In this age of flexible working arrangements, it has become the norm for many of us to carry our laptops everywhere we go, setting up shop wherever and whenever we see fit. However, if you’re anything like me, you find the single-screen experience quite limiting. I almost feel a weird sense of digital claustrophobia coming over me while attempting to work exclusively from my MacBook Pro’s 13-inch screen. Enter espresso Displays, upgrading its portable touchscreen offering with the espresso 17 Pro, which delivers an impressively premium second screen experience that you can take anywhere you go.
Designed right here in Australia and intended to meet the needs of professionals and digital creators on the move, the 17 Pro packs 4K resolution, the ability to display up to a billion colours at 450 nits of brightness, and handy touchscreen functionality into its sleek, lightweight form factor. It connects via a single USB-C port and there are compatibility options available for devices that do not support USB-C as well, meaning the odds are in your favour that it’ll be fully compatible with your machine of choice.
The 17 Pro is constructed from aerospace-grade aluminium to ensure both toughness and portability and it features espresso’s new touchscreen software—completely revamped from previous incarnations—which the brand claims has been developed “to make Mac and Windows devices feel like they were designed to integrate with espresso’s touch features.” Tired of Apple dragging its feet on touchscreen controls for its MacBook range? You might just find the 17 Pro is the perfect solution.
To help users make the most of the new panel, espresso has also developed a range of custom accessories. These include the adjustable espresso Stand Pro, which attaches magnetically to the back of the display and can be adjusted to accommodate a wide range of heights and angles, as well as portrait and landscape orientations. It can also be securely positioned at an 18-degree angle via a purple accented built-in kick-stand, which makes it ideal for drawing and sketching. This experience is further enhanced by espresso Creator, an adhesive paper-esque screen protector for the 17 Pro that offers smoother writing and drawing.
Anyone out there looking to write and draw will surely want to get around the espresso Pen, and if you’re inclined to indulge in extended sessions of this kind of creativity while away from a power source then you can power your mobile workstation with the espresso Charge. Handily, this boats a 27,000 mAh capacity, meaning it just scrapes by with compliance for international carry-on luggage capacity.
If all this makes it sound like espresso has thought of everything, that’s because the Aussie firm claims to have developed its new panel using “thousands of hours of interviews, focus groups, and listening to the needs of professionals who perform in various sectors, including animators, artists, illustrators, content creators and producers, and business executives.”
Shipping for the 17 Pro will commence in November but you can secure yours now via a pre-order for one of two enticing bundles. The first is the Studio Bundle and features everything already outlined here, along with the Case 17 – a microfibre case that attaches magnetically to the 17 Pro and can act as a stand as well. The Studio Bundle costs AUD$1,925 (USD$1,315) and includes the espresso Charge for free, which will normally set you back AUD$199 (USD$199). The second option is the Essentials Bundle, which consists of the 17 Pro and Stand Pro. Priced at AUD$1,499 (USD$999), you’re essentially paying for the 17 Pro and receiving the Stand Pro for free. Not a bad deal at all.
The 17 Pro has been described by its makers as “the Ferrari of Portable Displays,” so if you’ve been in search of a way to have extra screen real estate on the go without making compromises when it comes to style, build quality, or user experience, espresso’s latest is certainly worth a closer look. The fact it’s been created by a dedicated team of passionate Aussies just makes it an even more compelling proposition. Check out the full espresso range (along with 17 Pro pre-order bundles) via the link below.
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