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Attaching a second screen to your computer can be confusing at first but, once you get used to it, you’ll discover that it can actually help you become more productive. You can use it as a mirrored screen to reflect what your computer displays and share the same content to more people (e.g. when you’re having team huddles at your desk). You can also use use the second screen to extend your computer’s display and open several windows that you can all view at one glance.

The question now is this: how can you attach a second screen to your computer?

Well, if you own an iPad and a Mac computer, it’s just a walk in the park. The only thing that you need is to use the right applications, such as the following:

Splashtop Extended Wireless Display 2

As its name implies, the app connects your iPad and computer wirelessly, so there’s no need to fuss with cables. Set up your computer with the companion software to ensure it’s detected by the tablet app right away. It’s available on iTunes at $19.99, although it’s offered at $9.99 as of this writing.

Duet Display

Duet Display stands out from the crowd because it’s built by former Apple engineers and is the first app to connect the iPad with the Mac through the Lightning cable. It offers both retina and non-retina display and can reach up to 60 frames per second for a lag-free experience. You can get it from iTunes at $18.99.

Air Display 3

Just like with Splashtop’s app, Air Display 3 connects your Mac and iPad through Wi-Fi so you don’t have to worry about wires and cables. The best thing about this is that it’s compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and iOS 7, so you can still use it even if you have older devices. It’s available at $14.99 from iTunes.

These are just some of the apps you can use to set up dual monitors. Give them a try now to transform your iPad into a second screen for your Mac!