In the ‘interesting new technology’ stakes, new PC monitors normally rank just above updated versions of power strips. But when a monitor includes a built-in Qi wireless charging pad? Now we’re talking.

Samsung’s latest monitor, the catchily-named SE370, is a pretty run-of-the-mill desktop monitor: 24” or 27”, and 1080p PLS panel are not exciting specs. But it’s what’s happening under the panel that is interesting: the base of the monitor stand is a well-hidden Qi wireless charging station.

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Given that’s where I normally stash my phone when I’m at my computer, this makes a lot of sense. Rather than needing a separate wireless charging dock with its own special cable, it’s integrated into something that’s already taking up desk space. A green light on the front shows that charging has started.

The SE370 is expected sometime later this year. Those basic screen specs give me hope that the price will be reasonable — otherwise, you’re probably still better off getting that Ikea wirelessly charging lamp.

[Samsung]