The best portable monitors for home and remote work

Whether you work from home or in the office, chances are you have a laptop and a monitor. It gives you the big screen when you need it, plus the flexibility to take your work on the road. The problem with this is that if you have to work too long away from your monitor setup, you start to miss it. And you become less productive.

If you need an extra screen for your laptop more than your desk, a portable monitor might be the answer. It’s cheaper than buying a tablet (many of which can double as portable monitors) and it offers the extra screen real estate you’re used to with the external monitor. It’s also thin, light, and travel-friendly, so you can take it anywhere.

What to look for

Cut: The vast majority of portable monitors are similar in size to most laptops. On the low end, you can get a portable 13-inch monitor. And on the top end, you can get a 17-inch monitor. The larger the screen, the more expensive it is likely to be.

Connectivity: Most portable monitors these days connect to your laptop via USB-C, but some require an HDMI connection. Some can also do both, which could free up an extra port on your laptop (especially if you have a Windows laptop).

Crutch : This is an understated and really important thing to consider before buying a portable monitor. Some come with crutches built right into their body, which is really handy. Other portable monitors, however, come with removable brackets which are less ideal as they aren’t always the easiest things to figure out.

Battery: Portable monitors may come with or without built-in batteries. Those with built-in batteries are a bit more expensive, but they can last for several hours before stealing your laptop’s power. Portable monitors without built-in batteries must be plugged into a power source. This can mean your laptop, of course, but it will cause your laptop to lose power faster.

Filter: As with laptops, portable monitors vary in their display quality. You can get ones that have a higher resolution, higher refresh rate, or even a touchscreen, but all of that drives up the price. The majority of portable monitors max out at 1080p display.

Speakers: Some portable monitors come with their own built-in speakers. It’s a nice feature, especially if you have an older laptop with not-so-good speakers, or you’re using the monitor with a game console (like a Nintendo Switch). However, if your laptop has built-in speakers, you might find it annoying when sound keeps coming through the laptop monitor speakers (in which case, you can just adjust this in your laptop settings).

How we tested

collage of macbook with various portable monitors

Tucker Bowe

The portable monitors below were used primarily in a work capacity – replacing the external monitor in a setup with a laptop and a portable monitor. We tested portable monitors in split-screen and mirror mode and judged them on brightness, image quality, ease of use (connectivity), kickstand, and any other features (like speakers and connectivity). Wireless). All monitors below were tested with a 2017 MacBook Pro.

Notable portable monitors not on this list

ViewSonic VA1655: It’s a fairly large 15-inch portable monitor that’s also relatively inexpensive – often discounted for under $150. It will work with most laptops via a USB-C or HDMI connection.

Asus ZenScreen Touch (MB16AMT): This is a portable monitor that’s basically a touchscreen version of the Asus ZenScreen Go (MB16AWP) that’s featured on this list. The problem however is that it is not compatible with Macs.

Lenovo ThinkVision M14t: It’s basically a higher-end, more expensive, touchscreen version of the non-“t” ThinkVision M14 that’s already on this list.

Desklab 4K touch screen: It is one of the few portable monitors that has a 4K (max) display and a touchscreen. It is also quite expensive.

The best portable monitors

Lenovo ThinkVision M14

Lenovo ThinkVision M14

Lenovo
amazon.com

$266.99

  • Very travel friendly
  • Large kickstand
  • Very easy to use with any USB-C laptop
  • No built-in battery or speakers
  • Not feature rich

The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a small and light portable monitor. It has a bright, vibrant display and a highly adjustable kickstand. And it’s relatively affordable, although it lacks a built-in battery and a varied port selection of high-end options. It’s a simple option that will work with most USB-C laptops. The advantage is that it can be mounted (via a VESA 100×100), which can be useful if you want to use it even when you are not traveling.

  • Cut: 14 inches
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Connectivity: USB-C
  • Battery: Nope
  • Speakers: Nope

    Dell C1422H

    Dell C1422H

    amazon.com

    $399.99

    $290.38 (27% off)

    • Very travel friendly
    • Large kickstand
    • Very easy to use with any USB-C laptop
    • Can be VESA mounted
    • No built-in battery or speakers
    • Not feature rich

    The Dell C1422H is actually nearly identical to the ThinkVision M14 (above). Again, this is a smaller, portable monitor that’s fairly simple to use and will work well with most USB-C laptops. It perhaps offers a slightly brighter image in our option and does a better job of blocking glare. But other than that, it has the same ports and a great built-in kickstand. However, it doesn’t have a built-in battery, which means it’ll either be powered by your laptop or need to be plugged into a wall outlet (AC adapter not included) while you’re using it.

    • Cut: 14 inches
    • Resolution: 1920×1080
    • Connectivity: USB-C
    • Battery: Nope
    • Speakers: Nope

      Asus ZenScreen Go (MB16AWP)

      Asus ZenScreen Go (MB16AWP)

      • Big screen
      • Built-in battery and speakers
      • Supports wireless connectivity
      • Large kickstand

      Asus makes several different models of its ZenScreen Go – so know which one you’re buying – and its MB16AWP is one of the nicest (and most expensive) you can buy. It’s a 15.6-inch monitor with a 1080p display (and 60Hz refresh rate) and it has a built-in battery that can last between three and four hours. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this ZenScreen Go is that it has built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to extend or mirror your laptop screen without using a connection. wired USB-C or HDMI.

      • Cut: 15.6 inches
      • Resolution: 1920×1080
      • Connectivity: USB-C or HDMI
      • Battery: Yes
      • Speakers: Yes

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