What to do when your laptop screen is not enough?

In the past, and still in the present for many, DJs had to worry about how to access all the information on their laptops… At least for those who use them during live gigs. Often when you’re out with your mobile setup, you’re restricted to whatever information you can cram onto the screen.

Take my laptop for instance. I’ve got a Toshiba Satellite (S855). I’m not here to tote the specs of the laptop or argue Windows vs Apple. That argument has been had time and time again, and if you really want to get into that discussion, just leave a comment and we can “discuss” there 😛

On my laptop, the screen resolution is a measly 1366×768. So I’ve always had to be… creative in how I use my layouts in dj software and production software. The obvious solution was to simply get another monitor, but I wanted to avoid having yet another power plug to plug into a power strip so I began looking around for alternatives.

After a bit of digging, voila! You’ll have to excuse the mess, I’m re-organizing my office/studio space sooooo yeah. Sorry about that.

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Enter the AOC e1659Fwu 16-Inch Ultra Slim monitor. Now, you may be wondering “Hey, didn’t you just say you didn’t want to plug in another monitor??” You are absolutely correct! That’s the joy about this bad boy! I wanted something that could run off of USB/HDMI combined or something to that effect. This monitor runs completely off of the USB 3.0 port. One cord. Using the latest displaylink driver it not only provides an additional 1366×768 of screen real estate, that screen can sit on any of the edges and the screen will flip to fit. It’s got a built-in stand and comes with it’s own carrying case. So I can simply unplug it, put it in the case, and put it in my flight case. Easy-peasy lemon-squeezy.

There are days when I’m thankful to have lived the 40 years that I have. I’ve watched technology progress so far during that time. Thank God we’re not all still stuck with the old CRT monitors. shudder

Anywho, if you’re looking for more screen real-estate for your portable setup, I suggest giving this a go. There are multiple versions and a couple of companies putting these things out from what I saw. AOC after reading the reviews etc seemed like the choice for me, so I wanted to share with yall.