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14-inch Dell C1422H portable monitor review: Lightweight and basic with no extras

14-inch Dell C1422H portable monitor review: Lightweight and basic with no extras
14-inch Dell C1422H portable monitor review: Lightweight and basic with no extras
The external monitor is as simple as it gets with nothing but two USB-C ports, power passthrough, and a surprisingly decent 1080p display with respectable response times, 95 percent sRGB coverage, and a 300-nit backlight all for $269 USD.

Portable monitors are becoming more common to the point where there are now even models targeting gamers like the 17.3-inch Asus ROG Strix XG17AHPE or 15.6-inch MSI Optix MAG162V. The 14-inch Dell C1422H is a simpler and more basic option targeting office users and general use case scenarios. The manufacturer has sent us a sample for our testing and impressions.

There are a couple of notable advantages on the C1422H that most other office-type portable monitors lack. Black-white and gray-gray response times, for example, are noticeably faster on the Dell for less noticeable ghosting. The monitor also supports USB-C charging passthrough at up to 65 W meaning you can plug in an external power source and the host PC simultaneously to charge the host PC. Alternatively, the monitor can be powered solely by the host PC if desired. Both USB-C ports on the Dell have identical features meaning you don't need to remember which port is for power and which is for data.

Color reproduction is quite good for a portable monitor at almost 95 percent of sRGB. Some budget alternatives like the GMK KD3 or Auzai ME16Z01 have much shallower colors for poorer color accuracy than our Dell.

Some drawbacks to keep in mind are the fragile build quality and presence of pulse-width modulation on lower brightness levels. Unlike the GMK KD1 or Lenovo ThinkVision m14t, the Dell monitor has no edge-to-edge glass reinforcement and so the unit flexes and twists more easily. On the plus side, the matte panel reduces glare significantly which can come in handy when working outdoors.

It's worth noting that our Dell offers very similar colors, response times, contrast levels, and brightness levels as on the competing Lenovo ThinkVision m14t. However, the Lenovo model is glossy instead of matte, integrates VESA mounting support, 10-point touchscreen capabilities, auto-rotation, and a Kensington lock slot. It's a bit pricier and heavier than our Dell at 698 g vs. 602 g, but the extra features may be worth the extra weight to some users.

Pros Cons 
+ Very lightweight
+ Excellent sRGB coverage
+ Relatively bright 300-nit backlight
+ USB-C Power Delivery
+ Relatively fast response times
+ Matte panel reduces glare
- No VESA mounting
- Prone to damage and fingerprints
- PWM at lower brightness levels
- No touchscreen
- No Kensington Lock
- USB-C ports only (no HDMI)


250.6
cd/m²
280.2
cd/m²
272.5
cd/m²
260.3
cd/m²
297.2
cd/m²
283.4
cd/m²
273.2
cd/m²
293.9
cd/m²
292.8
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 297.2 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 278.2 cd/m² Minimum: 29.84 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 84 %
Contrast: 1025:1 (Black: 0.29 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.49 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5, calibrated: 0.89
ΔE Greyscale 2.9 | 0.57-98 Ø5.2
64.4% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
93.8% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
63.1% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.33
Dell C1422H Portable Monitor
1920x1080, 14.00
Lenovo ThinkVision m14t
1920x1080, 14.00
GMK KD3 Portable Monitor
KD3, , 1920x1080, 15.60
GMK KD1 Portable Monitor
3840x2160, 14.00
Vissles Monitor 15.6
1920x1080, 15.60
Auzai ME16Z01 Portable Monitor
1920x1080, 15.60
Display
2%
-53%
7%
-26%
-23%
Display P3 Coverage
63.1
63.6
1%
29.2
-54%
69.6
10%
47.33
-25%
48.53
-23%
sRGB Coverage
93.8
95.4
2%
43.9
-53%
94.4
1%
66.4
-29%
72
-23%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
64.4
65.4
2%
30.1
-53%
71.1
10%
48.6
-25%
50.2
-22%
Response Times
-5%
-117%
-155%
-102%
-84%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
15.2 ?(6.8, 8.4)
15.6 ?(6.4, 9.2)
-3%
51.6 ?(24.8, 26.8)
-239%
62 ?(28.4, 33.6)
-308%
41.2 ?(22.8, 18.4)
-171%
38.8 ?(20.8, 18)
-155%
Response Time Black / White *
25.6 ?(12.4, 13.2)
27.2 ?(14.8, 12.4)
-6%
46.8 ?(29.2, 17.6)
-83%
45.6 ?(30.8, 14.8)
-78%
35.2 ?(22.4, 12.8)
-38%
25.2 ?(16, 9.2)
2%
PWM Frequency
25640 ?(18)
17990 ?(99)
-30%
5000 ?(99)
-80%
1000 ?(99)
-96%
201.6 ?(23)
-99%
Screen
18%
-93%
-45%
-135%
-179%
Brightness middle
297.2
310.6
5%
238.9
-20%
325.3
9%
248.1
-17%
300.7
1%
Brightness
278
295
6%
229
-18%
316
14%
237
-15%
267
-4%
Brightness Distribution
84
89
6%
88
5%
82
-2%
91
8%
77
-8%
Black Level *
0.29
0.23
21%
0.32
-10%
0.3
-3%
0.28
3%
0.66
-128%
Contrast
1025
1350
32%
747
-27%
1084
6%
886
-14%
456
-56%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.49
2.01
19%
7.08
-184%
4.75
-91%
6.85
-175%
10.26
-312%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.48
3.58
20%
12.8
-186%
8.09
-81%
20.8
-364%
22.93
-412%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
0.89
2.93
-229%
2.19
-146%
5.69
-539%
5.05
-467%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.9
1.9
34%
7.7
-166%
6.2
-114%
5.8
-100%
9.5
-228%
Gamma
2.33 94%
2.06 107%
2.08 106%
2.31 95%
2.34 94%
1.51 146%
CCT
6943 94%
6455 101%
6407 101%
6691 97%
6402 102%
8200 79%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
65.4
42.8
45.8
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.6
65.8
71.5
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 11%
-88% / -90%
-64% / -57%
-88% / -106%
-95% / -129%

* ... smaller is better

Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles
Matte subpixel array
Matte subpixel array
Surface temperature map (front)
Surface temperature map (front)
Surface temperature map (back)
Surface temperature map (back)
vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. DCI-P3
vs. DCI-P3
Black to white response times
Black to white response times
50 percent gray to 80 percent gray response times
50 percent gray to 80 percent gray response times
0 percent brightness. Pulse-width modulation present at brightness levels 18 percent or lower
0 percent brightness. Pulse-width modulation present at brightness levels 18 percent or lower
25 percent brightness
25 percent brightness
50 percent brightness
50 percent brightness
75 percent brightness
75 percent brightness
100 percent brightness
100 percent brightness
 
Matte display is prone to fingerprints, twisting, and damage partly because it has no edge-to-edge glass option
Matte display is prone to fingerprints, twisting, and damage partly because it has no edge-to-edge glass option
Aluminum chassis is lightweight, but also fragile
Aluminum chassis is lightweight, but also fragile
AC power adapter is not included in the box
AC power adapter is not included in the box
USB-C to USB-C cable and soft carrying case are included
USB-C to USB-C cable and soft carrying case are included
Maximum angle that the bottom stand can be opened
Maximum angle that the bottom stand can be opened
Rubber feet on bottom of stand to reduce slipping
Rubber feet on bottom of stand to reduce slipping
Thick bottom bezel with thinner side and top bezels
Thick bottom bezel with thinner side and top bezels
Hinge rigidity is satisfactory with minimal teetering and no weak angles
Hinge rigidity is satisfactory with minimal teetering and no weak angles
There are no integrated speakers
There are no integrated speakers
Power button and USB-C port for video and power delivery
Power button and USB-C port for video and power delivery
USB-C port for video and power delivery, brightness adjustment, and Blue Light reduction toggle. The brightness buttons are somewhat spongy
USB-C port for video and power delivery, brightness adjustment, and Blue Light reduction toggle. The brightness buttons are somewhat spongy

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Allen Ngo, 2022-01-26 (Update: 2022-01-26)