Asus Builds 14-Inch Portable Monitor With USB Type-C

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Quietly, Asus listed its new ZenScreen MB14AC on its website. This is a 14-inch portable monitor with an IPS panel and USB Type-C for connectivity.

The IPS panel has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, and refreshes at 60 Hz. Peak brightness is rated at 250 cd/㎡, and its contrast ratio is quoted to be 700:1. That's not a very high contrast ratio, but as a second screen we reckon it won't be a priority for most users.

The display is built to accompany you on the go for use as a second screen with laptops, so its USB Type-C connectivity will be appreciated by many. Not only does this send data to the screen, it also sends all the needed power, ensuring you won't have to mess around with extra cables on the go. The data transfer happens with the DisplayPort over USB Type-C protocol. 

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But, if you don't have a port that handles this protocol, you can use the DisplayLink driver for display over USB. This will go at the cost of some performance, but it does mean the Asus ZenScreen MB14C also works on laptops that don't come with USB Type-C.

The display measures 324.94 x 208.03 x 11.2 mm (12.8 x 8.2 x 0.44 inches), and weighs 0.59 kg (1.3 lbs). It comes with a stand to keep it upright in both landscape and portrait orientations, and with a built-in gyroscope will even sense its orientation for you.

No word on pricing or availability yet.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • nibb0r
    There is a typo where you say "MB14C" instead of "MB14AC"

    I think it should be mentioned that the MB16AC monitor has been available for three years and in my opinion, is still the gold standard in 15" portable monitors, and will be until the first good 120Hz+ monitors come. The MB14AC seems to be just the same but with added gyroscopic sensor, smaller included stand, smaller display, and no pen stand hole.

    Though one image on Asus' website for the MB14AC is clearly the MB16AC because you can see the pen stand hole.