S23B550VS Samsung readying more affordable MHL equipped displays

The USB-IF might not approve of the MHL standard, but it isn't stopping mobile handset markers from using the standard. One limitation so far though is that you need to use a dongle to connect your phone or tablet to a display of some kind, but this might soon be another accessory we won't need, as more and more displays with MHL support is launching and Samsung has added two new, more affordable models to its line-up.

The USB-IF might not approve of the MHL standard, but it isn't stopping mobile handset markers from using the standard. One limitation so far though is that you need to use a dongle to connect your phone or tablet to a display of some kind, but this might soon be another accessory we won't need, as more and more displays with MHL support is launching and Samsung has added two new, more affordable models to its line-up.

Samsung's first display with MHL support was the S27B750V which is a comparably expensive 27-inch full HD display, although in this case you're also paying a pretty penny for the design which is rather unusual, if not to everyone's taste. The new models on the other hand might lack some of the design flair, but they'll save you a bit of money. First up is the S27B550V which is yet another full HD 27-inch model and it's followed by its smaller 23-inch sibling, the S23B550V which also sports a full HD panel.

S23B550VS Samsung readying more affordable MHL equipped displays

The S27B550V has been on sale in the US for a little while, but the S23B550V has only just launched and both models are still generally not available in other markets. Beyond the resolution, common features between the two models include a 2ms GTG response time, a static contrast ratio of 3000:1, two HDMI inputs, a D-sub input, a pair of audio jacks for audio in and out and a pair of 5W speakers. The S23B550V features a brightness of 250cd/m2 and a 40W power consumption whereas the S27B550V features a 300cd/m2 brightness and a slightly higher power consumption of 50W.

Price wise the S23B550V can be had for around US$200 (S$250) with the S27B550V coming in at twice that at around US$400 (S$500). It's worth nothing that although both models support MHL input via one of the HDMI ports, we have yet to see a micro USB to MHL cable, but with support for MHL arriving in more and more TV's as well as computer monitors we'd expect these to arrive in the coming months, unless the USB-IF or the HDMI group throws a spanner in the wheel, which has happened before, hence why HDMI to DisplayPort cables are anything but common.