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Is it absurd to travel with an extra monitor in my carry on?


by @joshuaballard | 3yr  | 15 comments

Hi all, Iโ€™m about to make my maiden voyage into the digital nomad lifestyle. 2 cities coming up (chiang mai and Cebu)

I work online and can not stand working without at least 2 monitors (preferably more haha)

Is it insane to pack a monitor whilst I travel?

thanks in advance

edit: sorry about the duplicate, I found this thread How do you work without multiple monitors? I can only carry a MBP 15" and ended up ordering an ASUS MB168B+ after reading through.

This forum is certainly helpful!

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@seantempesta | 3yr

Iโ€™m a little late to this topic, but I have two other solutions:

  1. A second laptop
    Whaaa? Craziness right! Well, it turns out that Apple rather sucks and wonโ€™t make a good upgrade for me, so I bought a cheap โ€œgaming laptopโ€ with essentially the specs of a server and have offloaded a lot of my development work to a Virtualbox Linux instance running on the laptop. Then I run Airserver and use Airplay to extend my desktop.

  2. Rent places that have large high def TVs (this is increasingly common)
    Just pack an HDMI cable and setup the TV close to where youโ€™re working and bam! a second screen. 1080p works pretty well. I usually put my debug console and my iOS and Android simulators on it. Then I leave the code on my retina Apple display.

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@julio | 3yr

I was going to use something like SlidenJoy for my laptop
I too have gotten used to 3 screens :slight_smile:

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I think itโ€™s a question of money and reactivity, which are up to you. You are working so there is no โ€œgoodโ€ or โ€œbad nomadshipโ€.
As for having your own monitor, the point is you can have it anytime anywhere, the minute you arrive somewhere.
The alternative is to get equipped locally, either by

  • buying new (if youโ€™re charging good fees it may not be a blocker for you)
  • buying secondhand
  • figure out how to resell when you leave, - look for a rental locally

if thatโ€™s what you choose you will be better at finding local providers over time sonce you will do it again and again.

Again since you are working -I.e. making money- you have different parameters that the idle backpacker.
Will you earn more money or earn it more easily with your own monitor?

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@joshuaballard | 3yr

Hi @guillaume_duquesnay those are some very valid points you make, and I certainly will be better at providing an income for myself with multiple screens. I went with a portable screen that others in this forum mentioned

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@levelsio | 3yr

Iโ€™m doing this because Iโ€™m doing VR/3D games dev now and I need to carry an entire PC and screen. Itโ€™s 10kg and seriously too much. Iโ€™ll switch to an MSI laptop soon.

With regards to an extra display, use Duet or indeed get that cheap extra small screen. I used to have 3 displays to work on, now itโ€™s just my MacBook and Iโ€™m more productive. So yes, itโ€™d be good to also try without an external screen.

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@joshuaballard | 3yr

Thanks for your reply @levelsio

I took some other advice a few months back and trialled doing my work with a single screen for a few days here and there.

I felt more productive for portions of it, but it probably had more to do with my APM and constant toggeling haha, the actual output was lower I found. Each tot heir own though.

10kg is certainly a great deal to lug around, but thats the pains of working with higher tech really isnt it

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@dkwan | 3yr

For those who use Mac and iPad, you might also consider the Duet Display app to use the iPad as a second display.

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@greentea | 3yr

Duet display is great.

Depending on our location setup, we typically carry an iMac 27" or 20", either shipped in the box from a friendโ€™s house or sitting in Earthclassmail, or carried overland in a purpose built iMac case bag from the fabulous UK provider Flight Cases .com.

I have another 22" wide monitor stuffed amongst clothes in one of our suitcases.

When I dont need to use them, I ship them back to Earthclassmail (expensive, so I use it short term), or to my other storage warehouse at Ship2Storage in Murrieta CA (approx $8 per 25 cubic feet of storage per month or a large suitcase). Then summon whatever gear I need. I have my own DHL, Fedex and UPS accounts associated with my online retail accounts, so if I need to ship them further, and if my freight is cheaper than ECM or S2S, Iโ€™ll generate my own waybills and have them send it that way.

I tend to keep my carryons limited to the one personal effect and anything you can store in the plane, and shipping mostly everything else. I loathe boarding/deplaning, and when traveling with multiple companions it gets wormy quick.

We also travel with 3-4 iPad Pros and 1-2 PCs/Macs/Surfaces, which all stuff down quite nicely into a carryon. Duet can daisy chain them all, and Iโ€™m usually seen in airport or hotel lobbies with my noise cancelling headset and 3 screens in front of me.

Soโ€ฆ youโ€™re not weird. Youโ€™re just productive. :slight_smile:

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@maxroyale | 3yr

Duet is amazing! Turns my ipad into a second screen with touch.

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@josephrule | 3yr

I use MBP with iPad 12.9 and Duet and love it

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@nilswe | 3yr

@joshua1 I think if you can not rent it for a reasonable price (e.g. if you work from a coworking space) then do what feels good for/what you need.
Donโ€™t get trapped into this โ€œyou have to travel with your carry-on only to be a real DNโ€ bullshit.

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@joshuaballard | 3yr

Thanks nilsw, I ended up buying a specific portable monitor so I will always have it with me. In the past iโ€™ve travelled carry on only, and Iโ€™ve travelled with a giant backpack, both times had their advantages I guess.

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@sshepps | 3yr

I travel with my ASUS portable monitor all the time. It fits in with my laptop in my backpack. Very little added weight. I, like you like 3 monitors (34" dell and 20"dell + laptop screen) but that mean i am working in my local office, not out experiencing the world.

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@joshuaballard | 3yr

is it the Asus MB168B+ at all? Ive got one being delivered to me now, im hoping it is going to be pretty good :slight_smile:

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@janthony | 3yr

You probably have it by now, but Iโ€™ve been quite pleased with the 168B+ for its light weight, carry case, and fit next to laptop in my bag. Itโ€™s been great for coding, works well with the macbook air. The colors are a little washed out; so I use my main screen for visually specific work. I plan to add a third screen using an iPad + duet since I still end up toggling views more often than Iโ€™d like.

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