HP EliteDisplay S14 USB-C portable display review: Perfect for Surface Go


– When the coolest things
about USB Type-C is the ability to power external displays, knowing that, we can now have portable displays. Today we’re gonna take a look
at the HP EliteDisplay S14, a new portable screen
that you can take along with your Surface Go. Stay tuned. (upbeat music) All right before we get started, let’s answer a few questions. So last year we reviewed
the ASUS ZenScreen, it was a 15.6 inch portable display. It was really kinda cool, mostly, because there were one of
the first major companies to have one on the market. Now HP is back here
but theirs is a 14 inch and I actually like it a lot
better for those who travel. After all 14 inch is a little bit smaller and easier to manage. Same weighs 2.2 pounds,
about one kilogram. It’s 1920 by 1080 resolution
with a 60-hert refresh rate and has a bunch of abilities there for brightness and color contrast. More importantly, unlike the ZenScreen, this is a all matte and anti-glare display so for those of you work on productivity and like to look at documents all day, well this will be a
lot easier on the eyes. It’s a good thing to contrast
with something to Surface Go which is a little bit glossy. Also the Surface Go obviously
has a very small screen, so 10 inches versus 14 here
and it just works well. Now if you’re curious about
USB Type-C and how this works, yeah, this is a single cable that connects between a
display and the Surface Go or any laptop out there
like the MateBook X Pro or Surface Book 2 that has a Type-C port. With that single cable,
it powers both the display and allows its signal
to travel through it, so that’s all you need. You don’t need an external
power connector for the display. That’s really the attraction here. You can just connect this up
to the Surface Go on the fly. Okay, taking a closer look here, it’s not a whole lot going on. It does come with a Folio cover,
it’s one-sided and magnetic so it does not fall off whatsoever. This is also used as the kickstand, so again this is sort
of like the ZenScreen but this is actually
better built in my opinion. This is way more sturdy probably it’s because they have this
large hinge at the bottom that acts as a base and sort of, it gives a little bit more support. Turning to the side of the device, you can see HP’s signature
design here which I really like. They have now these angled
corners that come in. This reminds me very
much of the Elite Series that they do, as well as the Spectres, they’ve been doing this a lot too. You see the power button here on the side to disable the monitor,
turn it on and off. At the bottom here, you
have actually four buttons to control the display,
including brightness and different aspects of the contrast, and other features, including
different display modes. And not a big surprise
on the right hand side, we have the USB Type-C port. And again this is USB
Type-C not Thunderbolt. You don’t need Thunderbolt
to make this run. Any Type-C system that’s powerful enough to run it can connect up to it. They do give you a pretty long
USB Type-C cable in the box. Turn to the back of the
display of HP’s new logo which is really nice. It’s a
little bit mirrored finish. This is a all-metal design and it’s a, you could feel though,
it’s a very thin metal. In fact, if you press really hard, you can feel sort of the glue in the components behind the display. That’s not saying it’s bad or anything, it just, they’re doing it to save weight but the frame and the back
of it feel pretty solid. Now the ZenScreen actually had
the Folio covering the back which in a way, it’s kinda nice
too because it does protect, this could get scuffed, you could see, it does pick up grease pretty easily. On the other hand they
save on the device’s weight and it being thinner. I actually like the HP design
in the end in terms of use. Okay, let’s bring it all in. So I got to use the EliteDisplay while I was in Berlin for IFA 2018 and it really helped me
a lot in the hotel room. I used it with a Surface Book 2 but I also use it with the Surface Go. And it just worked very well. I really liked the matte display here, I’m a huge fan of that,
it’s just easy to look at. I also really like that 14-inch size, like I said, compared to
the ZenScreen, a 15.6 inch. This just fit my bag a lot easier and it was more manageable. I also found the kickstand to be a lot more sturdy
than the ZenScreen. Although there is only one fixed position which for some people may not be as good. I think the compromise here for its extreme portability is very good. I do wanna point out,
if you do graphic design and photo editing or video editing, this may not be the best solution for you. After all the colors
are a little washed out compared to something
even like the Surface Go, that’s just part of the trade-off here with a portable display. They’re not gonna be quite as good as say, your big 27-inch one at home. Another thing I wanna point out is that this is not a touchscreen, nor does it support Pen obviously. And the reason I point that out is because Asus did show
off its new ZenScreen, that’s coming out later this year, which is touch and does support Pen. That’s a really interesting proposition. I love to see HP get
in on that action too. That obviously opens the device up to a lot more possibilities, but for now if you’re looking for that, this is not gonna be your display. Now it does cost $219 and
depending how you feel about that, that’s either very good or very expensive, but I think for people who
need productivity on-the-go, especially if you’re using
something like Surface Go, which is a obviously
smaller 10-inch screen, this will help you use that
device for a much longer time. In terms of value, its
overall build quality, and its use in my case, I’m very happy with the EliteDisplay S14 and I can give it a high recommendation. All right, so that’s a quick review of the EliteDisplay S14 from HP. And if you want more
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100 thoughts on “HP EliteDisplay S14 USB-C portable display review: Perfect for Surface Go

  1. This is a bit of an odd device. I have a dual monitor setup on my desktop at home, and I also have a Surface Pro, but I don't think this would be super useful for me even if the pro had USB-C. I don't use my Pro for heavy stuff.

  2. Nice product. I’ve actually been using duet display and my iPad with my surface go. Can use usb c to lighting too.

  3. I love this device category. Wonder if you could hook it up to some cameras (DSLR or Mirrorless ) using a HDMI to USB-C adapter and have it be monitor for video work.?

  4. Dumb. don't most hotels have HDMI TV monitor that has HDMI input? if I wanted a bigger screen to carry around, I wouldn't be buying surface go.

  5. I don't understand your emphasis on using this with the Surface Go while traveling. The two devices together weigh more than a Surface Pro, which is a much more powerful laptop and doesn't require you to deal with two devices. The Go might be easier to use in the cramped space on a plane, but I still think it makes much more sense for travelers than the GO + S14. The S14 seems to have much more promise as a device that travelers could attach to phones.

  6. Can this USB-C support USB-C to HDMI so in future is possible to connect the HDMI to the display,
    Example: Laptop TB3 – External GPU – S14 display
    nowadays laptop only have one USB-C port only so yeah

  7. You can buy 300$ refurbished laptop same or more powerful than surface go. So why spend on both. (even keyboard cost extra so price even cheaper for refurbished laptop).

  8. It has to be an extremely limited use case. You have a Surface Go — presumably because you don't want to carry around a 12"+ device most of the time — yet you buy a 14" portable display which presumably you aren't going to use much? Further, your work doesn't require any high-end processing or graphics (since the Go can't do that), you are happy with a few hours of life (since the Go can't power that monitor for long), and you have nearly $900 to spend on this — $550 for the Go, $100 for the keyboard, and $250 for the monitor.

    It would seem a lot more useful just to pay a $900 12" 2-in-1. You'd get an i5 processor, higher resolution screen, longer battery life, larger keyboard, no hassle of all this around, fits on your lap or tray, etc.

    This does make more sense with a Continuum, DeX, or compute stick type device.

  9. I use my 13" spectre x360 heavily for school. I prefer taking notes on it with the pen as opposed to using traditional notebooks. Because the screen is small, it can get a little cramped if I'm taking notes from something on my computer via split-screen multitasking, so a device like this could really come in handy. This is slightly cheaper than the Zenscreen and I like the stand better, so I'm honestly considering this buy.

  10. Do consider an inexpensive Apple iPad-Duet combo and you now have both a laptop and a full-featured tablet/screen to work with.

  11. I'm fairly new to this whole "2nd screen" thing. My question is, how will this thing get powered up? I don't see any cord for a power source. Is this battery operated? Thanks 😁

  12. Which USB spec does it require seems to be noticeably missing for this review. Does a 3.1 gen 1 usb-C port work? Does it require 3.1 gen 2? Or Thunderbolt 3?
    It's important information to give to people interested in buying this, as they might run into incompatibility issues.

  13. would this work with samsung galaxy note 9? just wondering as phone would have to both power and provide video signal. not sure on the power side?

  14. for those of you who want to use this with your phone, remember that the port in your phone, even if its type c, only runs at usb 2.0 so this wont work.

    not enough power output, and likely not even enough data output from the port to run the display

  15. Did you even do any research for this. I had a portable monitor for 3 years from Gechic. The only thing new is type-c cable. I love my portable monitor because I can use any device that uses HDMI.

  16. Cool I like to buy Surface go but I have a dought about type c connenter can we use external hard disk with type c adapter

  17. What if you have a device with only 1 Type-c port? Is there a hub on the market that will allow you to use the display and power it?

  18. Does anyone know of a usb-c dongle/hub that would allow the (pass through) attachment of this screen to the surface go as well as having perhaps a couple of USB -A ports as well. The only way I can see of achieving this type of functionality is with the Surface Dock type (1661) attached to the power connector, but this comes at a hefty price:(. I already have the Asus Zenscreen MB16A & can't wait to give this a try with the surface Go.

  19. Make it a touch screen and we can talk… Been down this road with the HP Lapdock, waste of time, without the touchscreen its just a monitor. I am not spending one more penny supporting these projects until they start pulling out the stops and actually give us what we want. They always come close, but then just fall short of delivering something truly useful. HP, Microsoft and the rest of them.

  20. I bought a HP S14 after watching this video. May I ask how to use this with a USB A adapter? I'm using win 10 and a laptop with USB A 2.0 and 3.0 ports. I have installed the driver from HP website but the display doesn't work still. How do you with it with the adapter? Thanks in advance!

  21. Nice for gaming on the go. Does not seem to operate video through the G2 Thunderbolt Dock – is a downside. The rest is good.

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