The 3 Best Portable Monitors of 2022: Lenovo, Asus, Dell and More Reviewed

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Sharon Harding

Whatever your reason for needing an additional screen, a portable monitor can help you increase your productivity—and often for less money than other display types.

When choosing a portable monitor, your primary concern should be image quality, but there’s more to consider than just finding the prettiest screen. Port selection is important depending on what you are using the panel for. And since you’ll be carrying the display around and putting it in different places, pay close attention to the build quality.

We tested three portable monitors with strong potential for different use cases. Here’s what we found.

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The Ars selection

Lenovo Think Vision M14

Buy: $269 at Lenovo, Best Buy

Technical data at a glance: Lenovo ThinkVision M14
Advertisement 14 inches, resolution 1920×1080
panel type IP
ports 2x USB-C, slot for Kensington lock
speaker none
Dimensions 12.7 × 8.2 – 8.7 × 3.8 inches
(323.4×209-220×96.5mm)
Weight 1.3 pounds
(0.6kg)
Price (RRP) $269

With excellent dual stands that make it easy to set up, a decent carrying case, and solid picture quality that’s well worth the price, Lenovo’s ThinkVision M14 is the best portable monitor option for most people.

We recorded a maximum brightness of 250.2 nits and 97.4 percent coverage of sRGB and 69 percent of DCI-P3. The contrast ratio is a solid 1064:1. Colors in Windows don’t seem oversaturated, and the panel is bright enough to watch movies in a sunny room.

The M14’s dual stands make the monitor feel much more stable and offer easier adjustability than the many portable monitors that use a thin, origami-style shell that folds up as a makeshift stand. I could do the M14 looks best under various working conditions and lighting conditions. The monitor’s largest stand, coming out of the back, allows for a tilt of -5 degrees to 90 degrees. The smaller stand that extends from the bottom bezel allows for 0 to 90 degree tilt and adds up to 1 inch of height.

The panel is thin, but the rubber backing of the case and thicker base provide additional grip. The monitor’s fabric cover is thicker than many other portable monitors.

Because the M14 has a USB-C port on the left and right, it’s easier to create a clean setup. Unfortunately, these are the only two ports on the M14. An HDMI port would make it easier to connect the panel to other types of devices than laptops like game consoles or a Raspberry Pi. And there are competitors – like the Lepow C2S below – that come with extra ports like DisplayPort or an audio jack. Finally, the M14 is the only monitor on our list without speakers.

The good

  • Excellent double stands
  • quality picture
  • Connections on both sides of the display

The bad

  • Zero audio features
  • Limited Ports


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