For people who are always on the move, having a secondary display is among the top priorities. It increases your primary device’s screen real estate and makes handling lots of apps and windows much more convenient.
In other words, a secondary display makes multi-tasking a breeze.
However, many people don’t like external screens that use wires (such as USB cables), as they create a mess.
All they want is a wireless secondary display that connects through the Wi-Fi and removes the need for wires.
Unfortunately, these kinds of devices often bring lag, a downgrade of image quality, as well as the inconsistent connection.
This is about to change. The guys and girls from the Astro HQ are attempting to alter the rules of the game with their newest Kickstarter project – the Luna Display.
Luna Display is, actually, just a tiny little dongle, smaller than average thumbnail, which you can plug into your modern Mac computer.
It connects to the app that you have installed on your iPad, using the Wi-Fi network, and allows you to use the tablet as your secondary screen.
Neat, isn’t it?
One thing that makes Luna Display really interesting is that it was created by people who created the Astropad.
This app had a very similar concept to that of the Luna Display, only without the dongle.
Unlike many other apps on the App Store, this one wasn’t laggy or buggy, having an excellent execution and the ease of operation. This only makes me even more excited for the Luna Display, as Astro team definitely knows what they’re doing.
Join me, and let’s take a look at the main features of this innovative device!
Features of Luna Display
I have to say that I’m pretty impressed by the device’s design.
The small dongle has a very minimalistic look, having that crystal-shaped design we all know and like.
The casing sports a bright orange color, and it’s certain to attract the attention of everyone in your surroundings.
It can be plugged into your computer’s USB-C, USB 3.0, or the Mini DisplayPort (there will be several models available).
Once connected, it will work with the appropriate app on your iPad, connecting the two devices through the Wi-Fi network and allowing the data transfer between them.
Image Credit: KickStarter.com
Why the dongle? – You might be asking.
Other applications (including the above-mentioned Astropad, made by the same company) were able to extend the screen real estate using the Wi-Fi connection too
The reason behind it is, actually, very simple. In this way, Luna Display is able to access the graphics card of your computer. It can tap into the hardware’s graphics acceleration power, thus delivering the benefits that the software solutions simply can’t match.
This allows high-quality image during the multi-tasking, with reliability that makes the whole process far better than ever before.
The main competitor of the Luna Display is Duet Display, and I can already safely say that Luna offers better visual quality (although the Duet Display is still quite a good solution).
And the craziest thing here is that it, unlike the Duet Display, it doesn’t require a wired connection in order to work!
Here you can read an article which compares these two products.
The visual fidelity is next to stunning, especially when you consider that the whole thing is working with the untethered connection.
There were some minor pixilation issues reported when watching video content or moved windows.
Fortunately, this issue isn’t bad enough to affect the overall experience.
After all, this is still a beta version of the final product, and I’m convinced that the final release will make things even smoother.
If we put these minor visual issues aside, I can say that the Luna Display has an excellent performance when it comes to interaction and touch response.
That’s precisely the thing that the Apple users, especially those interested in touchscreen notebooks, have been searching for, ever since it became a standard on the PCs.
Apple Pencil, scrolling, and pinching to zoom are all supported here, and, in my opinion, work flawlessly. They certainly work better than I expected them to work!
And one of the best things here is that some features of the Astropad app, intended for the graphics professionals, will also be usable through the Luna Display with time.
Image Credit: TechCrunch.com
One thing worth mentioning is the fact that the Luna Display will work much better at your home’s Wi-Fi network than on the public wireless networks.
When used at home, in the room with a router, the Luna Display performance was far better compared to its performance in local Starbucks for example. Hopefully, the final version will make using the Luna Display at least a little bit better in the crowded areas.
Luna Display will work with any modern Mac computers and iPads.
- Requires a computer running macOS 10.10 or Yosemite
For optimal performance, the manufacturer recommends Mac Pro (2013), iMac (2012), Mac mini (2012), MacBook Pro (2012), and MacBook Air (2012), as well as the later versions.
- Requires an iPad running iOS 9.1
For optimal performance, the manufacturer recommends iPad 2, iPad Mini, and iPad Pro, as well as the later versions.
In my opinion, this device can be a real life-saver if you’re traveling a lot and need a functional secondary display. The fact that you can use it wirelessly is a real game changer, and I can’t wait to try out the final version.
Don’t get me wrong – it’s already the best solution in terms of external displays I’ve ever seen!
- The Verge: Luna turns your iPad into a wireless Mac display
- Astropad: Using Astropad and Luna Display Together
- iPhoneFirmware: Astro HQ’s Kickstarter for Mac/iPad 2nd display solution fully funded in first few hours
- iMore: Astropad Studio vs Duet Pro: Which second-screen drawing tablet for iPad Pro reigns supreme?