budget pick

ASUS VG289Q

asus vg289q monitor
  • Wide color gamut
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Fully ergonomic stand
best value

Acer XB273K

acer xb273k monitor
  • G-SYNC up to 144Hz
  • DisplayHDR 400
  • Premium design quality
premium pick

ASUS PG27UQ

asus pg27uq monitor
  • G-SYNC up to 144Hz
  • DisplayHDR 1000 with FALD
  • Premium design quality

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 economical 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 preferences and budget.

Top 9 Best 4K Monitors For 2020

TypeMonitorSizePanelRefresh RateVRRHDR 
Best Budget 4K Monitors28”IPS60HzFreeSync90% DCI-P3
32”VA60HzFreeSync95% DCI-P3
Best 4K Gaming Monitors32”VA60HzFreeSyncDisplayHDR 600
27”IPS144HzG-SYNCDisplayHDR 400
27”IPS144HzG-SYNC UltimateDisplayHDR 1000
43”VA60HzFreeSyncDisplayHDR 1000
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.

ASUS VG289Q - Best Budget 4K IPS Monitor

asus vg289q monitor

About the Monitor

Looking for the most affordable 4K monitor that’s actually worth the price? The ASUS VG289Q is the best 4K monitor for gaming, work, or any other use at this price range.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel with dithered 10-bit color support, the ASUS VG289Q delivers an amazing picture quality with vibrant and precise colors. In fact, it offers 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 350-nit peak brightness, and a fast 5ms response time speed for minimal ghosting of fast-moving objects.

The monitor also offers a wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut, and comes with an emulated sRGB profile, so it’s viable for entry-level color-critical work as well. It even supports entry-level HDR (High Dynamic Range)!

This means that the monitor doesn’t have high enough brightness and contrast or local dimming required for the ‘true’ HDR viewing experience.

Instead, it can just accept and display HDR10 content with a bit better colors thanks to its wide gamut.

Lastly, 4K Ultra HD resolution on 28″ screens provides you with roughly 157 pixels per inch which results 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.

4k scaling

Features

The ASUS VG289Q 28″ 4K monitor also offers lots of useful gaming features including Shadow Boost for better visibility in dark games, customizable crosshairs, on-screen timers and refresh rate trackers, and picture presets.

Further, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync which eliminates 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 ASUS VG289Q is G-SYNC compatible even though it’s not certified as such by NVIDIA, so your mileage might vary; some units might have minor flickering issues, though none have been reported so far.

Design & Connectivity

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The ASUS VG289Q has ultra-thin bezels and a fully ergonomic stand with up to 150mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 62° swivel, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two 2W built-in speakers.

Alternatives

Overall, the ASUS VG289Q is the best 4K monitor for around $300. If you’re interested in something a tad more cost-effective, consider the Philips 276E8VJSB though it doesn’t support FreeSync, HDR, or VESA mount. 

Have a USB-C device? Check out the Philips 272P7VUBNB which is the best budget 4K monitor with a USB-C port that supports power delivery (up to 65W).

The Pros

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Wide color gamut and wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons

  • Entry-level HDR only, which is acceptable considering the price

LG 32UL500 - Affordable 32" 4K Monitor

lg 32ul500 monitor

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 superb 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 consistent as that of the previously-mentioned IPS models, but they are good nonetheless and, in fact, much better than what you might find on any TN display.

The LG 32UL500 even 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 may be enough for an enjoyable viewing experience under normal lighting conditions, but it’s not enough for 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 than SDR. Note that this still provides just a glimpse of what HDR can actually do.

For a 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 32UL500 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

lg 32ul500 monitor back

The LG 32UL500 has a tilt-only stand (-5°/15°), but it’s VESA mount compatible (100x100mm).

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

Alternatives

If the LG 32UL500 is not available, check out the LG 32UK550 which is the same monitor, but with a height-adjustable stand and a bit higher price.

The BenQ EW3270U and the ASUS VA32UQ use the same panel as LG’s models, but they don’t have integrated speakers nor height-adjustable stands yet they are more expensive.

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

  • Samsung U32J590 – A cheaper (in some regions) monitor, but without wide color gamut or HDR support
  • Philips 328E1CA – An affordable 32″ 4K monitor with a curved screen

Overall, the LG 32UL500 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, though this depends on personal preference too, of course.

With the above-mentioned 4K displays, the curvature is mostly a gimmick as the monitors cost more yet the image quality of the LG 32UL500 is better.

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Tilt-only stand

Best 4K Gaming Monitors

Looking for the best 4K gaming monitor? Well, you have come to the right place as here you can find the best models currently available as well as everything you need to know about them.

ASUS CG32UQ - Best 32" 4K Console Gaming Monitor

asus cg32uq monitor

About the Monitor

The ASUS CG32UQ uses the same panel (or a slight variation of it) as the LG 32UL500, but it has a higher peak brightness and local dimming for a much more immersive HDR picture quality as well as additional features for console gamers.

Image Quality

In addition to the wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, the CG32UQ has a peak brightness of 600-nits for HDR content! Further, it has 16 dimming zones which can dim parts of the screen that need to be darker without affecting parts of the screen that should remain bright.

This makes blacks even deeper and further pushes the contrast ratio of the monitor to over 4,000:1. As a result, details in shadows and highlights of HDR content are considerably more vivid.

Thanks to these specs and features, the ASUS CG32UQ has VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification.

As it is a VA panel after all, some ghosting will be noticeable in fast-paced games (mostly when dark pixels are involved) and viewing angles aren’t quite as wide as that of IPS panels.

Features

Designer for console gaming, the ASUS CG32UQ has two textured pads where you can place your controllers. Next to them, you’ll find two conveniently placed USB ports for charging your controllers, smartphones, etc.

As you can see in the image below, the monitor has RGB LEDs placed around the screen. You can synchronize them to content on-screen or to your AuraSync-compatible peripherals.

Along with the monitor, you also get a remote controller for OSD adjustments.

The ASUS CG32UQ 4K monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-60 VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort. Note that FreeSync and HDR can be simultaneously enabled!

However, using FreeSync with NVIDIA cards has some minor brightness flickering issues which mainly occurs at ~40FPS. This behavior is more or less expected from 4K 60Hz FreeSync monitors that aren’t certified as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA.

With AMD cards or Xbox One S/X, FreeSync works without issues.

You’ll also find other ASUS’ standard gaming features such as GameVisual (picture presets) and GamePlus (custom crosshairs, on-screen timers, FPS tracker, etc).

Design & Connectivity

asus cg32uq monitor back

The stand of the monitor can be adjusted vertically up to 100mm and tilt by -5°/20°. You can also detach the stand and mount the screen via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options are abundant and include three HDMI 2.0 ports, a single DisplayPort 1.2 (with added HDR support), a headphone jack, and two 12W speakers with great audio quality.

There are six USB ports in total. Two at the stand of the monitor for charging (power only, no data transfer), and four USB ports at the back of the screen (two downstream, two upstream).

The Pros

  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Built-in speakers
  • Excellent HDR picture quality
  • AMD FreeSync over HDMI
  • Premium design quality and features

The Cons

  • Expensive
  • Design lacks swivel and pivot options
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

Acer XB273K - Best 4K PC Gaming Monitor Under $1000

acer xb273k monitor

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 awesome for content creation as well as gaming.

In this case, the monitor does offer a significant 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. However, G-SYNC only works with NVIDIA’s cards and over DisplayPort. So, you won’t get VRR over HDMI or with AMD’s GPUs. 

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

Design & Connectivity

Best 4k Gaming Monitors 2020

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
  • Not as deep blacks as that of VA panels

ASUS PG27UQ - Best 4K HDR Gaming Monitor

asus pg27uq monitor

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

Philips 436M6VBPAB - Best Value 43" 4K Gaming Monitor

philips 436m6vbpab monitor

About the Monitor

Interested in a bigger 4K monitor?

Unfortunately, there aren’t any 32″ 4K 120Hz+ models currently available, so if you want a bigger screen, you’ll have to settle for a 43″ monitor such as the Philips 436M6VBPAB.

Image Quality

The Philips 436M6VBPAB is based on a 42.5″ VA panel with 4K UHD resolution, 60Hz, 97% DCI-P3 color gamut, 10-bit color depth, a static contrast ratio of 4,000:1, and a peak brightness of 720-nits (1,000-nits for HDR content).

It also supports HDR and carries VESA’s DisplayHDR 1000 certification. However, unlike the ASUS PG27UQ, the Philips 436M6 is edge-lit and it only has 32 dimming zones.

So, HDR content will look good as local dimming can increase the contrast ratio up to ~7,000:1, 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.

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 Philips 436M6VBPAB supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-60Hz VRR range.

Other features include PiP/PbP, various pre-calibrated picture presets, and the Ambiglow RGB technology with LEDs placed beneath the bottom bezel of the monitor which can be synchronized with on-screen content.

Design & Connectivity

philips 436m6vbpab hdr pc monitor

The Philips 436M6VBPAB is VESA mount compatible via the 200x200mm pattern, but you can only tilt its screen by -5°/10°. Note that the screen has a glossy finish which is highly reflective, but it makes the picture more vibrant.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, USB-C (with DP 1.2 Alt Mode), a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a headphones jack, and two 7W integrated speakers. You also get a remote controller.

Alternatives

Now, there are 43″ 4K monitors with 120Hz such as the ASUS XG438Q and the Acer CG437K, but these cost around $1,100 – $1,500 yet they don’t offer a better HDR image quality than the Philips 436M6.

At that price range, you’d be better off with an LG OLED TV such as the 55″ B9 or the 48″ CX model.

They offer an incomparably better HDR picture quality and 4K 120Hz support over HDMI 2.1 allowing you to take advantage of its high refresh rate on future-gen consoles as well as on PC.

The Pros

  • Large 43″ 4K display
  • Decent HDR image quality
  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • FreeSync up to 60Hz

The Cons

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

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

dell u2718q 4k monitor

About the Monitor

If you want a 4K monitor mainly for gaming and some content-creation on the side, the ASUS VG289Q 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 enhance 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 might experience headaches after prolonged use of the screen.

Design & Connectivity

Dell U2718q monitor back

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

best 4k monitor for mac

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 selection 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

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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

asus pa32uc monitor back

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 plenty 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

Were you able to 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 ASUS VG289Q and the LG 32UL500 offer great value for the price.

If you want to kick it up a notch, you can’t go wrong with the ASUS CG32UQ, 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 exquisite 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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