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ASUS Announces First Portable 15.6-Inch USB-C Display

ASUS today announced the first single-cable USB display that comes equipped with a USB Type-C port, allowing it to work with Apple's Retina MacBook and other USB-C machines. The MB196C+ portable display includes a 15.6-inch screen with a 1080p resolution.

The new monitor is the successor to the USB-powered ASUS' MB168B+, which came out two years ago. It features the same metallic finish and two-way adjustable stand, but according to Engadget, the display panel in the new model has been upgraded to IPS for improved colors and viewing angles.

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With the monitor's single USB-C cable, a Retina MacBook can power the display without the need for a second power cord. ASUS' MB169C+ is just 8.5mm thick and it weighs approximately 1.8 pounds, making it a good companion monitor for the ultra thin Retina MacBook.

ASUS hasn't shared details on availability or pricing, but its retail cost may be similar to the prior MB168B+, which retails for $200 to $300.

Tags: Asus, CES 2016


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12 months ago
If the monitor only has one USB-C port, and the MacBook only has one, how do you plug it into the wall? :eek:
Rating: 6 Votes
12 months ago

If the monitor only has one USB-C port, and the MacBook only has one, how do you plug it into the wall? :eek:

Unfortunately, you don't. This would be a lot more useful if it had pass-through charging support.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 months ago
This USB-C thing is so confusing. So you can send video/receive video/send power/receive power all on one cable, or are there multiple types of USB-C cables?

For example, if two devices both with batteries are connected to each other via USB-C, how would they decide which one will power the other?
Rating: 2 Votes
12 months ago
I don't think I've ever actually seen someone with a portable monitor... folks that have one, where are you taking it and how frequently?
Rating: 2 Votes
12 months ago
That'll go great with that double USB-C adapter to allow you to both use an external display and charge at the same time!

Oh wait.
Rating: 2 Votes
12 months ago

I don't think I've ever actually seen someone with a portable monitor... folks that have one, where are you taking it and how frequently?


Whenever we need to make presentations in the field, on-site to either larger crews or clients or partners or whomever, we have a few Wacom 12" externals handy, to plug into the truck & use. These would be a lot cleaner than the clunky wire bundle that Wacom still uses. If only these had touchscreens...
Rating: 1 Votes
12 months ago
From what I can see in the pictures it does not have power passthru, so it does run off the Macbook's battery. Or you need some kind of USB-C hub to be able to hook up both the monitor and charger at the same time.

I was also surprised to see that for some reason they did not use a USB-C connector on the monitor itself, it has a USB 3.0 Micro-B port.

Two big design mistakes in my opinion.
Rating: 1 Votes
12 months ago
So it's light at 1.8 lbs. But would people really prefer to carry 2 things (this display and a 2 lb MacBook) around vs a much more powerful 15"rMBP that's just 0.69 lbs heavier?
Rating: 1 Votes
12 months ago
Big fan of ASUS's USB displays. I got one real cheap (like $50 vs the 110 or whatever) and love it.
Rating: 1 Votes
12 months ago

If the monitor only has one USB-C port, and the MacBook only has one, how do you plug it into the wall? :eek:


The MacBook comes with a battery, so it can actually operate without a wall attachment.
Rating: 1 Votes

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