Best portable monitor 2021
With many companies forced to transition to remote working as a result of coronavirus lockdown measures, many are seeking ways to make employees’ lives easier.
Here, we feature the best in portable monitors to spruce up your new home office – but also check out our lists of the best office chairs and best standing desks around today.
Count on the best portable monitor to easily expand your workspace, especially if you use a laptop or work from home, while still keeping things compact. Rather than having to accommodate a big and unwieldy monitor, which often requires its own stand, power supply and a bigger space, portable monitors can quickly and easily plug into your laptop or PC via a USB cable
With the best portable monitors, you quickly and easily have more room to work on without needing to considerably expand your physical area. They afford you the benefit of having a secondary monitor to really improve your productivity and even use one monitor to display a single program full screen, like your email client. And, with many monitor manufacturers putting out thin and light models that are just as good as their full-sized brethren – Apple even lets you use an iPad as a portable monitor, they give you that option to take this multi-screen setup with you wherever you go.
No matter if you’re writing, doing graphic design work, coding or working as a call center assistant, having a secondary monitor will give your desktop some breathing room, spreading apps out in a more natural way. So, we went ahead and picked out the best portable monitors on the market. We’ve even included our exclusive price comparison tool, so you can find the best deal quickly, because we know it’s a busy world out there.
If you’ve got a little more space available, you might want to check out our rundown of the best business monitors available.
The Asus ZenScreen MB16A Portable Monitor is one of the nicest-looking USB monitors we’ve seen, and it comes with a number of features and design considerations that make it an incredibly handy device, and one of the best portable monitors. However, it comes at a price, with the ZenScreen proving to be more expensive than many of the other portable monitors on this list. However, the build and image quality of this screen makes it well worth the extra money. Fans of Asus’ ZenBook laptops should be particularly interested in this device, as it has a design that compliments Asus’ high-end laptops nicely.
The Asus MB169C+ isn’t quite as portable as Packed Pixels, but its 15.6-inch size makes using it feel more like using a regular monitor. It has a healthy pixel-resolution of 1,920 x 1,080, which is perfect for streaming full HD video, working with two applications side-by-side and even gaming if you have a sufficiently powerful laptop.
The MB169C+ is incredibly simple to use thanks to its USB-C connection, which uses a single cable to transmit video, sound and power. It also comes in a handy protective sleeve that doubles up as a carrying case. Asus’ portable monitor uses an in-plane switching (IPS) display, which brings decent viewing angles making it perfect for watching video with a friend.
Aimed at photographers who need a monitor to take on shoots, the Gechic 1101P features an IPS display like the Asus MB169C+. However, this one is smaller at 11.6 inches and more portable, allowing to be easily attached to a tripod or SLR camera while out in the field.
This full HD display supports 16.7 million colors which can easily be tweaked using the monitor’s onboard color temperature settings, allowing you to get it as close to your camera’s display as possible
The 1101P is also well-connected, featuring support for VGA, micro HDMI and mini DisplayPort. These make it suitable for a number of different use cases – from previewing photos and videos shot on a camera to being used as a normal portable monitor with your laptop.
If you like the sound of the Asus MB169C+ but don’t have a laptop with a USB-C connection, then the Asus MB169B+ could be one of the best portable monitors for you.
This one also connects to your laptop with a single cable, except it uses a regular USB-A port instead. It works with both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, though you’ll experience noticeably more latency with the former due to its slower data transfer rate.
Still, it features the same alluring slim and lightweight design. Thanks to Asus EzLink tech, which offloads the graphics processing from the PC to dedicated hardware in the monitor, you can even hook up five of them if your laptop has enough USB ports.
This portable monitor from AOC isn’t going to beat either of the Asus models on our list due to its comparatively lower pixel-resolution of 1,600 x 900.
However, it’s listed among the best portable monitors around for other reasons. for example, its lower resolution means that it’s going to be less taxing on your laptop’s battery life. Taking that into account, and the fact that it’s the largest portable monitor on our list at 17.3 inches, and the E1759Fwu suddenly becomes an interesting option if you’re into streaming video on the move.
And, because it’s a few years old, you’ll pick it up for much less than competing portable monitors. With its thin and light dimensions and glossy black frame, it doesn’t exactly look archaic – it just isn’t as multi-talented as newer and flashier alternatives.
- Also check out our 10 best full-sized monitors