When you work from home like I do, you need to make sure you have a good home office setup. Having multiple screens is key, allowing you to have different windows open on each screen.
Recently, a company called Maxfree reached out to me to ask if I was interested in trying out their tri-screen portable display. I’ve been using the Maxfree T2 Laptop Tri-Screen Extender for a while now and I have to say, it’s a dramatic improvement to my home office setup. Having access to three screens is a game changer.
In this Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor review, I want to go over some of the features of this product and provide some insight into why it has become an essential part of my home office setup.
Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor Review
To get started with this review, let’s look at the specs for the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor:
- Screen ratio: 16:9
- Product size: 341 x 217 x 40mm
- Screen size: 13.3 inches
- Static contrast: 1000:1
- Refresh rate: 60HZ
- Resolution: 1920*1080P
The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor screens are built well and their resolution is great – as good as the resolution on my Macbook Pro. The screens are well-sized at 13.3 inches, giving me plenty of viewing space.
I’ll get into more about how to use the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor later in this post, but in short, setting it up is easy. The monitors are also portable, allowing you to take them with you if you prefer to work on the go.
If you want to see the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor in action, check out my YouTube review below:
Unboxing And Assembling The Maxfree T2
The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor arrives in a nice box, as shown below.
When you open the box, you’ll find a bunch of cables that you’ll use to plug the monitor into your laptop. There are two USB-C to USB-C cables, a USB-C to Dual USB cable, and a power adapter. If you have a relatively new laptop, you’ll likely only need to use one of the USB-C to USB-C cables for the setup.
The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor comes folded up in a nice carrying case. You’ll also see a manual that you can use to help set up your monitor.
Once you take the screens out and unfold them from the case, you’ll notice that the screens have a little stand on the back. The stand isn’t made of the best materials, but it gets the job done in preventing the screens from falling too far back. It’s adjustable too which makes it nice for when you are on an uneven surface.
The screens fold out easily. Interestingly, they can stand on their own as well, so you can leave the screens on your desk and take your laptop with you.
Connecting the screens to your laptop is a simple process. The center part of the monitor attaches to your laptop screen. It uses 6 big rubber stoppers to do this, which ensures that no damage will be done to your laptop. This center part locks into place as you push the side of the center part together. To release the monitors, you press a button on top of the hub which will release the tension so that you can remove your computer from the screens. It was a bit confusing when I first set it up, but after doing this a couple of times, I quickly got the hang of it.
One feature of the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor that I think separates it from other multi-screen portable monitors is the fact that you only need one cable to power both monitors. Many other portable monitors require you to plug in each screen, which can be an issue if you don’t have a lot of USB ports.
Once you have the monitors plugged in, you’ll need to download some drivers to set the monitors up. It’s simple, but you may have to do a little Google search to understand how to do this if you don’t already know how. Once the driver is installed, the monitors should be recognized by your computer and you will be all set.
Using The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor
The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor has been a great addition to my home office setup and I find myself using it every day. The extra screens make me much more productive and I can easily fold the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor and put it away when not needed. At 13.3 inches the screens are as big as my Mackbook Pro screen and the resolution is great for watching videos or doing work.
I have to do some programming for this site from time to time and I can tell you that if you’re a programmer, having one screen dedicated to your code editor is amazing. It makes it so much easier to make changes to my website when I can have the code editor on one screen. In addition, I also use tools such as Photoshop, so being able to put those programs on a different screen is very helpful.
The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor is also – as the name suggests – portable. It comes with a nice carrying case, so I can easily pack it up and take it with me to a coffee shop.
Best Features of The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the great features of the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor is the fact that it only uses one cord to power both monitors. The cord plugs directly into my laptop, which saves me the hassle of having to deal with multiple cords or having to be near an outlet.
Another great feature of the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor is the fact that you can remove your laptop from it and the screens will still stand on their own. This makes it a nice permanent option for my home office since I can leave the portable monitor at my desk and take my laptop with me, then plug it back in when I return.
Finally, the portability is very nice. It’s a lightweight portable monitor with a good carrying case. I can easily put it into its case, then put it into my laptop bag or carry the case with me.
The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor has been a game changer for my home office. It’s definitely helped to increase my productivity.
The Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor sells for around $500, which is on par with similar portable monitors on the market. This one has the advantage of using only one plug to power all of the screens.
All-in-all, the Maxfree T2 Portable Monitor has been a game-changer for my workspace. I don’t think I could go back to working on just my laptop or even using 1 external monitor now that I’ve gotten used to having three screens.
If you have any questions about the Maxfree T2 Tri-Screen Extender, feel free to drop a comment below or send me an email.