Innocn 27-inch 4K desktop monitor review: A big productivity booster

If you’ve ever looked at one of those fancy dual-screen computer setups and thought, “Wow, that person must be then productive”, think again. While I agree that it’s good to have two windows visible at the same time – your web browser and your word processor, for example – there are hassles that come with having two monitors.

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Innocn 27 inch 4K Computer Monitor

$300$400Save $100

A super versatile monitor that offers full 4K resolution, the Innocn works in portrait and landscape mode and automatically detects when you turn between them. It is an excellent choice for professionals.

$300 on Amazon

First, you need a lot more office space. (I don’t know about you, but mine is expensive. Two monitors consume one plot desktop.) Second, you need a neck that’s on a pivot, because you’ll be constantly staring between the two screens. It’s a failure of ergonomics, if you ask me.

So why not just one big screen then? Great idea, smart person! Just one thing: you need to make sure it supports higher resolution than the 1920 x 1080 (aka 1080p) standard. If you don’t, your side-by-side windows won’t be “full” width, which means you’ll probably have to scroll horizontally in every window – and trust me, you don’t want that.

The Innocn 27C1U is shown here at the top of its stand, but it can easily move lower - or rotate 90 degrees.

Large, versatile, affordable: the Innocn 27C1U is a great main or secondary monitor thanks to its 4K resolution and super versatile stand. (Photo: Innocn)

The Innocn 27C1U is a 27-inch 4K monitor that offers just about every feature imaginable, including a height-adjustable stand and a screen that can swivel 90 degrees for portrait view. I reviewed it and found it to be a great workmate, which I continue to use to this day. The monitor regularly sells for $400, but is currently discounted to $300.

For starters, the screen sits on a sturdy and versatile stand, with a spring-loaded height-adjustment mechanism. Lift the screen and it stays exactly where you put it. Lower it, same result. You don’t need to go around with any kind of locking screws or pliers. Likewise, it can swivel 45 degrees left or right, and again, it really stays put; there is no unwanted play in the hinge.

As noted above, you can also rotate the screen if you want a tall rather than a wide workspace. This is a very popular option with some users, as it can be useful for spreadsheets, image editing, and even just “long term” web browsing. Although a built-in gravity sensor promises to automatically rotate the screen image when the screen itself is rotated, this feature was disabled by default – and I then had trouble getting it to work correctly under Windows.

Let's be big: the Innocn 27C1U can be rotated for computing in portrait mode.  (Photo: Innocn)

Let’s be big: the Innocn 27C1U can be rotated for computing in portrait mode. (Photo: Innocn)

The monitor’s 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution means I can keep multiple windows open with their content running full width. But it also allows photo and video editing professionals to do the kind of ultra-precise work that’s more difficult on a 1080p monitor. Equally important for professional users, the 27C1U offers remarkably high DCI-P3 color gamut counts and even comes with a color calibration report.

As for inputs, you get two HDMIs, one USB-C and one DisplayPort – all fairly standard. The monitor can also act as a basic USB hub, as it includes a pair of Type-A ports, and that USB-C port can deliver up to 65 watts of power to, say, your laptop. Only one problem: all the ports reside on a downward-facing protrusion on the rear of the monitor, which makes them extremely difficult to access. You will almost certainly need to rotate the screen to access it.

Audio-wise, the 27C1U includes a pair of tiny 5-watt speakers (better than nothing, not perfect for anything) and a 3.5mm audio-out jack. The latter is great if you want to use headphones, but again a huge hassle to plug and unplug.

A neat, almost inexplicable little touch: there’s a 20-centimeter ruler etched into the front edge of the base. Obviously, I’d prefer the thumbs, but I still find it a cool addition.

If you look at Amazon’s 138 user reviews for this monitor, you’ll get mostly positive feedback and an average rating of 4.6 stars. I haven’t tested this with a Mac, so I can’t comment on the few issues cited here. But one reviewer said only a short USB-C cable was included, which it isn’t: the monitor also comes with a full-length HDMI cable. During this time, I had no issues with color or image clarity.

Indeed, my experience was very positive overall. If you’re able to get this monitor at this sale price, consider it a big win; most others with this feature set cost significantly more.

Innocn

Innocn 27 inch 4K Computer Monitor

$300$400Save $100

A super versatile monitor that offers full 4K resolution, the Innocn works in portrait and landscape mode and automatically detects when you turn between them. It is an excellent choice for professionals.

$300 on Amazon

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