The 15.6-inch MB168B+ portable USB-powered monitor needs just one USB cable for both its video signal and power to deliver up to a Full HD resolution. Thanks to the higher bandwidth of USB 3.0,...
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Seven Industry Awards
This Asus PC monitor has received seven awards from experts.
The writers at two expert review sites both said that this LCD screen was terrific and gave it their highest award. Laptopmag.com and Tweaktown.com both gave this PC monitor an "Editor's Choice" award.
This flatpanel monitor was given a "Recommended" award by both Gagadget.com and Compress.ru, both of which thought that this LCD screen was good.
Owners have rated this PC monitor on average 80 out of 100.
Several customers who purchased it wrote that it was thin. Yander said in their review of the Asus MB168 “A very lightweight, slim and portable companion for my late 2013 MacBook Pro 15”. Techgoondu.com said in their review “The Taiwanese manufacturer's MB168B+ slim screen is surely one of the smartest” .
Some people mentioned in their reviews that the Asus MB168 was lightweight. This year Advent7 mentioned on Amazon “Lightweight and fits easily into the "sleeve" on my laptop bag”. Maxim V. said on Amazon in October last year “Pros - lightweight” in their review of this PC monitor. Nicholas mentioned two years ago “An excellent lightweight monitor” and rated the product 80 out of 100.
Some customers who purchased the Asus MB168 considered that it was easy to carry around. Viv rated the Asus MB168 as very good and wrote in their review on Amazon “Light so easy to carry around”.
Some Asus MB168 owners who reviewed this PC monitor agreed that it was compact. Mr Nigel K Newman wrote in his review of the Asus MB168 in October last year “Nice compact monitor with single USB connection - good value” and gave this PC monitor a rating of 4 stars.
Easy to Use
Some Asus MB168 reviewers who bought the product concluded that it was easy to use. A J Fletcher wrote in their Asus MB168 review on Amazon “Easy to use and lightweight” and rated the product 80 out of 100. Dirk wrote “Now I'm back at base, I use this display (in its handy case/stand) next to my large Samsung display” in his Asus MB168 review and gave the Asus MB168 a rating of 5 stars. Jt mentioned in their review in October “Incredibly easy to use (plug in and it's working!” .
A number of customers who purchased the Asus MB168 thought it was easy to setup. Jt scored the Asus MB168 very highly and said on Amazon in October this year “Easy to set up” in their review of this PC monitor. Expert review site Yahoo.com mentioned in their Asus MB168 review “Light (about 1.5 pounds), thin, low-power, simple to set up”.
Some people considered that it was good in terms of USB connections. Daniel mentioned “Fantastic thin and light USB monitor”. Dragon gave this PC monitor a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this PC monitor “Since this is USB based I wouldn't suggest you try gaming on it, seems to do ok for playing videos though”. Maxim V. said “I suppose the USB option works fine if you want to use it to show pictures to others for example, basic stuff like that” in their Asus MB168 review.
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Good Product Quality
Several people mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. In October this year Amazon Customer mentioned “Video playback quality is good”. Edward M wrote this year “Very thin, great quality display” in his review. Freddy Lightening mentioned on Amazon two years ago “It's well made, plenty bright” in his review of the Asus MB168.
Good Picture Quality
Four Asus MB168 owners who reviewed the product considered that it had good colour saturation. Macman wrote in their review on Amazon “Knocked it down a star as colours seem washed out to me”. Mikey wrote in their review of the Asus MB168 in October last year “See 'cons' below) on my Windows 7 Pro/64 bit machine * Screen is nice and bright with good colours and viewing angles * Resolution offers a good price/performance option”. Rob Edworthy rated this PC monitor 80 out of 100 and he mentioned in the same month “REALLY clear and bright colours” in his review of this PC monitor.
A few Asus MB168 owners who bought the product agreed that it had good picture quality. Mr. G. Dickinson mentioned on Amazon “The resolution and image quality are excellent” in their review of this PC monitor and scored it very highly.
Some customers said that this PC monitor had a wide viewing angle. Mikey mentioned on Amazon “I use the latter as it provides the best viewing angle for me”.
Across all LCD screens, the MB168 is one the fastest selling products currently on the market according to Amazon sales data.
Some Asus MB168 owners wrote in their reviews that this PC monitor was well made. Freddy Lightening he said “So it needs another monitor to function properly (wether built in one on a laptop or normal monitor on a desktop”. In October last year Naoise Gaffney said “Has a solid look and feel, yet is light enough to carry with me when on the road” in their review of the Asus MB168. Thomas Munro mentioned in his review “The screen seems to be well made and lightweight and generally as advertised”.
A few Asus MB168 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Amazon Customer mentioned in their review a few weeks ago “The case it comes with doubles as a sturdy stand (in landscape mode at least”. Richard Stokes said in his review of the Asus MB168 on Amazon in October last year “This means it is more robust” and gave it a very good review.
One person reckoned that it was reliable. Maxim V. mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Beware! Don't buy! Horrible reliability and support”.
Several customers who reviewed the Asus MB168 considered that it was good looking. Dragon mentioned in their review of the Asus MB168 “For a portable monitor you can setup quickly it's pretty handy, particularly if you are someone who hotdesks”. James Buffalo scored it 5 stars and he said in his review of this PC monitor “It looks so slim and Sexy”. Mikey rated it as very good and mentioned “For me, I'm pleased with this and glad I saved the money * The case feels pretty sturdy and reasonably attractive” in their review.
One customer who bought the product thought it was smooth. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “Lacking the hardware required to do justice to smooth movies and fast-changing games, they've remained niche products”.
Asus Has Good Flatpanel Monitor Reviews
Small monitors built by Asus have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all LCD screens (not just small monitors) and found that Asus also has good reviews across its entire range.
LED Display Type
This PC screen has an LED display type, which is typical of many LCD screens that were released more than two years ago.
1920 X 1080 Pixels Display Resolution
The most display resolution of the Asus MB168 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's 58% more display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels.
This PC display's display resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best display resolution amongst all small monitors that have been around for around the same time as the MB168.
A 1024 x 768 pixels display resolution is the worst display resolution across comparable types of PC display.
1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Graphics Resolution
The highest resolution of the Asus MB168 is 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 62% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1280 x 1024 (SXGA).
A 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) graphics resolution is in fact the best resolution across all flatpanel monitors of this age and type.
A 640 x 350 graphics resolution is the worst resolution across similar types of PC display.
At only 379 millimeters, the Asus MB168 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other similar spec PC monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MB168. The average width of similar spec PC displays that have been on the market for around the same time as the MB168 is 420mm, and the widths range from 100mm to 640mm.
The Asus MB168 is one of the shorter PC monitors of a comparable age and spec to the MB168 (only 236 millimeters) amongst small monitors of this age. The average height of comparable spec flatpanel monitors that were released more than two years ago is 310mm.
The average weight of small monitors that have been around for more than two years is 3.3kg. At only 800 grams, the Asus MB168 is very light compared to most of the other small monitors that were released more than two years ago.
The Asus MB168 is one of the shallowest small monitors that have been around for around the same time as the MB168 (only 8 millimeters) amongst small monitors of this age. PC monitors that were launched around the same time as the MB168 have depths of between 2.7mm and 460mm, and the average depth is 96mm.
10 Reasons Against
One Asus MB168 reviewer concluded that this PC monitor did not have good technical guidance. Two years ago Fmpv mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Can't help holding it like a 15 inch ipad!” nonetheless they gave the product a rating of 5 stars.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker
Like most of the other small monitors that are a similar age to the MB168, the Asus MB168 does not have a built-in speaker.
Not 3D Compatible
Like most of the other small monitors that were released more than two years ago, the Asus MB168 is not 3D compatible.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The Asus MB168 does not have a built-in camera, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other LCD screens that are a comparable age to the MB168 also do not have a built-in camera.
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Does Not Have an Integrated Card Reader
Most small monitors that came out more than two years ago do not have an integrated card reader. The Asus MB168 is no exception to this as it too does not have an integrated card reader.
Quite Small Display Diagonal
At only 39.6 centimeters, the Asus MB168 has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other PC displays of this age and type. Across all the PC monitors that are a similar age to the MB168 the screen sizes range from 8.9cm to 440cm.
Quite Narrow Vertical Viewing Angle
At only 120 degrees, the Asus MB168 has a fairly narrow vertical viewing angle compared to most of the other PC displays of this spec and age. The vertical viewing angles of PC displays that are a similar age to the MB168 range from 40° to 180°.
Quite Narrow Horizontal Viewing Angle
With a horizontal viewing angle of only 140 degrees, the Asus MB168 has a quite narrow horizontal viewing angle compared to most of the other PC displays of this age and spec. The average horizontal viewing angle of PC displays that were released more than two years ago is 150°.
Only Has One Cable Included
The number of cables included found on the Asus MB168 is more than most small monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most commonly found cable included is VGA, but this cable included is not found on this PC screen. The cables included USB are also found on this Asus flatpanel monitor.
Quite Slow Response Time
Across all the PC screens of a comparable age and spec to the MB168 the response times range from 2ms to 44ms, and the average response time is 6.3ms. At 11 milliseconds, the Asus MB168 has a fairly slow response time compared to most of the other PC displays of this age and type.
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Released Over Three Years Ago
It was over three years ago when Asus released the MB168.
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