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Best 4K Monitor 2019 – Buyer’s Guide and 4K Ultra HD Monitor Reviews

If you’re looking for the perfect 4K monitor and you’re having trouble deciding which one to choose, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve carefully followed the development of 4K monitors ever since they appeared for the first time, and will thus easily narrow down your choices.

Whether you need the best 4K monitor for PC or console gaming, professional use, or everyday purposes, you’ll find it here.

Top 14 Best 4K Monitors For 2020

TypeMonitorSizePanelRefresh
Rate
VRRG-SYNCHDR 
Best Budget 4K MonitorsLG 27UL500
(Editor’s Pick)
27”IPS60HzFreeSyncUnstableYes
LG 27UL65027”IPS60HzFreeSyncUnstableYes
ASUS VP28UQG28”TN60HzFreeSyncStableNo
Samsung U32J59032”VA60HzFreeSyncStableNo
LG 32UD6032″VA60HzFreeSyncUnstableNo
Best Mid-Range 4K MonitorsSamsung U32H85032”VA60HzFreeSyncStableNo
LG 32UD9932”IPS60HzFreeSyncStableYes
Acer XB321HK32”IPS60HzG-SYNCNativeNo
Philips 436M6VBPAB43”VA60HzFreeSyncStableYes
Best High-End 4K Gaming MonitorsAcer XB273K
(Editor’s Pick)
27″IPS144HzG-SYNCNativeYes
ASUS PG27UQ
(Editor’s Pick)
27”IPS144HzG-SYNC
Ultimate
NativeYes
Best 4K Professional MonitorsDell U2718Q27”IPS60HzNoneNoYes
BenQ PD3200U32”IPS60HzNoneNoNo
Dell UP2718Q27”IPS60HzNoneNoYes

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 stream protected content in native 4K UHD from streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Video, etc.

Furthermore, all monitors feature modern flicker-free screens (*except for the Dell U2718Q and the Samsung U32J590) 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.

As far as G-SYNC compatibility is concerned, we’ve pointed out how each monitor behaves (stable or unstable) out of the box.

You could still get these ‘unstable’ FreeSync monitors to work (relatively without issues) with G-SYNC, but it would require fiddling with the drivers and third-party software such as CRU (Custom Resolution Utility) and RTSS (RivaTuner Statistics Server).

If a monitor is labeled as G-SYNC compatible, it means that it’s certified by NVIDIA to work without issues whereas ‘native’ G-SYNC monitors have a special module that ensures flawless VRR (variable refresh rate) performance with variable overdrive, wider VRR range, and lower input lag.

Note that in order to use VRR on FreeSync monitors with NVIDIA cards, you will need at least the 417.71 drivers and a GTX 10-series, GTX 16-series, RTX 20-series, or newer GPU.

Best Budget 4K Monitors

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

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 it? 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.

Other 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 98% of the sRGB color gamut, 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, the 4K Ultra HD resolution on a 27″ screen provides you with roughly 163 pixels per inch which result in stunning detail clarity and plenty of available screen real estate.

Features

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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 the Xbox One consoles and NVIDIA GPUs as well as AMD graphics cards. The LG 27UL500 is not entirely G-SYNC compatible though as we 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.

Summary

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 doesn’t support FreeSync and VESA mount compatibility.

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

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 27UL650 - Best 4K Monitor With Entry-Level HDR

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About the Monitor

If you’re looking for a step up from the LG 27UL500 model, the LG 27UL650 is for you. It’s a little bit more expensive, but offers a modern design with ultra-thin bezels and full ergonomic support as well as better HDR support with VESA’s entry-level DisplayHDR 400 certification.

Image Quality

Just like the LG 27UL500, the LG 27UL650 features a 10-bit IPS panel with wide 178-degree viewing angles, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 5ms response time speed. However, it has a bit wider color gamut (99% sRGB) and a higher peak brightness of 400-nits for HDR content.

This will provide a better HDR picture quality, but keep in mind that for the best, or “true” HDR viewing experience, a monitor would need an even higher peak brightness as well as a higher contrast ratio and a wider color gamut.

But as all that would also greatly increase the monitor price, the LG 27UL650 4K monitor just offers a glimpse of HDR for a more affordable price.

Overall, compatible content, be it a PC or console game or a movie, will have a slightly but noticeably better and brighter picture. For a really notable improvement in HDR picture quality, look for displays with at least DisplayHDR 600 certification.

Features

The LG 27UL650 has all the same features as the LG 27UL500 including On-Screen Control, Screen Split, Game Mode, Black Stabilizer, and Dynamic Action Sync.

It also supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DisplayPort with a 40-60Hz range – so, you can hook up your Xbox One and enjoy the variable refresh rate for less screen tearing and stuttering.

With NVIDIA cards, only the basic 48-60Hz range works without issues.

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the LG 27UL650 consists of ultra-thin bezels and an ergonomic stand with up to 110mm of height adjustment, 90° clockwise pivot, -5°/15° tilt, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility, but you cannot swivel the monitor to the left or right.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort 1.2 input, all of which support HDR and FreeSync (G-SYNC works over DP only). There’s also a headphones jack available.

Summary

The LG 27UL650 is the most cost-effective 4K monitor with entry-level HDR which makes it a great pick for console gaming, PC gaming, and watching movies.

This monitor is also available with a USB-C port as the LG 27UL850 model with Power Delivery up to 60W and DisplayPort Alternate Mode which will allow you to simultaneously transfer audio/video, data, and power to a compatible laptop with just one cable.

Both the LG 27UL650 and the UL850 are 2019 models whereas the LG 27UK650 and the LG 27UK850 are the 2018 variants based on the same panel, just without VESA’s HDR certification. Visit our LG 27UK650 review where we compared the whole UK and UL series.

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The Pros

  • Plenty of features including FreeSync over HDMI
  • DisplayHDR 400
  • Versatile design

The Cons

  • No wide color gamut
  • Design lacks swivel option

ASUS VP28UQG - Best 4K Monitor For Competitive Console Gaming

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About the Monitor

For competitive console gaming, the ASUS VP28UQG is the best and the most cost-effective option. It has a quick response time speed of only 1ms and it supports FreeSync over HDMI for Xbox One!

Image Quality

The ASUS VP28UQG 4K gaming monitor is based on a TN panel which doesn’t offer as vibrant colors as IPS and VA monitors nor as wide viewing angles, but it offers the best response time.

In fast-paced games, you won’t be bothered by ghosting or trailing of fast-moving objects which will make it easier to focus on your target.

However, if you prefer better graphics, then you should go with the LG 27UL500 or the LG 27UL650 instead.

Features

Gaming features include ASUS GamePlus which consists of customizable aim points, an on-screen timer, and an FPS counter.

Further, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DP connectors with a 40-60Hz dynamic range for a tear-free and stutter-free gameplay. G-SYNC works without issues as well with a 40-60Hz VRR range.

Design & Connectivity

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There are two HDMI 2.0 ports and a DisplayPort socket, so you can have two consoles and a PC simultaneously connected and just change the input source on the monitor to switch between the connected devices.

You can tilt the screen by -5°/20° or VESA mount it, but there are no other ergonomic abilities.

Summary

The ASUS VP28UQG is the best 4K monitor for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X if you mainly play competitive fast-paced games.

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The Pros

  • FreeSync over HDMI
  • Quick response time speed
  • Good value for the price

The Cons

  • Tilt-only design
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Inferior colors to IPS and VA panels

Samsung U32J590 - Affordable 32" 4K Monitor

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About the Monitor

The Samsung U32J590 is the cheapest 32″ 4K monitor you can get yet it offers a VA panel with a high contrast ratio, a large 32″ screen, and AMD FreeSync over HDMI.

Image Quality

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

Now, the colors aren’t as vibrant as that of the previously-mentioned IPS models, but they are a lot better than that of any TN display. So, you get a big 32″ 4K monitor with a great image quality for a very good price.

The biggest downside of VA panel displays is the slower response time. In fast-paced games, you will be able to notice trailing behind fast-moving objects, but unless you’re mostly playing competitive first-person shooters, it’s not an issue.

Further, the Samsung U32J590 VA monitor also offers wide 178-degree viewing angles, 10-bit color depth support, 99% sRGB gamut, and a decent 270-nit peak luminance.

Keep in mind that at lower brightness settings, this monitor uses PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to decrease the brightness. This method introduces screen flickering which is invisible to the human eye, but those sensitive to it may experience headaches or eye strain after prolonged use of the screen.

Features

This Samsung 4K monitor supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DP with the standard 40-60Hz dynamic range.

With the latest NVIDIA drivers, FreeSync works with compatible NVIDIA GPUs without any major issues. Visit our review of the monitor for more information.

Other features include ‘Game Mode’ for better visibility in dark parts of games, Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture, and high-quality upscaling.

Design & Connectivity

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The design of the monitor is mostly matte while the bezels are reasonably thick. While the stand is tilt-only, you can mount the screen using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Moving on to the connectivity, you will find HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and an extra HDMI 1.4 port which maxes out at 4K 30Hz.

Summary

In short, the Samsung U32J590 offers excellent value for the money and it’s the perfect monitor if you’re looking for an affordable but good 32″ 4K monitor for console gaming or PC use.

The Pros

  • Excellent value for the price
  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks
  • FreeSync over HDMI

The Cons

  • Tilt-only design
  • Visible ghosting in fast-paced games, particularly in darker scenes
  • Not flicker-free

LG 32UD60 - 32" 4K Monitor With Wide Color Gamut

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About the Monitor

A step up from the Samsung U32J590 model is the LG 32UD60.

Image Quality

Just like the UJ590, the LG 32UD60 is based on a VA panel with a high static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for vivid black shades.

However, LG’s model also features a slightly higher peak luminance of 300-nits and a wider 95% DCI-P3 color gamut for better picture quality of compatible content.

Features

The LG 32UD60 also 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.

Design & Connectivity

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Another factor that makes the LG 32UD60 better than the Samsung U32J590 is the design as you can adjust the height of the screen up to 120mm, tilt it by -5°/15°, or VESA mount it.

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

Summary

The LG 32UD60 offers some extra features the Samsung U32J590 is missing, but it’s also slightly more expensive. If you intend on using your monitor for PC gaming and you have an NVIDIA card that supports FreeSync, we recommend the U32J590 as it will provide you with a smoother performance.

Otherwise, go with the LG 32UD60 if you can afford it. Alternatively, you may want to check out the LG 32UD59 which is the same monitor as the UD60 variant, just without the built-in speakers.

The Pros

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

The Cons

  • Visible ghosting in fast-paced games, particularly in darker scenes
  • Design lacks swivel and pivot options

Best Mid-Range 4K Monitors

In this category, you’ll find the best 4K monitors within the $500 – $1,000 price range.

Samsung U32H850 - 32" 4K Monitor With QLED Technology

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About the Monitor

In case you’re looking for something a bit more expensive than the previously mentioned budget 32″ 4K models, the Samsung U32H850 offers an amazing image quality, smooth performance, and plenty of additional features.

Keep in mind that the Samsung U32H850 is identical to the Samsung U32H750 variant, the names vary according to the region the monitor’s sold in.

Image Quality

Samsung dubbs the U32H850 monitor as ‘QLED’ which means that it uses the quantum dot technology to further enhance the display’s color gamut.

In fact, the monitor supports 10-bit color depth and has a wide 125% sRGB color gamut which in addition to the panel’s high static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 provides a  striking picture quality with lifelike colors.

The viewing angles are similar to that of IPS, though some minor shifts in contrast are expected when viewing the screen from above or below.

Features

Alas, VA panels have slower response times which results in prominent ghosting of fast-moving objects, especially when dark pixels are involved.

So, if you mainly play competitive FPS games, you should get a different monitor. In case you prefer better graphics and immersive gameplay, the Samsung U32H850 is for you.

Note that even with a 32″ screen, you will have to scale the 4K resolution to at least 125%.

The Samsung U32H850 4K display offers the AMD FreeSync technology over both HDMI and DisplayPort with a 40-60Hz variable range and G-SYNC works without issues within the same range.

Other useful features include Black Equalizer as well as the Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes.

Design & Connectivity

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The monitor offers premium build quality, plenty of connectivity options, and a fully ergonomic stand with up to 135mm height adjustment, -/+ 30° swivel, -5°/24° tilt, 90° clockwise rotation, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount.

Connectivity includes HDMI 1.4 (4K 30Hz max), HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort, a headphones jack, and four USB 3.0 downstream ports.

Summary

The Samsung U32H850/H750 is the best 32-inch 4K FreeSync monitor with a VA panel. Alternatively, you may be interested in the LG 32UL750 with DisplayHDR 600 and USB-C with up to 60W PD or in the Samsung U32R590 with a curved screen.

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The Pros

  • Wide color gamut and high contrast ratio
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

The Cons

  • No HDR support

LG 32UD99 - Best 32" 4K IPS Monitor With HDR & FreeSync

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About the Monitor

If you want an HDR monitor for console gaming and the LG 27UL650 is too small for you, then you should consider the LG 32UD99-W.

Image Quality

You may find cheaper 32″ 4K HDR models, but most of those have software-enabled HDR only – meaning that they can accept the HDR10 signal but lack the display capabilities to produce a notable improvement in the picture quality.

The LG 32UD99, on the other hand, boosts its peak brightness to 550-nits, its contrast to over 2,000:1, and its color gamut to 95% DCI-P3 for the HDR content which provides you with a more immersive gaming and movie watching experience.

Moreover, it features an IPS panel, so there will be significantly less ghosting in fast-paced games than on the 32″ 4K VA-panel counterparts.

Features

Just like the previously mentioned LG monitors, the LG 32UD99 offers a plethora of useful features including Screen Split, Dynamic Action Sync for low input lag, Black Stabilizer, and On-Screen Control.

It supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DP with a 40-60Hz variable refresh rate range. No issues were detected when using FreeSync with an NVIDIA card.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 32UD99 monitor offers decent adjustability with height, pivot, tilt, and VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity includes two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, two downstream USB 3.0 ports, a headphones jack, two 5W integrated speakers, and a USB-C port with PD up to 60W.

Summary

Overall, the LG 32UD99 delivers vibrant and bright colors, deep blacks, and a smooth performance with next to none ghosting in fast-paced games.

The LG 32UL950 can be considered as the successor to the LG 32UD99 which is based on a Nano IPS panel with 98% DCI-P3 color gamut and offers VESA’s DisplayHDR 600 certification and Thunderbolt 3. However, the price difference (~$450+) between these two models isn’t worth it as the LG 32UD99 is already quite expensive.

The Pros

  • Excellent HDR image quality
  • Quick response time
  • Extensive connectivity and ergonomics
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync

The Cons

  • Expensive

Acer XB321HK - 32" 4K IPS G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

As already mentioned, 4K gaming is very demanding. So, if you want to use the full potential of your GeForce graphics card, you will need a G-SYNC monitor such as the Acer Predator XB321HK.

Keep in mind that the G-SYNC monitor module significantly adds to the price, so don’t buy it if you have or plan to get an AMD graphics card.

Image Quality

The Acer XB321HK features an IPS panel with 10-bit color depth, 100% sRGB, and advanced color adjustments such as the 6-axis and gamma settings. Overall, the colors are precise and consistent – you can even do some entry-level color-critical work.

The contrast isn’t as high as that of VA panels, so blacks aren’t as deep but more importantly, the response time is faster which means less motion blur and ghosting of fast-moving objects.

Features

Thanks to NVIDIA G-SYNC, the refresh rate/frame rate will be synchronized between 30Hz-60Hz/FPS which makes for smooth gameplay even at lower frame rates.

The Predator gaming monitor series offers a lot of gaming features including Dark Boost (brighter image in darker games), Aim Point (customizable crosshairs), and three customizable picture presets.

Design & Connectivity

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The Acer XB321HK 32-inch monitor has a robust design with versatile ergonomic abilities including up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/25° tilt, 90° pivot, and VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity includes DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, a headphones jack, two 2W DTS integrated speakers, and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

Note that the HDMI ports supports 4K only up to 30Hz which can be a deal-breaker if you intended on using the monitor for 4K console gaming as well.

Summary

All in all, the Acer XB321HK delivers a flawless performance and a great image quality with plenty of features available, but it’s rather expensive.

Nowadays, you can get a 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with HDR at this price range which will provide you with a lot smoother performance as well as better image quality, and a more future-proof setup.

These 4K 144Hz models are only available as 27″ variants though, so if you really want a 32″ 4K IPS gaming monitor with G-SYNC, the XB321HK is the only such model available.

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The Pros

  • G-SYNC ensures a flawless performance
  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • Plenty of gaming features

The Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Design lacks swivel option
  • The HDMI port maxes out at 4K/30Hz

Philips 436M6VBPAB - Best 4K HDR Monitor For Console Gaming

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About the Monitor

If you want a display for console gaming that’s as big as a TV but with the speed and responsiveness of a monitor, the Philips 436M6VBPAB is for you.

Image Quality

Based on a VA panel with 10-bit color depth, a stunning 1000-nit peak brightness, and a superior contrast ratio of up to 7,000:1, the Philips 436M6VBPAB delivers deep blacks, bright whites, and vibrant colors covering 97% of the DCI-P3 color space.

Even on a 43″ screen, 4K UHD ensures vivid details and picture clarity, but due to its gigantic size, it’s not practical for PC use. For console gaming and watching movies, it’s the best monitor currently available.

Thanks to its exceptional input lag performance of ~6ms and a quick 4ms response time speed, gaming is more responsive and immersive than on any TV.

Features

The Philips 436M6VBPAB boasts both Ultra HD Alliance and VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certifications for the true HDR viewing experience.

Furthermore, it supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DP, but with a more limited range of 48-60Hz/FPS. G-SYNC works fine as well though we suggest using CRU to extend the dynamic range a bit to at least 40-60Hz.

Additional features include the Ambiglow RGB LED lighting technology, PiP and PbP modes as well as advanced audio settings with EQ for the dual 7W DTS integrated speakers.

Design & Connectivity

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The design is tilt-only, but it can be VESA mounted using the 200 x 200mm pattern. The Philips 436M6VBPAB 4K HDR monitor has a glossy screen surface which makes the picture pop even more, but it also causes the screen to be reflective.

Connectivity includes DisplayPort 1.2, mini-DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, a headphones jack, built-in speakers, and a USB type C port.

Summary

All in all, if you’re after both immersive and responsive console gaming, the Philips 436M6VBPAB is the best gaming monitor for PS4 Pro and Xbox One X currently available.

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The Pros

  • Bright picture with high contrast and vibrant colors
  • Low input lag and quick response time
  • Plenty of features including AMD FreeSync

The Cons

  • Expensive
  • Narrow FreeSync range out of the box

Best High-End 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).

It has VESA’s entry-level DisplayHDR 400 certification and offers a notable improvement in picture quality over the standard 4K displays.

What’s more, the monitor is factory-calibrated at Delta E < 1 for professional-grade color accuracy making it great for content creation as well as gaming.

The Acer XB273K has a native refresh rate of 120Hz. To get 144Hz, you need to overclock the monitor which requires using 4:2:2 chroma subsampling. This compression, luckily, isn’t noticeable in video games unless there is a lot of text involved.

Features

Moving on, the display supports NVIDIA G-SYNC with a wide 30-144Hz variable refresh rate range which will ensure smooth stutter-free gameplay at 4K.

Further, G-SYNC includes variable overdrive for minimal ghosting in fast-paced 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 the included shading hood while the 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.

Summary

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 a big plus.

The G-SYNC model also has variable overdrive and a wider VRR range of 30-144Hz as opposed to the 48-120Hz range of the XV273K. What’s more, 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 recommend you invest in the XB273K.

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

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The Pros

  • 4K 120Hz (OC to 144Hz)
  • DisplayHDR 400
  • G-SYNC

The Cons

  • 4K 144Hz limited to 4:2:2 chroma subsampling due to the DP 1.4 bandwidth limitations

ASUS PG27UQ - Best 4K 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 50,000:1, and 97% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, the monitor delivers a 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 the part of the image that needs to be darker, in turn, allowing for such high contrast ratio.

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, as simple as that. However, due to the DisplayPort 1.4 bandwidth limitations, the monitor can’t simultaneously support 4K 144Hz and HDR, so you’ll be limited to the following compromises:

  • 120Hz at 4K with 4:4:4 chroma
  • 144Hz at 4K with 4:2:2 chroma (8-bit color)
  • 120Hz at 4K HDR with 4:2:2 chroma
  • 98Hz at 4K HDR with 4:4:4 chroma

With the current-generation PC hardware, this isn’t an issue as you would hardly surpass 98FPS at 4K HDR in the latest games anyway; but it’s something you should keep in mind for the future. 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 in accordance with the ambient lighting.

Finally, the GamePlus and GameVisual features offer well-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° rotate, 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.

Summary

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

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The Pros

  • Stunning image quality and performance
  • Fully ergonomic design
  • Plenty of unique features
  • True HDR support

The Cons

  • Expensive
  • 4K HDR 4:4:4 limited to 98Hz due to the DP 1.4 bandwidth 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 just as you intended it.

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 the 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 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 Modulate) to regulate brightness which introduces screen flicker. Although the 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.

Summary

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.

The Pros

  • Accurate and consistent colors out of the box
  • Smooth performance
  • Good value for the price
  • Versatile design and rich connectivity options

The Cons

  • Not flicker-free
  • HDR is software-emulated only
  • No AMD FreeSync

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 and it’s factory-calibrated for 100% of sRGB and Rec709 color gamuts.

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, 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.

Summary

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

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The Pros

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

The Cons

  • No USB type C port

Dell UP2718Q - High-End HDR Professional Monitor

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About the Monitor

Whether you need a monitor for photography, 3D, graphic design, HDR, animation, or pretty much any other type of content creation, the Dell UP2718Q is the best professional monitor.

Image Quality

If you need a 4K Adobe RGB monitor for photography, there are a few cheaper models available. However, these are only slightly less expensive yet the Dell UP2718Q is significantly better.

Not only will it provide you with 100% of the sRGB, Rec709 and Adobe RGB color spaces, but it will future-proof your system with the full HDR support and more useful features for a slightly higher price.

In case you just want an Adobe RGB monitor, we recommend the 1920×1200 BenQ SW240 and the 1440p BenQ SW2700PT.

Turning back to the Dell UP2718Q, you get true 10-bit color depth IPS panel with 97.7% DCI-P3 and 76.9% Rec2020 color gamut. It’s also factory-calibrated at DeltaE less than 2.

Features

Just like the ASUS PG27UQ 144Hz gaming monitor, the UP2718Q has a full-array local dimming with 384 individual zones for the stunning 1,000-nit peak brightness and 20,000:1 contrast ratio.

In addition, the monitor features a built-in KVM switch as well as PiP and PbP modes.

It lacks gaming features such as AMD FreeSync, but it has low input lag and a quick 6ms response time speed, so PC and console games will run smoothly and look amazing.

Design & Connectivity

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The Dell UltraSharp UP2718Q 4K display offers plenty of connectors including DisplayPort 1.4, mini-DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0a ports as well as four downstream and two upstream USB 3.0 ports.

You can elevate the screen up to 145mm, swivel it to the left and right by +/- 45°, tilt it by -5°/21°, pivot by 90°, and VESA mount it using the 100 x 100mm pattern

Summary

Although a bit pricier, the Dell UP2718Q is certainly worth the money if you want a professional monitor that will last.

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The Pros

  • 384-zone FALD for the superior contrast
  • High peak brightness
  • Fully ergonomic design with rich connectivity options
  • Factory-calibrated with a wide color gamut

The Cons

  • No USB-C port

Conclusion

Overall, the LG 27UL500 will provide you with an exceptional value for the price. It’s great for console and PC gamers, entry-level content creators, and due to its appealing design and price tag, it’s great for casual everyday activities.

 For those with deeper pockets, the ASUS PG27UQ will ensure the best gaming and viewing experience available whereas the Acer XB273K is a more reasonably priced alternative that’s definitely worth the investment.

Finally, when it comes to professional use, any of the three included monitors will get the job done depending on your budget and the specific features you need.

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