Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

The Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE ($ 399) incorporates strengths from previous Asus laptops, including Editors’ Choice award-winning ZenScreen Touch (MB16AMT), while adding game-centric features like high refresh rate and Nvidia G-Sync compatibility. , well-rounded portable screen for gamers and multimedia lovers. Although it has a premium price for a 15.6-inch mobile screen, it is packed with features such as a built-in battery, speakers and support legs as well as an included soft carrying case. It performed well in our brightness and contrast test, and its excellent sRGB color coverage makes it a great choice for viewing photos and video. The ROG Strix gets an Editors’ Choice nod as an excellent portable screen if you’re looking for one on the larger side.


A ROG screen for the road

The XG16AHPE measures 0.5 x 8.9 x 14.2 inches and weighs just under 2 pounds and is reasonably compact for a 15.6-inch portable panel, especially considering its built-in battery and speakers. It provides 1080p or full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) resolution and uses in-plane switching (IPS) technology. As is typical of IPS monitors, Asus has very wide viewing angles, rated at 178 degrees for both vertical and horizontal. I saw a minimum of color distortion or posterization, even when I saw the screen from extreme off-center positions.

The XG16AHPE is one of several newly introduced portable gaming monitors in the ROG Strix stable. This black-clad display is a close cousin of the white ROG Strix XG16AHP-W, which for $ 50 more ($ 449) provides a stand instead of a fold-out support. (In design, the XG16AHP-W’s stand is similar to those of the company’s Republic of Gamers desktop screens, consisting of a short, blunt back support and two long, thin arms spread out in front to form a V.) The series also includes two 17.3- inch portable monitors, each clad in black and rated for breathtaking 240Hz refresh rates – XG17AHP ($ 539.99) with tripod and XG17AHPE ($ 489) without.

Although cheaper than these models, the XG16AHPE does not come cheap. It’s priced slightly higher than other premium 15.6-inch laptop screens such as the espresso screen ($ 369) and Asus’ ZenScreen Touch ($ 379.98).

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE side ports

On the lower left edge of the screen there are two USB-C ports (one for powering your laptop, the other for DisplayPort over USB), a micro HDMI port – the device comes with a micro HDMI to HDMI cable and one with USB-C connectors at both ends — and a headphone jack if you do not want to use the two 1-watt speakers. The latter offer only modest volume, but their sound quality is slightly better than similar setups.

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE controller

At the top right is the power button and three on-screen navigation buttons (OSD). The OSD has the usual range of options for adjusting brightness, contrast, color, input and other settings, and it adds a gaming submenu that lets you enable a variable refresh rate and choose from eight game modes such as MOBA, FPS, RTS / RPG and Racing. A GamePlus option allows you to add crosshairs, a timer or an FPS counter. In addition, Asus DisplayWidget software allows you to adjust many of these and similar settings from your desktop.

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE rear view

Attached to the back of the monitor is a smartly designed support leg that unfolds along a diagonal and supports the XG16AHPE, whether in landscape or portrait mode. It’s easier to set up and more versatile than the regular origami-style racks made of rigid table that folds along folds and sticks to a laptop via a magnetic strip, but less convenient than a built-in, hinged stand like the ones available. on the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 and ThinkVision M14t or the detachable hinged stand offered as an option for the espresso screen.

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE stand

The ROG Strix XG16AHPE comes with a soft black carrying case with a zipper with a transparent mesh zipper pocket at the front and a velcro-sealed sleeve at the back.

Built into the screen is a 7,800mAh battery, which Asus says provides up to three hours of use at a refresh rate of 144Hz, with a fast charging feature that promises two hours of use after one hour of charging. While uncommon in other portable monitors, we’ve seen this feature in other Asus inputs, such as the ZenScreen Touch and ZenScreen Go, as well as the other monitors in the company’s product line mentioned above.


Test of the Asus XG16AHPE: Light, with excellent color coverage

I performed our usual color and brightness tests for the Asus XG16AHPE using a Klein K10-A colorimeter, a Murideo SIX-G signal generator, and Portrait Displays CalMAN software. I measured the luminance of the panel (brightness per unit area) at 272 candelas per unit area. square meters (nits), slightly below its nominal 300 nits, but still very good for a portable screen.

Strix fell short of Lenovo ThinkVision M14’s 280 nits, but can see ThinkVision M14t (261 nits), ViewSonic VG1655 (245 nits) and Asus ZenScreen Touch (240 nits). Most laptop screens we have tested fall in the range of 180 to 220 nits. The XG16AHPE delivered a contrast ratio of 1,170: 1 in our test, significantly better than its 800: 1 rating. (See more about how we test monitors.)

In our color scale test, the XG16AHPE showed excellent coverage of the sRGB color space – the standard scale for online art and many other applications. Asus estimates its coverage at 97.1% of sRGB, while our test gave a score of 97.7%. (See the chromaticity or color coverage chart below.)

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE color gamut

This is one of the best results we have seen from a laptop screen; most cover only 60% to 72% of the sRGB space. Lenovo ThinkVision M14 and M14t scored about 97% apiece, while Lepow Lite H1 got a score of 99%. The 15-inch espresso display even topped these standouts, covering 100% of the sRGB scale.

In addition to our quantitative testing, I also saw some of the standard video clips and images we use in testing. I was pleased with the richness and accuracy of the color of the screen. The screen did well in preserving the photo contrast and dynamic range of the video, and showed clear details in both light and dark areas.

A contrast ratio that is better than average for an IPS screen should serve XG16AHPE well in gameplay, where the ability to distinguish e.g. an enemy in the shadows can prove to be critical. Precise color fidelity is less important in a gaming panel, where aesthetics usually take the back seat in the heat of battle, but it’s a plus nonetheless. This is especially true because its versatility makes Asus more than just a gaming screen, but also a great choice as a photo and video display screen.

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE logo

The XG16AHPE offers a better user experience than the MSI Optix MAG161V, another 15.6-inch portable gaming panel. MSI also beat its rated contrast ratio, delivering 1,066: 1 and having a similar pair of speakers. But we measured its brightness at low 192 nits; it covered only 64.4% percent of the sRGB color space; and its maximum refresh rate is the usual 60Hz non-gaming standard. (At the time of writing, MAG161V is not widely available, probably due to the ongoing supply chain crisis.)

Front view of the Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE

The Asus XG16AHPE will also appeal to multimedia consumers – movie viewers and photo fans – thanks to its very good sRGB color coverage. Among the few popular features that it lacks are a touch screen and a mini-joystick controller for OSD, which is found on both Asus’ ZenScreen Touch and ViewSonic’s TD1655 (the latter also costs $ 100 less than the XG16AHPE). If you prefer a full-fledged stand over a built-in support leg, you can consider either the Asus XG16AHP-W or the 17-inch Asus XG17AHP.


Prepared for game and media viewing

Although you can get a good portable screen for less money than you pay for the ROG Strix XG16AHPE, and it lacks a few things we’ve seen on other mobile screens, it has no critical omissions. The screen features a wealth of gaming features such as high refresh rate, G-Sync compatibility, low input delay and a built-in battery, speakers and stand. It also provides good brightness and a relatively high contrast ratio. Its excellent sRGB coverage is less critical for gamers, but simply adds to its appeal as an all-around portable entertainment screen.

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