The Asus ZenScreen Fold MQ17QH is a portable monitor with a 17.3 inch, 2560 x 1920 pixel OLED display. But it’s a foldable display, which means that you can close the screen like a laptop for easy transportation or unfold it when you want extra screen space for your laptop, tablet, or other mobile devices.

Asus says the portable display has a built-in stand that lets you position the screen to give you more space above a laptop, or prop it up on a tablet next to your PC or other devices. With support for landscape or portrait orientations, you can think of it as one big screen with a 4:3 (or 3:4) aspect ratio, or two side-by-side 1920 x 1280 pixel (16:9) displays.

If all of this talk about a 17.3 inch, 2.5K foldable OLED display on an Asus device is ringing a bell, that’s because the ZenScreen Fold is basically what you get if you take the screen from the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED and use it for a portable monitor rather than a foldable laptop/tablet hybrid computer.

But since there’s no processor, memory, or storage under the hood, the portable display will be a little more affordable than that foldable computer, which sold for $3500 at launch. It’s still not exactly cheap though: the ZenScreen Fold is expected to sell for $2000 when it hits the streets. Big foldable OLED displays are still rare, and they’re still expensive.

Asus says the ZenScreen Fold measures less than 10mm (0.4 inches) thick when fully opened, and weighs 1.17kg (about 2.6 pounds), making it the size of a rather compact laptop.

It has two USB Type-C ports for video and power input (there’s no battery, as far as I can tell), as well as a mini HDMI port and headphone jack for audio out.

via Asus

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  1. The image showing it being used with the Nintendo Switch isn’t possible. The Switch isn’t capable of scaling to a 4:3 screen. It only outputs a 16:9 image.

  2. The most generous explanation I can give is that maybe they just need more panels to meet minimum order quantities than they’d sell in folding screen laptops. But under different circumstances I could almost see myself getting one provided it had pressure sensitive stylus support. Which it doesn’t.

    1. I’d say it is pretty rational to make such an offering since portable displays (and lapdocks) are a thing now and it is only logical to use this foldable technology for that in particular, along with foldable laptops which I also like as an idea – those things stretch the space of what is possible for nomads and people who try to maximize mobility and flexibility with their setup.

      One thing I’m concerned about here though is that pretty much none of these new OLED offerings of late specify anything about PWM; whether it is used or not, and if it is – what frequency is used, etc. There is a section on Notebookcheck website with a big table of devices and test results in that sense but those are contingent on someone actually making a measurement as a part of a complete device review.

      Incidentally, I’m writing this from a portable Asus OLED display and right now I use it to alleviate stress on my eyes but it is still not an ultimate solution since AFAIK, according to Notebookcheck review, it uses 485 Hz PWM which also gives a visual subsystem of a brain a degree of stress it seems. I bought the device without checking about it first with the wrong presumption that it would be only logical that latest OLED technology would have such basic things as no-PWM sorted by default but such a presumption was clearly wrong.

      This “eye” stress seems to be such a problem for some people in particular that e-Ink monitors and portable displays are now also becoming a thing..