Viotek LinQ Touch Touchscreen Monitor

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REVIEWS-did you know that you can add a touch screen to your laptop or turn your Samsung Galaxy or Huawei phones into a desktop computer? Yes, this is possible and easy with the viotek LinQ touchscreen monitor. Let’s take a closer look.

What’s this?

The Viotek LinQ is a portable touchscreen monitor that connects to MacBooks, Windows laptops and even some smartphones via a USB-C cable.

Hardware Specifications

  • 15.6 Inch IPS Panel at 60 Hz
  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • capacitive 10-point touch screen
  • Multiple ports: two USB-C, HDMI, headphones (use it and power it from almost all devices)
  • Magnetic Foldable Leather Cover/Stand for Multiple Configurations

What’s in the box ?

  • About LinQ
  • Cable USB-C to USB-C
  • USB-A to USB-C Cable
  • mini HDMI to HDMI Cable
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Manual

Design and features

The Viotek LinQ Touch looks like a black glass panel, but it’s really a polished metal cover with a raised cross-section on the back that bears the viotek logo at the bottom.

It comes with a magnetic cover/holder, which gives it a kind of Microsoft Surface atmosphere.

All connectors of the monitor are located on the sides. On the right side there is a mini HDMI port and two USB-C ports.the Upper USB-C data port is used for video and audio. The bottom USB-C port is for power supply.

The left side has a small on / off switch at the top, a menu switch for brightness/volume/screen display in the middle, and a 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom.

The cover attaches to the back of the monitor with magnets and rotates backward to turn into a stand that allows you to adjust the viewing angle.

Let’s connect

I tested the 16-inch viotek LINQ Touch (P16CT) portable touchscreen monitor with three devices: a 12″ MacBook in early 2016, a Dell Latitude 7490 and a Huawei P30 Pro.

The first device I tested with the LinQ was my MacBook and things started hard. I connected the LinQ to the MacBook using the included USB-C to USB-C cable, which is connected to the LinQ’s central USB-C port and the MacBook’s only port, which is also a USB-C port.The LINQ screen woke up and showed the viotek home screen and during the first few seconds of connection I was able to move the MacBook’s cursor across the screen by moving my finger across the LINQ’s blank screen until it stopped moving.

I then tried the included Mini HDMI to HDMI cable connected to the LinQ’s mini HDMI port and connected the other end to an HDMI to USB-C adapter connected to the MacBook. Still no luck.

I then tried both connections again, but picked up the power on the lower USB-C port of the LINQ monitor. Still no joy. I think this has something to do with the power supply, but I don’t have the original power supply from my MacBook. I use a third-party adapter with. I need to do more testing when I have access to this charger again -> My house is currently under renovation and my office has been closed and is not accessible.

In Desktop mode, it’s like turning your phone into a giant touch tablet that you scroll, touch, etc., you can also turn the phone into a touchpad, which is cool.

Note that not all Android phones will allow this level of awesomeness. Samsung Galaxy phones will allow this goodness even in full screen, since they have the built-in DEX function. But other phones like the iPhone and my Pixel 2 XL do nothing when you connect them to the LinQ.

Final considerations

Although I have not been able to work the LinQ with my MacBook, I have always enjoyed testing this portable touch screen monitor. Monitors like these come in handy as external monitors for your laptop or even your phone if you don’t have a lot of space and if you like to take an external monitor with you when you’re on the go without adding too much volume to your carry-on.

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