Between HDMI, DVI, VGA, and DisplayPort, you've got plenty of options for connecting an external monitor to your laptop or desktop. Part of the problem with all of these is that you need to have a proper graphics card to support the secondary monitor and that secondary monitor still needs an external power source. The notion of a USB monitor isn't new, but the new AOC 16" HD Pro USB Monitor (E1659FWUX-PRO) is pushing the limits with full HD support in a package that's completely USB powered.
What this means is that when you hit the road with your notebook, you can also bring along a secondary monitor without having to worry about finding a wall outlet. Power comes by way of your laptop via USB 3.0 (with the understandable ramifications on battery life). The AOC HD Pro can support resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080, but that dips down to a maximum of 1366 x 768 when in extended mode. You get good brightness at 300 cd/m2 and a decent 500:1 static contrast ratio.
Even though the LED-lit AOC HD Pro is listed and sold as a 16-inch monitor, the viewing area is technically only 15.6-inches across the diagonal. On the plus side, there's a handy carrying case included and the monitor has a built-in foldable flexi-stand to prop it up either in portrait or landscape orientation. This sounds like a great solution for the business traveler or the nomadic creative.
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AOC’s New Full HD USB Monitor Makes the Perfect Laptop or Desktop Companion
New HD design displays images at their best in 1920 x 1080 with built-in Display Link Technology and USB 3.0
Fremont, Calif. – September 30, 2015 – AOC, a worldwide leader in monitor display technology, today announces the AOC 16” HD Pro USB Monitor (E1659FWUX-PRO), with Full-HD powered by Display Link Technology. The HD Pro USB Monitor is the first of AOC's USB-powered portable monitors to have Full-HD resolution. Its 300cd/m2 brightness makes it the brightest in its class. The widescreen monitor receives both power and signal via a single USB cable for plug-and-play connection. This means it does not require a power cord or VGA cable, so you have one less cord to worry about. It is ultra-lightweight and slim for maximum portability, making it perfect for displaying visuals such as business presentations or adding a second monitor to your desktop for increased productivity. The Mac and PC Compatible HD Pro USB Monitor is the perfect solution for the frequent traveler who needs to pack multiple displays, as it easily fits into a suitcase and comes with a carrying case. The monitor also comes with a foldable stand that goes from landscape to portrait view mode with auto-pivot. It is available for today on Amazon.com for $199.
USB 3.0 technology achieves high transfer rates with its total of six wires to deliver high quality images. Designed with a piano-black glossy finish, this USB monitor has a 15.6 inch diagonally viewable image. The E1659FWUX-PRO USB Monitor offers a 500:1 contrast ratio, 11ms response time, and a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution @60Hz.
The HD Pro USB Monitor with its foldable flexi-stand is ideal for viewing in landscape or portrait mode. Landscape mode is ideal for presentations and Excel sheets, while the Portrait mode conveniently gives you an easy vertical view of your instant messaging programs, infographics, or search results. This monitor has a unique auto-pivot feature that automatically adjusts the image according to the display’s orientation, so you will never have to change settings as you switch between landscape and portrait mode. The AOC HD Pro USB Monitor is also VESA 75 x 75 mm compliant, allowing you to easily mount the USB monitor to any wall. Multiple USB monitors can also be simultaneously connected to a single laptop or desktop computer to function as a multi-monitor PC or Mac, thanks to the built-in Display Link USB graphics.
AOC is the world’s largest manufacturer of LCD/LED monitors and HDTVs. With more than 60 years of design and manufacturing experience, AOC has earned a reputation for selling user-friendly, technologically advanced monitors, TVs and multi-functional displays. Every aspect of AOC’s global business focuses on the development of products that fit seamlessly into consumers’ digital lifestyle. For more information, please visit us.aoc.com. Connect with AOC on Facebook at Facebook.com/AOCAmericas and on Twitter at Twitter.com/aocusa.