As 4K display technology drops in price and high-res monitors become an all-around more popular choice for professionals, gamers, and casual users, the market is becoming more competitive. With the higher resolution, 27 inches is a great choice that will still fit on your desk without feeling that the display is too cramped. We've rounded up the best of the best that fit the bill right here to help you get what you need.
All-purpose USB-C 4K monitor
HP's Z27 is a great general-purpose pick for most people thanks to a beautiful slim build with adjustable stand, wide viewing angles thanks to an IPS panel, and USB-C connectivity. It has superb color and contrast for a vivid picture, a 60Hz refresh rate and 8ms response time for smooth visuals, and it comes with HP's Zero Bright Dots warranty, which will replace your monitor if there's one full-pixel defect.
Budget 4K monitor
Philips makes it easy to spend far less for a quality 4K display. The 276E8VJSB is slim and has a narrow bezel around the sides and top, and the IPS panel provides wide viewing angles. It has a 5ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate, and 10-bit color means the picture really pops. Connect with DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0.
Pro 4K without HDR support
As long as you don't need HDR10 support or precise AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 color reproduction, ViewSonic's VP2768-4K can comfortably deliver just about everything else, and at a competitive price. The stand is adjustable, it has excellent sRGB and Rec. 709 color out of the box, and it comes with a 3-year warranty. Connect with DisplayPort 1.2, Mini DisplayPort, or HDMI 2.0.
Pro 4K with HDR10 support
If you need a professional-grade monitor with perfect sRGB and Rec. 709 color reproduction and HDR10 support, BenQ's PD2700U is a great pick. It has a slim bezel, the stand is adjustable, and the IPS panel provides wide viewing angles. Choose from preset color modes for design and editing tasks, and connect with DVI, HDMI, or DisplayPort.
4K gaming for AMD hardware
If you want to take your PC gaming to the next level with a 4K display and you have the AMD graphics card (GPU) to support it, you can't go wrong with LG's 27UD68-W. It hits 99% sRGB color reproduction for a colorful picture, it has a 60Hz refresh rate and supports FreeSync for reduced screen tearing, and it has almost no bezel around the top and sides for a modern look. Connect with HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2.
4K gaming for NVIDIA hardware
Those with a beefy NVIDIA GPU capable of 4K gaming can take advantage of the XB271HK's G-Sync compatibility for reduced screen tearing and a smoother overall picture. It has a 4ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate, the IPS panel has wide viewing angles, and the stand is fully adjustable. Connect with HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2, and take advantage of four USB-A 3.0 ports for extra connectivity.
Ultimate 4K gaming monitor
If money is no object and you have a gaming PC with NVIDIA hardware, this monitor is likely a top pick. It's compatible with G-Sync and it has a ridiculous 144Hz refresh rate for smooth visuals, and it's DisplayHDR1000 certified, meaning it can hit a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. Connect with DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI 2.0.
Ultimate 4K all-purpose monitor
Dell's UltraSharp monitors are among the best you can buy, which is why the UP2718Q commands such a hefty price. It supports 4K HDR10 and includes Dell's PremierColor that covers the AdobeRGB, sRGB, Rec. 709, and DCI-P3 color spaces, meaning it's ideal for pretty much any professional work you need it for. Connect with HDMI or DisplayPort.
If we're making some suggestions
4K monitors can get incredibly expensive, putting them out of reach of most people who just want a solid display for general work. If that sounds like you, we recommend checking out HP's Z27 (opens in new tab). It's priced reasonably well and has respectable specs, including 60 Hz refresh rate, 8 ms response time, IPS panel, and colorful screen, plus it comes with a three-year warranty and HP's Zero Bright Dots warranty.
If you'd rather not spend more than $300, the Philips 276E8VJSB (opens in new tab) will still deliver a 4K resolution with great color, as well as wide viewing angles, slim bezel, 60Hz refresh rate, and HDMI or DisplayPort connectivity.
Second-guessing whether or not you require a 4K resolution? Be sure to have a look at our roundup of other great 27-inch monitors that includes 1080p and 1440p options.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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