Dual-screen laptops have never really taken off in a big way, but there are a handful of portable monitors designed to let you connect a second screen when you’re working on the go. But the LAPSCREEN may be the thinnest and lightest to date.
The 12.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel displays are a little smaller than an A4 sheet of paper, measure just 8mm (0.3 inches) thick at their thickest point and half that at their thinnest, and weigh as little as 200 grams (7 ounces).
Update: It looks like the product website was a little misleading. A model with a touchscreen display weighs 350 grams (12.3 ounces), while a touchscreen version is 400 grams (14 ounces).
The screens should be available in January for about $200 and up.
The LAPSCREEN measures 282mm x 210mm (11.1″ x 8.3″) and comes in two versions: the starting price gets you a non-touch model or you can spend $300 to snag a touchscreen version that weighs a bit more.
While there are certainly more affordable portable monitors (you could buy a standalone laptop for $300), I haven’t seen any others that are this compact.
One thing you sacrifice for the thin & light design? A stand. While you can mount one of the displays to a stand if you want to view it vertically, the displays naturally lie flat on a table on their own.
The LAPSCREEN displays support power and data delivered by USB Type-C, so you can connect a laptop, tablet, or smartphone with a single cable. There’s also an HDMI port or you can use an adapter to connect devices with DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort, VGA, or DVI output.
In an interview with Charbax from ARMDevices, the creator of the LAPSCREEN shows as many as four LAPSCREENS plugged into a single MacBook, either via four USB-C cables or via a combination of cables and adapters — including a wireless display.
This should be foldable!
It won’t be a hit.
Its just not very user friendly, or durable.
Look at tablets (excl. recent bent iPad) these things are really digital paper. They already have the software done (no need to rely on new devs in 2019), and its pointless to buy multiple iPads and keep them in a folder like paper, when you can “hot swap” what you’re seeing on the screen. Though I do have to commend him on making the proper choice of eliminating that rear bump, and forgoing a stand altogether, that was smart.
Yet…the only way these guys will get proper traction is if they eliminate those bezels, make it sturdy enough to survive all 2-metre drops, and have the screens be able to display Wireless signal. Even then its a hard sell, if there’s no internal battery for proper Wireless function. This could be solved with Roomscale-Wireless Charging, but then there will be many people objecting to it just because of sheer health concerns.
I only see this as a niche for projects like Raspberry Pi, and certain minorities that use their phones as “PCs”.
And a niche can be successful, no doubt. Just this guys future vision for mainstream adoption is farfetched.
The site says: 7.05 to 14.11 ounces (200-400 grams). The website isn’t clear/detailed but if they actually have a (non-touch) 12.5″ at about 7ozs… impressive.
Looks really cool, if you want to just use your phone in a pinch as a mobile workstation.
Looks like a lovely product. High resolution, portable and no glare. Sucks that I have a Pixel 2XL that does NOT output video via USB-C. I expect someone to add a PiZero or similar SOC and run this as a standalone computer.
That’d be cool, like a little case that has the PiZero and a stand mechanism.
I would have thought the point was that it turns your phone into a tablet without having to reinstall and sync all the apps. -Why add a pi zero when you could buy a more powerful tablet for less than this?!
Its makes great way to carry your phone when travelling lite, and you just take the extra screen in your bag when you want the screen size of a tablet – Brilliant!
– And you’ll be upgrading your tablet at the same time you upgrade the phone, so extra leverage on the investment in your phone.
I personally prefer my G-Story 13.3-inch UHD portable display or the UPERFECT 10.1-inch 2K screen. There are just too many compromises going on here.
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