How to choose a portable monitor

June 13, 2024 by
How to choose a portable monitor
Ottintl, Arthur

In today's fast-paced world, many professionals find themselves working on the go, whether it's during business trips, at coffee shops, or even while traveling for leisure. A portable monitor can be an invaluable tool to enhance productivity and provide a dual-screen setup anywhere you go. However, with numerous options available in the market, choosing the right portable monitor can be overwhelming. In this blog post, we'll guide you through the key factors to consider when selecting a portable monitor for traveling and working.

  1. Size and Portability: When it comes to traveling, size and portability are crucial. Look for a monitor that is lightweight and compact, making it easy to slip into your laptop bag or backpack. Aim for a screen size between 13 to 17 inches, which offers a good balance between portability and screen real estate. We've found the sweet spot to be 16 inches with screens like the LG View + Gram and the ASUS Zen Screen (MB16ACE)
  2. Resolution and Picture Quality: To ensure a crisp and clear visual experience, opt for a portable monitor with a high resolution, such as Full HD (1920x1080) or 4K (3840x2160). Additionally, consider factors like color accuracy, contrast ratio, and viewing angles to ensure the monitor delivers vibrant and true-to-life colors from various positions. Another consideration is the size of the bezels on the monitor. A lot of the lower end monitors on Amazon have large bezels around the screen which add a significant amount to the size of the whole device. Many of the latest high end portable monitors like the Prism Nomad Ultra now come with touch screens.
  3. Connectivity Options: Check the connectivity options available on the portable monitor. USB-C is becoming increasingly popular due to its simplicity and ability to carry video, audio, and power through a single cable. However, ensure compatibility with your laptop or device. Other connectivity options like mini-HDMI and DisplayPort are also common and provide reliable video transmission. 
  4. Power Source: Consider how the portable monitor is powered. Some models draw power directly from your laptop via a USB-C connection, eliminating the need for an additional power adapter. Others may require a separate power source, which can be less convenient when traveling. If opting for a monitor with a built-in battery, check the battery life to ensure it aligns with your usage needs. Some of the latest high-end portable monitors now come with pass through charging so you have the charger running in to the screen then the screen powers your laptop via USB-C.
  5. Durability and Build Quality: Traveling can be tough on your gear, so choose a portable monitor with sturdy construction. Look for models with reinforced corners, protective covers, or even a rugged design if you frequently work in challenging environments. A monitor with a slim profile and lightweight materials like aluminum can provide both durability and portability.
  6. Adjustability and Ergonomics: Consider the adjustability options of the portable monitor. Some models come with a built-in stand that allows for tilting and height adjustment, while others may require a separate stand or mount. We recommend using our Flex 1 portable monitor stand with your portable monitor for the most ergonomic & flexible setup. 
  7. Additional Features Some: portable monitors offer additional features that can enhance your work experience. These may include built-in speakers, a blue light filter to reduce eye fatigue, or even touchscreen functionality for more interactive applications. Consider which features are essential for your specific needs and workflow.

In conclusion, choosing the perfect portable monitor for traveling and working requires consideration of various factors such as size, resolution, connectivity, power source, durability, adjustability, and additional features. By prioritizing your specific needs and preferences, you can find a portable monitor that enhances your productivity and complements your mobile work lifestyle. Happy traveling and working!

For a list of the best portable monitors on the market we recommend checking out this list by PC Mag