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.
Best USB-C Portable Monitors
|Asus ZenScreen MB16AC||15.6 inches||1920x1080|
|GeChic 1503H||15.6 inches||1920x1080|
|AOC i1601FWUX||16 inches||1920x1080|
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.
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.
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.
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.