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Lepow Lite H1 portable monitor review: Strong steps forward in every aspect except one

Lepow Lite H1 portable monitor review: Strong steps forward in every aspect except one
Lepow Lite H1 portable monitor review: Strong steps forward in every aspect except one
This 14-inch portable monitor promises sRGB coverage for just $199 USD. It's one of the most color accurate monitors for its category and price, but the dim backlight a real bummer.
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Back in 2019, we reviewed the 15.6-inch Lepow USB-C portable monitor and found it to be useful but with several limitations. In particular, its colors coverage and brightness levels were very limited when compared to even the displays on cheap laptops. For 2021, the manufacturer has launched a new 14-inch USB-C portable monitor that directly addresses some of these criticisms.

First, the pros. The monitor covers nearly all of the sRGB standard for significantly better colors than the older 15.6-inch model. Colors and grayscale are surprisingly accurate as well with average DeltaE values of just 2.05 and 2.3, respectively, before any end-user calibration attempts. Combine this with the high >900:1 contrast ratio and decent response times and you a monitor that works better than average for both content creation and gaming purposes.

Unfortunately, a couple of aspects bring the whole thing down. In particular, maximum brightness is too dim at only 160 nits to be even dimmer than the older 15.6-inch model which was already not bright enough to begin with. The displays on most budget laptops average around 200 nits meaning that this 14-inch Lepow is noticeably dimmer than even the cheapest models. The glossy panel accentuates this disadvantage as glare becomes inevitable and almost impossible to avoid.

We suspect that the limited brightness is due to the limited power supply of the monitor. The unit ships with a USB-C AC adapter that's rated for an output of only 10 W (5 V/2 A). Had the manufacturer designed the monitor around a more capable power source, then the maximum brightness could have likely been improved.

The second major drawback to the monitor is its faux leather folio case which doubles as a stand for portrait mode and landscape mode. While it works as intended, it's very finicky to use and not as stable as we would like. The cables will almost always get in the way as well especially since the ports are now on the rear of the monitor instead of its edges.

The Lepow Lite H1 has some of the best and most accurate colors we've seen for a portable monitor in its price range. However, you're going to want to make sure that you have ambient lighting under control in your office or work desk before purchasing.

The Lepow monitor is now available on Amazon for $199 USD or less if on sale.

Lepow Lite H1 Portable MonitorManufacturer Specifications
Weight (plus cover)487 g (817 g)
Visual area309.31 x 173.99 mm
Screen size14-inch IPS 16:9 glossy
Dimensions322.7 x 203.2 x 15.7 mm
Native resolution1920 x 1080
Viewing angle85/85 degrees, 85/85 degrees vertical
Contrast ratio1000:1
PortsUSB Type-C (Power)
USB Type-C (Power + Video)
mini-HDMI
3.5 mm headphones
Speakers2x 2 W (stereo)
Refresh rate60 Hz
TouchscreenNo

 

ProsCons
+ >95 percent sRGB coverage
+ Accurate colors and grayscale
+ Crisp glossy display
+ Relatively inexpensive
+ Integrated stereo speakers
+ Lightweight and easy to carry
+ Easy-to-use OSD adjustments
- Display is too dim
- Lots of glare from glossy panel
- Folio case is finicky as a stand
- No touchscreen or glass protection
Lepow Lite H1 14-inch
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Lepow Type-C Portable Monitor X0025I0D4P
15.60, 1920x1080
Vissles Monitor 15.6
15.60, 1920x1080
GMK KD1 Portable Monitor
14.00, 3840x2160
Apple MacBook Pro 15 2018 (2.6 GHz, 560X)
APPA040, IPS, 15.40, 2880x1800
Display
Display P3 Coverage
65.1
41.31
47.33
69.57
98.67
sRGB Coverage
97.6
62.06
66.39
94.43
99.95
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
67.2
42.71
48.6
71.12
86.6
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
28.8 (14.8, 14)
30.8 (16.8, 14)
41.2 (22.8, 18.4)
62 (28.4, 33.6)
43.2 (20.4, 22.8)
Response Time Black / White *
18.4 (10, 8.4)
23.6 (12.4, 11.2)
35.2 (22.4, 12.8)
45.6 (30.8, 14.8)
31.2 (16.4, 14.8)
PWM Frequency
26320 (14)
1000 (23)
1000 (99)
5000 (99)
117000 (75, 150)
Screen
Brightness middle
166.8
193.9
248.1
325.3
520
Brightness
160
192
237
316
492
Brightness Distribution
90
88
91
82
88
Black Level *
0.18
0.75
0.28
0.3
0.39
Contrast
927
259
886
1084
1333
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.05
6.66
6.85
4.75
1.2
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.95
18.75
20.8
8.09
2.3
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
0.47
3.83
5.69
2.19
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.3
7.6
5.8
6.2
1.3
Gamma
2.06 107%
2.04 108%
2.34 94%
2.31 95%
2.18 101%
CCT
6778 96%
8567 76%
6402 102%
6691 97%
6738 96%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
39.3
42.8
65.4
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
61.8
65.8
94.6
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
The uneven backlight bleeding is barely noticeable since the display is so dim in the first place
The uneven backlight bleeding is barely noticeable since the display is so dim in the first place
Crisp subpixels with minimal graininess due to the glossy overlay
Crisp subpixels with minimal graininess due to the glossy overlay
Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
Black-white response times
Black-white response times
50 percent gray to 80 percent gray response times
50 percent gray to 80 percent gray response times
Pulse-width modulation present on brightness levels up to 14 percent
Pulse-width modulation present on brightness levels up to 14 percent
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Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles
Pink noise at maximum volume
Pink noise at maximum volume
Temperature map (front)
Temperature map (front)
Temperature map (back)
Temperature map (back)
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Allen Ngo, 2021-07- 8 (Update: 2021-07- 8)