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. 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 find that the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB is too large for your intended use, then get the LG 32UD99-W. The LG can't deliver the HDR peak brightness of the Philips and blacks aren't as deep due to the IPS panel. On the upside, the image remains accurate on the sides when you sit up close thanks to the wide viewing angles, and it has better reflection handling; great for a bright room. The overall gaming performance is very similar to the Philips', thanks to the remarkably low input lag and outstanding response time.
If you want the best 4k HDR monitor for gaming, the Philips should be your first choice. Otherwise, if you need a smaller monitor for the same purpose, the LG won't let you down.
The best budget 4k HDR monitor we've tested is the BenQ EL2870U. Just like most of the monitors we've tested, the BenQ can't get very bright in HDR and lacks a wide color gamut so it fails to deliver the creator's intent. However, there are times when it's better than standard SDR. Its refresh rate is limited to 60Hz just like most 4k monitors, but on the upside, motion looks crisp with just minimal blur. It has great accuracy out-of-the-box and gamers will appreciate the support for FreeSync this monitor offers, albeit the narrow frequency range due to the 60Hz refresh rate limit. Finally, the input lag is remarkably low adding to the remarkable gaming experience this monitor offers.
Unfortunately, the image degrades when you sit up close which is the case with most TN panel monitors and the black uniformity is poor, but this is more noticeable in very dark scenes in a dark room.
Overall, the BenQ is a decent 4k HDR monitor at a budget price that performs better than a standard SDR monitor.
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.
12/23/2019: Made minor changes to text for clarity.
10/24/2019: Updated the text for accuracy and added the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB as the best HDR gaming monitor.