QUOTE OF DAY:
“Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.” ~ Daniel Bell
WHAT IS LUNA DISPLAY?
Luna Display is a tiny and portable adapter, so small that one can barely notice it. Astro HQ’s Luna Display software’s new version helps to enhance the latency and screen refresh rate, therefore allows iPad to function as an external screen for Mac.
Astro HQ wrote in an official blog post, “The all new LIQUID Video Engine brings significantly reduced latency and a faster screen refresh rate. You’ll notice smoother display interactions, especially over USB and strong Wi-Fi connections.”
IS IT WORTH THE BUY?
Luna Display Hardware is available for USD 79.99. However, Duet Display, a rival software which could turn iPad into the second screen for Mac, only costs USD 19.99. The third option is Air Display 3 available for USD 9.99.
Given the price, Luna Display needs to be exceptional to stand out. According to Astro HQ, its “LIQUID is able to run at a consistent 60FPS on both Wi-Fi and USB. Air Display and Duet Display, on the other hand, ran at slightly less than 60FPS on USB, and significantly less than 60FPS on Wi-Fi.”
When competed on quality standards, Luna Display wins the competition. As it has the lowest latency. Latency is a delay between the main display & secondary screen.
The latency of Luna Display’s LIQUID Video Engine versus Air Display & Duet Display. The Shorter the bar, the better the product.
If content can be shown on a standard second screen, then it can be displayed on an iPad using Luna Display. Moreover, it has a touchscreen & Apple Pencil is supported. You can also use external keyboards.
WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR IT WORK?
To work in sync both, iPad and Mac have to be on same speedy Wi-Fi network. Also, you need to run an iOS app to maintain the connection. The product is available in two versions, one for older models with Mini DisplayPort and other one is for newer Mac with USB-C.