Sitting all day in front of a laptop is really a boring job. Isn’t it?
You might be that person who travels a lot and carrying laptop is difficult for you. Or you might have a job that can’t be done without a computer. Or You might have multiple jobs and thinking of buying a new laptop. Well you don’t have to do that. Why buy a new laptop when you have the best portable monitor. right?
To solve these problems i think the best alternative for that is a best portable monitor.
You may know tech companies like AOC, ASUS, lenovo and couple others who are into tech business. Each day they’re bringing improvements in their technologies to make their products more appealing to the audience.USB powered monitors is one of those technologies.
If you’re a professional worker then you don’t have to take headache of switching between windows. Portable HDMI monitors makes it simple by easily plugging in the Portable HDMI monitor with USB port or HDMI. You can enjoy working on two screens at the same time. Isn’t it awesome?
Best Portable Monitor Reviews 2017
|ViewSonic TD2230||1920 x 1080P||3.0||22"|
|AOC E1659FWU||1366 x 768P||3.0||16"|
|Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421||1366 x 768P||3.0||14"|
|HP Elitedisplay S140u||1600 x 900P||3.0||14"|
|Hori Full HD||1920 x 1080P||N/A||15.6”|
|1920 x 1080P||3.0||11.6"|
|gechic 1503A||1366 x 768P||N/A||15.6"|
|Lilliput UM-70||800 x 400||N/A||7"|
So that some of the things are clear. Let’s throw everything aside and without further ado let’s jump straight into best portable monitor 2017 reviews.
1. ASUS MB168B+ review – Slimmest USB Powered Monitor
The first Portable monitor that i tracked down for you guys is ASUS MB168+ 15.6” WXGA 1366×768 USB powered monitor all the way from ASUS with some interesting features and specifications. ASUS MB168B+ portable monitor is known for its slimness and lightweight. It was the only 1080p portable monitor back in the days it was launched and has good reputation among HDMI portable monitors till this day.
ASUS MB168 USB monitor comes with some great features and specs. ASUS MB168 delivers 1366×768 HD resolution with aspect ratio of 16:9 so that you can enjoy clear picture. One of the coolest things about ASUS MB168B+ portable monitor is that you don’t have to use separate cables for power and data transmission. WXGA 1366×768 USB Portable Monitor allows you to use the same cable for both purposes. The portable monitor comes with USB 2.0 port.
The other interesting fact about ASUS MB168 HDMI portable monitor is that it delivers contrast ratio of 500:1 so that you can enjoy the realistic picture with rich colors. You may have experienced some screens that can’t resist against sunlight and it disturbs the brightness of your device. ASUS MB168B+ comes with a feature that adjust the brightness of the screen automatically according to different lighting conditions.
The portable USB monitor also comes with ASUS Ezlink technology. ASUS Ezlink technology helps your laptop in driving five MB168B monitors at one time when connected. Another great thing that i found out about Ezlink technology is that as the MB168B+ disconnects, it automatically restores the application window rotation and helps in rotating the image automatically between portrait modes.
The portable HDMI monitor comes with a beautiful 0.3 inch slim profile as you can see in the picture. It is said that ASUS MB168B+ was the only thinnest portable monitor after it was released and till this day it is one of the stylish portable monitors. It comes with adjustable stand and protective carrying case. The portable HDMI monitor weighs only 2.6 lbs and is 15.25×10.75×0.7 in size. Its lightweight and size allows you to carry the device easily in its protective carrying case.
ASUS MB168B+ portable monitor also includes 3 years warranty known as ASUS rapid replacement. You can Replace your portable usb monitor in case you come up with any issues regarding your device.
As clear from its name, gaems portable monitor is specially designed for gaming purpose. The portable gaming monitor is built by looking at the technology from the perspective of games lovers. GAEMS g155 can be easily connected to your gaming consoles and you can enjoy your favorite games with excellent performance and HD resolutions. GAEMS monitor m155 comes with some interesting specs and features, so without further ado let’s have a look at GAEMS m155 specs and features.
The device is one of the glossy screen monitors which increases your gaming experience by playing your favorite games in HD quality. The portable monitor comes with compact LED design and weighs around 2 pounds. You can connect GAEMS g155 to console, PC or laptop by using a single USB port. You can also use USB monitor adapter to plugin portable monitor into your devices. The interesting part is that you can split the USB. What it does is, the USB will consume much power and you’ll have great gaming experience.
The device delivers upto 1366×768 resolution and offers 720p display which is great that allows you to play your games with crisp and clear images, with wide viewing angles. You can enjoy your favorite game with facing any issues.
So that we’re finished with we’re finished with some of the gaems m155 specs and features, let me give you some information regarding the portable monitor’s design. The device comes with grey color as you can see in the picture that is covered with dark protective shield. The protective shield’s flexibility protects the exterior of portable monitor from damages and scratches. The interior grey felts also prevents any scratch in case the device is turned off. In short, GAEMS M155 package provides your device better protection than many other portable monitors out there in the market.
- Interior protection with flexible exterior case.
- Comes with good resolution and HD display.
- Great LED design.
- Good performance.
- Easy connectivity with you Consoles.
- Poor quality viewing angles.
- Comes without speakers.
- No warranty.
3. ViewSonic TD2230 Review – Best Portable Touch Screen Monitor
The next portable monitor that i added into our reviews list is viewsonic TD2230 22. Viewpoint comes with multi -media touch display and offers great features and specs. The device comes with classy and bezels free design. TD2230 has crisp and clear display which delivers great front-of-screen performance with responsive touch experience. Let’s see exactly what this portable monitor is offering.
The portable monitor comes with responsive 10 point projected capacitive technology with durable display which allows you to easily swipe, zoom, tap, and pinch the images. The portable monitor also features the touch screen with 7H hardness that has 10 touch points. TD2230 portable monitor comes with in IPS(in-plane switching) technology which allows the screen to deliver liquid crystal display.
Moreover the device also includes 16.7 million colors, 250cd/m^2 brightness,1920 x 1080 screen resolution and 1000:1 typical contrast ratio which are some of the other plus points for this best portable monitor.
The portable usb monitor comes with beautiful frame-less design that follows simple black color with crisp and clear screen. The back portion of TD2230 is design in a way so that it can also work as a stand. You can move the stand in different directions according to your desire. TD2230 also offers VESA compatible mount that allows you to mount your device in a flexible way on a wall or monitor stand.
You may have experienced or heard about some of the portable monitors that don’t offer much connectivity options. Viewsonic TD2230 isn’t one of those portable monitors and offers connectivity options like USB 3.0, HDMI, display port and also include VGA for legacy systems. The portable monitor also comes with built-in speakers which we didn’t found in GAEMS in our portable monitors reviews list.
- 10 point projected capacitive technology.
- Come with frameless design.
- 1920 x 1080 resolution.
- Crisp and clear images.
- 16.7 million colors.
- Many connectivity options.
- Comes with built-in speakers.
- Screen looks yellow from off center view.
- DVI might be a problem for some you guys.
- Screen do not adjust itself bright light condition.
- No bezels.
GeChic 1101H is more than just a portable monitor. It’s designed in a way so that it can work with any device including tablets and smartphones as it includes different connectivity options. The screen space can expand depending on which task you want to perform on your GeChic 1101H (videos, documents etc). The portable monitor comes with awesome features and specs which i am about to explain in GeChic 1101H review.
The device comes with the VGA, Micro HDMI and mini Displayport inputs so that you do not face any problem regarding connectivity. You can easily connect the device with all devices including your camera, game consoles, tablets, smartphones etc.
The portable monitor comes with HD resolution (1980×1080), contast ratio of 800:1 along with 16.7 million colors and 14 m/s low response time for good performance. The company also provided the device with built-in 2 x 0.75W speakers and headphones jack for awesome multimedia experience. Gechic 1101H 11.6″ also shows a crip and clear image from different viewing angles [Left, Right, Up, Down(89)].
Coming towards Gechic 1101H 11.6″ design, the device comes with 0.4 inch thin design. Gechic’s company also included a nice cover stand for better protection. The stand also includes the magnetic strip which supports the device in three different angles. Isn’t it awesome? Gechic 1101H weighs only 1.5lb and comes with a compact design that allows you to easily pack and carry the device during long travels.
You may travel a lot and it’s obvious that your device might face bumps and drops. Not an issue, GeChic 1101H comes with a type of cover that can easily resist against them and your portable monitor remains undamaged.
- Good contrast ratio.
- Great 1920 x 1080 resolution.
- Crisp and clear display.
- Multiple connectivity options.
- 2 x 0.75 built-in speakers.
- No cons found so far.
You might know AOC for manufacturing high quality tech products and till this day they do. The next portable monitor that i added into the list is AOC E1659FWU, a 16 inch portable monitor with interesting features and design. AOC E1659FWU has the reputation for rich text and color quality but i found its viewing angles not that good as other portable monitors that i reviewed before in our list. However other AOC E1659FWU specs and features are impressive. let’s get into it.
It’s one of the best portable monitors that delivers sharp image quality with 1366 x 768 resolution along with Anti-glare coating which is one of its attractive qualities. AOC E1659FWU USB powered monitor offers USB 3.0 technology with USB3 cable that can split in USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 connectivity. I found the device thinner (0.9 inch) than AOC E1649FWU (1.4 inch). The USB powered monitor works on almost all devices with operating systems like windows and Mac OS as it uses basic DisplayLink drivers.
The portable monitor weighs only 2.4 lbs with 14.5″ x 9.0″ x 0.9″ dimensions along with top, sides and bottom screen bezels. The device comes with 15.6 inches viewing screen along with aspect ratio of 16:9 and 500:1 contrast ratio. You’ll not find any physical buttons as everything in the portable monitor is controlled by softwares.
The USB portable monitor comes with a foldable stand attached to its back that has four vesa mount holes around it. The stand allows you to put the monitor in landscapes with ease. At the back side of the device there’s also an input for USB cable. The package also offers a carrying case. isn’t it awesome?
- Multiple USB 3.0 and 2.0 connectivity.
- Awesome screen resolutions.
- Brighter panel and brightness control option.
- Thinner and lighter.
- No built-in speakers.
- The screen can’t adjust itself according to different light conditions.
You might have heard of Lenovo. Lenovo company is known for consistently launching high quality laptops and other accessories and is not even one of the leading companies in the world. But after the launch of lenovo thinkvision LT1421 portable monitor, there comes a twist in the competition. The device featured some the best technologies that made the Lenovo LT1421 14 one of the unique portable monitors. The device comes with phenomenal specs and features. In short the device is on the next level. So without further ado lets get into Lenovo LT1421 review.
First let’s get into the exterior portion of the device. The portable usb led monitor is 14 inches in size, 38mm thick and comes with a cover that is almost 3mm thick. According to my views the body of the device is quite attractive, it’s covered with ravin-black base frame which is covered with a thin bezel and the back of the portable monitor almost flat. You’ll find out that its screen can easily cope with dazzling light as the usb portable monitor screen comes with anti-glare matte. You can even use it with ease in sunlight. You don’t have to worry about the screen’s protection as its covered with a black cover that protects the screen from scratches.
However, this device proved itself to be one the best portable monitors in the market with its phenomenal specs. Lenovo thinkvision LT1421 usb monitor comes with 1366 x 768 screen resolution along with 262k bright colors and 200cd/m2 brightness capacity. The brightness of the portable usb led monitor remains almost the same even at 45 degrees as the device portable monitor with left to right wide viewing angles.
Talking about the Lenovo lt1421 connectivity, it comes with a single port for both power and USB. Thankfully the LT1421 supports both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0. The USB 2.0 delivers low video bandwidth, you have to use USB 3.0 for good video bandwidth. The LT1421 comes in the of of the display link devices but just like other display link devices, it’s plug-and-play, but the company offers Lenovo LT1421 driver that you can get in CD or on Lenovo website which can help you in this situation. Moreover you also have to install display link software on the system on which you want to use the Lenovo portable monitor.
If you’re any kind of auditor or consultant then carrying the lenovo thinkvision LT1421 usb monitor wouldn’t be hard for you as the device is compact and comes with lightweight of 1.8 pounds and is 0.37 inch thick. Carrying around this device would be easy for you.
- High resolutions with bright colors.
- Good protection.
- USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 connectivity.
- Wide left and right viewing angles.
- Great response time.
- No VESA mount.
- I found out its cover a bit bulky.
HP Elitedisplay S140U, another best portable monitor in our list that is completely different in some of the features from all the monitors that i reviewed above. One of the best USB powered monitors with sleek, stylish and ultra portable design. You might have experienced some of the USB portable monitors that are that are really difficult to set-up. Well Elitedisplay S140U isn’t one of those portable monitors. It has super easy and simple set-up.
HP Elitedisplay S140U is one of the thinnest portable monitors(0.5 inches) and weighs 3.17 pounds which makes it ultra portable. Many people always worry about the protection of the device. Well not and issue, the portable monitor comes with a cover that protects it from scratches and you can easily slide it into its carrying case with your other devices without any problem. You can also use the cover as a stand.
HP Elitedisplay S140U screen resolution is different than all of the portable monitors that i reviewed above. The portable monitor comes with 1600 x 900 resolutions with matte screen and 90 degrees horizontal and 50 degrees vertical viewing angles. HP Elitedisplay S140U monitor has great response time of 8ms that improves its performance. Just like some of the other portable monitors in our list, S140U also comes with only one USB port that is used for both power and data transferring.
As soon as you open the box, you’ll have s140u monitor, USB graphics drivers in CD-ROM, a USB cable and hp elitedisplay s140u manual that comes in different languages to let you have better understanding of the device.
- Delivers good quality images with high resolutions.
- Wide viewing angles.
- Lightweight, thin, compact and ultra portable.
- Comes with carrying case.
- Some connectivity issues with buit-in drivers.
- Display panel isn’t that good.
8. Hori Full HD Monitor Review – best portable monitor for ps4
We have discussed best portable monitor for gaming and here comes the Hori full hd ps4 gaming monitor, one of the best portable monitors that allows you to play your favorite games on ps4 with high resolutions, bright colors and crisp clear images. A professional gamer would definitely this one. Moreover, hori ps4 monitor specs and features are quite impressive. You will love it. Let’s jump straight into it.
Gaming without HD quality and high quality graphics is a headache and in this tech era, its obvious that you’re not playing sonic or Mario game on your consoles, isn’t it? good childhood memory thou. Hori Full HD Monitor for playstation 4 comes with 1080p HD resolutions that allows you to play latest games in high quality graphics without effecting the portable monitor’s performance. Moreover, hori ps4 slim portable monitor with your consoles via HDMI with ease and is designed in a way so that it can easily fits in your gaming console.
With 11.6 inches screen you’ll experience crisp and clear video quality with bright colors. When your game in motion you will experience the sharp image and even it works fine with darker display (1886).
The portable monitor also offers stereo speakers located at front base. However the sound quality of the speakers isn’t that good what i expected. You have the sound adjustment option and can get louder, but you’ll find it unpleasant. Moreover the device also comes with headset jack and 2 HDMI ports at its back. Other than ps4 you can also attach your laptop or computer in case you’re into multi-player games.
- Smooth and HD display.
- Multiple HDMI ports.
- 11.6″ screen.
- Stereo speakers.
- Supports heavy games with ease.
- Easy connectivity.
- Ultra slim.
- Don’t have internal battery.
Here comes ASUS MB169B+, another best portable monitor in our list all the way from ASUS. ASUS MB169B+ monitor is the enhanced version of ASUS MB168B+.The device features some old specs but the company also added new specs and features to the device for strong performance. Most of the best portable USB powered monitors comes with the 1366x768p resolutions, but ASUS MB169B+ portable monitor made to the next level by providing 1920x1080p resolutions. isn’t it phenomenal?
Talking about USB powered monitor design and setup, the device is 14.9×9.26×0.26 inches in dimension with 1.6lbs of lightweight which makes it one of the thinnest portable monitors in the market. Unlike some of the other USB portable monitors, ASUS MB169b+ 15.6″ monitor doesn’t come with any arm, Instead of that it requires a carrying case. For crisp and clear color response the company also added IPS panel technology to ASUS MB169b+ monitor. The portable monitoe comes with great viewing angles. Moreover, it allows to switch between portrait mode and landscape mode with ease.
The device also offer an EZlink technology, multiframe software and CD-ROM which allows you to manage your windows with ease. You can also get the utilities from ASUS support page. Moreover, ASUS MB169b plus also includees DisplayLink chip. After you install your needed drivers, you can easily connect your portable monitor and computer via USB cable and start working on your second screen.
Let’s talk about some of the ASUS MB169b+ specs. Should we?
- ASUS MB169b+ portable monitor comes with 15.6 inches display that deliver full HD 1920x1080p resolutions.
- Just like ASUS MB168b, the ASUS MB169b+ also uses only one cable for power and data transmission.
- The company claims it to be the lightest and thinnest portable monitor in the world.
- The device also comes with auto-rotating display.
- Just like ASUS MB168B+, the device comes with and EZLink which allows you to connect 5 ASUS MB169b+ monitors at the same time.
- Moreover, the device comes with ASUS MB169b+ stand and a sleeve that protects the portable monitor.
- IN case you face any problem with the device’s usability, the package offers ASUS MB169b+ manual and CD for better guidance.
- Before buying the portable monitor, you have to make sure that you have 1.47GHZ windows 7, 1GB RAM or X10.8.3 MAC operating system.
- 1920x1080P resolution
- Good viewing angles.
- Thinnest portable monitor in the world.
- IPS panel technology.
- EZlink technoology.
- Easy connectivity.
- Bright and clear image with sharp display.
- Short bundle USB cable.
Here comes the last best portable monitor in our list, Gechic 1303h. The reason why i added the Gechic 1303h HDMI monitor to our list is because it works perfect with Macbook and Mac mini without any problem and it’s lightweight makes it the unique portable HDMI monitor in the market. I am not saying that it’s the only best portable monitor in the in the market but but still GeChic 1303H 13.3 inches portable monitor is way better than many monitors. Let’s discuss everything in GeChic 1303H review so that you could know more about the device.
Gechic onlap 1303H portable monitor comes with 1920×1080 IPS screen display. The screen is surrounded by a single white bezel. Unlike some of its competitors the device uses multiple video inputs including USB, VGA and HDMI. Moreover, the device also has power and menu buttons at its left which are easy to press. You might find the down button a bit hard to press, you need to apply more pressure as compare to other buttons on the USB powered monitor.
However the screen delivers upto 300cd/m2 brightness along with wide TFT IPS viewing panel and 178 degree viewing angles(horizontal and vertical). One of the interesting Gechic 1303H specs is its response time. The portable monitor has the response time of 14ms. The device also has the contrast ratio of 700:1. Moreover, the portable monitor comes with buit-in Gechic 1303h speakers. The device includes 16.7 million colors which is great that allows you to set your desired color preference.
Talking about Gechic 1303H compatibility, you can use it with almost all devices including gaming consoles, PCs, cameras, smartphones, tablets etc. Works perfect with cameras, Mac and all gaming consoles like xbox one and PS4.
- HD display.
- Wide viewing panel.
- Thin, lightweight, compact and ultra portable.
- Built-in speakers.
- Easy connectivity with multiple connectivity ports.
- Good in performance.
- Low quality built-in speakers that delivers low quality sound.
11. GeChic 1503A 15.6″ – Best Portable Monitor For Gaming
Here comes gechic 1503A, another best potable monitor for gaming with awesome specs and feature. Actually the monitor offers more features than you would expect. So without wasting further time, let’s get straight into the gechic 1503A review.
First let’s have a look at the design and features. gechic 1503A weighs which is a bit heavy than i expected. It comes with a 15.6″ screen and is curved at the edges. Comes with black plastic bezel and i thing the gechic 1503A is a bit large to fit in a bag. Moreover, the monitor has 11mm of thickness that makes it slim.
gechic 1503A delivers 1366 x 768 resolution and you can have 1080p display at ps3 and ps4. You can connect the device easily with your console via VGA cable. Moreover, it comes with built-in speaker. The speakers are not that good as i expected, but still better than having no speakers. Despite of VGA connectivity, the company also added USB connectivity option in the portable monitor which is great. The best thing about gechic 1503A is that you can keep going without any drivers. Plug it into your gaming console and you’re ready to go.
As i mentioned earlier, the gaming monitor is a bit heavier than the other portable monitors and speakers are not of good quality which are the only let downs for the gechic 1503A.
Overall, the portable monitor has great design, features and specs. If you’re games lover and looking for portable gaming monitor, i think there isn’t any best choice than gechic 1503A. It allows you to play your favorite games while traveling without any lag.
- High quality resolutions.
- Great viewing angles.
- Comes with built-in speakers.
- VGA and USB coonnectivity.
- Delivers awesome performance without lag.
- A bit heavy.
- Low quality speakers.
Lilliput UM 70 is another monitor that made it to our top 15 best portable monitors list. I would say, it’s not that good as other portable monitors in our list but still if you look at the price, i think, there isn’t any best monitor that out there in the market that offers such specs and features within this affordable price. Let’s get into the Lilliput UM 70 review so that you get to know more about this device.
Lilliput UM 70 comes with USB port that enables connectivity option for laptop and desktop with ease. As i mentioned the portable monitor is USB powered so you can’t use HDMI or VGA for connectivity. Moreover, the Lilliput UM 70 comes with 800×400 display, 250:1 contrast ratio and LED Back-light, that is simply awesome.
Speaking of Lilliput UM 70 design, it’s super tiny(only 7 inches) that some people might think that it’s tablet. Despite that, it has super cool design as you can see in the picture and it’s super light.
Speaking of it’s compatibility, Lilliput UM 70 is compatible with windows, and MAC operating system.
The problem with this portable monitor is that it’s not compatible with VESA and doesn’t come with touch screen.
- Super Tiny.
- Easy connectivity.
- Affordable price.
- Super light.
- Good performance.
- No touch screen.
- No VESA compatibility.
Portable Monitors Buyer’s Guide
As i have mentioned earlier in our buyer’s guide, we have included all kinds of portable monitors into our list. You can select the one that suits you better. ASUS MB169+ is our editor’s pick. If you still feel finding your best portable monitor then go for ASUS MB169+ or the last one in our list which is Gechic 1303H. These are the two best choices. Moreover, we have explained every single detail about the best portable monitors. If you still feel that we missed anything then you can contact us or you can leave a comment in our comment box.
Things You should Keep in mind before buying the portable monitor
- Focus on the display of the portable USB monitor. If you’re buying the device that has low screen resolutions, you definitely going to experience low quality images. In order to experience crisp and clear images, go for the portable monitor that has HD resolutions.
- Also look for good contrast ratio and how many colors the USB powered monitor offers. If the device offers more colors, you would be able to more preferences according to your comfort.
- You should keep in mind the weight of the USB portable monitor. The device with lightweight can be carried with ease.
- Most of the portable monitors comes with speakers that has low quality sound. It doesn’t matter if there are built-in speakers or not. You can external speakers for good quality sound. However, during traveling, if you don’t have any headset, speakers can be helpful.
Experience With ASUS MB169B+
As soon as i was done with the unboxing, i found the USB powered monitor very slim and lightweight. I found no arms in a device. Instead of that i use a carrying case to carry the portable monitor. Connected it with my PC via USB cable, and boom, it was ready to go. With 15.5 inches screen i delivered HD quality resolution with sharp images. I played the GTA V with it. i literally didn’t experienced any blurs. To check whether the portable monitor delivers any blurs effects or not, i moved a car at its full speed, but still smooth and clear display. It’s also a bit brighter than it’s previous unit that i used before. As i travel a lot and i always carried a laptop back in the days when i didn’t had this dude. My friend suggested me ASUS MB168B+ and ASUS MB169B+. I bought both and i found ASUS MB169B+ to be the best alternative for a laptop. ASUS MB168+ is good but ASUS MB169B+ is way better.
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