Review: Air Display Lets You Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor

Posted on July 2, 2010 by

Air Display lets you use your iPad or iPhone as a secondary display on a Mac. You just install an extension on OS X and it will trick the OS into thinking your iPad or iPhone is a monitor. It works over your Wi-Fi connection, giving you a wireless monitor you can carry around anywhere in your house.

It works great if you need a little more screen space for email, notes or maybe your IM client. You can easily drag a window from your computer screen to the device. Another cool feature is that it lets you use your iPad or iPhone’s onscreen keyboard and also and works as a multi-touch input device.

I tested some videos with Air Display on the iPad and didn’t get the best results. The videos played okay in window mode, but as soon as I made it full screen they would start to lag. This isn’t a big drawback for me though, if I want to watch videos on my iPad I would much rather just use the native video player or another very cool app, Air Video.

For $9.99, this is a pretty cool app for the iPad. As far as the iPhone, the screen isn’t really large enough to be able to use it for much, but it is nice to be able to use it for multi-touch.

Air Display display is currently only compatible with Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Intel only) or higher. Windows support is coming soon.

Check it out in the App Store.

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