Let’s accept it- you always want more screen space. In the multi-tasking online world we live in, we have multiple applications open at the same time, which can be a struggle for laptop users- especially if you’re always on the go.

That’s where portable monitors come in handy, and in this guide, we’ve picked the best portable monitors you can buy. Keep reading past this list to learn more about each monitor in this guide.

1
    • Ultra thin, super light and great build quality
    • Full HD display with high colour accuracy
    • Responsive Touchscreen
    • Most expensive monitor on this list
    • Additional accessories needed to fully utilise the monitor
2
    • Very lightweight at just 570
    • Crisp Full HD display
    • Dual USB-C ports supporting power and video
    • Brightness levels aren't the best
3
    • High refresh rate ensures fluid motion clarity during use
    • Multiple connectivity options with USB-C and mini-HDMI
    • Comes with a fold-out stand for versatile positioning
    • Drains connected devices battery faster
    • Fold-out stand not super stable
4
    • Vibrant Full HD screen enhances visual experience
    • Ultra-slim design affords remarkable portability
    • Versatile kickstand allows multi-angle positioning
    • Some devices require separate power for the monitor
    • Stand's stability varies on different surfaces
    • On the heavier side
1
  • Ultra thin, super light and great build quality
  • Full HD display with high colour accuracy
  • Responsive Touchscreen
  • Most expensive monitor on this list
  • Additional accessories needed to fully utilise the monitor
$499.00
2
  • Very lightweight at just 570
  • Crisp Full HD display
  • Dual USB-C ports supporting power and video
  • Brightness levels aren't the best
N/A
3
  • High refresh rate ensures fluid motion clarity during use
  • Multiple connectivity options with USB-C and mini-HDMI
  • Comes with a fold-out stand for versatile positioning
  • Drains connected devices battery faster
  • Fold-out stand not super stable
$279.00
4
  • Vibrant Full HD screen enhances visual experience
  • Ultra-slim design affords remarkable portability
  • Versatile kickstand allows multi-angle positioning
  • Some devices require separate power for the monitor
  • Stand's stability varies on different surfaces
  • On the heavier side
$159.99
02/20/2024 09:42 am GMT

Portable monitors allow laptop users to expand their digital workspace while on the move. They are an ideal solution for professionals who frequently travel or anyone who appreciates the flexibility of a multi-screen setup without being tethered to a traditional desktop environment.

When looking for a portable monitor, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Portability relies not just on the size of the monitor but also on its weight and connectivity. A good balance between screen size and weight is essential to ensure it’s both usable and easy to carry.

Resolution is another key factor, as it determines the clarity and detail of the display; most portable monitors offer Full HD, but 4K options are becoming more common. Connectivity options such as USB-C, HDMI, and DisplayPort also play a crucial role in determining how easily the monitor will integrate with existing devices.

Don’t forget the ergonomics and build quality either, as these factors contribute to the durability and comfort of use over long periods. A sturdy monitor with adjustable viewing angles can enhance the overall experience.

Finally, additional features like touch capability, built-in batteries, and protective cases can give one product the edge over another, depending on the user’s specific needs. With all that in mind, here are our picks for the best portable monitors.

Espresso 15 Touch

Touted as one of the thinnest and lightest of its kind, the Espresso 15 Touch is crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium, making it both sturdy and light. For professionals on the move, the responsive touchscreen and high colour accuracy make this our top pick for the best portable monitor.

Top Pick
espresso Displays 15 Touch espresso Displays 15 Touch
$499.00

Size: 35.8 in x 25.6 x 0.6 cms | Weight: 0.9 kg | Screen Size: 15.6-inches | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Brightness: 300 nits | Ports: 2 x USB-C | Touch: Yes

Pros:
  • Ultra thin, super light and great build quality
  • Full HD display with high colour accuracy
  • Responsive Touchscreen
Cons:
  • Most expensive monitor on this list
  • Additional accessories needed to fully utilise the monitor
02/20/2024 09:42 am GMT

The top-notch construction quality, vibrant colours with a 99% sRGB colour accuracy and responsive touch make the Espresso 15 Touch a strong contender for creatives such as designers and videographers. Switching between landscape and portrait mode is seamless, catering to various content orientations and workflow preferences.

Its setup process is simple—connect a USB-C cable, and you’re good to go. The low power requirement is a key feature, ensuring that it won’t drain connected devices quickly. Its compatibility spans a multitude of platforms and devices, making it a universal fit for most users’ technology ecosystems.

From a productivity standpoint, the monitor’s suite of accessories includes a magnetic stand and stylus, offering plenty of flexibility. The Stylus can be used on a number of popular designing apps, while espresso is also working on additional software features like espressoFlow that lets you snap windows or create custom workspaces. And did we mention that it can add touch capabilities to your Mac?

The Espresso 15 Touch is on the pricey side, but you’re getting the best portable monitor out there with good hardware, continuously evolving software and a bunch of well-designed accessories.

Lenovo ThinkVision M14

The Lenovo ThinkVision M14 strikes a fine balance between portability and visual performance. Despite its lightweight and thin profile, the monitor doesn’t compromise on display quality, offering crisp and clear Full HD visuals.

Lenovo ThinkVision M14 Lenovo ThinkVision M14

Size: 323.37 x 209.03 x 96.54 mm | Weight: 0.6 kg | Screen Size: 14-inches | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Brightness: 300 nits | Ports: 2 x USB-C | Touch: No | Power Consumption: 7.5 W

Pros:
  • Very lightweight at just 570
  • Crisp Full HD display
  • Dual USB-C ports supporting power and video
Cons:
  • Brightness levels aren't the best

Weighing just 570g and with a slimness of 4.4mm, it’s incredibly portable, making it an ideal companion for on-the-go professionals. A standout feature is the dual USB-C ports, which handle both power and video, streamlining connectivity and reducing cable clutter. The “power pass-through” design is quite ingenious, offering the convenience of charging both the monitor and your laptop using a single adapter – provided your device’s USB-C port supports the necessary standards.

Adjustability is another plus, with a tilt range from -5° to 90° and an adjustable stand for height alterations, enabling you to find an ergonomic viewing angle with ease. The inclusion of a protective sleeve in the package is a thoughtful addition, ensuring safe transport during travel.

Asus ZenScreen 15.6″ Portable Monitor

If high refresh rates are a requirement (gaming on the go?), the Asus ZenScreen 15.6″ Portable Monitor is the only contender structured for mobility with quality display features.

Asus ZenScreen 15.6 Asus ZenScreen 15.6
$279.00

Size: 36 in x 22.7 x 1.2 cms | Weight: 0.92 kgs | Screen Size: 15.6-inches | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Brightness: 300 nits | Ports: 1 x Mini HDMI, 2 x USB-C | Touch: No | Power Consumption: 17W

Pros:
  • High refresh rate ensures fluid motion clarity during use
  • Multiple connectivity options with USB-C and mini-HDMI
  • Comes with a fold-out stand for versatile positioning
Cons:
  • Drains connected devices battery faster
  • Fold-out stand not super stable
02/22/2024 04:47 pm GMT

The ASUS ZenScreen 15.6″ promises a compelling balance of portability and performance. The sleek form factor and wider viewing angles from the IPS panel create a good experience.

The biggest feature of this display is the high 144Hz refresh rate, which is also a drawback. This enhanced fluidity and seamless viewing can be a double-edged sword, with trade-offs in power consumption that could affect your mobile experience.

Clearly, Asus isn’t just going after the office worker but someone who also enjoys gaming on the go. With beefy laptop GPUs connected to a power supply, the ZenScreen 15.6″ is all work and all play. While the stand does the job, it doesn’t feel as robust as some of the other choices on this list.

ESR Slim 15.6 Portable Monitor

If you’re on a budget, this ESR Slim 15.6 portable monitor is a solid choice for those needing an easily transportable and versatile display companion.

Budget Pick
ESR Slim 15.6 Inch 1080P External Portable Monitor ESR Slim 15.6 Inch 1080P External Portable Monitor
$159.99

Size: 40 x 26 x 6.5 cms | Weight: 1.55 kg | Screen Size: 15.6-inches | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Brightness: 250 nits | Ports: 1 x Mini HDMI, 2 x USB-C | Touch: No

Pros:
  • Vibrant Full HD screen enhances visual experience
  • Ultra-slim design affords remarkable portability
  • Versatile kickstand allows multi-angle positioning
Cons:
  • Some devices require separate power for the monitor
  • Stand's stability varies on different surfaces
  • On the heavier side
02/22/2024 04:32 pm GMT

When it comes to extending your workspace or setting up a dual-monitor configuration on the go, the ESR Portable Monitor strikes an impressive balance between portability and performance. Its slim build ensures it can slip into your bag without taking up much space, perfect for the travelling professional or student.

The adjustable kickstand on this monitor is a great feature that provides the flexibility to switch it into portrait or landscape orientations. You can also tweak the angle to reduce glare or to find your optimum viewpoint.

While you won’t get great colour accuracy, and the monitor is a bit on the heavier side, the low pricing makes it our budget pick for carrying a second monitor along with you.

Buying Guide

Screen Size and Resolution

Screen size and resolution are integral to your usage needs. Ideally, you want to look for a balance between portability and ample screen real estate. Options usually range from 13 inches to 17 inches. A higher resolution offers us sharper images and is particularly important for graphic design or video editing tasks. Standard resolutions that we consider include Full HD (1920×1080) and 4K (3840×2160).

Connectivity

The monitor must support our devices, so make sure you check for compatibility with USB-C, HDMI, or other ports your device can provide. Monitors with a USB-C connection are beneficial due to their simplicity and the ability to carry power, data, and video over a single cable.

Portability

A key feature you should not ignore is compactness and low weight- you’re not buying the portable monitor as exercise equipment. We prefer monitors that are slim, light, and include a protective case or stand. Monitors that are easy to carry around without adding much bulk to our existing setup make our lives easier.

Display Panel Technology

Panel TypeProsCons
IPSBetter colour accuracyMore expensive
Wide viewing angles
TNFaster response timesPoor viewing angles

We seek IPS panels for better colour accuracy and wide viewing angles, whereas TN panels could serve us well for faster response times in gaming.

Additional Features

We examine extra features such as built-in speakers, touch capability, and blue light filters. These add-ons can enhance our usage experience. For instance, touch screens are a boon for designers or presenters, making interaction more intuitive.

Frequently Asked Questions

When selecting the best portable monitor, you should consider factors such as display quality, connectivity options, portability and additional features that enhance its versatility for specific tasks.

You should prioritise screen resolution, panel type, connectivity options, and weight. A high resolution ensures crisp images, while IPS panels provide excellent viewing angles. Ample connectivity like USB-C enables easy integration with laptops, and lightweight design enhances portability.

The ASUS portable monitor we’ve selected in this guide boasts a high-resolution display with high refresh rates and comprehensive connectivity, including USB-C and HDMI ports. These features make it a good portable monitor for gaming.

A portable dual monitor setup increases productivity by expanding the workspace and allowing for better multitasking. When purchasing, consider compatibility with the laptop, ease of connectivity, and whether the monitor can be adjusted for alignment with the laptop’s screen.

That concludes our guide to the best portable monitors available in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Let us know in the comments if you’ve picked one up or if there is one we’ve missed that deserves to be on this list.

Abbas Jaffar Ali
Abbas Jaffar Ali

Abbas has been covering tech for more than two decades- before phones became smart or clouds stored data. He brought publications like CNET, TechRadar and IGN to the Middle East.

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