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. Monitors typically have extremely low input lag, and most have fast response times for clear motion.
We've reviewed 68 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best multimedia monitors that are available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p monitors, and the best monitors overall.
The LG 27UK650 is the best multimedia monitor that we've tested so far. The 27", 4k screen delivers a more immersive multimedia experience. This monitor supports HDR, although it has limited performance, as it can't get very bright in HDR and lacks a local dimming feature. It also has wide viewing angles, great for watching the latest trending videos with your friends.
Fast action scenes look great thanks to the fast response time, and it has outstanding gradient performance, so movies look their best with no noticeable banding or other issues. It has a good selection of inputs, so you can easily connect your PC and a console or two, or even a media streaming device if you want to access premium streaming channels that aren't available on PC.
Unfortunately, the 27UK650 doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it can't produce true blacks and has mediocre black uniformity. Overall, though, it is a very good monitor that should please most people.
If you like the 4k resolution and great motion handling of the LG 27UK650 but are looking for a larger monitor, check out the LG 32UD99 instead. The larger model offers almost identical performance to the 27UK650, with great motion handling, wide viewing angles, and excellent gradients. This monitor also supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, which is great. Finally, it has slightly better connectivity, with an added USB-C port. This is great if you are looking to connect a MacBook or other compact PC, as you can charge it while watching movies on the bigger screen, with only one cable.
If you enjoy watching movies at night on your computer, the Samsung CHG70 is the best dark room monitor for multimedia that we've tested so far. This monitor delivers good overall dark room performance. It has a very good native contrast ratio, delivering relatively deep blacks, but it has poor black uniformity, so you might see some backlight bleed in dark scenes.
If you love watching fast-paced action movies, this monitor shouldn't disappoint. It has an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects have very little blur, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature to reduce persistence blur. It still delivers a great experience during the day too, and it gets bright enough to overcome most glare and has very good reflection handling.
Unfortunately, the Samsung CHG70 has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't the best for watching videos with other people. Overall though, this is a very good multimedia monitor that should please the most people.
If you like the Samsung CHG70 but would prefer an ultrawide monitor, check out the CHG90. This massive 49" monitor is great for multitasking, and you can easily watch a widescreen movie on one half of the screen and still work on the other half. This monitor also has a Picture-By-Picture mode, allowing you to display two 16:9 sources at once.
Like the CHG70, this monitor has good dark room performance, but limited viewing angles. Unfortunately, unlike the CHG70, this monitor has PWM flicker in the backlight, which can be distracting to some people. Overall, though, it is a good monitor that should please most people, assuming it fits on your desk.
If you want a budget monitor for watching videos but don't want to break the bank, the Dell U2518D is the best budget media monitor that we've reviewed so far. It is a 25", 1440p IPS monitor with wide viewing angles and a great design.
It delivers good overall picture quality, but is best suited for a bright room. It has excellent gradient handling, which ensures that areas of similar color are displayed perfectly when watching movies. It has an excellent fast response time with little motion blur and is free of PWM-dimming. It has very good input lag, but some people might find it a bit too high for gaming.
Unfortunately, while it does support HDR, there is little benefit to this as it only has decent HDR peak brightness and lacks the wide color gamut necessary for HDR content to stand out. Overall, though, it is a very versatile monitor that should please most people, regardless of your usage.
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 things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.