Joined on 07/03/22
Perfect as a super portable 2nd display for my wandering office setup
Pros: -Super thin, light, and portable -Decent picture/colours/brightness for the price and compact design. -The kickstand is pretty slick. It feels secure, doesn't really add any discernable bulk to the frame, and it has a pretty small footprint on my desk when in use, especially in landscape mode. The Auto rotation feature works well once you download the software and drivers for it. I think I remember reading that it has two different viewing angles you can set it at but I didn't play around with that much as it's mostly been on a mount. -The tripod-style mount point on the back was a specific requirement I had in mind for both models I was considering. It works well with the camera ball head I am using but it's kind of annoying to screw it on and remove it and it makes me nervous threading something into the back of such a thin frame. I'm considering the addition of some sort of quick disconnect hardware I can add to the setup without losing the swivel ability of the camera ball head, but I'm also a bit concerned about blocking the kickstand from folding out when I just wanna use it on a flat surface. There's a semi-circle cutout where the mount point is, but it doesn't leave a ton of clearance room if there's anything I'd like to leave attached for convenience. -There's both a USB-C and USB-A cables that come with it, which makes it a bit more backwards compatible but I have like 3 of each port and already use more of the A-type, so it doesn't really affect me. Nice to have options though.
Cons: -Ever so slightly heavier than the MB166C - this was my biggest concern and one of the reasons I was torn between the two because this one was borderline at the max weight recommendation for the weakest position on the mount I wanted to use with it with. However, after trying them both it didn't seem to struggle or sag with the weight at all. You can't even really tell the difference by holding them, I was just thinking I'd be safer erring on the side of lightnessif all other things were equal. -The case for it is just OK. While I appreciate the slim factor - it doesn't feel all that padded so I probably won't be comfortable storing it in my office supplies bin unless I wrap it in some bubble wrap or something for additional protection. It's probably sufficient to throw into a laptop bag though.
Overall Review: I work in Film and Television, so every few weeks when one gig wraps up and I start on something new, I never really know where I'm gonna wind up office space-wise. So I have to be able to pack up my setup into bins and either store it during downtime or haul it to a new place. This can vary from my own office with lots of desk space, to a folding table in a warehouse, to a hotel room coffee table depending on the budget and location. I wanted something super portable that I could easily set up and tear down or attach to a customizable mount system that I can piece together to suit the needs of any space. I mostly need it for clerical and web browsing purposes so I can't speak to more graphics-heavy usages, but so far, I'm a couple of weeks into using it and it's exactly what I was looking for!
Bought two very similar ASUS Zenscreens and opted to return this one
Pros: -Slightly lighter weight than MB16ACV -Lower price -Newer release date of this one -I'd seen people not liking the case/stand but I liked it more than I thought, it just had a larger footprint on my desk than the MB16ACV's built in stand. However, I was planning to mount it most of the time so this wouldn't have been a deal breaker for me. -The tripod-style mount point on the back was a specific requirement I had in mind for both
Cons: -The larger stand footprint (though I did like the case stand more than I expected to) -Couldn't get it to work with the software (if you don't care about the ability to auto-rotate, this might not matter to you) -Could be a downside for some but didn't affect me at all: There is only the USB-C option for power/display connection. The other one had both USB-C and USB-A but I have more than one C port so I never even took that into consideration.
Overall Review: So I bought this one and another very similar model (MB16ACV) to try and decide between the two. The major tie-breaker between these two is that I couldn't get the Asus Display Widget to recognize it. The website didn't have drivers available for Windows 11, despite this being the newer of the two models. The one I wound up keeping (MB16ACV) did have windows 11 drivers available and was recognized by the software no problem. This one still displayed the screen and otherwise functioned well, but you'd have to use the physical buttons and the kind of awkward menu settings on the device to try to change any features/settings instead being able to change the settings in the software with your mouse. Furthermore, I think you can only enable the auto-rotate feature through the software. I know it had the potential to work because for some reason when I had both screens plugged in at once, the auto-rotate feature was working on both of them. The software was listing 3 screens - my laptop screen which it couldn't recognize (different brand), this one which it didn't recognize, and then the other Asus model, which it gave me settings and features for. At that point if turned either of them on their side, they'd each rotate accordingly and independently. But if I unplugged the other model, this one would go back to being static no matter what I did. I tried swapping the cables that came with each, as well as all 3 of my USB-C ports and got the same results each time. Maybe I could have troubleshooted it more and got this one recognized by the software eventually, but the differences between the two were so minimal it didn't seem worth the effort so I just let that be the decision-maker and am keeping the other one over this one. If you don't care about auto-rotate or don't intend to use the software at all, this one looked just as good and is slightly cheaper and ever so slightly lighter!