From the front, there’s not much to see: a large screen, a black plastic bezel, and some buttons at the lower right:
As is all too common these days, these buttons perform multiple functions– which function depends on the mode you’re in. The leftmost button brings up an input selection window, the next buttons switches between the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 input ports on the back (more on this later), the next button does nothing by itself (it looks as if it would control brightness, but it doesn’t), the second to last button invokes a functions menu, and the rightmost button is the power button. Most buttons have secondary functions (menu navigation, for example) once the control menu is invoked with the menu button.
At the rear of the monitor, facing downwards, are the video inputs: from left to right, they are old-school analog VGA(!), DisplayPort, dual-link DVI, MHL (Mobile High definition Link), HDMI, and a DisplayPort-out daisy-chain port to connect another DisplayPort monitor. The MHL port is the first I’ve seen on a monitor and it’s easy to plug the HDMI cable into this slot and then wonder why you’re not getting anything.
Continuing to the right we see the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 input port followed by a USB 2.0 input port (Lenovo included cables for both of these). Next are two standard USB 2.0 ports. Note that they are identified with keyboard and mouse icons. Why? We’ll get to that later.
On the left side of the monitor are three USB 3.0 ports. Yes, the rightmost port in this image really is yellow! It provides 1.5 amps of +5V power for charging your tablet. It was able to charge my iPad with no problem.
So, what’s it like to use?