Although 4k TVs are becoming very common, 4k monitors are just starting to grow in popularity. Whether you're looking for a better multitasking experience for work or just want a more immersive gaming experience, 4k monitors have a lot to offer. Although they used to be very expensive, they have recently started to drop in price as 4k becomes more popular and more devices support it.
We've reviewed over 85 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 4k monitors that are available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best 1080p and 1440p monitors.
The best 4k monitor we've tested so far is the LG 27UK650-W. It's a 27 inch IPS monitor with great color accuracy out of the box and excellent motion handling. It's a great monitor for sharing content or for playing co-op games, as it has wide viewing angles, and it can get bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms. For gamers, this monitor has a remarkably low input lag and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing, however, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. If you plan on gaming for a long time, you should know that the backlight is flicker-free, which helps to reduce eye strain.
Unfortunately, like most IPS panels, contrast ratio is mediocre and black uniformity is sub-par, making this monitor less ideal for dark room viewing. Additionally, although this monitor supports HDR, the performance is limited by the lack of wide color gamut support and a mediocre peak brightness in HDR mode.
Overall, this is a versatile monitor that performs well for almost any use.
If you need something a bit cheaper, take a look at the LG 27UD58-B. It has the same size and resolution as the LG 27UK650-W, however, it doesn't support HDR, the ergonomics are disappointing, and dark room performance is noticeably worse, as contrast ratio is mediocre and black uniformity is sub-par. On the upside, out of the box color accuracy is slightly better and it still has a lot of great features, such as a flicker-free backlight, great motion handling, low input lag, as well as support for FreeSync variable refresh rate.
Overall, the LG 27UK650-W is a better monitor, but if you don't mind a few compromises, the LG 27UD58-B is a decent choice for those shopping on a budget.
If you want the best HDR experience, the Acer Predator X27 is one of the best 4k monitors we've tested that supports HDR. It has an impressive color gamut, making it a great choice if you do a lot of professional photo or video editing in the wider Adobe RGB color space. This monitor is also extremely bright and has excellent motion handling, making it one of the most versatile monitors that we've reviewed so far.
It's a great gaming monitor as well, with excellent low input lag and a fast response time. It has excellent wide viewing angles, perfect for co-op gaming. The monitor also supports G-SYNC and has a wider refresh rate range than the vast majority of 4k monitors on the market, though you'll need a very powerful graphics card to take advantage of it.
Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look the best in a dark room. It has a disappointing native contrast ratio, so blacks appear gray in this situation. It does have a local dimming feature, but it isn't very effective. Overall, although this monitor is very expensive, it's great and should please most people.
The LG 32UD99-W is the best 32 inch 4k monitor that we've tested so far. It's a versatile 4k monitor with wide viewing angles, excellent low input lag, and some great gaming features. It has a fast response time for clear motion, and it supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
This monitor also has a few great additional features. It can display the image from two sources at once in a picture-by-picture mode, and it has a built-in USB hub. The USB-C upstream port also supports power delivery, great for MacBook owners, so you can charge your device while you work and leave your other USB-C ports free.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio. Overall, this is a great monitor for almost any use.
If you like the LG 32UD9-W but often use your monitor in a dark room, you might want to consider the BenQ EW3270U. It has a VA panel and delivers deeper and more uniform blacks in a dark room, but on the downside, you have to sit straight in front to enjoy the most accurate image. Also, this monitor isn't easy to position comfortably due to its limited ergonomics.
If you want the best 32 inch 4k monitor, get the LG. However, for use in a dark room and watching from straight in front, the BenQ is a better choice.
If you want something cheaper than the LG 32UD99-W, check out the LG 32UD59-B instead. Like the BenQ EW3270U, this monitor has a VA panel, so it looks better in a dark room but has worse viewing angles. This monitor doesn't support HDR, and it has limited ergonomics, but the large, high-resolution screen is great for multitasking, and it delivers good overall gaming performance.
Overall, the LG 32UD99-W is a much better monitor for most people, but it's also very expensive. If you want to save some money, the LG 32UD59-B is a more basic, but decent choice.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 4k monitors 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 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.
01/17/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendation.
12/18/2019: Changed some text to enhance clarity.
10/21/2019: Changed the recommendation structure and updated the text.