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AOC E1649FWU or HP U160 USB-powered monitor I’ve been using the AOC E1649FWU USB-powered monitor instead of my original AIR Display connection to my iPad. More and more enterprises won’t let me onto their WiFi, so I need a secondary display that doesn’t require WiFi. Based on Display Link video-over-USB technology, these USB-powered monitors provide that essential screen real estate I need to keep the manual open while working on a system. Despite being satisfied with the AOC, the HP U160 (pictured), with its folding cover and stand, is making me think about a change. Especially since I’ve retired my iPad in favor of a more pocket- and pocketbook-friendly Nexus 7 LTE.

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