Like the portability of a laptop, but sometimes wish you had more screen space? Last year a company called Mobile Pixels ran a Kickstarter campaign for a device called the DUO that adds a slide-out second screen to your laptop.

The company raised more than $860 thousand through that campaign and now sells the display for $249 under a new name (DUEX).

But what’s better (and bulkier) than a dual-screen laptop? A three-screen laptop.

Enter the TRIO.

Like the DUEX, the new TRIO attaches to the back of a laptop and slides out when you need it and back when you don’t. That way you can fold up your laptop and slide it into a bag when you’re not using it… or open your laptop and slide out one or two screens when you want to take advantage of them.

Mobile Pixels says TRIO uses a single USB type-C cable for both power and data, so you should be able to use the multi-screen accessory with just about any PC, tablet, or phone that supports display-over-USB.

TRIO comes in two sizes:

  • TRIO – 12.5 inch displays
  • TRIO Pro – 14 inch displays

Both versions feature two 1920 x 1080 pixel displays and both consume less than 4.5 watts of power.

The smaller TRIO weighs 1.5 pounds and it will go for $179 and up during the crowdfunding campaign. Mobile Pixels says this is the size you’ll probably want to use with 13.3 inch or 14 inch laptops.

The larger TRIO Pro weighs 1.8 pounds, sells for $199 and up, and can be used with laptops featuring 15.6 inch or larger screens.

Or you could just buy a separate portable display or two that doesn’t attach to your laptop.

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4 replies on “TRIO adds two extra screens to your laptop for under $200 (crowdfunding)”

  1. That added weight could very well destroy a laptops hinge before it’s time. Sure, some have very well designed hinges, but most of them are small nuts inserted in plastic without much structural support, since newer displays are so light…

  2. I like the concept. I really like the concept. At that price, I might buy it if I had and needed a mobile workstation. But there are a few caveats:
    1. you’ve got four big old magnets/steel discs stuck on your lid. This kinda messes up the appearance of your laptop unless you’re the kinda guy who covers your laptop in stickers anyway. It also means there might be problems if you have a hard drive in your machine.
    2. the displays can flip completely around, but they’re not touch screens, which would be nice if you wanted to close the lid but keep using the computer.
    3. the cables don’t come on auto retracting spools, so they can get in the way a little, and it looks like there’s nothing on the unit that would help manage them.
    4. I doubt it’s going to adhere well to every single laptop lid and avoid damaging 100% of them.
    The most ideal implementation of a laptop with two detachable screens would be something purpose built for it. Magnetic mount points inside the lid in standardized locations. A reinforced frame that can bear the weight. A display port in the back of the laptop, or on the lid, that the unit plugs into, with cables to the screens concealed within the unit itself (unless you take a screen off). A power button you can reach when the lid is closed.

    1. You would have to go buy a fist-sized rare-earth magnet to affect the hard drive. It already has an internal rare-earth magnet millimeters from the platter. If strong but reasonable “rapidly changing magnetic fields” were going to demagnetize the platter, then every data site moving rapidly past a magnet oriented so that its North and South poles are in different radial positions would sure do it.

      You need a much faster, more intense magnetic field oscillation. I don’t know whether a tape demagnetizer would work on a platter or not. But that is much much more intense than a strong magnet centimeters away from the hard drive.

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