The Best Wireless Monitors (and Accessories) [January 2021]

Everyday, millions of people use computer monitors with their laptops to display content on their screens at larger sizes, which makes it far easier to produce visual content, like photo manipulation or video editing. Others use external monitors as a way to add a second screen to your setup, keeping utilities and tools on wide side of the setup while using your mouse to work between the two displays. Both MacOS and Windows 10 handle external and additional displays well, allowing power users to change the settings of each display while simultaneously keeping it easy for anyone with a computer to plug and play without frustrations.

Unfortunately, there’s one problem: that pesky HDMI cable still exists. HDMI is a solid standard, with support for video and audio over a single cable, but sometimes you just want to wirelessly transmit your display from your laptop to a second monitor or television without the hassle. Finding the HDMI plug on the back of the monitor, plugging the other end to your laptop, making sure the cable isn’t in the way of the other products on your desk—it’s all a hassle. Even if you’re just trying to stream your computer to a television, it can be a real pain to find a way to do it wireless without resorting to some frustrating hacks.

Though there are a couple of wireless monitors still on the market today, most display manufacturers have been slow to pick up on the tech, leaving very few options in terms of monitors with wireless tech built-in. Here’s the good news: there’s a decent selection of aftermarket products that can help turn your monitor or display into a fully wireless product, able to mirror or stream your computer display on a larger screen without dealing with wires. Whether you’re willing to sacrifice some modern features for a fully-wireless monitor, or you’re willing to add an accessory to the back of your device, there are some fantastic options on the market today. Here’s our guide to the best wireless monitors and products on the market for January 2021.


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4 thoughts on “The Best Wireless Monitors (and Accessories) [January 2021]”

Tony DeRosa says:
As usual, very good information! I have a related question regarding connecting a wireless touch screen. I opted for the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, which works great for display purposes, but as far as I can tell, you need a Type-B USB cable to activate the touch screen features. I’m wondering if that is true of all touch screen monitors or if there are exceptions. I guess 1 cable is better than 2. Any advice would be appreciated.
AMP says:
Why is the microsoft wireless display adapter not good for gaming?
Jason Teji says:
I would say it’s to do with the way it reproduces the colours mainly, and possibly the speed of the refresh rate, and maybe the brightness depending on your set up. The newer model would probably work better for gaming for sure. Asus also have a cool new portable monitor that is in the same price bracket too which I am looking at.
Jason Teji says:
I think its mainly to do with how it reproduces the colours and perhaps the brightness. I think the newer model has solved the colour issue though. Although Asus have brought out a cool new portable wireless monitor that I am looking at.
Teri says:
Hi – I am looking for a portable monitor, or smaller monitor with wireless capabilities. I am struggling finding something with USB and HDMI capability. What I am really looking for is a small wirless monitor option which does not take up a lot of desk space. Do you have a recommendation? Thank you so much for your help! Teri
Jason Teji says:
I would say it’s to do with the way it reproduces the colours. The newer model would probably work better for gaming for sure. Asus also have a cool new portable monitor that is in the same price bracket too.
Lawrence Cargnoni says:
Nicely written. Thank you. I’ve just recently got the bug to untether from my old VGA monitor and was surprised by the lack of offerings. Your article provided a solid overview/intro on the subject. I’m surprised there are not more offerings. I’d love to have the ability to cast to 2-3 monitors simultaneously without wires. The Miracast solution seems rationale, however, I’ve observed that many monitors on the market today don’t offer USB (which is needed to power the Miracast device; rather USB offered on the sized monitor/price point). A wireless docking station would be work for me too if anyone has pointers…

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