General Use & Life with a Portable Monitor
When I saw the ASUS monitor at DisplayLink's suite when I was in Taiwan, I didn't expect it to be this thin when it arrived on the market. This is one of the best-selling points of the monitor, is that as a portable, USB-powered display, it truly is... portable.
Most people would think that a USB-powered display would include a resolution much lower than 1920x1080, something like 1680x1050 or even 1440x900, but ASUS and DisplayLink have worked wonders here.
I used the ASUS MB168B+ in a few different ways, to give it the usual (to my reviews anyway) "real-world" testing. Instead of just throwing it on a desk and telling you about how much its color is close to perfection (when we know it won't be) or to open it up and show you pictures of the insides (which we haven't), I used it in real-world applications.
The ASUS MB168B+ accompanied me to my mother in law's house for dinner, where I used it with my Apple MacBook Air (with a USB 2.0 port) and I did some writing on the MB168B+'s glorious 1920x1080 resolution, compared to my MBA's pathetic 1440x900.
I also used the ASUS MB168B+ as a second screen on my PC for Battlefield 4, which I found it great for. Battlefield 4's second screen can act as a load out configurator, or as a gigantic map. I took to the latter, using the MB168B+ as a 1920x1080 map of my game.
This came in very handy, as I took my PC (and the MB168B+) to my brother's house for a LAN, where I set my PC up (how any other person would), plugged in the ASUS MB168B+, and within seconds I was up and running with a second display.
This is where I felt the ASUS MB168B+ would find one of its niche markets: lanners. LAN gamers love having multiple screens, so they can be gaming on one screen, but have another screen up for various file sharing apps, music, videos, or in this case: Battlefield 4.
After plugging it in for my BF4 gaming, and disconnecting it to move it - I found the cable that plugs into the MB168B+ comes lose, very easily. ASUS needs to work on this, as it's a real downer on the display - any nudge on it, and the display loses connectivity.
It's portable enough, thin enough, light enough and being powered off USB - is the final nail in mains-powered monitors as a second screen for gamers. Another great use is for business users, like myself, who run a small PC like the MacBook Air, but need a second screen for productivity.
The ASUS MB168B+ is light enough that I would take it to events with me in my bag, and leave it in my hotel room. When I get back, I have to dump a bunch of photos and edit them - which is much easier to do with a second screen. But, who takes a mains-powered display as a secondary monitor around with them? No one.
ASUS have a market here with DisplayLink's incredible technology, to push secondary monitors to a specific market.
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