There are a lot of benefits to using a laptop, especially for work, but the obvious downside (aside from possible battery woes) is that you only have the one screen to work with. And if you want more room you have to keep plugging in an external monitor. Well not anymore, with Slidenjoy's handy contraption Le Slide.
If you love your laptop, need extra screen space and hate external monitors, this might be worth investing in. Slidenjoy has developed two IPS screens that attach to the back of a laptop, any laptop, and fold out to provide extra room to work with. There's 180 degrees of manoeuvrability so the extra displays can be angled according to whatever it is you're doing.
The best part is that it's powered by USB, so all you need to do is plug it in to get going. It connects to USB C, 3, and 2, though the latter will need two ports to function correctly. C and 3 will work with a single port, and all the necessary cables are inside the box. Once you've got the screen attached to the back of your laptop, all you need to do it plug it in and you're good to go.
Le Slide is available in 13", 15", and 17" configurations, made from a variety of materials in different colours. It's compatible with Windows and Mac, utilises Displaylink technology to work seamlessly with your machine, offers Full HD resolution, and sticks to the back of your laptop with magnetic pads. It does weigh 1.2-1.8 kilos (depending on the model), but an extra kickstand is there to make sure you have the right support.
It might seem a bit of a burden lugging around two extra screens that weigh an additional 1.2-1.8 kilos, especially when your laptop is already a bit top heavy like mine. The fact that it steals 30-50 per cent of your laptop's battery might also be a dealbreaker, especially if you're fond of working away from power sockets.
The real downside is that the cheapest configuration costs €349, which converts to about £308. Even though that's €100 off the 'official price' it's a lot to spend on what some might see as an impulse purchase, but if you're the kind of person who works best with multiple displays but prefers the mobility of a laptop, it's worth thinking about.
You also need to pay a deposit, which ranges from €60-€150 (£53-£133) depending on which of the three models you get. They seem to be available now, though, so you shouldn't have to wait long for it to arrive. [Slidenjoy via The Next Web]