During the 2019 edition of Computex, there was one product from its slew of announcement that boggles my mind. It was the ASUS ROG Strix XG17 Portable Monitor. ASUS ROG Strix XG17 Portable Monitor is, to be precise, a portable gaming monitor which ASUS set its set on gamers who are looking at large display when they game while traveling. Like, how? OK. You have the ROG Strix XG17, but what do the traveling gamers do? Bring along a PC or video game console, or what? God, I have so many questions.
But questions aside, I have to admit that I was smitten by this portable monitor. Seriously, just take a look at it. It makes you want to grab it whether or not it fits the “gaming-on-the-road” bill. Anywho, ROG Strix XG17 is ASUS ROG’s first portable monitor. It has 17.3-inch of screen real estate, a matte fingerprint-resistant IPS panel, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 178-degree viewing angle, supports Adaptive-Sync technology, incredibly thin bezels (save for the chin), built-in collapsible stand, micro-HDMI 2.0 ports, a 3 ms response time, and a pretty impressive max refresh rate of 240 Hz. It can be powered by AC power or via two USB Type-C ports.
It further features a pair of 1W speakers, so you do away with headphones if you so desire (or just forgot to bring). Portability is one of the main selling point here and hence, the ROG Strix XG17 is presented with a profile that is “less than half an inch thick.” Though, the official words did not detail the physical size and weight of the monitor. The ASUS ROG Strix XG17 Portable Monitor was said to be “available soon” (but that was in May) and it was advised that you check with your ROG retailers for information on pricing and availability at your locality.
Wait. We just read that ASUS expect this to be used with a gaming laptop. Well, I guess you have a choice between getting a chunky 17-inch gaming laptop or a smaller gaming laptop and then hook it up to this monitor – that is, of course, if you don’t mind lugging around yet another gadget.
All images courtesy of ASUS.