BenQ PD2720USource: Cale Hunt / Windows Central

Best 4K PC Monitors Windows Central 2020

While 1080p and 1440p monitors are still popular options for a lot of gamers, 4K UHD displays are catching on in the professional and casual ranks thanks to a way better picture, dropping prices, and better hardware inside our PCs. This is especially true if you're working from home due to coronavirus (COVID-19) self-isolation or quarantine. For most people who need a quality multipurpose 4K monitor, HP's Z27 is a great pick, while the ASUS PB287Q is a more affordable option. Those who need a 4K monitor for specialized design tasks can check out what BenQ and Dell have to offer, while Acer and LG bring quality options with a focus on 4K gaming. These are our picks for the best 4K PC monitors available today.

Best Overall: HP Z27

HP Z27Source: HP

HP's Z27 is a great general-purpose pick for most people, thanks to a beautiful slim build with adjustable stand, wide viewing angles up to about 178 degrees from the IPS panel, and USB-C connectivity alongside the usual DisplayPort and HDMI. It also has three built-in USB-A 3.0 ports for connecting desktop accessories.

It has superb color and contrast for a vivid 4K picture, and it has a 60 Hz refresh rate and an eight-millisecond response time for smooth visuals no matter what you're working on. For some added peace of mind, the Z27 comes with HP's Zero Bright Dots warranty, which will replace your monitor if there's one full-pixel defect. If you need a 4K display for general purposes, this one should be considered first.

Pros

  • Thin bezel
  • Sleek design
  • USB-C connectivity
  • Adjustable stand
  • Strong warranty

Cons

  • No FreeSync or G-Sync
  • Relatively costly

Best Overall

HP Z27

Best monitor for more people

With USB-C connectivity, slim bezel, and a beautiful 4K picture, HP's Z27 is no doubt the best pick for most people.

Best Value: ASUS PB287Q

ASUS PB287QSource: ASUS

A lot of budget monitors cheap out on the stand, but the ASUS PB287Q maintains the ability to adjust tilt, pivot, swivel, and height so you can set things up how you'd like. The base is also relatively compact to take up less space on your desk, and the monitor itself isn't as chunky as some other budget picks.

The 28-inch 4K display has a one-millisecond response time and a 60 Hz refresh rate for an overall smooth picture, and 10-bit color delivers satisfying visuals. The PB287Q includes HDMI and DisplayPort connections, and you get a three-year warranty for a bit of extra buying comfort. If you don't want to spend more than $350 on a big 4K display, this should be your first pick.

Pros

  • A lot of display for price
  • Adjustable stand
  • Three-year warranty
  • One-millisecond response time
  • HDMI and DisplayPort

Cons

  • Thicker bezel
  • No FreeSync or G-Sync

Best Value

ASUS PB287Q

Save money on this 28-inch display

The ASUS PB287Q brings a quality picture and ergonomic stand for less than you'll pay elsewhere.

Best Pro Features: BenQ PD2720U

BenQ PD2720USource: Windows Central

Any design and development professionals out there looking for a boss 27-inch monitor should take notice of BenQ's PD2720U. It's expensive, but it brings HDR10 support, 60Hz refresh rate, 5ms response time, and beautiful color. It hits 100% sRGB, 100% AdobeRGB, and 96% DCI-P3 color reproduction, making it ideal for specialized work.

There are plenty of preset picture modes right out of the box, and it's all easily controllable thanks to an intuitive UI. The sturdy stand adjusts for pivot, swivel, tilt, and height, meaning you should be able to get a perfect view. Ports include HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-A, and Thunderbolt 3 for easy connectivity.

If you need precise color, HDR10 support, and an overall beautiful 4K picture for professional work, this monitor should be on your shortlist.

Pros

  • Beautiful 27-inch picture
  • Designed for professional work
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • Plenty of ports
  • Outstanding color and HDR10

Cons

  • No G-Sync or FreeSync
  • Quite expensive

Best Pro Features

BenQ PD2720U

Outstanding pro monitor

BenQ's 27-inch PD2720U offers precise color calibration in sRGB and DCI-P3 gamuts, and a 4K HDR10 picture.

Affordable Pro Features: ViewSonic VP2768-4K

ViewSonic VP2768-4KSource: Windows Central

If spending more than $1,000 on a professional 4K display doesn't suit you, ViewSonic's VP2768-4K comes in at a much more modest price. Why? It doesn't have HDR support and it's calibrated more for sRGB, EBU, Rec. 709, and SMPTE-C rather than AdobeRGB and DCI-P3. Still, color is amazing if you don't need coverage of the latter two gamuts.

Right out of the box there are multiple accurate color profiles to choose from, and the OSD is easy to navigate. The stand is fully adjustable so you can get a comfortable view, and it has a ton of ports for easy connectivity. If you're a professional or photographer who mainly deals in the sRGB or Rec. 709 color gamuts and needs a gorgeous 27-inch 4K monitor, this is a great option.

Pros

  • Solid warranty
  • Fully adjustable stand
  • Excellent color out of the box
  • Intuitive OSD
  • Attractive price

Cons

  • No HDR
  • AdobeRGB and DCI-P3 support lacking

Affordable Pro Features

ViewSonic VP2768-4K

Quality professional alternative

ViewSonic's VP2768-4K is a more affordable choice for professionals who don't need HDR or DCI-P3 gamut coverage.

Best Huge Picture: Dell UltraSharp U4320Q

Dell U4320QSource: Dell

Dell's UltraSharp line of monitors is the go-to for many people who want quality hardware and plenty of features. And if you're a serious multitasker who wants everything on one display, the 42.5-inch U4320Q might just be what you're looking for. Its 4K picture with 60Hz refresh rate has room for up to four different full-size windows, each from a different PC. It has the ports to handle all those inputs, and it's all built onto an adjustable stand.

This isn't a monitor you should buy for gaming or specialized work, as it doesn't have as accurate color reproduction as other options in this roundup. However, If you have multi-monitor setups and would rather have it all on one screen, this should be what you're looking for.

Pros

  • Beautiful 4K picture with 60Hz refresh rate
  • Enormous 42.5-inch picture
  • Plenty of ports
  • Precise sRGB color
  • Adjustable stand

Cons

  • Not cut out for specialized work
  • Overkill for non-multitaskers

Best Huge Picture

Dell UltraSharp U4320Q

For heavy multitaskers

Dell's UltraSharp U4320Q is a great option if you need to keep tabs on up to 4 PCs at once, all on the same 4K screen.

Best G-Sync: Acer Predator XB271HK

Acer Predator XB271HLSource: Acer

Those with a beefy NVIDIA graphics card (GPU) capable of 4K gaming are likely looking for a monitor that features NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, which reduces screen tearing for an overall better gaming experience. If that sounds like you, Acer's Predator XB271HK 27-inch 4K monitor should be on your short list.

It has a four-millisecond response time and 60 Hz refresh rate, the IPS panel has wide viewing angles, and the stand is fully adjustable so that you can get your battle station set up without any obstacles. Connect with HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2, and take advantage of four USB-A 3.0 ports for extra connectivity.

Pros

  • G-Sync compatible
  • Beautiful IPS panel
  • Sleek, aggressive design
  • Adjustable display
  • Plenty of ports

Cons

  • Pricey if not used for gaming
  • Built-in speakers are so-so

Best G-Sync

Acer Predator XB271HK

For those with NVIDIA hardware

If you have the GPU to handle 4K gaming, Acer's Predator XB271HK is an awesome display with stellar features.

Best FreeSync: LG 27UD68-W

LG 27UD68WSource: LG

If you're a fan of Team Red and have a powerful AMD GPU capable of a quality 4K gaming experience, you'll want to check out LG's 27-inch 27UD68-W monitor. It's compatible with AMD FreeSync for reduced tearing and overall better gaming experience, plus it brings a five-millisecond response time and 60 Hz refresh rate.

The IPS panel hits 99 percent sRGB color reproduction for a vivid picture, and it's all contained in a frame with almost no bezel. The stand is small but balanced, taking up less room on your desk, and you can connect with HDMI or DisplayPort.

Pros

  • Compatible with AMD FreeSync
  • Aggressive price
  • Slim bezel
  • Vivid picture
  • Overall attractive design

Cons

  • No height, swivel, or pivot adjustment
  • No built-in USB ports

Best FreeSync

LG 27UD68-W

Best for those with an AMD GPU

Gaming on a 4K display, especially with AMD FreeSync keeping the picture smooth, is a worthwhile experience on LG's 27UD68-W.

Bottom line

HP's Z27 has a feature set that will satisfy the most people who just need a great monitor for everyday computing. It comes with an outstanding warranty to protect against a faulty picture, helping with the relatively high price. It has an IPS panel for wide viewing angles, USB-C connectivity offers modern solutions — backed up by DisplayPort and HDMI — and there are three USB-A 3.0 for desktop accessories. The 60Hz refresh rate and 8ms response time makes for a smooth picture, and the color is stellar. Just a few words of warning — once you upgrade to 4K, you'll never want to go back.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Cale Hunt is a staff writer at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on PC, laptop, and accessory coverage, as well as the emerging world of VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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