If you want a different approach to how you approach your online work productivity and gaming in 2023, InnoView makes your upgrade options easy with its recently released 27″ desktop monitor.

InnoView’s new desktop display adds to a range of portable monitors, such as the InnoView 15.6″ 4K HDR Touchscreen Portable Monitor we reviewed last spring.

This 27″ full desktop option offers an FHD 1080p gaming display with an ultra-thin screen that is HDMI and VESA capable, has a refresh rate of up to 100Hz, and a contrast ratio of 4,000:1. It also comes with an adjustable tilt stand and built-in speaker.

InnoView 27-Inch VESA and Base

The InnoView can mount or attach to a 27″ VESA mount on the included base. , Image credit: Inovue

The INVPM701/27” FHD/1080P is available from the InnoView Store on Amazon for US$159.99. There is also a 24” version available on Amazon for $119.99. The models have similar characteristics.

inner workings

This large screen features an advanced, ergonomic design and ultra-wide viewing angles that deliver crisp, clear, detailed images from any angle. Its black metal body, sturdy slim metal stand and ultra-thin frame are simple and elegant.

You can adjust the vertical screen angle from -5° to +20°, which reduces the strain on the shoulders and neck during long screen time for work or play.

The maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 combined with the 4,000:1 contrast ratio makes the screen content crisp.

Users will find that the 100Hz refresh rate is an asset for playing games and viewing videos and other graphic images. Picture changes are sharp and smooth due to the graphics card and monitor refresh rate being synchronized to eliminate stuttering.

InnoView 27-inch vertical angle from -5° to +20°

The vertical angle of the InnoView 27″ screen adjusts from -5° to +20° Image credit: InnoView

The result is smooth stitched video and real-time motion in fast-paced action scenes. The monitor’s response speed is 8ms, which contributes to the elimination of blurriness, tearing, and ghosting. Its low blue light and HDR technology help relieve eye fatigue over long periods of use.

What I generally consider borderline weak is a desktop monitor’s brightness rating of 250 cm2 (equivalent to 250 nits). However, its very high contrast ratio makes a big difference in improving the overall display.

Coverage of 99% of the sRGB color gamut is well within acceptable standard norms. 8-bit grayscale for over 16.7 million colors on the 27″ monitor delivers vivid detail and superior image quality.

exterior design

This desktop monitor has a matte finish and a black display screen, and works with most common graphics cards.

An HDMI cable is included in the box, but if you use a VGA cable to connect your current monitor, you can use it with this display. Though for a standard setup, HDMI is the way to go.

On the back of the panel are a VGA port and an HDMI port for connecting to PCs, laptops, Chromebooks, game consoles, and other devices. This monitor also has an audio-out port for connecting headphones.

InnoView INVPM701/27

InnoView INVPM701/27″ Rear Port | Image credit: Inovue

Its On-Screen Display (OSD) menu provides access to various use cases. You can switch settings for screen sharing, image or video editing, watching movies, and games.

poor sound quality

My only disappointment is the monitor’s speakers.

To test the video quality, I first connected the monitor using my existing VGA cable. Obviously, the two tiny internal speakers on the 27″ monitor didn’t work at that point because VGA doesn’t carry audio signals.

To test the sound, I connected an HDMI cable to the HDMI port. Still, the results were less than satisfactory. Even after maxing out the onboard volume setting, the output sounded tinny and flat.

I switched the audio output to the laptop’s internal speakers, which resulted in much better sound quality. But neither compared to the deep, rich sounds produced by external speakers connected to my docking station.

If the monitor’s speakers are the only option, gamers and users needing loud and clear audio for video calls or audio playback will be sorely disappointed.

final thoughts

This 27″ monitor is impressive and well worth the purchase price, and its large display improves my normal computing routine.

My primary desktop is connected to a 24″ monitor. My laptop is connected to another 24″ monitor and several peripherals via the docking station. This combination lets me use the laptop’s 15-1/2″ screen as a second monitor, which comes in handy when I need to work with Windows that displays data I’d otherwise need on the larger monitor. Viewing is required when working with open windows.

The 27″ display makes it very easy to display more and larger windows on an external screen. The extra screen real estate provides better productivity and may eliminate the need for smaller laptop screens.

InnoView 27 Inch Monitor

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My desktop has a touchscreen, but I rarely reach across the desk to touch it. So, I don’t miss having a touchscreen with this InnoView desktop monitor.

One annoyance, however, is the tiny, hard-to-find OSD buttons under the bottom bezel. The plastic buttons at the top are hard to find when my fingers slide around to find them.

Overall, the 27″ desktop monitor from InnoView is the nearly perfect way to increase productivity with a larger monitor. The big picture delivers a more enjoyable computing experience at an affordable price.

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Germany-based Tuxedo Computers has released its specific operating system as a stand-alone distribution that provides a reasonably productive choice among a bloated supply of Linux variants.

Previously, you could only get Tuxedo OS pre-installed on company computers. Now anyone can try it out as a separate distro, making good on its mission statement of making Linux accessible to the general public. At first blush, Tuxedo OS is identical to a default install of Kubuntu (Ubuntu’s classic iteration of the KDE distro), just with custom startup and shutdown screens and wallpapers.

Buying a dedicated Linux computer instead of reusing new or old Windows or Mac hardware is often hindered by a lack of manufacturers. Perhaps one of the more well-known and accessible outlets is US-based System76, which has launched its own in-house Linux version, POP! _OS as a separate Linux distribution.

Tuxedo Computers based its OS on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and fine-tuned the KDE Plasma desktop to accommodate its own hardware. System 76 tweaked GNOME Desktop. Both versions run on most computer configurations without hardware requirements or the need for a dedicated set of additional software.

Standard 1.0. No

Don’t let the Tuxedo OS version 1.0 label deter you from trying out this latest Linux offering. The actual coding has been around as long as the pre-installed OS on the company’s hardware lineup. Therefore, its public release is far more polished than its version 1.0 moniker.

The KDE Plasma Desktop is not a full clone of what you can download in other iterations. The in-house developers took six months to develop, test, document and design the stand-alone offering.

Tuxedo OS left-side panel

Tuxedo OS The left side panel shows windows open with Alt+Tab.

The Tuxedo version of this desktop environment includes Tuxedo Control Center, Tuxedo Tomte Driver Configuration Service, and a few other changes.

These include an accent color and wallpaper set, a natively packaged Firefox and Nvidia drivers. Flatpak comes pre-installed instead of Snap, though it’s disabled by default unless you flip the switch for this alternative software distribution package.

troublesome loading routine

My biggest disappointment with Tuxedo OS is the cluttered approach to setting it up. Especially for newcomers to Linux, developers made running live sessions — whether from DVD or USB thumb drives — anything but convenient.

So much so that I almost gave up on installing it out of frustration. Once installed, the operating system is a relatively pleasant experience, provided you prefer the KDE desktop. Loading it up to try it out before even clicking the Install button is a painfully slow process of trial and error.

The problem is not with running an OS originally made for factory installation on dedicated hardware. Developers need to design a more “fail-proof” installation engine if they expect users to adopt Tuxedo OS.

My horror story started with a sophisticated GUI-driven interface. Typically, with most Linux installations the process boots the computer with the ISO files into an easy-to-follow menu where you click on an option and go to the next set of options. But this menu was confusing and often didn’t work without heavy troubleshooting.

For example, the first screen shows options like “Boot from USB/HDD” and “Boot from DVD/VM”, followed by options like “WebFAI Notebook” and “WebFAI Desktop Installation”. Then there was a separate list for “UEFI Firmware Settings”.

Tuxedo OS Live Session Boot

Any readme file options or other sources of information about the meaning of the options were lacking. The menu and website were of no such help.

too many guesses

The first option is ambiguous and suggests starting the computer from a hard drive or removable media. How was this different from the other option specifying HDD or VM?

When I selected the top option, the result was only a terminal screen displaying command prompt. The second entry started the live session of the temporary virtual machine through the ISO installation medium.

But it only works on computers configured with an agreed BIOS setting. Since I tried the installation on four different computers, some had BIOS settings, and some had UEFI settings already disabling Secure Boot on Windows machines.

On some of my machines, the installation started and wandered along the way, and on others, it never started. That encounter prompted me to play with the menu’s fifth option, which involved changing the BIOS and UEFI settings.

I later learned that Integrated WebFAI (short for Fully Automated Installation), a custom Linux deployment tool, requires a special USB key, which the company provides, or you can create one yourself, assuming So that you know the directions. It also requires a wired network connection to complete this type of installation.

long wait plan

Each attempt to install this distro resulted in the painful omission of blank screen before the first menu screen was displayed at the end. Seriously, I mean up to 15 minutes. Sometimes the blinking indicator light on the optical drive would go off, so I had to wait for the blinking to resume before I turned the box off and tried again.

Once I got the right combination of options on one of my four test bench computers, the DVD installation was completely complete. The time factor to do this was much longer than what I typically experience in most other Linux installations.

Once the actual installation process has gone beyond the initial menu selection, response times vary from step to step. The starting language is the default German, and I had to figure out that I needed to click a blank entry field at the bottom of the screen to activate the languages ​​list.

On some of my test gear, the window never opens; On another rig, creating a language selection or time zone with a location lock locks the computer.

On a computer that actually went through these steps, a progress bar increased to 40% and seemingly froze. Then, after a gap of 10 or more minutes, the desktop started showing up on the screen so I could start trying out Tuxedo OS.

I didn’t test Tuxedo OS after the live session. So whatever glitches were waiting for the hard drive installation to complete, I’ll never know.

Why try Tuxedo OS?

This public release without pre-installation on Tuxedo computers will once more invite developers to pull out the installation ISO. The tweaked combination of Ubuntu 22.04 Roots and the revamped KDE desktop brings some useful features to the package.

It comes with LibreOffice and a small selection of games pre-installed. It also includes a Tuxedo Tools group with two custom applications installed and the Tuxedo Control Center system-monitoring app. Tuxedo WebFAI Creator runs as a panel applet by default, although you can easily turn it off.

The developers bundled the OS Probe feature by default. Before Grub 2.06, it was easy to install Ubuntu as a dual boot next to other operating systems. Prober detected the other OS and gave users a boot menu to choose which OS to use for each session.

The same ISO handles encrypted and unencrypted options when installed on a hard drive. A corresponding prompt appears before the installation begins.

The stand-alone version of Tuxedo OS lets you choose the file system of your choice. So, you can configure btrfs or XFS in addition to the standard ext4.

ground level

No doubt, I’ll circle back when the developer releases the upgrade. Neither KDE nor GNOME is a compelling reason for me to swap out my favorite daily driver yet.

But Tuxedo’s approach has piqued my interest and it has the potential to take a mainstream platform position. I use a number of KDE applications on my main productivity computer, and now the “newer” distro has a lot in its suite of apps bundled in. You can find Tuxedo OS on the Tuxedo Computers website.

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In the wide open field of videoconferencing tools created by the pandemic, the Poly Studio P5 professional webcam should be at the top of your list of candidates for home or office use.

This USB 2.0 plug-and-play camera comes with an integrated Type A cable, privacy shutter, and an adjustable monitor clamp that doubles as a desktop base. Removable upper lens barrel is tripod ready.

Its cover hides a built-in USB-A port for connecting wireless adapters to headsets or other accessories. The eye shape features a rotating band around the front edge to open or close the lens to prevent accidental viewing in an impressive cylindrical design, which is a handy feature.

When you turn the dial clockwise, the three-piece red cover closes the lens chamber. Turning the dial counterclockwise removes the cover from the lens. In addition, an LED on the top of the lens barrel changes color from red to green as another safety indicator.

Poly Studio P5 Optics

Poly Studio P5 Professional Webcam (Image Credit: Poly)

Poly Studio P5, formerly Polycom/Plantronics, is one of the more interesting videoconferencing tools offered by the manufacturer. It has a solid feature set for an attractive price of $78.95.

flexible use cases

You can use the P5 as a desktop webcam or hook it up to a laptop computer without a built-in camera. Even better, you can plug this webcam into a laptop with an existing camera and quickly select a poly camera.

I especially like the ease with which I can transfer this webcam from one computer to another without having to install or reconfigure anything. This capability comes in handy in your home or company office with multiple computers.

Even with a first-time connection, all you have to do is plug in the USB cable and select Poly Cam in whatever conferencing application you use. No driver download is required.

Poly offers a free downloadable Poly Lens desktop app for custom controls. The app provides unique tools to adjust camera settings and other features.

Desktop apps are available for Windows and Apple computers. However unless you have specific needs, which include networking devices or special configurations, computer apps are unnecessary.

hi-tech glasses

Poly’s 1080p (Full HD) / 720P (HD) compatible hardware delivers 30 FPS (frames per second) with 80-degree diagonal field of view (DFOV) display. It has many built-in features that automatically improve video performance.

For example, autofocus with 4x zoom/EPTZ is included, as is a single directional microphone optimized for individual workstations. It provides 50 Hz to 16 kHz frequency response.

I had no trouble using the Poly P5 in various lighting conditions. The lens device automatically adjusts for dim or bright lighting environments.

Low-light quality and true color image technology are certified by Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The P5 is compatible with any application that supports the USB/UVC standards.

wide range of compatibility

The system requirements listed on the P5 data sheet are:

  • Windows version 8.1, 10, or later
  • Mac OS X version 10.7 or later
  • USB 2.0 Port

But if you have Linux or Chromebook computers you’re also in luck, although there’s nothing in Pauli’s documentation that indicates the P5 is compatible with any of these operating systems. Nor do the company’s download servers mention desktop applications or camera drivers for Linux or ChromeOS devices.

Since I use all those configurations, I was hoping for a one-size-fits-all videoconferencing solution. Chromebook cameras are notorious for their low-quality vidcams.

To my great surprise, the P5 did not disappoint. I plugged the USB cable into both the Linux and Chromebook computers, hoping that there was no second camera available. With Windows and Mac gear, the webcam lit up immediately with no configuration required—and performance was better than it was instead.

Since I have no use of the desktop application Video Tools to adjust the P5, I was ahead in all matters.

minor issues

P5 is the perfect solution to meet your personal and business needs. Although it has some issues, none of them are serious enough to be a deal breaker.

For example, the built-in microphone is mediocre in its sound output. Despite the directional microphone, the audio output is noisier and more muffled than I’d like.

The audio problem is minor, provided your computer has a plug-in or built-in microphone. If not, the additional port under the covers in the P5 comes in handy as a workaround.

Another example is a four-foot USB cable. If you connect the P5 to a laptop, you should have no problem accessing the port. However, on a desktop console that is not near a monitor, plug-ins can cause problems.

There’s a relatively easy fix in that case: just get a USB extension cable to add length.

Poly Studio P5 Webcam

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Poly Studio P5 Dimensions, Weight, Warranty

Camera body only:

  • 1.5 W x 1.3 H x 2.4 D (inch)
  • 37.7 W x 34 H x 62 D (mm)
  • 2.4oz / 68g

Camera with Monitor Clamp:

  • 2.4D x 1.7H x 2.7D (inch)
  • 60 W x 43 H x 68 D (mm)
  • 3.3oz / 98g


  • Includes two year limited warranty.

ground level

In most cases, the Poly Studio P5 Professional Webcam can outperform your built-in computer camera, and it works out of the box without any setup.

This handy tool, along with its free desktop applications, offers enhancement capabilities. Together they give you what their name implies – premium quality performance. If you do video presentations for work just add a better microphone.

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Do you use a desktop computer or laptop with a large screen monitor as your daily driver? Either way, adding a second display will more than double the convenience and productivity.

Intel’s P15NF 15.6″ QLED Portable Monitor can boost your work and play performance. This plug and play, no configuration required portable panel is a perfect FreeSync HDR gaming or work monitor.

If you manage to play computer games on your smartphone, or travel a lot, the lightweight, P15NF lets you bring a big-screen powerhouse to life in a handy 0.17″ x 14″ x 9.1″ package that weighs only 1.41 lbs.

The display delivers a stunning FHD 100% DCI-P3 color gamut with 500-nit brightness and has an impressive assortment of connection ports: two USB-C, one mini-HDMI, one Type-C OTG , and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Intehill P15NF as a desktop display

The Intehill 15.6″ portable monitor has enough real estate and enough features to be a full-service desktop display. (image credit: Intihill)

An on-the-go (OTG) port isn’t always included on portable monitors, but having it increases convenience and productivity. The OTG adapter allows you to connect a full-sized USB flash drive or USB-A cable to your phone or tablet via a micro USB or USB-C charging port.

The monitor’s right edge sports a mini-HDMI port and two full-featured Type-C ports for turning this screen into a portable laptop and computer monitor.

It is also ideal for PS5/4, Xbox, Steam Deck and Switch. The monitor’s power ports include a USB-A to USB-C connector with a wall socket power plug, a USB-C to USB-C cable, and a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

unbeatable screen performance

The QLED panel with 10-bit color depth delivers an immersive visual experience. It offers better text clarity and vivid image colors in both portrait and landscape view.

The display offers a 178° viewing angle that doesn’t look washed out or faded at the edges of the screen. You can set the panel’s menus to intensify the flicker-free display and adjust for a low blue light mode that helps reduce eye strain when staring at the screen for long intervals.

Intihill 15.6-inch portable display connected to HP Chromebase

The Model P15NF’s 500-nit visual display (R) is connected to a Chromebase computer with a 250-nit, 21.5-inch display. Note that the portable monitor displays a ChromeOS bottom docking bar, which essentially gives full functionality without launching from the main display and dragging it to a second monitor.

business view standard

Another contributing factor to this solidly built portable panel is the difference that DCI-P3 (Digital Cinema Initiative – Protocol 3) over sRGB brings into the picture.

DCI-P3 is a new technical standard for a set of colors from the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), designed to standardize the colors used in the film industry .

sRGB is an older color display standard that was jointly created by HP and Microsoft in 1996 for use on monitors, printers, and the Internet.

While the older sRGB standard is still common in portable monitors, DCI-P3 brings a wider color gamut and its use in this device is a boon for gamers and graphic professionals. Especially if you use the monitor outside, or in brightly lit offices or graphic studios, the P15NF model with DCI-P3 is more visible.

Intihill Monitor Vinodes 10 Display Adjustment

The Integral Monitor (L) in Microsoft Windows 10 Display Adjustment requires only a minor configuration change. Note that each monitor is showing different content and bottom bar for full functionality.

Smart Cover, Dumb Results

The so-called Smart Cover included in the box is a typical weak point for a portable monitor. Most come with some sort of fold-around case to protect the panel while carrying and storing it. The Smart Cover also doubles as a tabletop stand.

Intel Smart Cover
Intel Smart Cover

Unless you love solving puzzles and folding origami creatures, Smart Cover on a monitor can be a pointless and frustrating experience. In this case, however, the textured surface of the cover is a non-slip surface that wraps neatly around the panel.

The heavy plastic vinyl material around a small magnet helps keep the cover attached to the back of the monitor. Its trifold design is more rigid and usable, thanks to a smaller hinge-like reinforcement that forms part of the center of the folding section.

Still, when I use this monitor for long work sessions, I stick to two double-sided pieces of mounting tape. One piece prevents the back flap from sliding off, and another piece prevents the bottom front edge of the panel from sliding forward.

A better solution is to attach a metal mechanism that pulls very much like a picture frame. I’ve only seen that method used on some portable panels.

extra matter

Connectivity is a plus with this monitor. It easily connects to phone, desktop and laptop computers. The only requirement is that the host device must have a Thunderbolt or HDMI port. This is rarely a problem with newer Mac, Windows, Linux, and ChromeOS computers. The panel is also compatible with SteamOS.

Intehill 15.6-inch Portable Panel Dragging Feature

The Intihill Portable Screen (L) displays various content easily by dragging a window from a Linux laptop. With Linux computers, duplicating desktop elements and launchers is not carried over to the second monitor.

The FHD monitor consumes minimal power, which is an added advantage for portable use. It requires 10 watts, but it comes with a 15W power adapter—a sufficient option if the host computer doesn’t power the portable monitor from the connector port.

Since the P15NF model uses less than 10 watts, the 20,000 mAh power bank can keep the monitor working for more than 10 hours when performing regular tasks.

This unit supports all Samsung phones with DeX. You can also extend the screen for the iPhone, but this requires a Lightning to HDMI adapter.

Keep in mind that not all Android phones send an output signal to the USB-C connector. This determines whether your phone works with this portable monitor.

Even my new Moto Stylus 5G (2022) smartphone is dumb in this regard. That result is not Intelehil’s fault.

where to buy

The P15NF 15.6″ QLED Portable Monitor is currently available at the Intelhill Store on Amazon. Its list price is $269.

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