Hello everyone, I am back with a different review to normal, a portable monitor called the Vissles-M, intrigued?
I have to say I have never heard of Vissles before, they seem to do a few but varied products presented on a pleasant website, from headphones to laptop stands to chargers and a portable screen.
On my review desk today I have the Vissles-M portable monitor, a 15″ 60Hz display that more than resembles a tablet, lets take a look.
Vissles-M 15″ Portable Monitor Specifications & Features
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 FHD|
|Contrast Ratio||800:1 (Typical)|
|Display Area||344.16 x193.59mm|
|Low Blue Light||√|
|OS Compatibility||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Chrome OS, Linux|
|Gaming Console||Nintendo Switch, Xbox, PS4|
|Interface||USB-C power & signal port x 2|
|Mini HMDI port x 1|
|3.5mm earphone x 1|
|Cables||USB-C to USB-C cable * 1||Mini HDMI to HDMI cable *1||USB-A to Type-C cable *1|
|Accessories||User Manual(Paper) *1||Protective case * 1||Quick start guide|
Vissles-M 15″ Portable Monitor Closer Look
Arriving in a box with a cardboard sleeve the packaging does resemble the style for a tablet. On the front of the box is a good colour image of the device and branding.
The bottom of the box contains the specifications but no other images or marketing.
Unpacking the box reveals the screen, a cleaning pad made of material similar to spectacle cleaners, a manual and three cables.
The included cables from left to right: USB-A to USB-C, USB-C to USB-C and HDMI to Mini-HDMI. A good selection for various input sources, there is no separate power cable however in the absence of power over USB one of the other USB cables could be used to connect to a power source.
The front of the monitor has a cover similar to the type on an iPad or Microsoft Surface, it does the job protecting the screen when not in use and feels like sturdy cardboard covered in a plastic coating which has been given a carbon look.
Flipping the monitor over we can see the section that houses the electronics and ports/switches.
On the left corner we have the mini-Hdmi port and two Thunderbolt/USB-C ports with the Displayport capability labelled on them daisy-chaining multiples of these devices should be easy.
On the right corner we have the Headphone audio out port, the menu control stick and a power button.
After some familiar origami, the monitor is up on its cover being used as a stand, the angle is adjustable from flat to almost completely upright which should help your viewing comfort.
Here we have a front on view of the screen in it’s upright position, it is quite elegant looking without any large badges or other branding, this gives the monitor a professional look that won’t distract when used in a business environment.
Connected to the Thunderbolt connector of a laptop the screen springs to life very quickly, the out of the box power control is also quite aggressive, dimming the display in the time it took me to pick up my camera.
Luckily the control stick allows quick adjustment through a recognisable menu system that allows for all the capabilities to be managed. The stick has left right and push in click functions for browsing and selecting.
The Vissles-M 15″ Portable Monitor Review: The Verdict
The monitor is an interesting device, it feels well built, quite heavy for what it is. The flexibility in use is admirable although from a gaming angle I feel it is limited with the 60Hz top refresh rate even though it has FreeSync. The display is sharp and clear once you find comfortable settings and the touch screen function works really well, it was a little strange when I tried it on my main PC which has a 1440p screen, it wanted to control the main screen as though it were a touchpad this meant that the difference in resolution to it’s own 1080p cause inaccuracies when attempting to navigate and use the desktop. As a second screen it is however quite useful for showing things like Discord or Friends lists.
- Well built
- Flexible connectivity
- Easy to use
- Not really a gaming device
I did quite a bit of testing with this to see how it would be to live with it over a longer period. Standing it on my gaming desk, it was only really useful as a second screen for alternative information, its limited frequency capability at 60Hz ruled it out of many games that I play for which I invest in 144Hz. For productivity however it fared much better, I can see the screen being great in a professional environment with it’s classy appearance and touch capability. If you are on the road and wanting to work across multiple documents on a laptop this could be invaluable so I do see a bigger market for this in a professional setting. A home gamer would proably get better value from a cheaper monitor and a bracket or wallmount.
When using HDMI it does need a separate power source, luckily that can easily be suppied from a decent USB-3 or above connection with both types of connector (type-A and type-C) available, although make sure you manage to get the type-A connector the right way up as it does not include the sheilding shroud of a standard connector.
Competition for this screen comes from the likes of ASUS and Lenovo so there aren’t too many options, while this is a little cheaper discounted to $199 at the time of writing it is quite a bit more than a standard monitor, there is also stiff competition from small portable projectors which can offer many of the same conveniences at a lower price point.
If this device does fit your needs however, it is more than capable and from the build quality and ease of use I am happy to grant the Vissles-M our Silver Award. It is a professional looking device and should slip into a laptop bag along with a laptop easily.