11 Replies Latest reply: Aug 27, 2010 3:49 AM by dhaun
surfingbodi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
hi,

what do you folks think about buying the iPad to use as a second portable monitor for grading as well as all the other things it can do? i generally move back and forth constantly between two screens and am looking for a way to just have both up but big enough that i can read them but small enough to carry them from place to place when not at home? is there a cheaper option for transporting a second screen/monitor?

can the iPad work as an extended screen from the MacBook?

sb

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    Tamara Level 6 Level 6 (13,730 points)
    It's not designed to be a second monitor for a computer.
  • 2. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    surfingbodi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah, but doesn't mean it can't be. is there something else i can carry in a shoulder bag you would recommend?

    thx,
    sb
  • 3. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    Jolly Giant Level 7 Level 7 (25,440 points)
    surfingbodi wrote:
    can the iPad work as an extended screen from the MacBook?


    perhaps this will help: http://gizmodo.com/5508816/review-idisplay-turns-your-ipad-into-a-second-monitor.

    JGG

  • 4. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    surfingbodi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    this review is very helpful! thank you. looks like eventually this will be an easy viable option though still a little buggy.

    are there any small cheap portable monitors/screens out there that can run off the MacBook that anyone knows of? $600 seems steep for just a second screen though of course i can do so much more with the iPad. it is just a matter of whether i really need it right now. i also need to get a new MacBook so money is an issue. i work full-time online so these are not luxury items for me but i don't want to waste money either.
  • 5. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    Searching the web for "portable LCD display" turns up a number of options, some of which are in the sub-$200 range. You'd have to look at the specs to see if any of them would meet your needs. I don't think a standard 15" monitor would be that hard to tote, though, if you don't need something that would work out in the field.
  • 6. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    surfingbodi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Dave,

    I like the idea of 15" and the prices, but they all look like they have stands. Does this not seem difficult to transport, plus wouldn't they need a big energy source?

    sb
  • 7. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)
    I don't know that a normal 15" display in a bag would be that difficult to transport, but it's your call as to what will work for you. And of course a normal monitor will need AC power. If you need something that will work in the field, away from AC outlets, you're going to need a monitor that will run on batteries. All the battery-powered monitors I've run across are intended for use with camcorders, not computers, so you'll have to search around and see if you can find something that will work for use with a computer (the one that during a quick search I've found that has VGA input, the Innovatek IN-007VG, needs an external power supply).

    Regards.
  • 8. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    StudioGeek Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Things have gotten way better.

    Check out: http://gizmodo.com/5547546/air-display-use-your-ipad-as-a-second-monitor-without -the-pain

    It works really well. I use it to get apps that only work on my MBP (logic Studio) to work via touch screen on the ipad.
  • 9. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    megaholic Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I just recently came across this app (mentioned in an earlier link)

    Although, this app needs some improvements, I believe that it will be able to become a fully functional use as a second monitor.

    It's difficult to set up at first, but once you get all your display settings, and mirror issues out of the way, you can "extend" the range of your monitor.

    Once you mouse over to your iPad screen is when things become a little buggy, the mouse takes forever to respond to your movement, and its difficult to get your pointer in the place you want it. So for now, it just works well for a twitter feed, or a buddy list, or even to watch a youtube video while working on a paper type thing.

    Hope this helps.
  • 10. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    (none) Ctein Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Dear surfingbodi,

    Air Display is much more polished and faster performing than iDisplay in the current versions. I'm using it as a second monitor with my MacBook Pro, vis the following article:

    Why I Needed an iPad (and You Might Not)
    http://tinyurl.com/2dvlq23

    pax / Ctein
  • 11. Re: iPad as a second monitor?
    dhaun Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)
    For the sake of completeness, there's also AirScreen. So that makes at least 3 such Apps