Lenovo ThinkVision M14 Review: Next-Gen Portable Display

Scientific studies immediately after scientific studies have verified that increasing the display floor spot immediately improve people’s productivity. That is why companies like Google gave personnel twin-monitor by default. Seems superior, but for the highway warrior, it is not that straightforward.

No just one thinks their backpack is “too light” or has “too much space”, so every single supplemental pound, if not every single ounce, does depend.

That is where by the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 USB-C transportable display will come in (formal ThinkVision M14 webpage). As the lightest transportable check on the market, it showed fantastic guarantee, but we’ll get a nearer glance to see how superior it seriously is.

Industrial Design and style: Feather Mild, strong

Lenovo’s industrial structure is really diverse from other choices on the market. For case in point, the HP EliteDisplay S14, the ASUS MB16AC, and the Hori Moveable High definition Gaming Monitor Professional, are all typical competition. There are less typical makes that we see at tradeshows sometime, but their assistance and high quality have nevertheless to be established.

The ThinkVision M14 display has a base that serves as a stand from which the display can swivel at any angle from flat to 90 degrees upright. Competing patterns typically occur with a magnetic include scenario or some other kind of fastened-angle (or a several angles) apparatus developed to hold the monitor vertical.

The Lenovo check can match your laptop’s angle completely for optimum comfort and lowered seen bezel separation.

The ThinkVision M14 base conveniently includes two USB-C connectors that are suitable with the Exhibit Port 2.1 video signal protocol, and USB-C PD (power delivery).

Electric power can occur from two resources: the laptop’s USB-C port, even if the notebook is not plugged to a power source, or you can join the laptop’s USB-C charger, then join the check to the notebook applying the 2nd USB-C port. The USB-C PD assistance usually means that the notebook will cost.

  • Laptop -> USB-C -> Monitor (notebook powers the check)
  • Laptop <- USB-C <-Monitor <- Charger (both laptops and monitors are powered by the charger

The monitor’s display section is only 4.4mm thick, but most important of all, it weighs only 570g (1.26 Lbs).

Works with some phones/tablets too

Using the ThinkVision M14 with the Samsung Galaxy Fold

The ThinkVision also works with phones, which is great if your computing needs can be fulfilled by mobile devices (phone or tablet). That’s even better if you have a device that has a desktop mode, such as the most recent tablet and phones from Samsung or Huawei.

If interested, you can read our Galaxy Note 9 review in which Samsung’s DEX desktop mode was introduced, and of course, we have the Galaxy Note 10 review.

Note that Samsung DEX has since been extended to the Galaxy S10 family of devices, so even with a compact phone like the S10e, you could turn it into a full-blown desktop with the ThinkVision M14 display (+mouse/keyboard)

The same functionality exists in some Huawei devices such as the Huawei P30 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, and MediaPad M5.

Note: the phone’s USB-C electrical power is too low to power the screen. However, we’ve been able to use a phone’s charger to power the monitor, while the second M14 USB-C gets the video signal. Again, the dual USB-C design proves extremely convenient.

It’s also possible to use the Fold as a touchpad. Feel free to add a BT mouse

For powerpoint-style presentations, you could, therefore, be as light as 1.26Lbs (display) plus the weight of your phone (0.33 to 0.48 Lbs).

It’s also a lot easier on the wallet if you already own a compatible phone since the Lenovo M14 monitor costs only ~$249. The phone USB-C port needs to be compatible with the DisplayPort or HDMI protocol.

If you were to add a mouse and keyboard to this setup, you might start looking at Ultralight ARM-based laptops using Qualcomm’s processors, such as the Lenovo Yoga C630 Wos. or the upcoming Lenovo Project Limitless which is a 5G flavor of the same concept.

By the way, pairing one of these with the ThinkVision M14 would probably yield one of the lightest mobile setup at around 1.5 Lbs, if you use a Galaxy S10e for example.

Display quality: top in its class

300 NITs of maximum brightness and 100% sRGB Color gamut place the ThinkVision M14 at the top of the Portable Monitor image quality

With laptop display quality on the rise, it’s also important to have a matching portable screen that can keep up.

The ThinkVision M14 portable display has a matte finish which is great for working in a brightly lit environment (plus, you can tweak the angle to avoid reflections).

The 1080p resolution is quite common, and it makes sense from a cost and power-consumption perspective since this is potentially powered by the laptop’s battery.

“BEST IMAGE QUALITY IN THIS CATEGORY”

However, the ~300 NITs brightness and the near 100% sRGB color coverage give the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 the best image quality we’ve seen in this category.

For example, the HP EliteDisplay S14 has a brightness of 170 NITs and an sRGB coverage well below 100%. The Hori Portable HD Gaming Pro monitor gets only to 180 NITs.

Conclusion: highly recommended

The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 features some of the most desirable attributes of a portable monitor, it’s light (1.26 Lbs), has excellent image quality in this category (100% sRGB coverage) with a flexible orientation (-5 to 90 degree), and dual USB-C connectivity with power passthrough for an optimal installation whether you use a laptop or a phone/tablet.

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR BUSINESS TRAVELERS”

If you search on Amazon, there are tons of competitors, and some have larger displays (15.6”) or cost less (~$170 seems very common), but the ones we have seen are much thicker and heavier, use mini HDMI instead of USB-C and have lesser-quality displays and single-angle orientations.

We highly recommend the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 ($249) to business travelers and anyone who can afford to pay $80 more over the generic alternatives to get a lighter and superior display. If Lenovo could build a 15.6” or even 17” version, the world is ready for it.

Overall product rating: 10/10

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