Best USB-C Portable Monitors
Looking for the best USB-C portable monitors? Buying a portable monitor might put you in the Dilemma, with so many options available to choose from, one might not be able to decide what will best fulfill their purpose. For that reason, we have compiled a list of best USB-C powered monitors that you can buy in 2018. Keeping everyone in mind we’ve reviewed and made the list of the top portable monitors that are really worth buying.
Why Buy USB-C Portable Monitors?
Portable monitors have existed in the past but they required separate power and data cables. This meant that you had to carry different cables with you and set up the system before working on it. This made things inconvenient and worked against the whole idea of mobile productivity.
This is where the USB-C comes in. The USB-C or USB type-C connector system has a single cable for both power and data. This not only solves the problem of connecting cables thus increasing mobile productivity and convenience, but it is also more powerful than the USB 3.0. But most importantly and finally, it has a reversible connector. So, you never have to play “guess the orientation” game again.
Ok, so now over the few years portable monitors have become much more convenient to use just by the mere fact that you can connect it through a USB in the very first try alone (yay!). It seems like a good time to buy portable monitors.
Note that all the portable monitors listed here have the IPS panel due to its much wider range of use. These are also first ranges of monitors using the type-C technology. Since these are the pioneering monitors which are type-C compatible, they have their limitations. But they are the best future-proof portable monitors available in the market.
Best USB-C Portable Monitors
1. ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC (Best USB-C Monitor 2018)
ASUS is simply the best in the market when it comes to Computer hardware technology. Introducing the ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC is an ultra slim and lightweight portable monitor with both type-C and type-A USB connection support. Being light and slim makes it very easy to carry around and the one cable connection gives a very clean setup. The display is Full HD giving 1080p resolution and uses an IPS panel. It has a slim, glossy design with eye care technology. It comes with a smart cover for easy setup. Oh, and it also comes with a pen.
Let’s starts with dimensions. It has a 15.6 inches display and its thickness is only 0.3 inches making it extremely slim. It weighs at 1.7lbs but with the smart cover it adds up to above 2lbs (~1kg). Being ultra slim and lightweight means, you can easily carry it around with you without taking much space or adding carrying weight.
It comes with a magnetic smart cover which protects it from potential scratches while carrying. The smart cover also allows for easy landscape or portrait orientations paired with the auto-rotation. By the way, it also has a pen hole which means you can set it up using just a pen as a stand. The monitor also comes with a pen, so that’s a plus. The ink is black in case you are wondering.
The Panel type is an IPS panel and is 15.6 inches as mentioned above. It has a 5ms response time which is very impressive for an IPS panel. This makes it good for gaming as less ghosting is experienced. The brightness is 220 cd/m2 which is not very bright making it less suitable for outside use. But the color and contrast are quite decent for indoors.
Along with type-C, it is also Type-A USB compatible, but note that you have to install the drivers for the type-A first. The drivers can be downloaded from ASUS website. Lastly, it also has the eye care technology which means it has a flicker-free backlighting and blue light filter reduces the blue light which reduces eye fatigue.
If you are looking forward to investing your money for the best portable monitor than ASUS ZenScreen MB16AC is probably what you should buy. ASUS’s MB16AC is an all-rounder, it will fulfill all your purposes. Whether its gaming, entertainment or business. Also equipped with amazing ASUS’s exclusive software and hardware capabilities such as low blue light etc, makes it the best Portable USB-C Monitor in our review.
- Ultra slim and lightweight
- Type-A USB compatible
- Eye care technology
- Comes with a free pen
- Poor stand design
- Brightness is too low for outdoor use
- Uses a lot of laptop battery power.
2. GeChic 1503H (Best Gaming Portable Monitor)
Introducing the GeChic 1530H, the Gamers Haven from GeChic is one of the best gaming portable monitors you can buy on the market right now. The GeChic 1503H is also a slim monitor, although not as slim as the Asus ZenScreen. The monitor weighs 1.7 pounds. It also gives full HD 1080p display with narrow bezel. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angle.
It is 11 millimeters thick which makes it easy to slip in your laptop bag without taking much space. Although the monitor itself weighs 1.7 pounds, the case and stand to add its weight up to over 3 pounds which may make your laptop bag a bit heavy. So, take that into consideration. It has a case for protection and a magnetic stand which supports both landscape and portrait mode. The 1503H has a better overall stand design than the Asus ZenScreen.
The panel type is IPS with a 15.6-inch Full HD 1080p with wide viewing display. The brightness is 300 nits which is better than the ZenScreen and some other portable monitors. Although GeChic advertises 1503H as “gamer’s paradise” but the response time is 12.5ms. This slow response time may show signs of ghosting during fast action which is not ideal for a gamer at all.
Although the 1503H is a USB-C compatible monitor, the USB-C is only used for power. For the video signal, a VGA or HDMI cable must be used which makes it lose the advantage of a single cable.
Keeping Gamers in mind the GeChic 1530H has a diplay options of VGA and HDMI, it has great screen brightness which makes it perfect for outdoors. Response time of 12.5ms is arguable for gamers but nonetheless it is powered by USB-C and is futureproof.
- Good Brightness
- Great for Outdoor Use
- Wide viewing angle
- Numerous color profiles available
- Poor build quality
- Response time not ideal for gaming
3. AOC i1601FWUX (Best Business Portable Monitor)
AOC is known for manufacturing amazing computer monitors and they have also done a great job with the AOC i1601FWUX. With slim and sleek design, the AOC’s USB-C monitor is everything you will need in a business portable laptop that is ideal for traveling. What it lacks in a good name, it certainly makes up for in looks and performance. Having solid specifications, it also looks amazing as well.
The AOC i1601FWUX has a thickness of 8.5mm. It weighs at 1.8 pounds including the smart cover. This makes it very light, thin and convenient to carry. The case is made of durable metal alloy giving us a functional display that is both elegant and durable in design. The smart cover can fold into a stand with a magnetic attachment system. This makes it easy to set up in many angles.
The IPS panel has a 16-inch screen which boasts a full HD 1080p display with great picture quality. It has a smooth 5ms response time which works great in fast moving videos and games. So, it makes a good secondary monitor for gaming.
The single USB-C connection limits this monitor only for pc use though. As the single cable is used for power as well, a device like a mobile phone cannot provide the required power. So, even though it is limited to pc use and does not have a wall mounting it is still a great portable monitor due to its design and performance.
The versatility of the AOC i1601FWUX is arguably low but talking about overall design, build quality, display panel and everything else is up to the mark. What lacks is good name for such an amazing product.
- Elegant and durable design
- Good response time
- LowBlue mode to minimize eye fatigue
- Lacks versatility
- Lacks a bit in the brightness department
So, these were our top picks for the best USB-C Portable monitors. These are the best the market has to offer for now. The USB-C despite its limitations and the fact that devices have not fully transitioned to the USB-C technology as manufacturers need to sell the devices to a wide range of customers. But without doubt, USB-C is a future-proof technology and the way forward as we see more and more manufacturers implement it in their new devices.
Posted 7 months ago by Asfand Yar