E INK MONITOR / does it save you from blue light burnout?
That make me question whether its practical for everyday use, so by the end of this video Im gon na make a decision either. I go back to LED, like everyone else or I double down on e ink and see how far this minimalist Rabbit Hole goes. Last summer I ditched my iPhone for a minimalist phone called The Light phone 2 and it was so relaxing that it actually created a problem because it made me realize how stressed and burned out. I felt working on my iMac. So I tried setting screen time limits and logging off at noon, but inevitably Id have to turn my computer back on to listen to music or look up recipes and even with the brightness all the way down. My eyes were still getting bloodshot and hazy. Basically, it was like staring at a giant light bulb for a living and at a certain point I thought. Maybe I should just shut down my YouTube channel and go find something else fast forward to February, and I was scrolling YouTube when I came across this e ink monitor called the books Mira Pro. It Was Eighteen hundred dollars which was outrageously expensive, but I was so burned out from blue light that I ordered one and when it came, the mirror Pro seemed like the analog answer to my pixelated prayers. It was light, sleek and minimal, with a solid aluminum stand and the grayscale screen had this calming effect like staring at a newspaper, but then I started trying it out with different apps and with the ghosting and glare and lack of detail it just felt unusable.
I swear to God. I was halfway through filling out the return label and I looked over at this giant box in the middle of my bedroom and thought screw it Im gon na give the mirror Pro one more chance, because I didnt really understand how ENC works. I started doing some research and heres the basic idea, unlike LED screens, which shine blue light straight into your eyes and refresh 30 to 60 times per second ex screens reflect softer shades of ambient light and only refresh when they need to by using tiny ink filled. Balls that move up or down depending on the electromagnetic charge of each pixel. Consequently, the first thing I did was add a second light off to the left of my mirror so that it illuminated the screen without causing glare or bothering my eyes after that I switched to an all white background and updated the mirror pro software to version 10, Which massively improved the flickering and contrast issues? I also set up two keyboard shortcuts to clear the ghosting that happens with ink and invert the colors of the monitor when I was using apps that were dark and difficult to read. At this point, my general feeling was with a few tweaks. I had turned this beautiful, yet unusable toy into a fully functioning Monitor, and for the first time I was actually stoked to see what else the mirror Pro could do. When I first tried browsing with Ian, my brain was kind of struggling to process everything in grayscale, but after a few days I started to enjoy it and where my iMac was always leading to stress and distraction, the mirror was a much more calm, intentional experience.
Similarly. Well, the ghosting was annoying at first. I soon got into a rhythm of pressing my refresh shortcut and it became really satisfying like flipping the windshield wipers on a car and once my brain adjusted to the lower frame rate of the mouse cursor, I was whipping around the screen like normal. Obviously the mirror Pro was great for reading comics and articles, but it worked just as well for editing, spreadsheets, writing emails and organizing my notes and apps like notion, plus with a lower power consumption. It was ideal for streaming music and, unlike my iMac, I could Jam at night without getting insomnia from Blue Light. Finally, the video quality was a lot better than I expected and while eating struggles with darker scenes, its decent enough to watch tutorials or do basic research, so browsing was fun and relaxing. But the question was: could I actually work on an eating screen because they use so many different skills as a content creator, the mirror Pro had to fit into a lot of different workflows to be worth it to me. So I spent the past few months, testing it for writing coding, design, music production and filmmaking and yeah heres how it went basic actions like highlighting formatting, annotating and dragging work perfectly with the mirror and well. The text looks a little crunchy up close. It didnt affect the readability. In fact, I actually preferred it to the retina display of my MacBook, because the lettering felt more organic like packing away at a typewriter.
Also, I thought working in grayscale might be a problem for web development, but when I switched to a high contrast theme, it was just as readable as my iMac and I even spent the past couple months coding an app for finding barefoot shoes entirely on the mirror. Pro, although I did have to check the colors occasionally on my iPad, obviously the mirror Pro wasnt meant for design work, but it was helpful for getting basic layouts together. So I didnt have to spend so much time staring at my MacBook and if youre someone whos used to drawing out a tablet, while looking up at a screen, then you could potentially use the mirror Pro for illustration as well. When I tried writing some music and Logic, the dark UI was basically unusable, but inverting the colors made it much better, which was also useful for analog instruments like the electron digitone that have digital controller apps. Video editing with Premiere was the same story except. I also had to add an adjustment layer to invert the timeline footage. The funny thing was, I actually preferred the inverted UI and it works so well that I edited the last three videos on my channel almost entirely with the mirror Pro only switching back to my MacBook to finish up the color grading. When I first bought the Light phone, I kind of saw Ian because this quirky technology that was great for basic productivity and not much else, but the mirror Pro really blew my mind with whats possible and while I obviously still need a color screen for some things, I never go back to one for my main, monitor because Im just so much more calm and creative when Im working on e ink.
That said, if you rely heavily on color or do a lot of work with complex Motion, Graphics and e ink display is probably not the best choice. But if youre, a minimalist writer coder designer music producer, filmmaker whos, struggling to stay, focused and feeling burned out from working with blue light all day, then it might make a lot of sense in terms of pricing. I always like to break my purchases out into monthly expenses, so at eighteen hundred dollars over five years, the mirror Pro works out to around thirty dollars a month. However, if you decide to get one Id recommend trying it out for at least a week, because it takes some experimenting to get your lighting and workflow set up right. So I think that covers it. But if you want to check out the mirror Pro I put links down below and if you have a question about it or about Inc in general.