TechStage | Mobile monitor LG Gram 16 +View in the test: Work comfortably on the go

A mobile display is a practical addition for anyone who travels a lot with their laptop but needs more screen space. In the long run it can be exhausting to work only with the screen of the notebook. This is where portable monitors come in, which are connected to the laptop via USB-C and also draw their power from there. You can then edit emails on the second screen, for example, while using the browser or a Word document on the laptop screen.

Of the LG Gram 16+View 16MQ70 is a 16-inch mobile display with WQHD resolution. This is designed as an accessory for the slim and light LG Gram 16 laptop (test report), but is suitable as a second display for any laptop – provided it has a USB-C connection with an integrated display port.

The LG Gram 16 +View is visually reminiscent of an oversized 16-inch tablet (40.6 centimeters). The rectangular aluminum case makes a high-quality impression without annoying gaps. The scope of delivery includes a USB-C cable and a cover to protect the display. This sticks magnetically to the monitor. When folded, it also serves as a stand – just like you know it from tablets. Unfortunately, the screen does not offer a fold-out stand, so that the cover is always required – it is not always very stable. This in turn requires a flat surface, for example, when working on the train, the monitor could easily tip over. Two setting angles are possible: 105 and 120 degrees.

The dimensions of the LG Gram 16 +View are 362 x 249 x 11.3 millimeters. This means that the screen is slightly larger than the LG Gram 16 (test report). The weight is 990 grams. This means that the monitor fits well together with a laptop in a bag for notebooks, provided that it is designed for devices up to a size of 16 inches.

The screen area is roughly identical to that of the LG Gram 16, the display bezel at the bottom is slightly larger than at the top or on the sides. There are a total of two USB-C ports on the left and right. On the right edge of the case there is a button for adjusting the brightness.

The display uses an aspect ratio of 16:10. The resolution is quite high for the size at 2560 x 1600 pixels (WQHD) – this ensures a sharp image at all times. The pixel density of 189 ppi (pixels per inch) may not seem high compared to a smartphone, but compared to the distance from the eyes to the screen, pixels are almost invisible. The refresh rate is 60 Hz – a typical value for a pure office monitor.

The screen’s coating is matt and anti-glare, which significantly reduces reflections – but cannot completely prevent them. IPS is used as the panel technology, which allows for a high viewing angle stability of 170 degrees. The maximum brightness is over 350 cd/m². In principle, this is a good value for a monitor or notebook. In order to work with the second monitor outdoors, however, it is not bright enough in the sunshine. Here it is always advisable to look for a shady spot to work.

The monitor convinces with a good picture quality. The color space coverage is high at almost 98 percent according to DCI-P3 and 85 percent according to Adobe RGB. You can also see that in the colors, the strong, light ones. Contrasts are pronounced and offer a ratio of 1:1200. For our taste, the saturation is a bit too high. Here it makes sense to readjust. Compared to a stationary monitor, the response time of 30 ms is significantly slower – so the additional screen is not intended for gaming, but it was not designed for that either.

The monitor has two USB-C slots. This connects the screen to the laptop. However, these are only suitable for the transmission of image signals and for power supply via the notebook.

Data transmission is not possible. This means that the second USB-C port cannot be used for a data carrier, for example. It is also not possible to use the laptop’s power supply in the second port to power both devices. Conversely, this means that you should have a notebook with at least two USB-C slots. Because without a power supply, the computer in combination with the second display runs out of juice much faster. That halves the battery life.

The LG Gram 16 +View only has one button for adjusting the brightness. There isn’t even a power button. The display turns on by itself as soon as you connect it to a computer via USB-C cable.

You have to go to the software to fine-tune the image settings, such as the contrasts On screen controls grab from LG. This is quite cumbersome and requires the download plus installation in advance. Ready-made profiles are then available there, for example for streaming or for games.

In addition, there is a window manager with which you can use ready-made layouts for open programs. There is also an upright mode (pivot). Annoying: The software is only available for Windows and Mac OS – but not for Linux.

The RRP for the LG Gram 16 +View is 249 euros. The offers from online retailers also move in this area.

Compared to other products of this kind, LG Gram 16 +View has high resolution, large area and good image quality. Anyone who is satisfied with Full HD can get a second monitor with 15.6 inches, such as the Viewsonic VA1655, for just under 200 euros. The cheapest alternative is the Hannspree HL162CPB from 150 euros.

If you work a lot on the move and are on the go, the LG Gram 16 +View is a compact and mobile second monitor for more screen space at a reasonable price. Processing and image quality are convincing. The resolution is quite high for a device of this size. It is therefore an ideal complement to the LG Gram 16 (test report).

An additional power supply unit is not required for the display. However, you should always have one with you for the laptop, because using the second screen halves the battery life. Here it is advisable to use a notebook with two USB-C ports so that the monitor and power supply are always plugged in at the same time. We also miss a folding stand integrated into the case. Unfortunately, the solution via the display cover is not always stable enough. We were also annoyed that only the brightness can be adjusted by pressing a button. You have to use the software for further settings.

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