The all new Asus MB168 may not sound all that noteworthy. Sure the MB168 certainly will make a very good option but even with its 1920x1080 LED-backlit 15.6” screen, the portable LCD seams just like any of the countless other USB-powered monitors available. Even the USB 3.0 interface is not all that unique as many are now using the DisplayLink DL-4000 chipset - as we assume ASUS is - and using a single USB 3.0 port is quickly becoming the de-facto standard. Add in a lackluster stand and there appears to be not much to make the MB168 standout.
Thankfully, the MB168 has a few surprises up its sleeve. Firstly, for people who need a portable monitor, weight and size are very important. In this regards, the MB168's amazingly svelte profile whose weight and thickness measures at 800g and 8mm respectively is going to be highly prized. Add in a metallic finish; automatic image rotation; power saving mode (0W in standby) and a cloth carrying case to the list of features, and the MB168 suddenly looks a lot more tempting.
If all that was not enough, the MB168 also has one more feature: ASUS EzLink Technology. What this does is offload a lot of the graphics processing to the monitor. This means less data needs to be transferred over the USB bus and a lot less chances of image degradation happening. In fact, the MB168 can reportedly handle so much of the graphics work that 5 of these can operate concurrently on a single PC without any problems. The MSRP and release date are unknown at this time, but when it lands it looks to be the ideal companion display for road warriors.