If you need an extra screen for you laptop more than you need it for your desk, a portable monitor could be the solution. Cheaper than buying a tablet (many of which can double as portable monitors) and it provides the extra screen space that you’re used to with the external monitor at work. It’s also thin, lightweight and travel-friendly, just like a tablet, so you can take it anywhere.

When shopping for a portable monitor, there are a number of things to consider. There’s its size and picture quality. There’s its number of ports, which is important if you want to connect things other than your laptop (like a smartphone or gaming console). There’s whether or not you want it to have a touchscreen, which is important for graphic designers and artists. And then there’s its battery situation; some portable monitors have a built-in battery, while others need to draw power from your laptop.

The field is growing, and it’s more vital than ever as more people work from previously uncommon spaces. Here are some of the best options you can find right now.

The Budget Model: Asus MB168B

This is a 15.6-inch portable monitor that’s a little older and lacks some modern conveniences, like a USB-C connection and a touchscreen display. However, it’s affordable and still provides an extra screen space you need to stay organized while working from home.

The Gaming Model: Dragon Touch S1

The Dragon Touch S1 is a relatively new 15.6inch portable monitor that produces a HD picture. It has a number of connections — including a mini HDMI port, two USB-C ports and micro-USB port — so you can connect a number of devices, such as your laptop (PC or Mac), smartphone or gaming console. And it has two built-in speakers so, in case you hook up to a gaming console, you’ll still be able to hear sound.

The No-Nonsense Model: Lenovo ThinkVision M14

The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 is a 14-inch portable monitor that stands out for a number of reasons. It has two USB-C ports, which allows you to use the display and simultaneously (via pass-through power) charge your laptop. It has an innovative base that both swivels and pops up, so you can better match its height to that of your laptop. And it’s one of the thinnest, most beautifully designed portable displays you can buy.

The Touchscreen: ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT


The ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT is a 15.6-inch portable monitor with a number of high-end features. It’s the only option on this list that has a touchscreen display, which makes it a great option of graphic artists and designers. It has built-in speakers and a wealth of connectivity ports, so you can hook up a gaming console, like an Xbox or Nintendo Switch, directly to it. And it has a built-in battery (7800mAh capacity) and can run for about four hours on its own.

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Tucker Bowe

Tucker Bowe has been on Gear Patrol’s editorial team since 2014. As a Tech Staff Writer, he tracks everything in the consumer tech space, from headphones to smartphones, wearables to home theater systems. If it lights up or makes noise, he probably covers it.

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