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'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 reviewed 10 4k HDR monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best ones that are available for purchase in 2019. See our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best HDR TVs.
The Acer Predator X27 is the best HDR monitor for 4k 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 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 this, but there can be blooming around bright objects, which can be distracting. Overall, though, this is an impressive HDR monitor that should please most people, but it comes at a very steep price.
If you're in a dark room, the low contrast ratio of the Acer Predator X27 might be disappointing, even though it has a full array local dimming feature. The BenQ EW3270U is a better alternative for a dark room. The VA panel has much better contrast, so blacks look black in a dark room, but this comes at the expense of viewing angles. The BenQ isn't as good as the Acer for most uses, though, as it's a lot less bright, has bad ergonomics, and has worse motion handling.
Overall, although the Acer is the best 4k HDR monitor we've tested so far, the BenQ is a good alternative if you're in a dark room.
If you want the best HDR gaming experience, check out the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB, the best 4k HDR monitor for gaming. This 43 inch monitor delivers a good HDR experience, with deep, uniform blacks and a great wide HDR color gamut. It also has outstanding peak brightness in HDR, brighter even than most TVs currently on the market.
This monitor also has very good gaming performance. It has an outstanding response time, the fastest of any 60Hz monitor we've tested so far, resulting in exceptionally clear motion, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync, for nearly tear-free gaming from a supported graphics card or new Xbox One.
Unfortunately, this monitor has disappointing viewing angles, and it isn't the best for desktop use. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor for HDR gaming, and is especially well-suited for console gaming if you want the performance of a high-end TV in a smaller form-factor.
If you want something a bit smaller than the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. The LG has similar overall gaming performance, with excellent low input lag and an excellent response time. HDR content doesn't stand out as much as on the Philips, as it has a much lower peak brightness and low native contrast. The LG is better for a bright room, though, as it has much better reflection handling.
Overall, the Philips Momentum delivers a much better HDR gaming experience, and HDR content looks much better, but if you have limited space, or want a more traditional monitor, the LG is a good alternative and one of the best HDR monitors available in 4k.
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. That said, 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 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.
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.
10/24/2019: Updated the text for accuracy and added the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB as the best HDR gaming monitor.