This is serious news… a portable 240Hz monitor for gamers, woah!
Portable USB monitors are no stranger to Computex, but this year, ASUS brought us something a little more ambitious: the world’s first 240Hz portable gaming monitor. The ROG Strix XG17 features a 17.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD, and it’s a high-end affair that offers an adaptive refresh rate of up to 240Hz, along with a 3ms response time. In fact, this is apparently the same speedy matte panel made available on ASUS’ Strix Scar III and Hero III laptops. The monitor also comes with built-in stereo speakers, a magnetic kickstand flip cover plus an internal battery. The latter is good for three hours when maxed out at 240Hz, and it supports Quick Charge 3.0 plus USB Power Delivery.
So what can you play on it? The XG17 offers both micro HDMI and USB-C (DisplayPort) for video input, so all you need to do is plug in a PC, a Nintendo Switch or even a smartphone — like an ROG Phone, as we saw in the demo area. But of course, you’ll want to pair this monitor with a relatively powerful gaming PC to get the most out of its silky smooth 240Hz refresh rate. According to ASUS, any laptop starting with an NVIDIA RTX 2060 or GTX 1070 should be able to run most first-person shooters at both 1080p and above 144Hz.