While most business travelers prefer to use a thin and light laptop that has a little monitor and a tiny footprint as their main travel PC, the truth is that small screens are not always perfect. Should you need to provide a sales demonstration to clients in a little office space then you probably wish you had a second, bigger screen to talk to others while you work on your own laptop screen. HP’s solution is the EliteDisplay S140u: a USB-powered 14-inch LCD perfect for on-the-spot presentations or multi-screen multitasking.
Build and Design
As with the majority of the USB-powered mobile screens on the current market, the HP EliteDisplay S140u ($169) is an easy 14-inch LCD that weighs around 3 pounds and is less than one inch thick. Although a 14-inch monitor may sound small for a company presentation it makes great sense if you ever have to share PowerPoint slides with someone sitting across a desk. In addition, a USB monitor makes the ideal companion if you are utilized to working on a dual-screen set up at home or in your office and want a second screen whilst vacationing.
Among the major design aspects that distinguish the EliteDisplay S140u from the rivals is that the included magnetic protective travel cover that also doubles as a service rack. The situation itself is black vinyl but includes a faux leather exterior that gives the protective case a superior appearance.
The interior surface of the of the travel cover is soft microfiber-like material that protects the screen from accidental scratches while it’s inside your laptop bag. The case also folds over on itself to function as the stand for the LCD. It’s a simple yet functional design that gets the job done without any extra frills.
The back side of the display itself features a power button and a simple plus and minus button for controlling the screen brightness.
Both the track’s video and power input signal are sent via one USB port on the ideal side of this screen. This only input eliminates the requirement to take an AC adapter or video cable but added advantage includes a slight annoyance. The unfortunate side effect of using USB for its screen input and electricity is the 14-inch LCD panel using 1600 x 900 resolution requires either one USB 3.0 jack or 2 USB 2.0 ports so as to provide enough electricity.
In a nutshell, if you’re linking the EliteDisplay S140u into a USB 2.0 port, then you will have to join both ends of the USB”Y” cable into 2 USB 2.0 ports in your notebook. If you are using a USB 3.0 interface you just have to connect the cable to a USB port in your PC.
The box to your HP EliteDisplay S140u comprises the screen, magnetic cover, a USB”Y” cable, along with a little package including a CD-ROM of those USB images drivers, the user guide published in numerous languages, plus a one-page sheet entitled,”Compatibility Issues with USB Pictures walkers.”
That last part is the one thing you may need to be concerned about.
The dirty little secret of USB screens is that there are not many companies creating graphics drivers to support screens connected using a USB port. In reality, the overwhelming bulk of USB monitors in the market use DisplayLink graphics drivers. The issue is that DisplayLink images drivers do not always”play nice” with each PC. The compatibility problems may be even worse when there are numerous variations of DisplayLink drivers installed in your PC (which may be true if you just happen to use a USB docking station.
But when we joined the S140u into an Dell notebook that was also utilizing a Dell USB docking station, and then installed the DisplayLink Drivers out of HP the motorist crashed in this manner that the Dell notebook would no longer reboot to Windows and we needed to use the restore partition on the hard drive to have the laptop to work .
HP EliteDisplay S140u Specifications:
- Type: 14.0-inch LCD Mobile Monitor (anti-glare / matte screen)
- Viewable Image Area: 14” Diagonal
- Max. Native Resolution: 1600 x 900
- Brightness: Up to 200 nits
- Viewing Angles: 90-degree horizontal, 50-degree vertical
- Response Rate: 8ms
- Input Signal: USB 3.0 (cable included)
- Standard Power Supply: USB cable (included)
- Power Consumption: 7 W (maximum), 4 W (typical), 0.5 W (standby)
- Dimensions & Weight: 13.6 x 8.55 x 0.53 inches; 3.28 lbs (with cover)
- Color: Black
- One-year limited warranty
- MSRP: $169.00
The 14-inch diagonal widescreen screen is a normal TN panel that has a fantastic selection of colours and adequate brightness but it suffers from reduced contrast and fairly compact vertical viewing angles.
While we’re glad that HP priced this USB screen at under $200 and gave it a resolution of 1600 x 900, many customers are becoming accustomed to the ultra-wide seeing angles from IPS screens used on smartphones and tablets. Increasingly more people are prepared to develop a display that just looks great if you are right in the front of it using the display surface parallel into your eyes. The restricted viewing angles may not bother everybody, but it is something which individuals will notice, especially given the fact that HP made this display for professionals.
After spending a couple of weeks area testing the HP EliteDisplay S140u mobile screen I would have to conclude that this is among the greater USB monitors now available for travellers. Sad to say, the EliteDisplay S140u stocks a lot of the very same issues as other USB monitors.
The largest difficulty is that the usage of DisplayLink drivers. While DisplayLink is mainly the only real game in town for linking external screens over USB, the truth is that DisplayLink USB images drivers are renowned for having many different compatibility problems with numerous PCs… meaning occasionally the USB monitor functions flawlessly and other situations the driver may crash and ask that you restart your PC. Again, this isn’t a problem that’s unique to HP or the EliteDisplay S140u since those compatibility problems are connected with DisplayLink, but it is well worth mentioning.
Nonetheless, if you have ever had to provide a presentation when sitting across the desk from somebody in a little office then you instantly recognize the advantage of an outside monitor similar to this. Furthermore, if you are somebody who uses multiple screens at your desk it is wonderful to have a mobile multi-monitor alternative for traveling.
In a ideal world, I’d have liked to find a much better driver alternative, complete HD (1920 x 1080) resolution along with an IPS panel which provides better viewing angles, but these things come in a rise in price and I guess HP would like to maintain the MSRP as low as you can to make this track appealing to as many individuals as you can.
me at an increase in cost and I suspect HP wants to keep the MSRP as low as possible to make this monitor attractive to as many people as possible.