See the world crisp and clear, with the best 4K monitors.
With the full-HD craze years ago, we’re in the midst of having to buy new monitor equipment again. Only this time it’s called 4K.
The quality we’re heading to has changed dramatically compared what we’re used now. Not once, not twice, but up to four times the resolution. That doesn’t mean the screen has to be four times as big, but the pixel density is much higher making for that sweet extra detail.
The thing is, even with FUll-HD being the norm, they don’t always come cheap. There is always the saying, if you want quality you pay for it. With 4K still in the upcoming market you pay extra for all the R&D being done, and off course because the mass production isn’t fully up to speed, everything is more expensive.
Nonetheless there is already a very wide range of 4K monitors available. This list takes some of the top’s and the mid-segments.
The Dell P2415Q is an affordable 4K monitor that is 24″ big and has an IPS display panel.
The screen has a response time of eight milliseconds and a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1. Suitable for fast moving images, although if you’re a really hardcore gamer this might not even be fast enough.
The monitor includes USB3 ports, a DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort.
And if the monitor isn’t big enough, there is also a 27″ version.
Target price: $369.
The Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ is probably the mostly marketed 4K monitor towards serious gamers. It’s 27-inch IPS display has 100% sRGB Color Gamut and because of the IPS it has an ultra-wide viewing angle.
Partnering with Nvidia it has support for their G-Sync product.
The monitor has an adjustable stand, making it really easy to switch between portrait and landscape viewing.
That said, it would be just as perfect for programmers. (Or, you know, other people who could also benefit of it).
Target price: $975,99.
If we’re talking excellent 4K monitors, we’re gonna go for the creme de la creme. Samsung made this 4K monitor for professional use, which you can probably see in the price. It’s 32-inch monitor offers 99.5% Adobe RGB and 100% sRGB compliance and advanced white balance correction.
It has a dual-color mode which makes it possible to display content from two separate sources.
Just like the Asus it’s stand is adjustable, making it possible to use it both portrait and landscape-mode.
Target price: $2,276.74 .
This monitor from HP looks well designed. With it’s steel chromed stand it’s not bad to look at.
The big feature on the Envy is the 99% sRGB color accuracy. Making it’s performance way below the Samsung, but for the price it’s probably a better deal.
It works hand-in-hand with AMD’s FreeSync technology and has a dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000,000:1, whereas it offers brightness up to 350 nits.
The monitor is equipped with an IPS panel, making it easy to look at it from a wide angle. Downside is, the IPS panels may start to ‘leak’ making you see more white at the edges after a couple of years.
Target price: $499.00.
Back to the expensive monitor for just now. The Benq PV3200PT 4K monitor is again made for professionals. In this case it’s for top notch video editors.
It has a 32-inch wide view IPS panel inside, with a 100% compatibility with sRGB and Rec. 709 color spaces.
The monitor also supports Hardware Calibration with Color Accuracy, as well as Palette Master Element Color Calibration Software, and a brightness uniformity function.
Included are a sturdy and adjustable stand. The monitor is able to have portrait and landscape mode.
Target price: $1299.
The Asus PA328Q is a 32-inch monitor that can rival with both Samsung and LG in terms of quality.
It delivers a pro-grade color accuracy and has a whole set of features like the Asus Eye care technology and the possibility to move it in any position wanted for the best ergonomics.
Factory pre-calibrated, it has an industry-leading color accuracy with 100% sRGB and Rec. 709 color space support.
Target price: $910.
A whole lot cheaper than the U32D970Q, this UE590 is still high in quality with it’s LED display panel.
It has a response time of only four milliseconds thanks to AMD’s FreeSync technology.
For the long, or late working hours, it has an Eye Saver Mode, making everything flicker free.
It has more than 1 Billion Colors, Easy Multitasking with Pip 2.0 and is above all energy efficient.
Target price: 296.
Never so much of an Acer fan, but this model shows they can make something pretty. This stylish 4K LED IPS monitor with a response time of 4 milliseconds and a 100,000,000 dynamic contrast ratio is really something for the eye with their off-center stand.
Compatible with HDMI and DVI, it has built-in stereo speakers and does all of it with a relative low power consumption
Target price: $499,99.