Originally Posted by netspots
Are there any monitors (Dell or otherwise) that connect via USB plug, not just VGA? If so, are there any disadvantages to using a monitor this way?
I'm guessing it would be easier to connect a monitor with a USB plug, rather than stick in a VGA plug and screw in the little screws every time you connect a laptop.
Hmm, it seems to me though I could be wrong netspots, that a monitor connecting via a usb cable ( same problem with speakers that do this) would have to have a built in video card to render, therefore bypassing the systems video card. Now I have seen some speakers that do this, when usb came out some companies thought everything should go usb, same scenario here, the speakers had a built it soundcard solution in order to hook up to usb port, bypassing the much better sound offered by your soundcard in your system.
A monitor connected via usb , or speakers for that matter, cannot utilize your systems video card/soundcard by plugging into the usb port which is why you dont see monitors that do this and why you dont see any more speakers do this since USB's early days. So could a monitor be plugged into a usb port? well yes, by using its built in video card, that is if it had one ofcourse, but who wants to be limited by something like that? hence........no usb monitors...... The presence of a built in video card, some sort of integrated crappy graphics solution in a monitor would only increase the monitors price and wouldnt offer better video, in fact quite worse, compared to this, the minor inconvenience of screwing a vga cable into a vga port is nothing. Besides that, ever see a toddler yank a vga cable out of a computer? They can ofcourse, yank a usb cable......
To say nothing of the power issues that would have to be addressed.