Desklab’s 4K touchscreen monitor is both a second screen for productivity and a ‘tablet for travel’

Can an on-the-go entertainment device and a second screen for home and office use be rolled into a single device? Desklab thinks so, and with it’s new 4K touchscreen portable monitor they may be onto something.

A second 4K screen at home or in the office

Second displays make office and creative work of all types easier. The freedom that the extra space gives you to have more documents open at a time means that once people try working with a second screen few go back. However, many people are put off with the expense of a second screen when they don’t necessarily need it to get their work done, and by the nightmare of setting up a second screen in years gone by.

The Desklab touchscreen makes setting up a second screen a breeze – you just need to plug in a USB-C or mini-HDMI cable and you are ready to go – and with it being a touchscreen it is much more useful than the traditional standard display most people use for a second screen.

Turns your smartphone into a 15″ tablet on the go

Tablets may have felt like the future back when the original iPad was released over a decade ago, but the reality is that many people only use their tablets for watching Netflix on the go or swiping through the news and social media and running an entirely separate device for these simple tasks is a waste.

Instead of buying a completely separate device, Desklab hopes that people will prefer a thinner and lighter second device that lacks the CPU, memory, and other elements that would make it a tablet on its own. Instead, the Desklab monitor uses your current smartphone as its “brains” lends it a desktop interface, which makes watching films or TV shows a much more pleasurable experience.

The DLAB also includes a headphone jack, which is no longer a given on smartphones, as well as built-in speakers, so if you are in a private room then you do not need to rely on headphones to watch the latest Insta Stories or YouTube clips.

The best of both worlds?

When a company tries to combine two devices, it is not always a success but with the current prices of the Desklab 4K touchscreen it is difficult to argue about the proposition. A good tablet alone can cost the same if not more, but with this you get a great easy-to-use 15″ second screen at home, a better and brighter screen than almost any tablet that can make enjoying Netflix or iPlayer on the go a much better experience than squinting at your phone.

Would a full tablet be a better option? It’s doubtful. There are no decent 15″ tablets on the market at the moment and if one were to exist it would also need to be a fair bit heavier if such a device did exist to pack in all the internals. Indeed, the Desklab monitor is 50% larger than an iPad but 15% lighter.

Rather than try and compete with you phone but with a larger display, the monitor connects to your phone via USB-C and lets you watch films, swipe through social media, or edit documents via the touchscreen. No more fat fingers making editing Excel on the go a problem, the DLAB manages to be a better alternative to a tablet for many people. Moreover, as it’s not a full smart device like a phone or tablet, there’s no need to grumble about the lack of updates that come to Android tablets (here’s looking at you Asus and Lenovo).

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Tech specs

  • Screen Type: IPS
  • Weight: 725 grams
  • Width: 3.5 mm (0.14 inch)
  • Resolution: 4K (UHD)
  • Panel Size: 15.6”
  • Response Time: 20 ms
  • Luminance: 400 cd/m2
  • Ports: Type-C / mini HDMI / Micro-USB
  • Color Range: 16.7 M
  • Viewing Angle: 178°
  • Contrast Ratio: 1200:1




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