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The 3 Best 5k Monitors - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

Best 5k Monitors

Although 5k monitors aren't as common as their 4k counterparts, they're starting to grow in availability and popularity, especially among content creators who need sharp images. A 5k resolution is a broad term to refer to monitors with 5120 horizontal pixels, but they come in various shapes and with different vertical resolutions. A true 5k monitor has a 5120x2880 resolution and is ideal for macOS due to the higher pixel density. For this article, we also consider 5120x1440 and 5120x2160 (also known as 5k2k) as 5k monitors because of the horizontal resolution, and they're good for multitasking. A 5k resolution doesn't define a monitor's performance, as you still need good picture quality and color accuracy.

We've bought and tested more than 250 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 photo and video editing, and if you don't mind the lower resolution, the best 4k monitors.

  1. Best 5k Monitor

    The best monitor we've tested with a 5k resolution is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It has a super ultrawide format with a 5120x1440 resolution and a 49-inch screen, which is the equivalent of placing two 27-inch, 1440p monitors side-by-side. This type of 5k monitor is great if you need a wide screen for multitasking or if you already have multiple monitors in your setup and just want one screen instead. While it's designed for gaming, it's a versatile monitor that's great for a variety of uses, including office work. It has incredible peak brightness and good reflection handling, so glare won't be an issue in well-lit rooms.

    It works with recent M1 MacBooks without issue, but you'll be limited to 120Hz instead of the monitor's max 240Hz refresh rate, which is still fine for office work. However, since it doesn't have a USB-C input, you'll need an adapter to connect to it. While the monitor has narrow viewing angles and isn't ideal for viewing off-center, it at least has an aggressively curved screen to bring the edges within your field of vision, so that they don't look washed out.

    See our review

  2. Best 5k Monitor For Mac

    If you have a MacBook or Mac Mini and want a monitor to take full advantage of it, check out the Apple Studio Display. It's different from the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 because it has a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 5120x2880, which has double the pixels of the Samsung and nearly 6.5 million more pixels than a traditional 4k monitor. The text clarity is simply remarkable, and you can see more of your work area at once. As it's an Apple product, you can use it to complete your macOS ecosystem, and it has a few features you can only access with a MacBook or Mac Mini. One of those features is the sRGB mode, which results in exceptional color accuracy as you won't need to calibrate it.

    It has other features most monitors don't have, like a built-in webcam and microphone, which are great for video calls. It has some limitations when you want to use it with non-macOS devices, as it only has USB-C inputs, and colors are oversaturated when you don't use the sRGB mode, which is why you should get this monitor only if you have a macOS device.

    See our review

  3. Best 5k Monitor For Media Creation

    If you have a Windows PC or want something bigger than the 27-inch screen of the Apple Studio Display, then the LG 40WP95C-W is also a great choice for content creators. With a 5120x2160 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, this 5k monitor is the equivalent of a 4k model but with a wider display, giving you extra room to open multiple windows. However, the text clarity and pixel density aren't as good as on the Apple monitor. Still, it's great for content creators because its sRGB mode comes factory calibrated, the color accuracy is excellent, and it displays a wide range of colors in SDR. It also supports HDR, which the Apple monitor doesn't, which is great if you're a video editor and work in HDR.

    It has a USB hub with two USB-C ports that both support Thunderbolt 4. It's great as they deliver 96 W of power, enough to charge your laptop, and you can display an image from it simultaneously. It also has a Picture-by-Picture mode if you want to display images from two sources next to each other.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung LC49G95TSSNXZA: The Samsung Odyssey G9 is an older version of the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 that costs a lot less, so it's a good alternative if you find the Neo G9 too expensive, but it doesn't get as bright and has worse picture quality in dark rooms too. See our review
  • Dell UltraSharp U4021QW: The Dell UltraSharp U4021QW is similar to the LG 40WP95C-W because it has the same 40-inch screen with a 5120x2160 resolution, but considering it costs more and doesn't support HDR, it's worth going for the LG. See our review

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.