The Lenovo ThinkVision M14d is the successor (or a variant?) to the unique ThinkVision M14 we reviewed earlier than. It’s a 14-inch high-resolution transportable monitor that requires just one USB-C connector for each picture sign and energy.
The brand new monitor is priced at $500 (MSRP), considerably greater than the $249 its predecessor launched at. Let’s evaluation the technical specs and in-person checks earlier than you may resolve if Lenovo has priced this appropriately.
Lenovo has saved the general profitable design of the unique ThinkVision M14, and so they look strikingly comparable from a distance. The brand new mannequin is barely heavier at 1.3 Lbs (vs. 1.26 Lbs), however you received’t really feel the distinction. I solely noticed this whereas scanning the specs.
The brand new M14d has an side ratio of 16:10 as a substitute of 16:9, which matches Lenovo’s new laptops which have additionally transited. 16:10 gives a bit extra vertical house, which is best for productiveness and appears higher if the exterior show matches the laptop computer show ratio.
The monitor can lay flat on a desk or arise at a 90-degree angle, making it usable as an everyday show, a low-laying management monitor, or perhaps a VESA-mounted display. There’s even a foldable assist to boost the peak of the monitor if wanted barely.
These days, I all the time journey with a few laptops and an exterior monitor. It’s simply robust to do heavy modifying or coding on a 14” or 15.6” laptop computer monitor, and having an extra monitor boosts productiveness. The draw back is that it’s essential to transport it, which is why the featherweight is extremely helpful right here. Luckily, Lenovo has included a safety sleeve.
In the meanwhile, I might fear about having it inside a suitcase. Nonetheless, conceptually, that’s doable since there is no such thing as a inside battery, and airways would most likely not thoughts if you happen to transport it in checked baggage. I might fear concerning the show flexing an excessive amount of when topic to airline transportation baggage abuse.
It’s suitable with a VESA 100 mount, though you might need to make use of shorter screws as a result of this show is way thinner than your typical desktop flat monitor. I attempted mounting it on a VESA arm, and that labored properly too.
Dimensions: 314.35 x 215.28 x 14.05 mm
Viewable space: 301.52 x 188.45 mm
Ports and Interface
The monitor stand has two USB-C connectors, one on either side. They embody video sign transmission in DP 1.2 Alt Mode, and the information protocol is USB 2.0. The monitor additionally acts as a USB HUB and has a USB PD energy passthrough.
If in case you have a single USB-C port on the laptop computer, you may nonetheless join the monitor to the pc and a peripheral to the second monitor’s USB-C port. Ideally, the laptop computer would have two USB-C ports, one for Energy.
You’ll be able to join an influence supply (as much as 65W) to cost a laptop computer by way of the monitor’s USB-C port. It’s also doable to attach peripherals (USB HUB, Keyboard, Mouse, and many others.) to the out there USB-C connector. Notice that USB gadgets related to the monitor ought to devour lower than 2.5 Watts (5V/0.5A) per the USB 2.0 customary.
There’s a rocker to manage the show’s brightness, and for bodily safety, a Kensington lock is offered if you wish to safe the monitor to a desk.
And not using a PC
Should you join the monitor to a USB-C (5V/1.5A) energy supply, it’s doable to make use of the second USB-C port to attach a telephone, console, or different suitable gadgets to the monitor (=USB-C DP Alt-mode ). We’ve demonstrated this in our earlier ThinkVision M14 evaluation, and nothing has modified regarding that.
The bottom supported decision is 640×480 (60/70Hz), and the most decision is 2240×1440 (60Hz). Virtually all the customary resolutions in-between are supported, however obtain the user manual from the Lenovo website (PDF) if you wish to be 100% certain.
Might -almost- be a teleprompter show
When utilizing this monitor, I assumed that Lenovo ought to add a bit little bit of digital to permit for a “mirror” mode as a result of the ThinkVision M14d’s dimension makes it suitable with many teleprompters.
The one factor lacking is a mirror mode, the picture that might flip the picture horizontally to make textual content readable when trying on the teleprompter’s mirror. Mac OS has a mirror mode, so mac customers can go forward with out this addition, however Home windows customers would profit from it.
Lenovo might add this straightforward function and finally personal that teleprompter show market as a result of “teleprompter” shows don’t sometimes impress with their picture high quality, design, and capabilities.
Show High quality
The picture high quality is great, with a most brightness of 300 NITs and practically a 100% sRGB coloration gamut. This degree of picture high quality is troublesome to achieve for transportable screens, and it’s not unusual to see rivals with barely 65% protection of the sRGB gamut.
The 2240×1400 decision is visibly superior to the earlier 1080p decision. Such a pixel density makes textual content smoother, and all the pieces is extra agreeable in case your visible acuity can see such particulars.
This monitor is nice for basic work, together with coding, net growth, and artistic/picture/video semi-professional work.
There’s no query that the Lenovo ThinkVision M14d (official page) is a good transportable monitor. It’s extremely cell and lightweight, however on the similar time, it may work in knowledgeable atmosphere and be VESA-mounted.
Its picture high quality makes it top-of-the-line choices for professionals. The two.2K decision is noticeably extra snug for the eyes when engaged on small textual content or graphics with minute particulars.
However the $499 value is, surely, a friction level, particularly when you should purchase its predecessor for $250 or much less. I believe that Lenovo understands this, and once I checked, I usually noticed this monitor being direct bought at Lenovo.com for a lot much less.
If the worth appears too excessive, verify the precise “avenue value” for this monitor, and also you is likely to be pleasantly stunned.If you’d like one thing a bit larger, I’ve additionally tried the ThinkVision M15 as a result of I just like the 15.6” dimension. I hope to see a ThinkVision 17” quickly!