USB Connection, ASUS Monitor Make Perfect Travel Tech


Mobile technology has definitely made life easier for entrepreneurs and professionals who travel regularly. But certain types of professionals such as designers, presenters, video editors and photographers can’t always work on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Luckily, for those who need a larger screen to really see their work, there is a solution. Author and columnist David Pogue wrote about his journey to find the perfect travel solution on Yahoo Tech.

Pogue was working on a couple of computer related books over the summer while doing a lot of traveling. Since he used the book layouts in InDesign, this task was particularly tricky on a small screen. He explained:

“In the past, I’ve tried working on a laptop screen, by constantly zooming, unzooming, and painstakingly scrolling. But the screen is just too small. It’s like mowing your lawn with fingernail clippers.”

That’s when Pogue discovered DisplayLink, a type of technology that lets users connect their laptop to a display screen using nothing but a USB connection. This opened the doors for plenty of tech companies to offer light, thin screens with higher resolution than many different travel-size devices.

The problem with some of them, though, is that their resolution is similar to that of some laptops. So if you travel with a smaller device, they still could help. But if you’re looking for something with more pixels than a laptop screen, you need to shop carefully.

The monitor Pogue went with was the ASUS MB168B+. The name might be difficult to remember, but its capabilities shouldn’t be, according to Pogue. Aside from a few minor complaints like the lack of a proper stand and loss of some abilities when connected with Apple devices, he’s been thrilled with the results.

And since so many business owners and professionals are working during their travels, this type of technology is likely to get even more prominent. In the future, there may be an abundance of travel monitors for different specialties and different capabilities. But until then, there’s at least one option that gives creative professionals the resolution they need without tons of extra cords and equipment.


Annie Pilon Annie Pilon is a Senior Staff Writer for Small Business Trends, covering entrepreneur profiles, interviews, feature stories, community news and in-depth, expert-based guides. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring all that her home state of Michigan has to offer.

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  1. This is quite cool. I think that bigger screens are in. Phones now have bigger screens and so do tablets. We need something like this in educational institutions as well.

    • Certain tasks just require a bigger screen. This is nice because you can choose to use it sometimes and not others without having to plug in or move around a lot of things.