Portable monitors are convenient accessories that can instantly transform any space into a powerful workstation. Whether you need an extra screen for your home office or want to do some work on the go, you can quickly set up a productive workspace anywhere that will allow you to view multiple screens at once. You’ll no longer need a large monitor to, say, make edits to a presentation while actively participating in a Zoom meeting.
With remote work becoming the new norm for many, portable monitors have grown in popularity as a response. Here are our favorite portable monitors for powering your work-from-home days.
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Our Top Pick
The Asus ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT is a sleek accessory that features a 15.6-inch Full HD IPS touch screen with thin bezels and onboard speakers. Its built-in battery ensures that it won’t drain your notebook, but it can also charge your gadgets if necessary. It weighs only 2 pounds.
This portable monitor is compatible with all laptops, tablets, and smartphones, thanks to built-in USB-C and a micro-HDMI connector. You can view it in landscape or portrait mode.
I like the display panel of the ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT. It has several modes for viewing different types of content, an intuitive joystick for navigating its controls, flicker-free tech, and a blue-light filter to protect your eyes. Because it’s touch-sensitive, it also offers a whole new world of interactions with compatible platforms.
Other key features of this top-rated portable monitor include a bundled case that doubles as a viewing stand and up to 4 hours of battery life between charges.
The Compact Pick
Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14 is a more compact alternative to the previously mentioned Asus ZenScreen Touch, with 14-inch Full HD IPS display panel and a considerably lower price tag. The portable monitor has an understated design with thin bezels, an integrated stand with effortlessly adjustable height and viewing angles (from -5 to 90 degrees), and a duo of USB-C connectors.
The ThinkVision’s screen is sharp, bright, and overall excellent for any task. Thanks to anti-glare coating and blue-light-reducing tech, it’s easy on your eyes.
The accessory weighs only 1.3 pounds, so it’s as portable as it gets. A PCMag reviewer concluded that the ThinkVision M14 “is a winning choice as a portable monitor for business or personal use.” He also gave the product an Editor’s Choice accolade.
This portable monitor includes a USB-C-to-USB-C cable, as well as a carrying sleeve.
Best for Apple Users
Thanks to the Sidecar feature of iPadOS 13 and macOS Catalina, you can instantly transform just about any iPad into a portable display. Setting up Sidecar is an effortless and completely wireless process. Of course, there’s also an option to connect the iPad as an external display using a USB-C or a Lightning cable.
Apple Sidecar also brings a whole new world of macOS interactions on the Retina display of the connected iPad. They include gesture controls, as well as the ability to use the superb Apple Pencil as an input device. Users can also take advantage of Touch Bar controls and app shortcuts on the bottom of the iPad’s display.
Best of all, when you don’t use your iPad as a secondary display for your Mac, you can still use it as a tablet. This device is a household name for a reason — it’s one of the best tablets you can buy. From the iPad mini, through the versatile iPad Air, all the way to the laptop-replacing iPad Pro, every iPad iteration is equipped with the functionality that’s up to any task.
The Sidecar feature is available on all of the current (and most older) iMac and MacBook models, as well as Apple’s entire iPad lineup. Older iPads such as the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the sixth-generation iPad with a 9.7-inch screen are also compatible.
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