Maximum PC - - CENTERFOLD -

FOR DED­I­CATED DESK JOCK­EYS forced to leave the house, there’s noth­ing quite as frus­trat­ing as aban­don­ing a set of beau­ti­ful 4K screens and be­ing forced to go cave­man, work­ing with a pa­thetic sin­gle built-in panel. In these mod­ern times, it just ain’t right. Thank­fully, not for the first time, and cer­tainly not for the last, the mighty band­width and power de­liv­ery tal­ents of USB-C are here to save us, in com­bi­na­tion with AOC’s mas­ter­fully thin por­ta­ble panel. It’s a plug in and go af­fair: As long as your lap­top has a 3.1-ca­pa­ble USB-C socket (there’s no back­ward com­pat­i­bil­ity with USB 3.0), you can hook it up, prop it up, and get your multi-screen on wher­ever you may be, us­ing a sin­gle slim­line cable for power and data. Even with those chunky bezels, the slen­der pro­file, ease of at­tach­ment, and in­cred­i­bly light weight of the 15.6-inch 1601FWUX make it a drool-wor­thy item to have in your bag.


Pretty Panel

There’s noth­ing lack­ing in the bread and but­ter. The 1601FWUX of­fers a de­cent 1080p res­o­lu­tion, which—given the screen’s rel­a­tively small size— doesn’t over-em­pha­size the pix­els. Bonus points, too: It’s a WVA IPS panel that man­ages damn strong color re­pro­duc­tion and solid view­ing an­gles. Re­al­is­ti­cally, it’ll prob­a­bly put the panel that’s built into your lap­top to shame.



Por­trait mode is a woe­fully un­der­rated func­tion of mod­ern mon­i­tors. You’re not go­ing to game on it un­less you’re se­ri­ously masochis­tic (and your cho­sen ti­tle is crazy enough to let you use a ver­ti­cal res­o­lu­tion), but for idly flick­ing through the In­ter­net or hit­ting up high-value spread­sheets, it’s in­valu­able. The 1601FWUX’s au­to­matic ro­ta­tion de­tec­tion means you can switch it up when­ever you need it.



The 1601FWUX’s es­sen­tial ac­ces­sory is its stand, a fold­able mag­netic thing that gives you a de­cent range of ad­just­ment, from lazily laid-back to be­yond ver­ti­cal, per­fect to keep the mat screen free of any en­vi­ron­men­tal glare. In a neat twist of in­dus­trial de­sign, that same stand dou­bles as a cover for the screen. Clack its mag­nets on to the front, and you’re pro­tected on the move.

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