In most cases, you truly get what you pay for. Once in a while, however, you have exceptions such as the Arzopa G1 that pleasantly surprise.
At less than $249 full price and $189.99 on sale, the Arzopa G1 portable gaming monitor comfortably falls under the budget segment of the market. It’s a price range that also has plenty of competition.
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Then again, not all of those similarly priced monitors also give you a buttery refresh rate of 144 hertz, especially when pricing for the G1 dips below $200.
Here’s a look at the Azorpa G1 portable display.
Tale of the tape: Arzopa G1 specs
So what do you get with the Azorpa G1? Let’s quickly run through the specifications of the portable gaming monitor.
- Screen size: 15.6 inches
- Aspect ratio: Widescreen, 16:9
- Resolution: Full HD, 1920 x 1080
- Display type: IPS (In-Plane Switching) LCD display
- Refresh rate: Up to 144 hertz
- Brightness: 300 nits
- Viewing angle: 178 degrees
- Price: $249.99; $209.99 to $189.99 on sale.
- Ports: Mini HDMI, USB-C x2, 3.5mm headphone/speaker port
- Accessories: Power adapter, USB-A to USB-C power cable, USB-C cable to USB-C (3.1 Gen 2) cable, mini-HDMI to full-HDMI cable.
Arzopa G1: Quick review
Here’s a quick rundown of the pros and cons of the Arzopa G1.
- Frame rate: At 144hz, the Arzopa G1 has twice the frame rate of most budget monitors. It is also Freesync compatible, further burnishing its gaming chops.
- Pricing: The Arzopa G1 is quite affordable at just $189.99
- Viewing angles: The Arzopa G1 looks clear even when viewed from the side, making it an ideal second monitor.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER
- No in-monitor frame rate setting: You can’t set the 144hz refresh rate through the monitor.
- Magnet stand: The magnet for the cover is a bit weak.
- Power cable: The power cable is on the short side and could be longer.
Arzopa G1: Design and build
Portability is at the crux of the Arzopa G1.
At just 0.3 inches thick, the Arzopa G1 boasts a slim design that easily fits any laptop bag or most backpacks. It also weighs 1.7 pounds so it’s relatively light for a monitor. This makes the G1 an excellent option when traveling or on the go. It’s an excellent companion, not just as a second monitor for laptops but also as a main monitor for consoles such as the Nintendo Switch.
Like many portable monitors, the Arzopa G1 comes with an incorporated folding cover that doubles as a screen protector when not in use and a magnetic stand when viewing the monitor. The exterior cover emulates faux leather while the interior uses small diamond patterns.
Getting started with the Arzopa G1 is relatively simple. Just plug it in and you’re ready to go.
The left side of the monitor has two USB-C ports — one of which serves as a port for the power cable — and a mini HDMI socket. The power cable is on the short side so you’ll need to be pretty close to your power outlet or use a power strip. Its adapter also has a horizontal profile, which works well with power strips that have the sockets oriented horizontally but not those that have them oriented vertically as they might not fit when another plug is inserted next to it.
On the right side is a power button and a 3.5mm port for headphones and external speakers. This is also where you will find the OSD controller dial for adjusting the monitor’s various settings. Pressing up works as a shortcut for adjusting brightness while pressing down is a shortcut for the volume controls.
Press inward and you will bring up the monitor’s full complement of settings. Here, you can enable HDR as well as Dynamic Contrast Ratio or DCR. You can also adjust the monitor’s color temperature and use display presets such as Movie, Game, Text, FPS, RTS and more.
Arzopa G1: Display and audio
The picture quality of the Arzopa G1 is quite good for the price.
The monitor is sufficiently bright but you’ll need to max out the brightness setting. It isn’t quite as bright as, say, the Dell work laptop I’m using to type this review so outdoor visibility might not be as good but it works well indoors.
As an IPS display, viewing angles for the Arzopa G1 are also good. The picture quality remains sharp when viewed from the side, which is important for any second monitor. Like pretty much any display, it does get slightly dimmer from the side, which is one more reason it would have been nice if the G1 was just a wee bit brighter overall. The monitor also sports a matte finish, which cuts down on reflections (the glossy finish in some of my photos is from the protective film that comes with the monitor when you first unpack it).
What I really like about the Arzopa G1, however, is its refresh rate.
I’m one of those guys who always picks frame rate over resolution so a high refresh rate is something I certainly appreciate. This means you can hook this up to a PS5 or Xbox Series X and get 120 FPS.
When paired with a computer or laptop that can run games at higher frame rates, the Arzopa G1 can also double as a gaming monitor as opposed to just monitoring Discord chats. The ability to support Freesync further adds to its gaming capabilities. It especially works great as a second monitor for capturing video game footage via OBS.
Just note that unlocking its high refresh rates requires you to do so via your computer or your console. There’s no way to enable its higher frame rate via the built-in OSD adjuster of the Arzopa G1 so you’re pretty much stuck with 60 FPS unless you manually set the higher frame rate on your source device.
The external speakers don’t have much low end, which is understandable for a budget monitor. You can turn up the volume quite nicely though so it can definitely get quite loud. The audio also sounds good when plugging in wired headphones or speakers.
Arzopa G1: The final verdict
The Arzopa G1 is a great budget monitor that punches above its weight for the price. It’s already a good value at its regular $249.99 price but getting it on sale at either $209.99 at the official Arzopa site or $189.99 at Amazon makes it a steal. At the latter price the Arzopa G1, is one of the best bang-for-the-buck portable monitors out there, especially given its solid performance. Add its 144hz refresh rate and you have a versatile secondary monitor that can also double as a gaming monitor in a pinch.