I1601FWux is the latest model from AOC, the firm which produces all sorts of displays. With each model from AOC, we can expect a lot, given its experience in the field. Currently, they produce four different USB powered monitors (all has 15.6“ display). and this model was the second which uses IPS panel.
Let's see what they had prepared for us
Specifications and features
|Panel Size||15.6”||Panel Type||IPS|
|Brightness||220 cd/㎡||Refresh rate||60Hz|
|Contrast ratio||700:1||Response time||5ms|
As you can see this model has standard parameters for full HD 15.6 inches display with IPS panel. It equipped with LowBlue Mode technology that reduces harmful blue light. Power consumption is 8W in standard mode and less than a 0.5W in standby.
Design and ergonomics
The design is very simple and plain; a body is made of plastic and painted in black color. There’s nothing spectacular about it, except one thing – it is the thinnest display on the market.
You could find bezel too wide for a best portable monitor, however, the measures (14.9×9.25×0.3 inches) and weight (2.2 pounds with cover) leave no doubt that it won't be a problem to find a space in your laptop bag for this ultra-thin monitor.
We've also heard some complaints about on-screen men.
The only serious design weakness is the cover. It’s good and accomplishes its main goal – protection from scratches, but nowadays for a portable monitor, the cover also plays its role as a stand. AOC came up with the idea to use magnets as a joint. It turns out magnets are weak and if you use a stand on some shaky surface (on a desk in a train) it might not hold your monitor.
That’s very sad because most of the time people use portable monitors exactly on those not very stable desks. Definitely, you would like a better protection.
The other strange design decision was to use a power button to control your display. There’s plenty of room for another button, especially on those unusual wide bezels and it’s frustrating, to say the least, to go through the menu by switching between long and short touches always risking turning off the display.
The monitor uses only one port – USB type C and it's compatible with Thunderbolt 3 but it won't work with any kind of adaptors. Simply put if you don't have USB-C on your main device this display isn't for you but if you do it's very easy to set up and go.
Performance and Set-up
Let's start with the good thing. This display is brighter than ASUS MB16AC (although the maximum brightness is the same, the average is slightly better). Still, it loses desperately to any desktop model. The bad thing is it might have the worst color reproduction among all15.6 inches USB-powered displays (below 76%). We also disappointed in viewing angles. Given the fact that it has IPS panel we surely could have hoped for a very wide range, but it’s not even nearly like that. You can spot colors shifting very soon as you start moving towards right or left.
60hz refresh rate and 5ms response time are actually quite good for an IPS panel, hence it might be considered as a backup option for gamers. Its mediocre color performance eliminates AOC I1601FWux as an option for anyone who works with graphic, photos etc. Even watching HD movies might not be very enjoyable.
Aoc I1601FWux Review Verdict
The pros are – it’s very thin, it’s brighter than most of the other 15.6 inches displays and it costs just around $200 which is relatively cheap for a full HD display.
The cons are – poor color representation and viewing angles, overall image quality and some strange design decisions like one button and stand on magnets.
Overall we can tell that executed in the same manner as ASUS MB16AC it lacks ASUS’s stylishness and quality. If for some reason you need a 16 inches portable display for gaming purposes and don’t want to pay a lot that would be your choice. Otherwise, you might want to take a look at ASUS MB16AC as a better but more expensive option or at AOC I1659Fwuz as a cheaper option for basic needs.
We can’t give this model more than 2.8 out of 5