Acer Launches Cheap USB-C Monitor for Laptops

Joining the developing market for portable external displays, Acer has begun selling its first USB-C based external display for laptops. The no-frills Acer PM1 is focused on the entry-level segment of the market, designed as a workhorse monitor for clients who need extra screen space when working outside of home or office. The gadget vows to be one of the most moderate portable USB-C LCDs on the market, yet it has a few idiosyncrasies that not every person may like.

The Acer PM1 portable display (model PM161Q) is based upon a 15.6-inch 6-bit IPS panel with 1920×1080 resolution, offering a maximum brightness of 250 nits brightness, an 800:1 contrast ratio, a 15 ms GtG response time, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and an anti-glare coating. Since everyone is discussing an IPS panel, expect wide – 178º/178º – horizontal and vertical viewing angles. Even though the utilization of a 6-bit panel implies that the display offers a to some degree limited level of color granularity, as it can just display 262-thousand colors.

The key selling point of the Acer PM1 is its USB 3.1 Type-C connector, which takes into account a single-cable setup carrying both for data and power. This makes it simple to use with modern notebooks, some of which just have USB-C ports. Then the monitor additionally offers a secondary micro-USB power for supplying power to a monitor when hooked up to a cell phone or other low-power gadget that can’t drive the monitor on its own.

The PM1 external monitor for laptops arrives in a fairly bulky chassis made of plastic, which is certainly extreme, yet at 2 cm (0.8 inches) thick, isn’t particularly small. The monitor weighs 952 grams (2.1 pounds), which is practically identical to Acer’s very own load lightweight 15.6-inch laptops (with USB-C ports), yet sufficient for check-in luggage. Taking a gander at the bright side, the LCD has a built-in stand that can regulate its tilt in a range between 15°and 35° and has hardware buttons to adjust its settings.

Aside from the simplicity of a USB-C connection, the greatest advantage of Acer’s PM1 display for laptops is its cost. The portable monitor is presently accessible directly from Acer for $179.99, or from Micro Center for $129.99.

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