The 5 Best 4k HDR Monitors - Summer 2021 Reviews

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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 like the creator intended. 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 most 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 tested more than 20 4k HDR monitors under the latest test bench, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best ones available for purchase. Check out our recommendations for the best 4k monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best multimedia monitors.


  1. Best 4k HDR Gaming Monitor: ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ

    8.6
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ is the best 4k HDR monitor for gaming we've tested. It's an excellent gaming model that delivers a smooth and responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag, quick response time, and 144Hz refresh rate. It has an IPS panel with decent viewing angles, and it provides good visibility in bright lighting conditions. Also, the stand allows for a good amount of ergonomic adjustments.

    It has decent HDR peak brightness, but bright highlights are only noticeable if you're in a dark room. There are many additional features that can enhance your gaming experience. Shadow Boost makes objects more visible in dark scenes, and you can add a virtual crosshair, frame rate counter, or timer on the screen. In addition to having a flicker-free backlight, it has a blue light filter that can help reduce eye strain. It has a good HDR color gamut with excellent coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space.

    Unfortunately, you need a graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression over a DisplayPort connection to achieve the full 144Hz refresh rate because there's no HDMI 2.1 port. Even though it has a local dimming feature, it's edge-lit and performs terribly. It produces a wide range of colors. However, it doesn't display dark shades well due to its IPS panel's mediocre contrast ratio which makes blacks look gray. All in all, it's still one of the best HDR monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  2. HDMI 2.1 Alternative: Gigabyte M28U

    Size 28"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want to take full advantage of a monitor's high refresh rate, then check out the Gigabyte M28U. It has a slightly higher input lag at 60Hz than the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ, but the difference is minimal, and with the HDMI 2.1 you can use the next-gen consoles to their full capabilities. You can connect your PS5 or Xbox Series X to it for 4k @ 120Hz gaming, and it has FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing. Motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time, but you may notice some artifacts when gaming at 60Hz. It has good reflection handling and decent brightness if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Sadly, it doesn't deliver the best HDR experience because of its low contrast and terrible local dimming, so blacks look closer to gray.

    If you want one of the best 4k HDR monitors for gaming, you can't go wrong with the ASUS, but if you have an HDMI 2.1 graphics card or the new gaming consoles and prefer something with HDMI 2.1 support, check out the Gigabyte.

    See our review

  3. Best HDR Monitor For Dark Rooms: LG OLED48C1

    8.5
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Office
    8.8
    Gaming
    8.6
    Multimedia
    8.2
    Media Creation
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 48"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    120 Hz
    Pixel Type
    OLED
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The LG OLED48C1 is the best HDR monitor for dark rooms that we've tested. Although it's a TV that's available in larger sizes, we bought and tested the 48 inch model as a monitor because it's advertised as such. It offers different features compared to most monitors, and it delivers exceptional picture quality, especially in dark rooms.

    It's better than most monitors for HDR content because it has an OLED panel. The main advantage of this is that it can turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels, and there's no blooming around bright objects either. In terms of HDR, it supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, displays a wide color gamut, and has good HDR peak brightness for a monitor, enough to make some highlights stand out. It has wide viewing angles if you want to share your screen with someone else, and even though it doesn't get extremely bright, it still has fantastic reflection handling.

    Sadly, the main downside of using an OLED panel as a monitor is the risk of permanent burn-in that can happen with constant exposure to static elements, like the operating system's user elements. Because of this, we suggest hiding taskbars, setting a screensaver, or simply watching varied content. Its stand also doesn't offer any ergonomics since it's a TV. If these don't bother you, it's one of the best HDR monitors.

    See our review

  4. LED Alternative: Philips 436M6VBPAB

    Size 43"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you're concerned about burn-in on the LG 48 C1 OLED, then check out the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB. It's a 43 inch VA panel monitor with an exceptional contrast ratio, which means that it can produce deep blacks for a good dark room viewing experience, but it doesn't have wide viewing angles like the LG. It has a great color gamut and gets brighter to make highlights pop in HDR, but it has a terrible edge-lit local dimming feature that can be somewhat distracting in dark scenes. Sadly, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and the response time is only decent. On the upside, it has features that the LG lacks, like a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alt Mode and Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes.

    Overall, the LG is a better choice for dark rooms because it can produce perfect blacks with its near-infinite contrast ratio. If you're worried about burn-in, you should go with the Philips because it has an LED panel, which appears to be immune to burn-in.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k HDR Monitor: LG 32UL500-W

    7.5
    Mixed Usage
    7.5
    Office
    7.4
    Gaming
    7.6
    Multimedia
    7.7
    Media Creation
    6.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best HDR 4k monitor in the budget category that we've tested is the LG 32UL500-W. This massive 32 inch monitor feels incredibly immersive, and it has a good contrast ratio to produce deep blacks, making it well-suited for dark rooms. The ergonomics are bad, though as you can only tilt it a bit, so it's best to VESA-mount it if you better adjustability.

    Despite being a budget monitor, it has excellent DCI P3 coverage, the color space used in most HDR content. It handles gradients superbly well, which means you shouldn't see any banding in HDR content. The response time is decent, which results in reasonably clear images in fast-moving scenes, but you may still notice some black smearing. Although it has a VA panel, the viewing angles are pretty decent, so images look reasonably accurate when viewed from the side, but they still may look a bit too bright at an angle.

    Unfortunately, it lacks a local dimming feature, which is normal for a budget monitor, and it doesn't get very bright, so highlights don't pop the way they should. If you plan on gaming, it has FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. There are no USB ports, but it does have built-in speakers. The backlight is entirely flicker-free, and there's also a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's a good monitor that won't break the bank.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx: The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is a 4k gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 inputs like the M28U, but it costs a lot more for similar performance. See our review
  • BenQ EW3270U: The BenQ EW3270U is a good low-cost 4k option with a 32 inch screen like the LG 32UL500-W. It doesn't get very bright in HDR and has terrible ergonomics. See our review
  • Dell S3221QS: The Dell S3221QS performs better than the LG 32UL500-W, but it's more expensive and may be considered out-of-budget. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI32U: The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is larger than the M28U and has quicker response times, but it's harder to find. See our review
  • Dell S2721QS: The Dell S2721QS is a great budget 4k monitor that has a different panel type than the 32UL500-W, so instead of having a high contrast ratio, you get wide viewing angles, if that's what you prefer. See our review
  • Dell U2720Q: The Dell U2720Q is a good 4k monitor mainly designed for office use. This means it doesn't have gaming features, and its HDR performance is limited, and it's also costly. See our review
  • LG 27GN950-B: The LG 27GN950-B is a great gaming monitor with a 144Hz panel, but it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 inputs, so you're limited to 4k @ 60Hz over HDMI. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 12, 2021: Added the Acer Nitro XV282K, Gigabyte FI32U, and LG 27GN950-B to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jun 15, 2021: Updated intro and text for clarity; added the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q and BenQ EW3270U to Notable Mentions.

  3. Apr 16, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the LG 32UL500-W because the Dell is hard to find and the price has increased.

  4. Feb 16, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Removed Acer Predator X27, added Philips Momentum 43M6VBPAB.

  5. Dec 18, 2020: Removed BenQ EW3270U, Philips 436M6VBPAB, LG 32UD99-W, and BenQ EL2870U. Added LG 48 CX OLED, ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ, LG 27GN950-B, and Dell S2721QS.

All Reviews

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

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