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Kickstarter: TAIHE Gemini 15.6" Portable Monitor

There are a few portable monitors on the market but they are all 1080p. TAIHE was present at CES 2019 with their Gemini, where they not only offer 1080p but a 4K version as well. Shortly after, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. At the time of writing, the Kickstarted project has raised $841,000, way beyond its funding goal of $10,000.

Chinese firm TAIHE, headlines its Gemini as the world's "most affordable on-the-go monitor". The Gemini is a 15.6-inch IPS LCD that looks quite sleek in its design and offers a collapsible hinge stand that makes it ideal to stow and take on the go. There are two variants of the monitor, a 1080p FHP model with touchscreen capabilities, that has ports for power, USB Type-C, dual micro-USB, and dual mini HDMI. The 4K UHD model does not have a touchscreen and has two USB 2.0 ports, USB Type-C, mini DisplayPort, HDMI port, and power. However, for an extra $120, you can add touchscreen to the 4K UHD model. Both also have HDR support.

There's a 180-degree kickstand on the back, allowing you to prop it up next to your computer. You can also rotate it to use the monitor vertically if you're going to scroll through long documents. The monitors are 8mm thick for the FHD and 10mm for the UHD and they weigh 2 pounds.

This is great for those who want a second monitor in a portable form factor. This sounds like a dream for editing your photos or video and the Gemini works with Macbooks, Chromebooks and PC laptops. You can also connect your smartphone and game consoles such as the Nintendo Switch, Playstation and Xbox. I don't think you'll have an issue with connecting a Amazon Fire TV Stick either.
    Since the project has went live, it has already passed a couple of Stretch Goals. The Stretch Goals that have currently been unlocked is the upgrade of the USB 2.0 ports to USB 3.0 ports for the 4K UHD, everyone will get a free screen protector in the box and it just surpassed $800,000 in funding, so everyone will get a multifunctional bag for free. The next Stretch Goal is $900,000 and if this is met, they will incorporate USB-C charging.

    If interested, you can head to the Kickstarter page. The 1080p touchscreen model starts at $159, while the UHD variant can be had for $269. These prices are for those that get in on the campaign early. The price will increase as more folks fund the project. The retail price of the FHD model will cost $299, while the UHD variant will cost $499. Like with any crowdfunding campaign, be aware that you are supporting an idea and not purchasing a product. There is always the chance the company can fail or unable to meet demands and the product might not be delivered. Campaign ends February 18, 2019 10:59 AM EST.

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