Portable displays are becoming more and more common with various well-known brands offering them. Vissles provides a compact product catalog for the digital office that includes everything from wireless charging and truly wireless ear buds to their Vissles-M 15.6" portable touchscreen monitor we are taking a look at today.
Packaging and Contents
The unit comes packed in a sturdy box with a white sleeve, with an image of the unit on front and a simple list of functional bulletin points on the rear.
The inner black box holds the display in a foam cutout, with the cables and accessories in two circular cutouts below.
Vissles includes a whole bunch of cables to ensure you can use their portable touchscreen monitor in several different scenarios out of the box. Included are an HDMI to mini-HDMI cable, a sturdy USB-C cable, and a USB-C to USB-A lead for charging. You will receive a microfibre cloth and a manual as well.
A Closer Look
Out of the box, the display is protected by the built-in cover, which you may flip open to reveal the whole screen. The unit itself is just a few millimeters thick, and the cover wraps around the back as well. As with many tablet covers out there, you may flip it up and use it as a built-in stand.
On one side, you have the mini-HDMI and two USB-C connectors. the Vissles-M allows for power pass-through, so should you use it with a compatible Android device and have it connected to a 3 A power source, your screen will be powered alongside keeping your mobile device alive. Alternatively, you may use a USB-C connector to plug it straight into a USB-C port of a laptop, which is what we will be doing.
The other side holds an audio jack and three-way joystick, as well as the power button. This means your laptop or phone will pipe the audio through the cable to the built-in speakers, or even headphones, which could make this rather interesting for those with mobile phones that don't have audio jacks, especially when on a plane, for example.
On-screen Display Menu
You may directly adjust the brightness and volume of the Vissles-M, with the unit auto-detecting the connected interface once turned on. However, you may also switch between the two on the fly with both input sources connected.
Besides that, you will find the usual display, color, and audio settings within the OSM. Lastly, there is even a FreeSync option under Other Settings, which means those wanting to game on the Vissles-M should experience less screen tearing even though the screen maxes out at 60 Hz.
In Use - Computer
When connected to a MacBook Pro via USB, you have the option of connecting the second cable to a second USB-C port with a USB-A to C adapter if you have one, as your laptop should easily be able to provide the required 3 A. As you can see, the viewing angle is excellent because Vissles employs an IPS panel with the Vissles-M. However, as this is an external display, it is power-limited and thus not as bright as a traditional external or even built-in laptop display. That does not mean it is not useful, and everything is readable, but you will notice the difference with it directly next to your laptop.
When playing various video sources, the screen did a very good job of providing clear and good colors, but once again falls a bit behind in terms of contrast compared to traditional IPS screens with a bigger power source. When playing games, there is no visible ghosting, which means you should run into no issues when connecting your console to this display on a camping trip, for example, or as a substitute for the home TV because it is being used.
In Use - Mobile Device
When connecting the Vissles-M to a compatible phone, like a Samsung Android device, you can power both the display and phone though the secondary USB port. With such a setup, you will also be able to use the touch-screen functionality to navigate just as you would on your phone. That input method works extremely well because of the capacitive implementation—all touches are registered flawlessly.
The screen once again does not manage to compare well to mobile devices—in this case while powered by a Samsung Dex with an S8 as a source; the phone in the picture is a Pixel 3. Colors are muted due to the matte display, and are less vibrant because overall brightness does not come close to what we are used to on our mobile devices. While your phone is meant to be used in bright daylight, the Vissles-M is not.
With its 1080P screen, 10-point capacitive touch capabilities, lightweight 620 g, and 5.5 mm thickness, the Vissles-M is one of the lighter and thinner displays out there. On top of that, the Vissles-M 15.6" allows for as much connectivity and functionality across a variety of devices as possible while clocking in at just under that $200 mark, which is another good selling point. While an included power brick would have been great, and even though it may not be the brightest or most vivid portable unit out there, it does offer plenty of value for your money, especially by providing all the cables and that built-in cover and stand combination. It could be useful if all you need is the most portable variant of a larger screen, especially if you have a compatible mobile device.