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ASUS ZenScreen (MB16AC): Versatility, productivity

By Jonnah Pante - 1 Sep 2017
Launch SRP: PhP16100

ASUS ZenScreen (MB16AC): Versatility, productivity

Broadening your horizons

Introduced at Computex 2017, the ASUS ZenScreen is a device that offers has a very simple yet useful function – to extend displays.

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Exuding a premium look on the outside, this portable monitor from ASUS flaunts a 15.6-inch wide-screen IPS display in Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio. Its flicker-free screen delivers outstanding performance through its vibrant color reproduction.

The ZenScreen has an almost-absent 6.5mm bezel that makes the screen look even wider. Its USB Type-C port on the left, and the control buttons for the power and onscreen display (OSD) settings at the bottom part are also neatly-placed. The ZenScreen is also equipped with a four-level Blue Light Filter to protect the eyes from hurting due to long screen exposure. It comes with complete accessories including an ASUS smart case, USB-C to USB-C connector, USB Type-C to A adapter, and a ZenScreen pen.

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Users can also easily tweak the monitor’s settings and activate its Trace Free and VividPixel features, as well as the Splendid video preset modes using the ASUS ZenScreen’s OSD.


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The ZenScreen appeals to those who’d want the luxury of a multi-screen setup – which pretty much applies only to desktop PCs or to laptops situated on top of office desks – while on-the-go. Its IPS wide display is also ideal for people who always work with office presentations. Aside from seamless installation which can be done by just connecting the device to a laptop through the USB Type-C cable, the ZenScreen is also easy to carry with its 8mm-thick and 780g-heavy form factor. This is probably because it doesn’t have an integrated battery, thus, it only works when plugged to a host device. Using the screen with a laptop that has a Type C port is also recommended for seamless, plug-and-play use, because utilizing it with the USB Type A connector requires an installed DisplayLink driver.

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As mentioned earlier, the ZenScreen package comes with a magnetic cover to protect the screen from bumps and scratches which can be converted as a stand. Another option for this is through the ZenScreen pen – or just any other pen – which can support the ZenScreen in landscape and portrait mode when inserted to a small hole situated at the bottom right part of the device. Take note that the ZenScreen pen is just an ordinary pen and doesn’t work as a stylus since the ZenScreen doesn’t support a touchscreen feature.

Portable and versatile, the ASUS ZenScreen is an apt buddy to boost productivity.

9.0
The Good
Premium look
Outstanding display
Light and portable
Seamless installation
The Bad
Limited connectivity