Using multiple monitors, you can open a spreadsheet on one screen, edit a document on another and chat with colleagues on Skype or Slack on the third. But what if you later find yourself in a hotel room with only one laptop, and just can't remember how to work with one display? To alleviate these problems, we will list the best portable monitors that you can buy right now for work, games and general use.
- USB-A и USB-C 1 USB-A and USB-C
- TN и IPS 2 TN and IPS
- ViewSonic TD2230 3 ViewSonic TD2230
- AOC myConnect i1659fwux 4 AOC myConnect i1659fwux
- Asus ZenScreen GO MB16AP 5 Asus ZenScreen GO MB16AP
- HP EliteDisplay S14 6 HP EliteDisplay S14
- Elecrow AUS50025E 7 Elecrow AUS50025E
- GeChic OnLap 1101P 8 GeChic OnLap 1101P
- Lepow portable monitor 9 Lepow portable monitor
- Johnwill JW-101-TC-CNC 10 Johnwill JW-101-TC-CNC
USB-A and USB-C
Before we get started, we need to understand the difference between USB-C and USB-A connections in terms of video output. Your PC's USB-C port can support DisplayPort, which is an alternative to HDMI. However, this is not a guarantee, as manufacturers may limit the USB-C connection to power, data transfer, or a combination thereof. Before buying a portable USB-C-based monitor, you should check your PC specifications.
If your USB-C port supports DisplayPort, you can simply connect the portable monitor to a PC without installing additional software. This does not apply to USB-A connections, as they do not support video output. To connect the display via USB-A, you will need the DisplayLink drivers installed on your PC. Moreover, if the USB-C port supports data but not DisplayPort, you still need DisplayLink drivers.
You can download the latest drivers here:
Many of the portable monitors listed below use a USB-A or USB-C connection. You will also find standard DisplayPort and HDMI connections on multiple devices along with Micro and Mini. You will even come across models that require a separate power supply, while others consume power directly from a PC.
TN and IPS
One screen in our list has a matrix of type TN, while all others have IPS . Short for Twisted Nematic, TN Technology is the oldest of the two, serving as the first type of LCD panel to replace CRT monitors. Advantages - short response time, high brightness level and ultra-high refresh rate, which makes TN panels ideal for games. However, they do not provide wide viewing angles and do not support more color tones.
IPS, short for In-Plane Switching, is the successor to TN technology. IPS panels are ideal for creating and accurate color reproduction of content thanks to the support of more than 16 million colors and wide viewing angles. Refresh rates and response times have improved over the years, but gamers might be better off using TN displays if color depth is not prioritized.
Price: from 15 990 rubles
Our first portable monitor is the only device with touch input. It is also the largest since the diagonal is 22 inches, which makes it not at all so portable compared to others on our list. But if, for example, you are participating in an exhibition and need an interactive display, then ViewSonic TD2230 should be a great and inexpensive solution.
Due to the size, this ViewSonic portable device provides many connectivity options: HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, two USB-A (5 Gb / s), 3.5 mm audio output, 3.5 mm audio input and a special USB-B port (5 Gbps), which connects to a PC. This monitor requires a power adapter (included), it can not work only on a USB connection.
In terms of hardware, the ViewSonic display features an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a frequency of 60 Hz. It has a maximum brightness of 250 nits, viewing angles of 178 degrees, a contrast ratio of 1000: 1, a response time of 14 ms and a pair of built-in speakers of three watts. In addition, a stand is integrated here, but the monitor also supports VESA mounting.
This portable display weighs 3.5 kg and has a thickness of 5.1 inches.
AOC myConnect i1659fwux
Price: from 12 500 rubles
This portable display from AOC is equipped with an IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a frequency of 60 Hz. The display size is 15.6 inches - a popular size that provides the right balance between efficiency and performance. Power is provided by a single USB 3.0 cable, so nothing else is required.
The I1659FWUX has a response time of 5 ms, a contrast ratio of 700: 1, a maximum brightness of 220 nits and an auto-rotate function - the content you are viewing is rotated depending on the physical orientation of the screen. There is no touch input, built-in speakers or any other type of connection except for one USB-A cable (5 Gb / s).
The AOC I1659FWUX is 1.39 inches thick and weighs 1.1 kg.
Asus ZenScreen GO MB16AP
Price: from 21 300 rubles
This 15.6-inch display has a wide range of functions compared to its competitor from AOC. To begin with, the monitor includes a built-in 7800 mAh battery, which provides up to four hours of operation without recharging. It also comes with a foldable “smart case” that protects the screen and serves as a support in landscape and portrait modes. In addition, you can support display with the included ZenScreen pen, which is stored in the hole located in the lower right corner of the screen (landscape orientation).
Asus ZenScreen GO uses an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a frequency of 60 Hz. It has a maximum brightness of 220 nits, 800: 1 contrast ratio and Asus' Eye Care technology, consisting of a blue light filter, anti-flicker and nine preset video modes. There is even a built-in timer and scope for gamers.
Finally, Asus ZenScreen GO uses a single USB-C connection. The package includes a power adapter, a USB-C cable with DisplayPort support, and a USB-C to USB-A adapter. The screen has a thickness of 3.14 inches and weighs 0.8 kg.
HP EliteDisplay S14
Price: from 14 450 rubles
The HP portable display uses a 14-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a frequency of 60 Hz. It does not have a huge list of functions, like Asus has, but you will find something for yourself: for example, on-screen controls, low blue light mode and a USB-C connection that receives data and power from a parent PC or tablet. The stand serves as a support when using the device in landscape mode.
This portable display has a maximum brightness of 200 nits, viewing angles of 178 degrees, a contrast ratio of 700: 1 and a response time of 5 ms. It does not have any additional outputs, built-in speakers or touch input capabilities.
The HP EliteDisplay S14 is 3.4 inches thick and weighs 1 kg.
Price: from 11 500 rub.
This display works with any device that has an HDMI connector. The diagonal is 13.3 inches, the monitor has an IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. What is noteworthy in this model is that it has the brightest screen in the list with a resolution of 400 nits (maximum). Console players should also like a 5ms response time.
Elecrow AUS50025E has viewing angles of 170 degrees, a contrast ratio of 800: 1 and two built-in speakers. Connection options consist of two Mini HDMI ports, a Micro USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack. You can turn on the monitor via a USB connection with the parent PC or use the supplied power adapter.
This portable display has a thickness of 0.59 inches and weighs 0.63 kg.
GeChic OnLap 1101P
Price: from 35 500 rubles.
If you need a portable display that supports the old-school VGA connector, GeChic's 1101P can do this. But this is precisely the catch: you also need to purchase a company cable for 1,100 rubles, since the display does not have a standard 15-pin VGA port with internal thread. Other connectivity options include Micro HDMI and Mini DisplayPort.
This display is based on an 11.6-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a frequency of 60 Hz. The screen has a maximum brightness of 300 nits, viewing angles of 89 degrees, a contrast ratio of 800: 1 and a response time of 14 ms. It also includes a 3.5mm headphone audio jack, two 0.75W speakers, a folding lid for use as a display stand, and a tripod mount kit.
GeChic OnLap 1101P has a thickness of 0.4 inches and weighs 0.6 kg with a case.
Lepow portable monitor
Price: from 10 850 rub.
This portable monitor has a diagonal of 15.6 inches and a resolution of Full HD. It is equipped with an IPS panel that can be used in both landscape and portrait orientation, as well as a cover that serves as a stand.
The screen works with all kinds of devices, including laptops, phones and game consoles. You can connect the monitor via USB-C or a Mini HDMI cable. As for the characteristics, the contrast is 1000: 1, the refresh rate fluctuates at 60 Hz, and the viewing angles are 85 degrees.
The Lepow portable monitor has a thickness of 0.3 inches and weighs 0.79 kg. Protective film included.
Price: from 8 300 rub.
The last product on our list is the smallest, since the diagonal of the device is 10.1 inches. However, the device has the highest resolution of 2560 x 1600 at a frequency of 60 Hz. Support for high resolution provides an ultra-short response time of 2 ms, which makes the display an excellent option for mobile PCs and console gamers.
The Johnwill portable display is based on an IPS panel with a maximum brightness of 300 nits. It has viewing angles of 178 degrees and a contrast ratio of 800: 1. On the back you will find a pair of speakers, complemented by a 3.5mm audio jack on the left side of the monitor. The device also has a Mini HDMI port, one USB-C (5 Gb / s) port for data, one USB-C port for power, and two USB-A (5 Gb / s) ports.
Finally, this display comes with a metal stand and six cables. It has a thickness of 3.7 inches and weighs 1.01 kg.