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Lawyers, Double Your Screens With One Simple, Cheap App

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By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on September 19, 2016 3:58 PM

Smart lawyers use two computer monitors. A second screen is one of the few plug-and-play tech additions you can get that will really improve your productivity and ease of work, almost instantly. With two displays, you can draft a letter on the screen on the left while looking at client notes on the right, edit a document on one screen while reviewing research on another, or just stream Netflix on one screen while working late on the other. After a few days of using dual screens, going back to one will make you feel like a chump.

But if you're on the run, you're usually out of luck, trapped by your laptop or tablet's single screen. Thankfully, someone has come up with a simple, ingenious solution.

Simple Dual Display With Duet Display

Once an indulgence for geeks, dual displays are becoming standard office hardware, with more and more legal professionals are spending their day behind a wall of screens. But if you're travelling for business you're deprived of the many benefits of many screens. After all, you can't drag a second monitor to your hotel room or coffee shop.

Except, you probably already have a second screen on you: your phone or tablet. Now you can make that screen work as an actual computer screen, thanks to Duet Display.

Duet Display is a simple app that lets you convert your iPad or iPhone into another monitor for your laptop. Just start the app on your tablet or phone, then use a USB cord to connect to your computer and voila, you've got a second screen instantly.

Is That a Computer Screen in Your Pocket?

Now, Duet Display isn't as good as having two hulking monitors to work on, of course. You're going to be limited by the size and functionality of your iPad and iPhone. That can mean a little bit of squinting. But if you need to reference one document while working on another, or copy and paste across screens, or just have your email visible while browsing the internet, well, Duet Display is great for that.

For just $19.99, it's a pretty good deal. There is one catch though. While Duet Display can be connected to both Mac and PC computers, it can only be run from iPads and iPhones, meaning that those of you with Android phones or Windows tablets are out of luck for the moment.

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