Working on complex tasks on a single monitor can be cumbersome. Even if you know all window management shortcuts by heart, juggling multiple applications on a single screen is inconvenient to say the least. Sometimes you need to have an application visible at all times, which may not be possible unless you have a large high-resolution monitor. But instead of spending a small fortune on one, it’s a much better idea to purchase an additional monitor that conveniently plugs into the USB port and provides you with additional screen real estate at a relatively low cost.
Best USB Powered Monitors
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USB-powered monitors in 2018 offer high resolutions, low power consumption, excellent brightness, professional color accuracy, and increasingly more often even USB-C connectivity, which transmits both power and data via a single cable. Best of all, USB-powered monitors are now more affordable than ever, so there’s no reason not to buy one if you believe that you could benefit from an additional screen.
The AOC I1601FWUX represents the cutting-edge of USB-powered monitors in 2018. This Full HD 16-inch IPS panel with wide viewing angles and best-in-class color uniformity connects to your PC or laptop via a single USB-C cable, helping you keep your desk clutter-free. Thanks to AOC’s LowBlue Mode technology, the monitor automatically minimizes harmful blue light, which is known to disturb the natural sleep cycle by suppressing the production of melatonin, a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness. The AOC I1601FWUX is 8.5 mm thick and weighs only 800 grams.
The ASUS MB169C+ competes directly with AOC I1601FWUX by offering virtually the same features at a very similar price. Just like the AOC I1601FWUX, this 15.6-inch Full HD IPS monitor from ASUS connects via USB-C with a single cable that delivers both power and video from your host device. The profile of this monitor is only 8.5 mm thin, and the monitor weighs 800 grams. ASUS includes a handy protective sleeve to help you keep the monitor protected when on the move. Also protected will be your eyes because the ASUS Blue Light Filter can effectively lower blue light emissions by up to 70 percent.
The GeChic 1503A is a perfect USB-powered monitor for multimedia consumption on the go. Just like the two previous monitors, the GeChic 1503A is equipped with a USB-C port, but it also has an HDMI port and a traditional VGA port for analog input. Built into the monitor is a pair of loud stereo speakers with surprising clarity and detail. The 15.6-inch TN display panel has a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. You can choose from 5 color modes or individually fine-tune colors separately to get the perfect picture. And because the monitor supports VESA 100, you can easily mount it on a wall with any compatible mount kit.
Regardless of whether you want to game on the go, turn your Raspberry Pi into a kiosk computer, extend your laptop’s screen onto a second monitor, or view the pictures from your DSLR camera on a bigger screen, the GeChic 2501C offers everything you need to get the job done. This 15.6-inch, 1366 x 768 TN panel resides in slim body that doubles as a stand. The monitor has HDMI and VGA connectivity and buttons for easy adjustment of brightness, contrast, color, and color temperature.
This sub-$100 16-inch TN USB-powered monitor with USB 3.0 support and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels is great for those who would like to permanently display a single app on a second screen or enjoy a movie during a long trip. Despite its low price, the monitor is surprisingly bright, and its integrated stand gives you the flexibility to place it either in landscape or portrait mode. The AOC E1649FWU also comes with a 75 x 75 mm VESA mount included, making it possible to easily mount it on a wall.