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It does what it is supposed to do, but the lag is ridiculous. Makes it not worth it unfortunately
So Luna Display came from a random event of recommended media. I have a First Gen iPad Pro, so it is limited with 2GBS of RAM. For the longest time I was considering upgrading to a new device as I was using the same iPad since 2014. The low RAM was getting in the way of doing high resource tasks, majority being digital artwork, so I needed a way to increase my RAM to get the more beefy tasks done. I was considering new devices, and even interactive display tablets for my Desktop as it has 8x more RAM. Although I still wanted something to use on the go. I never considered turning my iPad into an interactive display tablet until this showed up.
This came to be an excellent solution I never considered but works well. I can work on beefy projects on my PC, using the iPad as an interactive monitor that can still use my apple pencil, and use my iPad for smaller projects on the go that need less power.
There is one thing I wish they would include in the packaging of the dongle and possibly on the menus of the app, is an addition on how to get the service to work correctly.
After much trial and error, I found the sequence you want to do to get it working first try is to plug the dongle in or already have it so, open the host device app(see if it wants you to re-plug before continuing), plug in or connect the secondary device to wi-fi, and then open the app on the secondary device. Going outside this order leads to issues and it not setting up correctly. Which if you mess up the order, it is best to just close the apps, disconnect the secondary device, restart the host device, and make sure you get the order right on the next try.
A little card or an addition to the "getting started" card in the box the dongle is shipped in will help a long way. If possible, add an internal help message that doesn't need to go on internet explaining this order inside the apps.
I had a lot of trouble getting started. Luna simply wouldn’t connect even though I was doing everything right. I tried wired and manual wifi. No dice. It took reading through several troubleshooting pages before I found out that Macs have a limited number of external displays, and the Luna display counts against that amount. My MacBook can only have 2 external displays. I already had 2, and wanted to add my old iMac as a third display. So the Luna didn’t quite work for what I wanted to do.
Once I unplugged one of my other external monitors, the Luna display connected immediately and worked great. The screen was crisp and quite responsive. When swiping between desktops or moving windows around, it loses some clarity, but it resolves into high quality crispness in less than a second. Videos are lower quality because they change constantly. The quality for static graphics is a little better than I can get from using AirPlay to use my iMac as another monitor. The tradeoff is the loss of clarity with video and when moving/opening windows and such. The advantage of using AirPlay is I can have two external monitors PLUS AirPlaying to my old iMac for a third monitor.
When it works, it’s great. I now use my Late-2014 iMac as a secondary monitor next to my Studio Display. However, getting Luna Display to run is a struggle. I never was able to boot to it and run it in headless mode. I’ve also found it struggles with ethernet-only connection. It wants a wifi connection to star and will then switch to ethernet but that’s not ideal. It also takes about 5-6 times to connect after multiple connection errors. …but when it finally does work, it allows my to use my old iMac which is a huge benefit. It seems there are still many things for the company to work out with this product. I hope they continue with updates.
I’m using a Macbook air 2022 with an iMac (late 2015) with Luna Display.
It worked when connecting through an Ethernet on the first use. But no success with the wifi. After that, the Ethernet connection occasionally failed.
Although the product is not perfect, I’ve got good support from the IT support team. They really tried to help me troubleshoot.
Will continue to use Luna Display, though.
I love that I can take it off and put it on. It creates a good amount of friction with the tip so it feels a bit more like paper
works great! easy on and off, does tend to come off when the cover is on and opening it, but i'm glad I made this purchase!
I am awaitingyour dark board to try it. Have the stand as well. The stand i have tried using and it only works on desk not on lap or anything.also the angles could be increased if it could flip over and still ve able to stand up.. maybe fold out lips on the 4 ends.
Anybody else use a magnetic iPad cover? Most everyone I would guess. Well guess what happens every time you open that cover with the magnetic screen protector attached? Yup. Peels up every time. Funny thing. Magnetics love other magnets. Love the simplicity of install, but obviously, am always “readjusting” and re-installing, which makes it easy for little bits of crud to come between the protector and the screen. Overall, great idea in theory, not necessarily in execution.
I’ve only had the product for a couple hours, and I like it a lot—but ONLY after I cut it down in size so that it would lay flat when the iPad was in its protective case. I used an X-acto knife and straightedge to shave a 16th inch off the bottom, and a 32nd inch off each side. It works just fine now, but if I had been unwilling or unable to cut it down, I would have returned it immediately. It seems like a small thing, but if it won’t fit flat on the iPad while in whatever case you have, it’s not worth it! Manufacturing it up to one 8th inch smaller in each direction should make it work for most configurations. I would have given it the highest rating if I hadn’t had to modify it.
I believe it would benifit from colapsable feet on both sides so it can be used in a few other ways.
I bought this while wating on yall to ship your dark board. As a standalone by itself Not really able to put in lap unless there something thst runs inbetween the legs ..
I've been using this easel most days of the week for iPad drawing for about a month now, and I'm very happy with it. Its clever design accommodates a good range of angles and allows it to becomes very compact for storing away (the fabric bag is a nice addition, too). It feels quite sturdy, though to be fair I can't yet say just how long-lasting it will be. My one minor gripe is that the grippy feet don't prevent nudges from making the whole thing slide, but this hasn't interfered with my art-making once – it's more an observation than anything else. All in all and especially at this price, it's an easy recommendation for tablet / stylus artists.
Very impressed with the innovative design and industrial craftsmanship. Attention to thoughtful detail is appreciated.
Astropad has made my favorite travel easel. Replaces an older heavyweight one I’ve been using for years- this one has several angles to choose from and holds my iPad secure while on the go. Also Astropad's customer support is top notch.
The compact easel puts the iPad at an ideal angle on the desktop. It makes for a robust platform for any pressure needed while drawing. It folds down nicely into its carrying sack and makes it easy to carry along anywhere. 5 stars!