Author: Bob Buskirk
You know you really take multiple displays for granted when you don’t have them anymore. This always happens to me when I travel, and makes adjusting to a single display much harder. Lenovo really did a great job with the ThinkVision LT1421, it is small and compact, easy to setup and use, and easy to travel with.
Starting with the size Lenovo made it the perfect size for most users. Most consumers own laptops 13-15 inches so the 14-inch display is ideal. Also the resolution of 1366 x 768 is perfect as well. It gives you a good amount of room to work with whether you are going to be using this display as a secondary display or even if you are watching videos. Not only is the display the perfect size it is thin and small enough to carry around with you as well. It can easily fit into a laptop bag or backpack.
Lenovo made this display pretty much universally compatible with most laptops as PC’s as well. As long as your system has two open USB ports you are good to go. We’ve seen other portable displays use DVI, VGA and HDMI, but USB is pretty much universally on every system and laptop out there. Because it uses USB for power you do not need to carry an extra power adapter with you, although this is a double-edge sword as the screen will decrease the overall battery life of your laptop. I noticed my battery lasted about 30% longer when I was not using the LT1421 display. The USB cable is also very long so this gives you some flexibility where you can actually place the display, which many people will take advantage of.
Right now this display is selling for $188 at my favorite online retailer. At that price if you want a great secondary display that you can easily take with you it is definitely with the money. Lenovo also backs the display with a 3-year warranty. Out of all of the portable displays available in the same price range this one seems to be at the moment the best in its class. Overall ThinkComputers gives the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 14-inch Portable USB Monitor a 9 out of 10 score.
- Slim design
- Easy to setup
- No extra power adapter
- USB connection rather than DVI, VGA or HDMI
- Since there is no external power it will drain your laptops battery