GeChic 1503H is a portable USB-powered display from a new company which specializes in portable monitors producing. So unlike AOC or ASUS for example, GeChic main product is exactly portable monitors, hence you could expect better quality even from a new player on a market. This particular display will be interested not only for people who want to have an extra screen every time they use their laptops or phones but also for those who demand some high requirements from this extra screen. Let’s take a closer look at GeChic flagman model – 1503H.
Specification and features
|Panel Size||15.6”||Panel Type||IPS|
|Brightness||300 cd/㎡||Refresh rate||60Hz|
|Contrast ratio||700:1||Response time||12.5ms|
From a monitor which costs more than $300, you expect exceptional specifications and GeChic gladly delivers them. Firstly, 300 cd/㎡ brightness won’t left unnoticed.
Power consumption lies within the standard range for USB-powered displays (less than 8W in normal mode and less than 0.5W in standby).
It was made in line with a further set of standards: BSMI, CE, C-Tick, FCC, KC, VCCI, RoHS.
A 3.5mm mini-jack socket and 2×1.0W(Max.) speakers make GeChic different from other portable display in its class, however, I can’t fully understand where audio signal coming from.
As we said above GeChic’s specialty is portable monitors, that’s why they offer you a wide range of optional accessories including dock station and various cables so you can modify the whole set-up up to your preferences.
Design and Ergonomics
GeChic 1503H is not the most stylish portable display we’ve ever seen. In fact, its design is just one step from called “simple” but they’ve made this step and we are grateful for this because you don’t want to spend a lot of money for something that looks just average.
They have added a few nice attachments, like a lovely stand that gives you a chance to prop up the monitor in three different positions. Apparently, it’s the best stand for a portable monitor which we’ve ever met. It holds the display firmly and tightly.
Designers put all buttons and ports on a left side of the body which is ok. You won’t use buttons often so there’s no need to see them. It’s a bit sad that GeChic decided to use two cables while current trend is to use only one, although they give you an option to buy a rear-dock that provides you new opportunities.
The plastic cover protects your screen but it doesn't protect the backside, though it might be not so bad given the fact that usually, you don't care about scratches and fingerprints on the back.
382mm*246mm*11mm measurements mean you won’t struggle to find enough space in your bag. The monitors itself weighs just short of 800g but with a cover and a stand, you will carry around 1.4 kg.
Performance and Set-up
Without a doubt, 1503H IPS screen is amazingly good and much better than any other portable monitors we have reviewed (with the obvious exception of 1503I). It's very bright, 300 cd/㎡ brightness level which is even enough to use outdoors on a cloudy day and It has an excellent contrast ratio. Color reproduction is 76 % which less than at ASUS MB16AC but it’s much brighter so we’d choose this display over the ASUS nine times out of ten. The tenth time goes to designers and other people who work with image editing because 76% isn’t good even for the second monitor. Surprisingly it’s not good for gamers because response rate is 12.5 ms.
Image quality is stunning and we didn’t notice any drop in it even from extreme angles, that means you can enjoy watching full HD movies with your friends.
The onscreen menu is very thorough and enables all kind of monitor settings. Again. It’s one of the best among portable monitors.
Overall the Set-up procedure is very easy. Because you’ve got two separate cables (one for video signal and one for power supply) you don’t need to install any drivers whatsoever, just plug-and- play. Was it worth to have one more cable, hence less space on your desk? I’m not sure GeChic believes that using HDMI cables let them provide you with better quality images.
GeChic 1503H Review Verdict
We’ve just reviewed one of the best if not the best portable monitor on the market and I think I can fairly assume that it will remain the most expensive for at least half a year if we don’t include touchscreen options. We’ve found out that it doesn’t have any serious flaws but we noticed some weak points (only 76% color reproduction, 12.5ms response rate) and some controversial decisions like using two cables to connect.
Is it worth to pay more than $300 for a device that isn’t for gamers or image-editing and doesn’t look like a classy thing? In my opinion – Yes, if money is not an object for you. You won’t overpay pay for nothing, you will get the best screen among USB-powered displays and it will be far more superior to a second best choice (which, I believe, is ASUS MB16AC).