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The 4 Best 5k Monitors - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best 5k Monitors

5k monitors are a set of niche monitors that aren't very common but are still useful. A 5k resolution is a broad term referring to monitors with 5120 horizontal pixels, but they come in various shapes and sizes with different vertical resolutions. One example is a monitor with a 5120x2880 resolution, which is ideal for macOS because the operating system is optimized for displays with such high pixel density.

However, if you aren't a macOS user, you can also consider super ultrawide 5120x1440 monitors that are useful for playing atmospheric games as you get a ton of screen space. A 5k2k ultrawide monitor is another type that offers a good amount of screen space, and they deliver sharp images, so these can help with productivity. Choosing which type of 5k monitor is right for you depends on your usage and budget, but it's important to remember that most 5k monitors are costly, so you won't find any budget-friendly models with this resolution.

We've bought and tested more than 310 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors with a 5120 horizontal resolution that we've tested. See our recommendations for the best monitors for Mac Mini, the best monitors for video editing, and the best monitors for MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Note: We recently published our Test Bench 2.0, and we're in the process of updating our reviews to this new test bench. As such, it may seem that two similar monitors have very different scores, but scores aren't comparable between different test benches. 

  1. Best 5k Monitor

    The best 5k monitor we've tested is the Dell U4025QW. It has a 5120x2160 resolution, otherwise known as 5k2k, and has the same vertical resolution as a 4k screen but with more horizontal pixels. This ultrawide screen is extremely useful if you're working on large spreadsheets or comparing significant amounts of information while writing. It's also an excellent choice for video editing, as you can display far more tools and information on screen while editing. It has very sharp text, so documents and data are clear and easy to read, and its 120Hz refresh rate makes it more responsive than most office monitors when scrolling through documents or data. It also has superb accuracy before calibration and vibrant, life-like colors in HDR, making it a great choice for editing photos or videos.

    Though its main feature is the amount of information it can display, it also has several features to enhance productivity. This includes a KVM switch, allowing you to switch between sources and use the same keyboard and mouse connected to the monitor. It also has DisplayPort Alt Mode support with at least 90W of power delivery, so you can connect to the monitor and your laptop with a single cable. However, it's also very expensive. If you're looking for a very similar monitor that costs less, consider the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW. Though it's the same size, it doesn't support HDR, so colors aren't as vibrant, and it only has a 60Hz refresh rate, so it's not as responsive when scrolling through documents or data.

    See our review

  2. Best 5k Super Ultrawide Monitor

    If you find that the screen on the Dell U4025QW isn't wide enough for you, there's a class of 5k monitors with a 5120x1440 resolution known as super ultrawide. The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9/G95NA S49AG95 has a massive 49-inch monitor and 32:9 aspect ratio, equivalent to placing two 27-inch, 1440p monitors side-by-side. It also has an aggressively curved screen that makes it easier to see the entire screen, as the curvature brings the edges closer to you.

    It differs from the Dell because it's mainly designed as a gaming monitor with a higher 240Hz refresh rate, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and good motion handling. However, you can use it for a variety of uses as the large screen provides enough space to multitask, and the pixel density is still high enough that the text clarity is good. Luckily, it has good reflection handling and incredible peak brightness, which are great if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Even if you use it in a dark environment, it displays deep blacks, and the Mini LED local dimming feature helps improve the picture quality in dark scenes.

    See our review

  3. Best 5k Super Ultrawide Monitor For Multimedia

    If you like the super ultrawide format of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9/G95NA S49AG95 but want something mainly for watching content in dark rooms with outstanding picture quality, check out the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95. It has the same size and resolution as the Neo G9 but differs in a few ways because it uses another panel technology. Instead of Mini LED backlighting like the Neo G9, it has a QD-OLED panel that displays perfect blacks without any blooming around bright objects, so it's fantastic in dark rooms.

    While it doesn't get as bright with most content as the Neo G9, small highlights still stand out against the rest of the image, and the monitor also displays a wide range of bright and vivid colors. This means images look vibrant and realistic, which is ideal for watching the latest shows and movies. However, it's important to know that OLEDs like this risk permanent burn-in with exposure to the same static elements over time; even if you constantly have black bars on the side of the screen, it can be problematic. If that concerns you, it's better to stick with the Neo G9.

    See our review

  4. Best 5k Monitor For Mac

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    All the monitors above are ultrawide displays, but there's another class of 5k monitors that aren't ultrawide, with a higher 5120x2880 resolution that macOS is optimized for. If you have a Mac computer, check out the Apple Studio Display. It's a 27-inch monitor with features you can only use with macOS, like its exceptionally accurate sRGB picture mode. It also supports Thunderbolt 3 on one port, making it easy to connect your computer, but it doesn't support Thunderbolt 4 like the Dell U4025QW. It has other features most monitors don't have, like a built-in webcam and microphone, which are great for video calls.

    It's available in different variants, as you can choose which stand or screen finish you prefer. There's one variant with a stand that only offers tilt adjustment, but you can get another variant with a height-adjustable stand. Additionally, you can get it without a stand altogether if you prefer mounting it. As for the screen finish, you can choose between glossy or matte screen coatings, and both handle reflections extremely well. There are other 5k monitors available, like the LG UltraFine 5k, which is slightly cheaper but harder to find as it's an older monitor.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Odyssey G9: The Samsung Odyssey G9 is an older version of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9/G95NA S49AG95 that costs less, so it's a good alternative if you find the Neo G9 too expensive. However, it doesn't get as bright and has a worse local dimming feature. See our review
  • Apple Pro Display XDR: The Apple Pro Display XDR is a higher-end version of the Apple Studio Display with an even higher 6k resolution. It's great if you need a display for professional content creation, but it costs a lot more, and the Studio Display is better value for most people. Untested - Join the discussion
  • LG 40WP95C-W: The LG 40WP95C-W is similar to the Dell U4025QW and is worth considering if you want to spend less on a 5k2k display. However, it has worse image quality, and its screen isn't as responsive. It also lacks some of the Dell's productivity features, like a KVM switch. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 06, 2024: Replaced the LG 40WP95C-W with the Dell U4025QW as the 'Best 5k Monitor', as it has better performance and more features. Added the LG 40WP95C-W as a Notable Mention.

  2. Feb 20, 2024: Confirmed that our selections are consistent and up-to-date.

  3. Dec 19, 2023: Replaced the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW with the Apple Pro Display XDR in the Notable Mentions as the Dell is hard to find.

  4. Oct 20, 2023: Renamed the LG 40WP95C-W as 'Best 5k Monitor' and the Apple Studio Display as 'Best 5k Monitor For Mac' to better align with how people are looking for 5k monitors; updated text for clarity throughout.

  5. Aug 24, 2023: Added the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 as 'Best 5k Super Ultrawide Monitor For Multimedia' because it delivers better picture quality than the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors with a 5k resolution that are currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.

If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our 5k monitor reviews. 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.