iPad as a Secondary Monitor

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Masterfox72, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. Masterfox72 macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2012
    So I wanted to use my iPad as a secondary monitor for my desktop and my laptop but I wanted to know the best app.

    I came across display link which was free and worked for my desktop but it seems to be Windows only as it won't work on my MacBook Air.

    Then I looked up a few more apps and found DisplayPad and AirDisplay which were 2.99 and 9.99 respectively, but I was wondering which is the best app to use for this? Because 10 bucks is sure a lot for an app.
  2. whuybr0 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2009

    I'm very pleased with AirDisplay.
    'It just works' after the first (easy) configuration.

    You can leave the OS X app running and whenever your fire up the iOS app the computer recognizes the iPad as your secondary display.

    I chose this app because you can use the touch-screen to control OS X on the iPad screen. I don't know if the other apps support this now, but I believe when I downloaded the app, it was the only one with 'touch-control'.

    Maybe start with the free app and wait for a discount on AirDisplay. I believe I bought it when it was on sale.
  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
  4. Masterfox72 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2012
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    Air Display also looked very polished to me as well, but do you recommend that it is worth ten dollars for?
  5. lilkangster macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2011
    Be warned about display link and air display though there are certain models of macbook air/macbook pros that it does not support if you are running Lion. Has something to do with the video card drivers, which eventually they apple will fix but for now make sure your MBA is not one of those models before making the purchase. To answer your question about AirDisplay I have been using it for a while now and it works great.
  6. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
  7. Masterfox72 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2012
    Another question. If I got Air Display and mirrored my desktop, could I use it as a remote desktop so I could use my iPad as a mini-computer running Windows, or no?
  8. archdelux macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    Seems like everyone is voting for Air Display, but no one has commented ton DisplayPad.. is it just because no one has used it?

    Anyone with any experience with both apps care to comment?
  9. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030


    Apr 15, 2010
    All the solutions you've listed work.

    However, $700 is a lot of money for a 1024x768 secondary monitor, especially considering the performance of the iPad as a monitor.

    For an every-once-in-awhile novelty kind of thing....I get it. For everyday use, no way.

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