The 10 Best Portable Monitors

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We spent 23 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Whether you want to hook up your gaming console for a Call of Duty session on the road or you want to expand the screen size of your mobile workstation, one of the portable monitors on our list is sure to do the trick. These need little more than a power cord and an HDMI cable to give you a second high-resolution display, and some can do it all over a single USB connection. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best portable monitor on Amazon.

10. GeChic 1503E

9. Johnwill 4K

8. G-Story 173H

7. Elecrow IPS

6. Asus ZenScreen

5. G-Story 133QR

4. Johnwill CNC

3. UPerfect 13.3"

2. MageDok T116D

1. G-Story UHD

Editor's Notes

May 07, 2019:

Portable monitors can increase the amount of workspace you have or make it possible to use your high-end console when you're far from home. If you're intent on gaming, check out anything from G-Story. They offer a handful of fantastic monitors ranging from FHD to 4K, with HDR support, AMD FreeSync, and in one case an impressive 120-hertz refresh rate. They're not the cheapest, but they are excellent pieces of equipment, and happen to be among the most reliable. Johnwill also sells a range of excellent displays that are built with attractive metal bodies and, although it's a relatively new company, they appear to make great-quality equipment. Similarly, UPerfect gets high marks from PC as well as Raspberry Pi users as to the consistency and reliability of their portable monitors. GeChic seems to have gotten their act together and released a pretty well-refined model, as well, though it does cost more than similar options. If you're looking for a more well-know brand to buy from, Asus' ZenScreen is a good choice. Though it's not their very newest model, it actually appears to be more reliable than the 2018 model, however we are still waiting on the public release of the model they showcased at CES 2019. If you're interested in a USB capable touchscreen, UPerfect has one that works well, though the MageDok is the most popular and will likely serve you the best.

When making your decision, be certain that the device you'll be using it with supports the proper output protocol. If you're connecting it from an actual HDMI port located on your laptop or your dekstop's video card, and it's going straight into an HDMI port on the monitor, you should be okay. If you're transmitting from a micro USB, type C, or Lightning port, pay special attention to what kind of protocols your phone/tablet/laptop supports, as not all standards are the same: MHL, DisplayPort over USB-C, and USB-C Alt Mode aren't necessarily interchangeable.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on May 10, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

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