Allegedly, you could put the outdoor unit on your balcony, the indoor unit on the floor inside and -- without any problematic install you have a much better (or one would think so at least!) than your usual portable AC unit. I added a picture, why are these units so rare, especially in North America? I have much better success finding them in the UK.
Not so much of a catch but houses in UK are so rarely specified with AC (only needed 3 days a year .. :) ) that there is a (small) market for the portable ones.
Houses in US have AC included in the build so often that it is almost standard - older housing stock may get upgrades.
Remember the refrigeration cycle used is only relatively recent compared to the time we have been building houses.
Thise portable units can work very nicely but making sure that the air volume is controlled is important otherwise you can end up trying to cool the atmosphere... ie windows shut etc
There’s a huge difference between portable ones and portable-split ones. Portable ones( with one outlet hose) pump out the indoor air out making out side air seep in, which is again hotter. While the portable-split ones don’t have this problem. In addition, instead of having a 20 cm hole, you just have to have a 4 cm hole! I’m looking for these in Australia and can’t find any!!!!!