AOC E1659Fwux; An In-Depth Review

Earlier this year, we reviewed the AOC E1659Fwu, and it earned praises from our reviewers as it didn’t hold anything to display superb color accuracy despite its small and compact body. The 1600 x 900 resolution produces excellent image quality for its portable size. Before this year ends, AOC decided to top itself with a new and improved version of its portable monitor – the AOC E1659Fwux, another portable monitor that at first glance, almost look exactly like its predecessor. This new version however, brags Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution, and improved in a lot of areas that makes it another great choice for users on the go. What makes it better? Read Dual Monitors Guide’s in-depth review to know more.

AOC E1659Fwux (image from Amazon)


Who is it for?

As a USB monitor, the AOC E1659Fwux is an excellent choice for laptop users who are always on the go, and needs that extra screen real estate to juggle multiple apps and windows to multi-task, while working in hotel rooms, business meetings, presentations, etc.

 

Benefits

As with other portable monitors in the market, the AOC E1659Fwux uses TN (Twisted Nematic) panel, which means it suffers from narrow viewing angle limitation and middling gray performance. But aside from that, the Full HD resolution easily blows away any competition in the market, making it the best choice out there for portable USB monitors.


Accurate Colors with Sharp High Definition Picture Quality

The Picture quality of AOC E1659Fwux is typical for a Full HD, and definitely way better than any of its predecessors and competition. Chromaticity test shows that, colors red, green and blue stayed quite close to their ideal CIE coordinates, which means colors remain vibrant, making vivid images on its tiny screen.

For its grayscale performance, it is typical for TN-based panels to have its lightest gray shades whitewashed. DisplayMate 64-Step gray-scale test shows it, which results to a little issue in displaying images in finer details. Dark shades of gray provide good details though.

 

Decent but Limited Viewing Angle

As with most TN-based panels, the screen of this AOC portable monitor suffers from luminance loss, especially when viewed at least 45° off the center of the screen. Significant loss of color starts, while picture starts to look washed out when viewed from the top or bottom of the display.

 

 

Design and Features

AOC E1659Fwux (image from Amazon)


As with its predecessors AOC E1759Fwu and the AOC E1659Fwu, the AOC E1659Fwux comes with a glossy black housing. The screen measures 15.6 inches, with matte anti-glare coating and is framed in 1/2-inch black and glossy bezels. The whole screen weighs 2.6 lbs., and slim enough to slide to a laptop bag, and not add much weight while traveling.

AOC E1659Fwux (image from Amazon)


To start up this monitor, DisplayLink software must be installed first. After installation, connect the monitor to the host PC through the USB cable and wait for the software to recognize monitor (this will take around 30 seconds).

Fortunately, the backside of the cabinet features 75mmx75mm VESA-compliant mounting holes, making it easy to mount on more ergonomic and fully adjustable monitor stand.

 

USB 3.0 as Your Connectivity Option

As a portable USB monitor, we can’t expect this product to come with generous set of connectivity options, as it is intended as an extension your laptop screen. Thus, there are no other connectivity options that the USB 3.0 port, which draws power from the laptop (or can be desktop) and receives video through its Y-shaped cable. The USB port is nicely located at the backside of the panel. The side facing the PC has two USB connectors, but in most cases, you will only need one to power up and use the screen. For older models however, especially for older PCs or laptops, users may need to get power from the second connector).

 

Dependable Stand that Can Switch Screen Orientation

AOC E1659Fwux (image from Amazon)


The stand is a silver folding picture-frame stand that can rotate, allowing users to switch the screen’s orientation from landscape to portrait. It’s quite a dependable stand, keeping the portable monitor stable and secured in place.

 

Tech Specs

 

AOC E1659Fwux (image from Amazon)


The product comes with a black protective case, a USB cable, resource CD with the monitor’s drivers, User Guide and DisplayLink software.

 

Bottom Line

If you spend a lot of your time traveling and working on your laptop, opening multiple windows and juggling multiple apps at once, then a portable USB monitor is for you, and the best product out there is the AOC E1659Fwux.

For pros on-the-go, the AOC E1659Fwux is definitely a great choice. Its screen is large enough for both professional as well as public use, while its cabinet itself it compact and light, making it easy to carry around along with a laptop. Picture quality-wise, the Full HD is by far, the best available technology yet for a monitor of its kind, which means this product is way ahead of its competition right now. The brightness is there, and it is basically the brightest USB monitor you can find out there.

As with other portable monitors, there are no Picture settings in this product, but you can use the Windows Control Panel to set Display properties and see it as a primary, mirrored or extension of display.

For more in-depth reviews like this, check out Dual Monitors Guide today!



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