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 more than 80 monitors, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best monitors to watch movies 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-W 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, is monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it can't produce true blacks and has mediocre black uniformity. Overall, though, it's a very good monitor that should please most people.
If you like the LG 27UK650-W but want something cheaper, check out the LG 32UD59-B instead. This 32", 4k monitor isn't as advanced as the other LG, as it doesn't support HDR and it has worse ergonomics, but it delivers a decent multimedia experience. It's a better choice for dark room viewing, though, as it has significantly better contrast and better black uniformity.
If you like the 4k resolution and great motion handling of the LG 27UK650-W but are looking for a larger monitor, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. The larger model offers almost identical performance to the other LG, 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're looking to connect a MacBook or other compact PC, as you can charge it while watching movies on the bigger screen, using 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, and it gets bright enough to overcome most glare and has very good reflection handling.
Unfortunately, this monitor has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't the best for watching videos with other people. Overall, though, this is the best monitor to watch movies at night.
If you want something even wider than the Samsung CHG70, check out the Samsung C49RG9 instead. This massive 49" ultrawide display has an impressive 32:9 aspect ratio, and is the equivalent of two 1440p, 16:9 displays placed side-by-side. Combined with the curved screen, this monitor delivers an incredibly immersive movie-watching experience. Like the smaller Samsung, it looks good in a dark room, as blacks look black. This is also an incredibly bright monitor, great for watching the latest HDR10 movies.
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's 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's a very versatile monitor that should please most people, regardless of your use.
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.