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Mako touchscreen monitor review: A stylish-looking monitor with a range of connection options

Written by Eileen Brown, Contributor
Mako touch screen monitor review: a stylish looking monitor with a range of connection options zdnet

Mako touch screen monitor

7.8 / 5

pros and cons

  • Ultra-slim design
  • Versatile kickstand
  • Excellent image quality
  • No touchscreen capability on some devices

I am not too keen on portable monitors. Many appear clunky, often have poor resolution, and the touchscreen is usually slow to respond. But the Mako 15.6-inch touch screen portable monitor has blown me away.

I love having dual screens when I work. The ability to have two or more documents open at the same time is incredibly useful for me. The Mako portable monitor not only has a really solid look and feel but is also super responsive.

The monitor comes in three versions: The Mako, Mako Pro, and Mako Max. It is well-built and sturdy, with a kickstand hinged at the front that folds flat against the monitor. It has a viewing angle of 89 degrees to 178 degrees.

You can work with the screen vertical or rest the screen on its kickstand for a more horizontal way of working.

The Mako has a viewable area of 344 x 194mm and a 10-point capacitive screen. There is a minimum bezel, giving the display a nice look.

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Its resolution is 1980 x 1080px for the Mako and Mako Max (which has a 17.3-inch screen) and 3840 x 2160 for the 4K version -- the Mako Pro.

Its external dimensions are 355 x 225mm and the screen itself is only 5mm thick -- slimmer than many smartphones. The kickstand is 322mm x 88mm x 6mm in size. The monitor weighs 850g (900g)

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In the box, there is the monitor, a USB-type A to USB-type C cable, a USB-type C to C cable, and an HDMI-mini to HDMI cable. There is also a microfibre screen cleaning cloth, and an information sheet for the monitor.

I also received a carry case, but I do not know if this is to be shipped as standard with the monitor.

On the right-hand side of the kickstand, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, a dial wheel to confirm the On Screen Display (OSD) options (USB-C or mini HDMI), and a touch button for OSD.

On the left-hand side of the kic stand, there is a micro USB port and two USB-type C ports for power or audio/video and touch screen transmission. There is also a mini HDMI port.

The monitor also has an optional 6,000mAh battery, which is available for the 1080p models.

The screen has LED for backlighting and 250cd brightness. The Mako Pro has 350cd brightness. Each model has two 1W speakers. I think you would need to use the headphone jack to hear anything if you were working in a busy coffee shop.

The Mako monitor also has an optional stylus available ($39) and a screen protector ($9.90), which is included if you buy the Mako super classic bird version of the monitor from the Indiegogo early bird offer

Obviously, if you have a non-touchscreen laptop with Windows 10, then the touch screen capabilities will not work. I had variable success with the touch screen.

I could not get it to work from my IBM Thinkpad, nor my Surface Pro laptops. However, it worked perfectly when connected to my (older) Dell laptop.

I also had variable success with my three Android phones. Only one of them connected successfully. However, once connected, the touchscreen was so good, I did not want to return to using just the phone.

All in all, the Mako touch screen monitor is a great portable ultra-slim monitor that is stable on its stand, stylish to look at, and responsive to touch.

For under $360, (with a special offer perk currently) you get a high-quality versatile device that will connect to gaming consoles, laptops, or mobile phones. It would be a great addition to your home office set up, with the added bonus that you could take it anywhere.