Over the past few years we’ve seen a wide variety of niche-market monitors hit store shelves, but prohibitively high prices and sub-par performance have really limited their appeal to a wider audience. Who wants a 4K monitor if it’s just two panels stuck together, and can’t run faster than 30Hz?
Luckily, 2016 has changed all of that. This year we have seen the monitor market really come into its own. Previously exotic solutions like curved 4K and ultra-wide monitors have matured into affordable and increasingly high-performance options for gaming, media, and even your home office.
Why you should buy this: You want a sensible but impressive 4K monitor.
Who it’s for: Anyone looking to make the jump to 4K
How much will it cost: $470 – $500
Why we picked the Dell P2715Q
Most 4K monitors make you pay for those extra pixels. In return, you get a display that may disappoint you throughout an average day. The display will be appropriately large and sharp, but its color may be a little drab, or slightly off.
The Dell P2715Q is different. Not only does it boast a killer IPS panel, it has brilliant color accuracy and a beautiful semi-gloss coat. It isn’t stylish or futuristic looking, and it doesn’t do anything exciting with its stand or frame, but it’s sensible and pleasant to use. The design of the Dell P2715Q gets out of your way and lets you enjoy what really matters — the quality of the picture.
If you’re not sure about 4K, this is the monitor that will make you hop off the fence. Its best-in-class display and understated, modest design make it a great addition to any office desktop, or even gaming setup. It is a multi-role monitor that excels in at everything it does.
Best of all, it’s not that expensive. This monitor routinely sells for $450-$500 online. That’s not cheap, but it’s also not much more than a high-quality, 27-inch display with 1080p or 1440p resolution.
Like most of the other monitors on this list, the Dell P2715Q is a great introduction to a new category of monitor.