GeChic 1502I On-Lap Monitor Brings Android and Windows to the Big Screen

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TAIPEI, TAIWAN -- Ever wish you could run Android on a touch screen larger than 10 inches? Or perhaps you could use a second screen for your laptop when on-the-go? Well, GeChic may have just what you’re looking for.

The company unveiled its 1502I on-lap touch monitor at this year’s Computex, which lets users connect their mobile device or laptop to GeChic’s 1080p touch-screen display.

The 1502I on-lap monitor is one of GeChic’s newest models and comes with a 10-point multi-touch 1920 x 1080 capacitive touch-screen display. It’s compatible with mobile devices running Android as well as Windows 7 and Windows 8 notebooks, and comes with VGA, microHDMI and microUSB ports and an audio jack.

There’s a reason GeChic flaunts its 1502I as an on-lap device—the unit only weighs 1,350 grams, which equates to just less than 3 pounds. This is a bit heavier than ASUS’ newly unveiled MB168B+ portable monitor, which also features the same screen size and resolution and weighs 1.76 pounds.

We had the chance to connect a Sony Xperia S smartphone to the GeChic 1502I to see how Android looked on a 15.6-inch HD display, and found that video really popped on the 1080p screen.

The capacitive touch screen was smooth and responsive when scrolling through the device’s app drawer, and we had no problem making selections or launching apps. There’s no home button equivalent on the 15021, however, so you’ll have to use your smartphone to navigate back to the home screen.

Unfortunately, users must download specific drivers for individual devices in order for the 1502I to be compatible with your smartphone. The unit we played with on the showroom floor was compatible with the Sony Xperia S, but we weren’t able to connect our Google Nexus 4.

GeChic hasn’t announced pricing for the 15021 on-lap monitor just yet, but it’s expected to launch in the United States by mid-July.

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Lisa EADICICCO, LAPTOP Staff Writer
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for Laptopmag.com since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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2 comments
  • Miranda Says:

    I have used GeChic 1502i. It doesn't use a USB video interface, USB handles either power or touch feedback to your computer. HDMA or VGA interfaces plug right into your Mac and Windows system without special drivers. The problem with USB video is that the screen brightness is not NEARLY as bright and it is by no means smooth--slow performance as you'd expect. This GeChic 1502i is simply amazing. I've used it now for a couple of months and have tried it both on Mac (w/o touch) and on Windows 8.1 Surface (w/ touch).

  • rex Says:

    At the end of this video, did I hear you say there is a version that is compatible with mac?

    Will that version also have a capacitive touch screen?

    Thanks!