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John Weland | May 5, 2021

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PX160 by Pixio: Affordably portable

I recently moved to a single display for my main desktop, while also having a single display on my mobile workstation. I thought it would be handy to have a portable monitor set up when I want it. But I also wanted to be able to put it away when I need the clear desk space. I’ve had good luck with Pixio in the past, so I thought I would checkout the PX160. I bought this with my own funds; it wasn’t sent for review like many of the products we check out here.

Unboxing

The PX160 comes well packaged with some great dense foam. In the box you have the 15.6 inch IPS display with attached cover/stand, a product manual, and a user manual. There are also boxes for the power adapter and the three included cables: an HDMI to mini HDMI, USB Type-A to USB Type-C and a USB Type-C to USB Type-C.

Features

The PX160 is a 15.6 inch 1080p (1920×1080) IPS display. It boasts HDR and a 60Hz refresh rate; this may seem low for some competitive gamers out there, but it makes up for that with Freesync.

The display itself has three inputs; a mini-HDMI and two USB-C. While using the mini-HDMI, you will need to power the unit via one of the two UBS-C ports. If you connect the display up via its USB-C connection to, say, a MacBook Pro you’ll get your display and power needs all over one cable.

The PX160 also has two built-in speakers that, while not groundbreaking, sound surprisingly good for their size. If you need privacy, there is also a 3.5mm TRS connection. For those working or gaming late nights, it also offers a low-blue setting to reduce blue light.

The PX160 in a nutshell

The PX160’s IPS display looks great, with really decent viewing angles. Freesync helps to elevate the 60Hz refresh rate and prevent any noticeable screen tearing or artifacts. The screen size and resolution makes for a nice work space. Its portability factor ensures being able to take the setup wherever you might need.

It might be neat to have “touch” features and it certainly would benefit from having an internal battery. Either or both of these things would take the PX160 to an entirely new level of usability in a variety of projects.

The best part of this? The PX160 can be had for $140 dollars.

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