It's not often that I get a product that leaves me with a yes, I needed that, but the Lenovo ThinkVision M14t is one of those. This mobile monitor lets me expand my laptop experience anywhere I go, without being cumbersome or a burden to lug around. It has a brilliant 14-inch 300 nits Full HD IPS screen and features two USB Type-C ports.
- 14-inch 300nits, Full HD
- 72% NTSC color gamut
The M14t is plug-and-play, as long as you have a device with a USB-C port capable of display output. That means it should work most modern laptops with USB-C ports. You may need a newer USB-C to USB-C cable to get video output working, but the monitor comes with one that works. My older USB-C cable did not — which was news to me. I got the M14t to work with my MacBook Pro, iPad, Xiaomi Mi9 phone, and a Lenovo notebook. You will need extra power for the phone to power the display though.
I liked having a second screen while working, and the M14t is perfect for this. The monitor can be positioned at almost any angle, and sits firmly on its base when raised. There's an mini-stand at the bottom to angle the monitor higher as well, which I liked. The USB-C ports can be used to send power through or serve as a USB hub, and you can adjust the brightness quickly with the buttons located at the bottom.
My version of the monitor supports touch and 4,096 points of pressure sensitivity for drawing with the bundled stylus pen. Touch support doesn't work for Mac, but does on Windows. Pen support works for Mac, but not well, it controls the cursor where it is, and doesn't jump to where your pen's touching point is. The screen also supports automatic rotation, which should prove useful to those who prefer portrait orientation for coding. The M14t comes with a bundled carrying case, which you will need. I'm a bit concerned how fragile it is — it's just a slab of glass after all.
The Lenovo ThinkVision M14t is a pretty good portable monitor for those who prefer working on-the-go. It's easy to use, and lightweight as well. The M14t retails at your usual e-commerce platforms such as Shopee or Lazada, with Shopee the cheapest at S$470. It's a bit expensive, but the portability is unbeatable. You can also get the non-touchscreen version for much cheaper at S$300.
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