a little extremely rare that we talk gadgets around here but my own needs sent me on a search the other day seeking more output from my mobile devices (not to mention LTRO / Bernanke overload is making my head swell). With a 13″ MacBook Air as my general purpose “hit the road” computer, I've already experienced more than enough instances where I've needed more screen real estate. After looking around for portable monitors, I kept on hitting the same roadblock: USB 2.0 connections, which I know from experience creates nothing but lag, drag and a lot of angst on my behalf. And then I found the MMT Field Monitor, which has more than enough connections to suit my needs and is probably one the most unique-looking monitors I have ever even come across.
They are making 2 versions: the first (pictured above) contains a num-pad that many compact laptops lack. When at my desktop, I know that can't get by without my numpad, so having it as an added option is obviously something I would use. My only concern with this is whether or not i have to use the USB display port in order to tether it and actually use it. I use an adapter that connects Thunderbolt to HDMI (or DVI, VGA should I choose) on additional monitors, so I have speed as a readily-available option, which I don't want to sacrifice.
The second version of the monitor comes with an iPad docking station, where you literally plop the iPad right into the device and it will clone the screen. I can see this being helpful for a slew of entertainment purposes, but not much else. Either way, both support connectivity from mobile devices, so if you're on an airplane and want to see what's on your iPhone in full-view, this guy will let you do it.