Review it – Portable gaming monitors have become more expensive since the first models hit the market as gaming panels are more in demand than your consumer panels. Many gamers these days want more refresh and less lag, especially if they’re using a graphics card for e-sports or other fast-paced titles. Previously I couldn’t tell much of a difference at 150 Hz: the jump from 60 Hz to 120 is a huge improvement for my big millennial eyes, but the high and high refresh rates are lost on me, mostly on both. the panels I’ve had so far (which aren’t many). I put the UPERFECT UGame K5 17.3″ Portable Gaming Monitor through its Windows and Xbox games for a few weeks (sometimes I love this job).
What is it?
I just finished a very similar review UPERFECT UPlays C2 16″ Portable Gaming Monitor, which is a 2k-resolution portable game monitor. UPERFECT also sent on this model, the UPERFECT UGame K5 17.3 “Portable Gaming Monitor, which is a little bigger and has a lower refresh rate, at the expense of the display: this model is a 1080P panel that can push to 240 Hz for the smoothest games ( if your device can output more frames per second).
What’s in the box?
- UPERFECT UGame K5 17.3″ Portable Gaming Monitor
- 2 x USB-C to USB-C cables
- 1 x mini-HDMI to HDMI cable
- 1 x AC Power Adapter
- 1 x Magnetic Smart Cover
- By hand
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels (FHD)
- Screen Size: 17.3″ diagonal
- Refresh rate: up to 240 Hz
- Display: 16:9
- Viewing angle: 178 °
- Panel type: IPS
- Contrast: 1000:1
- Color Gamut (sRGB): 100%
- Power consumption: 12 watts
- Brightness: 300 cd/m2
- Frame material: Steel
- Spinning around: no
- Touchscreen: no
- Built-in battery: no
- HDR: yes
- FreeSync: yes
- VESA: yes, 75 x 75 mm x 4 mm
- Built in Speakers: yes, stereo 1 Watt
- Size: 392 × 242 × 12 mm (15.43 × 9.53 × 0.47 inch)
- Weight: 0.96kg (2.11lbs)
Design and appearance
The UPERFECT UGame K5 17.3 “Portable Gaming Monitor is a monitor that is easy to carry: a dark gray rectangle with a narrow side and high bezels and a large “chin” bezel.
On the left, you have a headphone port / audio-out 2.5mm, two USB-C ports that can be used for power generation and / or video transmission, an HDMI port for devices that do not support video on USB. , and rocker menu/volume switch.
The overall design of the UPERFECT UGame K5 17.3″ Portable Gaming Monitor looks like aluminum, and the hardware looks like we saw above. This creates a small industrial sound, more at home for a gamer device.
The included magnetic cover doubles as a stand when not on the screen protector. Below is the monitor in representative mode (with the outer third of the cover folded back):
The right side (shown below) is flat except for the speaker cutout. The stereo speakers aren’t very loud and lack bass, but I always like to have options, so I’m glad they included them. There are some great laptop speakers on the market today, and I wish the portable recording industry would pick them up, but there probably isn’t enough room in a small chassis to allow any bass to bounce back. The Apple iPad Pro would fit that concept, if you’ve ever heard the speakers vibrate you know it’s possible on such a large device.
Below is a screenshot of the background:
And another one from the left to show the angle when using the portable model:
There are also four mounting holes for VESA (75 mm VESA size, but the screws – not included – must be less than 4 mm or they will fit into the screen itself)
As I said in my UPERFECT UPlays C2 review, I like the addition of the VESA mount, it allows you to use this screen as a primary or secondary monitor by placing it on a VESA mount.
The video above shows the UPERFECT UGame K5 17.3″ Portable Gaming Monitor running on both Windows 11 at 240 Hz and Xbox Series X at 120 Hz. Unfortunately, I don’t have a camera that can record at 240 frames per second, so you’ll have to use the video as a guide to color quality rather than refresh.
As with previous refresh monitors I’ve tested, I can’t tell the difference between ~120 Hz and 240+ Hz except in very specific situations (like moving the screen back and forth with the mouse, I can only see it. a little bit of fast movement if I’m paying attention. , as can be expected with a response time of 3-5 ms.
In terms of colors, the K5 panel seems superior to the IPS panel, with a 100% sRGB color gamut and up to 300 nits of brightness. It did well in dark and well-lit rooms, although it struggled in very sunny rooms, and never bothered to take it outside.
If you’re playing on devices like Playstation, Xbox, or Switch, you’ll need to use an HDMI cable (included) and turn on the monitor with an AC wall outlet. On a Windows computer or laptop, if your device supports video over USB then you can only have one USB-C cable. I love that they included a second cable even if your device can’t power it up.
As for gaming consoles, the HDR capability seems to work on Xbox, but Windows turning on HDR (it must be enabled in Windows and on Screen Display) makes the screen very dim and washed out. I’ve found the best and brightest HDR monitors worth bothering with on Windows, if it’s under 1000 nits of brightness I’d just stick with SDR for a better experience.
One thing that annoyed me during testing, especially when I disconnected the monitor and moved it to different rooms to test the lighting, was that the brightness settings (etc.) didn’t save between uses unless you kept the monitor constant. Even with one cable connecting the laptop, if the laptop goes to sleep the light goes back to brightness level 1 (out of 10), and changing the brightness and other settings is not really fast and easy with the rocker/push switch on the side. Some monitors I’ve used and tested have alleviated this annoyance by making the brightness adjustable (like pushing up on the rocker to enter the brightness slider and down to jump up to volume). It’s too bad that the K5 didn’t follow this design line and instead just used up/down buttons to quickly adjust the volume.
Which I like
- Good quality and very refreshing price
- The main screen size is still small and light enough to move around
- USB and HDMI connection options
What I would change
- A little light can enhance the colors of the rooms in which you can use this light
- More light is needed to get the most out of HDR
- No settings saved between users means you can change the brightness and On Screen Display
If I were asked to choose between the UPERFECT UGame K5 17.3″ Portable Gaming Monitor and another monitor I just reviewed (C2 16″ 2K), I would wholeheartedly recommend the 16 inch C2 over this one. The 17.3″ K5 is a good device, but unless you want extra refresh, I like everything about the C2 16″ a lot: a sharp screen at a slightly higher level, still refreshing enough for me, bright and vivid colors. in my eyes, it is a tree. However, if you’re using a console or playing esports or just want a slightly bigger monitor – the 1080P at 300 Hz panel on the K5 might be what you’re looking for, and this might be the best option for you.