The Panel: A Portable Monitor for Laptops, iPhones and Xbox 360s

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MEDL Technology's "The Panel" is a pretty unique device—it's a rechargeable 13-inch monitor that can work with pretty much any major device over USB...and the specs are decent, too.

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Running for 5 hours per recharge, The Panel is pretty much just 1280x800 LED-backlit monitor and a kickstand—which is fine by us—as the manufacturer claims it's compatible with pretty much anything we could think of: PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPods, Xbox 360s, PS3s, cameras, DVD players...so long as it has the potential to interface over USB.

In fact, it looks quite a bit like the 7-inch Mimo monitors that have been all the rage, but instead of a touchscreen, you just get a ton of real estate and battery power. [medltech]

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Am I missing the point? Ok, I can see the usefulness with a hand held device, but a laptop? Unless it is super thin and does not take up much room I just do not see the point of taking with me an extra screen. I might as well attach the keyboard to it and carry around a 13 inch laptop. I could be wrong. Xbox, and PS3? Are there people who travel with their game platforms?

DVD players would make sense. I can see one of these positioned in a car for the kids in the back seat.