Best portable monitors 2021

Working on two monitors used to be a lot easier and productive when we were in the office. But now we are stuck at home and with a single laptop. Having two big screens can be helpful but also will need you to work from a single place.

Here’s where portable monitors can help you. Technology has made displays less light and more competition has made portable monitors less expensive. From AC adapters to USB-C cables for charging and data a lot has been changed in this field.

Also read: Top 5 Best Gaming Laptops Under $1000 in 2021

Tips to consider for selection of Portable monitors

Before we share the list of portable displays, there are some specifications you have to check before purchasing portable screens.

Size

The size of portable displays matters a lot. You have to choose a screen size on which you can work easily without any pressure on your eyes. You can choose to go for a size bigger than your laptop, which will be a lot helpful.

Although you have to keep in mind to go with bigger screen size, it should also be portable while carrying around. Check it according to bag, backpack, etc which you will be using to carry the monitor around. Potable displays come in a range from 3.5 inches to 22 inches.

WEIGHT

A portable monitor has to be lightweight and easy to carry around. A good travel monitor should weigh less than 3lbs. This won’t add much weight to your luggage while travelling.

This depends on the user preference, if you prefer bigger 20 inches and bigger screen size monitors, you may have to compromise on weight. So decide a sweet spot between the weight and size of the monitors.

Connections

Portable monitors require cables to connect to your laptop and P.C. Earlier models had many different types of cables to keep track of.

The latest portable displays come with support for USB-C and HDMI input. HDMI input can easily connect with your laptop and pc without the need of installing drivers. But this may mean you require an extra cable for power.

Whereas USB cables support a Displayport that can work as displaying data/video and charging at the same time. You have to check if the monitor you are purchasing has support with the latest USB, which supports DisplayPort as the earlier USB-C ports did not have this feature of sharing display and power in one cable.

Software and Audio

Nowadays, many portable monitors come with a plug and play option and do not require any software support like drivers to connect. Although you may require to download utilities to use some additional features like changing resolution and monitor settings from your laptops.

Generally, many movable monitors do not have built-in audio support and mainly rely on primary devices audio support. Although some may have a built-in audio output that can be used for gaming and another purpose. But they are often weak and does not give good audio quality.

Other tips that you can keep in check is Resolution of the screen, device compatibility etc.

Best Portable Monitors in 2021

Now that we have a checklist of what to look for in a portable display, here are some of the best monitors you can consider buying.

Asus Zenscreen Touch MB16AMT 
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Lenovo ThinkVision M14
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Asus Zenscreen Go MB16AHP
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Asus ROG Strix XG17AHP
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SideTrak Attachable Portable Monitor
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Let’s see each product in detail. We will see the specifications, positives, and negatives of each product below.

Asus Zenscreen Touch MB16AMT 
Best touchscreen monitor for business travellers

Dimensions: 14.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches (36 x 22.7 x 0.9cm)
Weight: 900g
Display Size: 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 60Hz
Nominal Brightness: 250 nits
Connection Type: USB C, USB-A adapter, micro-HDMI
Positive
  • Comes with Internal battery
  • Gesture based multi-touch support
  • Built-in speakers
Negatives
  • Colors are somewhat dull
  • Slightly heavier than its non-touchscreen counterpart

Lenovo ThinkVision M14
Lenovo Thinkvision M14 is best for overall use

Dimensions (incl. stand): 12.7 x 8.2 x 3.8 inches (32.3 x 22 x 9.7cm)
Weight: 598g
Display Size: 14 inches
Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 60Hz
Nominal Brightness: 300 nits
Connection Type: 2 x USB C
Positive
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Good color reproduction and brightness
  • Flexible tilt angles for the screen
  • USB connection supports Displayport
Negatives
  • Limited OSD controls
  • USB C connectivity only

Asus Zenscreen Go MB16AHP
A slim and lightweight laptop that makes it best for overall use.

Dimensions: 14.2 x 8.9 x 0.3 inches (36.1 x 22.6 x 0.8cm)
Weight: 848g
Display Size: 15.6 inches
Resolution: 1920×1080 @ 60Hz
Nominal Brightness: 250 nits
Connection Type: USB C, micro-HDMI
Positive
  • Built-in battery and speakers
  • Connects with wide range of devices
  • Can use cover or pen to hold monitor in place
Negatives
  • Colors are somewhat dull

Asus ROG Strix XG17AHP
A extra-large monitor which has its own power supply

Dimensions: 399 x 250.5 x 10mm
Weight: 1060g
Display size: 17.3 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Nominal Brightness: 300 nits
Connection Type: USB, HDMI
Positive
  • Large screen size
  • Built-in battery
  • 100% sRGB coverage, intense refresh rate
Negatives
  • Large screen means bulky and heavy in weight
  • Expensive compared to other monitors

SideTrak Attachable
A portable monitor which attaches directly with the main device side by side

Dimensions: 12.5″ x 8.5″ x 0.7″
Weight: 748g
Display size: 12.5″
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Nominal brightness: 300 nits
Connection Type: Usb-C, Usb
Positive
  • Unique attached design
  • Super portable
Negatives
  • Expensive for the display size it offers
  • Slow responsive time
  • Dim and dull colors

Above was a list of the best portable monitors you can get in our opinion. You can choose the one which fits best for your work. Although there are more options available, we will update the list if we come across a better product.

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