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NEC Offers Inexpensive Dual-Monitor Bundle

The offer includes two MultiSync LCD 195VX+ monitors and Matrox's DualHead2Go Graphics Expansion Module.

NEC on Monday introduced an inexpensive dual-monitor bundle comprising two NEC 19-inch MultiSync LCD displays and Matrox's external multidisplay module.

The offering has a simple setup process that targets first-time customers looking to expand their desktop workspace. "The NEC-Matrox bundle makes it easier than ever for business users to experience the benefits of dual-display computing," Lynn Gu, product manager for NEC displays, said in a statement.

The bundle includes two MultiSync LCD 195VX+ monitors and Matrox's DualHead2Go Graphics Expansion Module. The configuration generates 45% more desktop area than a single 19-inch display. An NEC-sponsored survey conducted by the University of Utah found users of dual-monitor systems reported a 10% average increase in productivity and 33% fewer errors. Helping to boost productivity was the ability to spread out multiple applications opened simultaneously across a larger workspace.

Customers of the NEC/Matrox product include Forbes.com, which has deployed dual monitors among its copy editors; and Software Spectrum, a mobility software company that provides the configuration to its customer-care representatives. For customer reps, the configuration meant a reduction in the amount of scrolling, navigating, and printing, to access and view information related to customer files.

The bundle includes software that provides a graphical user interface for adjusting display settings via a mouse and keyboard. There's also dual-input technology for analog and digital connectivity, and technology for undistorted viewing of high-speed, full-motion video.

The NEC display with the Matrox module sells for $700. The monitors include three years of service and support, while Matrox offers two years for its hardware and software.

NEC in April made a big push in the thin-client PC market with the introduction of its Virtual PC Center. The system provides knowledge workers with dumb terminals attached to a server for delivering applications and storing data. NEC claims its proprietary hardware and software can run PC applications, including audio, graphics, and video, without the latency problems that has hurt adoption of thin-client computing.

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