AOCs 16 inch monitor doesn’t look all that impressive at first glance.
A dimunitive TFT screen running at 1366×768 resolution, it doesn’t boast the viewing angles of an IPS display, nor the high resolutions.
It’s strong USP however is that fact that it is both powered by and receives video signals from a USB port alone.
Portable at just 2.3lbs, you wont need to lug an extra power supply around with you, nor VGA/HDMI cables, with AOC promising that the power draw won’t totally batter your laptop battery instantaneously.
With a fold away, swivelling kick-stand, it’s also reasonably affordable at just $139.
It’s a smart idea, showing just how energy efficient modern flat panels can be tuned to be. That said though, we’re not wholly convinced there’s a space in the market for the device. Plenty of smaller netbooks already have resolutions as high as 1366×768, so there’s little benefit over the actual display size in that regards.
Perhaps as a secondary display for a tablet packing a full size USB? Or, if in the unlikely case it’s compatible, as a portable display for a Xbox 360 or PS3 console? Scroll down for the full specs:
+ Panel Type: LED
+ Widescreen 16:09
+ Screen Size: 15.6″w
+ Viewable Image Size: 395 mm
+ Brightness (typical): 250cd
+ Contrast ratio (typical): 50,000,000:1
+ Response Time: 5ms
+ Max. Resolution: 1366×768 @60Hz
+ Input Signal: 1 USB
+ HDCP Compatible: No
+ Special Features: USB Powered