Welcome to the latest installment of Staff Picks. Each week, we’ll tell you about the tech we’re currently testing — everything from cameras to hi-fi headphones, extremely large desktop monitors to smart home appliances — as well as the grail items we wish we could buy. For last week’s last selections, click here.
Luna Display is an impressive piece of new tech that is currently funding on Kickstarter. In the simplest terms, it turns your iPad into a wireless display for your MacBook. It comes in two versions: a USB-C version and a Mini DisplayPort version. Once you plug the thumbnail-sized transmitter into your MacBook (which works to fool your Mac into thinking an auxiliary display is attached), it’s then as simple as opening the Luna app on your MacBook and iPad. As long as both devices are on the same wi-fi network, everything connects automatically. For currently being in the beta stage, the tech is surprisingly buttoned up and polished. Aside from some pixelation when moving and scrolling on the iPad, it’s the best wireless display tech I’ve used. Best of all, you can still use the touchscreen functions on your iPad to navigate web pages (use two fingers to scroll). — AJ Powell, Assistant Editor
Blackmagic Web Presenter
The Web Presenter, with the Terenex Mini Smart Panel, is a fantastic plug-and-play option for anyone who wants to up their live streaming game. Loaded with powerful hardware, the Web Presenter can input HMDI and SDI cameras and switch between the two with the press of a button. It takes up to 4K at 60 fps from DSLRs and other cameras and squashes it into a computer-happy 720 livestream feed. More details to come. — Bradley Hasemeyer, Contributor
Logitech G PowerPlay Wireless Charging Base
You don’t have to be a gamer to see the appeal of Logitech G’s newest mouse pad. Its wireless-charging technology is built straight in, meaning if you have a compatible wireless mouse — I used Logitech’s G703 ($100) — it can charge constantly while on the pad. It’s accurate and super responsive, and you’ll never have to worry about replacing your mouse batteries (!!). Unfortunately, the mouse pad doesn’t support Qi wireless charging, so you won’t be able to charge your new iPhone X on it. — Tucker Bowe, Staff Writer