Seven months ago we reviewed the GeChic On-Lap 1302 portable monitor, and we saw promise in the budget-priced lightweight LCD panel. Now GeChic, a Taiwanese company, has a much improved larger model, the GeChic On-Lap 2501M mobile monitor with a 15.6" matte LCD display. The flat panel weighs just 2.8 pounds with cover and it features an internal 9,300 mAh Lithium Ion battery and myriad mobile-friendly inputs. It's also relatively affordable compared to other mobile monitors on the market at $249.
The panel is good looking and very thin, and we like the snap-on plastic cover the doubles as a stable stand (much better than the rubber lego bricks GeChic offered with the 1302). The cover adds almost no bulk and is a must given the portable nature of the product. As monitors go, the 2501's specs are average; it's a TN panel with the associated relatively narrow viewing angles and resolution is 1366 x 768. It has 400:1 contrast ratio and a variable response time of 8-16ms. Brightness too is average at 200 nits, but the matte display really helps since there's no need to combat glare.
Why get the $249 GeChic On-Lap 2501M? It's extremely portable and has HDMI, VGA and even MHL inputs (cables included). GeChic says the MHL port will work with all MHL smartphones except the Samsung Galaxy S III that uses a slightly different set of signals out over MHL. There's no need to buy an MHL adapter (it's built into the monitor), but it doesn't provide power out over MHL, and some Android smartphones may balk at MHL to HDMI output without power. It did work with our HTC One X.
For tablets and Motorola Droid smartphones with HDMI, you can use the HDMI port and with laptops there's HDMI and VGA. It's handy if you need a mobile monitor that takes up little space for your tablet or smartphone and it's very handy for giving presentations when travelling on business. We've found it useful as our studio monitor when plugged into our Canon Vixia HD camcorder so all in the room can watch the video being recorded for our video reviews. Since it has a high capacity internal battery, there's no need to plug it into power for use. We've been using it daily for several weeks and have only had to charge it once. It comes with a compact cell phone style 2 amp, 5v charger (you can also charge it over USB if your computer puts out enough power).
Amos America (www.amoscomputer.com) in Freemont, CA is the official distributor for the 2501M. New Egg sold the 1302, and we'd love to see this product come to more retailers.