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  • M@yeulC
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    Why would it not be recommended for gaming? This might not be a low-latency, low-persistence adaptative sync display, but it would probably do just fine in DisplayPort mode.

    If your computer supports DisplayPort USB-C alternate mode (usually there's a DP logo besides it), then it can operate in that mode. Provided
    - The screen supports it (this one does)
    - The negotiation between the computer and screen succeeds (the kernel should be able to handle this for most controllers, now, AFAIK). Sometimes, the controller's firmware does it automatically (especially Intel controllers, I think).

    Otherwise, you'll fallback in a slower displaylink (sort of a USB-connected GPU). I was under the impression that Displaylink devices would work out of the box. Do you still require proprietary drivers?

    I'm writing this on a (dell) DP-enabled USB-C docking station with two screens connected to it.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by sarmad View Post
    I call that cheating while still being legal.
    I would call that cheating, period. They are safe from legal issues, but it's still plain obvious what their intent is.

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  • sarmad
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    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
    No it cannot. This is just a screen.

    The description mentions a "smart pen hole" but that's a hole you can place a pen into to act as a support (which is a bit too ghetto for a 250$ device like this, but hey it will work for emergencies). It also seems to come with a branded (normal) pen in the box if you look at reviews.
    I call that cheating while still being legal. I'm guessing they made the hole hoping that some people will buy it thinking: if it has a pen hole it must be for the pen you use to write on the screen, especially if that hole is for a "smart" pen.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by sarmad View Post
    Can this screen be used with a pen? If so, how is the pen experience on Linux?
    No it cannot. This is just a screen.

    The description mentions a "smart pen hole" but that's a hole you can place a pen into to act as a support (which is a bit too ghetto for a 250$ device like this, but hey it will work for emergencies). It also seems to come with a branded (normal) pen in the box if you look at reviews.

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  • sarmad
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    Can this screen be used with a pen? If so, how is the pen experience on Linux?

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by Michael View Post
    Was using the USB-C connection for all testing using the default Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 drivers.
    Ok, so you were using them in Display Port mode.

    The proprietary driver is not included in the default Ubuntu installation, and they didn't even have one for 19.04 (yet). https://www.displaylink.com/downloads/ubuntu

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  • Michael
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    Originally posted by starshipeleven View Post
    Michael I assume you are using it in DisplayPort mode, is this right? It's unclear in the article. Did you install any proprietary DisplayLink drivers? as this monitor requires proprietary DisplayLink drivers to be used in DisplayLink mode.
    Was using the USB-C connection for all testing using the default Ubuntu 18.10/19.04 drivers.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Michael I assume you are using it in DisplayPort mode, is this right? It's unclear in the article. Did you install any proprietary DisplayLink drivers? as this monitor requires proprietary DisplayLink drivers to be used in DisplayLink mode.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by RussianNeuroMancer View Post
    Cool, but I don't get it. What DisplayLink support do then? Is it for USB 3.0 host devices, that doesn't have DisplayPort Alternate Mode support, or what?
    Yes. It's dual-mode.

    ZenScreen portable monitors are designed to boost productivity and enable entertainment while on the go. Compact and versatile, they’re easy to set up anywhere and can be used in various scenarios.


    "15.6” FHD IPS USB Type-C portable monitor with hybrid signal solution for compatibility with USB Type-C and Type-A sources (Note: DisplayLink driver needed for Type-A connection)"

    (for those following from home, USB Type A is the normal USB 3.0 port)

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  • RussianNeuroMancer
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    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    This lightweight, 1080p 15-inch portable display could be made to work with the binary DisplayLink driver, but in trying it out now with Ubuntu 18.10, it's now a pleasant out-of-the-box experience
    Cool, but I don't get it. What DisplayLink support do then? Is it for USB 3.0 host devices, that doesn't have DisplayPort Alternate Mode support, or what?

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