Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4 out of 5 by HABlet Useful device - if it meets your needs
This device (Asus MB169B+) is the most recent incarnation of Asus' portable monitor. It is very thin and very light, but feels strong and rigid. The only connector is a USB3 micro-B socket which receives both power and video data from your PC - Asus supply a suitable connecting cable. Embedded in the device is a DisplayLink chip which converts the USB data into video. To use it, just install the software from the accompanying CD or download the latest version of the generic software from the DisplayLink website.
Windows sees the device as a standard monitor, so you can extend and mirror your display exactly as you would with a conventional second monitor. You can set the device as the main monitor and if you are adventurous you can even use it as the only monitor, in which case you won't see anything until Windows first displays the desktop. DisplayLink claim that their chip is very light on PC resources - I have seen nothing to dispute this claim.
In use, the display is not very bright (only 200 cd/m2, 250 is the norm) and looks rather dull and feeble alongside a conventional monitor, but it is bright enough for all uses I have tried. It did very well with a high-res Bluray video, good colours and smooth, fluid motion - note that there is NO sound capability though.
The monitor comes with a folio case which can be converted into a stand; to me, the stand felt like a lash-up, I would want to support an expensive device like this on something a bit sturdier. Scan doesn't appear to sell anything suitable.
Too much computing equipment in the lounge does not go down well in my household. This monitor, a small keyboard with trackpad and a PC hidden behind the sofa meets with official approval and makes the rather steep price worthwhile.
19 November 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Roger WOW - A basic idea done well
Scan managed to handle my order well (as normal), with the slight issue that this product seems to be listed more than once with different availability status, but I can cope with such issues.
As for the product, I was expecting a working solution from ASUS, but I did not expect such a high quality solution. Rather than use the CD I down loaded the drivers from the internet to get the latest versions and everything just worked.
My laptop is a TN based unit running at 1366x768 with an AMD A8 processor. So this additional screen is a great addition. Even the basic power of my A8 processor can do full screen youtube videos at about 50% load across the USB 3 link.
All in all the build, software and results are far better than I expected.
Just one thing you need to be aware of is that at the time of writing there are no Win10 drivers, which for myself is not an issue as I long since moved back from 8.1 to 7, but it maybe an issue for others.
05 September 2015