Best portable gaming monitors – Sept 2022 (IPS, 240Hz, 4K)

We find the best portable monitor for gaming

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Ever wanted to take your PC or console on a road trip but find little room for your large gaming monitor or TV? Well, there is now a solution – the portable gaming monitor. That’s right, a portable monitor. Now, these resemble tablets at first glance, which is unsurprising seeing as they have been developed from laptops.

Finding the best portable gaming monitor can be quite tricky seeing as there aren’t an awful lot of options, especially for gamers. Furthermore, gamers will end up paying a premium for the convenience of a portable gaming monitor, which can be quite off-putting for those on a tight budget.

Whether you are a hardcore gamer, a casual gamer who needs a second screen for their day-to-day work, or just someone who wants to play mobile games on a bigger resolution, you have come to the right place.

Let’s take a closer look.

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Our Top Picks

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WePC Awards Best In Class
The Best Portable Gaming Monitors
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Best 4K Portable Gaming Monitor
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Best Portable Gaming Monitor For Console

How We Choose

Whether we’re reviewing portable gaming monitors or the best GPU on the market, choosing the right hardware can always be a tricky task.

It requires hours of product research, performance benchmarking, and reviewing user feedback to get anywhere close to a definitive conclusion on what to recommend.

If you aren’t tech-savvy and struggle to put the time aside to go through the above requirements, you may end up purchasing a gaming monitor that isn’t right for you.

Fear not though, friends! Here at WePC, we like to take the stress of research away, and transform the whole process into an easy-to-follow, complete buyers guide. That’s right, our team of PC enthusiasts has done all the hard work for you!

How We Test

Testing the products we recommend is a huge part of the overall selection process in our best of guides. It’s a way to make sure what we recommend is, without a doubt, the best option in its specific category.

To be sure a portable gaming monitor is “the best,” it must show excellent performance in our tests, and display better qualities and features than the competition it faces.

Most of the products we recommend here at WePC have gone through a strict testing process that involves everything from the price and performance, to build quality, efficiency, and aesthetics. Each product is pushed to the limit to see how it performs under intense stress to make sure it warrants our coveted top spot.

Doing this enables us to provide you with the most accurate review of how the product performs and, ultimately, whether it’s worth your hard-earned cash.

Things To Consider

Whether you are buying a brand new gaming monitor, mouse, keyboard, or portable gaming monitor, there are always going to be things to consider first. Understanding the main factors behind what makes a portable monitor the “best”, is a great way to prevent you from wasting money.

Below we have outlined the main areas for your consideration, helping smoothen out the buying process, targeting what specific needs you have as a gamer, and finding the best portable monitor to suit those needs.

Refresh Rates

For regular monitors, a refresh rate is considered one of the more important features. A refresh rate is measured in hertz and is a way of measuring how fast a monitor can refresh the image on the screen. When it comes to portable gaming monitors, it is a less common feature but regardless, refresh rates vary from 60Hz all the way up to 240Hz.

Generally, the faster the refresh rate, the better your gaming experience can be but there are still certain scenarios that make 60Hz viable. The vast majority of portable gaming monitors on the market are, of course, 60 Hz but we have still managed to get some variety with our recommendations.

Our best portable monitor picks feature 240Hz and 144Hz, making these selections great for competitive gaming too.

Screen Resolution

If you were buying a regular gaming monitor, one of your first things to consider would be what resolution to go for. You would be able to select from a variety of 1080p, 1440p, and 4K monitors but with portable gaming monitors, this is slightly limited.

Screen resolutions can directly impact performance on large screen sizes but as we are dealing with laptop size portable monitors, this isn’t going to make as much difference to FPS counts.

Most portable gaming monitors are full HD, a.k.a. 1080p and our recommendations reflect this but we have still managed to find a 4K option for the single-player lovers out there. Beware though, the pixel density in a 4K portable gaming monitor will deliver crisp playback but could be hard to read for some.

Panel Types

Most modern monitors are manufactured using TFT-LCD (thin-film transistor – liquid crystal display) technology. There are other technologies with their own plus points and drawbacks but we see the same technology with our portable monitor panels. Some panel technologies are more responsive while others offer a better overall viewing experience at the cost of responsiveness.

The three main types are TN (twisted nematic), VA (vertical alignment), and IPS (in-plane switching). The majority of portable displays in our round-up feature an IPS panel, giving you better color accuracy and viewing angles when you are gaming on the go. For a better understanding between the differences in panel types, see our table below:

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Portable Monitors: Extra Features

One thing all the portable gaming monitors share on this list is some form of carry-case that acts as a stand. The stand works in much the same way you would use one to hold up a tablet, by folding over and allowing you to lean your screen on top.

Some of the more premium portable gaming monitors also feature other nice to have features such as; tripods, bags, speakers, thin bezels, and plenty of connection ports. You are paying a premium for the convenience of having a monitor that is portable, so be prepared to pay an excessive amount for premium features too.

 

Best Portable Gaming Monitors 2022

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In-depth Review

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The Best Portable Gaming Monitors
WePC Awards Best In Class
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ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHP 17.3”

ASUS ROG Strix XG17AHP 17.3”

Size

17.3"

Refresh Rate

240Hz

Response Time

3ms

Panel Type

IPS

Maximum Resolution

1920 x 1080

Editor's Rating
3.7/5
Pros

240Hz refresh rate

Large IPS display

Comes with tripod and USB-C

Thin bezels

Wide viewing angles

Cons

Expensive

The Asus ROG Strix portable gaming monitor is not only the best in our round-up but it is the biggest too.

This monitor sports thin bezels and classy design that we all know Asus’ ROG Strix department is highly capable of. The folding stand works without a hitch and the additional extras are a nice touch. This portable monitor sports a 17.3″ IPS panel, giving you incredible color accuracy and impressive viewing angles.

Aside from looking great, this 1080p monitor also sports some impressive gaming features under the hood. This full HD portable monitor comes with a blistering 240Hz refresh rate and response time of 3ms. This comes with plenty of connection options including USB Type-C, making it versatile across most devices.

The built-in battery will give gamers 3 hours of charge when running at 240Hz and even more if running at 144Hz. This portable gaming monitor also sports adaptive sync technology, for seamless, tear-free gaming.

Looking for the best portable gaming monitor? You’ve found it.

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Best 4K Portable Gaming Monitor

Desklab Ultralight 4K Portable Monitor

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

4K IPS display

Includes stand

Thin bezels

Wide viewing angles

Built-in dual hi-fi speakers

Cons

10ms response time

Expensive

The Desklab Ultralight 4K portable monitor is our high-resolution pick. This portable monitor is the perfect travel companion thanks to its lightweight design, wide viewing angles, and impressive color accuracy.

The 15.6″ display is beautiful and features slim bezels, however, you may struggle with certain games when running it in 4K. If that is the case, not to worry, you can always switch it down to 1080p. In 1080p, we start to see this portable monitor shine as an extra bit of screen real estate, giving anyone working from home a less bulky alternative to a secondary monitor. When playing in 4K the detail is fantastic but this high-resolution monitor really starts to make sense when watching media in 4K, giving you an easy-to-carry TV!

A feature that is unique to this round-up is the Desklab Ultralights touchscreen. When this is connected to a device that uses a touch screen, like a phone or tablet, the responsive touchscreen means you can effortlessly drag, pinch, zoom, and scroll, making it a great option for designers, musicians, and general users alike.

This monitor comes with a 60Hz refresh rate and is true LED-backlit for deep blacks and vibrant colors. The Desklab comes with a 10ms response time, which in comparison to others is quite high but you are hardly going to notice this difference when playing casual single-player games in 4K. We also see dual built-in Hi-Fi speakers, meaning when you’re watching media you won’t have to connect any audio equipment if you don’t want to.

This comes with plenty of connection options including two USB Type-C ports, making it versatile across most devices. Other ports include an HDMI, 3.5mm Aux, and two USB 3.0. Finally, the Desklab 4K portable monitor comes with a magnetic stand that works brilliantly, allowing you to position this with ease while maintaining its portable nature.

For the best portable 4K gaming experience, additional workspace, or just a more portable TV, go with the Desklab Ultralight 4K Touchscreen, you won’t be disappointed.

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Best Portable Gaming Monitor For Console

GAEMS Sentinel Pro Xp

GAEMS Sentinel Pro Xp

Size

17.3"

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

5ms

Panel Type

IPS

Maximum Resolution

1920 x 1080

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

17.3" IPS display

All in one

Xbox, PS, PC, Mobile compatible

Wide viewing angles

Comes in protective case

Cons

Bulky

Pricey

For the console gamers out there, you are going to want to go with the GAEMS Sentinel portable gaming monitor, a setup that brings everything into one box.

This portable gaming monitor provides a little more than just a high-quality display. This option essentially becomes your TV unit, with space for your console/ PC, built-in speakers, and of course, a 17.3″ IPS display. This 1080p portable gaming monitor folds up like a case and looks and feels incredibly robust. This is the perfect option to not only provide you with gaming anywhere but protect your expensive gear too. This is quite bulky compared to the other options on our round-up but we feel this is acceptable due to the design of this particular portable gaming monitor.

The Sentinel Pro Xp is compatible with Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PC, and mobile devices, so there is something for everyone here. As you can probably tell from the design, this portable gaming monitor is best suited for console gaming and the IPS panel runs at 60Hz. The integrated speakers are the best ones in our round-up running at 3 watts but don’t worry, this also comes with dual 3.5mm jacks.

For the ultimate console travel companion, there are no better options than the  GAEMS Sentinel Pro Xp portable gaming monitor.

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Best 144Hz Portable Gaming Monitor
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ASUS ROG Strix XG16AHPE 15.6”

ASUS ROG Strix XG16AHPE 15.6

Size

15.6”

Refresh Rate

144Hz

Response Time

3ms

Panel Type

IPS

Maximum Resolution

1920 x 1080

Editor's Rating
4.5/5
Pros

IPS display

144Hz refresh rate

3ms response time

Wide viewing angles

Cons

Expensive

The Asus ROG Strix portable gaming monitor is the only 144Hz refresh rate option on our list (aside from the 240Hz top selection which can handle 144Hz too) and boy is it sleek.

This 1080p portable gaming monitor features a frameless border and a slightly different stand from the others. The stand on this flips out like a picture frame, rather than wrapping round. This full HD monitor sports a lavish IPS panel, giving impressive color accuracy and viewing angles. The improved viewing angles over a TN panel mean you can use this for entertainment purposes too and not just gaming.

As mentioned, this portable gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate, is considered a sweet spot for responsive gaming, and is a vast improvement over 60Hz portable gaming monitors. While 144Hz may not be the fastest on our list, it is a more accessible rate, meaning more PCs can handle the FPS needed to get the most out of this. We also see a nice little carry case and plenty of connection options including USB Type-C, making it versatile across most devices.

The response time may be slow but this portable gaming monitor still comes with some excellent gaming features and has to be considered.

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Best Budget Portable Gaming Monitor

Lepow 15.6″ Portable Monitor

Lepow 15.6 Inch Full HD

Size

15.6"

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

N/A

Panel Type

IPS

Maximum Resolution

1920 x 1080

Editor's Rating
4.4/5
Pros

IPS display

USB-C

Wide viewing angles

Cons

Limited connections

Our more affordable option comes in the form of this from Lepow, a 1080p portable gaming monitor.

This portable display comes with a simplistic design but it is one I favor, with the all-black frame and handy stand. This features a speaker if you are stuck for audio equipment but it is the IPS display that will draw you in. The panel features impressive color accuracy and comes with wide viewing angles, meaning you can use this for much more than just gaming.

The connections are a bit sparse compared to others but the Mini-HDMI, USB-C, and audio jack should be enough for most gamers on the go. This portable gaming monitor also features eye care technology, removing strain from the equation and comes with a screen protector, protecting this against inevitable drops and scrapes.

The Lepow portable gaming monitor may not have as many gaming features as the others in this round-up but coming in at a much more affordable price brings this monitor into contention.

Best portable gaming monitors FAQs

What Qualifies As A Portable Monitor?

Any monitor that offers the versatility of being ‘portable’ can be classed as a portable monitor. That said, they are often on the smaller side, do not have a conventional stand, and can be paired easily with phones, tablets, and laptops.

Contrary to popular opinion, portable monitors aren’t just sub 11″ displays either. The market now offers a slew of quality portable gaming monitors that sit at 17-22″, offering a truly enjoyable experience for those that require the additional screen size.

What Makes A Good Portable Monitor?

Like conventional monitors, specifications and features are often the most important factors that add to a portable monitor’s quality. The best portable gaming monitors offer large screen resolutions, fast refresh rates, low response times, and great additional features too.

Build quality, aesthetics, and value can also be key considerations when deciding whether or not a portable gaming monitor is good – not to mention key features such as charging ports, inputs, and a versatile OSD.

Final Word

So there you have it, finding the best portable gaming monitor doesn’t have to be stressful or remotely hard. When making your purchase, be sure to take our key things to consider into account, ensuring you use your hard-earned cash wisely. we have tried to bring enough varied options into this round-up without compromising on the quality in the process, with each product receiving great reviews and performing well in our tests.

The clear winner is the Asus Rog Strix XT17AHP portable gaming monitor. This well-designed monitor features a 240Hz refresh rate, low 3ms response time, adaptive-sync technology, a tripod, and a carrying bag. Furthermore, the IPS panel provides you with excellent color accuracy and wide viewing angles for a glorious gaming experience.

So, there you have it, our full breakdown of the best portable gaming monitors on the market. Let us know what you thought of the product selections by leaving us a comment below. Alternatively, head on over to the WePC Community, where you can discuss everything monitor related with our growing community!

The Author Who Worked On This Article

Monitor & PC Product Specialist
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For as long as he can remember, Charlie has always been interested in computers and gaming. It all started with the Sega Mega Drive and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens. CS 1.6 was his first go at competitive gaming which soon evolved into CS:Source and now CS:GO – a game that he still plays (almost exclusively) today. Throughout that period he has also been a keen PC builder and enthusiast – dedicating a large portion of his time to the craft. My current rig is an ASUS 5700XT with AMD’s Ryzen 3600X.

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