Updated September 28, 2019 by Kevin Flores

The 9 Best Portable USB Monitors

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in February of 2018. If you want to take your display on the road or add a screen to your current setup, try one of these portable USB monitors. Many of the options in our selection require nothing more than a single cable to provide them with both power and a data stream, allowing you to keep your space clean and clutter-free and your luggage light. Some are also touchscreens and have built-in speakers. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best portable usb monitor on Amazon.

9. AOC IPS Slim 16-Inch

8. Thinlerain 13.3 Inch

7. GeChic 1503I

6. SainSonic Evopix

5. Lepow 15.6 Inch Full HD

4. Prechen 15.6 inch

3. GeChic 1101P 11.6-Inch IPS

2. Mad Giga S1

1. Asus ZenScreen MB16AC

Editor's Notes

September 25, 2019:

A good portion of the models on our list take advantage of the latest connectivity technology and have a USB-C port. The great thing about this specific iteration of USB is that it can transfer both power and data, meaning you need just one cable between your mobile display and input device.

When comparing monitors, refresh rate is often a spec that is scrutinized. It is expressed in hertz and measures how many times per second a screen is updated. The higher the refresh rate, the smoother the picture will be. Unfortunately, pretty much all of the portable USB monitors on the market will have a standard 60 Hz refresh rate, which is decent, but not something you'll want to rely on as your main display for rendering high-end gaming graphics.

Extra features on most models are focused on facilitating portability and productivity. For instance, our top pick, the Asus ZenScreen MB16AC, has a blue-light filter. Because light with a wavelength between 380 and 490 nanometers can disrupt a person's circadian rhythm and cause eyestrain, this feature can help you stay focused on the task at hand, while saving you money on eye drops.

The Asus is also available with a battery pack, which can be a double-edged sword in terms of portability. On one hand, it will add weight to the unit but on the other hand you won't have to rely on a power outlet or drain your laptop's battery to run it.

Kevin Flores
Last updated on September 28, 2019 by Kevin Flores

Kevin Flores is an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker whose work has been featured in several major media outlets. Word thrift and clarity were pounded into his prose by merciless editors during his days as a breaking news reporter for a wire service. These days he can usually be found trawling through public records and tracking down shadowy shell companies for a nonprofit media organization he co-founded. He enjoys his time away from the screen by pursuing a hobby restoring furniture, giving him special insight into woodworking tools and materials. His filmmaking experience also turned him—willing or not—into something of an audio and video equipment fiend.

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