB-C are not synonymous. The confusion might come from the fact that Thunderbolt™ 4 uses a USB type C connection. However, for full compatibility, it is always best to plug a Thunderbolt device into a Thunderbolt computer port.
In addition to its physical design, Thunderbolt™ 4 delivers a slim, reversible, one-cable USB-C docking solution to create a clutter-free desktop that greatly boosts productivity. Not to mention, Thunderbolt™ 4 supports USB4 meaning you can connect a USB device to your laptop’s Thunderbolt port.
In comparison to its predecessor (Thunderbolt™ 3), the Thunderbolt™4 doubles the minimum video and data requirements and includes added support for dual 4K displays (at 60 Hz) by using the DisplayPort 1.4 protocol and it is USB4 specification.
While HDMI is used primarily as a display connector on many types of electronics, Thunderbolt is used for video and data and is, for the moment, only available for computers.
And, although HDMI’s latest generations might match in terms of video capabilities (both up to 8K), Thunderbolt 4 offers a wide array of extra features and technological advancements for professionals, such as:
The short answer: to an extent.
Intel mandates all Thunderbolt™ 4 ports provide at least 15W for faster charging of supporting devices. However, the main question should be whether the laptop in use is compatible with Thunderbolt™ 4 power delivery capabilities: these are not universal to all laptops or monitors.
One monitor that provides power delivery is the Philips 27B1U7903. It also includes up to 90W power delivery for devices, but please check official manufacturer specifications for complete details on compatibility.
Overall, the Thunderbolt™ 4 port is a great solution for your workspace. Apart from speeding up data transfer, it offers many other benefits that aid you in making your work better, more productive, and most importantly, more efficient.
Electronic waste, also known as e-waste, refers to any electronic device or component that has reached the end of its useful life and is discarded. The improper disposal of e-waste can lead to hazardous situations such as lead, mercury, and cadmium leaking into the environment, which causes pollution and health problems.
Furthermore, the rapid growth of the electronics industry and short product life cycles have led to a significant increase in e-waste, making it essential to address this problem and find sustainable solutions. One of these solutions, as we will explain later on in this article, is how we have spearheaded a project for “closing the loop” on electronic waste. Nevertheless, let’s dive into the problems surrounding e-waste and what actions TPV is taking to solve them.
E-waste contributes to global warming through various processes. Electronic devices contain hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, which can contaminate soil and water if not disposed of properly.
Also, when e-waste is incinerated, these materials release toxic fumes that contribute to air pollution and global warming. Additionally, the manufacturing process of electronic devices requires significant amounts of energy and generates greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to climate change.
In order to combat the potentially harmful effects e-waste has on the environment, MMD Monitors and Displays, a wholly-owned company of TPV Technology, has initiated a pilot project of the PREVENT Waste Alliance. The aim of this initiative was to find a circular solution for the 50 million tonnes per year of e-waste that is mainly shipped to African countries.
By helping fund this initiative, MMD successfully created a business model for monitoring e-waste by using an already successful method for recycling mobile phones: e-waste compensation. This adds a fee to the purchase price of new electronic equipment and it helps finance the collection and safe recycling of monitor materials.
For more information about MMD’s role in e-waste compensation, click here.
Most electronic waste is not recycled due to several factors, including the lack of infrastructure and awareness, the complexity of the recycling process, and the low profitability of e-waste recycling.
Unlike other recyclable materials, such as paper or plastic, e-waste contains various components, including metals, plastics, and hazardous materials, which require specialized equipment and expertise to recycle. Additionally, e-waste recycling is often costly, making it difficult for recycling facilities to turn a profit.
In an effort to avoid more harmful e-waste products entering the environment, TPV Limited, a brand licensing partner of Philips monitor products, has released two planet-friendly displays.
Apart from all Philips monitors being mercury and lead-free, the Philips 272B1G/00 and 241B7QGJEB/00 for models also are RoHS compliant, PVC/BFR- free, and EPEAT certified. In addition, the green monitor models come in 100 percent sustainable packaging and a fraction of their proceeds go towards the Philips Monitors Forest; which is another sustainable partnership with Forest Nation and the initiative helps replant depleted forests around the world.
For more information about Philips’ green monitors, click here and for more information about Philips’ partnership with Forest Nation, click here.
E-waste is a global problem, but it is particularly acute in developing countries, where there is a lack of infrastructure, regulations, and resources to handle the growing amount of e-waste. These countries often receive large quantities of e-waste from developed countries, which are shipped under the guise of second-hand goods but are often unusable or obsolete.
The improper disposal and handling of e-waste in developing countries have severe environmental and health consequences. It can lead to soil and water contamination, air pollution, and health problems for workers who are often exposed to hazardous materials without proper protection. Furthermore, the lack of proper recycling facilities in developing countries means that e-waste is often processed informally by untrained workers, leading to inefficient and dangerous practices.
To address the e-waste problem in developing countries, the project with Closing the Loop, spearheaded by MMD, has trained local community members in Nigeria on how to properly dismantle flat screens and how to safely remove the mercury-containing black light tubes, among other hazardous materials.
Projects like these provide a bright future in the grim world of e-waste. By providing compensation for monitors at the end of their life as well as educating communities on how to safely recycle e-waste products, it provides hope that the problem surrounding e-waste will begin to solve itself in a more conscious and educated world.