Best portable Monitor for MBP?

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  1. SparkFlash macrumors 6502

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    I am looking for a good portable monitor to take with me on travel. I want something that works flawlessly with my MBP via USB-C as the previous monitor I bought didn't work for crap (AOC).

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    I’ve been considering this recently too. I found an Asus but it’s ridiculously expensive.

    My current plan is to just buy an iPad Air (or whatever the big screen non-pro iPad is called by the end of the year) with minimal storage and use that when Catalina is out. It’s no more expensive, and I have another device I can use to read on when not using it for work.
     
  3. gymrat2k macrumors member

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    I've got older tech, but the 15.6" Asus MB169B+ via USB3 has been awesome these last four years.
    One single connection for power and data. Perfectly fine for Excel, but no full screen video.

    1920x1080, not optimized for Mac (automatic rotation only works on PC), but a trooper nonetheless.

    The USB-C version Asus MB16AC might be what your looking for.
    15.6" gives you more screen estate than the largest iPad.
     
  4. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    Screen real estate typically refers to the resolution of the display not the physical size.

    The 10.5” iPad Air is 2224x1668, with a PPI of 264. The 15.6" Asus is 1920x1080 with a PPI of 141.

    What I can’t find is how much control the user has over rendering mode on a sidecar-connected iPad (ie what the resolution “looks like”). It's also not entirely clear at what PPI macOS will change defaults from regular @1x display mode, to @2x mode.
     
  5. gymrat2k macrumors member

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    Area then. Now after 45yo i find that the "viewability" of an excel sheet is much better on a larger screen even if it lower resolution. I've got a 10.5" iPad, but would seldom or never choose it (or a 12.9" iPad) for sidecar instead of a 15.6" screen.

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  6. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

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    That’s perfectly reasonable - different tools for different tasks and different people.
     
  7. SparkFlash thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks all. Yes currently I too use an iPad Pro for a secondary monitor. Mine is just blurry and not clear, especially right next to the MBP screen. The size is also cumbersome as everything feels so much smaller. I considered upgrading to a 12" iPad just for this, but it feels excessive. So I began looking for the portable monitor option. The first one I got was an AOC at BB and it just blinked. Complete waste.

    Ill take a peak at that 15" ASUS you mentioned above. Thanks!
     
  8. gymrat2k macrumors member

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    Try many different cables, the USB-C "standard" is still a mess. https://www.androidauthority.com/state-of-usb-c-870996/

     
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