Monitors and displays are unequivocally inseparable from any tech equipment in the year 2020. Even more so when the entire world is on perpetual lockdown and more people are getting glued to their computers and smart devices. In line with the ongoing changes in the way we use our tech, ViewSonic has devised an all new niche in the monitor and display market with the TD1655 display.
The reason why we call it a niche is because it’s essentially a monitor, but acts and functions like a touchscreen tablet. However, we urge you not to be confused as the TD1655 is really a touchscreen monitor – without its own OS, battery, camera setup and other hefty features that makes a device autonomously “smart”. But that’s not to say the TD1655 isn’t smart at all. In fact, it would make any PC system one step ahead of their time. Read on to find out why.
Unboxing the TD1655
Out of the box, the ViewSonic TD1655 looks and feels like any other oversized tablets out there. But really, it’s a touchscreen monitor with a minimalist built. Which is why we mentioned earlier why this is a rather niche product.
Turn to the back and you are greeted with this polished brush metal construction! There’s a heft to its weight and its design is quite impressive for a monitor. I personally like how the colors are simplistic and the curves are discernibly sleek and edgy.
The lower half is actually a sturdy flap that will enable the monitor to stand like a 2-in-1 tablet PC. Simply pry it open with your finger nail via the groove in the middle.
The button on the lower left is actually a joystick that allows you to set the usual on-board settings on a monitor like brightness and contrast, and also audio. Yes, the ViewSonic TD1655 has built-in audio too.
Accessories and Stuff
As for accessories, the ViewSonic TD1655 comes with a protective jacket. It’s a fabric-type magnetic “case” that you can install it from the back by snapping the magnetic flap into place. When installed, it does not come off easily for it has a really strong magnetic force. It covers the entirety of the front screen while leaving the back almost bear. So effectively, it’s not exactly a case but more of a protective layer, that prevents the screen from being crushed or injured.
As you can see here, the magnetic flap is rather minimal, leaving most of the back uncovered. We feel this is because it does not wish to hinder the stand from being utilized when it is needed.
Moreover, it comes with a stylus called the ViewSonic PEN002, by the virtue of what is written on the packaging. It also has a spare nib in case the original one wears off.
And lastly, you get an HDMI cable and also a power cable (type C). There’s also an adapter for you to plug it directly onto the power socket.
Using the ViewSonic TD1655 Display
Here’s how it actually looks like when connected properly to a PC source and powered on. The ViewSonic TD1655 pretty much doubles as a second screen or you could really use it as a main screen. Just to provide some differences, notice how the ViewSonic TD1655 has a glossy glass screen while the laptop has a matte screen.
In this instance, the ViewSonic TD1655 can be a great primary screen for your PC. Coupled with the touchscreen controls, it’s great as an artist’s tablet.
Coming back to the rear joystick, it provides ample on-board settings and adjustments to get your preferred visual modes on the display. It’s a no-brainer and pretty easy to perform adjustments both in terms of visual as well as audio. You just got to experiment and tinker until you’re happy.
For digital artists who are still using non-screen drawing tablets, the ViewSonic TD1655 is akin to a futuristic upgrade. Because of its nature as a monitor, the touchscreen features actually gives artists a better “canvas” to work on, as though he or she is drawing on paper.
The PEN002 stylus glides effortlessly to produce smooth drawings, which creative people would absolutely adore. It takes some getting used to because the stylus’ nib is rounded rather than pencil-like. But it still does its job pretty well.
And surely, you can navigate using your fingers too since it’s a capacitive touchscreen.
If you choose to use it flat on the table, you can too. It all depends on your preferred working style.
Do you need a mouse and a keyboard when using the ViewSonic TD1655? Well, the answer would be: Yes and No. Yes because you would like the familiarity of having physical keyboard and mouse to perform usual navigation such as typing and browsing the web. But if you don’t have these with you, perhaps when traveling or doing outdoor presentations, then no, you can completely rely on the touchscreen as well as the on-board keyboard to help you navigate the contents of the PC you’re connected to.
The nature of the ViewSonic TD1655, is that it straddles between being a monitor and an actual tablet. But really, it’s a monitor with a capacitive touchscreen.
It’s built specifically for those who want to render their PC or device’s visuals into a tablet form where you can also perform controls via the touchscreen.
It’s great especially for the digital artists who would like to upgrade their method of working with a drawing tablet into a touchscreen one. This is where the ViewSonic TD1655 shines as a creative tool.
But aside from that, if you have little space at home or office and would like a compact setup, and one that you can even navigate like a tablet, the TD1655 is probably your best answer.