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The 5 Best 4k Monitors - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Although 4k TVs are now the norm, 4k monitors are just starting to grow in popularity. Whether you're looking for a better multitasking experience for work or 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, and as computers and graphics cards have improved.

We've tested over 220 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 4k monitors that are available for purchase. Also, check out our recommendations for the best 4k gaming monitors and the best 1080p and 1440p monitors.


  1. Best 4k Monitor For Gaming: Gigabyte M32U

    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    8.2
    Office
    8.7
    Gaming
    8.1
    Multimedia
    8.3
    Media Creation
    7.5
    HDR Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 4k monitor for gaming that we've tested is the Gigabyte M32U. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a 32 inch, 4k screen. It has an incredibly fast response time at any refresh rate, resulting in clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects and no noticeable overshoot with our recommended settings. It also has outstanding low input lag, meaning you can respond almost instantly to the action on-screen. It supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC Compatible variable refresh rate technology, which can help reduce tearing.

    This monitor has an impressive selection of additional features. It has two HDMI 2.1 ports, which allow you to game at 4k @ 120Hz from a recent console or PC, including the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. When you're not gaming, it's also great for productivity, as the high-resolution screen delivers superb text clarity. It has a few great office features as well, including a built-in keyboard, video, and mouse switch, that allows you to quickly switch from controlling one device to another with just one set of input devices.

    Sadly, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has low contrast, mediocre black uniformity, and a terrible local dimming feature. Overall, though, it's an impressive monitor for most uses, and it's an amazing gaming monitor that should please even the most demanding gamers.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Gigabyte M28U

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

    If you want something cheaper, check out the Gigabyte M28U instead. It's a very similar 4k monitor to the Gigabyte M32U, with excellent motion handling, low input lag, and great gaming features. It has two HDMI 2.1 ports, making it a great choice for Xbox Series S|X or Sony PS5 gamers, as it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from those consoles. The 28 inch, 4k screen results in a remarkably sharp image and delivers superb text clarity from a PC. It also has wide viewing angles, great for co-op gaming. Sadly, there are some issues when gaming at 60Hz, as it has a slightly slower total response time and worse overshoot.

    Overall, the M32U is the better choice for most people, as it has a larger screen and slightly better motion handling, especially at 60Hz. However, if you're looking for something cheaper, the M28U is almost as good.

    See our review

  3. Best 4k Monitor For HDR Gaming: Gigabyte AORUS FV43U

    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    7.2
    Office
    8.1
    Gaming
    7.7
    Multimedia
    7.6
    Media Creation
    7.9
    HDR Gaming
    Size 43"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 4k monitor for HDR gaming we've tested is the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U. It's an impressive 4k gaming monitor with a 43 inch, 4k VA panel. It delivers a very good HDR gaming experience, with amazing contrast and fantastic black uniformity - two of the most important aspects of a good HDR experience. It also has great peak brightness in HDR, so small highlights in games and movies stand out well, and it has an impressive HDR color gamut. It's one of the few monitors on the market that can deliver a good cinematic HDR experience.

    It also delivers a great gaming experience, with a fast response time at the max refresh rate and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. It has objectively low input lag, but it's a bit higher than most similar models. It's also one of the few monitors on the market that supports HDMI 2.1, so it can take full advantage of 4k @ 120Hz gaming from PS5 or Xbox Series S|X consoles.

    Sadly, it's not perfect, as the image degrades at an angle, so it's not the best for co-op gamers. It also has a sluggish 60Hz response time, which might disappoint some console gamers. Despite these limitations, it's still a good monitor overall, and it's the best HDR gaming monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Larger Alternative: LG OLED48C1

    Size 48"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    120 Hz
    Pixel Type
    OLED
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want something bigger than the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U, check out the LG OLED48C1. It's technically a TV, and it takes up a lot of space, so it's not for everyone. It delivers impressive picture quality, though, with a nearly infinite contrast ratio, resulting in deep, uniform blacks with no blooming around bright objects. It also supports HDMI 2.1, and it has a nearly instantaneous response time, making it an outstanding choice for gamers, especially if you have a PS5 or Xbox Series X. It also has very low input lag, and it has a great selection of additional features, including support for both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. Sadly, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in, so we suggest watching varied content if you're going to use it as a monitor.

    Overall, the Gigabyte is the best 4k monitor for HDR gaming, but if you plan on using it for watching varied content and don't mind the risk of permanent burn-in, check out the LG.

    See our review

  5. Best 32 Inch 4k Monitor: Dell S3221QS

    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    7.5
    Office
    7.6
    Gaming
    7.6
    Multimedia
    7.8
    Media Creation
    6.9
    HDR Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 4k monitor with a 32 inch screen we've tested is the Dell S3221QS. It's a curved VA monitor that can display deep blacks, so it's a good choice for people who like to work, game, or view content in the dark. It handles reflections well and gets pretty bright, but you might still have some problems with visibility if you're in a sunny environment. As expected of most VA panels, the viewing angles are mediocre, so it isn't ideal for sharing content because the image looks washed out from the side.

    Even at a 32 inch size, the pixel density is still very high, which results in exceptional text clarity. It has full sRGB coverage and decent calibration out of the box, and it also supports a wide color gamut for HDR content. Since it's primarily intended for productivity, it has a 60Hz refresh rate, and its response time is only decent, but it does support VRR to reduce screen tearing. As for the overall HDR experience, it's just okay because it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop, and it lacks local dimming.

    There are many extra features, like built-in speakers, a Picture-in-Picture mode, as well as a USB hub that includes two USB 3.0 and a USB-B upstream port so that you can plug your peripherals directly into the monitor for a cleaner setup. Unfortunately, the ergonomics are bad because you can only adjust the height and tilt. Overall, this is a good monitor for everyday use and should please most people. If you want a more gaming-oriented 32 inch monitor with a high refresh rate, check out the Gigabyte AORUS FI32U, but it may be hard to find at this time.

    See our review

  6. Best 4k Monitor For Office Use: Dell S2721QS

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Office
    7.9
    Gaming
    8.1
    Multimedia
    8.4
    Media Creation
    7.0
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    60 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 4k monitor for office use we've tested is the Dell S2721QS. It's an impressive office monitor with wide viewing angles, good ergonomics, and exceptional text clarity. The versatile stand makes it easy to adjust to an ideal viewing position, and it can switch to portrait orientation, which is great for a dual-monitor setup.

    It looks great in most offices. It has very good reflection handling and great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a brighter room. It also has wide viewing angles, so you can comfortably share your screen with someone else without worrying that they're seeing an inaccurate image. Combined with the outstanding color gamut, this monitor is also a great choice for media creators.

    This monitor isn't perfect, as it has limited connectivity. There are two HDMI ports and a single DisplayPort input, but no USB ports. It's also not as good for gaming, as it has a limited 60Hz refresh rate and a slower pixel response time than most dedicated gaming monitors. Overall, though, this is a great monitor for almost any usage, and it's the best budget 4k monitor we've tested as well.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell U2720Q: The Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is a little bit more versatile than the Dell S2721QS as it supports USB-C, but it's nearly twice the price. See our review
  • LG 27GN950-B: The LG 27GN950-B is a great 4k gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, but it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports, which means you can only achieve high frame rates over a DisplayPort connection and with a graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx: The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is an amazing 4k gaming monitor with better ergonomics than the Gigabyte M28U, but it's a lot more expensive. See our review
  • BenQ EW3270U: The BenQ EW3270 has a better response time than the Dell S3221QS. However, it's more expensive, and its ergonomics are significantly worse. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI32U: The Gigabyte AORUS FI32U is very similar to the Gigabyte M32U and Gigabyte M28U, but it has worse input lag. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FO48U: The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U is an excellent gaming monitor with an OLED panel, but it's not worth the price difference over the LG C1. See our review
  • LG 27GP950-B: The LG 27GP950-B is an impressive gaming monitor that delivers similar performance to the Gigabyte M32U. Unlike the Gigabyte, it has full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports, so it doesn't rely on DSC for higher formats. It's a great choice, but it's also unavailable at the moment and a little bit more expensive than the Gigabyte. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 13, 2021: Refreshed the text and added the Gigabyte AORUS FO48U OLED and the LG 27GP950-B to the Notable Mentions.

  2. Oct 22, 2021: Changed our top pick to the Gigabyte M32U, as it's the best 4k gaming monitor overall, and we moved the Gigabyte M28U to an alternative pick. We replaced the ASUS ROG Strix XG27UQ with the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U as the 'Best 4k Monitor For HDR Gaming', as it delivers a much better HDR experience.

  3. Aug 24, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx with Gigabyte M28U. Replaced LG 32UD99-W with Dell S3221QS.

  4. Jun 25, 2021: Replaced the Dell U2720Q with the Dell S2721QS, and removed the Gaming Alternative. Added the Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx as the Best 4k Monitor For Gaming.

  5. Apr 28, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced BenQ EW3270U with Dell S3221QS.

All Reviews

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 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.

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