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AOC 16G3

A small compact companion for the road but this mobile display can be quite inexpensive.

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AOC's 16G3 is a portable monitor. Yes, that's right, a monitor you can take with you, and with a tiny table stand built in, it adds a huge amount of screen space to your laptop.

It's a red and black case with a chequered pattern on it, and it's actually both quite visually pleasing and hides the integrated stand well. A small kind of travel bag is also included, which is a bit strange, but actually quite a well thought out concept.

It's a 1080p 15.6" IPS panel capping at 144Hz and with a 4ms response time, and you pay around £220 for that. Someone might think that a 4ms response time for a 1080p display is a bit on the low side, but it is now quite normal for a laptop screen. It can also, with a little help with your own sourced screws, be mounted on a standard VESA bracket when you're not using it as a portable solution. The catch is that the bracket must be mounted, which must then be mounted on your VESA-compatible stand - something that could well have been done a little more elegantly.

AOC 16G3

The screen only delivers 250 nits peak brightness and that's fine for use with a laptop, but for a fixed installation I found it to be on the lower end, especially if you have a main screen that has 100-150 nits more brightness, as then the contrast appears even greater.

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Unfortunately, it does not use mini-DP, but MicroHDMI. Now, it should be possible to get picture through USB-C, but I have to admit that I did not succeed on PC, which I am willing to debug some more and correct in this review if necessary as I must be doing something wrong. Likewise, one might think that in 2024 an external power supply is not necessary, but only USB-C, but that's not the case here.

It can all be controlled from small buttons on the top, and once you get used to them, the software actually works fine. The speakers, on the other hand, are not particularly great. There is also a speaker jack for those who want to use that option.

AOC 16G3

The image quality is actually quite impressive, and while it may not be the most colour correct or grayscale nuanced on the market, I am quite aware of what you get for this manufacturing price. In case there's any doubt, there's no information on colour accuracy or standards, and there's a reason for that, and it would be nice to have brighter colours, but unfortunately it is not realistic in this price range. The main problem is the lack of brightness, with the caveat that I only realised after the test period that the primary screen was significantly brighter - because this is meant as an additional screen in every way, and that reflects the price as well. And for that, yes, it's actually ok, but I kind of wish it could work with a single USB-C cable and nothing else.

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AOC 16G3

AOC 16G3

HARDWARE. Written by Kim Olsen

A small compact companion for the road but this mobile display can be quite inexpensive.



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