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Mobile Monitor Field Monitor Pro 15.4-Inch Portable LCD Monitor Review - Display Link Drivers, Performance & Final Thoughts

Ever wanted just a little more desktop space on the road? The Field Monitor Pro just might be the thing you need.

| Portable Monitors in Displays & Projectors | Posted: May 19, 2011 2:40 am
TweakTown Rating: 82%      Manufacturer: Mobile Monitor Technologies

Display Link Drivers

 

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The installation of the drivers for the FMP is very simple. Once you get them installed they integrate with the Windows display properties fairly well. There are a couple of items you need the drivers for, but honestly, these are more direct tweaks (like optimizing for video playback) than anything else.

 

Performance

 

The FMP works very well as a secondary monitor on the go. The display can look a little washed out at first, but a couple of taps on the down brightness button takes care of that. Mobile Monitor Technologies also went for a non-glare screen over one of the more common (now) clear coated screens. This makes the image seem less sharp and bright when compared to a display that does have this coating.

 

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We also tried a number of other items to fully test the performance of the FMP. It worked well for most items, but failed in anything that required a high frame rate. Photoshop was good with the exception of some color saturation issues. However; TV, YouTube, and any kind of gaming was not so good.

 

It seems that even the most average video has a frame rate that exceeds the ability of the FMP's refresh rate. As such, video and games just seems to stutter no matter what.

 

Still, the FMP is not being sold as a gaming or even as a video editing monitor. It performs great at what it is intended for and the number pad is an added bonus.

 

Final Thoughts

 

The FMP is a nice product with an excellent profile for entry into the market place. Although it is not going to fill the gamer or videographer's needs, it is great for working with images, spreadsheets, remote-desktops and much more. After running with it for more than 30-days, it has become a permanent part of my daily gear.

 

You won't find this at Newegg.com yet, but you can find it for $249.99 on Mobile Monitor Technologies' Website. This might seem like a lot of extra money for a 15-inch monitor, but when you consider the portability of the Field Monitor Pro it is not that big of a stretch. This new product is also a great addition for the new line of ultra-thin laptops and slates coming out.

 

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