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No room for another monitor? Use your desktop’s side panel instead

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Adding a secondary monitor to your setup is an easy office hack for boosting productivity. But not every desk or office has room for another display, even a small portable monitor. That’s why we’re intrigued by a new ASRock kit, as niche as it may be.

ASRock’s 13.3-inch Side Panel Kit, spotted by Tom’s Hardware on Tuesday, includes a 13.3-inch IPS display meant to attach to the inside of a desktop PC’s side panel. This is a convenient design for people who are low on space but still keep their tower on a desk. The kit provides a 1920×1080 display with a 60 Hz refresh rate, 300 nits of brightness, and an 800:1 contrast ratio, making its specs comparable to dedicated portable monitors in the $200 range, such as Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14 (although, when we tested the M14, we recorded a notably higher contrast ratio, 1,064:1, than ASRock’s panel claims).

The installation kit comes with two long and two short brackets, plus double-sided tape strips and five cable clips.

The installation kit comes with two long and two short brackets, plus double-sided tape strips and five cable clips. (credit: ASRock)

There are some major caveats, though.

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