I'm about to go on a trip and I'm wondering if anyone has tried both MaxiVista and Air Display as monitor extenders for Win7. MaxiVista was first on a PC and Air Display is still in beta for PC.

  • Note that Air Display is no longer in beta for PC. Jan 28, 2011 at 22:24

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I've used both.

Air Display is better at updating the iPad display quickly and smoothly. Air Display also has some additional features, like being able to use the touchscreen as a mouse, and it can be used with both Windows and Mac, so I'd say it is a better deal.

Maxivista is a little easier to get set up on Windows. It just worked. I had to futz around a bit to get Air Display to work, but it wasn't too hard (just have to remember to Run as Administrator).

For more details on what I found when I compared them, see my blog.


I use Maxivista and have no problems. I use it on my Windows boxes for a very long time and it just works as promised.


Balexandre: The Maxivista App does not cost $40, it cost $9.99.

MaxiVista is awesome. I never thought that a monitor can be that fast over W-LAN.

  • try see the price here: maxivista.com/docs4/09/shop.php to compare with AirDisplay, you need to include desktop mirroring!
    – balexandre
    Sep 28, 2010 at 6:44
  • balexandre, you are looking at the price for the full Windows version of Maxivista, not the iPad version, which is currently $9.99 in the App Store. Jan 28, 2011 at 21:45

if you only use windows, then you should go buying MaxiVista as it's stable and works great.

Air Display was firstly for iPad as a extra monitor, and they are now doing the Windows part witch can take time.

But there again... the Air Display beta is free while MaxiVista costs 40 bucks (or $100 is you want mirroring and high res)


my recommendation: try Air Display for free :)

  • Air Display beta is no longer available. Jan 28, 2011 at 21:51
  • Thanks for the info, though $9.99 (itunes.apple.com/app/air-display/id368158927?mt=8) beats 40 :) and its stable and works fantastic on Windows as well on the Mac!
    – balexandre
    Jan 28, 2011 at 22:04
  • Please stop saying that MaxiVista costs $40. MaxiVista for iPad is $9.99, same as Air Display. (The $40 and $100 prices are for versions of MaxiVista that run on other Windows machines, not on iPads.) Jan 28, 2011 at 22:23
  • maxivista.com/docs4/09/shop.php remember that you need to include Mirroring if you are comparing the same features with Air Display! When I go to MaxiVista website, and products, that's what I find: maxivista.com/multi_monitor.htm - What am doing wrong here, please correct me... I'm lost!
    – balexandre
    Jan 28, 2011 at 22:24
  • MaxiVista sells a version of their product that lets you use another Windows machine as a secondary display for a Windows machine. That is the thing that costs 40 bucks, but that is not what we are talking about--we are talking about using an iPad as a secondary display. The MaxiVista product that lets you use an iPad as a secondary display costs $9.99. Feb 8, 2011 at 13:50

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