AOC have just introduced a new high definition 15.6-inch portable USB monitor for those who need more screen real estate than their laptop can provide without worrying too much about having the right display connector. USB monitors are popular for users when giving presentations, or for multi-window work.

 

Labelled as the I1659FWUX, this 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a conventional refresh rate of 60Hz. It features an IPS panel with a matte anti-glare coating, a brightness of 220 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 700:1, and a 25ms response time. The viewing angles are listed as 160° (CR>10) horizontal and 160° (CR>10) vertical. The "CR>10" part means that you can view 160° of the screen while retaining a contrast ratio of at least 10:1. Those viewing angles don't sound great for an IPS display, but given the specific metric that AOC is using it's hard to accurately judge it compared to other monitors.

The entire enclosure is made of a glossy piano black plastic (which may attract fingerprints), while the panel itself is framed by a half-inch bezel on all sides. Integrated into the enclosure is a foldable silver stand that can rotate the display into either portrait or landscape mode and there is an auto-rotation feature built-in. While the monitor is portable in the literal sense, the I1659FWUX is 35.5mm (1.4-inch) thick and weighs 1.2 kg, so it is no compact featherweight product. Thankfully, a protective carrying case is included, so that will help when it to comes to travelling with the display. You're essentially carrying another laptop, in other words.

 

One of the key selling points of this monitor - portability aside - is that it receives both data and power via a single USB 3.0 cable, which means no additional bulky power adapter to carry. Power consumption is listed at 0.5W standby and 8W typical, so probably you won't be able to power it with just a single USB 3.0 port - most can't deliver more than 4.5W - but the included Y cable splits the load across two USB ports. Once the cable is plugged in, installation requires drivers and DisplayLink software that is compatible with both macOS and Windows.

AOC I1659FWUX
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Panel 15.6" IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080 (16:9)
Maximum Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Response Time 25 ms
Brightness 220 cd/m²
Contrast 700:1
Viewing Angles 160° (CR>10) / 160° (CR>10)
horizontal/vertical
Pixel Density 141 pixels per inch
Display Colors 292K
Stand Tilt (15° to 30°)
Auto Pivot
Inputs 1 × USB 3.0
Audio None
Dimensions 371.9mm x 232.7mm x 35.5mm (WxHxD)
Weight 1.20 kg
Price $149.90

It should be noted that while AOC already has a similar product with a very similar model name (E1659FWUX). This previous model features a TN panel which is brighter and has a lower response time, but worse contrast and viewing angles than this newer IPS version.

The AOC I1659FWUX is available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $149.90 USD with a stated in-stock date of May 13th.

Gallery: I1659FWUX

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  • vladx - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    That's sweet, definitely thinking of buying this. Reply
  • lazarpandar - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    Asus makes similar compelling products you should check out as well. Reply
  • Flunk - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    Especially because AOC monitors are terrible. Reply
  • Zeratul56 - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    USB 3.0 for video delivery would offer a mediocre experience. If your device has type C, I would highly recommend the ASUS MB169C+. Using a type C port, it is truly able to drive a display over one cable(No Y cable!) and it uses standard interfaces(Display port) so you can get a crisp 60fps monitor that doesn't require any additional software.

    I know USB 3.0 is more widespread at the moment but I just don't think it would be worth putting down 150 for a display that wouldn't be as good as something HDMI or display port based.
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  • cerberusss - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    Exactly this. USB-C is precisely made for this. Reply
  • DanNeely - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    Is there any reason to actually need different models for this? Just include 2 cables in the box. 1 with 2xA ports and a second with 1xC. Alternately just reduce max brightness on a low power port to avoid the Y cable. Reply
  • peterfares - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    No theoretical reason the monitors couldn't support both but it doesn't seem like the ASUS does. I just checked out the ASUS offerings and found the following:

    MB169C+ uses USB Type-C DisplayPort Alt Mode exclusively. Doesn't have any displaylink-link functionality, must have a USB-C port with DP output to use. So it's a native monitor that doesn't require any drivers, but can't connect to any device without one of these ports.

    MB169B+: Has a USB 3.0 Micro-B connector. Connects to traditional USB 3.0 ports but this is not a native monitor. It requires a driver to run and since it runs over USB it will consume some CPU power to drive. Does not offer any native inputs.

    I'm not sure any exists but there isn't anything stopping a manufacture from having a Type-C native port, a micro USB 3.0 DisplayLink port, and a microHDMI input port all in one product.
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  • i7 - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    Wow that could come in handy. Reply
  • nikaldro - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    $150 for a terrible panel like that? Reply
  • peterfares - Friday, May 12, 2017 - link

    What's wrong with a 15.6" 1080p IPS panel? Reply

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