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The best portable monitors you can buy for work, play, and everyday use (Latest version)

If you want to be super-productive, the ideal scenario connects two or more screens to your desktop laptop. You can open a & # 39; spreadsheet on one screen, & # 39; edit a document at & # 39; another & # 39; one third of Skype or Slack work colleagues. But then you find yourself in a hotel room with just a laptop and you can't remember how to work with a single screen.

To ease travel, we list the best portable monitors you can buy now for work, play and general use.


Before we start, you need to make the difference USB C and USB-A connections in terms of video outputs. Your computer's USB-C port can support the DisplayPort protocol, which is an alternative to HDMI. However, this is no guarantee as manufacturers limit USB-C connection to power, data, or a combination of both. Check the computer's specifications before purchasing a portable monitor based on USB-C.

Like you USB port C do support the DisplayPort protocol, then you can only connect a portable monitor to your computer without installing additional software. This is not the case for USB-A connections, as they do not support video output. To connect your view via USB-A you will need DisplayLink drivers installed on your computer. Furthermore, if you support USB-C port data, but not DisplayPort, you still need the DisplayLink drivers.

Here you can grab the latest drivers:

Many portable monitors listed below rely on a USB-A or USB-C connector. You also get standard DisplayPort and HDMI connections on multiple units along with their micro and mini variants. You will even see units that require a separate power supply while others draw power directly from the parent computer.

TN and IPS

One screen on our list is based on a TN panel while all the other has an IPS screen. Short for Twisted Nematic, TN technology is the oldest of the two, serving as the first LCD panel type to replace CRT monitors. The benefits are short reaction times, high brightness levels and super high refresh rates, which make TN panels ideal for gaming. However, they do not offer wide viewing angles or support large color palettes.

IPS, short for In-Plane Switching, serves as the successor to TN technology. IPS panels are ideal for color-accurate content creation and general use due to their support for over 16 million colors and wide viewing angles. Reloading rates and response times have improved over the years, but gamers may be better off using TN if color depth is not a requirement.

The best portable monitors for 2019

We divide our list of the best portable monitors in sizes. Our biggest monitor pushes the "portable" limit to 22 inches, because anything bigger can simply not be fun to pack and carry. But if you want to play the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in the back seat of a car during a long cross-country ride, the smaller portable monitors should help ease your luggage tote load.

Let's dig into our list of the best portable monitors!

17 centimeters and larger

ViewSonic TD2230

Our first portable monitor is the only unit with contact input. It is also the largest with a 22-inch diagonal viewing area, which makes it not as portable in comparison to the others on our list. But if you take part in a trade show show and require a highly interactive display, ViewSonic's TD2230 should be a good and inexpensive solution.

Thanks to its size, this portable ViewSonic panel offers a wide variety of connections: HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, two USB-A (5Gbps), a 3.5mm audio output jack, a 3.5mm audio Input coupler and a dedicated 5GBps USB B port that connects to your computer. This monitor requires a power adapter (included), so it cannot run on a USB connection alone.

On the hardware side, ViewSonic's screen displays an IPS panel with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 60Hz. It has a maximum brightness of 250 niches, 178 degree viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 1000: 1, a 14 ms response time, and a few integrated three-watt speakers. It includes a built-in kicking position, but supports VESA mounting.

This portable screen weighs 7.9 pounds and measures 5.1 inches thick.

AOC myConnect e1759Fwu

ViewSonic TD2230 portable monitor

AOC's e1759Fwu is smaller than ViewSonic's portable screen, measuring 17.3 inches diagonally. It is the only TN display on our list that packed a 1,600 x 900 by 60Hz resolution. Like the View Son model, AOC's display features a foldable kickstand and VESA mounting support. But unlike the ViewSonic model, this display relies on a USB-A (5Gbps) connection for data and power. There is no HDMI or DisplayPort connection here.

The AOC's portable screen has a 650: 1 contrast ratio, a 10ms response and a maximum 220 nits brightness. It also includes an automatic turning point feature that rotates your content based on the physical orientation of the monitor (landscape or portrait). This panel does not include touch inputs, integrated speakers, a headphone jack or wide viewing angles.

The AOC e1759Fwu weighs 2.82 pounds and measures 3.14 inches thick.

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15 to 16 inches

AOC myConnect i1659fwux

AOC myConnect i1659fwux portable monitor

Here's another AOC portable screen with slightly better specifications at a smaller size. The i1659fwux is apparently a smaller version of its e1759Fwu brother, but was upgraded with an IPS panel that packed a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 at 60Hz. However, despite this upgrade, you won't get the 178 degree viewing angles that are usually associated with IPS technology.

With the i1659fwux measuring 15.6 inches, it's a 5m response time, a contrast ratio of 700: 1, a maximum brightness of 220 nits, and an automatic turning point that rotate your content based on the physical orientation of the screen. There is no touch input, no integrated speakers or any other type of connection outside a single USB-A (5Gbps) cable.

The AOC i1659fwux measures 1.39 inches thick and weighs 2.64 pounds.

Asus ZenScreen GO MB16AP

Asus ZenScreen GO MB16AP Portable Monitor

This 15.6-inch display packs a larger feature set than its AOC contender. For starters, this includes an integrated 7800mAh battery that promises up to four hours at a single charge. It is also provided with a foldable "smart case" that protects the screen and serves as a prop in landscape and portrait mode. Don't you want the cover? You can still use the view through the included ZenScreen pen that slides into a hole in the lower right corner of the screen (landscape).

The Asus ZenScreen GO is based on an IPS panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 at 60Hz. It has a maximum brightness of 220 nits, a contrast ratio of 800: 1, and Asus's "Eye Care" technology consisting of a blue light filter, flash reduction, and nine video preferences . There is even a built-in timer and cross hair for gamers.

Finally, the Asus ZenScreen GO is based on a USB-C connector. The package includes a power adapter, a USB-C cable that supports DisplayPort, and a USB-C to USB-A adapter. It measures 3.14 thick and weighs 1.87 pounds.

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13 to 14 inches

HP EliteDisplay S14

HP EliteDisplay S14 Portable Monitor

HP's portable display relies on a 14-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 at 60Hz. It doesn't pack a great list of features like the larger Asus unit, but you'll find noticeable treats such as screen controls, a low blue light mode, and USB-C connection that has both data and power from the parent computer draw. or tablet. The packaged donkey cover serves as a built-in prop in landscape mode.

This portable screen has a maximum brightness of 200 nits, 178 degree viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 700: 1 and a 5 ms response time. It has no extra outputs, integrated speakers, or touch input capabilities. HP's Amazon listing focuses on business, although anyone can use this show for gaming and overall productivity.

The HP EliteDisplay S14 measures 3.4 inches thick and weighs 2.20 pounds.

Elecrow AUS50025E

Elecrow AUS50025E Portable Monitor

Don't Let The Raspberry Pi Reference Deceive You: This display works with any device that packs an HDMI connection. It measures 13.3 inches diagonally, relying on an IPS panel with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution at 60Hz. What is noteworthy about this model is that it has the brightest screen on the list at 400 nits (maximum). Console gamers should also love the 5ms response time.

The Elecrow AUS50025E sports 170-degree viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 800: 1, and two integrated speakers. Connection options include two Mini HDMI ports, a micro USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack. You can enable this display with & # 39; a USB connection to the parent computer or relapse on the supplied power adapter.

This portable screen measures 0.59 inches thin and weighs 1.41 pounds.

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Under 13 inches

GeChic OnLap 1101P

GeChic OnLap 1101P portable monitor

If you need a portable screen that supports an old-school VGA connector, GeChic's 1101P does the job. But here's the catch: You'll also have to buy The company's $ 18 own cableas the display does not have the standard 15-pin female VGA port. Other connectivity options include Micro HDMI and Mini DisplayPort.

This screen is based on an 11.6-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 at 60Hz. It has a maximum brightness of 300 nits, 89 degree viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 800: 1 and a 14 ms response time. It also features a 3.5mm headphone audio cage, two 0.75-watt speakers, a foldable display top cover, and a tripod mount kit.

The GeChic OnLap 1101P measures 0.4 inches and weighs 1.5 pounds with the cover.

Johnwill JW-101-TC-CNC

Johnwill JW-101-TC-CNC Portable Monitor

The last product on our list is the smallest at 10.1 inches (diagonal), but it has the highest resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 at 60Hz. The background of the resolution is a super-low 2ms response time, making it an excellent portable display for on-the-go PC and console gamers.

Johnwill's portable display is based on an IP panel that supports a maximum brightness of 300 nits, 178 degrees viewing angles and a contrast ratio of 800: 1. At the back there are a few speakers that are complemented by a 3.5mm audio jack on the left side of the screen. It also offers a Mini HDMI port, one USB-C port (5Gbps) for data, one USB-C port for power and two USB-A (5Gbps) ports.

Finally, this screen is sanded with a metal position and six cables. It measures 3.7 inches thick and weighs 2.24 pounds.