CES 2018: ASUS Announces the ROG Bezel-free Kit

Subject: General Tech | January 8, 2018 - 09:00 AM |
Tagged: ROG, bezel-free kit, asus

So I would love to see this one in action. ASUS has just announced the ROG Bezel-free kit. This device is a series of lenses that sit atop a trio of monitors. Its goal is to align the edge of each monitor to the edge of the next one by refracting the light that comes off of them, such that the gaps are skipped. Because this is an optical process, no software is required.

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I’m curious how much (and what type) of distortion is added through this process. The lenses are vertical, so it should only be a horizontal stretch at worst -- it may even be canceled out by the curvature, but I'd need to see it to know. Also, I am wondering what kind of monitors will be supported. I would expect that it would need to be tuned to the size and bezel width at the very least. We know that it is dependent upon the angle between the monitors, too, although ASUS has specified that value: 130 degrees. They said that this number was arrived at by user testing.

The ASUS ROG Bezel-free Kit will be available in the first half of this year. Pricing TBA.

Source: ASUS

January 8, 2018 | 04:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous3 (not verified)

The most awesomely low-tech solution I think I've ever seen.

January 9, 2018 | 07:51 AM - Posted by psuedonymous

"Because this is an optical process, no software is required."

I'd rather hope there IS some software involved! You'd want the existing Bezel Compensation feature of Surround/Eyefinity to pack those edge pixels to match the optics so objects do not distort when passing 'through' them, rather than just swapping a gap for a distortion.

January 9, 2018 | 07:22 PM - Posted by djotter

Yeah it would be interesting for software to, say, compress 100 pixels worth of image into the last 50 pixels on the edge of the monitor so that when the prism stretches it back out again it looks normal, but just at half horizontal resolution.

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