If you want to be truly productive, there will always be lots of people telling you that a multi-monitor setup is the only way to go. Even when using a large, 4K monitor there is something to be said for still using it in conjunction with a second screen, perhaps the one built into your Mac notebook. But if you don’t want to pick up a new display for the odd occasion you might need one, how about using an iPad that you already have lying around. Luna Display is a software and hardware solution that makes that possible, and it works surprisingly well.

After an initial, and hugely successful, Kickstarter campaign, Astro HQ is making Luna Display available to everyone, costing just shy of $80 over at lunadisplay.com.

Today Luna is available to the public for $79.99. Each purchase includes the Luna hardware unit (USB-C or Mini DisplayPort) along with access to the free Luna Display Mac and iPad apps.

For that $80, buyers will get a choice of either USB-C or Mini DisplayPort adapter that will plug into a Mac, with a free software download handling the receipt of the signal on an iPad. With that in place, users should be able to turn their iPad into a second monitor for their Mac, all with minimal lag and great image quality. We haven’t had a chance to test the Luna Display solution out ourselves as yet, but we’ve heard great things about it. There’s plenty to like about the points made on the Luna Display website, too.

  • Sets Up in Seconds: Simply plug Luna into your Mac, connect your devices to the same WiFi network, and launch the free app. Your Mac will automatically recognize your iPad as a second display.
  • Connects Over WiFi: Luna was designed to work wirelessly over your existing WiFi network. If WiFi is unavailable, connection over USB is also a reliable alternative.
  • Lightning Fast & Crystal Clear: Luna Display runs on our proprietary LIQUID Technology, which guarantees crystal clear image quality, reliable performance, and wireless flexibility.
  • Fully Apple Compatible: Luna acts as a complete extension to your Mac, with full support for external keyboards, Apple Pencil, and touch interactions. It literally turns your Mac into a touchable device.
  • Works with Astropad: Luna fully integrates with Astropad, our drawing software that turns the iPad into a graphics tablet for Mac.

That should tick most boxes for most people, so if you have a Mac from 2012 or later and an iPad with iOS 9.1 or later installed, this might be a great way of getting a portable second monitor set up.

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