When we geeks are at our desks, we have a second or even third screen that lets us keep a ton of windows open. However, when we hit the road, we’re stuck staring at just one desktop.
A portable monitor with DisplayLink technology is light enough to fit in our bags and flexible enough to send its video signal directly over our notebook’s USB port so we can have a second screen wherever we go. And even if the geek on your list already has one, it can be daisy chained together with your gift to provide a portable three screen setup.
Though there are more than half a dozen portable USB displays on the market, two stand out: the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 ($199), which is completely bus powered and has a very sturdy kickstand, and the 15.6-inch Monitor2Go, which provides a 1600 x 900 resolution display and the ability to mirror your iPad’s screen.