Air Display for Android + Toshiba Excite 13 = Mobile Productivity

Switching to a single monitor is one of the biggest productivity killers for me, but with Air Display I don’t have to settle for a single monitor while working on the go.

I’ve used Air Display with the iPad, but with the arrival of the Toshiba Excite 13 , a 13-inch Android 4.0 tablet with a 1600 x 900 resolution I couldn’t resist leaving the house to test it out.

I spent this afternoon working in a local coffee shop with the Excite 13 as a second monitor for chat and web pages. It proved invaluable while I was on a Google Hangout with Xavier and wanted to look up additional information and stay in touch with the rest of our team.

Air Display for Android - Toshiba Excite 13

Air Display is a $5 Android app that turns tablets into a second monitor. The service works on Mac or PC and is perfect for chat windows, email and browsers. I wouldn’t recommend it for movies, but for mostly static content it works great.


The experience is even better on the Toshiba Excite 13 because it offers a huge second display. The 1600 x 900 resolution is really amazing on the tablet, and super useful when you use it as a second display.

I am using Air Display and the Toshiba Excite 13 to monitor site stats and as a monitor for messages on the Mac.

This solution is nicer than a USB powered second display in my opinion because it can act as a tablet when it is not in use as a monitor and it is much more portable than the second monitor Kevin Purcell reviewed at recently.

Have you turned your tablet into a 2nd display? How do you like it?

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]


  1. This is definitely a good idea for a tablet as big as Excite 13, especially when its size almost matches the A4-sized paper. It will make an excellent document viewer, ebook reader.

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