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Mobile Pixels Trio Review

True Score

74
72
1

Experts

80
1,166

Consumers

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The Mobile Pixels Trio had reviewers pleased with its utility as an extra screen, as they complimented its great text clarity and wide viewing angles. However, they didn’t like its low contrast levels, and confirmed that it wasn’t designed for casual gaming due to its low 60Hz refresh rate and lack of support for VRR technology.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Mobile Pixels TRIO is an entry-level portable screen that was announced in mid-2020. The 13-inch display may not be as big as some of the highly-rated computer monitors on the market, but it is easy to attach to a laptop and works pretty well as an extra display for users who want to have more screen real estate for increased productivity. It has a decent 1080p screen resolution, and it offers an impressive 169 PPI for excellent text clarity. Its viewing angles are better than those of the AOC E1649FWU, and it is also easy to adjust thanks to its decent ergonomics.

Consensus

our Verdict

Product reviewers commended the Mobile Pixels TRIO monitor for the extra screen space it offers, as they felt that it was ideal for enhancing productivity on the go. After testing, reviewers were delighted with how detailed the content was, attributing this to its high pixel density of 169 PPI, which is much higher than the MSI NXG253R’s 99 PPI. Also, after testing its viewing angles, reviewers from Rtings were happy that images remained accurate even when viewed from a vertical or horizontal viewing angle. The monitor’s brightness level of 261 nits also pleased reviewers during their experiments, and even though it had a limited SDR color gamut (69.4% coverage of the sRGB color scale), they confirmed that this was good enough for content to stay visible in a well-lit setting.

However, the TRIO’s mediocre 981:1 contrast ratio had experts from Monitor Nerds complain that its blacks were not as visible in a dark setting. Also, it doesn’t support FreeSync and G-Sync technology, has a low 60Hz refresh rate, and lacks HDMI ports.

Reason to Buy

  • Impressive text clarity
  • Great viewing angles
  • Good screen resolution
  • Decent brightness level
  • Easy to attach to a laptop

Reason to Avoid

  • Low contrast ratio
  • No HDMI ports
  • Low 60Hz refresh rate

Mobile Pixels Trio Specs

Display TypeLCD
HDMI Inputs
HDR FormatYes
Max Resolution1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Panel TypePanel TypeIPS
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Response TimeResponse Time31.0 ms
Screen size12.5"
Sync TechnologySync Technologyn/a

All Specs

Test Results

Brightness (nits)241
Contrast Ratio (as ratio x:1)979
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 xy)0
Color Gamut/Accuracy % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (sRGB Coverage xy)69.4
Color Gamut % (Adobe RGB Coverage xy)51.6
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020 Coverage xy)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709 Coverage xy)0
Input Lag (ms)25.1
Response Time (ms)17.5
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Left)27
Horizontal Viewing Angle (Washout Right)26
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Above)28
Vertical Viewing Angle (Washout Below)28
Reflections % (Total Reflections)4.6

All Tests

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Market Context

The Mobile Pixels TRIO is an entry-level portable screen that was announced in mid-2020. The 13-inch display may not be as big as some of…

The Mobile Pixels TRIO is an entry-level portable screen that was announced in mid-2020. The 13-inch display may not be as big as some of the highly-rated computer monitors on the market, but it is easy to attach to a laptop and works pretty well as an extra display for users who want to have more screen real estate for increased productivity. It has a decent 1080p screen resolution, and it offers an impressive 169 PPI for excellent text clarity. Its viewing angles are better than those of the AOC E1649FWU, and it is also easy to adjust thanks to its decent ergonomics.

The Mobile Pixels TRIO is quite similar to the Mobile Pixels DUEX Plus since they both have a 60Hz refresh rate and a 1080p screen…

The Mobile Pixels TRIO is quite similar to the Mobile Pixels DUEX Plus since they both have a 60Hz refresh rate and a 1080p screen resolution. However, the TRIO has a higher 240 nit brightness level compared to the DUEX’s 183 nits, and it also handles reflections slightly better. Also worth mentioning is that the DUEX has a much lower input lag of 9.1ms compared to the TRIO’s 25.1ms, making it significantly more responsive.

The Mobile Pixels TRIO’s input lag of 25.1ms is nowhere near the 9.1ms offered by the Lepow Z1, so the Z1 feels much smoother to…

The Mobile Pixels TRIO’s input lag of 25.1ms is nowhere near the 9.1ms offered by the Lepow Z1, so the Z1 feels much smoother to operate. On the flip side, the Z1 supports HDR content, but the Mobile Pixels TRIO comes out on top thanks to a higher SDR brightness level of 240 nits compared to the Z1’s 212 nits.

At 13 inches, the Mobile Pixels TRIO is slightly smaller than the 14-inch ASUS ZenScreen MB14AC. Still, the ASUS monitor is better overall thanks to…

At 13 inches, the Mobile Pixels TRIO is slightly smaller than the 14-inch ASUS ZenScreen MB14AC. Still, the ASUS monitor is better overall thanks to its significantly lower 8.8ms input lag (compared to the TRIO’s 25.1ms) and its faster 23.9ms response time compared to the TRIO’s 23.9ms.

Display Type

LCD

LCD

LCD

HDMI Inputs

Mini HDMI

HDR Format

Yes

Yes

Yes

Max Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Panel Type

IPS

IPS

IPS

Refresh Rate

60 Hz

60 Hz

60 Hz

Response Time

31.0 ms

34.9 ms

36.2 ms

Screen size

12.5"

13.3"

15.6"

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

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True Score

74

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Rtings
    103.4

    Category Trust Score

    58
    The Mobile Pixels TRIO is a mediocre monitor overall. It’s designed for and best-suited for… read more

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    Shane Kuhn

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