Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Duet Display can now turn an iPad into a secondary screen for Windows computers

We've talke about Duet Display before, being one "must-have" app for any Mac user wishing to use their iPads as a secondary screen for their Macs. Now, Duet Display can finally do the same for Windows computers as well.

Though there are several ways for you to use your iPad as a secondary screen for a computer, Duet Display is regarded as the "best way" to do it, with ultra fast speeds and lag free screen updates, just like if it were an actual external monitor.

The only drawback was that it was only available for OS X, which is finally fixed with the new Windows version (for Windows 7 or newer). Just like the existing version, it still relies on the USB-Lightning cable to ensure the maximum performance for its operation, though if you're used to working with it on OS X, you'll notice the Windows version is not yet as polished - with some noticeable slowdowns every now and then. Also, for now the screen resolution is limited to 1024x768; things we hope will be fixed in future versions.

Other than that, you can use the iPad as expected, dragging and touching elements that will affect the apps you have on screen. And even with the current resolution limitations, this is definitely $9.99 worth paying for (Duet Display on the App Store).

... Though we still wish that, someday, being able to use a tablet/smartphone as a secondary screen will become something all OS's will have baked in right from the start, with no need for extra apps.

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