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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Top Rated Comments

gkarris Avatar
110 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:
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KPOM Avatar
110 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
crsh1976 Avatar
110 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.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
talkybear Avatar
110 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?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
weatherwax Avatar
110 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?
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NOTNlCE Avatar
110 months ago
Big fan of ASUS's USB displays. I got one real cheap (like $50 vs the 110 or whatever) and love it.
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