Portable Laptop Monitors – Magedok T1332K – Most people that use a laptop are limited to a single screen when traveling. However, there are quite a few portable monitors available these days like the T1332K from Magedok that I’ve got here. So let’s see how great it is and help you decide if you’d benefit from adding a secondary screen.
I think dual monitors are almost essential when at a desktop PC, at least for the work I do. And although you can easily connect a regular monitor to a laptop at home, the size makes it a little harder to travel with. Laptops are, of course, designed for portability and travel, but most regular monitors are not. Unless you’re willing to stick one in a suitcase. Lately, I’ve seen quite a few external monitors like the T1332K that offer portability.
Magedok T1332K basically looks like a tablet, so you can easily take it with you in a bag with a laptop as it’s not too large or bulky. This one comes with a stand that doubles as a protective cover also. It’s not connected to the screen when you get it, after peeling off some plastic you can stick it to the back of the monitor. And then use it to adjust between 4 different angles. Alternatively, you could instead use a sturdier third party stand that can still be folded up for portability.
This particular panel I’ve got here is a 13.3” 1440p 60Hz touchscreen. However, they’ve also got many smaller and larger options too. Which also varies from 1080p, 1440p and 4K resolutions, or even 120Hz for gaming. So there are lots of choices accessible for whatever you’re doing. Setup was extremely easy, in my case, I just connected the included Type-C cable to the screen and my laptop, and Magedok T1332K was automatically powered on and ready to go.
This model has two Type-C ports on the left. However, the bottom one has only used to power the screen if you’re using something like HDMI. It supports 45W power delivery passthrough so you could charge your laptop over Type-C through the screen too. Assuming, of course, you’re powering the screen with an external source such as a power bank or AC adapter.
This could make it a little inconvenient, depending on what I/O your laptop has. But yeah, for me, I can literally just connect one Type-C cable, and the screen gets power, display signal, and sound. There’s also mini HDMI and a 3.5mm audio jack if you don’t want to use the speakers. The two speakers are found over on the back near the top. And I found them actually to sound pretty good. Better when compared to most laptops, at least. And they still got loud enough at maximum volume.
There’s also a 75mm VESA mount on the back if you want to mount it to something, and it comes with 4 screws for this. Overall I thought the panel looked alright. I used the Spyder 5 to measure color gamut and got 83% of sRGB, 59% of NTSC, and 62% of AdobeRGB. The results are fine for gaming, or basic tasks, but I wouldn’t want to use it as a primary display for content creation.
Brightness wasn’t great just on the single cable from my laptop, getting to 224 nits. If I gave it some extra power by connecting an AC adapter to the bottom Type-C port. I was able to boost this to 300 nits with a 560:1 contrast ratio. However, this was still below the 350 nits on the spec sheet. The panel has a glossy finish, so that could be annoying or distracting depending on your environment. There was only a little backlight bleed in my unit, no problems during regular use. But that will vary between panels.
I found the touch screen functionality to work well enough. Granted, I don’t have much experience with touch screens and don’t really have a use for this myself. I’d prefer not to have it covered in fingerprints. I also found the menu a bit difficult to navigate. It’s controlled with the 5 buttons on the right near the top, but it just didn’t feel intuitive to use. However, there were a fair number of customizations that could be made through the on-screen display.
A great secondary feature I’ve found with an external screen like this is that when building a PC. And I want just quickly to check its working. I can just connect this instead of having to grab a larger monitor, so it’s also made my overall workflow a bit more convenient. As it’s basically only a monitor. You could also use it for other things like consoles, tablets, or phones too, you’ll just probably need a power source.
You could even forget a laptop altogether and just mount a NUC on the back with the VESA mount, and you’ve got yourself an extremely portable PC. So there are quite a few possibilities with a product like this. For what I’m actually using it for, which is basically video editing. It’s helpful to be ready to bring extra screen space with me in my bag for not much extra space or weight. I’ll take it with me to CES in January. So that should give it a pretty good work out considering it takes me 24 hours to travel each way.
For updated prices, check the links in the description, as prices will change over time. At the moment, it’s going for USD 229. However, it’s on sale. I can’t easily compare it with other external screens as this is the first one I’ve used. But this doesn’t sound too bad for a 1440p monitor that I can take with me to use with my laptop. Many choices out there for compact monitors, I’ve even seen some 240Hz ones for gaming. So what do you think about the Magedok T1332K portable monitor, would you consider an external screen like this?