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Increase Productivity with SideTrak Portable Monitors! #MBPBACKTOSCHOOL21 #REVIEW #GIVEAWAY

 

Thanks to SideTrak for sending this amazing Solo Stand Alone Monitor in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Until January, my office set-up included a monitor connected to a very "old" laptop. This one screen set-up worked until, well, the laptop didn't have the power to do what I needed to do for my job. So a new laptop emerged and I worked with that solely for several months. I've never had more than one screen, but after hearing from so many colleagues about their dual- screen set-ups, I started to look into the idea.

After some light research, I realized that I was missing out on so much with just one screen/ monitor! Do you struggle to work efficiently off of one computer screen? In our high- tech world, we have so many documents, browsers, and even conference call software up that it can be hard to click on the right tab! 

As you and the kids head back to school and work (whether at the office, or home),  a second monitor could definitely help increase productivity but alleviate stress associated with using technology. 

SideTrak portable monitors aim to provide a second screen specifically for laptops. They offer screens that connect onto the back of laptops as well as free standing screens, like mine.

I was sent a SideTrak Solo HD 15.8 Portable Screen. This specific screen stands alone. It's stand is adjustable, so that the monitor's height and projection is adjusted according to your needs. It came with all the necessary cables to get set up as well. The Solo screen ports are located on the left side of the kickstand. 

This model is slim, light weight, and is easy moveable! 

Using an HDMI Cord and a USB Cord, I was able to set this screen up and it was ready to go. This specific monitor does require a USB Cord to power it up, so your laptop does need a HDMI and USB port. It comes with the HDMI Cable, a regular USB Cable, and a USB- C cable. Either of the latter two will work for powering and the HDMI allows communication between of displays. 

The SideTrak Solo offers a moveable kick-stand that folds flat when screen needs to be stored. 



My laptop already had the capability to connect and display to a second device, so I didn't have to download any additional drivers or software. The SideTrak website does state that an additional driver is needed, so if your computer doesn't have it, you might be prompted to install. 

I have an HP with Windows 10. In Windows 10, there is a "project" button that allows you to connect to external devices, specifically of the Bluetooth variety. This monitor is NOT Bluetooth enabled, so the cables are necessary. After plugging in the cables, my laptop recognized the screen immediately! 

Windows 10 offers several different display choices, found in your settings. Using the "Extended" Display, I am able to pull different documents from screen to screen, dramatically increasing productivity (and alleviating frustrations when trying to have documents open while on Zoom calls!). 

For example, in yesterday's Zoom Call, the laptop was primarily used for the video conferencing software. I pulled up the document we were referring to on my SideTrak, and didn't have to click back and forth, or miss people's facial expressions while looking at the document! 

I've also loved it for the ability to have our office calendar up all week.. so that if a colleague has a question, I don't have to find the right tab.. I can just glance over and see what they are referring too!

Honestly, it's amazing to have the ability to have two screens open at one time! I find it so much easier to set up socials (and making sure details are correct while email is open too), calendars, documents, and much more! If you are into lots of different areas and don't focus on one specific document all day, the dual screen process is definitely the way to go! 

The SideTrak Solo Monitor has a power button and brightness wheel located on the right side of the kickstand! 

This SideTrak Portable Stand Alone Monitor does  have a microphone port, a screen brightness adjuster, and a power button, located on the right side on this specific model. It works with Windows, MAC, Chrome, and Linux. The screen I was sent is not a touch screen, but honestly, this doesn't bother me as half the time I forget that my actual laptop is a touch screen since I use the Bluetooth mouse so much. There is a Solo Standalone Monitor that is touch-screen for al you techy folks who prefer that feature! 

The SideTrak Attachable Monitors literally connect to the back of the laptop, so if interested in one of those, you would need to make sure the size of your laptop can handle that additional weight and support the size of the screen you are interested in. They connect much in the same way, using a USB-C or USB-A cord to power it up. I can't comment on these attachable screens but it seems that they offer both swivel and slide-able screens.

Increase productivity and alleviate frustration when more than one tab needs to be opened! 


I'm happy with the Solo Standalone Screen I have, as I don't have to worry about the additional bulky weight of an attachable monitor, know that it's easy to connect and disconnect, and I can leave it in place when I need to take my laptop to other parts of the building or away on adventures. 

I'm also happy with the screen's size and brightness. 15.8 monitor is a great size for an office desk and makes things visible very well. 

Full disclosure... while I've connected to devices via my laptop (hello Amazon Firestick, how much I love you!), I've never used extended screen before. If you are like me and are totally clueless, I found out that in order to drag documents and browsers between the two screens.. you got to move your mouse to the right and not the left! While this user error is on me, if you are not techy, it might help you out a lot! 

These monitors would make perfect additions to any set-up.. whether its a home office, work office, dorm room, or even remote learning! Definitely add SideTrak portable monitors to your back to school tech list this year. You certainly won't be disappointed! 


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72 comments

  1. This sounds so good love to win this

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  2. Yes! I could really use this! I homeschool my two daughters and we basically look at my tiny laptop screen all day. I would love to be able to teach them on a bigger screen.

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  3. I LOL'ed at the Blacknot Farm Etsy printable "You know what I got for Christmas? Fat I got fat."

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  4. This would be great for our home office.

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  5. I really like the Hello Pumpkin printable from the Blacknot Farm Etsy site.

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  6. I use a laptop for work and at home.

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  7. I have both, but I use the laptop much more.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  8. This would be handy for my laptop or PC.

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  9. I use a desktop.

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  10. I use a laptop regularly, but have always wanted to have desktop to use at the desk and keep my laptop for portability. However, I think I'd be open to use both, even to have one for personal and another for business. Either way, I'm a fan of either ☺.

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  11. I use a desktop computer right now.

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  12. I use a laptop....but a very old one. i.d 14 years old

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  13. I use a laptop that is connected to project onto two other larger screens. I use an external keyboard and mouse and a dock to connect everything.

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  14. I use both, I prefer my desktop but I use my laptop to work in my bedroom or outdoors.

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  15. I am going to be an odd duck. I use a desktop I changed into a laptop.

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  16. Mostly use my desktop but travel with my laptop and use it as back up if I need more screens open.

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  17. I use both a laptop and a desktop PC for my computing needs, both for personal use, and for work. Total of 4 PCs.

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  18. I use a laptop for both work and home.

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  19. I use a laptop. It's the most convenient for my lifestyle.

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  20. I use a desk top for business, lap top for personal.

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  21. I use laptop for work/WFH and desktop for personal use at home.

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  22. I use my laptop much more

    thedarksideofthemoonest@outlook.com

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  23. I have a dinosaur desktop and an old laptop - Been using the laptop more this past year

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  24. I use a laptop!

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  25. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/31806741109029983/

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  26. I don't currently use a laptop, simply because I don't have one at this time.

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  27. I use a laptop at home and travel and a desktop at work

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  28. I love the Hello Pumpkin Printables on Etsy. So cute!

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  29. I prefer to use a laptop!

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  30. I typically use a desktop because I have a dual monitor setup on it.

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  31. Laptop for at home. Its easy to take around the house with me. I like to work in bed or on the couch. The laptop allows me to be comfortable depending upon my mood of where I would like to work.

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  32. Hello Pumpkin printable https://www.pinterest.com/pin/31806741109033655/

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  33. I use a laptop. I could definitely use this!

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  34. I use a desktop pc, since I don't have a laptop. Would love to win a laptop to use anywhere and everywhere.

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  35. I always use a laptop especially if I am traveling

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  36. i do love a desktop, but mainly use laptops because of the portability.

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  37. I use a laptop for mostly everything. It's easy to move around the house and to take on the go.

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  38. I normally use a laptop, but the screen is broken right now. This monitor would help so much!

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  39. I have to admit I laughed at the Thanksgiving Canvas Sign. I stuffed the turkey full of xanax. Funny and festive Fall Wall Decor

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  40. Desktop most of the time but it depends!

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  41. I have a desktop with an extra monitor for my home office. Thank you

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  42. I use laptop more comfortable for me

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  43. I use a laptop

    jwats1127@yahoo.com

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