AOC Launches its I1601P 15.6″ USB Portable Monitor

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AOC expands its portfolio of portable monitors with the new I1601P. Portable screens are an easy solution for extending a single monitor set-up to a multi-monitor solution, whether on the go, at work, or in the small home office. The 15.6″ (39.5 cm) I1601P is compact and similar in size to laptop displays. The I1601P features Full HD resolution and IPS panel technology to produce rich colors and sharpness and wide viewing angles (170/170°). It can be connected via both USB-A and USB-C input, all thanks to the single cable solution (cable included in the box).

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AOC I1601P 15.6″ USB Portable Monitor

Whether working from home or in an office, a second screen boosts productivity by effectively doubling the workable screen real estate. For many it has become obvious that working on a single screen, such as a laptop display impedes workflows by causing a cluttered and overloaded work space. Of course, this also applies when working on the go. Users accustomed to working with two displays at their office desk will demand the same productivity increase also on the road, on the train or an airplane, or in the field.

AOC’s portable displays are a great lifesaver in these cases. Its portable display portfolio has many options; the I1601FWUX, for example offers a portable 15.6″ display with USB-C connectivity, while the I1659FWUX offers a similar panel with USB DisplayLink technology using the USB-A port.

The brand new I1601P combines the best of both worlds, thanks to the hybrid one-cable solution. For USB-C equipped laptops and devices, the 1601P can be easily connected via a single USB-C cable. The connection will power the display and transfer the video signal via the USB DisplayPort Alternate mode.

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While the USB-C technology is becoming more common, older laptops and devices might not have this port. In this case, the DisplayLink technology transfers video signal via the regular USB-A port, offering this development in instant productivity to a whole new range of older and newer devices. DisplayLink drivers can be downloaded for a variety of operating systems, including Windows, macOS, Android, ChromeOS and Ubuntu.

The flexible usage for both legacy and modern computers enables several scenarios in which the I1601P can be used. At businesses and homes where some devices might have USB-C and some only USB-A, the I1601P makes sure that the display can be extended. The additional benefit of a secondary screen is enormous; one display can show an email or an IM client while the other shows a Word document or a spreadsheet. Or you can watch a video on one display and take notes on the other. It’s up to your imagination!

The design of the I1601P is minimalistic, with a grey aluminium back and thin black bezels on the front. The included SmartCase can protect the display from scratches when carried around, and also doubles as a foldable stand. Weighing only 800 g, it is light enough to be carried along in a bag or backpack on airplanes and trains or on the daily commute.

AOC’s I1601P employs a 15.6″ IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution and features a 60 Hz refresh rate and 5 ms GtG response time. With its 220 nits brightness level and an anti-glare coating, it is usable in most common lighting situations. The LowBlue technology can be activated to reduce potentially harmful blue wavelengths. The I1601P can be used in landscape and portrait modes. The OSD can be accessed via the physical buttons, and also via the i-Menu software, where the Auto-Pivot function can be enabled.

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Where Can I Learn More?

The AOC I1601P is available from August 2021 at an RRP of £199. – If you do, therefore, want to learn more about this new portable monitor design, you can check out the official product website via the link here!

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