Best 4K monitors

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

Updated 03 June, 2017: We've checked over our list and believe we already have the best 4K monitors available at the moment.

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 it 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. Chosen as the first overall pick by The Wirecutter, they had this to say:

The Dell P2715Q has everything you need in a 4K monitor. As a 27-inch IPS monitor with a 3840x2160 resolution, it offers lots of desktop space and fantastic image quality for 4K movies, YouTube videos, and gaming.

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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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 $720) 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 Wirecutter, in their review, chose it as the best big 4K monitor, stating:

It's the best 4K monitor you can buy if you have room on your desk for its 32-inch screen. The biggest benefit of a giant 4K monitor is that you might not need to scale your display when running the monitor at its native resolution.

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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Acer Predator XB321HK

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. Tom's Guide chose this monitor as their top pick for a 4K display with G-Sync, stating:

This 32-inch, 4K display is as gorgeous and responsive as it is massive, with Nvidia G-Sync support for extra-smooth gaming. The monitor's customizable profiles and extra features are neat, and its built-in speakers are surprisingly rich.

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

Connections:

  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0

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ViewSonic XG2700

ViewSonic XG2700

This 27-inch display has a 4K resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate, a 5ms response time, and FreeSync technology that plays well with anyone rocking an AMD graphics card. Chosen by The Wirecutter as their runner-up to the Dell P2715Q and awarded Editors' Choice by PCMag, the latter site had this to say:

The IPS panel delivers a crisp UHD picture, with wide viewing angles and very good grayscale performance, and the monitor is equipped with lots of I/O ports and a stand that can be adjusted for optimal comfortable viewing.

If it's a 27-inch 4K monitor you're looking for and also happen to have an AMD GPU, the ViewSonic XG2700 is a competitive option that starts at about $550.

Connections:

  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI 2.0
  • 2x HDMI MHL
  • 4x USB 3.0
  • DisplayPort
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • 3.5mm audio out

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Dell P2415Q

Dell P2415Q

When shopping for a new monitor, it's easy to get carried away with sizes. The problem is, when you get it home and set it up on your desk, you might have gone overboard. It might not quite fit properly, or the 4K resolution might seem a bit overwhelming at that size. For anyone who prefers something a bit more modest, there is the Dell P2415Q.

This 24-inch monitor has a 6ms response time, a 60Hz refresh rate, and an IPS panel. It was chosen as The Wirecutter's top budget pick, where they stated:

The Dell P2415Q is a great alternative if you don't have enough space on your desk for a larger monitor, if you prefer a smaller monitor, or if you simply want to save a little money. Its factory-calibrated picture is slightly less accurate than our primary pick's, but the difference is imperceptible.

For a 4K monitor with excellent picture and a size that will fit on a smaller desk, check out the Dell P2415Q. It starts at about $350.

Connections:

  • 2x DisplayPort (in and out)
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • USB 3.0 upstream
  • 3x USB 3.0 downstream
  • HDMI
  • 3.5mm audio out

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Acer B286HK

Acer B286HK

This Acer 4K monitor is geared toward gamers, but that doesn't mean it isn't great for all purposes. It has built-in speakers and a sturdy arm that lets you rotate, turn, and move the display up and down. At 28-inches, it's a medium size that will fit on almost any desk.

Tom's Guide chose this monitor as their top gaming monitor, where they stated in their review:

Offering beautiful colors, sharp 4K images and a handful of helpful extras, the B286HK is exactly what a 4K gaming monitor should be.

Gamers will love the TN panel with a 60Hz refresh rate and a 2ms response time, and anyone who deals with photography and other multimedia editing will notice immediately the deep colors and great contrast.

For a great 4K monitor designed for gaming but that can be used for work when you're not competing, have a look at the Acer B286HK. It starts at about $440.

Connections:

  • DVI
  • HDMI 1.4
  • USB 3.0 upstream
  • 4x USB 3.0 downstream
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • DisplayPort
  • Audio in

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