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Not using your tablet as often as you would like? Turn it into a second display
It’s always handy to have a second screen for your laptop or computer, and using your tablet is an inexpensive way of doing this.

TABLETS ARE HANDY devices. They can be used for quick access to apps, services and other features, but some of its features can be made redundant if you’re regularly using your computer or laptop instead.

If so, then how about turning it into a second display for your computer? There are many benefits to having another screen to work with and your tablet isn’t getting much use, then it can certainly come in handy.

While there are a number of services out there which allow this, the most consistent and easiest service to set up would be Air Display, which works on both iPad and Android tablets. It costs €9 to download mind so it’s a tad pricey, but the features you get are worth it.

Provided you have a good WiFi connection – how smooth it is really depends on both that and your tablet - you can interact with anything placed on your tablet screen using your finger.

As long as what you’re placing there is relatively easy to see (using the second screen to place toolbars and settings for a programme like Photoshop is a good example), it will free up some space on your main screen, allowing you to concentrate on whatever it is you’re doing.

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative for Android, then iDisplay has a version which costs €3.49 on Google Play.

Similar to Air Display, it works on PC and Mac and is available on iOS (main iPad version costs €8.99, while the mini version for iPhone costs €0.89), and it offers roughly the same functionality as its rival, and apart from Air Display being a slightly smoother experience, there’s very little to separate the two.

It’s unlikely you will use either one all the time, but at the very least, it will breathe some life in a tablet that’s probably just sitting on the table anyway.

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