ThinkVision LT1421 Review

Package Contents

  • 1x USB 2.0 cable for video output (USB powered)
  • 1x USB 2.0 extension cable: this cable can be plugged in in two ports in your laptop or desktop in case 1 USB2.0 port does not deliver sufficient power.
  • 1x CD
  • Manual
  • Protection cover
  • ThinkVision LT1421

Specifications

Display Technology TN-panel
Display Resolution 1366×768 (HD+)
Size 14″
Contrast Ratio 400:1
Brightness 200 cd/m2
Colors 262144
Viewing Angle
  • H: 90 degrees (10:1 contrast)
  • V: 50 degrees (10:1 contrast)
Response Time 8 ms
USB cord length 1.8 m (with extension cable)
Kickstand angle 12-40 degrees
Weight
  • Monitor: 1.8lb / 0.84kg
  • Monitor w/ cover: 2.25lb / 1.02kg

Pictures

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Those Think-boxes look so sexy.
You won't need that manual.
You won’t need that manual.
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This side will protect the front side of the LT1421. As you can see it is well-protected
So gorgeous! However I would have preferred a colored ThinkVision logo similar to the one we have on the ThinkPad palm rest and lid.
So gorgeous! However I would have preferred a colored ThinkVision logo similar to the one we have on the ThinkPad palm rest and lid.
The back.
The back. Here you will find the brightness controls and the kickstand.
The kickstand won't let you down and feels quite strong.
The kickstand won’t let you down and feels quite strong.
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The left side with the micro-USB2.0 port

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First Impressions

The image quality isn’t the best there is, but it is exactly what you would expect in its price category and class. I paid about 140 EUR including international shipping in Europe.

The contrast is a bit low. But I am not complaining. If you want good color accuracy DisplayLink isn’t a technology you should go with, because there is no color calibration. With these portable monitors, the competition also uses TN-panels, you will have to try very hard to find a IPS-panel to get satisfying results. They chose for TN-panels because it consumes less power than an IPS-panel (15% less power on average). However if you want great display quality, the ThinkVision LT1423p is currently the best portable monitor at the moment.

There are no reflections at all on the display, and you can still work decently outdoors despite the lower brightness.

No glare
No glare

The build quality is quite good and you shouldn’t worry about the ThinkVision LT1421 bending in your backpack. Its cover will also protect the display panel against scratches when you are not using it. The materials used is plastic and isn’t very scratch resistant because of it.

The LT1421 weighs 1.02kg and is quite light and will not slow you down. It is the perfect addon to your work tools on the go, at work, at home.

My setup when travelling: ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2nd gen & ThinkVision LT1421
My setup when travelling: ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2nd gen & ThinkVision LT1421

The installation went very smoothy when I connected it to my X1 Carbon (20A7) running Windows 8.1, it will work out of the box after it has downloaded the driver from Windows Update.

Pro:

  • Weight
  • Price
  • Build Quality
  • Features
  • Easy to use
  • Excellent support

Con:

  • TN-panel

Installation

Windows 8.1

Just plug your monitor in, and it will start installing drivers. If Windows has trouble downloading the drivers from Windows Update, you can always download them from www.displaylink.com.

FAQ

  • Is color calibration supported?
    No, this is currently a limitation with DisplayLink.
  • Can you scale the monitor independently from the primary display in Windows 8.1?
    It appears that this is not possible.

 

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