“A few years ago, only computer programmers and graphic designers used a dual-monitor setup. While most operating systems have supported the feature at least since the 90s, few people used it. With faster graphics cards and lighter technology, this is no longer the case. Millions of Americans now use a dual display, including creative professionals and gamers. But if you’re using a laptop, this isn’t always practical. Running a dual-monitor setup on your own desk is simple enough, but it’s tough to take one on the road. The solution is to use a lightweight, portable monitor”.
Of course, a portable monitor opens up a wealth of other possibilities as well. For example, you can use one to expand your cell phone display. You can even use one with game consoles, whether you’re in a hotel or at a friend’s house. Today, we’ll be reviewing the Lepow Portable Monitor. This is a compact, portable 1080p monitor that’s ideal for travel. Now, we’re going to take a closer look at all of the features it has to offer.
Open the product box, you will see these, check first:
- Foldable magnetic cover
- Transparent screen protector
- USB Type-C to Type-C cable
- USB Type-A to Type-C cable
- HDMI to Mini HDMI cable
- Owner’s manual
- Output interface: 3.5mm headphone jack
- Speaker: 1Wx2
First of all, the Lepow portable monitor is well-designed. It has a slim design. It’s only 0.34 inches thick, which is slim enough to easily slip into a briefcase sleeve. The screen measures 15.6 inches on the diagonal, with overall dimensions of 14.5 inches wide and 8.8 inches tall. It weighs only 1.7 pounds, including the cover. All in all, it’s very easy to transport.
The frame is constructed from black ABS plastic, which has a dull finish that blends in with most electronics. The only decoration is a small silver Lepow logo, which is embossed just underneath the screen. On the left and right sides of the unit, you’ll find two sets of vent holes, which cover the two speakers. Looking at the left side of the monitor, under the speaker, there’s a mini HDMI port, a USB-C port, and the 3.5mm aux port. On the right side, there’s a PD port in a similar position. The power and menu buttons are also located on that side.
The screen cover is well designed and prevents scratches to the display. Much like a screen protector for your smartphone, it clings due to static electricity. It stays in place very well, but it’s still relatively easy to re-position should that become necessary.
The magnetic cover doubles as a stand. The edge of the cover clings to the top back of the monitor, providing support. And you can move the bottom of the screen forward or backward to adjust the angle for comfort.
In terms of connectivity, you get several different options. The mini HDMI cable will get you the best video quality, but this isn’t always ideal for a secondary monitor. Many computers only have a single HDMI port. However, for a secondary screen on a laptop, that’s all you’re going to need. Furthermore, HDMI is going to be your only option for game consoles, since consoles don’t support USB monitors.
That said, USB is going to be your best option in many situations. If you’re connecting to a desktop that only has a single HDMI port, adding another can be an involved process. Using a USB port saves you the need to upgrade your graphics card to one that has an extra HDMI port. Furthermore, with USB, you can connect to a smartphone or tablet. If you’re using an Apple device, we recommend using the PD port instead. You’ll get better performance than standard USB Type-C.
There’s an additional advantage to using a USB connection. It can be used to power your monitor. This is another side effect of the Lepow monitor’s lightweight. There’s no built-in battery, which saves a few pounds. It also saves you the need to charge your monitor. However, this also means that your monitor needs to be constantly plugged in.
Some features are really well. For example, the Lepow Portable Monitor utilizes an IPS panel. This type of panel provides a wider viewing angle than a standard LED screen. In that regard, the Lepow delivers. The maximum viewing angle is 85 degrees, both along the vertical and the horizontal axis. Effectively, this means it can be viewed from any angle since anything 90 degrees or more would be physically impossible.
The Lepow’s resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels, which means it’s standard 1080p. In a 15.6-inch screen, that’s essentially as good as it gets. Even if the manufacturer upgraded it to 2K, you could not find the difference at this size. The pixels are small enough and close enough together that there’s just no visible difference.