Portable displays have been available for a while, but they used to be fairly heavy, as for example, Gechic On-Lap Monitor 2501M 15.6″ portable monitor weighted 1.3 kg with cover. However in recent times, we’ve seen several such products – LAPSCREEN and DUO Add-on Display – launched with lighter designs, and the advance as USB type-C and power delivery make those even more attractive since a single cable can be used to transfer video, and power both the display and the host device.
TAIHE Gemini is yet another option, but at 15.6″ is larger than the two aforementioned products, it is equipped with its own battery and kickstand, and comes in two variants with either 1920×1080 Full HD or 3840×2160 (4K UHD) resolution.
TAIHE Gemini FHD & UHD portable displays specifications:
- Gemini FHD – 15.6″ 10-point touchscreen IPS display with 1920×1080 resolution, 15ms response time, 180° kickstand
- Gemini UHD – 15.6″ IPS display with 3840×2160 resolution, 14ms response time, 180° kickstand
- Audio – Dual speakers
- Gemini FHD – 2x mini HDMI ports, USB type-C port, 2x micro USB ports
- Gemini UHD – HDMI port, mini DP port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, USB type-C port
- Battery – 5,000 mAh good for about 5 hours
- Gemini FHD – 8 mm
- Gemini UHD – 10 mm
- Weight – ~900 grams
The diagram below shows the ports for both models. The USB 2.0 ports of the UHD model will be upgraded to USB 3.0 at launch since the stretch goal was met.
The display is meant to be used with laptops in either landscape or portrait mode, but you can also connect your smartphone, Xbox, PS4, or Nintendo Switch to play games on a larger screen, or turn Android phone into a desktop computer. Note that only Gemini FHD comes with a touchscreen, and Gemini UHD is non-touch.
TAIHE Gemini has just launched on Kickstarter with a $10,000 funding target. But the demand for the display has been great so far, with close to $500,000 raised from around 1,700 backers at the time of writing. You can now pledge $189 to get an early bird Gemini FHD touchscreen display, and $299 for the Gemini UHD display. Adding $15 will get you a sleeve to safely store your display. Shipping adds $25 worldwide, and you should be expecting your reward(s) around May 2019.