In todays offices it’s fairly common to have two monitors at each workstation. Dual monitors make working easier as you can view relevant information on one screen while working in another. If you find yourself in a situation where on-screen real estate is limited, Air Display by Avatron is the solution.

Air Display allows the user to leverage their iOS device as a wireless touch-screen monitor for a Mac or PC. Simply download the application and desktop software and you are ready to use your iPad as an additional monitor. The application uses WiFi or an Ad-Hoc network to establish a connection between the iPad and the computer.

Overall, I am very impressed with the quality of this application. You can choose to mirror or extend your desktop. I found that video played smoothly in WiFi and Ad-Hoc conditions. The touch-screen feature was an added bonus and also functioned beyond my expectations.

Creating the Ad-Hoc connection was simple. On a Mac click on the WiFi icon and select Create Network then join that network on your iPad! This means you can leverage duel monitors anywhere with your Macbook.

The desktop software is light and efficient. After installation you will notice a new icon in your system tray that you can use to connect to your iOS device and change your screen orientation.

The only feature that I would add to this application is the ability to connect more than one iOS device to your desktop. Luckily, most users don’t have two iPads and in my opinion the iPhone screen would be too small to leverage effectively.

I would like to note there are some compatibility issues with the 2008 and 2009 Macbook Pro Models. Please verify your desktop is compatible prior to purchase.

Air Display is priced at $9.99 on the App Store and I believe it is worth every penny.
Air Display and system tray menus

iPad using Air Display to act as a monitor, extending the Macbook desktop.

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One Response to “iOS App Review: Air Display”
  1. This is freaking sweet!

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