Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421
A portable PC monitor
Consumers in desperate need of a monitor that can last throughout a travel should find their salvation in the one made by Lenovo: ThinkVision LT1421. This device is very easy to take with you wherever your feet take you. And let’s face it: the display of a laptop isn’t the best option when it comes to PowerPoint presentations or spreadsheets. This $199 monitor we wrote a review of is, in our humble opinion and according to tests we did on it, a great pick for lovers of portable gadgets. We’ll offer the pros and cons on it shortly.
The Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 stays true to consumers’ desire of owning traditional-looking monitors. The ThinkPad line of business notebooks borrow their aesthetic to the ThinkVision lineup. The chassis of the device is black and the bezel is thin. Measurements are such: 13.2″ x 8.6″ x 0.85″. The rear is, for the most part, flat. It is home to a box where a button for brightness, one microUSB port and a plastic arm that can be bended. The latter has the following function: it props up the LT1421 and then you can use it to adjust the monitor’s angle. The feel we got from this arm during tests was of a solid feature. It certainly didn’t break when we took the device on a walk. The front is featured with a cover that snaps in order to offer the display protection. Against scratches. Weight is 1.8 pounds.
Powered by USB
We put the product on a flat surface. It stood there without falling down. The cover we mentioned can be used to put the monitor on it to use it as a base. Thus cover makes the weight reach 2.4 pounds.
After we plugged the monitor into our Windows notebook, we had to install by hand the drivers which came with it. The package you get your copy of the ThinkVision LT1421 in is also made of a CD for installing the driver. However, if your comp or laptop doesn’t come with an optical drive, the driver needs to be downloaded from Lenovo’s official Internet page.
As a consumer, there’s little you can control. So it’s very simple to use the LT1421. Since there is no button for Power, to turn off the device one has to pull the USB cord out.
Good image quality
Performance from a picture quality perspective was good, compared with other reviewed monitors. Every color displayed by the 14.1″ monitor was bright and looked very good. Image quality of this screen with a res of 1366 x 768 pixels can be considered identical to that on a notebook of high-quality. Coating is matte, which is a pro, because the wideness of viewing angles is surreal. And, even so, the quality of content was still great. We didn’t register jerkiness when we played back MP4 files or YouTube videos in 720p on a ThinkPad X301. With a MacBook Pro made last year, the images are jerky.
Since this is a portable monitor, it features a Y cable with 2 full-size USB plugs and a microUSB port. The latter are plugged into the monitor; the 2 USB plugs are used when the consumer wants to attach the device to a notebook.
For all of the above reasons, Lenovo’s ThinkVision LT1421 is a favorite of ours. This monitor has the pro of being extra portable. Images are amazing and they are achieved over a USB bus.