Although 4k TVs are becoming very common, 4k monitors are just starting to become more mainstream. Whether you are 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. See also our recommendations for the best 1080p and 1440p monitors.
We've reviewed 60 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 4k monitors that are available for purchase in 2019. See our recommendations for the best 4k gaming monitors.
The LG 27UK650 is the best 4k monitor that we've tested so far. It delivers good overall picture quality, with excellent gray uniformity, great viewing angles, and great SDR peak brightness. It has great motion handling, with an excellent response time and flicker-free backlight.
Gamers will appreciate the 27UK650's FreeSync support, which also works on 10- and 20- series NVIDIA graphics card with NVIDIA's new Adaptive Sync drivers. It also has excellent low input lag, even when displaying a non-native resolution, or when gaming in HDR.
Unfortunately, the 27UK650 doesn't look as good in a dark room, and HDR content doesn't look its greatest, due to the mediocre native contrast ratio and lack of wide color gamut. Overall though, the UK650 is a very good 4k monitor that should please most people.
If you like the LG 27UK650, but are looking for a larger screen, check out the LG 32UD99 instead. The larger 32" screen is ideal for multitasking, and the 32UD99 performs nearly identically to the smaller model. It has a slightly better color gamut, and is able to display a wide color gamut in HDR. It also has better connectivity, thanks to an included USB hub that can be used to connect and charge your accessories, with only one cable going back to your computer.
If you want to save a bit of money, the LG 27UD58-B is a cheaper alternative to the LG 27UK650. The 27UD58-B is a decent 4k monitor. Compared with the 27UK650, it has a fixed stand that isn't as easy to place in an ideal viewing position, and it doesn't support HDR. It isn't as bright, but there shouldn't be any issues with it, unless your room has a lot of natural lighting. Like the 27UK650, the 27UD58 has a standard 60 Hz refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync, great for gaming.
If you want the best HDR experience, or often work in the wider Adobe RGB color space, the Acer Predator X27 has the widest color gamut of any 4k monitor that we've reviewed so far. It's also extremely bright and has excellent motion handling, making it one of the most versatile monitors that we've reviewed so far.
The X27 has an excellent wide color gamut, better even than most TVs, and it covers nearly 100% of the Adobe RGB color space, great for professionals that work in the print or marketing industries. It has excellent wide viewing angles and great HDR support. The monitor also supports G-Sync, but like all current 4k monitors, it is limited to a 60 Hz refresh rate.
Unfortunately, the Acer Predator X27 doesn't look the best in a dark room. It has a disappointing native contrast ratio, so blacks appear gray in a dark room. It does have a local dimming feature, but it isn't very effective. Overall, although the X27 is very expensive, it is a great monitor that should please most people.
If you often work in a dark room, the LG 32UD59-B is the best 4k monitor for a dark room that we've reviewed so far. It is a decent 4k VA monitor with good gaming performance thanks to the low input lag and FreeSync support.
The 32UD59-B delivers decent picture quality, but is best suited for a dark room. It has a very good native contrast ratio, so blacks appear black in a dark room, but it isn't very bright and might not be able to overcome glare in a bright office.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and due to the VA panel, it doesn't have very wide viewing angles and is best enjoyed from the front. Overall, it is a decent 4k monitor that should please most people.
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.