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Innocn 15K1F OLED portable monitor beats most others in colors, black levels, and response times

Innocn 15K1F OLED portable monitor beats most others in colors, black levels, and response times
Innocn 15K1F OLED portable monitor beats most others in colors, black levels, and response times
The 15.6-inch portable monitor is now available for $270 USD or slightly higher than most other portable monitors of its size. Its OLED panel, however, offers a much better colors and deeper contrast than the usual IPS solution. We go over a few pros and cons during our time with a test unit.

Amazon is now shipping the Innocn 15.6-inch OLED portable monitor for $300 USD or just $270 after applying the current coupon code at checkout. The monitor is notable for being one of the very few 15.6-inch portable monitors based on OLED instead of the usual IPS for nearly perfect black levels and full DCI-P3 coverage. The manufacturer has sent us a sample unit for our honest impressions.

Before we get to what we like about the monitor, there are a few notable disadvantages that potential buyers should first know about. For one, the packaging includes no AC adapter meaning that you'll either need to have a separate USB-C AC adapter of your own or use one of the two USB-C to USB-C cables in the box for both DisplayPort and Power. The problem with the latter is that this will limit the maximum brightness of the display to just the 20 percent mark or 89 nits. If you want to reach 100 percent brightness or 282 nits, then you'll need to have two cables attached to the monitor simultaneously: one dedicated for power and one dedicated for video. This can be a hassle when traveling as you'll need to carry two cables with you at all times to fully exploit the benefits of the monitor.

288.5
cd/m²
280.4
cd/m²
284.4
cd/m²
284.4
cd/m²
282.2
cd/m²
285.3
cd/m²
281.6
cd/m²
282.6
cd/m²
289.1
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 289.1 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 284.3 cd/m² Minimum: 30.3 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 97 %
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.66 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 2.7 | 0.64-98 Ø5.6
96.9% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
100% sRGB (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
99.9% Display P3 (Argyll 2.2.0 3D)
Gamma: 2.18

Secondly, the display is not touchscreen despite it having a glossy glass overlay that looks as if it may be touch-enabled. Navigating through the OSD with the three physical buttons along the top corner of the unit is therefore cumbersome. Many other portable monitors like the Vissles-M or Ananta support touch for easier inputs especially if connecting smartphones or tablets.

Lastly, we're unable to reach the advertised maximum brightness of 400 nits as our recorded maximum is only 282 nits even when the brightness setting is at 100 percent with our Dell USB-C AC adapter. Though independent measurements are usually dimmer than advertised, this delta is nonetheless much wider than we had anticipated. At least we can independently confirm the full DCI-P3 coverage.

Another minor setback includes the weak audio which is limited to just 50 percent if the monitor is not powered by a separate AC adapter. Even when set to 100 percent, however, volume is weak at just 76 dB(A). You may want to carry earbuds or headphones if you care about the audio experience. 

Specifications:

  • Screen Size: 15.6-inch
  • Screen Type: OLED
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Advertised Brightness: 400 nits
  • Touchscreen: No
  • Speakers: 2x 1 W
  • Native Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
  • Display Colors: 1074M (8-bit +2 FRC)
  • Contrast: 100000:1
  • Digital Input: 2x Type-C, 1x Mini-HDMI
  • Dimensions: 358 x 233 x 7 mm
  • Advertised Weight: 730 g
  • Voltage Rating: DC 20 V, 1.5 A 
Innocn 15K1F Portable Monitor
1920x1080, 15.60
GMK KD2 Portable Monitor
3840x2160, 15.60
Vissles Monitor 15.6
1920x1080, 15.60
Ananta 17.3-inch Touchscreen Portable Monitor
RTK3B3A, , 1920x1080, 17.30
AirTab Portable Monitor 15.6-inch
1920x1080, 15.60
MEMTEQ Type-C Portable Monitor Z1
1920x1080, 15.60
Auzai ME16Z01 Portable Monitor
1920x1080, 15.60
Display
-2%
-46%
-14%
-52%
-50%
-42%
Display P3 Coverage
99.9
92.3
-8%
47.33
-53%
78.8
-21%
40.72
-59%
42.03
-58%
48.53
-51%
sRGB Coverage
100
100
0%
66.4
-34%
100
0%
61
-39%
63.2
-37%
72
-28%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
96.9
100
3%
48.6
-50%
77.6
-20%
42.11
-57%
43.44
-55%
50.2
-48%
Response Times
-245%
-717%
12310%
-537%
-1027%
-957%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
1.8 ?(0.8, 1)
55.6 ?(30, 25.6)
-2989%
41.2 ?(22.8, 18.4)
-2189%
38.4 ?(20, 18.4)
-2033%
36 ?(18, 18)
-1900%
52 ?(26, 26)
-2789%
38.8 ?(20.8, 18)
-2056%
Response Time Black / White *
2.2 ?(1, 1.2)
38.8 ?(22.4, 16.4)
-1664%
35.2 ?(22.4, 12.8)
-1500%
26.8 ?(18, 8.8)
-1118%
31.2 ?(19.6, 11.6)
-1318%
42.5 ?(25.2, 17.3)
-1832%
25.2 ?(16, 9.2)
-1045%
PWM Frequency
61 ?(100)
2451 ?(30)
3918%
1000 ?(99)
1539%
24510 ?(20)
40080%
1042 ?(20)
1608%
1000 ?(31)
1539%
201.6 ?(23)
230%
Screen
-31%
-92%
-44%
-57%
-83%
-140%
Brightness middle
282.2
415.1
47%
248.1
-12%
244.6
-13%
206.5
-27%
198
-30%
300.7
7%
Brightness
284
412
45%
237
-17%
231
-19%
198
-30%
198
-30%
267
-6%
Brightness Distribution
97
91
-6%
91
-6%
88
-9%
88
-9%
85
-12%
77
-21%
Black Level *
0.36
0.28
0.27
0.33
0.2
0.66
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.66
5.93
-123%
6.85
-158%
3.7
-39%
4.25
-60%
6.9
-159%
10.26
-286%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.05
8.64
-43%
20.8
-244%
9.36
-55%
18.11
-199%
15.9
-163%
22.93
-279%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2.7
5.6
-107%
5.8
-115%
6.1
-126%
3.1
-15%
5.5
-104%
9.5
-252%
Gamma
2.18 101%
2.18 101%
2.34 94%
2.24 98%
2.31 95%
1.59 138%
1.51 146%
CCT
6486 100%
5820 112%
6402 102%
8089 80%
6994 93%
7310 89%
8200 79%
Contrast
1153
886
906
626
990
456
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.48
5.69
3.08
4.08
4
5.05
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
42.8
69.8
38.7
40
45.8
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
65.8
100
60.8
62.9
71.5
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-93% / -77%
-285% / -237%
4084% / 3052%
-215% / -175%
-387% / -311%
-380% / -320%

* ... smaller is better

Black-white response times
Black-white response times
Pulse-width modulation of 60 Hz is present at all brightness levels
Pulse-width modulation of 60 Hz is present at all brightness levels
Gray-to-gray response times
Gray-to-gray response times
Grayscale
Grayscale
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
ColorChecker
ColorChecker
OLED viewing angles. The rainbow effect becomes noticeable if viewing from extreme angles
OLED viewing angles. The rainbow effect becomes noticeable if viewing from extreme angles

The rest of the monitor is thankfully excellent. The edge-to-edge glass overlay adds rigidity to the design for a stronger feel than the matte C-Force CF011S or M MEMTEQ. The removable folio case folds more easily and feels more secure as a stand than the folio cases for the M MEMTEQ or Auzai ME16Z01. The two USB-C ports are identical meaning either can be used for dedicated power, power passthrough, and/or video output unlike on the Ananta. There is also an integrated mini-HDMI port for connecting to older PCs that don't support USB-C. Such smaller details matter for travelers who intend to bring the Innocn monitor with them everywhere they go.

As for the OLED display, the Innocn is able to offer much deeper colors, blacker blacks, and faster black-white and gray-gray response times than most any competing portable IPS monitor. The latter attribute is especially noticeable since many other portable monitors tend to have very slow response times for more visible ghosting. By going with OLED, the Innocn monitor is more suited for gaming as any blurring is kept to a minimum. These attributes are amongst the top reasons for owning the Innocn OLED over the sea of IPS-based portable monitor options in the market.

If you can live with the minor annoyances mentioned above and can appreciate the advantages of OLED over IPS, then the Innocn 15K1F may be worth the investment. For simple web browsing or word processing where color accuracy and response times are not huge concerns, however, then a cheaper IPS-based monitor would work just as well.

Monitor weighs 734 g or 1192 g with the removable folio cover on
Monitor weighs 734 g or 1192 g with the removable folio cover on
Retail box includes the monitor, folio cover, 2x USB-C cables, and a mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI cable
Retail box includes the monitor, folio cover, 2x USB-C cables, and a mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI cable
All three ports are along the bottom right corner of the display
All three ports are along the bottom right corner of the display
Edge-to-edge glass cover. It is not a touchscreen!
Edge-to-edge glass cover. It is not a touchscreen!
The removable folio is faux leather with a polythene-plastic-like protection around the edges, corners, and back of the monitor
The removable folio is faux leather with a polythene-plastic-like protection around the edges, corners, and back of the monitor
Volume up and down buttons
Volume up and down buttons
The two speaker grilles are along the sides of the monitor
The two speaker grilles are along the sides of the monitor
Bottom bezel is much thicker than the three other sides
Bottom bezel is much thicker than the three other sides
The folio case protects the sides and corners of the monitor unlike on some other cases
The folio case protects the sides and corners of the monitor unlike on some other cases
Back covering of the case is matte to detract fingerprints
Back covering of the case is matte to detract fingerprints
The folio case can be folded to allow for two angles
The folio case can be folded to allow for two angles
Monitor draws about 15 W when on the maximum brightness level or 10 W when brightness is set to 20 percent
Monitor draws about 15 W when on the maximum brightness level or 10 W when brightness is set to 20 percent
Pink noise at maximum volume. Even at the full volume setting, the audio is not very loud at just 76 dB(A)
Pink noise at maximum volume. Even at the full volume setting, the audio is not very loud at just 76 dB(A)
Temperature map (front)
Temperature map (front)
Temperature map (back). Monitor is warmest near the ports
Temperature map (back). Monitor is warmest near the ports
OLED RGB subpixel array
OLED RGB subpixel array
OSD must be controlled with buttons as they are not touchscreen
OSD must be controlled with buttons as they are not touchscreen
The eye protection feature lets you reduce blue light for a more reddish tone
The eye protection feature lets you reduce blue light for a more reddish tone
Chroma, saturation, and sharpness controls
Chroma, saturation, and sharpness controls
Colors can be manually adjusted
Colors can be manually adjusted
Six different preset color modes available: Standard, Text, Movie, Game, AdobeRGB, and sRGB
Six different preset color modes available: Standard, Text, Movie, Game, AdobeRGB, and sRGB

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Allen Ngo, 2022-04-12 (Update: 2022-04-12)