Review: Air Display for iPad: more screen real estate

Do you wish you had a bigger screen?

Or are you debating whether to get an 11-inch, 13-inch or 15-inch MacBook?

You may want to consider getting an iPad, if you haven’t already got one, and the low-cost Air Display app.

This app enables you to site the iPad to the right or left of your MacBook (or PC laptop for that matter) – and drag windows or palettes across to it.

In other words, if you’re buying a new MacBook, instead of getting a 15-inch model, you may consider getting an 11-inch MacBook Air and an iPad 2 and using them together with Air Display – at a combined price that could be less than a 15-inch model.

In my setup below, I have my iPad to the right of my 17-inch MacBook Pro, where I’m editing a post on one of my site, and I’ve dragged a Safari window to the iPad so I can see what the post looks like in a browser…


Equally you could put a Twitter feed on the iPad screen, your Mail app Message Viewer, palettes for a painting application, or whatever you want.

To get the Air Display app working you need to download a free application for your Mac, install it, and run it…

AirDisplay iPad 2

What if you don’t want to get an iPad?

Fair enough. What you could do is use any spare notebook or laptop you have to hand and use that as a separate display – so you can drag your Mac windows to, say, a PC laptop you put next to your new MacBook.

How do you do this? You use an application for the Mac called Screen Recycler. You connect the two computers together using a simple Ethernet cable. (You can get one of these very cheaply from ebay if you don’t have one to hand.)

You can download Screen Recycler for free to try it out. If you love it, you can buy it for a nominal fee.


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Christopher John Payne

Chris helps coaches, trainers and consultants to double or triple their net income by optimising their website, product funnel, pricing structure, and more. He lives just outside London, England. His main site is at

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