In this article, we’re going to look at the Top 5 Best Portable Monitors Of 2022. We made this list based on our own opinion, research, and customer reviews. We’ve considered their quality, features, and values when narrowing down the best choices possible.
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So, here are the Top 5 Best Portable Monitors Of 2022.
The ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHPE is the best portable monitor for laptop use we’ve tested. It’s mainly for gaming on the go, but it’s also a decent choice for increased productivity when you’re away from home or the office. The 17 inch screen and high pixel density deliver great text clarity, and it has excellent gray uniformity, an amazing SDR color gamut, and great gradient handling. It also has a built-in 7800mAh battery, so you can work or game for a few hours without draining your laptop’s battery.
It’s a great gaming monitor, especially considering the size. It has a very fast 240Hz refresh rate and a fantastic response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has outstanding low input lag for a responsive gaming and desktop experience. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and it’s compatible with NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible mode, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.
The best portable office monitor we’ve tested is the Lenovo ThinkVision M14. It’s a low-cost portable monitor with a 1080p resolution and 14 inch screen, which is about the same as many laptops, so if your laptop has the same resolution and size, you’ll get the same pixel density on both. Text is legible and clear, and your mouse movements will feel responsive thanks to the low input lag.
Like most portable monitors it has two USB-C ports. You have to plug it in while working, so you can either power it from your laptop if it supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, or connect directly to a power source. If you do that, it also acts as a power passthrough, so you can plug the monitor into an outlet and connect your laptop to the monitor, and it will charge the laptop.
If you tend to work in a bright environment, check out the ASUS ProArt PA148CTV. It doesn’t have a height-adjustment kickstand like the Lenovo ThinkVision M14, but it gets even brighter and has better reflection handling, so it’s a better choice for a bright room. It also has much better out-of-the-box accuracy. Motion looks decent as it has an okay response time, which is good enough for scrolling through long documents, and in addition to the USB-C inputs, it also has a Micro-HDMI input. Sadly, it has poor black uniformity, but you won’t notice that in a bright room.
If you’re looking for the best portable office monitor and you don’t want to spend too much, look into the Lenovo. If you don’t mind spending a bit more for a brighter display, check out the ASUS.
The Lepow Z1 Gamut is the best monitor for content creators. It’s an okay overall monitor, and what makes it stand out versus other portable monitors is its color gamut. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used in most web content and great coverage of the Adobe color space used in photo editing. However, some professional photo editors will still find the coverage limiting, but it’s not meant for use as a main display anyway.
You can connect the monitor to your PC or your main monitor using the Mini HDMI connection or one of the two USB-C inputs. One of the USB-C inputs supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible source and charge the device at the same time. However, the power output of this monitor is only 10 W which isn’t enough to charge a laptop. In terms of picture quality, the gradient handling is fantastic with minimal banding, and there aren’t any signs of color bleed on our unit.
#5. Lepow Z1 (Black)
The Lepow Z1 is the best budget portable monitor that we’ve tested. Like most portable monitors, it has great text clarity thanks to the relatively small screen and high pixel density, resulting in sharp text and crisp images. It has acceptable peak brightness in SDR and good reflection handling, so glare generally isn’t an issue, but it’s not bright enough for outdoor use. It also has amazing gray uniformity, so you don’t have to worry about the dirty screen effect.
It has great connectivity, with a Mini HDMI port for older devices and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, meaning you can power the device from a wall adapter instead of putting an extra power drain on your laptop’s battery. Surprisingly, it supports HDR, but this doesn’t add anything, as it has low contrast, low peak brightness in HDR, and can’t display a wide color gamut. It even has built-in speakers, so you can listen to your videos if you don’t have headphones with you.