ASUS Announces USB Power MonitorCategory: Monitors
Posted: September 3, 2013 01:35PM
If you find that you often need an extra monitor while on the go, then ASUS might have something for you. The company's new MB168 Series Portable USB-powered Monitor is a 15.6 inch screen that you can plug into any laptop or desktop PC to increase your screen real estate. The display is LED-backlight and it comes in two resolutions, 1920x1080 and 1366x786, while being powered by a USB 3.0 cable, which is enough for both power and video output. The MB168 Series uses ASUS EzLink technology that takes advantage of dedicated hardware in the monitor to offload the computer's GPU, which in turn allows up to five monitors to be connected to a computer without hindering the internal GPU, as long as there are sufficient USB ports. The device is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0, with the only difference being a slight drop in display brightness. If you plan on using it with your laptop, you will be suprised to hear that the device will only use 5 W when turned on and 0 W when on standby. So your battery life should not be in danger.
The monitor is 8 mm thick and weighs in at 800 g, so it is "the world’s slimmest and lightest companion display", according to ASUS. Furthermore, the monitor is covered by a protective case that also acts as an adjustable stand for tabletop use. The design is the same found on ASUS Zenbooks. There is no word on pricing and availability yet.