Duet dis­play

Alan mar­vels at max­imis­ing the pix­els on his mo­bile desk­top

Mac Format - - RATED -

Duet Dis­play (£11.99, duet­dis­play.com) turns your iOS de­vice into a sec­ondary dis­play for your Mac. You only have to in­stall its Mac and iOS apps and then con­nect the two de­vices us­ing a USB ca­ble. We’ve tried it out be­fore with a 9.7‑inch iPad, but it’s only since we got our hands on the iPad Pro that we’ve really fallen in love with it.

That par­tic­u­lar iPad’s screen size gives you a fairly large sec­ondary dis­play on which to place some win­dows, rather than hav­ing to de­pend on Mis­sion Con­trol to jug­gle apps on a MacBook’s screen when you’re away from your desk. Rather than us­ing the iPad Pro’s screen res­o­lu­tion to its full ef­fect, we’ve set Duet Dis­play to ren­der at the non-Retina res­o­lu­tion of 1366x1024 pix­els (half as many pix­els in height and width). How­ever, the iPad Pro’s ex­tra inches of screen over a 9.7-inch iPad makes a dif­fer­ence in com­fort.

Duet Dis­play lets you in­ter­act with the Mac desk­top us­ing your fin­gers, and Split View is sup­ported on the iOS side (though we en­coun­tered a dis­play glitch). Even so, we’re de­lighted with it as a way to turn an iPad Pro into a prac­ti­cal en­hance­ment for a MacBook.

An iPad Pro and a 15-inch MacBook Pro com­bine to give you over 6.5 mil­lion pix­els of desk­top space.

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