Asus ROG Strix XG16AHP-W Review: A Souped-Up Portable Gaming Monitor for iPad Air Price

The Asus ROG Strix XG16 portable gaming monitor — now available in India, a year on from its international launch — is built for a very specific purpose. To be fair, its name says as much. Not just once, but twice in fact. ROG, or Republic of Gamers, is the moniker Asus uses — as you can guess — for devices that cater to gaming audiences first and foremost. Add to that the other important keyword, “portable”. The Strix XG16 is, essentially, a primary or secondary monitor for gaming on the go. Asus would hope that you pair it with an ROG laptop, and keep it within the family. Of course, you are free to use it with a Steam Deck (basically a PC) or a Nintendo Switch (which I mostly did).

But no matter what route you take, its ergonomics get in the way. There’s two ways for the Asus ROG Strix XG16 to stand — either on its own using the built-in kickstand, or with the help of a fancy, adjustable tripod that’s bundled along. You can use any camera tripod thanks to the standardised mount on the back, though there’s little point to it since you’ve got a specialised one in the box. This is a bigger decision outside India, where Asus sells two variants: one with the tripod and one without (the technical names are XG16AHP-E and XG16AHP-W, respectively). In India, Asus is only selling the latter version. That does mean you’re forced to pay for the tripod even if you don’t care for it.

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHP-W review: design and specs

Whether you use the kickstand or the tripod, the Asus portable monitor’s footprint is huge. With the wafer-thin kickstand — it tilts from five to 27.5 degrees — the ROG Strix XG16 never really feels on stable footing. I tried to use it on the backseat of a car, but it wobbled no matter what position I put it in. And even when it’s not wobbling, it’s nearly impossible to get it in an ideal viewing position. (Because the XG16 has an IPS panel and not OLED, the viewing angles aren’t great either.) Either the top half of the display feels too far from the bottom half, as you increase the tilt angle. But on lower tilt angles, the 15.6-inch display feels small, as you need to push it away from yourself to decrease viewing angles.

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The Asus ROG Strix XG16 looks comical on the ROG tripod
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