Hands-on with Lenovo's 1.3 pound ThinkPad M14 portable monitor - Liliputing (2023)

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When I’m working from home I typically plug my laptop into a desktop monitor so I can work on two screens. When I’m working on the go… I don’t.

There are plenty of reasons for that — but it basically boils down to my finding portable displays to be more trouble than they’re worth. They tend to be bulky, heavy, and power-hungry. And there’s no guarantee I’ll have enough space to set one up next to my laptop.

That said, Lenovo’s new ThinkVision M14 portable display is a pretty attractive option — the 13.3 inch, full HD IPS matte display weighs just 1.3 pounds and it’s slim enough to slip into the same bag you carry your laptop in.

Lenovo launched theThinkVision M14 this summer, and it sells for about $249 (or less).

(Video) Lenovo ThinkVision M14 portable display

Hands-on with Lenovo's 1.3 pound ThinkPad M14 portable monitor - Liliputing (2)

The display connects to your laptop via a single USB-C cable, which it uses for video and power — the screen doesn’t have its own battery and instead draws power from your notebook.

It supports DisplayPort 1.2 Alt Mode and USB Power Deliver 2.0.

There are actually two USB-C ports, one on either side, and the ThinkVision M14 supports USB passthrough, so you can connect your laptop to one USB-C port, and a storage device or another accessory to the other.

Lenovo’s monitor is less than 0.2 inches thick if you don’t count the kickstand, which folds flat against the display for storage, or extends out when you want to stand up the monitor. The stand can be adjusted at angles from -5 to 90 degrees.

The ThinkVision M14 supports up to 300-nits of brightness, 72-percent NTSC color gamut, and 6ms response time. And there’s an optional blue light filter that you can trigger by pressing a dedicated button on the kickstand.

All told, it’s not quite as versatile as the Taihe Gemini 15.6 inch touchscreen monitor I reviewed earlier this year… but it’s a heck of a lot more portable, at just half the weight.

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  1. I think the main advantage is that the ThinkVision M14 is available now, disadvantage is no-touch screen. Currently awaiting my Taihe Gemini, like many others from kickstarter, so i question the heavy favoritism of Taihe Gemini in these comments given more have yet to receive than have. That being said if you have the time and patience and want touch screen, compared to light wait and already production/delivery since Feb’19 would be my main factors for decision

  2. No HDMI makes it much less versatile than the Gemini (I really love my Gemini). So you can’t use this with older laptops or desktops (or iphones or older android). I hope al least one can also charge it with an external source in order to not only drain the laptop. But even then you need to bring a power delivery power bank which alone weighs as much as this screen

    1. It lacks a battery too (I also love my Gemini).

      1. How are you finding your Gemini thus far? I’m considering it.

        1. Well, it’s not my first portable display and even not the first with a built in battery. It’s slightly heavier than the rest, but the metal housing is a much more premium material. I would not buy a screen again without a built-in kickstand, it’s very handy, even thou it’s literally just a flat piece of metal on a hinge (no fancy adjusting like on a Surface). The I/O is great too, it’s the only one I have with a full sized HDMI and USB, and it’s makes it way more usable for me in the workshop.
          As for the display itself, it’s your standard FHD IPS, good viewing angles, good color, nothing to write home about, I bet half the other portable displays use this exact same panel. It’s matte, and that’s a good thing. Never had problem with the touch either, but because of the lip around the screen the corners are a bit harder to reach. I would have preferred a flush screen with some GorillaGlass coating, but I guess that would make it way more expensive. Maybe in a future model. Thanks to the small bezels it’s about the size of a 14″ notebook, like a Thinkpad T400.
          Regarding DeX it works best out of my screens with my S8 (no adapter needed). Part of that is while other screens would break the connection with the phone for a moment when going from charger to battery and thus disengage DeX mode on the phone, the Gemini maintains the connection.
          I do have some gripes with it too. Mainly the USB-C charging port. It’s not a real USB-C port. IT has the shape, but there is no power-delivery negotiation. If it gets 5V it will turn on the screen but not charge it, and would not pass through for DeX, so without it’s original charger (or a charged built-in battery) you can’t use it with a powerbank. You also have to be careful not to connect _anything_ else to the Gemini charger, as it’s basically a USB-killer. In this regard it’s not very portable, you’ll have to lug around the charger (unless the ~3h-4h battery time is fine with you).
          I use it mostly in my woirkshop, so neither the battery nor the charger is much of a problem. If I wanted to carry around something for my laptop I would probably get a 13.3″ display, as this is the size and weight that’s comparable to a smaller notebook. I will definitely take it with me the next time I go on a holiday thou (hotel TVs suck).
          My other problem is a general problem with these screens: it’s hard to transport it safely. There is no cover to protect the screen, so I got a notebook sleeve for it to carry around. In the Kickstarter they promised a screen protector and a carry case, I’m still waiting or it. I don’t know if the commercial ones come with it.
          Lastly, I was lucky to get mine as soon as I did. I was backer #88 and it still took them 2 months to ship it (they promised May, got it in early August). I guess the commercial ones would get delivered sooner, still I would buy form a respectable supplier, not from a random webshop or wish or something like that. I’m sure they are still short on supplies as not all the backers got theirs yet.
          What would I improve? Flush screen with the bezel, some kind of protective layer, and _add pen support_ and make Wacom run out of business!

          TL;DR: it’s a nice display, does exactly what it promises, don’t do what you expect it to do but was not in the brochure thou (USB charging from powerbank).

          My setup (GPD Win for scale):

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How do I connect my Lenovo Thinkvision monitor? ›

Connect one end of the USB cable to the USB downstream terminal of the monitor, and connect the other end of the USB cable to an appropriate USB port on your device. Note: The USB downstream port does not provide power while the monitor switch is off.

How do I turn on my Lenovo Thinkvision monitor? ›

To turn on your monitor, push and release the power switch marked . To turn off your monitor, push and release the power switch again. 3. Turn on the monitor and then the computer.

How do I connect my Lenovo laptop to a monitor without HDMI? ›

Connect with a USB-C Cable

Some laptops may also come with a USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) video output option. If your monitor has this port, then you can configure it to extend your laptop display. You can either directly connect your laptop's USB-C output to your monitor's USB-C input.

What cable do I need to connect Lenovo laptop to monitor? ›

DCF Laptops have the following connections:
  1. Lenovo L430: VGA, Mini-DisplayPort.
  2. Lenovo T470p: HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort.
  3. Lenovo L440: VGA, Mini-DisplayPort.
  4. Lenovo T480: HDMI, USB-C.
  5. Lenovo L460: VGA, Mini-DisplayPort.
  6. Lenovo A485: HDMI, USB-C.

Where is the button to turn on a monitor? ›

Locate the monitor power button

The front of the monitor, below the screen, commonly on the bottom right corner. The top or bottom edge of the monitor, commonly on the top-left or bottom-right side. The Left or right side edge of monitor.

How do I activate my monitor? ›

Select Start > Settings > System > Display. Your PC should automatically detect your monitors and show your desktop. If you don't see the monitors, select Detect.

Why is my Lenovo ThinkVision monitor not turning on? ›

Make sure the cables are not loose. Make sure the power cable is firmly attached to the monitor. Consider trying a different monitor or cable, if available. Try connecting the monitor to a different PC, if more than one is available.

Can I connect my laptop directly to my monitor? ›

When you connect an external monitor to a laptop computer, you have to run a cable between the two devices. Make sure that you get a monitor cable that matches the sockets on your laptop and monitor. Tell your operating system you're using a second screen.

What do I need to connect my laptop to an external monitor? ›

Connecting your laptop to a monitor is simply a matter of using the appropriate cable; most Windows laptops use HDMI or USB, and MacBooks will use USB or Thunderbolt. After connecting the monitor, choose to duplicate or extend the display in the Display Settings windows on Windows or System Preferences on a Mac.

Can you connect a laptop to a monitor wirelessly? ›

Rather than plugging an HDMI cable between your laptop and a monitor, wireless video HDMI uses a transmitter and a receiver that wirelessly connect your devices. The transmitter and receiver create a direct wireless connection, which means a home WiFi network is not needed for the devices to work.

How do I connect my laptop to a monitor without HDMI? ›

You can also use an adapter to connect to a DVI, HDMI, or VGA monitor. MacBooks with Thunderbolt 3 and Thunderbolt USB 4: Use a Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C cable to connect to either of these monitor types. You can also use an adapter to connect to a DVI, HDMI, or VGA monitor.

What cord do I need to connect my ThinkPad to a monitor? ›

Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the monitor HDMI connector and the other end to the computer. Connect one end of the adapter cable to the monitor and the other end to the outlet.

How do I connect my Lenovo ThinkPad to an external monitor? ›

You can connect to the external display by: Connect your external display to the appropriate connector on the ThinkPad. Use the ThinkPad keyboard combination of Fn and F7 (Windows Key + P on X1 Carbon) to open the Windows display dialog box. Select the display combination that you prefer to use.

What button turns monitor on and off? ›

All computer monitors have a power button located somewhere near the front of the monitor. The power button is often indicated by a power icon, like the icon pictured to the right.

What are the control buttons on a monitor? ›

Touch-sensitive buttons are often found on the front, bottom edge. Power - Turns the monitor on or off. Brightness - Using this button or wheel the user can increase and decrease the brightness on the screen. Contrast - Using this button or wheel can increase and decrease the amount of contrast on the screen.

What are the buttons on monitor? ›

A button is a fastener that joins two pieces of fabric together by slipping through a loop or by sliding through a buttonhole.

Why is my monitor not coming on? ›

Check the power cable

If the power cord is removable from the back of the monitor, try replacing it with another power cable. If you still cannot turn on the monitor after trying another wall outlet and cable, the monitor is broken and should be replaced.

Can I connect my phone to monitor? ›

Using a single USB C cable to connect your smartphone with a portable monitor, both devices need to feature a USB C port enabled by DisplayPort Alt Mode (DP Alt Mode).

Why won't my screen show up on my monitor? ›

Make sure your resolution and refresh rate are set properly (if you had them set too high, your monitor might not be able to display a screen). You can also try reinstalling your graphics card drivers by downloading them from the manufacturer's website.

Why did my monitor go black and wont turn on? ›

We'll look at some things that can cause a black or blank screen: Connection problems with your monitor or screen. Display adapter driver update issues. Issues with recent system updates or installations.

How do I wake up Thinkvision monitor? ›

Press the "Input" button on your LCD monitor's front panel repeatedly at three- or four-second intervals until your monitor wakes up. If your monitor is set to an incorrect input mode, it won't receive a video signal.

Why is my monitor light on but no display? ›

If the power LED on your LCD monitor is blinking and you have no images on the screen, either the monitor is in Power Saving mode, or you've inadvertently set your video card to a refresh rate and/or a resolution your monitor can't handle.

Why won't my ThinkVision monitor connect? ›

Check cables if using an external monitor

Make sure the correct cables are connected from the PC to the monitor. Make sure the cables are not loose. Make sure the power cable is firmly attached to the monitor. Consider trying a different monitor or cable, if available.

Why is monitor not being detected? ›

A buggy, outdated, or corrupted graphics driver can cause problems that may prevent Windows 10 from detecting a second monitor automatically. The easiest method to fix this issue is updating, reinstalling, or downgrading the driver.

How do I get my computer to recognize my monitor? ›

Click on the Start button to open the Settings window. Under the System menu and in the Display tab, find and press the Detect button under the heading Multiple Displays. Windows 10 should automatically detect and other monitor or display on your device.

How do I get my computer to recognize my USB monitor? ›

  1. Ensure that the Upstream USB Cable is Connected. ...
  2. Restart the Computer and Monitor. ...
  3. Run the Diagnostic Test on your USB Ports. ...
  4. Ensure that the Monitor is Powered On. ...
  5. Try a Different USB Port on the Monitor. ...
  6. Try the USB Device in a USB Port on the Computer. ...
  7. Connect the USB Uplink Cable to Another System.
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Does Lenovo ThinkVision monitor have HDMI? ›

The Lenovo ThinkVision 23-inch monitor delivers full HD resolution, a 23-inch display and ergonomic features. Plugging in has never been easier with VGA, DP and HDMI ports.

How do I connect my Lenovo ThinkPad to my TV? ›

Connect the Television
  1. Shut down the ThinkPad laptop and unplug the AC power adapter. ...
  2. Connect one end of the video cable to the appropriate port on the ThinkPad laptop and connect the other end to a corresponding port on the TV. ...
  3. Power on the TV, and then turn on the ThinkPad laptop.

How do I use an external monitor with my laptop? ›

Connect the external monitor to the VGA or HDMI port on your laptop and power on the monitor. Right-click an empty area of the Windows desktop and select Screen Resolution. Alternatively, type screen resolution while viewing the Start screen, click Settings and select Adjust Screen Resolution.

Can you connect to monitors wirelessly? ›

Rather than plugging an HDMI cable between your laptop and a monitor, wireless video HDMI uses a transmitter and a receiver that wirelessly connect your devices. The transmitter and receiver create a direct wireless connection, which means a home WiFi network is not needed for the devices to work.

How do I setup a wireless external monitor? ›

Connect a wireless display to your Windows PC
  1. Turn on your TV or projector. ...
  2. On your PC, make sure Wi-Fi is turned on.
  3. On the right side of the taskbar, select the Network icon > Cast, then select your display or wireless adapter.
  4. Follow any additional instructions on the screen.

Is Lenovo ThinkVision a good monitor? ›

Thanks to its easy portability, high-quality panel, and USB-C connectivity, Lenovo's ThinkVision M14 is a winning choice as a portable monitor for business or personal use.

What to do if the monitor is on but no display? ›

Turn the monitor off and then back on again (while the computer is on) to see if an image is displayed. Make sure that you have the monitor power adapter cord plugged into the power connector. After you have reconnected the power cord, turn on the monitor (while the computer is on) to see if an image is displayed.

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