This monitor doesn't require a power or VGA connection, but instead gets its power/video feed from a USB port on a laptop or desktop.
For those who typically work in a multi-display environment, reducing the desktop real estate to a single laptop LCD is not only awkward, but can slow down overall performance. That's where AOC's new 15.6-inch-inch plug-and-play display comes in: it's lightweight and features a built-in USB 2.0 port that receives both power and video via a single USB cable -- separate power and VGA connections are not required.
Slated for a nationwide release this October for $139 USD, the TFT Active Matrix LCD panel (model e1649fwu) will feature a 16:9 aspect ratio, WLED backlighting, a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000,000:1, a response time of 5ms, a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 @ 60Hz, a pixel frequency of 85 MHz and a brightness level of 250 cd/m2. The display won't be compatible with High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), meaning that a good chunk of copy-protected video won't be viewable on the display.
"The USB Monitor showcases AOC’s dedication to expanding its display offerings and using the latest technologies to come out with innovative and user friendly products," said Robert Velez, Marketing Manager of AOC. "The USB Monitor is ideal for business presentations, photo frame applications, multiple monitor displays and as a companion monitor for laptop and netbook users who want more out of their computer."
Tuesday AOC said the USB display will feature a clean, modern aesthetic complimented by a bezel covered with a black piano-polish finish. It will also have a built-in Smart Stand that will support both horizontal and vertical positions, will pivot out when needed, and then store flush against the back when not in use. A hard glass screen will offer users superior protection against accidental scratches and evil toy-throwing children.
According to AOG, the power requirements are seemingly minimal at a maximum of 8 watts: one laptop (or desktop) will support multiple USB Monitor connections to create a multi-monitor setup. "AOC’s industry-leading LED display technology allows for a powerful and crystal clear display while minimizing power consumption," the company said.
Look for the e1649fwu USB monitor next month at retailers like Best Buy, Cosco, hhgregg and other retailers for $139 USD.