Lenovo has created a portable USB-C display that can be a convenient way to add an extra display to your laptop. We have seen a lot of portable monitors over the years, but most have been bulky and cumbersome. The big promise of USB-C for monitors seems to be finally arriving, and Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14 looks like a solid attempt. It is a 14-inch IPS screen (1920 x 1080) that weighs 1.3 pounds and attaches to a laptop via USB-C.
Unlike the Asus & # 39; ZenScreens, Lenovo’s portable USB-C display does not contain a battery that means your laptop, tablet or even your phone’s task is to operate the monitor. Lenovo does not provide estimates of the power draw, but it should not be important for this type of display. Lenovo also offers an adapter that supports power supply so you can charge and stream your monitor simultaneously. I got the chance to try the ThinkVision M1
4 shortly at Mobile World Congress this week and I was surprised by their weight and thin.
Lenovo has succeeded in ensuring that this is not bulky, and there is even a protection to protect the screen if you drop it in a bag. There are two USB-C ports on both sides, making it a little easier to place the cable if you want to use it on the left or right side of your laptop. Lenovo has built most of the components in the base, which felt robust during my time with it. There is even an extra stand at the base to raise the screen height to better align it with your laptop, which is a nice extra option to have.
The only slightly disappointing aspect is the display chin. I hope Lenovo, HP and other PC manufacturers are moving away from these monitors for the benefit of indefinite displays. However, it is a trend that is growing. Still, these portable displays are finally an easy way to add an extra laptop when you’re mobile. This is useful if you need extra space for work such as editing photos or videos. Lenovo now plans to make ThinkVision M14 available summer priced at $ 249.