I switched from a 20+ year Windows home to Macs about 3 years ago and never looked back. However, the one aspect I never invested in was in one component that I don’t live without in my professional Windows world. A second monitor. Dual displays. On my iMac, even though it has a fantastic multiple desktop configuration that I use heavily, I miss having a second 21″ monitor by my side to display the research and notes. One to work the other to read. I haven’t invested in the second Mac monitor for two reasons, price and desktop real estate, I don’t have the room. Until now. A bunch of ex-Apple engineers expanded Apple’s own technology and pushed your OS X Mac and iOS Apple devices to the max. Enter Duet Display.
Duet Display allows your Mac to extend the full OS X desktop to your iPad or iPhone and turn them into an extended monitor. Through the lightning connector the Duet Display app on the iOS and OS X delivers 60fps retina display and allows for other resolution options. During my test I cranked my iPad Mini up to the max resolution, max power and full retina. I loaded HBO Go and streamed Band of Brothers. There was zero lag, as advertised, crystal clear HD performance and it looked phenomenal. Extending my tests I loaded every app on the iPad extended monitor and even though it was running and displaying the OS X instance from the Mac you are still able to use the touch screen capability of the iOS device and interact with OS X.
I stepped away from my Mac and came back to see that Duet Display even takes care of a full 3D engine screensavers just fine as well. It truly is a Mac OS X monitor.
Duet Display is free to download for Mac OSX but the iOS has a cost. At the time I wrote this I picked it up off the App Store for $7.99. It’s worth every penny and it’s a one time purchase for all your iOS devices.
If you have a Mac running 10.9+ and an iOS running 7+ you can get an $8 dual monitor for the Mac you already own.
I would highly recommend it.
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Binary Blogger has spent 20 years in the Information Security space currently providing security solutions and evangelism to clients. From early web application programming, system administration, senior management to enterprise consulting I provide practical security analysis and solutions to help companies and individuals figure out HOW to be secure every day.