If you work on the road and need to be mobile with your laptop computer setup. Being limited to a single monitor can be frustrating. Even worse detrimental to your productivity.
Even having a single extra monitor is proven to increase productivity by up to 50%. It makes sense to consider a portable addition monitor.
In this post I will list what I think are the 5 best portable monitors for day trading.
Top rated portable monitors comparison table
ASUS MB 169B+
DESKLAB ULTRALIGHT 4k TOUCHSCREEN
LENOVO THINKVISION LT1421
How to build a portable multiple monitor laptop setup
One or two stand alone portable monitors is in my opinion the best option for a portable trading workstation. Most portable monitors are compatible with all laptops. Portable monitors connect via a single USB for power and data transmission. The monitors are free standing. They sit along side your laptop for a clean, flexible and simple solution.
A simple but stylish stand solution for portable monitors is the adjustable iPad Stand. The stand can be adjusted for height and angle for more comfortable viewing position.
Advantages of a stand alone portable monitors
There are several advantages to this type of setup. These make it the best option for a portable multiple monitor laptop setup. These are:
- Increased efficiency – Having a portable multiple monitor can increase productivity by 50%.
- Cost effective – A single portable monitor is a cheap option. An integrated laptop solution can costs thousands of dollars.
- Flexible – If you spend the majority of your time at your workstation. A secondary portable monitor becomes redundant.
- Elegant – A single portable monitor is an elegant solution. Which you can deploy only when required.
- Mobility – A good quality portable monitor is light weight, small and easy to pack into a bag or suitcase.
6 best portable monitors
Below is a list of 5 best portable monitors for day trading on the market today. Any of these monitors are great options for someone looking for a portable monitor.
This list considers 3 main criteria: durability, price and quality. All come with excellent features. As well as trade offs which will be more or less of a consideration depending on your requirements.
The GAEMS M155 is a gaming monitor. But its features lend the monitor well to any portable application. This monitor is full of great features and is highly rated among its users.
The GAEMS M155 is incredibly light weighing in a a little less than 2lbs or 1kg.
The monitor features an integrated speaker, headphone jack and HDMI port video connection. Additional it features a 1080p resolution with a 15.6 inch screen. The monitor also delivers lag free HD display.
This is a light weight feature rich monitor with good performance features at a good price. The trade off is the small 15.6 inch screen size.
Desklab Ultralight 4k touchscreen
The Desklab ultralight 4k touchscreen monitor is a feature rich and beautifully designed portable monitor solution.
The monitor features 15.6 inch display slim bezels with touch screen functionality. The monitor body is super slim measuring only 0.43 inches or 11mm at its thickest point. I weighed the monitor at 3lbs or 1.4 kgs.
The connection options include: 1 x HDMI mini, 2 x USB-C ports, 1 x micro USB and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The monitor features a 4k resolution display. Which makes it brilliant video and photo display. I loved the large 178 degree viewing angle on this monitor and the 400 nit display brightness makes it suitable for shaded outdoor applications. Another thing I love about this monitor is the connectivity features. Selected smart phones and tablets can be connected along with your keyboard and mouse for light weight portable setup.
This is a beautifully designed high resolution touchscreen monitor ideal as an additional monitor for a laptop portable setup or with your smart device for an ultralight portable workstation.
To see my full review of this product check out my ‘Desklab ultralight portable 4k touchscreen monitor review’ here.
This is a very popular option for good reason. The ViewSonic TD2230 is one of the most visually accurate portable monitors on the market. The design features touch screen functionality, 22 inch screen with thin bezels. It’s one of the most energy efficient portable monitors available.
The downside of the monitor is it weighs in at 7.9lbs or 3.6 kgs. Which makes it on the heavier side of portable monitors. The body depth dimension is also on the chunky side.
The connection options include: HDMI and Display port connections. Audio in and out ports, as well as 3 x 3.0 USB ports.
The monitor features a 1080p resolution and has one of the highest gamma scores of all the monitors mentioned here – this measures how well the display measures dimension and depth. Making the The ViewSonic TD2230 one of the sharpest displays of all portable monitors on the market. The monitor also has one of the shortest input lags of other similar products.
This is a high quality, high specification product with excellent performance features and 22 inch screen. The trade off is the monitor weight and chunky size.
The G-Story 17.3 is also designed principally for gaming but offers features compatible for almost all applications.
The monitor features a 17.3 inch, 1080p resolution, wide viewing angle, HDR display with very accurate color reproduction. Its body design and excellent casing deign is built durability.
The downside of the monitor is it weighs in at 6.8 lbs or 3 kgs.
The monitor has a USB C port that enables it to be connected to a smart phone. It has 2 x HDMI ports and 2 x 3.5mm audio jacks.
One unique features of this monitor is the inclusion of eye protecting flicker free technology. The monitor helps reduce or avoid eye fatigue if using the monitor for long periods of time.
The G-Story is a feature rich portable monitor option. Its unique flicker free technology make it a good option for those spending long hours in front of the screen. Its body design and casing make it a great travel monitor. The trade off is that all these features come at a larger price tag.
Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421
The Lenovo ThinkVision LT1421 is a beautiful, slim and lightweight portable monitor option. It weighs only 1.8 lbs or 0.8kg and features a matte black body with thin bezel. It comes in at 21.5mm, and as slim as 9.3mm. A thin black cover that snaps onto the front of the monitor perfect for protection during travel.
It comes with a wide viewing angle, 14 inch screen with 1366 x 768p or 720p equivalent resolution considered adequate for a display this size delivering image quality similar to a high quality note book screen.
The monitor has a micro USB port for connecting monitor to your PC and brightness controls housed in casing at the back of monitor.
This is a fantastic portable monitor option. Its beautiful, slim and portable design full of features make it perfect for mobile usage. The trade off is the small 14 inch screen size.
ASUS MB 169B+
The ASUS MB 169B+ is another beautifully designed portable monitor. It takes the honor of the worlds slimmest and lightest. The monitor weighs only 1.4 lbs or 0.6 kgs! It features a matte black body with thin bezel with a body depth of only 8mm. The protective carrying case doubles as a adjustable stand.
It comes with a wide viewing angle, 15.6 inch screen with FULL HD 1080p resolution. The display also features the ASUS blue light filter.
The monitor is powered by a single USD 3.0 cable for power and data transmission.
This is another great portable monitor option. Its slim, lightweight design and high quality specifications make it perfect for mobile usage. All for a very great price. The trade off is the smaller than some 15.6 inch screen size.
How to configure a portable monitor with Windows 10?
Setting up your portable multiple monitor laptop setup with Windows 10 is the same process as a desktop setup.
For details of how to do this check out my post ‘How to connect 3 monitors to a laptop using a docking station‘.