Best Portable Monitor 2020

 

When it comes to personal or work interface, it’s always better to have two monitors. It just lets you see, compare and contrast what you’re working on.

But not all of the work is done with your 27-inch monitor clamped down on the desktop. You need to be flexible and mobile at times, and work on your laptop.

Simply because you work on the go, that doesn’t mean that you should stop having dual screens. You can still take advantage of dual displays with portable monitors.

Here is a list of the best portable monitors currently available for work, gaming, and other purposes.

Top 11 Portable Monitors For 2019

There are a lot of portable monitors to choose from, as you can see. They differ not only in screen size but also in type of panel, resolution, connectivity options and many other aspects.

That’s why you should follow our guidelines and tips to ensure you get the best portable monitor for your needs.

Some of these displays are more practical than others; some of them are faster and others have more features. We’ll provide you with all the information you need about each portable monitor in this list and in general.

Best Budget Portable Monitors

Looking for the buck portable monitor to get the highest bang? You will find the most cost-effective and reliable Portable Monitors in this category. You’ll notice that AOC and ASUS with their high-quality yet affordable portable USB-powered displays dominate the entry-level to mid-range market.

AOC E1659FWU – Best Portable Monitor Under $100

About the Monitor

If you want a good portable monitor under $100, the AOC E1659FWU offers the best value for the money and we don’t think you should get anything cheaper than this.

Image Quality

Although it is not 1080p, the AOC E1659FWU portable USB display has a resolution of 13667768 (720p) which, due to the rich pixel density of 100 PPI (pixels per inch), will still give you a crisp image quality on its 15.6′′ screen.

In addition , the lower resolution on the CPU and GPU would be better if you have a smaller laptop.

With a peak 200-nit brightness and a strong contrast ratio of 500:1, you get a bright picture quality with vivid details no matter whether you’re working or gaming.

Now, it has a TN panel which doesn’t have as vibrant colors nor as wide viewing angles as the more expensive IPS models, but for the price, it’s still very good.

The viewing angles are 90°/50° meaning that the picture will shift in contrast, brightness, and color when it’s viewed from skewed angles.

This AOC E1659FWU portable monitor offers a quick 5ms response time and a 60Hz refresh rate which makes for responsive gameplay without trailing or ghosting of fast-moving objects.

Design & Features

The AOC E1659FWU is going on with a foldable stand, so it is easy to transport and you can easily put it in either portrait or landscape position. It supports auto-pivot, so that the screen will adjust automatically according to the monitor ‘s orientation.

You can connect additional USB monitors to the laptop using the exclusive DisplayLink software for a multi-screen setup.

Turning to the connectivity, there’s a single USB 3.0 port for both power and the audio/video signal. The power consumption amounts to less than 7W.

The AOC E1659FWU weighs only 2.64 lbs (1.2 kg) and has a 75 x 75mm VESA pattern for a third-party stand. The monitor’s dimensions are 14.5″ x 8.6″ x 0.8″ (369mm x 219mm x 22mm).

Summary

In case you’re looking for the cheapest portable monitor that’s any good, we highly recommend you get or save up for the AOC E1659FWU.

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Bright and crisp image quality
  • Quick response time
  • Low resolution but decent for the price
  • Narrow viewing angles

AOC I1659FWUX – Affordable 1080p IPS Portable Monitor

About the Monitor

If you want to kick it up a notch, for an extra ~$50, you can get the AOC I1659FWUX with 1080p resolution and the IPS technology.

Image Quality

The AOC I1659FWUX Full HD portable monitor’s IPS panel offers large viewing angles of 160 ° /160 ° which ensure that the image remains vibrant regardless of the angle you look at it.

This also raises the peak brightness of the display to 220-nits, and the contrast ratio to 700:1 as opposed to the previous AOC panel.

With a pixel density of 141 pixels per inch, that is more than sufficient for a display of this size, you get stunning detail clarity and plenty of screen space.

The AOC I1659FWUX also has a response time speed of 5ms and a 60Hz refresh rate.

Design & Features

Aesthetically, it is almost similar to the AOC E1659FWU although it is slightly larger with 14.64′′ 9.13′′ 1.37′′ (372 mm x 232 mm x 35 mm) measurements.

It also weighs about 2.64 lbs, has a VESA mount pattern of 75 x 75 mm, and you can also tilt the screen by 15°-30°.

The AOC I1659FWUX still uses a USB 3.0 connector but has much higher power consumption at about 8W.

Summary

In short, AOC I1659FWUX gives you the same image quality that you would find on more expensive portable monitors.

So the AOC I1659FWUX is for you if you don’t need any extra features and just want an affordable portable monitor with great image quality and viewing angles.

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles of the IPS panel
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution

What We Didn’t Like

ASUS MB169B+ – Lightweight & Slim 1080p IPS Portable Monitor

About the Monitor

For a little bit of extra cash added to the price of the AOC I1659FWUX, you can get the ASUS MB169B+.

Image Quality

You get the same results as with the AOC I1659FWUX when it comes to the image quality and performance.

The AOC I1659FWUX is also based on a 15.6′′ IPS screen with 1080p resolution, 160° / 160° viewing angles, a contrast ratio of 700:1, a response time of 25ms (5ms GtG), and a slightly lower peak brightness of 200 nits.

Design & Features

The ASUS MB169B+ portable monitor, weighing just 1.76 lbs (800 g) and only 0.33′′ (8.5 mm) thin, is definitely easier to carry around than the AOC model.

The design also features a sleek metallic finish. It supports auto-rotation via the ASUS EzLink Utility software, and you can connect multiple USB monitors.

However, the software doesn’t work with Mac, but only with Windows 7 and newer.

Its dimensions are 14.92″ x 9.29″ x 0.33″ (379mm x 236mm x 8.5mm), it uses USB 3.0, and consumes less than 7.5W.

Summary

If you’re looking for a good Full HD IPS USB 3.0 portable monitor, the AOC I1659FWUX will do just fine. In case you want something fancier with a lighter and slimmer design and don’t mind paying a bit extra for it, the ASUS MB169B+ is definitely for you.

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Lightweight and slim design
  • Software doesn’t work with Mac

AOC I1601FWUX – Affordable USB-C Portable Monitor

About the Monitor

If your laptop has a USB-C port, you should definitely take advantage of it, and with the AOC I1601FWUX, you can do so at an affordable price.

Image Quality

Again, we have an IPS 1080p 15.6′′ monitor with large viewing angles, a peak brightness of 200-nit, a contrast ratio of 700:1, and a response time of 5ms.

Contrary to the previous ones, what you get with this portable display is the USB-C port instead of USB 3.0

There is also the Auto-Pivot feature, as well as an integrated low-blue light filter that prevents eye fatigue from watching the screen at night or/and for prolonged hours.

Design & Features

AOC has succeeded in making the AOC I1601FWUX USB-C portable monitor as thin and lightweight as the ASUS model MB169B+.

It only weighs 1.76 lbs (800 g) and is 0.33′′ (8.5 mm) thin with a total dimensions of 14.8′′ x 9.25′′ x 0.33′′ (376 mm x 235 mm x 8.5 mm).

In addition, the monitor features a convenient magnetic stand, so you can fold / unfold and position it easily.

Summary

All in all, the AOC I1601FWUX is the way to go if you want a portable monitor with USB-C under $200.

The ASUS MB169C+ is the counterpart version of ASUS to this budget USB-C portable monitor, but we find the AOC model more cost efficient.

If you are interested in a portable screen with more premium USB-C, check out the next monitor.

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Lightweight and slim design
  • USB-C
  • Good value for the price
  • Doesn’t work with USB 2.0/3.0 adapters

Willing to spend over $200 on a portable monitor? The following displays will provide you with various bells and whistles for a higher price.

ASUS MB16AC – Mid-Range USB-C Portable Monitor

About the Monitor

The ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC offers a bunch of exclusive features and a modern design which make it worth the extra cost.

Image Quality

Here we have another 15.6′′ 1080p IPS monitor with a peak brightness of 220-nit and a contrast ratio slightly higher of 800:1.

However, once the DisplayWidget application is installed, you will have access to multiple presets of images with optimized settings for different viewing purposes.

These pre-calibrated ‘Splendid’ picture modes include Normal, Game, Read, Night View, Darkroom, Theatre, Scenery, and sRGB.

You will also find the ASUS GamePlus feature with customizable crosshairs for first-person shooters and an on-screen timer!

Finally, this ASUS portable monitor has the QuickFit feature which allows you to place an on-screen grid for easier alignment or photo formatting.

Design & Features

The ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC features a minimalist design at the top and sides with very small bezels.

It uses its protective magnetic case as a stand, just as the MB169B+ does.

It comes with a pen, but it’s not a touch-pen, it’s just a regular pen you can use to put on the monitor through the hole which can then serve as a stand.

You will also get a USB-C to USB-A adapter with the monitor.

Finally, the ASUS MB16AC is the most lightweight and the slimmest portable monitor in this list, weighing only 1.71 lbs (780g) with 14.17″ x 8.89″ x 0.31″ (360mm x 226mm x 8mm) dimensions.

Its power consumption is less than 8W.

Summary

Thanks to its plethora of exclusive features and the ultra-slim design, the ASUS MB16AC is a very appealing portable monitor.

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Lightweight and slim design
  • USB-C
  • Plenty of exclusive features

What We Didn’t Like

ASUS MB16AP – USB-C Portable Monitor With Integrated Battery

About the Monitor

The ASUS ZenScreen Go MB16AP is the newer version of the ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC. It’s basically the same monitor, but with an integrated 7800mAh lithium-polymer battery.

Image Quality

You can expect vibrant and crisp image quality based on the same 15.6′′ 1080p IPS panel with a peak brightness of 220 nits and a contrast ratio of 800:1.

All the previously mentioned features are available on this model as well including QuickFit, the Splendid picture presets, and GamePlus.

The only difference is the built-in battery that lets you connect devices without sufficient power to light the screen, such as smartphones; the battery life is around four hours.

Design & Features

The design with the foldable magnetic stand is unchanged, too. You’ll also get the USB-A adapter with a pen and USB-C.

The ASUS MB16AP is slightly heavier thanks to the integrated battery, weighing 1.87 lbs (850 g). Its height is 14.17′′ x 8.8′′ x 0.31′′ (360 mm x 226 mm x 8 mm).

The power consumption is no more than 9W.

Summary

If you need a portable monitor with a battery to power the screen for your mobile phone or a similar device, the ZenScreen is the way to go.

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Lightweight and slim design
  • USB-C
  • Plenty of exclusive features

What We Didn’t Like

GeChic 1503I – Best Portable Touch-Screen Monitor

About the Monitor

Want a touch-screen portable monitor? You’re definitely going to love the GeChic 1503I.

Image Quality

This 15.6′′ 108p portable IPS monitor has a multi-touch screen with ten fingers which allows you to enjoy all the advantages of a touch-sensitive display.

Note that it doesn’t support the touch function on Macs.

The GeChic 1503I can get very light, with a 250-nit peak luminance while the contrast ratio is also strong at 700:1.

Design & Features

The monitor is somewhat more bulky than the previous few displays, but it is still fairly lightweight, weighing just 2.34 lbs (1 kg) without the stand and cover.

It is reasonably thick at 0.47′′ (12 mm), with 15.03′′ x 9.68′′ x 0.47′′ (382 mm x 246 mm x 12 mm) overall dimensions.

The GeChic 1503I also has two 1W built-in speakers, a headphone jack, a micro-HDMI port, a VGA port and a rear dock port, and a USB-C.

Additionally, the foldable stand has three height/angle positions, non-slip rubber protection, and the monitor is VESA mount compatible.

In order to use the VGA port, you will need to order the proprietary cable from GeChic. You also get an AC adapter with the monitor, in case your device isn’t powerful enough to power the screen.

Summary

Overall, the GeChic 1503I offers everything you might need from a portable monitor for a reasonable price.

  • Touch-sensitive screen
  • Versatile connectivity options
  • Built-in speakers
  • Thick but durable design

What We Didn’t Like

Looking for a portable monitor for gaming? If you’re looking for a portable monitor for PS4 or Xbox One and other consoles, just one USB port won’t cut it, you will need a display with at least one HDMI port.

GAEMS M155 – Best Budget Portable Monitor For Gaming

About the Monitor

The GAEMS M155 is the best portable monitor for gaming on a budget. It’s a USB-powered 1080p display with an HDMI 1.4 port, a 60Hz refresh rate, integrated speakers, and low input lag.

Image Quality

It’s a step down from the previous portable monitors when it comes to image quality, since this display uses a TN panel.

So, you won’t have as wide viewing angles or as vivid colours, but the portable monitor GAEMS M155 HDMI offers a bright image with crisp details.

You’ll also find the 720p version on Amazon so double check that you get the model with a native 1080p resolution, not upscaled.

The display also has low input lag for imperceptible delay between your actions and the results on the screen while the quick response time eliminates ghosting and smearing in fast-paced content.

Design & Features

The GAEMS M155 is going on weighing just under 2lbs (900 g) while the dimensions are 15.75′′ x 9′′ x 0.6′′ (400 mm x 228 mm x 15 mm).

It comes with a display bag and all the accessories, too. It can be powered via USB or the AC adapter that is provided. There is a jack for headphones, built-in speakers, an HDMI port and a USB port.

Summary

Overall, the GAEMS M155 is the best portable gaming monitor for PS4, Xbox One, and other consoles; it does just what you need it to do, at a fair price.

  • Excellent value for the price
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Built-in speakers
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Not as vibrant colors as on IPS panels

GeChic 1503H – Best Mid-Range Portable Monitor For Gaming

About the Monitor

If you want better colors and viewing angles while gaming on the go, you will have to invest in the GeChic 1503H; it’s a bit pricier, but it’s worth it.

Image Quality

The GeChic 1503H may not have the GAMES M155 as a gamer-esque vibe, but it is definitely suitable for gaming.

The 1503H is the brightest portable monitor in our list thanks to its IPS panel, with a peak brightness of up to 300-nits.

It also boasts an excellent 800:1 contrast ratio and wide viewing angles, but has no as low input lag or as fast response time as the M155.

The difference in the input lag isn’t noticeable while there’s only minor ghosting visible in games which is expected – since TN panels generally have faster response times.

Design & Features

The design is essentially the same as that of the aforementioned GeChic 1503L portable monitor with three different angle / height positions including the detachable magnetic stand.

It is also compatible with VESA mount and only weighs 1.75 lbs (798 g), with overall dimensions of 15.03′′ x 9.68′′ x 0.43′′ (382 mm x 246 mm x 11 m).

Connectivity includes 1W integrated speakers, a headphones jack, an HDMI, a VGA, rear docking, and a USB-C port.

Summary

All in all, the GeChic 1503H delivers significantly better colors and viewing angles than the GAEMS model, but there’s a big jump in price which is why we recommend the M155 as a more cost-effective option. If you can afford the 1503H though, you won’t regret getting it.

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • USB-C connectivity
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Built-in speakers
  • Expensive
  • Mediocre speaker quality

G-STORY 11.6″ – Premium Portable Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

G-STORY offers the best portable gaming monitors. Note that there are dedicated models for PS4, PS4 Slim, PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X on Amazon.

Image Quality

The portable G-STORY gaming monitors clip right onto your console, after which you simply raise the screen as if you were opening a laptop.

While the screen is only 11.6′′, the display is based on a 1080p IPS panel, and even supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) with superior contrast, luminance and color quality for an amazing image quality.

Furthermore, it supports AMD FreeSync for the Xbox One consoles which will guarantee a gaming experience without screen tearing and stuttering.

The input lag and response time performance is also top-notch which ensures smooth and fluid gameplay.

Design & Features

Unfortunately the portable G-STORY monitors are not USB-powered, they need a power adapter.

There are two HDMI ports, two headphone jacks and built-in speakers as well as a remote controller.

It fits well on your screen, just make sure you choose the right model from Amazon; it only weights 3.31 lbs (1.5 kg).

Summary

G-STORY offers the absolutely best displays in that category if you don’t need a USB-powered screen but want a high quality portable monitor.

Alternatively, you might consider getting a small desktop monitor for less than $100, with 1080p, IPS, FreeSync, and more gaming features like the Acer SB220Q.

  • Great image quality
  • Smooth performance
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Built-in speakers
  • HDR support

What We Didn’t Like

G-STORY 17.3″ – Best Xbox One S & Xbox One X Portable Gaming Monitor

About the Monitor

Want to use the full potential of your Xbox One S or Xbox One X even while on the go? Well, with the G-STORY 17.3″ model, you can!

Image Quality

This 17.3′′ portable gaming monitor boasts a refresh rate of 120Hz at 1080p making video games more responsive and immersive.

Its IPS panel also covers 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, ensuring accurate and striking colors.

The 17.3′′ 120Hz model supports HDR and AMD FreeSync just as the previous G-STORY portable monitors

Design & Features

You will find a USB port on the back of the monitor, a USB type C, two HDMI ports and two headphone jacks.

It’s not USB-powered so unless you have an external battery, you’ll need to use the power adaptor. You’ll also get a remote controller, built-in speakers are available and the display weighs 6.83 lbs (3 kg).

Summary

G-STORY’s 17″ 120Hz 1080p IPS display is definitely the best portable gaming monitor you can get. The best part is that it’s not even that expensive given its specifications and features!

  • 1080p at 120Hz
  • HDR and FreeSync
  • Big 17.3″ screen
  • Excellent value for the price

What We Didn’t Like

Conclusion

Found a portable computer suitable for you? If you have any questions, please feel free to post it below.

Overall, if you just want a good and reliable extra screen for your laptop, the AOC I1659FWUX is the best portable monitor for that money.

Now, if you have a USB-C port laptop, of course you should get the USB-C version.

In case you need a portable screen for console gaming, the GAEMS M155is definitely the best budget option, and if you want something more powerful, go with one of the G-STORY models, but keep in mind that you’ll need an AC outlet or to buy a dedicated battery to power it.

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