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Espresso Display V2 review – a better way to improve your workflow and productivity

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The Espresso Display V2 is a huge improvement over the already brilliant original display and provide even more ways to easily expand your workspace and dramatically improve your workflow and productivity.

When Australian company Espresso launched their amazing thin, portable displays it allowed us to increase our screen real estate and improve our workflow and productivity quickly and easily. Espresso has just launched Version 2 – and it’s even better.

Espresso entered the market at the start of the pandemic, at a time when we were reassessing how and where we worked.

Their thin displays (just 5.3mm thick) offered a solution for those who wanted to break free of their small laptop screens and have more room to move and to get their work done.

Version 2 of the Espresso display – available again in 13-inch and 15-inch – are now even more versatile.

They still connect with a single USB-C cable to your laptop or desktop computer and require no power – they draw power from the computer they are connected to so there is no need to carry around a second charger or power supply.

And the screen can also be used in any orientation – landscape and portrait – to suit what you’re working on or viewing.

And they are touchscreens, which, for Mac users, can completely revolutionise the way they work and use their computer.

The touchscreen displays have full HD resolution with 300nits brightness and include features like palm rejection when using the touchscreen and have built-in speakers.

For our review, we had our 15-inch Espresso display connected to our 14-inch M1 MacBook Pro and we were able to spread out our work.

We had our email on the Espresso display with other applications running on the laptop.

And with gestures we were able to navigate the Espresso display including scrolling our emails and browsers with two fingers.

We would have liked to see higher brightness, but we suspect that would mean drawing even more power from your laptop which could impact your battery life if you’re on the move.

We’re also expecting a 4K Espresso display in the near future.

Espresso has also released the EspressoPen – a precision stylus with pressure sensitivity and excellent responsiveness.

This now opens up your options to write and draw and the built-in button offers left and right mouse click functionality.

EspressoPen really frees users up to be even more creative and productive when working with applications like Sketchbook and the whole line-up of Adobe apps like Illustrator, Photoshop and many more.

The pen also works seamlessly with collaborative whiteboard tools like Miro, Figma and Conceptboard.

Espresso has also released EspressoFlow – new software for Macs and Windows PC that makes it easier to navigate content, add functionality for EspressoPen and just make the screen work even better with your computer.

There are also a range of accessories to help position the display including a case that acts both as a cover to protect the screen when not on use and as a way position the screen.

There’s also magnetic stand so you can elevate and tilt the screen so it’s at the right height and the right angle.

The Espresso displays are a great addition to your workflow. They make things a lot easier and pave the way to help you become a lot more productive no matter where you are.

And being so thin and light – and the fact they don’t need their own power source – you can take them anywhere.

The Espresso Displays are priced at $669 (13-inch) and $749 (15-inch). EspressoPen is priced at $119, Espresso Stand is $99 and EspressoCase is $69.

VERDICT

The Espresso Display V2 is a huge improvement over the already brilliant original display and provide even more ways to easily expand your workspace and dramatically improve your workflow and productivity.