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Doesn't work on all USB 3.0
on April 13, 2016
Mine was purchased from "Amazon.com LLC" and while it was inside a larger box that was sealed the actual product package was already opened.
There were finger prints on the device and the power cable bag was cut open. The case that comes with it and instructions were still sealed.
Bad news for Surface Pro 3 owners (and apparently some laptop owners).
Product descriptions says this on Amazon and Asus' specification page:
- 15.6-inch Full HD portable USB-powered monitor with a single USB 3.0 cable for power and data transmission
- The MB169B+ is backwards compatible with a notebook or desktop PC USB 2.0 port. Please note: USB 2.0 connection may affect brightness settings and image quality.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't see that it specifies that it will "only" work on "some" USB 3.0 devices. So to be clear this "DOES NOT" work on a Surface Pro 3 native USB 3.0 port (and some laptops as other reviews have stated). It will work however if you purchase a USB hub that supplies enough power. I have an Anker USB 3.0 hub with 12V / 5A AC, which apparently is enough. Or you could get a Y cable and try and plug it into the power adapter of the SP3 (I have not tried this since I had a hub). In any case if it says it can work on USB 3.0 and 2.0 I expect it to, and this does not. It loses a lot of it's portability if you have to carry a hub with you all the time as well.
When your past trying to figure out what can power this device it performs as expected. Colors and sharpness are average for such devices (though comparing it to the SP3 very desaturated, not as sharp, and 20% less bright) but you have to consider that the SP3 has one of the best LED LCD's on the market for mobile devices and costs more. Very slim and light weight for the size of the screen. Case is nice for a case but bad as a stand. Also can't attach power cable to case. The matted screen for me is preferred over the glass and highly reflective screen of the SP3
[Edit] With the Anker USB 3.0 you can power two of these both without a Y cable. Also unlike some have claimed that one has to be plugged into a native port on the device while the other can be through a hub, both can go through the Anker hub