Setup on Windows PC
We've designed the Display to have a simple setup with Windows PCs.
Step 1: Connect to the ports of your device.
Almost all devices since 2017 use USB-C, which can both power the Display and send the video signal from your laptop with one cable. A device with a USB-C port gives the best experience with the espresso Display due to the simplicity of one cable.
espresso provides a USB-C cable that is compatible with the espresso Display. Please note the two steps:
- You need to connect using the middle USB-C port on the espresso Display the top port is only for power
- You need to use the supplied espresso USB-C cable. Other cables that are USB-C may only be power cables
If you have a device that is before 2017, it is likely you will need to use two cables. USB-A for power and touch, and HDMI for video.
- If you only connect the USB cable, the logo will power on but there will be no video signal. The screen will stay powered, but black.
- If you only connect the HDMI cable, there will be no power to the Display.
There are also other video port protocols if your device does not have HDMI. This includes DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, and VGA. You will need a HDMI adaptor to connect with the mini-HDMI port in the Display.
If you have a small laptop (i.e. Windows ARM device such as a Samsung Galaxy Book S), whilst the Display is compatible using USB-C, the laptop won't be able to power the Display and this may cause the Display not to connect. You may need an additional power supply such as a wall charger or a power bank.
Step 2: Display Settings and Configuration
Now that you are connected, you can configure your Display settings. If you go to the Settings Menu, you can select Display Settings. You should see the menu as per the image below. Display 1 should be your device Display, and Display 2 should be the espresso Display. You can click and drag Display 2 to be the same as your device positioning for ease of use with the mouse.
If you scroll down, you will also see some drop-down menu items. They are as follows:
- Modify Size: this increases the size of icons and text
- Display Resolution: the espresso Display is Full HD, which is 1920 x 1080p. You can choose to modify this setting based on your device
- Display Orientation: unlike desktop monitors, you can easily change the espresso Display to 'Portrait Mode', which may be an easier layout for looking at a PDF or coding. You change this from Landscape to Portrait orientation here
- Multiple Displays: this allows you to switch between 'Mirror Screen', which may be useful for a meeting or presentation to 'Extend These Displays' which is the main use of having an extra screen
And now you should be set up and connected!
For advanced settings around color gamut modification, please see on this video walkthrough.