Asus balances productivity and gaming with 16in ZenScreen MB16QHG portable monitor

Neat little screen.

Asus Zen Screen

Asus has announced the ZenScreen MB16QHG, a portable 16in monitor designed to provide the best visual experience for both work and leisure when on the go, or as a secondary desktop companion.

Getting straight into the thick of things, the display itself is of a IPS variant and outputs a 2560×1600 resolution with up to 120Hz refresh rate. The remaining screen specs cover a contrast ratio of 1200:1, a maximum brightness of 500 nits, a GTG response time of 5ms, and a 8-bit colour depth that covers 100 per cent of the wider DCI-P3 gamut.

Asus Zenscreen Orientation

Filling out the list of features, it supports entry-level VESA DisplayHDR 400 while boasting Asus SmoothMotion technology for a smooth fluid and responsive visual experience. You will also find its ultra-low blue light technology, that marries blue light filtering and flicker-free technology, ideal for prolonged usage and mitigating against potential harm to your eyeballs.

Sitting pretty at a sleek 7mm profile, it is indeed as Asus puts it, “effortlessly portable.” Weighing 1.2kg, the lightweight ergonomic design makes it an ideal contender as a secondary productivity display or for gamers away from their main desktop rig, especially now that the portable PC gaming scene is growing increasingly popular.

Asus ZenScreen Tripod

As such, it features a foldable L-shaped kick stand that cleverly houses all the I/O as well as securely props it up at any angle. There’s clearly ample flexibility, be it landscape alongside a laptop, portrait mode for discord mods, or aspiring coders in need of a reliable second screen. Alternatively you could also marry the device with a purpose-built tripod stand, sold separately of course.

What’s more, a display widget tool compatible with the Windows platform enables the device to sense its orientation and automatically switch between modes for that added bit of convenience. Swell.

In terms of I/O, the device holds two USB Type-C ports that handles both video and power output, a single HDMI 2.0 port, and a customary 3.5mm audio jack. The device consumes less than 13W of power when connected, and can switch to less than 0.5W of usage when in power saving mode according to Asus, so laptop battery drain shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

The Asus ZenScreen MB16QHG doesn’t yet have an official launch date, and as such, pricing and availability are to be confirmed.