Review: Duet Display!
I call it “The most productive productivity app.” Duet is a simple app created by some of Apple’s ex-engineers to use an iOS device as an external display to a Mac, especially a Macbook.
I bought Duet recently as it was listed in the top productivity apps on the App Store. I’d heard a lot about it before: how it was the final solution to an external display for a MacBook. I was sure to try it.
And so it is.
Duet is a fairly simple app, with a very simple purpose. Many a times, MacBook screens are too small to perform multiple tasks at a time. The creators of the app took advantage of the power of the Mac to deliver a seamless external display performance; by using the wire. Duet engineers knew the disadvantages of using a Wifi display. They are too slow to use and aren’t portable.
Duet uses the 30-pin/ Lightning cable to connect an iOS device to the Mac, and using a driver, extends the Mac display in full Retina display quality at up to 60fps. If that didn’t impress, what about using your Mac with touch? Yes, Duet allows full touch control of the extended display: an all new way to interact with a Mac. Duet works not only with the iPad, but also with the iPhone; not only in landscape but also in portrait mode.
Duet is a really well built app overall, and is super easy to install and use. I haven’t had a single problem with the app and its Mac driver as of now, and don’t expect any either.
The only downside to this app is the heavy CPU usage on the Mac. On my MacBook Pro (Dual core i5 @2.6Ghz, 4GB RAM), the CPU usage goes up at least by 20% while using this app on energy efficient mode, 30fps. Otherwise usage is in the range of 30-50%, pretty heavy for lower spec Mac’s. Although this happens, there isn’t major lag of any sort, and the screen works perfectly fine.
So is it worth $15? Totally, depending on your requirements. If you are a blogger like me, or do graphic designing/art work, or even work with multiple apps at a time, this app is a charm.
Duet Display is currently selling at a 50% off ($7.99). So this would be the best time to buy it. Requirements include a Mac with OS X 10.9 and above, iOS Device with iOS 7 and above.
So would you buy something like this? Want to share an experience? Drop in your comments below! Keep Technonerding!
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duet-display/id935754064?mt=8