Attach 2 screens to MacBook with Mobile Pixels’ redesigned Trio and Trio Max


Mobile Pixels Trio
Don't give up on plenty of screen space when on the go.
Photo: Mobile Pixels

Mobile Pixels just started taking preorders for updated versions of Trio and Trio Max, clip-on accessories that add not one but two external displays to a MacBook or other notebook.

Don’t think these products will trap you in the office — the add-on screens are intended for use on the go.

The new versions offer larger screens in thinner, lighter designs. And there’s a new attachment system, too.

Mobile Pixels updates Trio and Trio Max portable notebook screens

While many people are used to working on a 13-, 14- or 16-inch MacBook, these are tiny compared to desktop displays. And studies have shown that having more screen to work on makes people more productive.

There are plenty of good add-on portable displays for MacBook or iPad, but Mobile Pixels takes a unique twist. Its screens connect to the notebook so that they “float” right beside the Mac’s screen in use, then slide behind it when it’s time to move. One goes on either side of the laptop’s built-in display.

Trio and Trio Max screens also offer Presentation Mode, in which one screen flips around so it can be seen by someone in front of the user. Or both add-on screens can be rotated to form a triangle for group presentation. They support landscape and portrait orientations.

The original version of the Mobile Pixels Trio had a pair of 12.5-inch screens — the update jumps them to 13.3 inches. Trio Max stays at 14.1 inches. The resolution for all of these is 1080p.

The redesign makes the accessory 20% thinner and a pound lighter. And a new kickstand means the connection system that requires affixing magnets to the notebook is now optional, not a requirement.

“Trio and Trio Max address the two most important needs people have when they’re working: increasing productivity and efficiency,” said Jack Yao, CEO of Mobile Pixels.

Now up for preorder

Mobile Pixels Trio and Trio Max went up for preorder on Tuesday on Kickstarter. There are significant saving for those willing to buy early through this crowd-funding site.

The regular price for the 13.3-inch version will be $599. A launch day special drops that to $359. The new 14.1-inch version will cost $649, but it’s available today for $399.

Preorders placed now are scheduled to ship in May, 2023.

Mobile Pixels promises that Trio and Trio Max are compatible with Apple M1 and M2 Macs as well as Windows and Linux operating systems.


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