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Latest C-Force CF011C monitor addresses some of the biggest issues plaguing other inexpensive portable monitors (Image source: C-Force)The $200 USD 15.6-inch portable monitor uses a brand new IPS panel with full sRGB coverage and a much brighter backlight than any other external monitor we’ve tested thus far in this price range. We last reviewed a…

Latest C-Force CF011C monitor addresses some of the biggest issues plaguing other inexpensive portable monitors (Image source: C-Force)
Latest C-Force CF011C monitor addresses some of the biggest issues plaguing other inexpensive portable monitors (Image source: C-Force)

The $200 USD 15.6-inch portable monitor uses a brand new IPS panel with full sRGB coverage and a much brighter backlight than any other external monitor we’ve tested thus far in this price range.

We last reviewed a 15.6-inch C-Force portable monitor earlier this year where we found its light weight and ease of use to be of value on flights or temporary offices as a secondary display. Nonetheless, it still suffered from all the drawbacks common on many inexpensive portable monitors including a limited color space, a dim display, slow response times, pulse-width modulation, and poorly calibrated colors.

The latest C-Force monitor, called the CF011C, has been redesigned with even narrower bezels while keeping the same ports and features as the CF011F (sans the MicroSD reader). The more notable updates, however, relate to the panel itself as C-Force has upped the color space (60% to 100% sRGB) and brightness (200 nits to 459 nits) significantly for a much better visual experience. Colors are no longer muted and the brighter backlight helps in brightly lit environments.

Additionally, power consumption hasn’t changed by all that much from the older CF011F despite the improved colors and brightness levels. The minimum and maximum brightness settings demand about 3.2 W and 9.2 W, respectively, compared to 5.8 W and 9.2 W on the CF011F.

One major drawback that remains is the relatively slow black-white and gray-gray response times which makes the CF011C a poor choice for fast-paced games. Gamers will therefore still want to consider spending more on other portable monitors like the Asus MB169B+ where motion blur is minimal.

The C-Force CF011C is now available through the manufacturer’s online store for $199 USD. C-Force sent us a sample unit in order for us to provide the measurements shown below.

Pros Cons
– Portable narrow-bezel design

– Bright display up to 460 nits

– Respectable contrast ratio

– Full sRGB coverage

– HDMI, USB-A, and 2x USB-C ports

– Included 30 W USB-C wall adapter

– Display is decently calibrated out-of-the-box

– No pulse-width modulation
– Screen and plastic design are easily damaged

– Slow black-white and gray-gray response times

– No more MicroSD reader

– Weak integrated speakers

– No touchscreen support

– Connecting a smartphone will require two USB-C cables (one for power, one for data)
C-Force CF011C

SGT1560, , 15.6, 1920×1080
AirTab Portable Monitor 15.6-inch

15.6, 1920×1080
C-Force CF011S

RTK2A3B, , 15.6, 1920×1080
Auzai ME16Z01 Portable Monitor

15.6, 1920×1080
Lepow Type-C Portable Monitor X0025I0D4P

15.6, 1920×1080
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *

46.8 (22, 24.8)

36 (18, 18)

41.2 (20.4, 20.8)

38.8 (20.8, 18)

30.8 (16.8, 14)

Response Time Black / White *

36.4 (19.6, 16.8)

31.2 (19.6, 11.6)

40.8 (26.8, 14)

25.2 (16, 9.2)

23.6 (12.4, 11.2)

PWM Frequency

1042 (20)

1000 (99)

201.6 (23)

1000 (23)

Brightness middle

458.8

206.5

205

300.7

193.9

Brightness

445

198

193

267

192

Brightness Distribution

86

88

88

77

88

Black Level *

0.45

0.33

0.25

0.66

0.75

Contrast

1020

626

820

456

259

Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *

3.03

4.25

8.01

10.26

6.66

Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *

6.97

18.11

19.93

22.93

18.75

Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *

2.97

4.08

4.3

5.05

3.83

Greyscale DeltaE2000 *

1.5

3.1

8.3

9.5

7.6

Gamma

2.15 102%

2.31 95%

2.1 105%

1.51 146%

2.04 108%

CCT

6370 102%

6994 93%

6106 106%

8200 79%

8567 76%

Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)

60

38.7

38.7

45.8

39.3

Color Space (Percent of sRGB)

91.6

60.8

59.8

71.5

61.8

* … smaller is better

(Source: C-Force)
(Source: C-Force)

Allen Ngo, 2020-10-16 (Update: 2020-10-15)

Allen Ngo

After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There’s a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I’m not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.









































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