AOC 16T2, hands on: A well-specified portable 15.6-inch touch-screen monitor Review

Nancy J. Delong

If remote operating is going to remain part of your repertoire and you never have home for a full-dimension exterior observe, a transportable USB display screen provides you the solution of a 2nd monitor that you can travel with (when which is back again on the agenda) and use to change a cell phone into a pill, or even with a gaming console. 

The £279/$249 AOC 16T2 is one thing of an all-rounder. It’s a 15.6-inch contact monitor with speakers and a headphone jack, a protect that doubles as a stand and even a created-in battery. It has the form of capabilities you be expecting from a common observe, whilst the alternatively cryptic pictorial directions never make things solely apparent. Still, there’s a full manual on DVD along with an i-Menu utility which is value setting up if you’re applying the AOC 16T2 with Home windows. 

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AOC’s 16T2 is a transportable, battery powered 15.6-inch IPS contact monitor with USB-C and Micro-HDMI connectivity.


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What seems like a USB-A to USB-C cable cleverly conceals a C to C cable with a (detachable) adapter for older laptops wherever you’re applying an HDMI connection but nevertheless want to get the contact aid. With a laptop like the Surface E book three, which has DisplayPort alternate mode but not Micro-HDMI, you can just use the USB-C cable for electric power, contact, movie and sound (whilst the speakers on the monitor might not be as superior as those people on your laptop).  

There is only a single HDMI port, but a USB-C port on each facet indicates you can decide on the a single that can make it additional easy to route the cable, or use the 2nd USB-C port to electric power the monitor and charge the battery although you’re applying the monitor. 

The 8000mAh battery indicates that you can just take the 16T2 out and about with you, and you will not operate down your laptop or cell phone battery when applying it.  

Alternatively, you can take care of the observe as a battery financial institution and charge a cell phone or PD-able laptop from the display screen (push and maintain on a button to alter the charging course). The 1st time you charge the monitor it will just take eight several hours, then 5-6 several hours to charge thoroughly — but as very long as your laptop has ample electric power you can do that although you’re applying the monitor. We received about four several hours of battery everyday living applying the 16T2 as a monitor with no striving to charge everything from it. 

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If you’re utilized to just plugging in peripherals with no reading manuals, the matter you require to know is that you have to push the electric power button on the facet not just the moment, but for three seconds to change the monitor on (nearly as very long as you would push to reboot a laptop). This will end it switching on and managing down the battery if it receives knocked in your bag although travelling, but it does just take some receiving utilized to.  

There are much less expensive transportable screens on the sector, but AOC involves various selections that other suppliers charge added for: not just the cables, battery and electric power adapter for charging the battery, but also the Clever Deal with, which is a alternatively intelligent folding combination protect and stand. It’s pleasant to see a VESA bracket provided as standard much too, so you can mount the 16T2 on a desk or wall. At just below 1kg (.99kg) due to the fact of the battery, you’re going to discover that you’re carrying the 16TC all-around, and you’re in all probability going to want some padding alternatively than throwing it free in a bag, but it can be absolutely transportable. 

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The provided Clever Deal with doubles up as a monitor protect and a stand for the observe.


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The Clever Deal with has two lugs that snap on to a single close of the monitor and a broader flap with a magnet that wraps all-around the other close to defend the monitor. Pull the protect off, snap it on to the bottom of the monitor and it folds into a triangular stand that grips the monitor securely. You can adjust the angle of the triangle to stand the monitor additional upright or slant even more back again to get the best viewing angle. Since it can be also the protect, there are tiny holes that the lugs snap into on both equally the very long and short sides of the monitor, so you can use it in landscape or portrait — as very long as you’re connecting by using USB alternatively than HDMI, due to the fact there isn’t really a 2nd HDMI port. Sensibly, the USB port you use in portrait is the exact same close as the electric power and volume controls, so the bodyweight of the monitor are unable to accidentally change by itself off. 

Irrespective of the sixteen:nine aspect ratio, which can make the 16T2W seem alternatively tall in portrait orientation, we located the Clever Deal with was very stable that way all-around. And the aspect ratio indicates you can see a full A4 page in a PDF or Word document and nevertheless have home for the ribbon or a number of toolbars on-monitor. 

We did not require to set up a driver to use the AOC 16T2 with Home windows 10 and get contact and sound, but if you want the monitor to instantly rotate when you’re applying it with a Home windows system (alternatively than changing the orientation manually in the Home windows display screen configurations), you can set up AOC’s i-Menu software program. 

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Not all telephones can drive an exterior monitor over USB-C, but the monitor worked with a Samsung Observe 10 As well as, staying instantly detected and switching the system into DeX mode — Samsung’s desktop-design practical experience. It also worked with the standard cell phone interface, but only in landscape orientation.  

In contrast to the Espresso Exhibit, the IPS panel goes all the way to the bezel, which is seen but slender, so what you get is a pleasant, brilliant 15.6-inch monitor with wealthy colours and superior viewing angles. The resolution is standard FHD (1920 x 1080, 141ppi), which will not match higher-close 15-inch laptops but is nevertheless acceptable for expertise do the job (whilst players might be upset). The refresh price is 60Hz with a 4ms response time, the distinction ratio is 700:1, although regular brightness is 250 nits. 

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AOC’s i-Menu software program can make it much easier to adjust display screen configurations than applying the monitor’s OSD button.


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Unusually for a transportable 2nd display screen, you get the form of on-monitor display screen controls regular of a full-dimension observe: not just brightness and distinction, and changing amongst HDMI and the two USB ports if you have a number of exterior gadgets related, but also overdrive (changing the monitor response time for gaming) and a number of HDR modes, and even a environment to reduce the blue light depth. This is also as fiddly as most OSD configurations on full-dimension displays you have to faucet a single close of a rocker switch to find the OSD, faucet once more to find which environment to alter then hold out for the configurations slider to present on monitor just before tapping to alter it or you just shift on to the upcoming solution.  

If you want to alter those people configurations usually, set up the i-Menu software program, which provides control over the vertical and horizontal place of the graphic, and a Fancy Zones-design window supervisor. 

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