Astropad's Luna Display for Turning an iPad Into a Second Screen for Mac is Now Available

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Introduced as a Kickstarter project in 2017, Astropad's Luna Display adapter turns any iPad into a second wireless display for the Mac.

The Astropad software alone is designed to mirror the Mac's display to an iPad, while the Luna Display, which plugs into a Mac using Mini DisplayPort or USB-C, extends the Mac display instead of mirroring it.


Once Luna Display is plugged into a Mac and the Luna Display software has been downloaded, a connected iPad serves as an extension of the Mac, letting Mac content be accessed directly from an iPad.


Astropad began taking pre-orders for Luna Display back in July, and with those orders fulfilled, the adapter is now widely available and can be purchased from the Luna Display website for $79.99.

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bigboyz12000

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Nice option that should have been out at launch of iPad. I have not used an iPad in years..i have an iPhone and its big :]
 

guzhogi

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I would be concerned with Latency when using wireless. Also, Duet is (if I remember correctly) $10 and all you need is a lightning cable. Seems like a cool idea, but is pretty expensive for what it does.
I have the latest version of Duet Display, and it works wirelessly now, too. It doesn't even need an adaptor for the laptop.
 

blackcrayon

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Doesn't solve any problem that Duet Display hasn't already done.

Duet Display by Duet, Inc.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duet-display/id935754064?mt=8
The Astropad devs claim that having a hardware dongle "properly" emulates an external display, I guess with fewer hacks to the system to get it working properly. It might mean it stays more stable across macOS versions, or works better with hardware graphics acceleration, or something.
 
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jakebrosy

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Having tried multiple products for accomplishing this I'm hesitant to plunk another chunk of cash down.

Particularly since Astropad has no provision for returning a poor performing device. Let me state this clearly: If you don't like the performance of the Luna Display Adapter you're stuck with it. Forever.

I have too many useless fidgety bits abandoned in desk drawers to jump again.
 

cburdett

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I can confirm what @jakebrosy says. I even reached out to them and got the following:

We have a warranty return period limited up to 30 days.
Not the same as an actual return policy. Looks like you can't send it back unless the company agrees it's broken.

Having tried multiple products for accomplishing this I'm hesitant to plunk another chunk of cash down.

Particularly since Astropad has no provision for returning a poor performing device. Let me state this clearly: If you don't like the performance of the Luna Display Adapter you're stuck with it. Forever.

I have too many useless fidgety bits abandoned in desk drawers to jump again.
 
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subjonas

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Doesn't solve any problem that Duet Display hasn't already done.

Duet Display by Duet, Inc.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duet-display/id935754064?mt=8
I draw digitally for a living and drawing in duet pro was not suitable for me. Astropad is passable, but the lack of extended display support was a deal-breaker. If Luna works well, Astropad/Luna will be the clear winner, especially considering duet pro is subscription only.

But with rumors of the new iPad Pro switching from lightning to usbc, I’m wondering if Apple is finally providing native video in / pencil out support.
 

robinp

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My Luna arrived a few days ago. I’ve used it once in ‘anger’ and it was marvellous. I’ve not tried pencil support yet, but as a high resolution extra display for my MacBook Pro when on the move, it is as good as could be hoped for. Very slick.
 

cburdett

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UPDATE: They updated their terms with a new return policy (apparently hastily written since there are spelling errors. And with words like "can ONLY be...original packaging...14 days" it's definitely a begrudging policy. Of course, they probably know more about the satisfaction of their end users so I expect the policy was written accordingly.

Return Policy
Luna Display may only be exchanged or returned for a full refund with the original receipt and in like new condition in the original packaging within 14 days of purchase. Please contact support@astro-hq.com when you wish to being [sic] the return process."​


I can confirm what @jakebrosy says. I even reached out to them and got the following:

We have a warranty return period limited up to 30 days.
Not the same as an actual return policy. Looks like you can't send it back unless the company agrees it's broken.
 
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Bryan Bowler

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Having tried multiple products for accomplishing this I'm hesitant to plunk another chunk of cash down.

Particularly since Astropad has no provision for returning a poor performing device. Let me state this clearly: If you don't like the performance of the Luna Display Adapter you're stuck with it. Forever.

I have too many useless fidgety bits abandoned in desk drawers to jump again.
I believe they offer a 14-day return period, but that is irrelevant in my eyes. I'm telling you guys (and gals), Luna works great and I can't see why someone would want to return it given how good it works. This little device is well worth $79...
 

JRobinsonJr

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I can confirm what @jakebrosy says. I even reached out to them and got the following:

We have a warranty return period limited up to 30 days.
Not the same as an actual return policy. Looks like you can't send it back unless the company agrees it's broken.
I'm probably speaking out of turn here, and to be clear... I'm not an attorney and don't play one on TV... but there are consumer protection laws that should apply here, particularly because you're ordering remotely. In addition, most major credit cards provide extended protection services. If you have a problem with *anything* that doesn't work and can't get the vendor to make good... call your credit card provider.
 
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g3nw1

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Be VERY cautious on ANY product you purchase from this company, they tricked original users into purchasing the app and recommended certain pens. then updated app with features that should have been made available for original users for free. But they created a new SUBSCRIPTION app only for pro users (The same users it was originally intended and marketed towards). Then to top the insult off!. They recently announced that now only focusing on Apple pencil. Which is a huge FU to its original customers who invested in them and trusted in their recommendations.

Yet another greedy developer who just sees its customers as cash cows. and thinks its software even merits making people pay a yearly fee.

I would NOT purchase anything this company ever offers. They will burn their customers again for sure.
 
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