Using multiple monitors you can open the spreadsheet on one screen, edit the document on another and network with colleagues in Skype or Slack on the third. But what if later you find yourself in a hotel room with only one notebook, and just can't remember how to work with a single display? To alleviate these problems, we list the best portable monitor you can buy right now for work, gaming and General use.
USB-A and USB-C
Before we begin, you need to understand the difference between USB-C and USB-A connections with the points view the output video. Port USB-C your PC can support DisplayPort, which is an alternative to HDMI. However, this is not a guarantee because manufacturers can limit the connection of USB-C power, data or a combination of both. Before buying a portable monitor on the basis of USB-C is to test the performance of the PC.
If your USB-C port supports DisplayPort, you can just connect a portable monitor to a PC without installing additional software. This does not apply to connections USB-A, as they do not support video output. To connect the display via USB-A, you'll need the DisplayLink drivers installed on your PC. Moreover, if the USB-C port supports data, but no DisplayPort, you still need drivers the DisplayLink.
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Many listed below portable monitors use a USB-A or USB-C connection. You will also find the standard DisplayPort and HDMI connections on several devices with Micro and Mini. You'll even be faced with models that require a separate power source, while others consume energy directly from your PC.
TN and IPS
To our list has a TN matrix, while all the rest have IPS. Short for Twisted Nematic, technology of TN is the oldest of the two, speaking as the first type of LCD panels, replacing CRT monitors. Advantages — short response time, high brightness and ultra-high frequency of updates, which makes the TN panel is ideal for games. However, they do not provide wide viewing angles and do not support more colors.
IPS, short for In-Plane Switching, is the successor to the TN technology. IPS panels are ideal for creating and accurate rendering of content with the support of more than 16 million colors and wide viewing angles. Refresh rate and response time have improved over the years, but gamers may be better to use a TN display if color depth is not the priority.
Price: 27 900 rubles
Our first portable monitor — the only device with a touch input. He is also the biggest, since the diagonal is 22 inches, making it not so portable compared to others on our list. But if you, for example, participate in the exhibition and need an interactive display, ViewSonic TD2230 should be a great and inexpensive solution.
Due to the size of this portable device from Toshiba provides a lot of connectivity options: HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, two USB-A (5 Gbit/s), 3.5 mm audio Jack, 3.5-mm audio Jack and a port USB-B (5 Gbps) that connects to the PC. For this monitor requires a power adaptor (included), it can not only work via USB connection.
As for hardware, display ViewSonic IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and frequency to 60Hz. It has a maximum brightness of 250 nits, viewing angles of 178 degrees, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, response time 14 MS, and a couple of built-in speakers of three watts. In addition, here built a stand, but the monitor also supports VESA mounting.
This portable display weighs 3.5 kg and has a thickness of 5.1 inches.
Price: from 300 rubles 20
NexiGo PM4K15-AM02 — new 15.6-inch model released in may 2020. It has several good reasons to be in our list: first, it is a 4K monitor, and secondly, there is the built-in speakers, and thirdly, the device offers flexible power supply options and connections.
You can connect via HDMI or USB Type-C also has a through port USB PD to power the monitor from the outside, if your PC is not powerful enough. The panel has a 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 and produces 300 CD/m2 at 100% SRGB.
the Device is equipped with two integrated speakers and a headphone Jack. The included smart cover can be used as a stand, or use the VESA mount.
Price: 14 800 rubles
Acer PM161Q connects via a USB Type-C, but for food, oddly enough, will need a micro USB cable. This IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 has a wide frame and the set includes a stand. The device weighs 970 grams and has a thickness of 2 cm.
USB connection means that the monitor can connect to smartphone or tablet, and not just to your laptop, providing a bit more flexibility for those traveling.
The relatively high response time of 7 MS and not too wide viewing angles – the only cons monitor, however, we believe that it's worth it.
Asus ZenScreen GO MB16AP
Price: 22 600 rubles
This 15.6-inch display has a lot more functions in comparison with the competitor from AOC. For starters, the monitor has built-in battery capacity 7800 mAh battery that provides up to four hours without recharging. It also comes with a folding "smart cover" that protects the screen and serves as a support in landscape and portrait modes. In addition, you can work with the supplied pen ZenScreen, which is stored in the hole located in the bottom right corner of the screen (landscape orientation).
Asus ZenScreen GO uses an IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a frequency of 60 Hz. It has a maximum brightness of 220 nits, 800:1 contrast ratio and Asus "Eye Care", consisting of a blue light filter, flicker suppression, and nine preset video modes. There is even a built-in timer and a sight for gamers.
Finally ZenScreen Asus GO uses a single USB connection-C. the delivery set includes power adapter, USB cable-C with the DisplayPort adapter and USB-C to USB A. the Screen has a thickness of 3.14 inches and weighs 0.8 kg.
HP EliteDisplay S14
Price: from 15 to 100 rubles
a Portable display HP uses a 14-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a frequency of 60 Hz. He does not have a huge list of features as Asus, but you will find something for themselves: for example, on-screen controls, the regime of weak blue light and USB connection, C, which receives data and power from the parent PC or tablet. The stand serves as a support when using the device in landscape mode.
This portable display has a maximum brightness of 200 nits, viewing angles of 178 degrees, a contrast ratio of 700:1 and 5ms response time. It has no extra outputs, built-in speakers or touch input.
HP EliteDisplay S14 has a thickness of 3.4 inches and weighs 1 kg.
Price: 11 200 rubles
This display works with any device that has an HDMI connector. Diagonal is 13.3 inches, the monitor has installed IPS matrix with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz. What is remarkable in this model is the fact that it has the brightest screen in the list with a resolution of 400 nits (maximum). Players must also like the response time is 5 MS.
Elecrow AUS50025E has viewing angles of 170 degrees, a contrast ratio of 800:1 and two built-in speakers. Connectivity options consist of two ports Mini HDMI, Micro USB port and 3.5 mm audio connector. You can power the monitor via a USB connection with a parent PC or use the included power adapter.
This portable display has a thickness of 0.59 inch and weighs 0,63 kg.
Lepow portable monitor
Price: 13 300 rubles
This portable monitor has a diagonal of 15.6 inches and a resolution of Full HD. It is equipped with IPS panel, which can be used in both landscape and portrait orientation, and a lid that doubles as a stand.
The screen works with all types of devices, including laptops, phones and game consoles. You can connect the monitor through USB-C cable or Mini HDMI. As for performance, the contrast ratio is 1000:1, the frequency of updates varies at 60 Hz, and the viewing angles — 85 degrees.
Lepow portable monitor has a thickness of 0.3 inches and weighs 0.79 kg. a Protective film is included in the package.
Price: 6 700 RUB
Latest product on our list is the smallest, because the diagonal of the device is 10.1 inches. However, the device has the highest resolution of 2560 x 1600 at a frequency of 60 Hz. High resolution support ensures the extremely short response time of 2 MS, making the device an excellent option for mobile PC and console gamers.
A portable display Johnwill based on IPS panel with a maximum brightness of 300 nits. It has viewing angles of 178 degrees and a contrast ratio of 800:1. On the rear panel you'll find a pair of speakers, complemented by a 3.5 mm audio Jack on the left side of the monitor. The device also has a Mini HDMI port, one USB-C port (5 Gbps) for data one USB-C port for power and two USB ports-A (5 Gbit/s).
At last, this display comes with a metal stand and six cables. It has a thickness of 3.7 inches and weighs around 1.01 lbs.