A unique, portable monitor created by Nex sits on your MacBook or USB-C laptop screen to provide a second screen for more workspace, to keep an eye on important news and social media feeds, or to watch a video while you tweet or tidy up your inbox.
In addition to adding an extra screen, the height provides a better ergonomic angle for using your laptop on a desk or table. Ideally, a monitor should be placed at eye level. Portable external monitors that are flush with a laptop’s screen do not offer the same benefit.
The NexPad is a thin, lightweight external monitor that can be positioned to sit above your laptop’s built-in screen. The 12-inch 1080p touchscreen costs $249 and seems like an interesting way to expand your desktop vertically.
You may be wondering how your laptop hinge can support the extra weight of 1.6 pounds. Nex designed a clever magnetic kickstand that supports the angle of your laptop while bringing the NexPad screen closer to eye level. In theory, this sounds like a good solution, but we have no experience with it yet.
The NexPad is also compatible with some smartphones that allow a desktop mode. Samsung is the most notable with its Dex software. For the full list, check out Nex’s website.
The NexPad is powered by your laptop’s USB-C plug, so it will affect battery life. The monitor includes one mini-HDMI 2.0 port, two USB-C ports that use the USB 3.1 standard, and one USB-C port that uses the older 2.0 standard. The magnetic holder and kickstand are bundled at the $250 price, offering additional value.
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