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Asus made a big portable OLED monitor you can fold in half

Asus made a big portable OLED monitor you can fold in half

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Along with a high-resolution screen, the monitor also comes with USB-C and Mini HDMI ports.

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A woman working at a desk with a laptop. Above the laptop’s screen is the monitor, partly folded, so that it appears there are three working screens: her laptop’s screen, the bottom half of the ZenScreen Fold, and the top half of the ZenScreen Fold.
The ZenScreen Fold OLED monitor propped up above a laptop.
Image: Asus

If you’re a multitasker who wishes you could carry around a second screen without being weighed down, soon, you might be able to. At CES this week, Asus introduced its first foldable OLED monitor, designed to be lugged around without breaking your back or bag.

Positioned as a productivity tool for working on the go, Asus’ ZenScreen Fold OLED monitor features a 17.3-inch screen that could function well as a second display. At the same time, though, it conveniently folds up like a book for easy storage, with a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5-like waterdrop-style hinge to reduce the visibility of the screen crease. And with a profile as thin as 9.7mm when unfolded, it can slip into a bag fairly easily. The whole package weighs 2.65 pounds, which should be manageable in a bag, assuming your laptop is light enough.

My colleague Sean Hollister got to see it in person at CES this week, and those claims seem to stand up. When you fully flatten the screen, the crease really does seem to disappear, and it feels quite portable, even if we wouldn’t exactly describe its heft as featherlight.

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The monitor boasts an OLED screen at 2560 x 1920 resolution, which makes for a sharp display. Asus also claims it covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space and meets the DisplayHDR True Black 500 spec, all of which means it should come with rich colors and deep blacks. It looked great in person, though we weren’t able to raise its brightness above the 80 percent mark.

A game being played on two sides of the Asus ZenScreen Fold OLED (MQ17QH) screen.
Asus positions the ZenScreen Fold OLED (MQ17QH) as a productivity-oriented monitor, but you could technically also use it to game with a friend.

In terms of connectivity, the monitor comes with two USB-C ports as well as a Mini HDMI port, along with a tripod hole. That means you can use the screen with a variety of devices, ranging from laptops to digital cameras.

Asus didn’t share when the monitor will be available or how much it’ll cost.

The Asus ZenScreen Fold OLED wasn’t the only screen capturing attention at this year’s CES. Asus also debuted a new dual-screen OLED laptop, the revamped Zenbook Duo. The 14-inch laptop comes with two 120Hz OLED touchscreens that can expand up to 19.8 inches, along with a removable keyboard.