When it comes to gaming on the go, most people turn to GAEMS’ line of monitors, either with the big, bulky Vanguard cases or the M240, both of which deliver fine performance when it comes to capturing that same experience (but without the couch, obviously). However, for those on a meager budget, there’s also the M155 Scout, which goes for $169. It has its fair share of limitations, like a 720p display and obviously a smaller size (15.5″ compared to the usual 24″), but there’s no arguing its value.
The display does run at 720p, yes…but it’s a pretty sharp 720p. With the tests we performed on it, including games like Destiny: The Taken King and Rocket League, it managed to perform pretty admirably, keeping up with all the action happening on-screen without losing a bit of detail. Obviously the M240 is a sharper image, and bigger for that matter, but this is the next best thing at a fraction of the cost. It also has a 60Hz refresh rate, which is really convenient for gamers that like to keep up with their action.
The unit is also fairly light, clocking in at just under two pounds and taking up about the same amount of space as a larger tablet, like the iPad Pro. That said, its plastic build isn’t quite as stable as that of the Vanguard case. That’s not to say it’ll break easily – it won’t – but it feels a bit cheaper than the more luxurious models. At least it still operates well, and the screen material is sufficient.
As for the use of the screen, it’s very good. You can plug an HDMI-related item into it with ease, and even use your headphones through an installed jack if you don’t want to disturb others with your gaming sessions. The real kicker, though, is the USB port. With it, you can charge the screen through your game console, although a plug-in is also included if you prefer to take that power route. Either way, your screen will last a good amount of time.
The protective case that comes with it is a little flimsy at first – screwing in the screws that come with it can be a hassle – but essentially, you can stand it up on its own, and it handles pretty well. You can also make adjustments with various stances, depending on how close to the screen you get.
The buttons on the side of the unit let you power it up, as well as adjust brightness and volume accordingly. They’re fairly good buttons for a unit like this, but may be a bit too small for those with bigger thumbs. Hardly a deal breaker, though.
Overall, the M155 is another solid offering from GAEMS. It’s probably the third down the line regarding what I’d buy from them, especially with the power that their other units deliver. But if you’re crunching on a budget, it’s more than sufficient as a secondary screen.