When there’s no usable television in sight or your eyes just aren’t good enough to share the Nintendo Switch’s 6.2 inch screen with a friend, a portable gaming monitor is a nice thing to have around.
I’ve spent the past couple of weeks fiddling with Hori’s aptly-named Universal HD Gaming monitor, a 15.6 inch 720p LCD monitor that comes with its own leatherette carrying case/stand. It kind of looks like a really thick tablet when folded for storage.
While it’s as wide, tall and nearly as thick as a standard 15-inch laptop, the Universal HD Monitor is surprisingly light. Hori says the unit weighs around three pounds. It feels much lighter, thanks to its primarily plastic construction. The low weight and bulky plastic make the unit feel more like a toy than a piece of tech, but it also increases the odds of surviving drops and backpack bumps.
To use it, all one has to do is prop it up via its two-position stand, plug in the power adapter, and attach a gaming system or other source to one of the unit’s two HDMI ports.