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 over 75 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 monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best HDR TVs.
The Acer Predator X27 is the best 4k HDR monitor 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 worse motion handling.
Overall, although the Acer Predator X27 is the best 4k HDR monitor we've tested so far, the BenQ EW3270U is a good alternative if you're in a dark room.
If you want the best 4k HDR performance for gaming, check out the LG 27UK650-W. Although this monitor doesn't stand out in terms of HDR performance, as it can't display a wide color gamut, there is still a noticeable difference compared to standard SDR-only displays. It delivers great gaming performance, with a great response time and excellent low input lag.
This monitor has excellent gradient handling, great wide viewing angles, and can get decently bright in HDR. It also has good reflection handling and great peak brightness in SDR, making it a versatile monitor for almost any room. Although it has great motion handling overall, some people might be disappointed by the 60Hz refresh rate.
Unfortunately, although it's better than many IPS monitors, it doesn't look quite as good in a completely dark room. Overall, though, it's a versatile monitor that fits well in almost any setting, and it should please most people.
The LG 27UK650-W is a great gaming monitor, but some people might find it a bit small. If you want something a bit bigger, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. This 32" monitor performs almost identically to the smaller model, so it usually isn't worth the price difference. This monitor does have one additional feature though: a built-in USB hub at the back of the monitor. This is especially useful for console gamers, as you can plug your controllers into the monitor to keep them charged.
Although the LG 27UK650-W is the best 4k HDR gaming monitor that we've tested so far, some people might find it a bit small, in which case the larger LG 32UD99-W might be a better choice.
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 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.
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.