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The 4 Best 4k HDR Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best 4k HDR Monitors

Getting a monitor for watching HDR content can be beneficial if you like playing HDR games or if you want to watch content on a smaller screen. Although most modern monitors support HDR, they still lag behind TVs for HDR performance. Supporting HDR is one thing, but you also need the monitor to display a wide color gamut, get bright, and have a good local dimming feature so that HDR looks vivid with highlights that pop. If you're looking for a new monitor and HDR is important to you, then there are still a few choices out there. Although most of them lack good local dimming and can't get as bright as TVs, they're still decent enough and are better than simple SDR monitors.

We've bought and tested more than 260 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best HDR monitors with a 4k resolution that are available to buy. Check out our recommendations for the best HDR gaming monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best multimedia monitors.

  1. Best 4k HDR Monitor

    The best 4k HDR monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED. It's a great overall monitor that's unique because it has an OLED panel that's incredible to use in dark rooms. It means it can turn individual pixels off, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels, and there isn't any blooming around bright objects. It makes it amazing for HDR because you want to see those bright highlights with deep blacks next to them, and while the overall HDR peak brightness is just acceptable, small highlights still stand out. It also displays a wide range of colors in HDR with good tone mapping, and it gets bright enough to make colors look vivid.

    While its 48-inch screen may seem big to you, this is the size you need to get if you want the best HDR experience possible, as smaller 4k monitors aren't as good and usually don't come with an OLED panel like this one. If you want to use it for 4k HDR gaming, it also supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you hit its max refresh rate of 120Hz in HDR, and it fully works with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but it doesn't support Dolby Vision.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 4k HDR Monitor

    If you don't want a large monitor or aren't a fan of OLED displays, consider an LED monitor like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. It's a lower-end monitor compared to the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED because it has worse HDR performance and a smaller screen, and you can find it for less directly through Samsung's website. It doesn't have an OLED panel like the Gigabyte, so it doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels, but instead, it has Mini LED backlighting that lets it get much brighter with small highlights in HDR so that they pop. It also displays a wide color gamut and makes those colors look vivid, thanks to its great color volume.

    Thanks to its 4k resolution and a smaller screen than the Gigabyte, the image clarity is extremely sharp, so you'll see details in movies and games that you play. HDR works without issue with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but like the Gigabyte, it doesn't support Dolby Vision on the Xbox. It also has a higher 165Hz refresh rate than the Gigabyte, which you can achieve over HDMI or DisplayPort even with 10-bit signals in HDR.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 4k HDR Monitor

    If you want something cheaper and don't need the most premium picture quality, the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80 is a good alternative. It has the same 32-inch, 4k screen as the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75, but it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, so it can't get as bright as the Neo G7 to make highlights pop as much. Still, it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks in dark rooms, resulting in a decent overall HDR experience. The most unique part about this monitor is that it includes Samsung's proprietary Tizen smart platform, which means you can watch HDR content without connecting a PC, essentially making it a small TV.

    It displays a wide range of colors in HDR, and while its peak brightness is limited, the color volume is still great as it displays most bright and dark colors well. Even though it doesn't have a local dimming feature, it still has very good black uniformity, as there's minimal blooming around bright objects. Unfortunately, it isn't as good for HDR gaming as the Neo G7 as it has a slow response time and doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so this is a good choice if you aren't also going to game on it.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget 4k HDR Monitor

    If you want something for 4k HDR use and you're on a budget, you're limiting yourself to the performance you're going to get, but there are a few alright options available, like the Dell S3221QS. Like the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80, it has a 32-inch, 4k screen, but it doesn't have a built-in smart platform, and it's focused on office use, so the HDR performance is just okay. Dark scenes look great thanks to the monitor's high contrast ratio, meaning blacks look black. It lacks a local dimming feature, and its HDR peak brightness is unremarkable, so bright highlights don't stand out very well, but that's what you can expect from a budget-friendly display.

    On the other hand, it has a wide color gamut, with great coverage of the DCI-P3 used by most current HDR content, and it has superb gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar color. Even at a 32-inch size, the pixel density is still very high, which results in exceptional text and image clarity, meaning it delivers an immersive viewing experience while watching 4k HDR content. While it has narrow viewing angles, it has a slightly curved screen that brings the edges within your field of vision.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell Alienware AW3423DW: The Dell Alienware AW3423DW is a premium display with exceptional HDR performance because it has an OLED panel similar to the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED and gets even brighter. However, it's a 1440p monitor and doesn't support 4k signals. See our review
  • Samsung LS32BG852NNXGO: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is a higher-end version of the Samsung Odyssey Neo S32BG75 with a higher refresh rate. Considering it has the same HDR performance, it isn't worth spending more on it. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32UC: The Gigabyte M32UC is a 32-inch, 4k monitor that's alright for HDR with a high native contrast ratio. Considering it costs about the same as the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80, it's worth getting the Samsung because it's a bit better overall for HDR and has a built-in smart platform. See our review
  • Dell U2723QE: The Dell U2723QE is a decent HDR monitor that displays a wide range of colors and has a smaller screen than the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80, but it also costs a bit more with a worse native contrast ratio, so the Samsung is slightly better for HDR. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 12, 2022: Replaced the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 because it's smaller and has Mini LED backlighting; replaced the Gigabyte M32UC with the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 S32BM80 because it's better for HDR; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Oct 20, 2022: Replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 with the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U because it's much better for HDR; added the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' and renamed the Gigabyte as the 'Best Mid-Range'. Removed the Dell U2723QE and the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 because they aren't among the best for HDR; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Aug 02, 2022: Removed the LG C1 and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U because they're larger displays and bigger than most monitors; added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7, Dell U2723QE, Gigabyte M32UC, and the Samsung Smart Monitor M8 to reflect user needs. Renamed the Dell S3221QS as the 'Best Budget'; removed the LG 27GP950-B and Dell S2722QC because they aren't anything special for HDR.

  4. Mar 30, 2022: Completely restructured the article to better represent what people are looking for in an HDR monitor, and adjusted the Notable Mentions accordingly.

  5. Feb 03, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell S2722QC. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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