In the past few years, as 4k TVs have improved, HDR support has become the norm. On the other hand, the situation is quite different for monitors, and HDR is still relatively new. Few monitors support it, and even fewer monitors support it properly and can display HDR content the way it's meant to be seen. If you're looking for a new monitor, though, and HDR is important to you, then there are still a few choices out there. Although the majority of them have low native contrast and can't get as bright as TVs, they still offer a different experience from monitors that only support SDR.
We've tested more than 10 4k HDR monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best ones available for purchase. Make sure to check out our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best HDR TVs.
The best HDR monitor that we've tested is the Acer Predator X27. It's a well-built monitor that's designed for gaming but offers a great picture quality in HDR. It also has a USB hub with four USB ports, and one of them on the side supports quick-charging so that you can charge your devices through it.
It has good coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most content and has even better coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. It's the brightest monitor in HDR that we've tested, enough to truly bring out highlights, similar to some TVs. If you also want to use this monitor for media creation, it has near-perfect coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and it has incredible gradient handling. As advertised, the Acer offers great gaming performance as it has a 144Hz refresh rate, native G-SYNC support, and a quick response time that it's even quicker at 60Hz.
Unfortunately, it has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy this monitor to the fullest. Its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio, so blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark. On the upside, that means it has wide viewing angles, ideal for sharing your screen with others. All in all, this is one of the best 4k HDR monitors that we've tested.
If you prefer a monitor for watching movies in dark rooms, check out the BenQ EW3270U. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the Acer Predator X27 but includes a VA panel with a good contrast ratio, displaying deep blacks. It has great coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, but it doesn't get very bright in that mode, so some highlights may not pop how they're supposed to be. The gaming performance is good, it has a good response and low input lag, but it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. Sadly, it has terrible ergonomics, so it may be difficult to place this monitor in an ideal position. It performs fairly well in bright rooms because it has good reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in really bright rooms.
If you're looking for the best HDR monitor, check out the Acer, but if you want a monitor with a VA panel for better dark-room performance, check out the BenQ.
The best 4k HDR monitor for gaming that we've tested is the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. It has a large 43 inch screen, and it looks more like a TV than a monitor. It even comes with a remote so that you can sit back and relax while watching your favorite videos.
It delivers a great HDR experience because it's one of the brightest monitors we've tested as it's a bit less bright than the Acer Predator X27. It has excellent coverage of the DCI P3 color space, good coverage of Rec. 2020, and remarkable gradient handling. The VA panel helps display extremely deep blacks and decent black uniformity. It offers good gaming performance with FreeSync VRR, low input lag, and fairly quick response time, but it's limited to a 60Hz panel and doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature. If you also want to use it for photo editing, it has outstanding coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, and even though there's a tiny bit of color bleed, it shouldn't be noticeable.
Unfortunately, its edge-lit local dimming feature performs terribly. There aren't many dimming zones, so there's blooming around bright objects, and the zone transitions are slow. It's only available in HDR, and you can't turn it off either. It has narrow viewing angles, so the edges of the screen may appear darker if you suit too close. It also has uniformity issues as the edges are darker, but this may vary between units. Regardless of these issues, most people should be happy with it.
If you don't have space for a 43 inch screen, check out the smaller LG 32UD99-W. It has an IPS panel, so it doesn't display the same deep blacks as the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB, but instead, it has wide viewing angles. It displays a wide color gamut and gets somewhat bright in HDR, but some highlights in HDR games may not stand out how they should. It has a good response time that results in minimal motion blur and low input lag that stays low even when gaming in HDR. It gets bright enough to combat glare, but it has disappointing reflection handling. Unfortunately, it has mediocre ergonomics as you can't rotate it. On the upside, it offers other extra features such as a Picture-by-Picture mode that allows you to display images from two sources at once.
The Philips delivers a far greater HDR experience, and it's decent for gaming too, making it one of the best 4k HDR monitors we've tested, but if you want something smaller with wider viewing angles, look into the LG.
The best HDR 4k monitor in the budget category that we've tested is the BenQ EL2870U. It's not the most stylish monitor with its thick bezels, but it performs decently overall. It has a 28 inch TN panel with a 60Hz refresh rate, it supports FreeSync natively, and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well. Its build quality is good, but unfortunately, the stand has bad ergonomics.
Color accuracy is great out of the box, and it has outstanding coverage of the sRGB color space. Response time is good, but there's a significant amount of overshoot, causing the appearance of artifacts in some scenes. This monitor is best used in a moderately-lit room, as its peak brightness isn't high enough to fight glare in bright lighting conditions. One of the downsides of TN panels is their poor contrast ratio, and it's definitely the case here. Blacks look grayish, and there's no local dimming to improve the contrast. There's also a lot of backlight bleed and clouding throughout the screen, making this monitor a poor choice for dark room viewing.
Sadly, while this monitor supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut, and it has a low peak brightness, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR content. On the bright side, its high resolution and large screen size are great for productivity tasks, and it comes with integrated speakers in case you don't have any dedicated ones. Overall, this is the best HDR monitor with a 4k resolution we've tested that won't break the bank.
10/20/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
10/24/2019: Added the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB as the best HDR gaming monitor.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 4k monitors that support HDR. They're adapted to be valid for most people. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price, and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our 4k monitors that have HDR10 support. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.