I just unboxed a “mobile monitor” from (who else?) Mobile Monitor Technologies. The profession has been looking for a fieldwork capable, light weight, thinly profiled, portable, durable and affordable dual monitor solution ever since the multi-monitor craze doubled, and sometimes even tripled, the monitor count on virtually every tax and accounting professional’s desk. Productivity skyrocketed as we adapted workflows to take advantage of the newly available screen space. Until now auditors have had to hit the road with a laptop. A single screened laptop! (Unless you tried some of the huge, silly and hideously overpriced “dual-monitor laptops”.)
Finally we have what appears to be a decent quality, moderately priced, and – most importantly – easy to set up and use, solution. The MMT2 “Field Monitor Pro” has a 15.4” screen encased in a good-looking matte-black clamshell case that folds up and fit easily into my laptop bag. It includes a base with a numeric keypad – a super benefit for CPAs in the field! The 4 pound unit is AC powered and connects via USB. The design is quite clever allowing use with or without the base and also in either portrait or landscape mode. It operates based on the industry standard DisplayLink software. Total elapsed time from shipping box to fully installed and paired with my laptop was under 10 minutes. Subsequent setups entail connecting a USB cable, an AC power cord, and pushing the “ON” switch – it’s so easy even an auditor can do it! (smile). Priced at under $300.