Portable second monitor for MacBook Pro?

totn

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I think it'd be really nice to have a second monitor/screen when I'm studying outside. Is there such a thing?
 

Airboy1466

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ummmmm I do not believe so. That will be extremely cumbersome, take up a lot of area, make your setup harder as you will always need an outlet, and would draw a lot of attention.
[doublepost=1544508987][/doublepost]Ok I take back what I said I love this company they make amazing products I personally use the blockhead when in public area it makes the charging cable less likely to call out of wall.

enough of my review if you pair the new iPad Pro with https://tenonedesign.com/mountieplus.php this mountie you will solve your dual screen problem and you will be able to use it as a touch screen macOS
 

PROFESS0R

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I use it and it works amazingly well with my 12.9 ipad. Highly recommended if you own an ipad.

Yes. It's called the iPad.

You can use Duet, as outlined in the MacRumors article last week. It's probably the cheapest option you will find, and it effectively gives you a second computer at the same time.
 

Ploki

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https://www.packedpixels.com/

I have this.
You need some twiddling to get it to work at scaled (retina) resoultion but after its done it works splendidly, plug and play. Much more reliable than DUET and also tasks the laptop significantly less.

Its USB powered. So on 2012-2015 you need mdp+usb, on 2016+ you can get a single USB-C cable.

It has no latency or glitches, its just a simple bus powered display with video over display port - no tricks.
 

Appledoesnotlisten

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Dec 2, 2017
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https://www.packedpixels.com/

I have this.
You need some twiddling to get it to work at scaled (retina) resoultion but after its done it works splendidly, plug and play. Much more reliable than DUET and also tasks the laptop significantly less.

Its USB powered. So on 2012-2015 you need mdp+usb, on 2016+ you can get a single USB-C cable.

It has no latency or glitches, its just a simple bus powered display with video over display port - no tricks.
Does it activate dGPU?
And how much battery are these things consuming?
 

SSD-GUY

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It seems like a good solution, but (if budget is not an issue) maybe a low-end 13" MBP/MBA will be a better option as an additional screen because:
1) It will come with it's own battery
2) The screen is of a higher resolution?
I'd still recommend the Asus monitor. Much lighter then another MBP/MBA and cheaper.
 

Appledoesnotlisten

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Dec 2, 2017
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I recommend PackedPixels :)
They are saying that V2 is coming, but it's not released yet. When are they going to to release V2?
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I'd still recommend the Asus monitor. Much lighter then another MBP/MBA and cheaper.
The disadvantages of the Asus are:
1) 1920x1080 is significantly less that of 2560x1800 on MBA
2) Inability to adjust the angel. If you need to adjust the angle, you need to buy an additional stand, that pretty much negates the weight gain
3) MBA comes with its own battery, so your own battery will last longer
 

Ploki

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How do you propose using a second laptop as a spare monitor?
It can only be done via software solutions which is inheritable worse than native.

Unfortunately, I don't know when PackedPixels v2 is coming.
 

Appledoesnotlisten

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Dec 2, 2017
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How do you propose using a second laptop as a spare monitor?
It can only be done via software solutions which is inheritable worse than native.

Unfortunately, I don't know when PackedPixels v2 is coming.
As a standalone computer. It's often way more convenient to have two keyboard - you can multitask better, move, etc. Terrific solution if you can get 2 computers.
 

giannipenne

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I'm thinking of getting one of these portable displays, but I would like to know what is the best connection method performance-wise. Is there a difference between HDMI, USB 3 and USB-C? I have late 2015 12" Macbook, which has only one USB-C, but I also have the USB-C to HDMI & USB A adapter. I have been looking at these options:

ASUS MB169B+
https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-MB169B-1920x1080-Portable-Monitor/dp/B013XFJKGI

GeChic 1503E or GeChic 1503H
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M7RMBV9/

UPERFECT 15.6" inch 4K HDR Monitor
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HMSM8Y7/

Kenowa 15.6 Inch IPS Monitor 1920x1080 HD
https://www.amazon.com/Kenowa-1920x1080-Portable-Ultralight-Speakers/dp/B07C5LPZMW

Thanks for your help!
 

Samuelsan2001

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Someone is releasing a battery powered external display 15 inch can’t remember who but worth a search on google.