When it comes to monitors, bigger is better … unless it is. If your specific needs require some less similar secondary screens, a small workplace with limited space, or even a custom car installation, your options are limited. Here are the best among them.
While display manufacturers do not seem particularly interested in selling monitors less than about 24 inches longer, there are some quality options for those who do not need large screens. We have made choices in the range of 20, 15 and 10 inches that should cover most applications, as well as a small TV (with the included antenna receiver and speakers) and a portable USB-powered option.
The Best 20 "Monitor: Viewsonic VA2055SM ($ 85)
Monitors in this size range tend to boast low market, detect features in name of price . And while Viewsonic's VA2055SM is definitely among the cheapest in its lineup, it also has some extras that you do not expect at this price point.
The LCD screen covers a full HD 1920 × 1080 resolution and contains one VESA mount for use with aftermarket racks or multi-monitor settings. It also manages to pack some luggage in the bag, saving you a little money and space unless you're concise. Note that the monitor either uses DVI or VGA for video, so you may need an adapter if you can only use HDMI or DisplayPort.
Best 15-inch screen: Eyoyo 15.6-inch IPS ($ 146)
This small screen is designed to fit into almost any location you want it. With HDMI, VGA, standard RCA and BNC inputs with direct security cameras, it can connect directly to any desktop or laptop (minus Apple's USB-C only).
With a surprisingly dense 1080p IPS panel and a VESA mount to boot, it's incredibly versatile, and it comes with a convenient remote control as well. The speakers are mounted backwards, so they are not good options for listening to music, but they are good for basic interaction.
Best 10-inch Screen: Eyoyo 10-inch IPS
This design resembles the Eyoyo model above, with almost identical inputs but a smoother screen. The 10-inch version actually has a slightly higher resolution of 1920 × 1200 at 16:10 aspect ratio.
Due to its smaller size, it needs a smaller stand, but it is still compatible with VESA mount comes with its own tripod) and even fits in to include speakers on the back. It's a great design if you need something for a crowded server room or a small safe.
The best portable display: HP EliteDisplay S14
If you are planning a longer trip and you do not want to give up your multimedia productivity, you want a small screen enough to throw in a portable bag. This HP portable gadget fits the bill: a sleek, slim-coated 14-inch display that uses a single USB-C cable for video both video and power.
An integrated tripod stand doubles as a screen protector when packed, and the panel runs at a full 1080p resolution. Of course, you drain the carrier's battery faster with two screens to power, but for an improvised workstation at a folding table or a desk room it's hard to beat. If you need something with an older USB-A port, try this little outdated (but cheaper) version.
The Best Small TV: Pyle PTVLED15 ($ 120)
What's the difference between a TV and a monitor? In this case, it is possible to use a standalone antenna to display digital TV signals. This Pyle 15.6-inch model includes it, as well as a 720p display panel (1080p inputs reduced) and a supplied remote control.
It supports RF (Coax), HDMI, VGA and RCA inputs so you can connect it to virtually anything. The screen can be mounted on standard VESA holes, but you want a separate audio source if you are going to use it in some kind of space. International Readers, Note: The TV only accepts ATSC antenna signals.