Ananta USB-C portable display overview. Work from home combat station
Working from home (which many of us have had to do in the last few months, whether we like it or not) can be more effective than being in the office, provided you have a comfortable and functional place to work inside your home. Unfortunately, for many who are suddenly thrown into this situation, the best place for them to work is on a small table.
If you’re used to working on a desktop on a large monitor, doing the same thing on a desktop laptop can be frustrating. And since you also don’t have to use this area for other activities when you’re not working, it may not be possible to install a traditional monitor or desktop there.
A portable, USB-C monitor can be the right way to upgrade your laptop to a dining room office only. You can install it in seconds, it is connected to your computer with a single cable, and when you have finished the day, you can close it as fast as you close your laptop, allowing you to return the space to another use.
For the past two weeks, I’ve been testing the Ananta, a 17.3-inch, 1080p portable touch screen monitor. It is a plug-and-play with modern laptops. Just plug the included USB-C cable into your laptop’s: screen. Your computer must immediately recognize the monitor and turn it on. It then provides you with a large second screen, which is probably larger than the screen on your laptop.
Ananta can also be used as a display for many other devices, including the Nintendo Switch, Raspberry Pi, Blu-ray player, or even a desktop computer, although some of them need to be connected via HDMI. If you have a recent Huawei or Samsung phone, you can use it to access the appropriate desktop modes. Ananta comes with a magnetic case that acts as a kickback, weighs about 2.4 pounds, and at its thinnest point is six millimeters thick. It’s as portable as the 17.3-inch screen.
Joining Surface Laptop 3, the big screen of Ananta completely changed my workflow, allowing me to extend my windows to much more real estate screens than before. Instead of crashing into virtual desktops, I was always able to talk through my windows and the browser was visible. During Apple’s last major WWDC report, I was able to watch Antana live while I was working with my teammates on Laptop 3’s main show.
There are attempts to use a large, bright USB-C display with your laptop. The expiration date of the battery is obvious. Ananta made my laptop’s battery dry about twice as fast as normal. Fortunately, there are two USB-C ports on the Ananta (plus HDMI, USB-A port: 3.5mm headphone jack) that allow you to use the transition charger. Connect a powerful enough charger to a port and it will work on both the secondary screen and your computer. I was able to use a 45 watt charger on both the screen and my laptop, but it won’t work with a 60 watt or 100 watt bank, so your mileage may be different.
The other question is audio: Anta has two speakers with her, but they seem pretty awful. It’s best to use native speakers on your laptop for sound.
Ananta’s touch functionality sets it apart from many other available USB-C displays, and it even comes with an easy-to-feel styling for doodling or typing on the screen. (It’s also compatible with Microsoft’s Surface Pen.) The functionality of touching the hand meant that I could just tap something on the screen instead of trying to move my mouse cursor to the seemingly current miles. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the touch feature to work with a Mac or switch.
As for the display quality itself, the panel is surprisingly bright. The 1080p resolution may seem low on paper, but in practice it was not a problem. Although I do not have the tools to test it, color reproduction is not as good as showing the surface to my eyes. Still controversial and viable to watch videos and play games. I just wouldn’t use it for colorful creative work. Its 60Hz refresh rate will not be ideal for intensive computer games, but it is good for comfort games and any productivity work. There are a few limited display controls via the screen menu, and Ananta has an IR remote control that allows you to change the brightness or access those settings panel.
Finally, there is the price. Right now, Ananta is available through the Kickstarter campaign, the delivery of which was promised in September this year. As for this post, the lowest price for which you can buy the screen is $ 359, and retail sales are expected to be quite sharp at $ 599 when it hits the overall availability. If you are looking for a Kickstarter deal, the price is reasonable, no matter how big, versatile and well done by Ananta. But at a full price, it can cost as much as the laptop you are joining, at which point you have to wonder if it’s worth it.
In any case, Ananta hurts the unique circumstances of many of us.
Photography by Dan Safert / The Verge:
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