4k Monitor

What is 4K Ultra HD?

4K Ultra HD can generally refer to one of two high definition resolutions.  Most commonly 4K Ultra HD refers to 3840 x 2160 pixels (referring to the approximately 4000 pixel wide display), which has exactly twice as many pixel rows and columns as 1080p (1920×1080 pixels), and four times the overall pixel count, with the same 16:9 aspect ratio. 4K Ultra HD can also refer to the currently less common 4096 x 2160 pixel resolution.


Although 4K TVs are very common, 4K monitors are just becoming mainstream. Whether you’re looking for a better multitasking experience for work or just looking for a more immersive gaming experience, 4k monitors have a lot to offer. Although they used to be very expensive, they dropped recently as 4k became more popular and more devices supported it.

Multiple monitors tested

  • Display purchased by the store; unit without picking cherries
  • Retest after major update
  • Easy to compare results
  • No ads; unbiased comments

LG 27UK650-W- Best 4k Monitor



LG 27UK650-W

Size : 27 ”  Resolution : 3840×2160  Refresh Rate : 60 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


The LG 27UK650 is the best 4k monitor we’ve tested so far. Overall, it provides good image quality with excellent gray uniformity, wide viewing angles and excellent SDR peak brightness. It has excellent motion handling with excellent response time and flicker-free backlighting.

Players will appreciate the 27UK650 FreeSync support, which also works on NVIDIA NVIDIA 10 and 20 Series graphics cards with NVIDIA’s new Adaptive Sync drivers. It also has an excellent low delay, even when displaying a non-native resolution or when playing in HDR.

Unfortunately, the 27UK650 does not look so good in dark rooms and HDR content does not look too good due to the mediocre contrast ratio and the lack of a large color gamut. Overall, the UK650 is a very good 4k monitor that should appeal to most people.

LG 32UD99-W- LARGER ALTERNATIVE


LG 32UD99-W

Size : 32 ”  Resolution : 3840×2160  Refresh Rate : 60 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


If you like the LG 27UK650 but are looking for a larger screen, try the LG 32UD99 instead. The larger 32-inch screen is ideal for multitasking and the 32UD99 is almost identical to the smaller model. It has a slightly better color space and can represent a large color space in HDR. Thanks to the included it is also better connected to the Internet USB hub, which can be used to connect and charge your accessories, with only one cable leading to your computer.

LG 27UD58-B- CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE


LG 27UD58-B

Size : 27 ”  Resolution : 3840×2160  Refresh Rate : 60 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


If you find the LG 27UK650 out of your budget and still need a decent 4k monitor that will not break the bank, then you should take a look at the LG 27UD58-B. It’s a 4K monitor with decent picture quality and an IPS panel that offers a wide viewing angle. It has a standard 60Hz refresh rate, low input delay, supports FreeSync and is great for gaming. It does not have the versatile base of the 27UK650, but a fixed one that allows for minimal adjustments. HDR is not supported. It can not get too bright and is therefore not suitable for a room with plenty of natural light. Overall, most people will be satisfied with their choice.

Acer Predator X27- Best 4k Monitor For HDR


Acer Predator X27

Size : 27 ”  Resolution : 3840×2160  Refresh Rate : 120 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : G-Sync


If you want the best HDR experience, or often work in the wider Adobe RGB color space, the Acer Predator X27 has the widest color gamut of any previously reviewed 4k monitor. It’s also extremely bright and has excellent motion handling, making it one of the most versatile monitors we’ve ever tested.

The X27 has an excellent wide color gamut, even better than most televisions, and covers almost 100% of the Adobe RGB color space. This makes it ideal for professionals working in the printing or marketing industry. It has excellent wide viewing angles and excellent HDR support. The monitor also supports G-SYNC, but like all current 4k monitors, it is limited to an update rate of 60 Hz.

Unfortunately, the Acer Predator X27 does not look very good in dark rooms. It has a disappointing natural contrast ratio, so that blacks appear gray in a dark room. Although it has a local dimming function, it is not very effective. Although the X27 is very expensive, it is a great monitor that should appeal to most people.

LG 32UD59-B- Best 4k Monitor For A Dark Room


LG 32UD59-B

Size : 32 ”  Resolution : 3840×2160  Refresh Rate : 60 Hz  

LCD Type  : VA  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


If you’re looking for a monitor that performs well in dark rooms, check out the LG 32UD59-B. It’s a subtle 4K monitor that delivers deep blacks in dark rooms thanks to the high contrast ratio and discreet black uniformity of the VA panel. It has a low input delay and supports FreeSync for a tearing-free gaming experience.

The image quality of the 32UD59-B is neat, but the monitor can not get very bright to overcome the glare of the room. Therefore, it is particularly suitable for dark rooms. It does not support HDR content and due to its VA panel, the image deteriorates when viewed from the side.

All in all, it’s a decent 4K monitor that should appeal to most buyers.

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U2718Q:  Very good 4k monitor, but the LG 27UK650 is better overall.
  • LG 27UD68-P: Good 4k monitor, but the LG 27UK650 is better overall and supports HDR.
  • LG 43UD79-B:  Decent large 4k monitor, but the LG 32UD99 is much better overall.

1080p Monitors

1080p monitors have long been the gold standard. In recent years, this torch has reached 1440p resolutions. There are still some new 1080p monitors coming on the market, but they are usually cheaper monitors that are not that good.

Multiple monitors tested

  • Display purchased by the store; unit without picking cherries
  • Retest after major update
  • Easy to compare results
  • No ads; unbiased comments

LG 34UC79G-B-Best Ultrawide 1080p Monitor


LG 34UC79G-B

Size : 34 ”  Resolution : 2560×1080  Refresh Rate : 144 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


The LG 34UC79G-B is the best 1080p monitor we’ve tested so far. This ultrawide 21: 9 monitor is great for multitasking or when looking for an intense gaming experience. It has very good viewing angles, ideal for co-op games or for sharing your work with someone.

Players will appreciate the ultra-fast 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support. It also supports FreeSync when connected to a 10 or 20 Series NVIDIA graphics card. It also has excellent input delay and excellent response time. Fast moving objects therefore have hardly any traces of blurring.

Unfortunately, the 34UC79G-B does not look so good in dark rooms and does not get very bright. Therefore, room conditions are an important factor before you buy this monitor. Overall, however, it is a good 1080p monitor with excellent gaming performance that should appeal to most people.

LG 29UM69G-B-SMALLER ALTERNATIVE


LG 29UM69G-B

Size : 29 ”  Resolution : 2560×1080  Refresh Rate : 75 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


If you like the LG 34UC79G-B, but prefer something smaller, try the LG 29UM69G-B. This monitor has a smaller 29-inch display but retains the same 1080p resolution in large format. For gamers, it still offers FreeSync support, but a smaller range and a maximum refresh rate of 75 Hz. Unfortunately, the model we tested was terribly black uniformity, but this can vary considerably between units, even for the same model.

BenQ XL2540-Best 1080p Gaming Monitor


BenQ XL2540

Size : 25 ”  Resolution : 1920×1080  Refresh Rate : 240 Hz  

LCD Type  : TN  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


If you are looking for a true 1080p gaming monitor, visit the BenQ Zowie XL2540. It is an excellent gaming monitor with an extremely fast refresh rate of 240 Hz and FreeSync VRR support. This provides the most responsive gaming experience that is currently possible.

The XL2540 has an extremely fast response time and the movement looks crystal clear with little blurring. The backlight may cause a flicker to further enhance motion handling at the expense of some brightness. There are no overlay options like newer high-end gaming monitors.

Unfortunately, it does not have the best picture quality. The TN panel has disappointing viewing angles and poor black uniformity. Colors are not very accurate even outside the box. Overall, this is an excellent game monitor for people who want the fastest performance, but are not really interested in image quality.

VIEWSONIC XG2402-CHEAPER ALTERNATIVE


VIEWSONIC XG2402

Size : 24 ”  Resolution : 1920×1080  Refresh Rate : 144 Hz  

LCD Type  : TN  Variable Refresh Rate  : FreeSync


If the BenQ Zowie XL2540 is too expensive for you, the ViewSonic XG2402 is a great gaming alternative. It has an excellent refresh rate of 144 Hz, an extremely low input delay and outstanding response time, delivering a crystal-clear image with very little blurring behind moving objects. Like the Zowie, it also supports FreeSync, which is great. Unfortunately, like the Zowie, it does not look so good in dark rooms and has narrow viewing angles. Overall, it’s a great game monitor that should appeal to most people.

DELL P2417H-Best 1080p Office Monitor


DELL P2417H

Size : 24 ”  Resolution : 1920×1080  Refresh Rate : 60 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : No


If you want a good 1080p monitor for occasional use in the office, the Dell P2417H is the best 1080p monitor we’ve tested so far. Like most Dell monitors, the P2417H has a good design with a clean, professional look. It also has a great stand that can be easily adapted to an ideal viewing position. This is ideal if you buy multiple monitors for a group of people because they can customize the monitor as needed.

The P2417H is nothing special. The 1080p resolution is not ideal for some types of office work, as it does not provide much screen space. It’s also not the best as a game monitor because it offers a limited 60 Hz refresh rate and no VRR support. It has an excellent low delay and a good reaction time. So, if you want to play occasionally, this should provide a decent experience for casual gamers.

Overall, the P2417H is a decent but simpler 1080p monitor. It is great for certain types of office work or occasional players, and it’s definitely for a cheap price.

DELL P2217H-SMALLER ALTERNATIVE


DELL P2217H

Size : 22 ”  Resolution : 1920×1080  Refresh Rate : 60 Hz  

LCD Type  : IPS  Variable Refresh Rate  : No


If you like the Dell P2417H, but prefer something smaller, you should try the Dell P2217H. There really is no difference between these two monitors beyond their size. You get the same great design and ergonomics, but in a smaller, cheaper package. The P2417H we tested had a better black uniformity than the P2217H we tested, but this can vary considerably between units.

Notable Mentions

  • BenQ XL2540: Decent budget 1080p monitor if you want something bigger, but can’t get very bright.
  • LG 34UC79G-B: Decent monitor, a good alternative if you want something smaller than the 34UC79G-B.