If you regularly travel for business or leisure and feel limited by a smartphone or tablet, a portable monitor is a very handy option that will completely change the game for your travels.

If you’re wondering if this device is a worthy investment, here are 6 reasons why you should switch to portable monitors for your mobile lifestyle:

  • Work comfortably anywhere.

    Yes, you can work on your smartphone or tablet, especially with many desktop tools now available in Apple or Android stores. But chances are you’re not comfortable typing on that tiny phone screen or doing your meetings on your tablet.

A portable monitor allows you to work or play on a nearly full-sized monitor, but without the bulk of traditional monitors.

  • Be entertained wherever you go.

The great thing about a portable monitor is that you have a personal TV that you can take anywhere.

Don’t like the movie they play on the plane? Choose your own content to watch. Traveling for work on the exact day The Bachelor announces who will win? Stream your show on your portable monitor, regardless of the time zone you’re following.

What’s nice is that the portable monitors are often designed to be as lightweight as possible so that you don’t feel like you’re carrying your entire PC around with you.

  • Scale everything you do on your smartphone UP.

With a portable monitor, your candy crush game can be zoomed out 5x with no problem. You can complete your Skype meetings, find music to listen to on your Spotify, read a PDF file or eBook stored on your phone, and do anything you do on your phone, but on a larger scale.

Using portable monitors to project your smartphone’s screen isn’t just new. This technique can help people avoid eye strain and migraines.

  • Extend the real estate of your laptop monitor.

For those who have saved up for a laptop upgrade but are used to taking their laptop with them when traveling, the portable monitor can be a more affordable solution.

If your only problem is that the laptop screen is too small for your needs, but the other components are still powerful for your computing tasks, then invest in a portable monitor.

Adding this external device as a second monitor will greatly improve your productivity. You can use the additional monitor for situations such as:

  • Keep data static on one monitor and your work on another.
  • Chat with teammates on one monitor, while playing online games on the other.
  • Be informed about the stock market, web analytics, product sales, and other data that changes live while you’re doing something else on the other monitor.
  • Watch a video on one monitor and multitask on the portable monitor.

The possibilities are endless, really.

  • Cool helpers for professional photographers and videographers.

If you travel because you’re a professional photographer and videographer, documenting people, places, things, and events across the country (or the world), I know how quickly your devices swell and weigh significantly.

Not only does the weight of all your gadgets keep you from moving, but it can also cost you more money. Extra baggage fees with airlines, hello?

Switching some of your gear to a handy portable monitor isn’t a traditional approach, but it could definitely become standard in the future. After all, how efficient is it to use a portable monitor as a larger preview screen (rather than the built-in display on cameras and video cameras)? The images and videos are rendered in such high quality that you can see even the tiniest details right after you shoot them.

  • Energy-efficient monitor with built-in functions and multiple outputs.

Portable monitors can be easily set up anywhere – it’s not as complicated as desktop monitors. Think of it as taking out your tablet, placing it on a stand and enjoying a bigger screen.

You also don’t need any technical knowledge to set it up. Portable monitors are pretty plug-and-play. And because they’re powered via USB and don’t need to be plugged in, portable monitors are energy efficient.

PC monitors usually only have one (or a maximum of 2) outputs, so you can only connect one or two external devices at a time. Portable monitors have an advantage here as users can add up to 6 devices. If you use Windows Multipoint Server, you can double this amount for up to 14 devices.

Travelers are the perfect audience for portable monitors. Whether you’re traveling for work, vacation or play, with a portable monitor you can take care of your business when you need to, or enhance your entertainment options while you’re on the go.

The only downside to portable monitors is that they are still a bit expensive, but as brands like ASUS, AOC, Lenovo and HP make them more accessible to people and demand increases, expect the price to drop as well. I recommend that if you can afford it now, and you are always away for work or travel, buy a portable monitor to take advantage of the above benefits.