The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 is an attractive complement for professionals who are always multitasking on the go. What sets this portable monitor apart 16 is its 2560 x 1600 resolution and claimed wide gamut coverage. It’s more expensive than most of the Asus ZenScreen portable monitors, so let’s check it out to see if that premium is justified.
LG Gram +View 16MQ70 Specifications
- Screen Size: 16 Inches
- Resolution: 2560 X 1600 WQXGA
- Aspect Ratio: 16:10
- Panel Technology: In-Plane Switching (IPS)
- Refresh Rate: 60Hz
- Response Time: 30ms
- Contrast Ratio:1200:1
- Brightness: 350 cd/m²
- Built-in Speakers: No
- Stand: Height – No
- Stand: Tilt – Yes
- Stand: Swivel – No
- Stand: Pivot – No
- VESA Compatibility: No
- Connectivity: USB-C x 2
- Dimensions With Stand(WxHxD): 14.2″ x 9.7″ x .3″
- Weight: 2.18 lbs
Design and Features
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 has a slim and sophisticated look to match the laptops it was meant for aesthetically. It has a silver finish which doesn’t look plasticky like some of the cheaper offerings in the market. The display isn’t bezel-free, but the borders are flushed against the outer layer.
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 isn’t the lightest in the market, but it still only weighs 2.18 pounds. That’s not a lot for a 16-inch display, especially if you think about the old CRT 16-inchers we had in the past. The monitor itself is only .3 inches thick, so it should slip into your laptop bag or sleeve smoothly.
It is thin and light, but the monitor doesn’t feel cheap or flimsy like some of the more affordable options. There are no cosmetic defects like uneven gaps or seams, and it feels just as good as the brand’s other premium electronics. Our only issue is its double-purpose cover since it’s not as secure as a built-in kickstand.
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 has a dedicated combo button for its OSD on the right side of the panel. It is not as sophisticated as a scroll wheel or a joystick, but it’s still easy to use since you can hold the monitor like a tablet. It also has OnScreen Control compatibility so that some features can be accessed from your OS.
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 has no built-in stand, but its folio cover can be folded into a triangle that props it up. It can support the display, but its fairly easy to knock it down with a nudge. The cover also only protects the front, so the monitor’s chassis is always exposed to scratches and dirt.
Its connectivity layout is limited to two USB-C ports, but that’s all it will ever need for day-to-day use. You can connect your laptop to the primary port and use the other for a power source to prevent the device from draining your battery. You also don’t get speakers with this model, but that’s understandable because it has no room for an effective pair.
Display and Performance
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 sports a 16-inch IPS panel with a 2460 x 1600 WQXGA resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 30ms response time. It has a higher 350 cd/m2 brightness max and a 1200:1 quoted contrast ratio. This model doesn’t have HDR capabilities like the INNOCN OLED portables, but that’s okay since it was not meant for entertainment.
16-inch panels with this unique resolution aren’t common, but they are becoming popular for high-end laptops. They look sharp and detailed, but legibility and visibility are slightly better than the 4K variants. It’s a good choice for productivity since it’s easy to read stuff and see small objects or details in images and videos.
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 covers over 100% sRGB and 99% of the DCI-P3 color space. This result is impressive for a portable monitor since many models struggle to reach full sRGB coverage. Its default accuracy is also excellent since the deltaE average is only at 1.38, making it usable for editing work and content creation.
Its backlight slightly misses the mark at 344 cd/m2, but that’s much more than most portables can offer. Its contrast also reached 1153:1 at 70% brightness, so it doesn’t look as washed out as the other IPS monitors. However, it’s still incapable of deep black luminance, so dark scenes can appear watered down.
Panel uniformity for the test sample did not have any major issues like backlight bleeding. There is some variance in the backlight’s spread from the left to the center, but it wasn’t noticeable most of the time. Note that not all IPS panels are the same since there are manufacturing tolerances, so it is possible to get a bad unit.
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70’s pixel response time doesn’t make it suitable for any gaming category. The screen shows blurring in motion sequences, although they aren’t always profoundly noticeable. You can get away with movies or casual gaming, but that’s the limit of this monitor in this regard.
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 also doesn’t have FreeSync or G-Sync compatibility since it’s a business or prosumer variant. That’s understandable, but you will need better specs if you want stable graphics at this resolution. Its input lag also feels higher since it’s comparable to monitors with 15ms to as much as 25ms.
Thoughts on the LG Gram +View 16MQ70
The LG Gram +View 16MQ70 is a great choice if you are after a sharper screen with excellent image quality. It has the widest gamut coverage we’ve seen from an IPS type, plus it’s already accurate out of the box. It is slim and attractive, so many will like how it looks next to a premium laptop like a MacBook Pro.
The only aspect where LG dropped the ball on this model is its use of a folio cover for the monitor’s stand. It’s easy to just integrate a kick stand instead, which will be more durable against tipping over. But overall, it is an excellent buy for travelers since it offers great performance in a sleek and sophisticated package.
- Excellent Color Performance
- Thin and Light
- USB-C Connectivity
- High Brightness and Contrast for Portable IPS
- Flimsy Stand
- Slow Pixel Response Time
About the Author: Paolo has been a gaming veteran since the golden days of Doom and Warcraft and has been building gaming systems for family, friends, and colleagues since junior high. High-performance monitors are one of his fixations; he believes that every citizen’s right to enjoy one. He has gone through several pieces of hardware in pursuit of every bit of performance gain, much to the dismay of his wallet. He now works with Monitornerds to scrutinize the latest gear to create reviews that accentuate the seldom explained aspects of a PC monitor.
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