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After getting sherlocked by Apple, Luna Display now allows you to use an iPad as a second display for Windows

A Windows laptop paired wireless with the Luna Display adapter to an iPad. (Image: Luna Display)
A Windows laptop paired wireless with the Luna Display adapter to an iPad. (Image: Luna Display)
Luna Display has added support for using an iPad with a Windows PC. The company originally offered the functionality for Macs and iPads but Apple subsequently ‘sherlocked’ the feature in macOS Catalina with its Sidecar functionality.
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With the work from home (WFH) phenomena kick started by the global pandemic, people have been looking for ways of adding additional screen real estate for their laptops. For some, adding a monitor is a no-brainer, but Luna Display has developed another solution for PC owners who also own an iPad. Luna Display for Windows uses a dongle that connects to a USB port on your PC allowing it to wirelessly connect to your iPad for use as a second display.

If that functionality sounds familiar, that’s because Luna Display first used the technology when it launched a similar product back in 2017 for Mac and iPad owners. Apple thought it was such a great idea that it ‘sherlocked’ the functionality by building it directly into macOS Catalina around two years later calling it Sidecar. The term sherlocked for those unfamiliar with it means when Apple takes a feature or functionality found in a third-party app or product and builds it into its own products.

Rather than sue Apple, as some have in similar circumstances, Luna Display has pivoted and seemingly found a very willing audience with Luna Display for Windows PCs fully funded an hour after launching. When paired, users can use all iPad functions including multitouch and Apple Pencil input. The Luna Display dongle comes in two models, one that uses a USB-C port and one that uses the HDMI port. It will work with Windows 10 64-bit Build 1809 or later and an iPad running iPadOS 12.1 or later. It is retailing for $129.

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(Image: Luna Display)
(Image: Luna Display)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1310 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-10-14 (Update: 2021-10-14)