Best 4K Monitors For 2020 – Buyer’s Guide and 4K Ultra HD Monitor Reviews

Having trouble deciding which 4K UHD monitor is the perfect fit for you? You’ve come to the right place!

Whether you’re looking for an affordable but good 4K monitor for everyday use, the best display for PC/console gaming, or a professional screen for work, we’ll make sure you pick the best one for your needs and budget.

Top 8 Best 4K Monitors For 2020

TypeMonitorSizePanelRefresh RateVRRHDR 
Best Budget 4K Monitors27”IPS60HzFreeSyncEmulated
32”VA60HzFreeSync95% DCI-P3
Best 4K Gaming Monitors27”IPS144HzG-SYNCDisplayHDR 400
27”IPS144HzG-SYNC UltimateDisplayHDR 1000
43”VA120HzFreeSync 2DisplayHDR 600
Best Professional 4K Monitors27”IPS60HzNoneEmulated
32”IPS60HzNoneN/A
32”IPS60HzFreeSync*DisplayHDR 1000

These are the best 4K monitors currently available.

Note that all monitors in this list support HDCP 2.2, so you will be able to watch copy-protected content in native 4K UHD resolution on streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, etc.

Furthermore, all monitors feature modern flicker-free screens (*except for the Dell U2718Q) with integrated low blue light filters which will prevent eye fatigue caused by prolonged use of the display.

Finally, rest assured that these monitors are reliable, thoroughly tested, and offer the best value for the money in their respective categories.

Best Budget 4K Monitors

In case you have a tighter budget, but really want a 4K display, the following monitors offer excellent value for the price – just without bells and whistles that some more expensive models have.

LG 27UL500 - Cheapest 4K Monitor That's Actually Good

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About the Monitor

Looking for the cheapest 4K monitor that’s actually worth the price? The LG 27UL500 is the best 4K monitor for gaming, work, or any other use at this price range.

Image Quality

Based on an AH-IPS panel with dithered 10-bit color support, the LG 27UL500 delivers an amazing picture quality with vibrant and precise colors. In fact, it offers a better image quality than some more expensive 4K models.

Panel-related specs include the standard 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree wide viewing angles, a 300-nit peak brightness, and a quick 5ms response time speed for minimal ghosting of fast-moving objects.

The monitor is factory-calibrated and covers 98% of the sRGB color space, so it’s viable for entry-level color-critical work as well. It even supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but only via software emulation.

This means that the monitor has no wide color gamut nor a high brightness/contrast required for a notable improvement for the HDR picture. Instead, it can just accept and display HDR10 content. Some content may look slightly better, but most of the time you’ll just get washed out colors.

Basically, HDR on this monitor is more of a bonus feature that doesn’t even increase its price, so don’t buy it solely because it supports HDR.

Lastly, 4K Ultra HD resolution on 27″ screens provides you with roughly 163 pixels per inch which result in stunning detail clarity and plenty of available screen real estate. So, you’ll need to scale your interface in order for small items such as text to be readable.

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Features

The LG 27UL500 27″ 4K monitor also offers plenty of useful features including On-Screen Control which allows you to adjust most of the OSD (On-Screen Display) settings in a desktop application.

You will also find the Screen Split feature which consists of numerous different screen layouts for multi-tasking.

Gaming features include the Game Mode presets (two FPS, one RTS mode), Black Stabilizer for better visibility in dark games, and Dynamic Action Sync for minimal input lag of ~9ms.

Lastly, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync which removes all screen tearing and stuttering between 40-60Hz/FPS (Frames Per Second) if you have a FreeSync-compatible graphics card.

FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DisplayPort, so you can use it with Xbox One consoles.

The LG 27UL500 is not entirely G-SYNC compatible though, as we’ve only managed to get FreeSync to work within the ‘Basic’ option which limits the variable refresh rate (VRR) range to 48-60Hz when using compatible NVIDIA cards.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 27UL500 has somewhat thick bezels, but we find them tolerable at this price range. Unfortunately, the monitor has a tilt-only design, but you can mount it on a third-party stand using the 100 x 100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

Overall, the LG 27UL500 is the best 4K monitor under 300 USD. If you’re interested in something even cheaper, have a look at the Philips 276E8VJSB; it’s less expensive, but it doesn’t support FreeSync nor VESA mount compatibility.

The LG 27UL500 is also available as a version with a fully ergonomic design for ~$50 extra, the LG 27UL550.

Another noteworthy entry-level 4K monitor is the LG 27UL650 which has a fully ergonomic design, a bit wider 99% sRGB color gamut, and better HDR support with DisplayHDR 400  certification which is VESA’s lowest standard.

Since DisplayHDR 400 doesn’t mean much yet the UL650 is significantly more expensive than the UL500, we recommend going with the LG 27UL500 as it offers better value for the money.

Have a USB-C device? Check out the ASUS MX27UC which is the best budget 4K monitor with a USB-C port that supports power delivery (up to 60W).

The Pros

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync over HDMI

The Cons

  • Tilt-only design
  • HDR is software-enabled only

LG 32UK550 - Affordable 32" 4K Monitor

Best 4k Monitor For Consoles

About the Monitor

If you want an affordable 32″ monitor with 4K UHD resolution, you’ll have to settle with one with a VA panel as the IPS models are much more expensive.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as VA panels have their advantages too.

Image Quality

The VA panel of this monitor offers a superior contrast ratio of 3,000:1. In comparison to IPS and TN panel monitors, you get deeper black shades and an overall better relation between the darkest and the brightest tones.

Now, the colors aren’t as vibrant as that of the previously-mentioned IPS models, but they are good nonetheless and better than what you might find on any TN display.

In fact, the LG 32UK550 has a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut and it supports HDR which will make the colors of compatible content more punchy and lifelike.

Unfortunately, it has a peak luminance of only 300-nits which is enough for an enjoyable viewing experience under normal lighting conditions. However, it doesn’t meet VESA’s DisplayHDR 400 certification which requires a peak brightness of at least 400-nits.

Regardless, thanks to the wide color gamut and high native contrast ratio, HDR content will look better on the LG 32UK550 than on the LG 27UL650 with DisplayHDR 400 which goes to show how meaningless the HDR400 standard is.

Note that this still provides just a glimpse of what HDR can actually do. For a more notable improvement in HDR picture quality, a display should have at least DisplayHDR 600 certification or ideally, DisplayHDR 1000 and full-array local dimming which we’ll get into later on with the more expensive 4K monitors.

VA panels also don’t have as wide viewing angles as the IPS models, but only minor and negligible shifts in contrast are present when looking at the screen from skewed angles.

Features

The LG 32UK550 supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DisplayPort, but when using NVIDIA cards, FreeSync only works within the 48-60Hz range.

Other features include LG’s standard inclusions such as On-Screen Control, Screen Split, Black Stabilizer, Dynamic Action Sync, etc.

Generally, VA panels also have a slower pixel response time speed, but since this is just a 60Hz display, there isn’t any prominent trailing or smearing of fast-moving objects.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 32UK550 has a height-adjustable stand (up to 110mm) which you can also tilt (-5°/15°) or detach if you wish to mount the screen via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and dual 5W built-in speakers.

Alternatives

Looking for something cheaper? Check out the following 32″ 4K VA models:

  • LG 32UD59 / LG 32UD60 – Older models of this monitor without HDR support, but with the same wide color gamut. The UD59 doesn’t have integrated speakers though
  • Samsung U32J590 – A cheaper monitor without wide color gamut, HDR, or a height-adjustable stand
  • Philips 328E1CA – An affordable model with a curved screen

Overall, the LG 32UK550 offers the best image quality and the best value for the money here. We don’t recommend the curved models such as the Philips 328E1CA, the MSI MAG321CURV, and the Samsung U32R590C.

Curved screens are really not necessary unless you’re interested in an ultrawide display. So, on the above-mentioned 4K displays, the curvature is mostly a gimmick; The monitors cost more yet the image quality of the LG 32UK550 is better.

The Pros

  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Built-in speakers
  • Wide color gamut and high contrast ratio
  • AMD FreeSync over HDMI

The Cons

  • Design lacks swivel and pivot options

Best 4K Gaming Monitors

Looking for the best 4K gaming monitor? Below, you will find the best models currently available as well as everything you need to know about them.

Acer XB273K - Best 4K Gaming Monitor Under $1000

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About the Monitor

Want both 4K UHD resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate, and you have a budget of around $1,000? Look no further than the Acer Predator XB273K.

Image Quality

The Acer XB273K is based on an IPS panel with 10-bit color depth, wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, 178-degree viewing angles, and a 350-nit peak brightness (400-nit for HDR content).

The monitor uses a QDEF (quantum-dot enhanced film) layer which improves its color gamut and brightness. In addition, it is factory-calibrated at Delta E < 1 for professional-grade color accuracy making it great for content creation as well as gaming.

In this case, the monitor does offer a notable improvement in picture quality of HDR content despite only having VESA’s entry-level DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Overall, you get a vibrant picture quality with gorgeous bright colors and crisp details. Contrast ratio is not as high as it is on VA panels, but it’s as high as it can be for an IPS display; blacks aren’t very deep, but the striking colors make up for it.

Now:

Due to the limitations of DisplayPort 1.4, the Acer XB273K can be set to 120Hz only when using 8-bit color depth.

For 10-bit color depth, the refresh rate is limited to 98Hz.

To get 144Hz, you will need to use 4:2:2 chroma subsampling (can be done at 10-bit or 8-bit color depth). However, this compression makes text appear smudgy and fringy, so you should avoid it for regular desktop use and in video games that have a lot of text.

In truth, this isn’t a big issue considering that in most games, you won’t be able to surpass 98FPS at 10-bit 4K HDR with the current-gen hardware anyway.

What’s more, most games support only 8-bit color depth and the difference between 10-bit HDR and 8-bit HDR is basically unnoticeable.

So, we recommend just using 10-bit color and 98Hz. If you can get over 98FPS, use 120Hz at 8-bit color. Whether or not using chroma subsampling to get 144Hz is worth it will vary between different games. But at 4K, 120Hz is plenty.

Features

Moving on, the display supports NVIDIA G-SYNC with a wide 30-144Hz variable refresh rate range which ensures a buttery smooth gaming experience at 4K UHD.

Further, G-SYNC includes variable overdrive for minimal ghosting and overshoot. Unlike it’s the case with VA panels, you won’t have any prominent smearing or motion blur at high frame rates in fast-paced video games.

Also, note that you can simultaneously run G-SYNC and HDR on this monitor.

Other interesting features include Aim Point (custom crosshairs), Dark Boost (better visibility in darker games), and Ambient Glow RGB lighting.

Design & Connectivity

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The Acer Predator XB273K boasts a premium design quality and comes with an included shading hood while ergonomic options include up to 100mm height adjustment, +/- 20° swivel, -5°/25° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. You cannot pivot the screen though.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b (supports 4K up to 60Hz with HDR), a headphones jack, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, and two 4W integrated speakers.

Alternatives

All in all, the Acer XB273K is the best 4K gaming monitor you can get under $1,000. There is a FreeSync variant of this monitor, the Acer XV273K, which is cheaper (the difference in price varies from <$100 up to $300).

Now, the Acer XV273K FreeSync model has two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs which allow it to get 4K at 144Hz without chroma subsampling. However, when using two cables, you cannot use FreeSync or HDR, and since 120Hz is plenty at 4K, this feature isn’t actually a big plus.

Also, the G-SYNC model has variable overdrive and a wider VRR range of 30-144Hz as opposed to the 48-120Hz range of the XV273K – plus, the XV273K model cannot run FreeSync and HDR simultaneously!

Lastly, the Acer XB273K has better quality control as there are numerous units of the XV273K with awful IPS glow. So, if you want a 4K 144Hz gaming monitor, we highly recommend you invest in the XB273K.

Visit our detailed Acer XB273K review for more information including thorough comparison with the XV273K model. 

The Pros

  • Good HDR image quality
  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Quick response time speed
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC up to 144Hz
  • Ergonomic design

The Cons

  • DP 1.4 bandwidth limitations
  • Design lacks pivot function

ASUS PG27UQ - Best 4K HDR Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Want the absolute best gaming monitor there is, and money isn’t an issue? The ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ is for you.

Image Quality

The previously mentioned 4K displays don’t even come close to what the ASUS PG27UQ can do.

With a stellar peak brightness of 1,000-nits, a contrast ratio of up to 50,000:1, and 97% DCI-P3 color gamut, the monitor delivers an absolutely stunning HDR image quality!

The main reason behind such display capability lies in its full-array local dimming which consists of 384 zones that individually dim parts of the image that need to be darker without affecting parts of the picture that are supposed to be bright.

Note that in certain scenarios, whether it’s a video game or a desktop application, where a bright object is surrounded by dimmed zones, some light that’s illuminating the said object will bleed into those dimmed zones thus creating a halo/bloom effect. For instance, when moving a white cursor across a black background.

In these cases, it’s preferred to disable the local dimming option in the OSD menu of the monitor.

Additionally, the monitor is factory-calibrated with Delta E ≤ 3 accuracy and covers 99% of the Adobe RGB color space which makes it suitable for professional color-critical work as well.

The ASUS PG27UQ supports 4K up to 120Hz natively, but you can overclock it to 144Hz in the OSD menu. Just like with the XB273K, DisplayPort 1.4 limits you to 98Hz with 10-bit color, 120Hz with 8-bit color, and 144Hz with chroma subsampling.

You can find more information about the monitor in our thorough ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ review.

Features

The monitor includes a bunch of extra useful features as well including Aura Sync RGB and logo projection lighting technologies. It also has a built-in sensor that adjusts the monitor’s luminance according to ambient lighting.

The ASUS PG27UQ boasts NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Ultimate badge which guarantees smooth performance and exceptional HDR picture quality with low input lag in addition to providing a 30-144Hz VRR range and variable overdrive.

Finally, the GamePlus and GameVisual features offer pre-optimized gaming presets for Racing, RPG, RTS, and FPS genres as well as customizable crosshairs and on-screen timers.

Design & Connectivity

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The gamer-inspired design consists of extensive ergonomics including 90° rotation, up to 120mm of height adjustment, -/+ 35° swivel to the left and right, -5°/20° tilt, and VESA mount compatibility. Turning to the connectivity, you will find an HDMI 2.0 port, a DisplayPort 1.4 input, a headphones jack, and two downstream USB 3.0 ports.

Alternatives

The ASUS PG27UQ is by far the best 4K gaming monitor you can buy at the moment, though its price is not as appealing.

Acer offers their version of this monitor dubbed as the Acer Predator X27. The Acer X27 has two additional USB ports and integrated speakers, but its design lacks pivot function and it has less customizable RGB lighting.

We recommend going for whichever is available/cheaper or according to your preference of the design.

The Pros

  • Exceptional HDR image quality
  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Quick response time speed
  • NVIDIA G-SYNC up to 144Hz
  • Fully ergonomic design

The Cons

  • Expensive
  • DP 1.4 bandwidth limitations
  • Halo/bloom effect in certain scenarios

ASUS XG438Q - Best 43" 4K Gaming Monitor

Best 4k 120hz Monitor

About the Monitor

Interested in a bigger 4K monitor with a high refresh rate? Unfortunately, there aren’t any 32″ 4K 120Hz+ models currently available, so if you want a bigger screen, you’ll have to settle for the ASUS ROG Strix XG438Q.

Image Quality

The ASUS XG438Q is based on a 42.5″ VA panel with 4K UHD resolution, 120Hz, 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, 10-bit color depth, a static contrast ratio of 4,000:1, and a peak brightness of 450-nits (600-nits for HDR content).

It also supports HDR and carries VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification meaning that it has localized dimming. However, unlike the ASUS PG27UQ, the XG438Q is edge-lit and it only has 8 dimming zones.

So, the HDR picture quality will look good as local dimming effectively increases the contrast ratio to ~10,000:1, but the PG27UQ offers a far superior HDR viewing experience.

Another important thing to note here is that the monitor uses a BGR subpixel layout instead of regular RGB. This causes text to be somewhat blurry and unclear. In video games, it’s not noticeable, but if you intend on using the monitor for work too, you will need to use scaling in order to make the text clearer.

DisplayPort 1.4 limits to you to 98Hz at 4K HDR with 10-bit color depth. For 120Hz, you can use either chroma subsampling or 8-bit color depth.

Just like with all VA panels, the response time speed is a bit slower, so some smearing will be visible in fast-paced games, mainly when dark pixels are predominant in the picture.

Overall, the monitor offers an immersive image quality, but for most people, it will be simply too big for regular desktop use.

Features

The ASUS XG438Q supports AMD FreeSync 2 which allows FreeSync and HDR to run simultaneously without any perceptible input lag added. FreeSync also works with compatible NVIDIA cards too, without any issues.

FreeSync range is 48-120Hz at 4K over DisplayPort and 48-120Hz at 1080p and 1440p over HDMI.

Other features include ASUS GamePlus (custom crosshairs and timers) and GameVisual (picture presets) as well as Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture and Shadow Boost.

Along with the monitor, you also get a remote controller and an AuraSync RGB ROG logo projector.

Design & Connectivity

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The ASUS XG438Q features a sturdy design with VESA mount compatibility, but its stand is tilt-only. Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, three HDMI 2.0 ports, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a headphones jack, and two 10W speakers.

Alternatives

As it’s the only 43″ 120Hz gaming display currently available, some gamers will absolutely love it. For most people though, it is most likely too big which leaves them with the Acer XB273K until 32″ 4K 120Hz+ models appear.

The first 32″ 4K 120Hz monitor to be announced is the Philips 328M1R though it uses a VA panel, not IPS which most people would prefer.

ASUS also announced an updated model of the XG438Q called ASUS XG43UQ which will feature DSC (Display Stream Compression) as well as better HDR implementation with up to 1,000-nits peak brightness. DSC allows for 144Hz at 4K without the use of chroma subsampling.

Other large 4K gaming monitors worth mentioning and keeping an eye on include:

  • Philips 436M6VBPAB – Another 43″ 4K HDR FreeSync gaming monitor, but with a 60Hz refresh rate. It features DisplayHDR 1000 with a higher peak luminance and more dimming zones (32) than the XG438Q which results in a better HDR image quality. However, it costs just as much as the XG438Q yet it only has 60Hz.
  • Philips 558M1RY – An upcoming 55″ 4K 120Hz display with DisplayHDR 1000.
  • Big Format Gaming Displays such as the HP Omen X Emperium 65 and the upcoming ASUS ROG Swift PG65UQ with G-SYNC Ultimate, 384-zone FALD, and DisplayHDR 1000; For $5,000 – they are way overpriced. You’d be better off with an LG OLED TV with HDMI 2.1 such as the LG B9 as far as price/value goes.
  • Dell Alienware AW5520QF – A 55″ 4K OLED monitor with FreeSync and 120Hz. It goes for $4,000 yet it has a low peak brightness, no HDR support, and no HDMI 2.1 for future-proofing.
  • Acer Predator CG437K – A 43″ 4K monitor with 144Hz (overclocking via two DisplayPort inputs, 120Hz native) and DisplayHDR 1000. Priced at $1500, it’s only $300 more expensive than the XG438Q, but it offers a lot better value for the money.

The Pros

  • Large 4K 120Hz display
  • Good HDR image quality
  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • FreeSync up to 120Hz

The Cons

  • BGR pixel layout
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mostly in darker scenes
  • DP 1.4 limitations

Best 4K Professional Monitors

Looking for a 4K monitor for color-editing, graphic design, or similar professional use? The following models will make sure that the content you create looks as good as it can.

We also have a dedicated guide with the best monitors for photo and video editing.

Dell U2718Q - Best Entry-Level Color-Editing Monitor

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About the Monitor

If you want a 4K monitor mainly for gaming and some content-creation on the side, the LG 27UL500 or the LG 27UL650 will do just fine for most of entry-level color-critical tasks.

Otherwise, the popular Dell UltraSharp U2718Q will provide you with the best value/money for professional color-editing.

Image Quality

There is a good reason why the Dell U2718Q is one of the best-selling professional monitors; It’s an affordable 4K monitor that’s factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2 with 99.9% sRGB color gamut.

Other panel-related specifications are standard and include a 1,300:1 static contrast ratio, a 350-nit peak brightness, and wide 178-degree viewing angles.

With a 60Hz refresh rate, a decent 5ms response time speed, and input lag just below 10ms, you will also be able to enjoy gaming with a smooth and responsive performance though there are no gaming features such as FreeSync available.

Make sure to download the latest firmware for this monitor (unless it’s pre-applied) as it contains important updates including color tuning (gain on green fix) and improved HDR viewing experience.

While the Dell U2718Q supports HDR, it’s only software-enabled meaning that the display can accept the HDR10 signal, but lacks the needed color gamut, contrast, and brightness to actually improve the viewing experience.

Finally, note that the monitor uses PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to regulate brightness which introduces screen flickering below 100% brightness. Although this flickering isn’t noticeable, those sensitive to it may experience headaches after prolonged use of the screen.

Design & Connectivity

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The Dell 4K monitor boasts full ergonomic support with VESA mount compatibility, up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 45° swivel, -5°/20° tilt, and 90° pivot into portrait position which will come in handy for photo-editing.

Connectivity options are rich as well with a quad-USB 3.0 hub, DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

The Dell U2718Q is the most affordable 4K IPS monitor that comes with professional-grade factory calibration. Considering its color accuracy as well as premium design and connectivity options, it’s well worth the money.

Worried about the PWM flicker? Check out the following 27″ 4K IPS alternatives which are flicker-free, factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2, and cover the sRGB color space. They also offer some additional features, but are more expensive:

The Pros

  • Accurate and consistent colors out of the box
  • Versatile design and rich connectivity options

The Cons

  • Not flicker-free
  • HDR is software-emulated only

BenQ PD3200U - Best Mid-Range 32" 4K Professional Monitor

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About the Monitor

In case you can afford something a bit pricier, you should definitely check out the BenQ PD3200U.

Image Quality

This 32″ 4K monitor features an IPS panel with 10-bit color depth, factory-calibration at Delta E < 2, and 100% sRGB and Rec709 color gamut.

Other specs include a 350-nit peak brightness, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a 4ms response time speed.

What makes the BenQ PD3200U one of the best professional monitors, besides its color gamut and accuracy, is its share of exclusive features.

Features

First of all, the monitor has numerous different display modes which allow you to quickly swap between CAD/CAM, Animation, Darkroom, sRGB, and Rec709 optimized picture settings.

The Animation mode consists of 10 different levels which boost the brightness of dark parts of the image for more visible details while the CAD/CAM mode emphasizes lines in design software such as Pro/E, SOLIDWORKS, AutoCAD, etc.

Next, using the DualView Mode feature, you can split the screen in half and have each part displayed in a different display mode.

The BenQ PD3200U 32-inch monitor also has a built-in KVM switch, a light sensor, PiP and PbP modes, and advanced color settings including five gamma presets (from 1.8 to 2.6).

Design & Connectivity

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As you can see in the image above, the BenQ PD3200U has a little device called Hotkey Puck attached to its base. You can use this device to quickly swap between up to three display modes of your choice.

The monitor also boasts extensive ergonomics with up to 150mm of height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 45° swivel, 90° pivot, and VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options are quite rich as well and include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort, four downstream and two upstream USB 3.0 ports, a mini-USB port for the Hotkey Puck device, two 5W integrated speakers, and an SD card reader.

Alternatives

Thanks to its plethora of useful features, professional-grade color accuracy, and reasonable price, the BenQ PD3200U is the dream monitor of many designers.

If you’re looking for something with a USB-C port and/or an even wider color gamut, check out the following alternatives:

  • Dell U3219Q – Delta E < 2, 95% DCI-P3, 99% sRGB/Rec.709, and USB-C with PD up to 90W
  • BenQ PD3220U – with Adobe RGB and 95% DCI-P3 color gamut as well as Thunderbolt 3 with 85W PD

The Pros

  • Fully ergonomic design
  • Extensive connectivity options
  • Plenty of exclusive features

The Cons

  • No USB type C port

ASUS PA32UC - High-End HDR Professional Monitor

Best 4k Professional Monitor

About the Monitor

The ASUS ProArt PA32UC is currently the best 4K professional monitor available. Although it may seem expensive, it’s quite reasonably priced considering the specs and image quality it offers for the price.

Image Quality

Besides offering Delta E < 2 factory calibration, 14-bit 3D LUT, and wide color gamut support (100% sRGB, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 95% DCI-P3, 85% Rec2020), the ASUS PA32UC also supports HDR and features a 384-zone full-array local dimming implementation.

The FALD solution allows it to reach up to 1,000-nits of peak brightness and incredibly high contrast ratio for an immersive viewing experience and impeccable content creation.

Note that, for some reason, the PA32UC doesn’t have VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 certification, even though it meets all of the requirements. It does have the Ultra HD Premium certification by UHD Alliance though.

It also offers plenty of additional features such as PiP/PbP, built-in uniformity compensation, the advanced ASUS ProArt Calibration utility, and other image adjustment tools including five gamma presets and 6-axis hue/saturation.

Even though it’s a professional monitor, it supports AMD FreeSync over DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 3 with a 40-60Hz VRR range, and thanks to quick pixel response time of its IPS panel, the ASUS PA32UC offers a stunning gaming experience, especially if the game supports HDR.

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the monitor features premium build quality and full adjustability with up to 130mm height adjustment, -5­/23° tilt, +/- 60° swivel, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options are abundant and include four HDMI 2.0b ports, DisplayPort 1.2, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports (one output, one input – 60W PD, 40 Gbps), two 3W built-in speakers, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. 

Alternatives

ASUS offers a version of this monitor which uses Mini-LED technology, the ASUS ProArt PA32UCX.

This model has a 1152-zone full-array local dimming solution which minimizes the halo/bloom issues and further improves the display’s capabilities.

The PA32UCX has a higher peak luminance of 1,200-nits, more precise Delta E < 1 factory calibration, and a wider 99% DCI-P3 color gamut. It also supports Dolby Vision and HLG HDR formats in addition to HDR10, but it’s notably more expensive at around $4,000.

ASUS also plans to release an even better model called the ASUS ProArt PA32UCG with the same 1152-zone FALD system and Dolby Vision support, but with a higher brightness of up to 1,600-nits (DisplayHDR 1400 certification) and a 120Hz refresh rate.

It’s actually the first 32″ 4K IPS monitor with a 120Hz refresh rate to be announced. It will be available in Q1 2020, and while the price is currently unknown, it certainly won’t be cheap.

The Pros

  • Exceptional HDR image quality
  • Consistent and accurate colors
  • Fully ergonomic design and extensive connectivity options including Thunderbolt 3
  • Plenty of additional features

The Cons

  • Visible halo/bloom in certain scenarios, can be prevented by disabling local dimming

Conclusion

Did you find the best 4K monitor for you? If not, feel free to leave us any questions you might have in the comments below, and we will gladly assist you.

Overall, for everyday use and casual gaming, the LG 27UL500 and the LG 32UK550 offer great value for the price.

If you want to kick it up a notch, you can’t go wrong with the Acer XB273K or the ASUS PG27UQ, depending on your budget.

As far as 4K monitors for professional use go, all monitors we’ve included provide an excellent image quality and performance, just make sure you get the display with the right specifications (proper color gamut, etc) for you.

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