With over half of a dozen external displays for laptops in its lineup, ASUS is a company that takes portable monitors seriously. Following that philosophy, this week the company introduced its rather unique ROG Strix XG17AHPE external LCD, a gaming-focused display offering a Full-HD resolution as well as a 240 Hz refresh rate with variable refresh support. The portable monitor even has its own battery, so it will provide a premium gaming experience even away from a power outlet.

The ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE portable display uses a 17.3-inch IPS panel with a 1920×1080 resolution and features a maximum brightness of 300 nits, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, a 3 ms GtG response time, and a maximum refresh rate of 240 Hz refresh rate with VESA’s Adaptive-Sync variable refresh rate technology on top of that. Traditionally for ASUS’s gaming monitors, the ROG Strix XG17AHPE supports GamePlus and GameVisual modes for various genres and types of content, Shadow Boost feature to lighten dark areas in games, and GameFast input technology. The LCD also comes with a stand that can be used to mount the display horizontally or vertically.

Specifications of the ASUS ROG 17.3-Inch
Portable USB-C Monitor
  ROG Strix XG17AHPE
Panel 17.3" IPS
Native Resolution 1920 × 1080
Maximum Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Response Time 3 ms GtG
Brightness 300 cd/m²
Contrast 1000:1
Viewing Angles 178°/178° horizontal/vertical
Pixel Pitch 0.1995 mm²
Pixel Density 127.3 ppi
VRR VESA Adaptive-Sync
Color Gamut Support ?
Inputs USB-C
Micro HDMI 2.0
Audio Built-in ESS Sabre 9118 DAC
Stereo 1W speakers
Launch Price ?

The ROG Strix XG17AHPE is aimed at gamers who want to have a bigger screen to play on while they are travelling, offering an expanded window into virtual worlds for a notebook, console, or even a smartphone. For example, there are 15.6-inch laptops with GPUs powerful enough to push games to 240 FPS, but these games will certainly look better on a larger monitor. Also, it can be used to expand screen real estate of a high-end 17.3-inch laptop (and play in a ’32:9’ aspect ratio). In a bid to further improve gaming experience, the portable display has a built-in ESS Sabre 9118 digital-to-analogue (DAC) for headphones and integrated 1W speakers.

The 17.3-inch portable display from ASUS ROG connects to its host system using a USB Type-C (with DP Alt Mode) or a Micro HDMI 2.0 connector and uses another Type-C port for charging. The monitor has its own 7800 mAh battery that provides up to 3.5 hours of gaming when using a 240 Hz refresh rate.

Otherwise as the display is based on a 17.3-inch panel, the ROG Strix XG17AHPE is not exactly a small device by itself, buyers are typically going to want an appropriate bag. Thankfully, the monitor is fairly thin and light itself; it measures 1 cm thick and weighs 1060 grams.

The external monitor is listed at ASUS’s website, so expect it to be available in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, pricing has yet to be disclosed.

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Source: ASUS

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  • nandnandnand - Friday, January 24, 2020 - link

    I would hook up a Raspberry Pi 4B to that.
  • Valantar - Friday, January 24, 2020 - link

    Please let this be less than $500. Pretty please?
  • amandi - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    According to this article, it's going be to 399 euros, which is around $440:
  • Valantar - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    That is ... surprisingly reasonable. Wow.
  • TheWereCat - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    If its €399 then it will be definitely less than $400 MSRP because prices in € almost always include tax.
  • nerd1 - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    There already are a number of of portable 17" monitor out there. I got one at $170 from aliexpress (albeit only 60hz)
  • Valantar - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    Yes, and? Are they 240Hz? Do they support variable refresh rates? Do most of them have built-in batteries? Do they come with warranties that actually apply in western countries? No. Besides, most cheap AE (and similar) portable monitors have terrible brightness, contrast and color accuracy. See for example this: https://www.notebookcheck.net/MageDok-15-Portable-...

    Do you comment on news of new laptops launching with "Company X already makes a number of laptops" also?
  • nerd1 - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    BC it seems lot of people do not know the existence of portable 17" monitor.

    And mine is quite good, I use it side by side with clevo and razer laptops and panels are just as good
  • Valantar - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    Nothing in the comments here suggesting 17" portable monitors are new to people at least.

    As for the panel being just as good - have you actually measured it, and are those panels you're comparing it to calibrated? Do they have wide color gamuts? Judging by eye is ... well, not really sufficient. Far too subjective. I know a lot of Clevo laptops historically have had terrible TN panels, at least.
  • PeachNCream - Saturday, January 25, 2020 - link

    Judging by eye is not sufficient? Why not? You can ONLY see the world through your own eyes so while benchmarks and measurements are useful for pre-purchase comparing and product research, if you are happy with your screen because it looks good to you then why do after the fact numbers matter beyond extending you digital dick measurement to people who could care less about what you own?

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