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The 5 Best 4k Gaming Monitors - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best 4k Gaming Monitors

Gaming has evolved in recent years, with new 4k monitors delivering a more detailed gaming experience. Console and PC gamers alike have embraced this new format, with upgraded consoles that can take advantage of the greater levels of detail these screens provide. It doesn't come without trade-offs, though, as some 4k screens have a slower refresh rate and, by extension, slower response time than their lower-resolution, higher refresh rate counterparts. However, more 4k monitors are starting to include HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing you to reach a higher frame rate for a better gaming experience.

We've bought and tested more than 240 monitors, and below are our picks for the best 4k gaming monitors to buy. Also, see our recommendations for the best monitors for Xbox Series X, the best monitors for PS5, and the best monitors for PC gaming.

  1. Best 4k Gaming Monitor

    The Gigabyte M32U is the best 4k gaming monitor we've tested. It's an excellent gaming monitor for both PC and console gamers. It has a fantastic response time at the max refresh rate, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Both of its HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from an Xbox Series S|X or a PS5.

    It has a great selection of additional features, including a built-in USB hub that makes it easy to charge your controllers between gaming sessions. It has a large 32-inch screen, and the high resolution delivers clear text and sharp images. Although it's mainly for gaming, it has lots of productivity features if you want to use it for work during the day and game on it at night. It's also available in a smaller size, the Gigabyte M28U, if you want something smaller.

    See our review

  2. Best Budget 4k Gaming Monitor

    The best budget 4k gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell S2722QC. It's designed for office use but delivers a decent gaming experience overall. Unlike higher-end gaming monitors like the Gigabyte M32U, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, but it's a good choice for gamers that prefer high-quality visuals over fast performance. It has a fast response time, resulting in clear motion with little blur behind fast-moving objects, and has low input lag, so your actions are in-sync with what you see on screen.

    It's great for gaming in a bright room, with high peak brightness and good reflection handling, so you don't have to worry about glare. It has wide viewing angles, great for co-op gaming, and the high-resolution screen delivers an incredibly sharp gaming experience. It even supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, but it's not very bright in HDR, so this doesn't add much overall.

    See our review

  3. Best Dark Room 4k Gaming Monitor

    The Gigabyte M32UC is the best 4k gaming monitor for a dark room we've tested. It's very similar to the Gigabyte M32U but has a much higher native contrast ratio, so blacks look much deeper in a dark room, and there's less clouding in dark scenes. It has the same HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and is fully compatible with the Xbox Series S|X, including support for variable refresh rate technology and 4k @ 120Hz gaming. In terms of gaming performance, it has low input lag for a responsive feel and has an excellent response time at 120Hz.

    However, there's some black smearing with dark objects, and it has a slower response time at 60Hz, so it's best for 4k 120fps console games. It also has worse viewing angles than the Gigabyte M32U, so it's not a good choice for co-op gaming. It's an excellent gaming monitor overall, and it has an impressive array of additional features, including a built-in USB hub, meaning you can charge your controllers between gaming sessions.

    See our review

  4. Best 4k 27-Inch Gaming Monitor

    If you want something smaller than the Gigabyte M32U, the best 4k 27-inch gaming monitor we've tested is the LG 27GP950-B. It's an amazing gaming monitor with a fantastic response time at the max refresh rate and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Both its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning it can take full advantage of everything the Xbox Series X and PS5 offer, including variable refresh rate support and 4k @ 120Hz gaming.

    It delivers impressive picture quality, with a superb SDR color gamut and excellent color accuracy. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, making it a great choice for co-op gaming. It supports HDR and has impressive peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights stand out. It also has an excellent HDR color gamut.

    See our review

  5. Best 4k TV As A Gaming Monitor

    If you want a large display and can't decide between a TV and a monitor, the LG OLED48C1 delivers the best of both worlds. Although it lacks a DisplayPort input, it delivers stunning picture quality while offering excellent gaming performance and a fully-featured smart platform with a great selection of apps. The near-infinite contrast ratio results in an incredible HDR experience, as blacks are inky and perfectly uniform, and bright highlights stand out in dark scenes with no distracting blooming.

    It delivers an incredible HDR gaming experience, with a nearly-instantaneous response time, so fast-paced action looks crisp and clear. It also has an incredible selection of gaming features, including four HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports, meaning you can enjoy the latest games at 4k @ 120Hz from multiple sources, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It also supports G-SYNC and FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. If you want something a bit smaller, the LG 42 C2 OLED performs about the same but takes up a bit less space.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Gigabyte AORUS FO48U: The Gigabyte AORUS FO48U performs about the same as the LG OLED48C1, but it's closer to a traditional monitor, with no smart features and a DisplayPort input. It's also more expensive than the LG and not worth the price difference. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 07, 2022: Restructured the article to better match what people are looking for. Added the Gigabyte M32UC as the 'Best For Dark Rooms'. Removed Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant.

  2. May 06, 2022: Moved the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U and the LG 27GP950-B to their own categories. Removed the Dell S3221QS as a pick, as there are better choices available.

  3. Apr 06, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout.

  4. Mar 10, 2022: Swapped the LG 48 C1 OLED and the Gigabyte AORUS FV43U with each other as main and alternative picks. The LG is now the 'Best For HDR', and the Gigabyte is the 'LED Alternative'.

  5. Feb 08, 2022: Replaced the Gigabyte M28U with the LG 27GP950-B and renamed it to 'Alternative With Higher HDMI 2.1 Bandwidth' to reflect user needs; replaced the Dell S2721QS with the newer Dell S2722QC; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best gaming monitors with a 4k resolution currently available. They're 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.