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Mobile Pixels is conducting a crowdfunding campaign for this Geminos Range of Dual Screen Foldable Clamshell Displays, which offers an interesting alternative for those looking for a side-by-side monitor setup. It claims those “take up too much space” and are “not ergonomically designed” — or maybe you just need something akin to Samsung’s aggressively quirky Odyssey Ark gaming monitor without the $3,500 price tag.

Having two monitors stacked on top of each other is something you can easily replicate with monitor stands, but the Geminos line has a little more to offer than just a folding design gimmick and a starting price of $499.

Geminos foldable monitor setup

Geminos folding monitor setup.
Image: Mobile Pixels

Both the Geminos and Geminos X are equipped with built-in speakers, a 1080p webcam and a docking station with two HDMI ports, two USB-A ports, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, Ethernet port, TF/SD card reader and USB-C with passthrough charging limited to 100W. Unfortunately, there is no specific mention of the generations used for ports such as HDMI or USB.

While these built-in features are consistent, there are some variations in the actual display specifications between the two models. Both use two 24-inch screens with a central hinge and an adjustable stand, although the Geminos has a 1080p resolution set at 60 Hz and 250 nits of brightness, while the Geminos X boosts this to a resolution of 1440p at 75 Hz and 300 nits.

A full description of both the Gemios and Gemios X monitors from Mobile Pixels.

Geminos’ basic specs look fine for everyday productivity, but the 1440p resolution on the Geminos X is worth it if you enjoy watching or creating content.
Image: Mobile Pixels

Then, of course, there’s the clamshell design. The actual functionality of the screens means you can fold the screens in half, and GIFs of the product seem to show that users can adjust the positioning of anything between the fully open and closed position, giving you more flexibility than any traditional stacked dual monitor setup.

You can also connect both displays with a single cable (provided you download the Mobile Pixels driver), meaning laptops like the MacBook Air, usually limited to just one additional display output, can use both displays.

The project was announced on Kickstarter on July 20 and quickly gained serious attention from interested backers. It reached its original goal of $25,000 in 36 minutes and at the time of writing just over $1.6 million has been pledged. Provided that that sum exceeds $1.75 million before the campaign ends on September 3, there’s an additional stretch target benefit where the company will offer to upgrade the Geminos X’s bottom screen to one with 10. point touch capabilities for an additional $50.

Fortunately, this isn’t the first experience Mobile Pixels has had with crowdfunding, as it has previously launched portable monitor solutions for laptops, such as the Duex and Trio ranges, all of which have successfully met their funding goals – albeit with some delays in funding. shipping on its Duex Lite and Duex Plus are launched.

A man adjusting the Mobile Pixels Geminos monitor

You can adjust the Geminos in different positions to best suit your vision.
Image: Mobile Pixels

Some specs and features warrant a raised eyebrow or two here (one for each screen). The design looks ideal for content creators such as streamers who often use a vertical monitor or stacked monitor setup to keep an eye on their stream chat or Discord channels, but that’s about as useful as this will be outside of general productivity given the lack of 4K support and color accuracy information.

The claimed 13ms response time probably won’t appeal to gamers looking for a new gaming monitor either, and the brightness of both models is fairly mediocre compared to Apple’s Studio Display, which has a peak brightness of 600 nits. The Geminos and Geminos X currently have an early bird price of $499 and $649 respectively, but we should keep in mind that those prices will reportedly double if the product ever hits the retail market.

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