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The 5 Best 4k HDR Monitors - Spring 2019
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Best 4k HDR Monitors
65 Monitors Tested
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In the past few years, as 4k TVs have improved, HDR support has become the norm. For monitors, on the other hand, the situation is quite different, 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 is meant to be seen. If you are 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 reviewed 65 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best HDR monitors that are available for purchase in 2019. See our recommendations for the best 4k gaming monitors and the best HDR TVs.

  1. Best 4k HDR Monitor: Acer Predator X27

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 120 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    The Acer Predator X27 is the best 4k monitor for watching HDR movies that we've tested so far. It delivers good overall picture quality but is limited a bit by the disappointing native contrast. It has excellent motion handling, an excellent response time that delivers clear motion, and very little distracting blur trail behind fast-moving objects.

    This monitor has excellent peak brightness in HDR, ensuring that small, bright highlights in some scenes really stand out. It has great wide viewing angles, perfect for watching a movie with a couple of friends. This monitor also has an outstanding wide color gamut, one of the best we've measured on any display, and it displays gradients nearly perfectly.

    Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room, due to the bad black uniformity. There is a local dimming feature that somewhat helps for this, but there can be blooming around bright objects, which can be distracting. Overall, though, the Predator X27 is an impressive HDR monitor that should please most people, but it comes at a very steep price.

    See our review

  2. Better Dark Room Alternative: BenQ EW3270U

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a better dark room viewing experience, the BenQ EW3270U is a good alternative to the Acer Predator X27. Although it doesn't have a local dimming feature and can't get as bright as the Acer, this monitor has a much better native contrast ratio thanks to its VA panel. This results in blacker blacks that don't appear gray in a dark room. The EW3270U also has much better black uniformity with less bleed; in comparison, the Acer is able to use its local dimming feature to somewhat compensate for the poor black uniformity, but this results in blooming around bright objects which may be distracting to some users.

    See our review

  3. Best 4k HDR Gaming Monitor: LG 27UK650-W

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you're looking for a gaming monitor, the LG 27UK650-W is the best 4k HDR gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It delivers good overall picture quality with wide viewing angles, great gradient performance, and great uniformity.

    Gamers will appreciate this monitor's excellent fast response time, low input lag, and FreeSync support. It has a decent selection of inputs, so you can easily hook up your PC and a console or two; this is great if you have limited space.

    Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't have a local dimming feature and it can't display a wide color gamut, so HDR doesn't add as much as it should; however, it still makes a difference. Overall, this is a versatile 4k HDR monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Larger Alternative: LG 32UD99-W

    Size : 32 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the LG 27UK650-W but would prefer a larger monitor, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. This monitor delivers a nearly identical HDR gaming performance to the 27UK650, but with a larger 32" screen. This monitor also has better connectivity, with the addition of a USB-C upstream port and 2 USB ports; great for keeping your controllers charged and ready to go.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k HDR Monitor: BenQ EL2870U

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.2
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 28 "
    Resolution : 3840x2160
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you're looking for something a bit cheaper, the BenQ EL2870U is the best HDR monitor in the budget category that we've tested so far. Like most of the monitors on this list, it can't get very bright in HDR, and can't display a wide color gamut, so HDR doesn't look as good as it should, but it still adds something over standard SDR in some cases.

    Like most 4k monitors, this one is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate. Despite this, it still delivers clear motion with little blur. It supports FreeSync, although this has a limited effective range due to the 60Hz refresh rate. It also has excellent low input lag, and great accuracy out of the box.

    Despite these flaws, the BenQ EL2870U is a decent 4k HDR monitor and is great if you want something a bit better than a standard SDR monitor without spending a lot.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 32UL950: Very good 32" monitor, but the 32UD99-W is a bit better for less. See our review
  • Dell U3219Q: Larger and more recent than the Dell U2718Q, but not quite as good and more expensive. See our review
  • Dell U2718Q: The LG 27UK650 is just as good and usually cheaper. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 4k monitors that support HDR. They are 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 HDR monitors. 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.

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