Slim, light and portable external Monitor (21"+)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Finaldream, Dec 9, 2015.

  1. Finaldream macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2015
    Hi there!

    As a freelance developer, I'm often working on-site for clients. Although I'm perfectly happy with my Retina 15" MBP, an external monitor can support productivity during long hours of coding. Currently, I'm thinking about bringing my own monitor and I'm looking for some help figuring out, what might be a good choice.

    For clarification, "portable" in my case, doesn't mean an ultra compact, small, tablet-like display, I'd rather like to be able to take it from one place to another easily, nothing more. I'm not supposed to use this device in a Starbucks-like setting or on the run. Instead, it's supposed to be used in a real office, setting it up in the morning, taking it back in the evening. I'm thinking about it as carrying around a large-format Wacom-tablet or a bag of larger format prints.

    These are my preferences:
    * weights around or less than 5kg (~11lbs)
    * measures between 21" and 27"
    * has at least full HD resolution, more is actually very welcome, but I don't need any retina display
    * has a stand on it's own
    * easy to set up / tear down (plugging cables is ok, but I'm a bit concerned about mounting the stand every single day)
    * standard connectivity (native OS X support, HDMI, DVI or Display Port)
    * standard power supply (220V outlets are available everywhere)
    * slim form factor
    * easy to carry around
    * possibly comes with a carrying pouch or can be put in such

    Also, the price is not my primary concern and I'm open for compromises.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. NorCalLights macrumors 6502a

    Apr 24, 2006
    There's a whole industry of monitor carrying bags (designed for gamers who go to LAN parties). They cradle the monitor in a way that you don't have to remove the stand.

    Dell makes a number of monitors that fit your requirements. Many have internal power supplies. I'd start there.
  3. Finaldream thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2015
    Thanks for your hint to the gaming industry, can you recommend me some brands which produce good monitor bags suiting 24 - 27" displays?

    I'm already using Dell monitors in my office and I talked to Dell recently. They suggested me the UltraSharp U2414H as their thinnest monitor. While that's a valid choice, I'm looking more for something like this:
    That's already getting very close to what I imagine, but I'd like to investigate on alternatives and other options, like with a higher resolution, with 27" or even thinner.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  5. Finaldream thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 9, 2015
    Thanks four your suggestions. I'm currently looking at Acer's H7- and T2-Series, which both seem to have what I'm looking for. I'm a bit more biased to the H7 right now, because of size, resolution and weight, but the stand of the T2 looks way more practical. I guess I'll go with one of them.

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