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The 6 Best Multimedia Monitors - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Multimedia Monitors

You don't need to spend a fortune on the latest 4k TV to get an enjoyable movie experience; most monitors deliver a decent multimedia experience. New 4k monitors have some of the same features as high-end TVs, including support for HDR and even local dimming for better dark room performance, but you won't get the same image processing features or peak brightness. However, our recommendations aren't limited to only 4k resolutions, as the difference between 1440p and 4k on monitors this size can be difficult to notice at a distance.

We've tested more than 220 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors to watch movies that are available for purchase. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p monitors, and the best monitors.

  1. Best 4k Multimedia Monitor

    The Dell S2722QC is the best monitor for movies with a 4k resolution that we've tested. Although it's mainly designed for the office, the high resolution helps deliver sharp and crisp images, and it has great performance as a multimedia monitor. It's well-built and has great ergonomics, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position.

    It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides. Our unit also has excellent gray uniformity, meaning you won't notice any uniformity issues in movies, and although this can vary between units, it's rarely an issue on monitors. There are a few ways to connect to the monitor as it has two HDMI ports with HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, and it has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode. It even has two USB 3.0 ports so you can charge your devices while watching content.

    Unfortunately, like any monitor with an IPS panel, it doesn't perform well in dark rooms. It has a low native contrast ratio and lacks a local dimming feature, so blacks look gray in the dark. On the plus side, it's a good choice for well-lit rooms because it has great peak brightness and good reflection handling. Overall, it's the best 4k monitor for consuming multimedia content.

    See our review

  2. Larger Alternative

    If you're looking for something bigger for better immersion, then you're better off with the LG 48 C1 OLED. As it's a TV marketed as a monitor, it doesn't have the same great ergonomics as the Dell S2722QC, so it's not easy to place in an ideal viewing position. The 48 inch model should fit on most desks, but you can also wall-mount it with a VESA 300x200 mount if you don't have enough space. Its OLED screen is fantastic for dark room viewing because it can produce inky blacks without any blooming, and it can get very bright to deliver a great HDR experience and make highlights pops. Sadly, there's a risk of permanent burn-in with static content, but we don't expect it to be an issue for people who watch varied content.

    If you only want a standard desktop monitor, go with the Dell. If you want a large screen for a more immersive viewing experience, go with the LG.

    See our review

  3. Best 1440p Multimedia Monitor

    The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is the best 1440p monitor for multimedia that we've tested. The large, high-resolution screen delivers sharp images and an immersive movie-watching experience, but with a 1440p resolution, you won't get the same sharpness as on a 4k screen. It has wide viewing angles and great ergonomics, so you can easily share your screen with a friend.

    This monitor has an impressively wide color gamut, with complete coverage of the sRGB and Adobe RGB color spaces, which is great if enjoy rich, vibrant colors. It supports HDR, and it can display an amazing color gamut in HDR thanks to its quantum dot technology, but unfortunately, HDR content doesn't look as good as it should, as it can't get bright enough for small, bright highlights to pop. It also has great visibility in a bright room, with impressive peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, ensuring it can easily overcome glare.

    Sadly, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio, just alright black uniformity, and there's no local dimming feature to improve the picture quality in dark scenes. Thankfully, these issues aren't noticeable unless you're in a completely dark room. Overall, it's a great monitor that should please most people, regardless of how you choose to use it, and it's the best monitor for watching movies with a 1440p resolution.

    See our review

  4. Dark Room Alternative

    If you want a monitor that's better suited for dark room viewing, then check out the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. Unlike the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, it uses a VA panel, which has much better contrast, so blacks look black instead of gray in a dark room, but this comes at the expense of viewing angles, so it's not as good for watching videos with other people sitting next to you. It's still a very good monitor for watching videos, with a large, high-resolution screen that delivers an immersive movie-watching experience. It supports HDR, and it has okay peak brightness in HDR, so some highlights stand out, but not all. Also, its local dimming feature is terrible and causes backlight bleed in dark scenes.

    Overall, the MSI and the Samsung are both good for media consumption, and choosing between them depends on what you need. If you want wide viewing angles, go with the MSI; otherwise, the Samsung is better for dark room viewing.

    See our review

  5. Best Ultrawide Multimedia Monitor

    The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best ultrawide multimedia monitor we've tested. Ultrawide monitors like this one offer something different than typical 16:9 monitors because the 21:9 aspect ratio provides more horizontal screen space, and cinematic movies with this aspect ratio will fill the entire screen. It's designed for gaming, but it's versatile enough to use as a multimedia monitor.

    It has a few features if you want to connect multiple devices like your laptop and desktop PC so that you can do work and watch content at the same time. It has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, meaning you can view images from two sources at once, and with a keyboard video mouse (KVM) switch, you can control those two devices with one set of a keyboard and mouse. Our unit has excellent accuracy out-of-the-box, so you may not need to get it calibrated, and it has remarkable gradient handling. The 3440x1440 resolution helps deliver clear images, and the 34 inch screen provides an immersive viewing experience.

    In terms of its dark room performance, it has an IPS panel with low contrast, so it's not the best for watching movies with dark scenes. The black uniformity isn't bad, but there's no local dimming feature to improve it. On the other hand, it gets bright enough to fight glare in a bright room, and it has great reflection handling. Overall, it's one of the better multimedia monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Multimedia Monitor

    The Gigabyte M27Q is the best multimedia monitor in the budget category that we've tested. It's a 27 inch IPS model with a 1440p resolution and wide viewing angles, which is great for sharing content with others as images remain accurate when viewing off-center. It has decent reflection handling and great peak brightness, meaning visibility won't be an issue even in bright, sunny rooms. However, it isn't ideal for dark room viewing because it has a mediocre contrast ratio that makes blacks appear gray.

    It has full sRGB coverage, the color space used in most web content, and the accuracy is outstanding out of the box, so you get accurate, life-like colors. It has an impressive HDR color gamut, but unfortunately, it doesn't get quite bright enough to deliver a true HDR experience. It has an exceptional response time that results in clear images in fast-moving scenes and a backlight-strobing feature to further improve motion clarity with fast-moving objects.

    Sadly, the stand only allows for height and tilt adjustments; however, it can be VESA-mounted if you need swivel adjustment or pivot to portrait mode. It has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, a KVM feature that lets you control devices with one set of keyboard and mouse, and a USB-C port that supports Display Port Alt Mode. The backlight is flicker-free, and there's also a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Overall, it's a great and versatile monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte AORUS FO48U: The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U is an OLED monitor with a 48 inch screen like the LG C1, but it costs more and it's worth getting the LG instead. See our review
  • Dell S3221QS: The Dell S3221QS is bigger than the Dell S2722QC, and it has a VA panel with deeper blacks, but it has worse viewing angles and worse ergonomics. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a great ultrawide monitor that's bigger than the Gigabyte M34WQ and gets very bright in HDR, but it's very expensive. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32U: The Gigabyte M32U is one of the best 4k monitors we've tested, and it's bigger than the Dell S2722QC, but for the price, it's worth getting the S2722QC if you're just watching multimedia content because it costs less. See our review
  • Gigabyte G34WQC: The Gigabyte G34WQC is an ultrawide monitor similar to the Gigabyte M34WQ, and it has a VA panel with better dark room performance, but it has fewer features. See our review
  • LG 27UK650-W: The LG 27UK650-W is similar to the Dell S2722QC in picture quality, but it has worse ergonomics and lacks a USB-C port. See our review
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B: The ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B is a very good multimedia monitor with the same 21:9 aspect ratio as the Gigabyte M34WQ. It has a VA panel with deeper blacks, but it has fewer features and has worse viewing angles. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27Q: The Gigabyte G27Q is similar to the Gigabyte M27Q in terms of performance, but it doesn't have as many features, like a KVM switch and USB-C input. See our review
  • Corsair XENEON 32QHD165: The Corsair XENEON 32QHD165 is a bigger alternative to the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD if that's what you prefer, but it costs more, and it has over-saturated colors. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27QC: The Gigabyte G27QC is a budget 1440p monitor like the Gigabyte M27Q, and it has better contrast, but it costs about the same as the M27Q, and it's not as versatile, so it's not worth getting. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 09, 2022: Replaced the Dell S2721QS with the Dell S2722QC for consistency; replaced the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B with the Gigabyte M34WQ because it has more features; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Dec 13, 2021: Switched our Best 1440p Multimedia Monitor pick to the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, moving the Gigabyte M27Q to the 'Best Budget' category instead. We removed the AOC CU34G2X as a cheaper alternative, as there's almost no price difference between it and our main pick now.

  3. Sep 24, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Removed 'Best Budget' category because the Gigabyte M27Q is a budget monitor, and there's no better choice. Added AOC CU34G2X as 'Cheaper Alternative'.

  4. Jul 27, 2021: Replaced Dell UltraSharp U2720Q with Dell S2721QS. Added LG 48 C1 OLED as 'Larger Alternative'. Replaced LG 34GN850-B with ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B.

  5. May 28, 2021: Moved the LG CX to Notable Mentions and replaced it with the Dell S2721QS as 'Cheaper Alternative'; added the Dell S3221QS and Acer Nitro XV272U to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors currently available for multimedia. 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 metrics that fare worse are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.