Best portable monitors 2024

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The best portable monitors can provide the ideal solution for anyone who needs more screen space when you're on the move. They're a boon for anyone working on compact devices like phones and tablets, but even if you've got a big-screen laptop like the M3 MacBook Pro 16-inch, you might find that a second display helps you keep your productivity high wherever you go.

While the best computer monitors can provide you with a massive display, they're simply not portable - so the grab-and-go quality of these slim, lightweight displays can expand your workspace while also adding extra factors like touchscreen capabilities.

If you're used to a large desktop system, even the best laptops can feel limiting to work on. With that in mind, we've broken down a list of the best portable monitors - taking into account everything from screen resolution to connection type to how sturdy the kickstand feels.

No matter your needs, there's a perfect portable monitor out there waiting for you; something that will fit perfectly into your on-the-go setup. Whether that's a bigger screen, higher resolution, or even superior color reproduction, read on and find out which of these compact displays is best for you.

The quick list

When it comes to the best portable monitors, finding the right one for your needs is the key. You wouldn't want to end up, after all, with a work-focused display when what you really need is a gaming one, or vice versa. That's why we gathered the best ones below for every need and even budget. While we haven't written the reviews for most of our picks, our Reviews and Buying Guides Editor has already tested quite a few of them herself, so you can rest assured that they've been tried and tested by us.

The best portable monitors 2024

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The best portable monitor for most people

Asus ZenScreen OLED MQ13AH

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1. Asus ZenScreen OLED MQ13AH

The best portable monitor for most people

Specifications

Display size: 13.3-Inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
Connectivity: USB-C, Mini HDMI
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 360 nits
Weight: 1.08 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Great color coverage and accuracy
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Bright OLED screen

Reasons to avoid

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Somewhat pricey
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Stand is a bit of a hassle

There are many things about the Asus ZenScreen OLED MQ13AH that makes it a worthy top recommendation if you’re seeking a portable monitor for productivity and casual use. It’s a bit on the small side, but at least that means it’s the perfect size of that 1080p resolution. And its 1.08-pound weight means that you’ll hardly feel it in your backpack when traveling or commuting.

In terms of performance, you’ll be hard-pressed to complain. It’s got 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and a color accuracy of Delta E < 2, delivering excellent color performance. It also has a bright panel, topping at 360 nits, so you won’t have to squint through your eight-hour workday – although we wish the display itself isn’t so glossy and prone to annoying reflections.

The only complaint we have about its design is that its stand, which moonlights as its case, isn’t the most convenient to use. Hardly a big deal, if it wasn’t for the fact that it’s also not the cheapest option.

The best cheap portable monitor

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2. ViewSonic VA1655

The best cheap portable monitor

Specifications

Display size: 15.6-Inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
Connectivity: 2x USB-C, Mini HDMI
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 250 nits
Weight: 1.5 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Very affordable
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Intuitive and deep OSD menu

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most accurate colors
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Kickstand a bit flimsy

Though a little slim on special features – it has a built-in stand, of course, and for travel purposes, it comes with its own travel case. It also has portrait mode for reading documents and coding, as well as two 0.8W speakers, but that’s about it. However, if you don’t really need anything fancy, it’s the best one out of all the budget portable monitors you’ll see on Amazon

This 15.6-inch 1080p display is a little dim, with its brightness topping at 250 nits, but it has two USB-C ports, one of which has 60W power delivery (plus a mini HDMI). It’s also very light, one of the lightest options on here, coming in at only 1.5 lbs – an advantage if you’re a digital nomad on an extended trip around the world.

We’re still working on testing and reviewing this display, but ViewSonic’s budget monitors haven’t failed us yet, and this one is also very highly reviewed by verified customers on Amazon.

The best portable monitor for gaming

Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE

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3. Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE

The best portable monitor for gaming

Specifications

Display size: 15.6-Inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
Connectivity: USB-C, Micro HDMI
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Brightness: 300 nits
Weight: 1.98 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Fast refresh rate
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Built-in battery

Reasons to avoid

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Limited tilt angles with included stand
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A bit pricey

There aren’t a lot of portable monitors geared towards gamers. Luckily, Asus has us covered with its line of ROG portable gaming monitors. There’s a few of them worth looking at, but if you want the best, we suggest going for the Asus ROG Strix XG16AHPE, which we’ve gamed on ourselves (although we are still working on a review for it).

This 15.6-inch version comes with a versatile built-in kickstand that gives users the option to switch from landscape to portrait mode, which comes in handy if you’re also a coder. Though only a 1080p panel, it does come with a 144Hz refresh rate, which makes it ideal for fast-paced titles, as well as Nvidia G-Sync support.

There is a built-in battery, which also makes this a worthy proposition if that’s important to you, but it’s small and only gives you up to two hours of use (less if you’re gaming). There are speakers built-in as well, though you’d want to rely on a gaming headset instead.

The best portable monitor for MacBooks

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4. LG Gram +view 16MR70

The best portable monitor for MacBooks

Specifications

Display size: 16-inch
Resolution: 2560 x 1600p
Connectivity: 2x USB-C
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 350 nits
Weight: 1.45 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Light for the size
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Great color coverage

Reasons to avoid

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No OSD Menu
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Only USB-C connectivity

If you’re a MacBook user who is a photographer, videographer, or graphic designer by trade, we recommend checking out our best portable monitor for creatives suggestion further down this list. However, if you’re more of a business or productivity power user needing to extend your MacBook’s display, then the LG Gram +view 16MR70 is the ideal choice.

The LG Gram line is known for its super-lightweight nature, and you can expect the same from this portable monitor, sitting at only 1.45 pounds for a 16-inch display. It’s, in fact, lighter than many of the smaller options on this list. Naturally, it works beautifully with the MacBooks, especially with its two USB-C ports. And while its color accuracy isn’t anything to write home about, it does offer DCI-P3 99% color gamut, which is a nice concession.

While we have yet to get our hands on this display for a proper review, which we plan on doing soon, it’s been positively received by Amazon customers. It’s currently enjoying a 3.4 out of 5 rating, with some reviewers declaring it an impressive portable monitor despite its minor flaws.

The best 4K portable monitor

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5. UPerfect True 4K

The best 4K portable monitor

Specifications

Display size: 15.6-inch
Resolution: 3840x2160p
Connectivity: 2x USB-C, Mini HDMI
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 600nits
Weight: 1.5 lbs

Reasons to buy

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4K resolution!
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Lots of ports

Reasons to avoid

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Limited orientation with stand
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Doesn’t save brightness settings

What makes the UPerfect Tru 4K portable monitor such a must for those seeking 4K in a portable package is its blinding 600 nits of brightness to go along with that UHD resolution. While the HDR support is not Vesa-certified, its 1500:1 and 100% Adobe RGB more than make up for it, providing a vibrant and dynamic image.

If only you didn’t have to reset the brightness every time the screen is manually powered off. It’s a minor quibble, but considering how much power this screen takes – you’ll need somewhat powerful hardware to make use of that higher resolution – and the fact that your laptop is as likely to be on battery power than not, it is worth noting.

The other minor issue is its cover, which also functions as its stand. As a cover, it’s fine. But, as a stand, it can sometimes be a little flimsy, a regular issue with portable monitors. That said, at least there are more than enough ports on hand.

The best touchscreen monitor for creatives

Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV

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6. Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV

The best touchscreen portable monitor for creatives

Specifications

Display size: 14-inch
Resolution: 1920x1080p
Connectivity: 2x USB-C, Micro HDMI
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 300 nits
Weight: 1.63 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Excellent color accuracy
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Touchscreen functionality

Reasons to avoid

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Contrast ratio a disappointment
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No battery

Content creators who often travel for work don’t always have the convenience of having access to a screen real estate big enough for a comfortable creative workflow. Luckily, some manufacturers have seen to it that they too have options in the portable monitor scene, and the Asus ProArt Display PA148CTV may be the best one we’ve seen and tested.

Though we haven’t done the review on it just yet, one of our Computing editors has had a proper hands-on experience with the monitor, and it truly delivers in color coverage and color accuracy. With 100% sRGB and 100% Rec. 709 color gamut, as well as Calman verified color accuracy, this is truly better for video and photo editing than all others on this list. That’s without mentioning its other features that simplify your workflow.

First is its touchscreen capability, which allows you to make adjustments to your work directly onto the screen. Then there’s the built-in integrated dial you’ll find in the rear of the monitor. It works seamlessly with several Adobe editing software, allowing you to fine-tune your work while minimizing your use of the trackpad or mouse.

The best portable monitor with built-in battery

Asus ZenScreen Go MB16AP

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7. Asus ZenScreen Go MB16AP

The best portable monitor with built-in battery

Specifications

Display size: 15.6-Inch
Resolution: 1920x1080p
Connectivity: USB-C
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 220 nits
Weight: 1.9 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Built-in battery
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Large feature set

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Very expensive

You might not feel comfortable with spending quite the asking price of the Asus ZenScreen Go MB16AP since it is pretty pricey. However, that’s probably the biggest strike against it. Outside of that and the fact that it is a bit on the chunky side, there’s much more to love than not.

While we haven’t reviewed it here at TechRadar just yet, one of our Computing editors has already put this display through its paces, and it truly does deserve to be on every top portable monitors list. To start, it comes with a built-in battery that can last up to three and a half hours on a single charge. That alone is pretty impressive. But, it also comes with wireless connectivity, though it only functions through screen mirroring.

As far as the panel itself goes, it’s not right for any serious photo or video editing but good for productivity work with a 1080p resolution and bright enough 220 nits. Colors look good for most regular work as well as streaming. But, the star of the show here is not the screen but the features, especially the battery, making this perfect for the digital nomad who needs extra screen real estate.

The best triple portable monitor for laptops

Oiiwak Triple

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8. Oiiwak Triple

The best triple portable monitor for laptops

Specifications

Display size: 2x 14-Inch
Resolution: 1920x1200p
Connectivity: 2x USB-C, HDMI per screen
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 400 nits (max)
Weight: 3.30 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Double the extra screen real-estate
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Premium build quality

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Port locations could be an issue for some 

Sometimes double the screen real estate is not enough, and that’s where the Oiiwak Triple portable monitor comes in. The name is confusing, as it doesn’t actually have three screens – it just gives you two more for that triple-display setup. Offering two 14-inch 16:10 screens attached to an aluminum alloy tray, it is the perfect companion to anyone who just can’t get enough space for their digital workflow.

It does come at a price as you would expect when there are twice as many panels as usual. And the port locations aren’t ideal if your laptop has all its own ports on one side. After all, you have to connect each screen separately. This, however, does mean that you can use one screen for one device and the other for another.

We are still in the process of testing and reviewing it, but we already feel confident enough in its capabilities to add it to this list. Since this is a hefty portable monitor compared to the others, that aluminum alloy tray, made for 13 to 16-inch laptops – it’s stretchable – and its kickstand are sturdy as rock, fixing one of the issues many other portable monitors have.

The best 17-inch portable monitor

Intehill 4K

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9. Intehill 4K

The best 17-inch portable monitor

Specifications

Display size: 17.3-Inch
Resolution: 3840x2160p
Connectivity: USB-C, DisplayPort 1.4 Mini, HDMI
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 400 nits
Weight: 2.65 lbs

Reasons to buy

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4K natural resolution
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USB-C, HDMI and DP

Reasons to avoid

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Backlighting somewhat center-focused
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Heavy

This 17.3-inch 4K model from Intehill is a bit of a unicorn as there just aren’t a lot of portable monitors at this size with this resolution. Thankfully, it’s also a good looking one. Just be aware that you’ll have to spend a hefty sum for this larger display as well as buy a PSU separately, that is unless you have a Thunderbolt port which can fully power it.

While we found its backlighting to be somewhat center-focused during our testing, the color coverage is good for most with 100% Adobe RGB and 93% DCI-P3. HDR is on offer as well though its 400 nits is not quite bright enough for strong results – not to mention that it didn’t quite hit its advertised peak brightness when tested.

Back on the plus side, there’s plenty of connectivity on hand with the ability to use either USB-C, mini-DisplayPort, or a full-fledged HDMI port. The Intehill 17.3-inch Portable 4K monitor also comes with Vesa mounts as well as a smart case that doubles as a stand. 

The best affordable OLED portable monitor

Innocn 15A1F

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10. Innocn 15A1F

The best affordable OLED portable monitor

Specifications

Display size: 15.6-Inch
Resolution: 1920 x 1080p
Connectivity: 2x USB-C, Mini HDMI
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 400 nits
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