As a frequent laptop user, I pine for the four-panel array attached to my desktop PC in my basement. AOC's I1659FWUX USB monitor could knock down those screen-real-estate-withdrawal symptoms just a bit with its 1920x1080 resolution, single-cable operation, and supreme portability.
Most USB monitors I've seen rely on TN panels with sub-optimal color accuracy and viewing angles, but this AOC model seems to be a cut above. The panel itself is a 15.6" 1080p IPS unit which AOC says is capable of delivering 160º viewing angles, brightness up to 220 cd/m², and a 700:1 static contrast ratio. Gamers will not be impressed by the 25-ms response time and 60 Hz refresh rate, but gaming isn't the intended use of add-on displays like the I1659FWUX. Monitors like this are more likely to be used to keep a reference document open during editing or to keep a video conference window open while working on something else.
Unlike its USB Type-C big brother, the I1659FWUX receives its 8 W of power and pixel marching orders over a ubiquitous USB 3.0 connection. The single cable helps keep the clutter down and the integrated stand helps improve portability. The semi-flexible foot folds out from the back of the monitor and can rotate for portrait or landscape orientations. The monitor will weigh travellers down with an extra 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg). A carrying case and a USB cable are both provided.
The AOC I1659FWUX monitor is available for pre-order now from Amazon for $150. Shipments are expected to start this Friday.