If you're hunting for a budget portable monitor, the Prism+ Nomad Ultra 13 fits the profile easily. Packing a Full-HD OLED display, the S$399 Ultra 13 is a no-frills portable monitor you can use anywhere. It has to be connected to a laptop or a PC to work, but that's really all you need. There's also no touchscreen — for that, you'll have to get the more expensive 16-inch model, the Pro 16 or the Ultra 4K 16.
- 0.52kg, 1.3kg with stand
- 13.3-inch OLED with 16:9 aspect ratio, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels @ 60Hz
- 150% sRGB colour gamut
- USB-C cable x2, mini HDMI cable x1, charger
Resembling a tablet, the monitor is all screen. There's no built-in stand to keep it upright. However, Prism does ship it with a plastic case stand that also serves as a cover. The stand is surprisingly stable, and keeps the monitor upright with no issues. Specs-wise, it's just a 60Hz display, so if you're looking to game with a portable monitor, try the more expensive Asus ROG Strix XG16 Portable Gaming Monitor. Colors are vivid, the screen is bright at 400 nits (tested indoor), and viewing angles are good. We also tried it outdoors under the midday sun with a little shelter. You'll have to crank the brightness to max, but the screen is definitely viewable.
The audio isn't the best though. It has two 1.5W speakers, which are kinda tinny. You're possibly better off using Bluetooth headphones, or just your laptop speakers. I tested the Ultra 13 with my Apple MacBook Pro (2021), which oddly enough, picked 960 x 540 pixels as the monitor's default resolution. I had to manually select 1,920 x 1,080 pixels to get the screen to look sharp. At the sides are two USB-C ports and a mini-HDMI port. The unit also comes with a mini-HDMI to HDMI and two USB-C cables.
The monitor's OSD is pretty simple, allowing you to activate HDR, its blue-light filters, as well as adjust brightness and contrast. You can toggle the OSD via the power and volume control buttons at the top of the monitor. There's not much to meddle with. When outdoors, there's no ambient light detector, so you will need to manually adjust the brightness.
At S$399, the Prism+ Nomad Ultra 13 is a can buy if you need an affordable no-frills portable monitor. If you need more features or a bigger screen, check out the other Nomad options from Prism+. Get it from Shopee or Lazada.
Note: Review unit provided by Prism+.
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