Modern lawyers, here’s how to leverage your mobile device as second monitor

Modern lawyers, here’s how to leverage your mobile device as second monitor

Technology provides ease and convenience for work-related tasks. Apps that enable eDiscovery and real-time collaboration, for example, have made workflows more efficient and less time-consuming. Your mobile devices are designed to make life easier; most of you have probably used your mobile phone or tablet to access or share files remotely. You may have also used them to record notes during a deposition, or to jot down the schedule of your next meeting with a client. The list goes on, but there might just be one feature of your phone or tablet that you’ve overlooked: its capability to be a second monitor.

Two monitors are better than one

You already have a monitor, so why need another? The answer is space. A second monitor provides more space, so you can do more on screen. With one monitor, you may be able to compare two versions of legal contracts side by side, but with two monitors, you can do this while still having enough room to write about your comparison of the said contracts. One screen can be used for active encoding and the other for looking up references. You can also use one monitor for top-priority tasks (preparing briefs, making reports, responding to client requests) and the other for less time-critical tasks (copying files, replying to non-work related channels, monitoring productivity). How you want to design your space is up to you, but you don’t need to squeeze everything within the space of one smallish rectangle.

How to turn your mobile device into a monitor

While working with two monitors allows you to work with a bigger space, it’s not practical to bring another monitor with you all the time. But Duet Display makes a portable dual display possible. The app is available for download on both Mac/iOS or PC/Android, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility. But do expect that the Mac version will only work with devices running on iOS, and the PC version will only be compatible with those running on Android.

Duet has no issues with compatibility and is also easy to set up. Just download the app on your desktop, then download its equivalent app on your mobile device. Once Duet is installed on both gadgets, simply connect your mobile device to your desktop/laptop via lightning or pin cable, and enable the menu bar settings of the app on your desktop or laptop.

And because data is transferred via cable, there’s virtually zero lag as you drag, drop, copy, or paste data from one screen to another. Compared with other apps that rely on Wi-Fi for data transfer, Duet works faster and displays information in real time. However, should you have no choice but to go wireless, Duet also offers Wi-Fi connection, but this feature is only available to Pro users, so you have to shell out a small fee to experience the further convenience.

Do you want more techniques on how to leverage technology to make your practice more efficient? Vertex has over 10 years experience of working with law firms in the Greater Toronto Area, providing them with intelligent IT solutions that work. Contact us now, or download our free eBooks today.

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