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The 5 Best Portable Monitors - Summer 2022 Reviews

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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're usually the same size as a laptop, and portable monitors make it easier to work on the go, giving you extra screen space to work with. 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 as they have lower peak brightness and worse colors, meaning they're better to use as a secondary screen.

We've bought and tested over 250 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors to use on the go. 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 mainly focused on productivity and office work, and like most portable monitors, it doesn't give you the same picture quality as a desktop monitor, but 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 open another window, and the text clarity is excellent due to the low pixel density. It also has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, which is better than most portable monitors, and it's a good choice if you need to maintain accurate colors on a portable display.

    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 it isn't that useful because it doesn't feel responsive and doesn't work with macOS devices. Luckily, it's a well-built monitor with a kickstand to adjust the angle of the screen.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Portable Monitor

    If you want to save a bit of money on the best portable monitor for laptop use, then the Dell C1422H is a good choice as an upper mid-range option. It's very similar to the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV because it has the same 14-inch screen and 1080p resolution, and it 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 the touch screen or Micro-HDMI input anyways.

    The Dell is an okay overall display with good picture quality for a portable monitor. Each of its USB-C ports support DisplayPort Alt Mode, and if you have it connected to a 90W charger, the monitor supports 65W of power delivery which is good to keep your laptop's battery going while working, and you have one less cable to worry about. The out-of-the-box accuracy is good, and it has perfect coverage of the commonly-used sRGB color space, but it has limited coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing. It also doesn't support HDR, but that's expected for most portable monitors anyways.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Portable Monitor

    Should you be looking for something cheaper, the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 offers good value as a mid-range portable monitor. It's very similar to the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV and the Dell C1422H, with the main difference being that it's a step down in performance in a few areas, which is what you should expect if you want something cheaper. Text is legible and clear, and your mouse movements feel responsive thanks to the low input lag. There are two USB-C ports, and you can either power it from your laptop if it supports DisplayPort Alt Mode or connect it directly to a power source.

    In terms of picture quality, the Lenovo is decent enough to use as a secondary screen because it has an excellent SDR color gamut and decent out-of-the-box accuracy. However, it isn't as good as the ASUS or Dell. Although its SDR peak brightness is just okay and the reflection handling is decent, it's fine if you have a few lights around, but just don't use it opposite a bright window. Still, it's a lightweight, portable monitor with a stand to hold it up.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Portable Monitor

    If you're looking for the best portable monitor for laptop use and you're on a budget, consider the Lepow Z1. It's a very basic 15-inch 1080p monitor with great text clarity thanks to the relatively small screen and high pixel density. It has good reflection handling, so glare generally isn't an issue with a few lights around, but its peak brightness is disappointing. It has great connectivity, with a Mini HDMI port for older devices and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. You can power the device from a wall adapter instead of putting an extra power drain on your laptop's battery.

    However, the reason it's cheaper than the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 and other monitors mentioned is that it doesn't have the best picture quality. Although this is what you should expect from a low-cost monitor, it can't even display the wide range of colors needed in SDR and has disappointing out-of-the-box accuracy, so it's best to use it as a secondary display to keep a few tabs open for messages and emails. The Lepow Z1 Gamut is a similar monitor that costs just a bit more and displays a wider range of colors, but it still has disappointing color accuracy.

    See our review

  5. Best Portable Gaming Monitor

    Although portable gaming monitors aren't as common as portable monitors for work, you can still find some. If that's what you're interested in, the ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE is a great choice. It's mainly for gaming on the go or if you find your main display too small and need something on the side. It's a great gaming monitor, especially considering the size. It has a very fast 240Hz refresh rate and a fantastic response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has outstanding low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.

    It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. If you don't think you need the 240Hz refresh rate, the ASUS ROG Strix XG16AHPE is cheaper with a 144Hz refresh rate and is also great for gaming, but the XG17AHPE still has a faster response time, making it the better choice to use as a portable gaming monitor.

    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. See our review
  • ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT: The ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT has a touch screen if you prefer that for on-the-go office use, but it's also costly for a portable monitor, so for the same price, you can get better performance with the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Jun 21, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; moved the Lenovo ThinkVision M14 to 'Best Portable Monitor' and renamed the ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE to 'Best Gaming'; added the Dell C1422H as 'Best For MacBook' and renamed the ASUS PA148CTV to 'Best For Color Accurate Work'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Apr 26, 2022: Moved the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV to its own category as the 'Best Portable Monitor For Bright Rooms' to reflect user needs and updated Notable Mentions based on the change.

  4. Mar 24, 2022: Renamed the ASUS PA148CTV to 'Brighter Alternative' to be more reflective of user needs; added the ViewSonic VG1655 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 25, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best mobile monitors 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.

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