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Hey guys, got an interesting question (at least for me). I know that most tablets have some sort of a video/audio out function, where you can hook it up to a monitor and use that for viewing.

I want to know if you can do something similar but different.

I'd be interested in hooking up a tablet PC, and making it work as an additional monitor for my laptop (for artwork and stuff). Is that doable? Or is it easier to buy a device dedicated for that? As this is theoretical (I'm doing my research), the OS does not matter.


asked Oct 04 '12 at 08:59

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edited Oct 05 '12 at 15:37

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There is an app called Air Display (from App Store), that allows you to use the iPad as a display for a Mac or PC. SoldierKnowsBest on YouTube did a review of it

answered Oct 06 '12 at 11:13

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it should be possible but I cant seem to find any apps for it.

though I do have concerns with doing it with a modern tablet as they use low cost IPS panels that are fast to get burn-in's

Other than that concern I don't see why it cant be done, I was done years ago with windows mobile

http://www.zoneos.com/zonescreen.htm (does not work with android or ios, but hopefully someone will make a similar app) alt text

answered Oct 04 '12 at 11:54

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edited Oct 04 '12 at 11:57

Well, it can either be done mechanically or via some sort of an app.

(Oct 04 '12 at 11:56) VaidasB VaidasB's gravatar image

Not sure if the display of a tablet can be directly connected since pinouts for the displays vary across devices and have no standards like with computer monitors almost all using dvi, vga or HDMI

(Oct 04 '12 at 11:59) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

hmm it seems there is a paid app, but I cant find anything free


the paid app also has many bad reviews.

if your tablet uses a IPS display, i highly advise against doing this as lower end IPS panels are far less able to handle static images, (eg pulling up a window or anything with contrasty static elements)

If you look at a mobile OS UI such as the ipad, you will see that the static elements avoid using anything that is high contrast for the status bar, and you will see that type of styling when it comes to contrast and color on android and webOS.

(Oct 04 '12 at 12:00) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

Maybe this would help. I basically want to use some sort of a HD screen to draw on via powerful tools like Photoshop. Maybe some sort of a Frankenstein build (laptop monitor, switch, controller) would do?

(Oct 04 '12 at 12:24) VaidasB VaidasB's gravatar image

for drawing you are better off getting a wacom tablet. the digitizer on a tablet does not offer anywhere near enough accuracy for use with detail work using a program such as photoshop.

(Oct 04 '12 at 12:36) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image
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