Let’s face it, single monitors can be quite hard to work multiple programs or files with and this is especially true if you’re on a 14″ laptop or even a 15.6″ laptop. We can only wish there were laptops with bigger screen sizes for more screen estate to view things on but that would make the laptop lose it’s portability – the main reason a laptop is a laptop!
Luckily, ASUS has decided to answer consumer’s woes and is providing everyone a simple solution by making the trusty secondary monitor – portable! Sure it add’s to the list of things we carry but it’s a good trade off if you really need the screen estate! The best part is that you don’t even need a secondary power source because ASUS solution is powered via USB.
Enter, the ZenScreen MB16AC.
The ASUS Zenscreen is a portable 15.6″ monitor with a super-slim 8mm profile and only 780 grams. It’s touted as the world’s lightest 15.6″ monitor available. It’s a big deal, especially given you don’t need an adapter to power it up. All you need to do is plug via Type-C or Type A from your main device and you’re good to go.
The ASUS Zenscreen is portable 15.6″ monitor with a super-slim 8mm profile and only 780 grams. It’s touted as the world’s lightest 15.6″ monitor available. It’s a big deal, especially given you don’t need an adapter to power it up. All you need to do is plug via Type-C or Type A from your main device and you’re good to go. It even works on Mobile phones with MHL or hdmi out support via type C.
We were able to try it out for 2 weeks and it took us about the same time to accept the extra weight in our bags. It surely was notable but the extra screen real estate that we received from it definitely outweighs that feeling of heaviness.
The device isn’t just a basic monitor too! It has an automatic screen orientation which lets you use it on landscape or portrait modes. Landscape for presentations or exccel sheets, or portrait for book reading or browsing social media. Resolution is 1920×1080 so it pretty much matches roughly 50% of laptops in the market right now, with 1080p being the most popular resolution on windows laptops.
Talking about the screen quality is a whole different discussion altogether, though. The screen is IPS and there’s good color reproduction but it’s a bit dim for our liking. It’s pretty good indoors but working outside of a coffee shop will prove to be challenging.
Additionally, the ZenScreen comes with a foldable smart case that allows for multiple angles to prop the monitor in 2 – 3 orientation degrees and/or you can just use the bundled pen to get it to stand up. It gets a little wobbly but it does the job just fine!
Over-all, we were impressed with the ZenScreen. While not perfect, it’s the best solution to having the most workable screen on the go. There simply just is no other portable way.