What's the best 4K monitor? The one that best suits your needs!

Whether you're gaming, taking care of a major graphic design project, watching Netflix, or simply browsing the interwebs, a 4K monitor is the best you can do right now for UHD. Which 4K monitor is best for you will depend on your needs.

Here are a few of our favorites!

HP Spectre 32-inch

HP Spectre

Straight from Mr. Windows, Daniel Rubino himself, the HP Spectre is definitely one of, if not the best 4K monitor you can buy.

At 32 inches, this monitor's ready for anything: movies, gaming, huge workloads, whatever. It features a 7 millisecond (ms) response time (the time it takes of a pixel to change colors and back again). The lower the response time, the fewer image artifacts (ghosting, judder, etc.) that you'll notice. This monitor flips pixels in 7ms — the average blink of an eyelid takes 300 to 400ms.

Don't let the 32-inch diagonal frighten you, the Spectre is likely the thinnest monitor in this roundup. You can view media from multiple sources, thanks to a multitude of connection options, so that you can be as productive as you like (or as unproductive as you like if those sources happen to be streaming from Netflix, Shomi, and Hulu all at once).

With a dynamic contrast ration of 10 million:1, you'll be looking at a display so vivid and colorful, you'll think it's a window, especially with the crazy-wide viewing angles produced by the AHVA panel. If audio's your bag, you also have 6W speakers on the sides and passive radiators to enhance da bass.

For the best all-around experience, whatever your needs, the HP Spectre is certainly an option worth considering first.

Connections:

  • HMDI
  • MHL/HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • 3x USB 3.0 (2 downstream, 1 upstream)
  • 3.5mm audio jack

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Dell P2715Q 27-inch

Dell P2715Q

A perennial Mobile Nations favorite, the Dell P2715Q is everything you need in a great-looking, fairly affordable package (around $500).

This monitor is all about color, and features about 99% sRGB coverage and a factory color calibration so that no matter the room, it's as accurate as possible. So, if you're into graphic design or editing photographs, the P2715Q is ideal.

If you have a bit of a contorted set up or limited space, this Dell monitor tilts, swivels, and rotates as much as you need it to and you can even mount it on the wall if you need to clear up your desk entirely or use it only for media viewing.

The P2715Q has an IPS panel, which makes for great side-angle viewing and excellent color reproduction. With a 9ms gray-to-gray response time, you'll also notice the absence of screen lag, making this a solid gaming option, but better-suited to design, media viewing, or photo editing.

Connections:

  • 4x USB 3.0 (downstream)
  • MHL/HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • DisplayPort-out
  • Audio line-out

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ASUS PB287Q 28-inch

ASUS PB287Q

The PB287Q has a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. So the time it takes for a pixel to go from gray to white to gray again is one thousandth of a second. That's fast, which makes this 4K monitor ideal for gamers.

This monitor is also built for comfort – you can swivel, tilt, rotate, raise, and lower it to just about any orientation you could possibly need, and it features flicker free technology to prevent eye fatigue and strain.

Depending on your needs and preference, there are three color presets to choose from and ASUS QuickFit, which is onscreen real-size photo grids to help you edit photos and artwork in real-size instead of to scale.

Connections:

  • HDMI
  • MHL/HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • PC audio in
  • 3.5mm audio out

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LG 27UD68P 27-inch

LG 27UD68P

LG's propensity for making kick-ass TVs translates very well to 4K monitors, and this is definitely one for gamers. It features AMD FreeSync, which means no tearing and artifact-free performance, so that you never miss a frame and never miss a shot.

The 27UD68P has a bezel-less design, which is gorgeous and makes for a more immersive experience, and its Black Stabilizer can be activated so that every detail stands out on darker screens.

If you like to tweak your monitor settings on the fly, LG premium monitors feature On-Screen Control, which is a handy window that features essential monitor settings so that you can alter volume, picture presets, and more, using your mouse instead of having to find physical buttons on the monitor.

If you're using your 4K monitor exclusively for gaming, definitely consider LG's option.

Connections:

  • 2x HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • 3.5mm audio out

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BenQ BL3201PH 32-inch

BenQ BL3201PH

One of the best monitors BenQ's ever produced, the BL3201PH has a 20 million:1 dynamic contrast ratio, which means that the difference between blackest black and brightest white is huge, so fine details and colors pop more. You'll be all "David after the Dentist" and constantly saying, "is this real life?"

This monitor is for everyone, but the price tag (about $850) might be aimed more toward professionals, and some of the more advanced features, like CAD/CAM and Animation Mode, are for folks who are going to be going hard all day, every day.

The IPS panel means great side-angle viewing, and it features picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture, so that you can stay as productive as possible at all times. Zero Flicker and low blue light settings will also help keep your eyes from fatiguing, allowing you to work harder for longer periods of time.

If you need a proper, professional-grade monitor, then BenQ's is for you for sure.

Connections:

  • DVI-DL
  • 2x HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • 3.5mm audio in
  • 3.5mm audio out

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Samsung U28E590D 28-inch

Samsung U28E590D

Samsung, like LG, makes wonderful televisions, and its monitors are just as great. This 28-inch monitor is the perfect budget option, since it's so well-rounded and will speak nicely to just about anyone's needs, professional or otherwise.

It has AMD FreeSync to keep the gamers happy; it has picture-in-picture for the multitaskers that never sleep; it has flicker free and Eye Saver modes to help combat fatigue; and it produces more than a billion colors to appease all the color correctors and photography fanatics.

For under $400, you get a solid monitor that's more than capable and more than able to keep up with whatever you throw at it (except for large stones and heavy people – don't throw those at it).

The U28E590D does have a TN panel, which is slightly dated LED technology, but that's why it's under $400, and so long as you won't always be viewing it from the sides, it'll be more than fine.

Connections:

  • 2x HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • 3.5mm audio out

Acer Predator XB1

Acer Predator

If money's no option and you want a 4K monitor that looks as cool as everything its screen produces, then check out the Acer Predator. It features an angled stand with crimson feet and a futuristic-looking design.

This monitor is best suited to serious gamers who need a display that never quits. It features a 4ms response time and refreshes at 60Hz, which is lightning-quick for 4K and means that you'll have smooth picture with outstanding color at all times.

Sporting NVIDIA G-Sync technology, this screen can sync up with your PC's GeForce GTX GPU to eliminate stuttering, lag, and tearing.

If you're serious about gaming, then grab an Acer Predator.

Connections:

  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0

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