Tell me if this sounds familiar to you–you’re working on your laptop and you wish you had just a little more real-estate on your screen. Having another window open can go a long way unmaking you more productive. Maybe it’s your email–maybe you are a heavy Twitter user, and you like to keep the app open and active, or perhaps you want the extra screen for a FaceTime or Skype call. Whatever the reason, there aren’t too many functional and affordable options out there to choose from.
While searching for options, I came accross the Mountie from the folks at Ten 1 design. Not only was it pretty much exactly what I was looking for, but the minimalistic design and affordable price tag were icing on the cake. Available in both green and blue, the Mountie offers a convenient and easy way to add an additional monitor to your MacBook or PC without adding unwanted bulk to your set-up.
The Mountie is made out of plastic that is lined with rubber grips that are interchangeable depending on the thickness of the device you are attaching to your computer. Each rubber insert is labeled with a letter that is suggested for a particular device (iPad, iPhone, etc). These are just suggestions, though. Your device might have a case or skin installed that changes the thickness. No worries, you can just swap out the rubber inserts until you find the best fir for your device. In addition, there are also smaller adhesive tabs that can be added to create the perfect fit.
Installing the Mountie is extremely easy. After you have picked the appropriate insert for your Computer, line up the stem of the “T” along side the top portion of the screen, and close the clamp to anchor it to your computer. Next, insert the edge of your supporting device (iPad, iPhone, etc) into the opposite side and clamp the colored portion of the Mountie until it is securely closed. Once installed, you now have a very secure dual monitor set-up that provides a second screen for video, email, or whatever else you see fit.
Best of all, the Mountie provides a stable set-up to use with monitor sharing apps like duet display and Air Display. Or, if you don’t mind going back and forth between typing on your Mac or PC and manually touching your iPad/iPhone there is no need to purchase any additional software. The Mountie works great by itself, and sells for only $24.95/each.