GMKtec XPanel SE portable monitor review: Perfect extra screen when you’re on the go

Nancy J. Delong

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I appeared at the XPanel 2 portable keep an eye on in August 2021, and I beloved the further-dazzling show and color spectrum available by the 15.six-inch show. I was curious to see what options are in the XPanel SE.

Like the XPanel 2, the XPanel SE from GMKtec also has a 15.6inch keep an eye on with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 px, and an factor ratio of 16:nine — The Xpanel 2 has 3840 x 2160px.

On the other hand, there is a selling price distinction much too involving the two types.
The XPanel 2 is $499

 and the
XPanel SE is available at $220

 — owing to the reduced display resolution and show distinctions.

Inside of the box, there is the XPanel SE, a USB Style-C cable, a USB A to USB Style-C cable, an HDMI to mini HDMI cable. There is a 15W energy adapter — this panel needs to be plugged into a energy socket — not run from your Computer or cellular phone. There is also a display wiping fabric and a consumer manual.

The aluminium alloy panel has a good kickstand aid which adjusts from flat upcoming to the panel back again to perpendicular. Its proportions are 14.4 x 8.66 x .02 inches (4.5mm) and it weighs one.8lbs.

All of the controls are on the kickstand — not the panel alone. There is a three.5mm headphone jack, a dial wheel to regulate the menu settings, and the energy button on the appropriate-hand aspect.

Like

  • Flexible kickstand
  • Light-weight
  • HDMI to mini HDMI cable integrated

You should not Like

  • Scanty details in the consumer manual

The still left-hand aspect of the kickstand has two ports for USB (one particular is for the energy connection) and a mini HDMI cable.

There are no obvious grills for the speakers on the unit, and whilst GMKtec advises that the speakers are on the still left-hand aspect of the display, the seem appears to occur from the full base and kickstand.

The seem is affordable from the speakers — but not loud. There is no tinny seem at mid and significant ranges, but the bass is a minimal flat, as anticipated from this kind of a flat panel with no depth for bass cones.

The XPanel SE will provide up to 16.seven million colors and supports HDR — whilst this is not on by default in the panel settings.

The keep an eye on can be applied in either portrait or landscape modes and has a viewing angle of 178 degrees — there is no privateness method restriction for this show panel.

You can tweak settings this kind of as photo brightness and contrast, color and audio settings, and convert HDR on or off, as properly as pick out to convert on Free Sync.

How to do this is not stated in the consumer manual. You require to fiddle all-around to get the job done your way via the settings by pressing the dial wheel and scrolling/pressing via the menu. The consumer manual leaflet could be extra detailed.

I do like that there is an HDMI to mini-HDMI cable integrated in the box — and a USB Style-C cable to undertaking from your Computer or machine — this is a good considerate contact by GMK tec.

I am also amazed by how uncomplicated the keep an eye on is to use. Plug it in, it commences rapidly, and the show is good and dazzling. Certainly, it does not have the color resolution of the XPanel 2 — but the XPanel 2 is practically double the value of the XPanel SE.

The XPanel SE is a good reduced-value option if you do not have the price range for a 4K portable keep an eye on.

All in all,
for less than $200 with the Amazon coupon, the GMKtec XPanel SE

 is an very affordable portable show panel with a moderately dazzling show and a absolutely adjustable kickstand.

If you require an further display when you journey, this portable show could be just what you require.

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