GeChic’s Portable Monitor for Your Smartphone: Clever, Clunky
GeChic’s On-Lap 1302 portable monitor for smartphones feels a bit like the latter, but we really hope it’s the former.
On the one hand, it’s a great idea to have a portable monitor to which you can connect your smartphone; not only does it give you a bigger screen, you can use the smartphone’s screen, as well. The On-Lap 1302 supports at least three different smartphones--the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy SII, and the HTC Sensation--although it follows that plenty more will work, as well, as long as they support MHL.
Check out the weirdly adorable video to see the On-Lap 1302 in action.
On the other hand, the monitor isn’t exactly a sizzling piece of hardware, with a 13-inch (1366x768 resolution) screen, 45-degree viewing angle, and a 16ms response time. Worse, it looks like a pain to set up and requires quite a few extras. In addition to the monitor and your smartphone, you’ll also need a 5V USB mobile battery to power the thing; an AV adapter (for the iPhone) or a MHL-to-HMDI adapter (for non-Apple phones); and an external audio devices, such as speakers or headphones, because the On-Lap 1302 doesn’t have built-in speakers yet. It also costs $229.99.
In other words, this seems like a troublesome gadget. Still, it’s a fun idea, and one that we hope sees continued development. Our eyes aren’t getting any younger, and we wouldn’t mind the extra large screen.