Add-On Monitor Hangs Off Your MacBook’s Screen

Hangers on

Hanger-on. This USB display works with your Mac, iPhone or even your camera

Ever struggled to juggle apps around your MacBook Air’s small screen as you work? And have you ever taken a look at that screen and though how much better it would be if there was another LED panel hanging off the side like an errant dust-jacket flapping in the breeze? If your answer to these two questions is “yes” and you have around £120 ($190) to waste spend, then the GeChic On-Lap Dual Monitor 1301 could be just the thing for you.

The On-Lap doesn’t go on your lap: it hangs of the side of your laptop. The 13.3-inch screen is USB-powered and gets its video signal the same way (so no gaming). It can be used horizontally or vertically (there’s a kick stand) and weighs in at 865 grams (1.9 pounds), or 200 grams more than an iPad.

In fact, you can even use the screen with an iPad, iPhone or even your camera with the correct adapters (and a power source).

It all sounds pretty good, but I can’t help think the iPad could so the job just as well. Sure, it costs a lot more and isn’t nearly as big, but it’s enough to almost double the screen of an 11-inch Air, and it does it wirelessly. If you regularly need more space on your notebook screen, you should probably have bought one of those awful tea-tray 17-inch MacBook Pros, or just suck it up and buy a proper, big external display.

Still, there is probably a niche for this, and as these things go, the On-Lap is also pretty good looking. Available now. And while you’re about it, you really should check out the product page. It is the finest example of Engrish I have seen in a long time.

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  • joewaylo

    I’d buy two of those. One for each side. If they made it a 32″ hangoff, then I’d definitely buy one of those. Two for each side of my HDTV monitor.

  • Will Reed

    Whoops.

  • Shaunathan Sprocket


    It all sounds pretty good, but I can’t help think that the iPad could so the job just as well. Sure, it costs a lot more and isn’t nearly as big, but it’s enough to almost double the screen of an 11-inch Air, and it does it wirelessly.”

    charlie, this is just for you:

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app… 

  • Shaunathan Sprocket

    “It all sounds pretty good, but I can’t help think that the iPad could so the job just as well. Sure, it costs a lot more and isn’t nearly as big, but it’s enough to almost double the screen of an 11-inch Air, and it does it wirelessly.”

    Aparently if I just include a line of text and a link my post is up for moderation:
    Charlie this is for you:

    1. go to app store.
    2. search for “Air Display”
    3. download app.
    4. ???
    5. Profit

  • extra88

    FYI, because I didn’t find it clear, this device connects to your mini DisplayPort for the video and the USB connection is only for its power (1366×768 resolution). This differs from devices based on DisplayLink technology where the video output over USB (it’s like a video card and display on USB). This device doesn’t require any drivers, DisplayLink devices are very dependent upon their drivers and support has been severely lagging for Macs.

    This could be good for traveling presenters as a substitute for a pocket projector (probably better looking image, doesn’t require a surface on which to project, doesn’t need another power outlet). I could see someone has had a 15″ or 17″ MBP because they occasionally need more screen while away from their desk using this with a 13″ instead.

    Actually, I could use this as a highly portable display to connect to some racked PCs that don’t have a monitor attached. I need to see a legit review somewhere first.

    Edit: found a review AnandTech – Capsule Review: GeChic’s On-Lap 1301 Laptop Monitor. It has the kind of issues with design polish you might expect. Viewing angles for its TN LCD panel might be problematic as a presentation device, particularly combined with its glossy finish and relatively low color depth (for photo/video editing, use this 2nd screen for your palettes only).

  • Cowicide

    Multiple Satisfactions? Well, that’s a happy ending.

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