Air Display – app review

Air Display - app review

Today I have done a small test of the $9.99 app ‘Air Display’. The whole purpose with the app is using your iPad (or your iPhone) as a second screen. It’s a neat idea and an app I tried earlier (iDisplay) failed miserably so it was nice to find this app a whole lot more usable. Review and video inside.

The setup is pretty easy but you have to install an app in both your computer and your iPad (and your iPhone if you like to use that one as well). Since you buy the app in the iTunes store you can install it on both your units without having to pay two times – just download it using the same account.

You have to reboot your computer to get going but the installation and download only took a few minutes. And this is what you get after the reboot. A neat and tidy configuration menu:
Air Display - app review

Just start the app on your iPad and select the unit in the dropdown in your computer. And yes, both your computer and your iPad have to be using the same WiFi network.

Since the app basically creates a virtual screen on your computer and then stream the ‘movie’ over to your iPad it’s not the same thing as connecting a real second monitor to your computer. There is lag involved and if you do a lot of changes on your screen it might get black for a second or two and you’ll also get some artifacts before the stream is up to date with the new screen information.

It works lovely for purposes that aren’t using intensive or require fast screen updates. Having your desktop Twitter app on the side works like a charm and having your mail or any other web app also works great. Playing clips from YouTube is another story and as you can see in the video below there is a bit of lag involved. Switching between the iPhone and the iPad is quite easy though and it only takes a few seconds and then you get the display up on your iPhone instead.

I was close to giving this app a ‘Fosfor Recommends’ but since it is quite expensive (well, 10 bucks for an extra screen can be considered cheap as well) and since it doesn’t work perfectly (and most probably won’t ever due to WiFi bandwidth), I won’t. I still think it’s a good buy but expect some lag! This one is waaay better than iDisplay though.

Oh, and here’s the video where you can see how much lag there is:

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24 Responses to Air Display – app review

  1. Mikael Svärdh says:

    I can confirm that it works lovely with two external screens (one standard external display and the iPad running Air Display).

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  5. Andrew says:

    Have to say – the team here at Twelve South loves Air Display (and not just because our BookArc is their official iPad Stand :). You nailed it on the head though – you get an extra – WIRELESS – TOUCH SCREEN – 2nd monitor for your Mac for $10 bucks! If you step out of the .99 App Store world for a sec – $10 is an amazing price for this kind of function and product. It’s also a great thing to do with your iPad as it sits next to your Mac. I highly recommend it. What stand you use with it is up to you but we have our favorites there too ;)

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  13. Friendlink says:
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    From the PC perspective, if you install the independent video card (of course, some integrated graphics also support), then the general support 2 at most a display, that is, the back of the video card more than two interface, old graphics CARDS are generally VGA + DVI, new video card is generally double DVI or, when you connect the two or DuoGe display, through the display Settings after can let two sets display shows the same content or extensions shows, let our desktop space more vast..

  14. Friendlink says:
    Air Display is actually the IPAD into a Display, simulation in the Display Settings didn’t see it. Through the Air Display to set the PC, so as to achieve similar on the video card Display effect. Let your PC or MAC out a display, because the IPAD without cable connection mode, have to use Wifi, effect is not too smart, after all our displays are use DVI or VGA interfaces to link.

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    A wireless router (support 802.11 N better effect, not the measured) (IPAD can connect to Wifi)
    A PC (can be wired or wireless connection your routing, also can simple understanding into this PC through your wireless routing Internet also into)
    A IPAD
    To prepare software:
    Air Display, from a blog post I downloaded 1.2 it. The latest version. Download RAR bag loose after two files.
    One is the Air Display * * * * * *. Ipa the needless to say, the IPad application.
    Another AirDisplay_Setup. This is the supporting exe, PC end applications.

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    3, on a PC set fire q1an9, let the IPad connected PC without being blocked on fire q1an9 Settings, saying more than Google,……..

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