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The 5 Best 4k Monitors - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best 4k Monitors

4k monitors have grown in popularity in recent years as more models are available and easier to find than in the past. These displays deliver more details than lower-resolution displays, and most have a high enough pixel density for sharp text, making them ideal for work-related purposes. Besides that, they're even versatile for different uses because some also include gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you take full advantage of current-gen gaming consoles and modern graphics cards.

Having a high resolution doesn't guarantee good performance either, so when looking for a 4k display, it's also important to consider the monitor's performance for what you need it for; for example, it's important to have high peak brightness if you want to use it in a bright office space, and a fast response time is beneficial for gaming. Also, think about your budget, as 4k monitors are available at a variety of price points, with the higher-end models having more features.

We've bought and tested more than 300 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors with a 4k resolution available. Check out our picks for the best 4k gaming monitors, the best 4k HDR monitors, and the best 4k 144Hz monitors.

  1. Best 4k Monitor

    The best 4k monitor we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx. It's extremely capable for a number of uses, including office work, gaming, and content consumption. It displays vibrant colors in both SDR and HDR, and it has superb HDR brightness, so highlights pop remarkably. Its 4k resolution and 27-inch screen display very crisp text, and its outstanding ergonomics and wide viewing angles ensure the screen looks consistent and is right where you want it to be, whether for yourself or another person next to you.

    It also has amazing gaming performance. It has a high refresh rate of 160Hz, a fantastic response time at its maximum refresh rate, and low input lag, providing a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It also has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so gaming consoles work perfectly. If you're looking for more of a gaming-focused monitor and don't mind paying more, consider the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85, which has a 240Hz maximum refresh rate and a 32-inch screen. However, it also has substantially worse ergonomics and viewing angles and far worse HDR brightness.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 4k Monitor

    If you don't need the best performance and are looking for something that costs less, consider the Gigabyte M27U. It has worse color performance than the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx, particularly with darker colors. It also has substantially worse peak HDR brightness, so highlights don't pop as much. However, it still has great performance overall. Additionally, it features a KVM switch, allowing quick keyboard and mouse switching between two computers with the click of a button. It also has excellent gaming performance, including a 160Hz maximum refresh rate, a fast response time, and low input lag for a responsive feel.

    It's also great for office work, as it has fantastic text clarity and gets bright enough to fight glare. If you're looking for a larger monitor in this price range, consider the Gigabyte M32UC. It has a KVM switch like the M27U, though it's considerably larger and has worse viewing angles.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 4k Monitor

    If you don't need the gaming features and versatility of the Gigabyte M27U, then the Dell U2723QE is a great option at a lower cost. It's different from the Gigabyte as it's mainly designed with productivity and content creation in mind, so it has a lower 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't even support variable refresh rate. However, you'll be happy with its impressive office performance as it has an even larger USB hub than the Gigabyte. It has five USB-A ports and three USB-C ports, each supporting different features.

    One of the USB-C inputs supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 90W of power delivery, so you can easily connect a laptop to display an image from it and charge it using a single cable. Like the Gigabyte, it has a KVM switch to control different devices with the same keyboard and mouse. Besides that, it easily gets bright enough to fight glare, which is ideal for most well-lit office spaces. However, it has disappointing reflection handling. If you want something with better reflection handling, consider the ASUS ProArt Display PA279CRV, which is similar but has worse contrast and lacks a KVM switch.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 4k Monitor

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    If you prefer saving money by getting a less feature-rich 4k monitor that still offers great performance, check out the Dell S2722QC. It's a step-down model from the Dell U2723QE that's also excellent for productivity, but it has fewer features, as it lacks a KVM switch and has a smaller USB hub. While its only USB-C port also supports DisplayPort Alt Mode to connect a compatible laptop easily, it only delivers 65W, which isn't enough to charge power-hungry laptops while you're using them.

    Besides those differences in features, it's a great monitor if you constantly need to share your screen with someone else because it has excellent ergonomics that make it easy to adjust. Its wide viewing angles also ensure that the image remains consistent from the sides. It performs well in a bright environment thanks to its great peak brightness and good reflection handling. While it doesn't have a dedicated sRGB mode and colors are oversaturated, the accuracy before calibration is still decent enough for everyday use.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 4k Monitor

    If you're looking for the best budget 4k monitor, there are some good options you can choose from, like the Dell S2721QS. It's a step-down model from the Dell S2722QC, with the main difference being that it lacks a USB hub. It means you can't connect any peripherals directly to the monitor. Still, if your laptop or desktop computer has enough USB ports to connect all your devices, you can save money by getting this monitor instead. Besides the difference in features, it's a very similar monitor to the S2722QC as it also gets bright, has wide viewing angles, and delivers sharp text thanks to its high pixel density.

    The S2721QS also features a DisplayPort input, which the S2722QC doesn't have. This is great if your computer only has a DisplayPort output, so you can easily connect to it. If you want a 4k monitor with more connectivity options, including a USB hub, the Dell S3221QS is also a good choice. However, it costs more than the S2721QS and has worse viewing angles.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony INZONE M9: The Sony INZONE M9 has better HDR brightness and local dimming than the Gigabyte M27U and delivers a considerably better HDR experience. However, it costs substantially more and has far worse ergonomics, so if you want better value for the price, stick with the Gigabyte. See our review
  • Dell U3223QE: The Dell U3223QE is a bigger alternative to the Dell U2723QE, a productivity-oriented alternative to our midrange pick. It has many of the same features, but it costs more for minimal difference in performance, and colors are undersaturated in HDR. See our review
  • LG 27GR93U-B: The LG 27GR93U-B is a great 4k monitor for most uses. It has better gaming performance than the Dell U2723QE, with a substantially higher maximum refresh rate and a much faster response time. However, it has significantly worse contrast and lacks some productivity features the Dell has, like a USB-C port and a KVM switch. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 07, 2024: Replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 with the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx because it's less expensive and performs better in office and media creation. Replaced the Gigabyte M32U with the Gigabyte M27U because it's less expensive and for consistency with other recommendations. Updated Notable Mentions to complement new primary choices better and take recent reviews into account.

  2. Dec 06, 2023: Verified that the monitors are still available to purchase, and added the Acer Nitro XV275K P3biipruzx to Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 10, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and availability and added the LG 27GR93U-B as a Notable Mention.

  4. Oct 06, 2023: Replaced the Gigabyte M27U with the Gigabyte M32U because it's a higher-end option and more representative as an upper mid-range monitor; removed the LG 32GQ950-B from Notable Mentions because it's expensive.

  5. Sep 06, 2023: Replaced the Gigabyte M32U with the Dell U2723QE and renamed to the 'Best Mid-Range 4k Monitor' for consistency with other articles; added the Dell U3223QE to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 4k displays that are currently available. They're 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 4k 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.