The Lapscreen is a 12.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel LCD display that weighs as little as 350 grams (12.3 ounces), and which measures just 3.6mm (0.14 inches) at its thinnest point and 7.9mm (0.31 inches) at its thickest.

There’s also a touchscreen version that weighs 400 grams (14 ounces).

After writing about Lapscreen last week, I got a chance to see the displays in action and talk to the developer behind the idea. He has big plans for these little screens.

The displays feature HDMI and USB Type-C ports. Plug one into a laptop and you’ve got a second screen for your PC. If you use a USB-C cable for video input, it will also draw power from your laptop.

You can also connect a phone or tablet, but you may need to use a separate cable for power if you do that. And if you don’t want to run wires from your phone to the screen, you could also connect a wireless display dongle and then use the screen casting feature on your mobile device (if it has one).

Multiple displays can also be used with a single device — the developer is showing off a set of screens plugged into a MacBook to create a single ultra-wide display.

In the future there may be Lapscreen models available with built-in kickstands, but for now if you want to prop one up you’ll need to buy a separate stand. The display’s default state is to lie flat on a table — but that may be a feature and not a bug. With a screen this thin and light, it’s easy to think of the LCD display as a form of digital paper that you can use to display documents, images, or other files you’re working on while leaving your computer’s primary display free.

Meanwhile, adding a 12.5 inch screen to a phone could allow you to use the computer in your pocket more like a real PC.

At least that’s the idea — but there’s one significant barrier: the price. The non-touch version of the Lapscreen sells for $200 and the touchscreen model has a list price of $300 (although it currently seems to be available from FayTech for $265). That’s a lot of money to spend on a secondary display that doesn’t even stand up on its own.

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6 replies on “Hands-on with the Lapscreen thin & light portable monitor (video)”

  1. This is a really great concept in today’s time. I am having a portable monitor of dell but it is not to sleak to handle or carry it any ware so i’m looking for the portable monitor with sleekness so that i can carry it with me to my office. I am also looking that with sleek their is also a port of HDMI so that i can connect my pc to projector for a presentation.
    I really want to see thing in these is that we can fold the screen when kept it in a beg or any where we want to carry with us.

  2. This is a really great concept. Ive been shopping for a portable monitor for a few weeks, and there is nothing on the market this slim, and also supporting both USB-C and HDMI.

    Also, I’m really happy to see the cake connections on the bottom because that means that if used in portait orientation, the cable won’t just be pointing straight up out of the top.

    I really want to see 2 things from this project: A kickstand that supports portrait. Also it would be cool to see 2 screens connected with a hinge, and able to fold so the screens aren’t exposed when stored in a bag.

  3. A right angle usb c, a right angle hdmi cable, and a plate stand and you’re in business.

    Really does kind of seem like an unfinished product though. I’m surprised they don’t sell a stand and suitable cables as an add on purchase.

  4. It probably cheaper than buying atrwork. I can imagine getting this, putting it in a proper frame and let it loop endlessly on open source artwork.

  5. “Adding a 12.5 / 15.6 inch screen to a phone could allow you to use the computer in your pocket more like a real PC” : I like this!

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