Philips started selling an unusual “2-in-1” monitor, which was first presented last year: Philips 24B1D5600 consists of two screens, a regular LCD and additional e-ink (usually used in “readers” like Amazon Kindle).

The main screen is a typical “office” IPS-panel with a diagonal of 23.8″, with a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, a refresh rate of 75 Hz, and a standard color coverage (99.8% sRGB). The maximum brightness is 250 cd/m², and the response time is 4 ms. The additional screen, located to the right of the main one, is a 13.3-inch “electronic paper” with a resolution of 1200×1600 pixels.

The main screen is equipped with a USB-C connector with support for fast charging (90W), the additional one is another USB-C, this time for 15W. According to the manufacturer, it is possible to connect mobile devices to duplicate the screen. Philips believes that the e-ink screen will be the best option for reading large volumes of text with eye comfort.

It’s not very clear from the official images provided, but it appears that the additional screen can be optionally tilted to the side so that the user is not looking at it at an angle. At least that’s the use case seen in the renders of the device on IF Design for 2021 (although the monitor design has changed somewhat since then which first of all concerns the form of the stand, but hopefully this functionality still remains).

Currently, the Philips 24B1D5600 is only available in China at a price of 5,999 yuan (~$840), with no word on the prospects for a global market yet.