CES is often fantastic to throw up absurd and yet often incredible tech ideas, and Asus ROG’s Bezel-Free Kit is undoubtedly one of them. Those of you sporting multi-monitor displays will be all too aware of the pain those chunky bezels on your monitor can cause. Ugly black bars ruining an otherwise pristine setup. Well, ASUS has now got you covered - sort of.
The Asus ROG Bezel-Free Kit pretty much does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s kind of amazingly simple, utilising light refraction to blend the images from two screens together and hide the bezels from view.
Best of all is that this bit of kit can work across just about any monitor; it’s not exclusive to Asus hardware. All that users need is the correct size Bezel-Free Kit in order to connect two monitors together where the screen seams meet. The entire thing is an optical trick so there’s not even any software required, just attach and play. Each kit consists of just three pieces - two to clip onto the top and bottom of the monitors, as well as the bar itself, which comes with lenses set at a 130-degree angle. According to Asus this “offered the best balance of comfort and immersion in internal testing.” It does mean that mean that monitors must be set at this specific angle from one another.
The final result isn’t perfect but it’s a damn sight better than a bezel. Asus has said the gadget lets in about 90% of the light from the surrounding monitors, so it will look a touch dimmer than your actual displays, but it’s a nice happy medium.
At the moment Asus is just gauging interest in the technology, although if there’s enough then Asus plans to make the Bezel-Free Kit available in the first half of 2018. From the looks of it, the manufacturing side of this is actually pretty cheap so we’re hoping for a reasonable price tag to match.