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The 4 Best Portable Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Portable Monitors

Being able to work wherever you can is important if you work remotely or on the go. Working from a laptop isn't the most productive, and that's where portable monitors are beneficial. They make it easier to work on the go, giving you extra screen space to use. Most of them support USB-C connectivity, so you can power it up and display an image on it at the same time. There are a few downsides, though, and compared to regular desktop monitors, the picture quality isn't as good on most portable monitors, meaning they're better to use as a secondary screen.

We've bought and tested over 260 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best portable and the best travel monitors. For more options, check out our recommendations for the best USB-C monitors, the best monitors for MacBook Pro, and the best office monitors.

  1. Best Portable Monitor

    The best portable monitor we've tested is the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV. It's an okay choice if you want to use it for productivity and office work, but like most portable monitors, it doesn't give you the same picture quality as a desktop monitor. However, it's still good enough overall to have as a second display for your laptop. With a 1080p resolution and 14-inch screen, there's enough space to see a full window, and the text clarity is excellent due to the high pixel density. It also has excellent accuracy before calibration, which is better than most portable monitors and good enough if your work requires accurate colors.

    It's a well-built monitor with a kickstand that adjusts the angle of the screen. Connecting to it is easy as it has two USB-C ports that each support DisplayPort Alt Mode, and it even has a Micro-HDMI input which is ideal if your laptop doesn't support USB-C. It also has a touch screen, but unfortunately, it isn't that useful because it doesn't feel responsive and doesn't work with macOS devices.

    See our review

  2. Best Portable Monitor For Gaming

    Although portable gaming monitors aren't as common as portable monitors for work, you can still find some options if you want a higher refresh rate than the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV for gaming on the go. If that's what you're interested in, the ASUS ROG Strix XG16AHPE is a great choice. It's mainly designed for mobile gaming or if you need something on the side of your main monitor. It's a great gaming monitor because it has a 144Hz refresh rate, which is enough for casual gaming. If you want something with a higher refresh rate, the ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE has a 240Hz refresh rate, but it costs more, so only consider it if you're going to take full advantage of the display.

    The XG16AHPE also has an excellent response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It has extremely low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology with G-SYNC compatibility, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Portable Monitor

    If you aren't a gamer and want to save money on a portable monitor for work use, then the Dell C1422H is a good choice as a mid-range option. You don't get the same 144Hz refresh rate as on the ASUS ROG Strix XG16AHPE, which is why it isn't as good for gaming. Instead, it's very similar to the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV because it has the same 14-inch screen and 1080p resolution and has two USB-C ports, but it doesn't have a touch screen or Micro-HDMI input. However, that doesn't make much of a difference if you aren't going to use them.

    It's an okay overall display with good picture quality for a portable monitor. Each of its USB-C ports supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, and if you have it connected to a 90W charger, the monitor supports 65 W of power delivery which is good for keeping your laptop's battery going while working. Additionally, the accuracy before calibration is good, so colors look good while browsing the web or looking at documents.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Portable Monitor

    If you're looking for the best portable monitor for laptop use and are on a budget, consider the Lepow Z1. It's a very basic 15-inch 1080p monitor with great text clarity, thanks to the high pixel density. It has good reflection handling, so glare generally isn't an issue in a dim room, but it doesn't get bright enough to fight light from bright sources. It has great connectivity, with a Mini HDMI port for older devices and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode.

    However, it's cheaper than the Dell C1422H because it doesn't have the best picture quality. Although this is what you can expect from a low-cost monitor, it can't even display the wide range of colors needed in SDR and has poor color accuracy. It means it's best to use it as a secondary display to keep a few tabs open. The Lepow Z1 Gamut is a similar monitor that displays a wider range of colors, but you'll still need to calibrate it for accurate colors, and it costs a bit more.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ViewSonic VG1655: The ViewSonic VG1655 is a budget-friendly monitor that costs a bit more than the Lepow Z1, and both of its USB-C ports support DisplayPort Alt Mode, but it doesn't support HDR, and its SDR picture quality isn't that much better, so for the cost, it's better to go for the Lepow. See our review
  • Lenovo ThinkVision M14: The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is comparable to the Dell C1422H as it costs a bit less and has the same features, but the Dell is an upgrade in a few areas, like the picture quality, so for the best performance, go for that one. See our review
  • ASUS ZenScreen Go MB16AHP: The ASUS ZenScreen Go MB16AHP has a built-in battery, which is great if you need it for on-the-go use, but only get this if you need the battery because you can get the Dell C1422H for less with better picture quality. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 23, 2023: Replaced the ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE with the ASUS ROG Strix XG16AHPE because it costs less and has a lower 144Hz refresh rate as most people won't need a 240Hz refresh rate on a portable monitor.

  2. Dec 14, 2022: Updated the text for clarity and verified that the monitors in the recommendation are still available; added the ASUS ZenScreen Go MB16AHP to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 18, 2022: Verified that the product selection was still update to date and updated text for clarity; added the Mobile Pixels TRIO to Notable Mentions.

  4. Oct 19, 2022: Verified that the picks still reflect market performance and availability; moved the 'Best Gaming' category below the 'Best Portable Monitor'.

  5. Aug 25, 2022: Renamed the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV to 'Best Monitor' because it has the most features, the Dell C1422H to 'Best Upper Mid-Range', and the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 to 'Best Mid-Range'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best portable monitor for laptop use currently available. They're adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price, and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our portable monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.