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This review is from: Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 14" Widescreen LED Monitor (Electronics)
The Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 is a fantastically sleek and simple option for the mobile professional or student who wants the convenience and benefits of a second monitor.
Setup is a breeze with Windows 7: plug it in using only the provided USB cable (it is a Y-cable, but I only needed to use one USB port), let Windows Update search for the drivers and within 5 minutes you're off to the multitasking races!
As has been mentioned in other reviews, this is NOT a multimedia monitor (due mainly to the limitations of the data rates that USB 2.0 can handle). It is, on the other hand, a nice tool to have for working with multiple documents or web pages and for working in groups. Not only will you be the envy of your work/study group due to the Lenovo's slim form factor and satiny black finish, but you won't have to have anyone looking over your shoulder to share your screen (a huge blessing after that second helping of garlic bread, rest assured).
The viewing angle and the color reproduction are more than acceptable for a USB-powered monitor and the brightness is surprisingly excellent (a good excuse to wear your sunglasses at night, if you're so inclined). The simple brightness control along with the built-in tilt stand and handy cover/base plate complete what is a fantastic overall package.
All in all, the Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 is great at what it does: provide a beautiful secondary display for multitasking with documents, web pages, etc. When purchased with the proper expectations (ie. gaming and streaming Netflix on this monitor will leave you with a hollow feeling in your wallet) this little monitor is sure to please.
EDIT: My previous statements concerning this device's suitability as a multimedia monitor are inaccurate. They were based upon using this device with a modestly designed dual-core laptop setup. I have now also tested it with my quad-core desktop rig and the results are quite different. Streaming Netflix (Apocalypto, specifically) yielded a fine picture with little artifacting and no sound sync issues. Therefore, I would amend my previous review and say that the multimedia capabilities of the Lenovo are more a function of the overall processing power of your CPU rather the limitations of the USB-interface.
EDIT (May 21,2013): Still going strong. I love this thing for portable multitasking!
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2012 8:57:55 PM PDT
D L says:
Really well written and thoughtful review, nicely done.
Posted on Dec 1, 2012 10:28:25 AM PST
Kevin O'Day says:
Thanks for updating your review!
Posted on Jul 9, 2013 4:01:18 PM PDT
What are the detailed specs of your laptop and desktop? (Specific processor and clock speed)
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