When it comes to your personal or work interface, having two monitors is always better. It simply helps you visualize, compare, and contrast everything that you are working on.

But not all work is done on the desktop with your 27-inch monitors clamped down. Sometimes you need to be mobile and portable and work with your laptop.

However, just because you’re working 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 2020

TypeMonitorSizeResolutionPanelPortsPowerWeight 
Best Budget Portable Monitors15.6”1366×768TNUSB 3.0USB2.64 lbs
15.6”1920×1080IPSUSB 3.0USB2.64 lbs
15.6”1920×1080IPSUSB 3.0USB1.76lbs
15.6”1920×1080IPSUSB-CUSB1.76lbs
Best Mid-Range Portable Monitors15.6”1920×1080IPSUSB-CUSB1.71 lbs
15.6”1920×1080IPSUSB-CUSB / Battery1.87 lbs
15.6”1920×1080IPSUSB-C, HDMI, VGAUSB2.34 lbs
Best Portable Monitors For Gaming15.6”1920×1080TNHDMI, mini-USBUSB2 lbs
15.6”1920×1080IPSUSB-C, HDMI, VGAUSB1.75 lbs
11.6”1920×1080IPS2x HDMIAC3.31 lbs
17.3”1920×1080TNUSB-C, 2x HDMI, USBAC6.83 lbs

As you can see, there’s quite a lot of portable monitors to choose from. They don’t only differ in screen size but also by panel typeresolution, connectivity options, and many more aspects.

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

Some of these displays are more handy than the others; some are faster, and some 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 best bang for the buck portable monitor? In this category, you will find the most cost-efficient and reliable portable monitors. You’ll notice that AOC and ASUS dominate the entry-level to mid-range market with their high-quality yet affordable portable USB-powered displays.

AOC E1659FWU – Best Portable Monitor Under $100

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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’s not 1080p, the AOC E1659FWU portable USB display has a resolution of 1366×768 (720p) which will on its 15.6″ screen still provide you with a crisp image quality due to the rich pixel density of 100 PPI (pixels per inch).

Moreover, if you have a weaker laptop, the lower resolution will be easier on its CPU and GPU.

With a peak brightness of 200-nits and a solid 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 portable monitor offers a quick 5ms response time speed and a 60Hz refresh rate which makes for responsive gameplay without visible trailing or ghosting of fast-moving objects.

Design & Connectivity

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Moving on, the AOC E1659FWU has a foldable stand, so it’s easy for transportation and you can easily place it in either portrait or landscape position. It supports auto-pivot, so the screen will automatically adjust according to the orientation of the monitor.

Using the exclusive DisplayLink software, you can connect additional USB monitors to the laptop for a multi-screen setup.

Turning to the connectivity, there’s a single USB 3.0 port for both power and 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.

The Pros

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Bright and crisp image quality
  • Quick response time

The Cons

  • Low resolution, but decent for the price
  • Narrow viewing angles

AOC I1659FWUX – Affordable 1080p IPS Portable Monitor

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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 IPS panel of the AOC I1659FWUX Full HD portable monitor offers wide 160°/160° viewing angles which ensure that the picture will remain vibrant no matter the angle you’re looking at it.

It also boosts the monitor’s peak brightness to 220-nits and the contrast ratio to 700:1 in comparison to the previous AOC monitor.

With a pixel density of 141 pixels per inch, which is more than enough 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 & Connectivity

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Aesthetically, it’s almost identical to the AOC E1659FWU though it’s slightly larger with dimensions of 14.64″ 9.13″ 1.37″ (372mm x 232mm x 35mm).

It also weighs around 2.64 lbs, has 75 x 75mm VESA mount pattern, and additionally, you can tilt the screen by 15° – 30°.

The AOC I1659FWUX uses a USB 3.0 connector as well but has a slightly higher power consumption at around 8W.

Summary

In short, AOC I1659FWUX will provide you with the same image quality you’d find on more expensive portable monitors.

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

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • None

ASUS MB169B+ – Lightweight 1080p IPS Portable Monitor

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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

When it comes to the image quality and performance, you get the same results as with the AOC I1659FWUX.

The AOC I1659FWUX is also based on a 15.6″ IPS panel with 1080p resolution, 160°/160° viewing angles, a 700:1 contrast ratio, a 5ms GtG response time, and a slightly lower 200-nit peak brightness.

Design & Connectivity

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

Moreover, the design features a sleek metallic finish. Via the ASUS EzLink Utility software, it supports auto-rotation and you can connect multiple USB monitors.

The software, however, doesn’t work with Mac, only 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.

The Pros

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Lightweight and slim design

The Cons

  • Software doesn’t work with Mac

AOC I1601FWUX – Affordable USB-C Portable Monitor

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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 a 15.6″ IPS 1080p display with wide viewing angles, a 200-nit peak brightness, a 700:1 contrast ratio, and a 5ms response time speed.

What you get with this portable monitor as opposed to the previous models, is the USB-C port instead of USB 3.0

The Auto-Pivot function is also available as well as an integrated low blue light filter which prevents eye fatigue caused by watching the screen at night or/and for prolonged hours.

Design & Connectivity

Best Usb Monitor

AOC has managed to make the AOC I1601FWUX USB-C portable monitor as thin and lightweight as the ASUS’ MB169B+ model.

It weighs only 1.76 lbs (800g) and it’s 0.33″ (8.5mm) thin with the overall dimensions amounting to 14.8″ x 9.25″ x 0.33″ (376mm x 235mm x 8.5mm).

Furthermore, the monitor features a practical magnetic stand, so you can effortlessly fold/unfold it and position it.

Summary

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

ASUS’ counterpart version to this budget USB-C portable monitor is the ASUS MB169C+, but we find AOC’s model to be more cost-effective.

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

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The Pros

  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Lightweight and slim design
  • USB-C
  • Good value for the price

The Cons

  • Doesn’t work with USB 2.0/3.0 adapters

Best Mid-Range Portable Monitors

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

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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 yet another 15.6″ 1080p IPS monitor with a 220-nit peak brightness and a slightly higher 800:1 contrast ratio.

However, once you install the DisplayWidget application, you will have access to multiple picture presets with optimized settings for different viewing purposes.

These ‘Splendid’ pre-calibrated picture modes include Standard, Game, Reading, Night View, Darkroom, Theater, 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 & Connectivity

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The ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC boasts a modern design with very thin bezels at the top and at the sides.

Just like the MB169B+, it uses its protective magnetic case as a stand.

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

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Expensive

ASUS MB16AP – USB-C Monitor With Integrated Battery

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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

Based on the same 15.6″ 1080p IPS panel with a 220-nit peak brightness and a contrast ratio of 800:1, you can expect a vibrant and crisp image quality.

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

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

Design & Connectivity

The design is identical as well with the foldable magnetic stand. You also get a pen and a USB-C to USB-A adapter.

Due to the integrated battery, the ASUS MB16AP is slightly heavier, weighing 1.87 lbs (850g). Its dimensions are 14.17″ x 8.8″ x 0.31″ (360mm x 226mm x 8mm).

Power consumption doesn’t exceed 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.

ASUS also offers a touch-screen version of this portable monitor with the same specifications including the 7800mAh battery called the ASUS ZenScreen MB16AMT

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Expensive

GeChic 1503I – Best Portable Touch-Screen Monitor

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About the Monitor

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

Image Quality

This 15.6″ 108p IPS portable monitor has a ten-finger multi-touch screen allowing you to enjoy all the advantages of a touch-sensitive display.

Note that the touch function isn’t supported on Macs.

The GeChic 1503I can get very bright, with a peak luminance of 250-nits while the contrast ratio is solid as well at 700:1.

Design & Connectivity

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The monitor is a bit bulkier than the previous few displays, but it’s still fairly lightweight, weighing only 2.34 lbs (1kg) without the stand and the cover.

It’s reasonably thick at 0.47″ (12mm) with the overall dimensions being 15.03″ x 9.68″ x 0.47″ (382mm x 246mm x 12mm).

The GeChic 1503I also features two 1W integrated speakers, a headphones jack, a micro-HDMI port, a VGA port, a rear dock port, and a USB-C port.

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.

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Expensive

Best Portable Monitors For Gaming

Looking for a portable monitor for gaming? If you’re looking for a portable monitor for the PS4 or the 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

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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

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

So, you won’t have as wide viewing angles nor as vibrant colors, but the GAEMS M155 HDMI portable monitor provides a bright picture with crisp details, nonetheless.

On Amazon, you will also find the 720p version, so double-check you’re getting 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 & Connectivity

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Moving on, the GAEMS M155 weighs just under 2lbs (900g) while the dimensions are 15.75″ x 9″ x 0.6″ (400mm x 228mm x 15mm).

It also comes with a bag for the monitor and all the accessories. It can be powered via USB or via the provided AC adapter. There’s a headphones jack, 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.

The Pros

  • Excellent value for the price
  • 1920×1080 screen resolution
  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Built-in speakers

The Cons

  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Not as vibrant colors as on IPS panels

GeChic 1503H – Mid-Range Portable Monitor For Gaming

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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 as a gamer-esque vibe as the GAMES M155, but it’s definitely suited for gaming.

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

It also boasts an excellent contrast ratio of 800:1 and wide viewing angles, however, it doesn’t have as low input lag nor as quick 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 & Connectivity

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

It’s also VESA mount compatible and weighs only 1.75 lbs (798g) with total dimensions being 15.03″ x 9.68″ x 0.43″ (382mm x 246mm x 11m).

Connectivity includes dual 1W integrated speakers, a headphones jack, HDMI, VGA, 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.

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Expensive
  • Mediocre speaker quality

G-STORY 11.6″ – Premium Portable Gaming Monitor

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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 G-STORY portable gaming monitors clip right onto your console after which you simply raise the screen like you would open up a laptop.

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

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

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

It fits right onto your console, so be sure to pick the right model on Amazon; it weighs only 3.31 lbs (1.5kg).

Summary

If you don’t need a USB-powered screen, but want a high-quality portable monitor, G-STORY offers the absolute best displays in that category:

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

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Small 11.6″ screen

G-STORY 17.3″ – Portable Monitor For Competitive Gaming

Best Portable Monitor For Gaming

About the Monitor

Want to use the full potential of your Xbox One S, Xbox One X, or PC 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 120Hz refresh rate at 1080p which will make video games much more responsive and immersive.

Plus, it has a rapid 1ms GtG response time speed for minimal ghosting and motion blur in fast-paced games. Alas, since it uses a TN panel, you get narrower viewing angles and inferior color quality in comparison to IPS models. 

Just like the previous G-STORY portable monitors, the 17.3″ 120Hz model supports HDR and AMD FreeSync.

Design & Connectivity

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At the back of the monitor, you will find a USB port, a USB type C port, two HDMI ports, dual buillt-in speakers, and two headphones jacks.

It’s not USB-powered, so you will have to use a power adapter unless you have an external battery. You will also get a remote controller. Lastly, the display weighs 6.83 lbs (3kg).

Summary

G-STORY’s 17″ 120Hz 1080p 1ms 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!

The monitor is also available as a more expensive 1440p 120Hz variant. However, for a 17″ display, 1440p isn’t really necessary. Moreover, 1440p will be more demanding on your GPU resulting in less FPS.

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Inferior image quality to IPS panels

Conclusion

Found the perfect portable monitor for you? If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below.

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

Now, if you have a laptop with a USB-C port, you should get the USB-C version of it or the ASUS MB16AP according to your budget and preference.

In case you need a portable screen for console gaming, the GAEMS M155 is 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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