ASUS Portable USB Monitor

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I have owned an Asus Portable USB Monitor since 2016.  I have traveled the world with it and it is the most important productivity tool I own.

If you’ve ever used dual monitors you know what I’m talking about.

I take this full HD (1920×1080), 15.4 inch screen everywhere I go.  It is as thin as a magazine, light as feather, and fits easily in my laptop case.  It connects to my laptop via USB (or USB-C) and requires no additional power adapter.  The screen quality is excellent and it works in portrait or landscape orientation.

A perfect product.

I’m not kidding about traveling the world with it…

Digital Nomad cambodia asus portable monitor
Me rocking dual monitors at Angkor Hub in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Thingpad Digital Nomad workstation
My engineering workstation in Bangkok.

The stand I use

The monitor comes with a case that doubles as a stand.  It’s a great case, but a horrible stand.  It has a large footprint on the table and only has 2 angle positions.

After much searching, I found the ideal stand that is also compact/lightweight/inexpensive.  It is damn near infinitely adjustable and works great with smaller items like a phone or tablet.

Enter the Amazon Basics Adjustable Tablet Stand.

Amazon Basics Tablet Stand
The Amazon Basics tablet stand compared to the Asus stand in the lower right photo.

Which Asus Portable Monitor to choose?

The two models to consider both have 1920×1080 resolutions which is ideal for these 15.4 inch screens.

I recommend the latest model which is the Zen Monitor.  It has two major improvement over the model I own.  One, it works with BOTH USB and USB-C.  Two, it has a small hole in the bottom corner that allows you to use a pen as an expedient stand rather than the bulky case.

See below for more info:


Sale
ASUS MB169B+ 15.6" Full HD 1920x1080 IPS USB Portable...

  • This is what I have, only works with standard USB, but is more affordable


AmazonBasics Adjustable Tablet Holder Stand - Compatible...

  • Featherweight and compact
  • I travel with two – one for monitor and one for propping up phone on kitchen counter

 

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