Portable USB-C monitors seem to be a thing that is quite in right now, now with so many companies joining in as competition. Most likely due to how incredibly user-friendly they are. Now you can easily bring an extra monitor with you wherever you go, and pack it away just like you would a thin laptop or tablet.
It is no surprise that Viewsonic is part of that race to get their solutions out there. This year they had launched two models into the market, including a 15.6″ 1080p model (model VG1655) as well as another with touch screen support (model TD1655).
At first, we thought it was similar to the many other models we have been coming across by multiple companies (some of which we had never even heard of before). We figured, great, now Viewsonic is rebranding devices. Sony made that mistake once, so why not another popular brand to venture down that rabbit hole. Thankfully, this wasn’t the case. As soon as we saw the design of the back-side of one of the models, we could tell this is a design of their own.
Feature-wise, they still seem to be quite similar. 1080p, 15.6-inches, touch or not touch, USB-C and HDMI capabilities, and a secondary USB-C port with wall adapter. Nothing new there. They are even competing against these other new or off-brand names with close to the same prices (which is quite respectable).
Then you look at the design of the back, where instead of depending on a magnetic flip case to hold it up, there is a robust kickstand that pops out to hold the monitor up. It looks durable and far more dependable than trying to balance it on a flip case.
You also likely have the reputation that Viewsonic has earned over the years when it comes to image quality and menu features.
Like many of the other monitors, the secondary USB-C port is used to power the monitor if you are connecting it to your laptop, console, tablet, phone, or computer, via HDMI. If you are connecting via USB-C, then the secondary port is not required (as long as your device supports monitors over USB-C), although you can still plug it into the included wall adapter for up to 60-watts of power that heads back to the laptop to keep it charged (unless your laptop requires more than 60-watts at least).
Both monitors can be found at many of your favorite retailers that sell Viewsonic products.