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Ratings:
9/10
?

  • 1 – Absolute Hot Trash
  • 2 – Classify warm garbage
  • 3 – Very flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Excellent, but not the best in its class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $170

Hannah Stryker/Review Geek

The Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini 2K Portable Monitor is the perfect portable monitor for the price. You can buy more sophisticated options with more visually appealing features, but you’ll spend a lot more. For a general workhorse to add to your laptop’s viewing area on the go, this is just about perfect.

Portable monitors allow you to reap the benefits of a dual screen without being confined to your desk. But with so many on the market, it’s hard to know what’s good and what’s a moderately expensive waste of time. I’ve been looking at the Arzopa A1 Gamut to see if it’s worth the $200 price tag.

A portable monitor should be more than just an extra screen you can use on the go. It should also be able to handle any task that a regular monitor can do. So I spent time testing other uses for A1 Gamut. The model they sent me has a 2K screena 13.3″ screen and, at the time of writing, it is available on 25% discount on Amazon. That sale may go away, but items like this are frequently discounted. Being vigilant can land you one at significantly lower than MSRP. I spent about two weeks facing him, and during that time, he formed a pretty strong opinion.

This is what we like

  • easy setup
  • ultraportable
  • Great for samsung dex
  • Exceptional connectivity
  • The screen looks very good

And what we don’t do

  • The audio is not brilliant.
  • All ports are on one side.
  • iPhone-compatible cable sold separately

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This is a Plug-In and Play offer

Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini 2K 13.3 Portable Monitor" Ultra Slim with its cables and accessories included.
Hannah Stryker/Review Geek

Setting up this monitor is very easy. Just plug the power cable into one of the USB-C ports. Then choose either the USB-C cable or the mini-HDMI to HDMI cable, depending on the device you want to connect. Plug the other end into your device and you’re done. PCs and laptops connected via USB-C will also be able to power the monitor.

The phones I’ve tested this on will send some power to the screen, but not enough to make it work. This is probably for the best, as the 13.3-inch screen would probably eat up a phone’s battery in no time. If you want to power up your screen on the go, you can run it with most standard power banks. Its 5 volt outlet is all you need.

PC and laptop users can have one extra step or two. The monitor can act as a duplicate of your primary display by default, so you’ll need to go into your display settings and adjust everything to your liking.

the resolution is good

Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini 2K 13.3 Ultra-Slim Portable Monitor" at a desk with a laptop, mouse and keyboard
Hannah Stryker/Review Geek

So the most important question is: what does it look like? The monitor has an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a resolution of 2560 x 1600. This is slightly more than 1440p. 2K monitors tend to have, but it’s still down as a QHD display. It also has a 60Hz refresh rate. Unless you’re the type of gamer who demands ultra HD and more refreshes per second than your eyeballs can comprehend, this will work in most circumstances.

Since it’s only a 13.3-inch screen, a 2K resolution is enough to work with. everything seemed crystal clear, and a jump to 4K is probably overkill. It’s a standard LCD, too, but you won’t see a 4K OLED screen at this price. You’re going to spend two or three times as much for that.

In terms of viewing angles, I was able to see the monitor clearly enough to read up to a side of around 60 degrees. The biggest problem with viewing your monitor from an angle is its potential to reflect light. Head-on, the matte screen should be fine in most circumstances, but you could see significant glare if you look at it from the side. The cover that doubles as a stand helps tremendously here. The monitor is easy to adjust, so glare won’t be a problem if you and others are using it as a screen for a game console or everyone is watching an event on it. Likewise, it’s easy to set it up to be safe when you’re using it as an auxiliary monitor, so you don’t need to worry about your comfortable viewing range in that situation.

It’s all about the size of a large tablet and weighs about a pound. It also lives up to its “ultra-slim” billing. Despite Amazon’s specs saying two inches for some unfathomable reason, it’s actually just under half an inch thick. The monitor has a built-in magnetic cover that protects the screen when closed and serves as a stand when open.

The sound is quite “Meh”

Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini 2K 13.3 Ultra-Slim Portable Monitor
Hannah Stryker/Review Geek

You can’t expect much from such a small and slim device. It doesn’t include anything major in terms of speakers, so if audio quality is important to you, you’ll need to consider your options. Those options include an additional speaker, using your laptop’s default audio, or finding a portable monitor with a more substantial audio device.

The Gamut Mini is not totally silent. It will produce sound, and you can hear that sound clearly. It’s just not particularly good quality. This is much less of an issue when using it as a companion monitor for a PC or laptop, but if you’re using it as a portable display for something else then it could be more of a concern.

Comes with a couple of connection options

Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini 2K 13.3 ultra-thin portable monitor
Hannah Stryker/Review Geek

In terms of connectivity, the A1 Gamut Mini comes with two USB-C ports and one mini HDMI port. However, one of the USB ports must be used to power the monitor. You’ll also get a USB-C to USB-C cable and an HDMI-Mini to HDMI cable included. If you’re an iPhone user who really wants to connect your phone to a monitor, you’ll need to purchase something like a USB-C or HDMI to Lightning cable separately.

Just to be picky, I’d like to point out the location of the USB-C ports. They are both together on the left side of the monitor. When using a dual monitor setup, I like to have the primary monitor on the right and the companion monitor on the left. This means I have to drag the HDMI or USB cable out the back of the A1 Gamut Mini to connect it to my laptop.

I’m not an electrical engineer or designer so this could be a massive pain. But if it had a USB-C port on each side of the device instead of two on the left, I would have had less cable management anxiety during this testing experience. Again, this isn’t a problem if you like an auxiliary monitor on the right, and I’m just very picky.

It is ideal for Samsung users

Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini 2K 13.3 ultra-thin portable monitor
Hannah Stryker/Review Geek

Samsung Dex is a feature that turns Galaxy cell phones into what is essentially a PC under certain circumstances. While there are specific devices you can buy to connect your phone to a PC, you really don’t need to bother. Just grab one of these, plug the included USB-C cable into your phone, plug it into a power bank, and you’re ready to go. It’s basically an ultra-slim tablet-sized laptop.

To get the most out of Dex, you’ll probably also want to connect a mouse and keyboard to your phone, though your phone can act as a trackpad if you really want to save space. Either way, Gamut Mini is a solid choice for the screen component, which is what activates Dex in the first place.

To test it out, I played Baldur’s Gate, which is absolutely rubbish on mobile. A mouse, keyboard, and this portable monitor fixed all your problems and made it just like the PC version.

I’m thinking of buying one actually

Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini 2K 13.3 Ultra-Slim Portable Monitor
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So do I recommend the Arzopa A1 Gamut Mini? Yeah, it’s a really handy piece of kit that looks good, is easy to carry, and works with just about everything. I’ve had it for a couple of weeks, and I like it so much that I’m thinking of buying one.

The problems with this monitor are all easy to mitigate. Sound quality is something that won’t be an issue in most circumstances and can probably be fixed with a pair of Bluetooth headphones if you can’t use the monitor as your only display. The location of the USB-C port is more finicky of me, and the USB cable that powers it is fairly short, but a longer USB-C cable isn’t hard to find or expensive. likewise, you won’t need to find an outlet to plug it in or a power bank if you are connecting it to something like a PC via USB-C.

It’s worth noting that there are other portable monitors on the market, some of which are cheaper. But the screen looked fantastic, and the compatibility factor that comes with USB-C ports really won me over.

Ratings: 9/10
?

  • 1 – Absolute Hot Trash
  • 2 – Classify warm garbage
  • 3 – Very flawed design
  • 4 – Some advantages, many disadvantages
  • 5 – Acceptably imperfect
  • 6 – Good enough to buy on sale
  • 7 – Excellent, but not the best in its class
  • 8 – Fantastic, with some footnotes
  • 9 – Shut up and take my money
  • 10 – Absolute Design Nirvana

Price: $170

This is what we like

  • easy setup
  • ultraportable
  • Great for samsung dex
  • Exceptional connectivity
  • The screen looks very good

And what we don’t do

  • The audio is not brilliant.
  • All ports are on one side.
  • iPhone-compatible cable sold separately

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