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ASUS ZenScreen MB16AMT VS ZenScreen MB16AC – Which One to Go For?
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ASUS ZenScreen MB16AMT VS ZenScreen MB16AC – Which One to Go For?

by Aiman MaulanaDecember 3, 2019
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ASUS ZenScreen MB16AMT VS ZenScreen MB16AC

Recently, we reviewed both the ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT and ZenScreen MB16AC portable monitors. Both are capable of boosting your productivity on-the-go but one is clearly better than the other. If you’re looking for a portable monitor or considering these two options, then let us help you with our comparison of both products.

If you want to see the review for the ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT click right here. As for the ZenScreen MB16AC, click here instead.

Design

Both portable monitors are essentially identical. They resemble a bigger version of the old ASUS ZenPad tablets, with a rather classy, clean, metallic build that’s greatly complemented by the protective case. The case itself has strong magnets that will allow them to stand in a variety of ways.

The most noticeable difference between the two is that the ASUS ZenScreen MB16AMT uses a joystick / button hybrid for navigation whereas the ZenScreen MB16AC has two navigation buttons. While the joystick can feel rather flimsy, it is much easier to use compared to the navigation buttons.

I personally feel that the usability can be enhanced much further if there’s a rubber grip on the joystick but that shouldn’t be too hard to DIY. In this regard, we have a clear winner.

Winner: ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT

Specifications

This one, I won’t be declaring a specific winner. Instead, it’s just for your reference on specifications.

ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT Specifications

Panel SizeWide Screen 15.6″, 16:9
Panel TypeIPS
True Resolution1920 X 1080
Display Viewing Area (HxV)344.16 x 193.59 mm
Display SurfaceNon-glare
TouchscreenYes, 10-point touch
Pixel Pitch0.179 mm
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio700:1
Viewing Angle (CR≧10)178°(H) / 178°(V)
Response Time5 ms (GTG)
Display Colours17 million colours (8-bit)
HDR SupportNo
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Low Blue LightYes
HDCP SupportYes
Viewing ModessRGB, Scenery, Theater, Standard, Night View, Game, Reading, Darkroom
Adaptive Refresh RateNo
Signal InputHybrid Signal USB Type-C
Micro HDMI / MHL
Audio1W x 2 Stereo RMS
Power<12W consumption
7800 mAh Li-polymer battery
Quick Charge 3.0
Mechanical DesignChassis Colours : Dark gray
Slim Design : Yes
Super Narrow Bezel Design : Yes
Dimensions359.7 x 227.4 x 9.0 mm, 0.9 kg

ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC Specifications

Panel SizeWide Screen 15.6″, 16:9
Panel TypeIPS
True Resolution1920 X 1080
Display Viewing Area (HxV)344.16 x 193.59 mm
Display SurfaceGlare
TouchscreenNo
Pixel Pitch0.179 mm
Brightness220 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio800:1
Viewing Angle (CR≧10)178°(H) / 178°(V)
Response Time5 ms (GTG)
Display Colours17 million colours (8-bit)
HDR SupportNo
Refresh Rate60 Hz
Low Blue LightYes
Viewing ModessRGB, Scenery, Theater, Standard, Night View, Game, Reading, Darkroom
Adaptive Refresh RateNo
Signal InputHybrid Signal USB Type-C
AudioNone
Power<8W consumption
Mechanical DesignChassis Colours : Dark gray
Slim Design : Yes
Super Narrow Bezel Design : Yes
Dimensions359.7 x 226.4 x 8.0 mm, 0.78 kg

Portability

ASUS ZenScreen MB16AMT VS ZenScreen MB16AC - Which One to Go For?

Both the ASUS ZenScreen MB16AMT and ZenScreen MB16AC are slim, light, and portable. While the touchscreen variant is listed as thicker and heavier, you can’t tell the difference even when you have both portable monitors side-by-side. The difference is only 120g and 1mm of thickness. I consider the difference negligible and therefore, a draw.

Winner: Draw

Display Quality

When we ran our benchmark tests on both portable monitors, the ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC had the better colours compared to the ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT. Display uniformity test showed favourable results, but the touchscreen variant did better.

When viewing this with my own eyes however, I could not see the difference in colours between both products. Viewing angles are good on both, thanks to the IPS panels but the glare on the MB16AC is very noticeable. It can make it harder to use in a variety of environments, making the the touchscreen variant better suited for on-the-go work.

Winner: ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT

Features

There are a number of similarities between both portable monitors. This includes the hybrid-signal USB-C port, Full HD resolution, IPS panel, screen size, and a number of options that can be tweaked via the OSD. The differences are where the ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT has an edge.

For starters, the MB16AMT has touchscreen display, giving you more ways to interact. Then we have the Micro HDMI port, which gives it a wider range of devices to connect with. The built-in battery also makes it more outdoor-friendly. Lastly, it has built-in speakers, which isn’t particularly good but I’m sure some of you will see this as a plus.

Winner: ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT

Price

Both monitors are expected to come with 3-years warranty and most of the same items in the box. Ultimately, this boils down purely to price. The ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT is the pricier one at RM1,769 whereas the ZenScreen MB16AC is more affordable at RM1,169.

Winner: ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC

Final Verdict

With the ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT leading the comparison with a two-point difference, it is the winner and deemed as the better option. There’s nothing wrong with going for the MB16AC but for the price you are paying, I personally feel that it’s much better to go for the touchscreen variant as it allows you to do so much more.

Overall Winner: ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT

About The Author
Aiman Maulana
Jack of all trades, master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one. YouTuber, video editor, tech head, and a wizard of gaming. What's up? :)
  • Af
    December 3, 2019 at 7:16 am

    Where to buy with that price for MB16AMT?

    • Aiman Maulana
      December 3, 2019 at 3:19 pm

      Hi, that is the official retail price set by ASUS Malaysia. You should be able to get that price at all ASUS official store and official online stores in Malaysia 😀

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