Lenovo has developed a portable USB-C monitor that lets you add an extra screen to your laptop. We've seen a lot of portable monitors over the years, but most of them were bulky and cumbersome. The big promise of USB-C for monitors is finally coming, and the ThinkVision M14 from Lenovo seems to be a solid attempt. It is a 14-inch (1920 x 1080) IPS display that weighs 1.3 kilograms and connects to a laptop via USB-C.
Unlike Lenovo ZenScreens, Lenovo's USB-C portable monitor does not include a battery, so your laptop is a tablet or even a phone needs to power the display. Lenovo makes no estimates of power consumption, but should not be relevant to this type of display. Lenovo also offers an adapter to support the continuity of the current so that you can charge and power the monitor at the same time. I had a chance to try the ThinkVision M1
Lenovo has made sure that this is not the case, not bulky, and there's even a cover to protect the display when you slide it into a bag. There are two USB-C ports on each side that make it easier to position the cable, whether you use it on the left or right side of your laptop. Lenovo has built most of the components into the base that felt stable during my time. There's even an extra kickstand on the base to increase the height of the monitor to better fit your laptop, which is a nice extra option.
The only somewhat disappointing aspect is the display chin. I hope that Lenovo, HP and other PC makers will move away from these display chins to cellless displays. However, it is a trend that is growing. Nevertheless, these portable monitors are finally an easy way to add an extra laptop screen when you're mobile. This is useful if you need extra space to edit photos or videos. Lenovo now plans to make the ThinkVision M14 available this summer for $ 249.