Remember Razer’s Project Valerie, an insane concept laptop that came with three separate monitors? Yeah, that was awesome. It’s also so insane that they never bothered bringing it into production. Fortunately, you can now turn any laptop into your own Project Valerie with the Mobile Pixels Trio.
That’s right, your erstwhile regular laptop can now become a crazy three-monitor productivity machine, so you can write code on one screen, have a real-time test environment on another, and read a reference book on a third, so you can do serious multi-tasking on the road the same way you do in the office. Yes, you can also use one screen to watch YouTube, Netflix, or whatever else keeps your attention these days, so you can be just as distracted whenever you’re trying to get work done in your multi-monitor home setup.
The Mobile Pixels Trio consists of two cases with one monitor apiece that can slide out to either the left or the right, so it’s not that much different from the outfit’s Duex displays. Attach one case to the back of the laptop’s lid using the included magnetic adhesives, attach another using the clip system, plug each into a single USB slot, and you’re set. From there, you just pull out the two monitors and you go to work. The two USB connections handle both power and data for each display, so you won’t be bogged down by a gaggle of cables, allowing you to work while retaining a pretty streamlined setup. Do note, the monitors require custom drivers, so you’ll have to install that the first time you put this thing to work.
Both left and right monitors are hinged, allowing them to rotate an impressive 270-degrees, so you can configure them for different applications. And, yes, it’s pretty big, essentially doubling (in some cases, tripling) the thickness of your laptop. Considering how thin laptops are these days, though, that still leaves your ensemble pretty manageable, so you shouldn’t mind bringing this setup along with you every single day.
The Mobile Pixels Trio comes in two variants: standard and Pro. The former comes with two 12.5-inch monitors and measures 12.6 x 8.6 x 0.9 inches (width x height x thickness), while the latter comes with two 14-inch displays and measures 14 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches. All the displays have 1080p resolution and adjustable brightness, so these should perform reasonably well for any kind of multi-tasking work you need to perform. It’s compatible with any laptop running Windows, OS X, Linux, Chrome, and even Android, so you can use this for pretty much any OS of your liking.
Aside from being mounted onto your laptop, the monitors can be used as standalone devices. You can, for instance, mount one onto the lid, while using another one on its own in portrait mode, along with any other configuration you want to put together. Do note, plugging two monitors on your laptop will drain that battery like crazy, so make sure you’ve got someplace to plug in, unless you want to stop working after a very brief length of time.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Mobile Pixels Trio. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at $349.