What you need to know
- The TRIO provides a dual or triple-screen setup for your laptop.
- The device is now on Kickstarter.
- The TRIO is the successor to the DUEX, which provided a dual-screen setup for laptops.
MobilePixels launched the TRIO on Kickstarter, a multi-monitor setup you can add to your laptop. The TRIO supports either dual or triple-screen setups and attaches the additional displays to the back of your laptop using magnets. The TRIO is available in 12.5-inch and 14-inch models. The displays are 1080p and work with Windows, Chrome, Android, Mac, and Linux.
The makers of the TRIO point out that adding multiple monitors improves productivity and multitasking. The TRIO also works with existing laptops instead of requiring users to purchase a new laptop with multiple screens.
The TRIO can be used with a monitor on each side of your laptop, with a monitor in portrait mode, or with monitors flipped around away from you for presentations. The TRIO requires a USB cable to connect to a laptop, which is included with the device.
MobilePixels isn't the only company to explore multiple displays on laptops. Back at CES 2017, Razer showed off a laptop with three 17-inch 4K displays. The device was codenamed Project Valarie. The device never made it to market, though someone did steal a couple as reported by Wired.
Several backing options have already sold out and are not available. The least expensive option currently available is $189 to receive a dual-screen setup with a 12.5-inch display. The most affordable triple-screen setup is $209, which comes with two 14-inch displays.
As with all Kickstarter campaigns, you should do your due diligence before investing.
The TRIO provides a dual or triple-screen setup for laptops. It attaches to your device with magnets and can be used in a variety of modes.
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I think I'm more into the PreCog (Asus), YogaBook & Thinkpad X1 (Lenovo), Surface Centaurus (MS) approach, but hey nice to see ppl innovating again. This approach only shows that Microsoft's recent fascination with multiple screen laptops is sound. There's obviously interest.
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