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on December 28, 2011
The concept of a mobile monitor is great! I am so used to my two 25-inch desktop monitors that working from my laptop screen alone has become cumbersome and inefficient. These mobile monitor products allow me to have an extra screen for doing side-by-side data comparison and other multi-tasking needs.

I tried three different mobile monitor products and the Toshiba was the worst of the three for my needs. The Toshiba 14-inch mobile monitor had the following problems: even though my laptop is new, the Toshiba required that I use both USB ports on my computer to power it. The cord they included didn't reach both of my USB ports at the same time. It used up both of my USB ports and would not work with a multi-port adapter unless the adapter was powered. It was also too tall to fit in my laptop bag, not because the viewable screen area is bigger, but because they included a wide strip of plastic under the screen. The AOC e1649Fwu was nice and much cheaper ($130). It ran well from one USB port. The picture was good, and the screen is 16 inches which is larger than the other two. Even though the screen was bigger it still fit in my laptop bag. The drawbacks of the AOC were that the screen was not anti-glare, it was thicker and round on the back so it took up more space in my laptop bag, and it didn't come with a protective case. The Lenovo was the best one for me and it is the one I kept. The Lenovo works well off of one USB port, has an anti-glare screen, fits very nicely in my laptop bag, includes a protective case, has easy brightness adjustment, and draws less power than the other two (5W). It is more expensive ($199) but well worth the extra money for me.
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on October 11, 2011
I'm finally happy with my new Toshiba Mobile USB monitor. It sure didn't start off as a good experience, however.

First off, I may not be using this like most people would (i.e. as a truly mobile monitor for laptops). I wanted a third, small, monitor for my office desktop setup. It's used almost exclusively for Outlook and my To-Do List (Toodledo). I already have a 24" and a 22" monitor on my desktop so I didn't want or need something big since I don't have much room left on my desk. This size and compact form factor the bill nicely for the third monitor. The brightness is decent. The picture is pretty good. Nothing outstanding, but certainly good enough for the my intended purpose.

But, I was so very close to giving up on this monitor. First of all, they provide you with a mini-USB to dual USB cable. One USB is for the picture and the other is for power. They say that some computers will power it through a single USB 2 cable. Not mine (a newer Dell). The USB cable that they supply is only about 12 inches long and didn't even come close to reaching from the top of my desk to my Dell Tower under the desk. And, since it's a mini-USB to dual USB cord, it's not as easy as grabbing one of the many USB cords that we have sitting around. So, I ordered a USB hub from Amazon with a long cord. I then plugged the two USB connections from the Toshiba to the USB Hub. No go. It still would not get powered through the USB hub. So, I finally purchased two of the AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable (3.3 Feet/1.0 Meter thank goodness for Prime!). And, we finally have a winner!

So, after a week of buying different things and waiting for deliveries from Amazon, I was finally able to turn on the monitor and display my desktop! Now, for the drivers. The drivers that Toshiba includes are HORRIBLE on Windows 7. They are dated from March 2011. Do not install them! I have read other stories that they work equally as bad on Windows XP and Vista. I was getting constant screen flickers. When you let your PC go to sleep and came back it would not display ANYTHING on the primary monitor. The #2 monitor and the #3 Toshiba did light up. So, I had to CTRL-ALT-DEL to login in the blind. Once you logged it, the primary monitor would finally wake up. Doing almost anything in Photoshop would cause all three monitors to flicker and then the entire PC would lock up. You had to power off and restart. This happened four or five times over the first day and I was about to pack the thing up and send it back. Then, I found some new drivers on (verson 6.0 M1 dated October 10, 2011). After almost a full day of running the new drivers from DisplayLink, everything finally seems to be good.

My advice to you:
1. If you need more than 12" of cable, search for "AmazonBasics USB 2.0 A-Male to A-Female Extension Cable" and grab TWO (2) of them. They come in a variety of lengths and are cheap (much cheaper than Best Buy, Staples, OfficeMax, etc.).
2. Then, when you get the monitor, forget about the CD. Go to, click Support, and download the drivers for your OS.

Follow these two steps and you should have a much better experience than I had.
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on May 27, 2014
I have to have more than one monitor for my work. This monitor is great for road trips. Also makes a great presentation tool
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on October 21, 2011
I travel a lot for work, but when I do get the opportunity to work from my office or from my home office, both spaces are fully equipped with 2 external monitors for my laptop. I have grown so accustomed to using 2 or 3 monitors when I work (or play) that I found myself getting overly frustrated being limited to only a single display when traveling. So I did a Google search and found this little gem. It is the only one of it's kind (that I am aware of)and was so excited to see that I could have the convenience of an extra monitor while traveling or at a client location.

Since receiving it only 2 days after ordering, I have already starting bringing it around with me for work. It is a great product. I love the fact that it does not require an A/C adapter, and I have used it with both my business and personal laptops and both computers only needed the one USB plug. The picture is not the best, and I thought at first that it had a poor refresh rate because I kept getting the flickering as described in one of the other reviews. But after reading that review, I removed the software I installed from the CD that came with it and let my computer do its automatic software download, and ever since I have not had any flickering. It is not the best for viewing videos or anything like that, but it is clear enough for me to do work in any of the programs we use at my company.

It is very quick and easy to setup and use, and have found it useful when I am working one-on-one with someone or in a small team when I need to show them something on my screen. It is super light and portable and have no complaints.

I look forward to seeing if this product takes off and hopefully have someone find a way to make this same product with a higher resolution and faster refresh rate so I can use it to watch my Netflix from the hotel while traveling. ;-)

Overall, I think it is a great product and have recommended it to my IT department to hopefully offer it to all of our personnel who spend most of their time traveling. It is definitely worth the money,.
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on August 5, 2012
I am using two screens at home and was looking for a way to take this setting with me when I travel.
Then I stumbled upon this unique product. For a start I couldn't find any competing product so it's either you buy it or you buy nothing.
The screen comes protected by a cover that folds to hold the screen at ~60 degrees, it requires no power cord and even though it comes with a Y cable, it runs on a single USB connector, which is good since we always need these USBs for so many things.
The monitor only connects through the USB, it is not Plug and Play and requires installing customized drivers before the first use. Installation process was very easy and I also recommend to check the support page for updated drivers.
Brightness has two levels and is good enough for the office but it wouldn't be convenient to use the screen outside.
I expected it to be more slim than it is, which was quite a disappointment but it would still fit my Tumi's computer compartment along with my Lenovo T410 and airport security had never asked me to take it take it out.
Overall it's a great productivity product that I would strongly recommend to any road warrior out there.
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on April 18, 2013
The portability is great and it is light weight and folds flat. Easy to fit in your travel bag. The fact that you only need the USB cable and not a separate power cable is great. But, when the display is being powered from USB (even the dual USB) the display is pretty dim. It is useable, but certainly not as bright as I am used to. I am a Mac user. For Mac you have to download a driver from for it to work.
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on December 28, 2011
If you are considering buying this, remember that due to inherent limitations of USB2 bus you will not be able to use this screen to watch video. The bandwidth of USB2 bus is not enough to support the data transfer rates required for smooth video playback, so video will be jerky and unwatchable. Toshiba has what they call a "video optimized mode" for the screen but it does not seem to help much. In fact, there is sometimes a slight delay even when a static image is being redrawn (i.e when one screen changes another in your internet browser). That being said, this is a good little product to display static images such as excel charts, word documents etc, so that you don't have to switch between screens on your laptop every five seconds. I often need to have more than one document open when I work, i.e. when proofreading a translation against the original text, so this portable monitor serves my needs very well. Just don't expect it to do something it is not meant to do.
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on February 27, 2012
There wasn't much documentation as to whether this screen would work with the Mac Mini, but ultimately I found it would. It works great with only one USB cable (it comes with a short Y USB cable with two USB 2 cables on one side and one miniUSB on the other). I had to buy a separate USB cable because the one provided is only long enough for placing your computer directly next to the monitor. It is surprisingly bright with high resolution, although it changes the screen resolution on my first monitor because the Toshiba screen is wider...perhaps it is meant to be used with Windows?
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on November 7, 2011
This has been a very great addition to my mobile office. The unit is very lite and does not take up a lot of space in my laptop bag. The only drawback to the unit is the resolution. It would be really great if it the resolution were 1400 X 1024 or 1600 X 1200.

Otherwise this is a must have for a mobile worker that works out of hotels and customer offices.
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on February 7, 2012
First off, I'm an auditor for an accounting firm and use this product solely for work. For looking at spreadsheets, emails and other work related documents, this monitor works great. The screen resolution is ok but I'm not watching blue ray's on it either.

I had problems when I first hooked it up. The box only comes with the monitor, the USB cord and the install CD. I tried hooking it up and all I got was a blank screen. I tried calling Toshiba support (something I don't recommend) but their only advice was to send it back because the monitor is suppose to be a "plug and play" unit, meaning you are suppose to just plug it in and it should work instantly. (I'm also running Windows XP so there could be some differences with new OS') After reading other reviews, I thought the issue was a power problem. I don't the dual USB ports supplies enough electricity to support the monitor's power requirements which is either a smart marketing tool for Toshiba or a manufacturing defect. I bought a power adapter online(I would recommend buying from Amazon because I found one at Walmart for $80 compared to the $35 adapters found on Amazon). I also unistalled the software from the CD and went to the website to download their software ( > Support > Windows Software > Displaylink USB Graphic Software for Windows). After I did all of this, the Monitor works great, and it finally has become a plug n play device.

I also bought a 4 in 1 usb hub because my work computer only has 2 total USB ports.

Ultimately, I think think this device works great for my intended use. It is portable, lightweight and definitely increases my efficiency at work.
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