ThinkVision M14 review: Recommends 'mobile displays' for telecommuting

Easier to install than a conventional display.

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2020年10月10日, 午後 11:46 in egmt
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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Speaking of mobile displays, as the name implies, these are devices that people who can't get work done without a sub-display on the go are happy to use. Even before the mobile display appeared in the world, there were pioneers who packed an ordinary PC display into a suitcase and brought it to Las Vegas. For us writers, it's a must-have product.

But in this day and age, there is hardly any business travel. Just when you thought the mobile display was over, the number of people buying mobile displays for telework is increasing dramatically. You may think that an ordinary PC display is fine for this purpose, but there are reasons such as "there is no place to install it permanently" and "a huge display cable and power supply are a nuisance".

Until now, mobile displays have been mainly made by PC supply manufacturers, but recently, PC manufacturers have begun to enter the market. Lenovo just entered the market with its 14-inch mobile display, the ThinkVision M14, in June last year, and the ThinkVision M14t, which we'll introduce this time, is its top model. The "t" at the end seems to be the "t" for “touch screen”. The Lenovo website has already started selling it, and the price is 43,010 yen, with a discount, at a selling price of 50,600 yen.

This year's new model, the ThinkVision M14t.

Since mobile displays are designed to be carried around with you, weight reduction is an essential requirement. In that respect, this device is quite light and thin, at 14 inches, and weighing about 698 grams, with the thinnest part at about 5 mm and the thickest part at 13 mm. Since it is a display, to begin with, it doesn't have a battery, and it uses a single USB Type-C port for power supply and video input.

The power button and USB-TypeC port on the right side of the leg

ODS button and USB-TypeC port on the left side

The display features a wide viewing angle IPS LCD with 1920x1080 resolution, approximately 16.77 million colors, and a contrast ratio of 700:1. The top and left and right sides of the bezel have a narrow frame of about 6mm, but only the bottom is about 33mm. However, even if the display area is that far down, it won't match the height of the laptop's display when placed next to it, so 33mm is reasonable.

Automatic screen flipping

The tilt angle of the lower part of the stand is from 0 to 80 degrees according to the specifications, but it opens up to a little over 90 degrees in actuality. However, if you go beyond 90 degrees, it will naturally tilt towards you, so please use it within the bounds of common sense.

The small leg to adjust the angle when in tablet mode

Press the front left button to bring up the OSD menu for display adjustments. In the "Monitor Control" tab, you can adjust the brightness and contrast, switch the OS that supports the touch function, and reduce the blue light. In the "Advanced" tab, you can set the screen response time, display mode, and language. When the display mode is set to sRGB, brightness and contrast adjustment is disabled.

Touch functionality is switchable between Windows and Android/Chrome.
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Color balance can be selected in the display mode.
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This OSD menu is not operated with the plus and minus keys, but with on-screen touch. This ease of understanding is probably a benefit of the touch-sensitive display.

The pen that comes with it is a little short at 140mm in length. The surface of the display is quite smooth and the pen tip is slippery. The batteries are AAAA, which are not sold in the convenience stores around here, so please be careful.

Pen is a little short.

The display and pen can be stored in the included felt case.

High resolution and practical display

I actually used it. In general, a laptop display alone is inefficient for work that requires the deployment of a large amount of documents, but a second display like this is a great help when you're on the go.

Mobile work is getting easier.

Originally, it is supposed to be used with Windows PC or Android, but I was able to use it as a display even in combination with MacBook Pro without any problems. However, macOS does not have a screen touch function, so touching the device with a finger does not work.

On the other hand, if you bring the mouse pointer to the display area of the device, you could use the special pen beyond that point. It's not impossible to use this pen for retouching photos using Photoshop. Because I had to increase the pressure a little bit to get the pen to respond.

The connection to the PC is a single USB-TypeC cable. Therefore, the power supply is taken from the PC side inevitably, but the battery decreases unexpectedly in a flash. It is a feeling, but it seems to be good to think that the drive time is about 2/3 to 1/2 than use as a single unit.

Lenovo is well aware of this and has a pass-through feature that allows you to connect the laptop's Type-C adapter to the free side of the two USB Type-C ports and power the PC through to the other side as well. You may be wondering why you don't plug in the power directly to your PC, but this is probably a consideration for PCs that have only one USB Type-C port.

If you use it with Windows PC, you don't need a driver and you can use the pen input without any problem. There are up to 4096 levels of pressure, but only apps that support pressure will detect it.

On Windows PCs, it's as easy to use as a tablet PC.

One possible use for this device is as an LCD tablet for drawing and photo retouching in combination with a notebook PC that doesn't support pen input. To begin with, connecting this unit to a tablet PC that can use a pen is not unheard of, but it may be a bit over-specified.

Because this device supports HDCP, the display of streaming services such as Netflix is also possible. You can also do some telework while watching anime on one side.


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.


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