The 15.6-inch MB168B+ portable USB-powered monitor needs just one USB cable for both its video signal and power to deliver up to a Full HD resolution. Thanks to the higher bandwidth of USB 3.0,...
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Seven Industry Awards
This small monitor has received seven awards from PC screen experts.
This LCD screen received an "Editor's Choice" from both Laptopmag.com and Tweaktown.com, both of which decided that this flatpanel monitor was exceptional.
The experts at two other expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this small monitor. This LCD screen received a "Recommended" award from both Gagadget.com and Compress.ru.
The reviewers at two additional expert review sites both said that this PC display was great. This flatpanel monitor received a "Silver Award" from Hardware.info and Uk.hardware.info gave it a "Silver" award.
Ua.gecid.com decided that this flatpanel monitor was innovative and gave it their "Innovation Award".
On average, based on 160 user reviews this PC display has an overall user rating of 80%.
Very Low Running Costs
Based on typical usage levels and energy prices we estimate that the MB168B+ will cost only £9 over 5 years to run, which is in the cheapest 1% of all 264 LCD screens of a comparable age and spec.
Twelve people who purchased the Asus MB168B+ concluded that it was good value for money. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “Screen resolution is good is sufficient for the price”. Three years ago David mentioned in his Asus MB168B+ review “Superb product, great price, wish it was slightly brigher” and rated the Asus MB168B+ 4 stars. Dirk wrote last year “A great product at a great price, for anyone who needs a mobile office”.
A few Asus MB168B+ owners who reviewed the Asus MB168B+ mentioned that it was a bargain for the price. Amazon Customer rated it 4 stars and said “Instead have used a ipad stand acquired from a very cheap high street store” in their review. Edward M mentioned on Amazon “Contrary to my expectations, this panel was not plagued by the usual washed-out blueish colours that most cheap laptop screens have” in his review of the Asus MB168B+ and rated the Asus MB168B+ as very good. Edward M also mentioned “I invested in a very cheap tablet stand to use at my desk, which is compact enough to fit in my laptop bag”.
A number of customers thought it was cheap. Ready Steady said in January last year “I realise it is cheap & you don't need an expensive graphics card if you want several of them running at the same time” although they rated it 1 stars. Three years ago Yander wrote “I am very impressed for an inexpensive little travel monitor”.
Good Product Quality
A few Asus MB168B+ owners who reviewed it concluded that it was good quality. Amazon Customer said “Video playback quality is good” and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Last year Edward M wrote “Very thin, great quality display” in his review. Freddy Lightening mentioned “It's well made, plenty bright” however despite that he only gave the product a score of 20 out of 100.
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A number of Asus MB168B+ reviewers who purchased it considered that it was good in terms of USB connections. Daniel mentioned “Fantastic thin and light USB monitor” in his review of this PC monitor and rated it 4 stars. Dragon gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and mentioned on Amazon “Since this is USB based I wouldn't suggest you try gaming on it, seems to do ok for playing videos though” in their review of the Asus MB168B+. Maxim V. mentioned “I suppose the USB option works fine if you want to use it to show pictures to others for example, basic stuff like that” in their Asus MB168B+ review.
Easy to Use
Ten Asus MB168B+ owners concluded that the product was easy to use. A J Fletcher said “Easy to use and lightweight” in their review and rated this PC monitor 80 out of 100. In January last year Dirk mentioned “Now I'm back at base, I use this display (in its handy case/stand) next to my large Samsung display” in his review of this PC monitor. Jt gave it an excellent review score and mentioned in their review of this PC monitor also in January last year “Incredibly easy to use (plug in and it's working!”.
Four customers said in their reviews that the Asus MB168B+ was easy to setup. Jt wrote on Amazon “Easy to set up” and gave this PC monitor a rating of 5 stars. Yahoo.com mentioned “Light (about 1.5 pounds), thin, low-power, simple to set up” in their review.
A few people who purchased it considered that it was thin. Yander mentioned on Amazon “A very lightweight, slim and portable companion for my late 2013 MacBook Pro 15”. Techgoondu.com wrote “The Taiwanese manufacturer's MB168B+ slim screen is surely one of the smartest”.
A few people wrote in their reviews that it was lightweight. Advent7 mentioned last year “Lightweight and fits easily into the "sleeve" on my laptop bag” in their review of this PC monitor. Maxim V. mentioned in their review of this PC monitor “Pros - lightweight”. Three years ago Nicholas wrote on Amazon “An excellent lightweight monitor” and scored the product 4 stars.
A few Asus MB168B+ owners who reviewed the Asus MB168B+ concluded that it was compact. Mr Nigel K Newman said “Nice compact monitor with single USB connection - good value” in his review of this PC monitor. A number of people who bought the product concluded that it was easy to carry around. Viv wrote “Light so easy to carry around” .
Good Picture Quality
Four people said that it had good colour saturation. Macman mentioned in their Asus MB168B+ review on Amazon “Knocked it down a star as colours seem washed out to me” and scored the product 4 stars. Mikey scored the product 5 stars and wrote two years ago “See 'cons' below) on my Windows 7 Pro/64 bit machine * Screen is nice and bright with good colours and viewing angles * Resolution offers a good price/performance option”. Rob Edworthy he mentioned in his review “REALLY clear and bright colours”.
A few customers who purchased the Asus MB168B+ concluded that it had a wide viewing angle. Mikey mentioned “I use the latter as it provides the best viewing angle for me” and gave this PC monitor a score of 5 stars. Some people thought this PC monitor had good picture quality. Two years ago Mr. G. Dickinson wrote “The resolution and image quality are excellent” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.
Some people wrote that the product was well made. Freddy Lightening said “So it needs another monitor to function properly (wether built in one on a laptop or normal monitor on a desktop” however despite that he only rated the product 1 stars. Naoise Gaffney mentioned two years ago “Has a solid look and feel, yet is light enough to carry with me when on the road”. Thomas Munro wrote “The screen seems to be well made and lightweight and generally as advertised”.
Some customers who reviewed the Asus MB168B+ reckoned that it was strong and durable. Amazon Customer said in their review of this PC monitor on Amazon in January last year “The case it comes with doubles as a sturdy stand (in landscape mode at least” and scored it 5 stars. Richard Stokes wrote “This means it is more robust” and gave the Asus MB168B+ an excellent rating.
One customer who bought the product thought it was reliable. Maxim V. wrote in their review of the Asus MB168B+ on Amazon “Beware! Don't buy! Horrible reliability and support”.
Some Asus MB168B+ owners who bought it reckoned that it was good looking. Dragon mentioned “For a portable monitor you can setup quickly it's pretty handy, particularly if you are someone who hotdesks” in their review. James Buffalo rated it 5 stars and he wrote on Amazon “It looks so slim and Sexy” in his review of the Asus MB168B+. Mikey said on Amazon “For me, I'm pleased with this and glad I saved the money * The case feels pretty sturdy and reasonably attractive”.
One person mentioned in their reviews that the Asus MB168B+ was smooth. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “Lacking the hardware required to do justice to smooth movies and fast-changing games, they've remained niche products” and gave the Asus MB168B+ a score of 80 out of 100.
The MB168B+ is a popular choice of PC screen.
Asus Flatpanel Monitors Have Good Reviews
We calculated the average ratings for all Asus LCD screens and also specifically for Asus small monitors and found that in both cases Asus had good ratings.
1920 X 1080 (HD 1080) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The MB168B+ has a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080). That's 62% more resolution than the most common supported graphics resolutions of 1280 x 1024 (SXGA).
A 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) supported graphics resolutions is in fact the best resolution across all PC displays of this age and type.
A 720 x 400 supported graphics resolutions is the worst resolution across comparable types of PC display.
The average weight of PC screens of this age and type is 3.3kg, and the weights range from 3.3g to 19kg. When compared to other comparable spec LCD screens that have been on the market for a similar time to the MB168B+, the Asus MB168B+'s weight of only 800 grams is one of the lightest.
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One person who reviewed the product considered that it did not have good technical guidance. Fmpv said “Can't help holding it like a 15 inch ipad!” in their review of the Asus MB168B+ but they gave it a rating of 5 stars.
Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)
The MB168B+ does not have a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other PC screens of this spec and age also do not have a built-in speaker(s).
Most comparable spec PC screens that have been available for around the same time as the MB168B+ are not 3D. The MB168B+ is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.
Does Not Have a Built-In Camera
The Asus MB168B+ does not have a built-in camera. Most of the other LCD screens that have been available for around the same time as the MB168B+ also do not have a built-in camera.
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Does Not Have a Card Reader Integrated
The Asus MB168B+ does not have a card reader integrated, although it is worth noting that most of the other flatpanel monitors of this spec and age also do not have a card reader integrated.
Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution
The Asus MB168B+ has a maximum display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. That's 20% less display resolution than the most frequently found display resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels. The best display resolution of all PC monitors that were launched around the same time as the MB168B+ is 1920 x 1080 pixels and the worst is 1024 x 768 pixels.
Quite Small Display Diagonal (metric)
The MB168B+ has one of the smaller display diagonal (metric)s (only 39.6 centimeters) amongst small monitors of this age. Across all the small monitors that are a comparable age to the MB168B+ the display diagonal (metric)s range from 8.9cm to 490cm.
Very Narrow Viewing Angle, Vertical
With a viewing angle, vertical of only 65 degrees, the Asus MB168B+ has a quite narrow viewing angle, vertical compared to most of the other PC displays of a comparable age and type to the MB168B+. The narrowest viewing angle, vertical of flatpanel monitors of a similar age and spec to the MB168B+ is 40°, the widest is 180°, and the average viewing angle, vertical is 140°.
Very Narrow Viewing Angle, Horizontal
With a viewing angle, horizontal of only 90 degrees, the Asus MB168B+ has one of the narrower viewing angle, horizontals amongst similar spec LCD screens of this age. PC screens of a comparable spec and age to the MB168B+ have viewing angle, horizontals of between 40° and 180°, and the average viewing angle, horizontal is 150°.
Very Dim Display Brightness
Comparable spec PC screens that have been available for around the same time as the MB168B+ have display brightnesss of between 180 cd/m² and 400 cd/m². At only 200 candellas per square meter, the Asus MB168B+ has a quite dim display brightness compared to most of the other flatpanel monitors of a similar age and type to the MB168B+.
Only Has One Cables Included
The number of cables included found on the Asus MB168B+ is more than most PC monitors of a similar age and type to it. The most frequently found cables included is VGA, but this cables included is not found on this PC display. The cables includeds USB are also found on this LCD screen.
Quite Slow Response Time
The MB168B+ has one of the slower response times (11 milliseconds) amongst comparable spec PC screens of this age. Across all the small monitors that have been on the market for around the same time as the MB168B+ the response times range from 2ms to 44ms.
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Released Over Three Years Ago
Asus released the MB168B+ over three years ago.
The MB168B+ has an LCD display which is better than most flatpanel monitors of this age and spec. Most similar spec flatpanel monitors that have been around for around the same time as it have an LED display.
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