CINQ Expands Your Laptop: Clever screen add-on pumps up your notebook’s visual ability by Brad Dunsbergen

March 15, 2013 by Aaron Burger

We get a lot of cool DJ gear here at the Mobile Beat office. Getting to play with the latest and greatest DJ gear is definitely a nice perk.mb148_111
When I was asked to do a review on the Cinq portable LED monitor, my initial thought was “Why in the heck do I need a second monitor for my laptop?” But after using it just one time, I am now thinking “How in the heck am I am going to live without it when I have to send it back?”

The Cinq monitor is a 10.1 inch 1280×720 LED portable monitor with a built-in SD card reader. It has a contrast ratio of 500:1. It weighs in at 14.9 oz.

It can be used on both Windows and Mac OSX. You just mount the Cinq on the back of your laptop lid with its Lid Rail Clamp or use it on a tabletop with its adjustable stand. The monitor is powered by and video signal is supplied from your computer’s USB 2.0 ports and the supplied USB cable. Also included in the protective hard case is a microfiber cloth for cleaning the screen and two hex wrenches for keeping all of the
pivot points on the mount tight.

Using the Cinq has been a blast. The biggest thing that I have been using it for is a second screen where I can put all of my DMX software’s lighting triggers. No more of minimizing my DJ program to change the lights. For personal use, I like to change the mounting to vertical and use the monitor for my favorite instant messaging software. This way I can always have it open and see it, like now as I type this, I can see my wife is typing me a message.

The uses of the Cinq portable LED monitor are pretty much endless. It is always nice to have a little more screen real-estate, and this innovative product helps laptop users score some.


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