The best 4K monitors in 2018

4K monitors are finally affordable, and these are the best of the best

There was a time, not so long ago, when 4K monitors just weren’t a feasible option for the average consumer. Their once-limited selection, high cost, and overall performance, meant there were just far better upgrade paths out there for the discerning PC user.

The last couple of years have seen 4K monitors make some serious headway, however, with many 3,840 × 2,160-pixel displays becoming far more affordable and much better all round performers. We’ve rounded up the best of them below, from value-based offerings to 43-inch behemoths outfitted with the best in factory calibration. So here they are, the best 4K monitors on the market.

More interested in high refresh rates or other features? Check out our guide to the best PC monitors instead.

Dell P2715Q ($460)

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This excellent 27-inch monitor from Dell boasts intuitive on-screen controls and a terrific ergonomic stand, not to mention UltraHD capabilities and a display that basks in wide viewing angles, strong color, and deep blacks.

The image quality adjustments are not the most robust — you’ll have to opt for a more professional display for that — but the picture is great even without adjustment. Of all the 4K monitors available, this delivers the most bang for your buck by a mile, and it’s suitable for any use.

Better yet, its price is ever more affordable. While it initially launched at $700, it can now be had for just $460, making it an even more attractive purchase. If you’d rather buy something a little smaller, the 24-inch version is also worth considering.

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The rest

HP Z27 ($560)

This is not a monitor for gaming or watching movies, this is a monitor for professionals. The HP Z27 boasts fantastic color accuracy, strong contrast levels, and has good brightness for reproducing striking images. The design is understated and minimalist, so it’s not exactly a showpiece monitor.

Starting at $560 but frequently found closer to $500, you do have to pay for that picture quality, but it’s a fair price for a killer professional monitor.

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Acer Predator XB321HK ($1,070)

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While Acer’s G-Sync enabled gaming monitor features the hefty price tag of at least $1,070, its solid build quality, top-notch image quality, and a well curated feature set make for a killer gaming monitor. Nvidia GPU users can take advantage of the G-Sync variable refresh technology, and all gamers will appreciate the 1ms response time and sleek black bezel. It’s an attractive offering and a great choice for gamers looking to make the jump to 4K.

Newer models have been introduced with higher-refresh rates by some gaming monitor makers, but those are ridiculously expensive, making this a far more attractive purchase. At the time of this update, it can be had for a steal at $820 thanks to an Amazon discount. Grab one while you can.

Read our full review of the previous version.

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Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q ($570)

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Another fantastic 4K monitor from Dell is the U2718Q. It’s not quite as affordable as the P2715Q, but it still offers fantastic 4K clarity with HDR pop in a sensibly large 27-inch panel. It’s built on IPS technology so has excellent color clarity and near-180-degree viewing angles, and features a natural contrast ratio of 1,300:1 for deep blacks and stark whites.

Although not designed with gaming in mind, the 5ms response time is more than fast enough for most gamers and its 60Hz refresh rate means that games can display at decent framerates. It’s not a patch on 144Hz+ panels, but few gaming rigs can even put out more than 60 FPS at 1440p, let alone 4K.

It’s all packaged within a Dell InfinityEdge frame, delivering a near borderless experience with incredibly thin bezels. It’s also lightweight and can be adjusted by height, pivot, swivel, and tilting.

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BenQ PD3200U ($700)

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If you like (or don’t mind) your 4K monitor having a relatively chunky design, the BenQ PD3200U is well worth recommending. With near-perfect color accuracy, it’s a great 4K display for professionals, while still offering a snappy 4ms response time for gaming. With a broad 178-degree viewing angle you can get a great picture no matter where you’re sat — which makes it a viable option for collaborative work of watching movies with friends.

As much as the chunky design may be a put off for some, its substantial frame isn’t weak or overly flexible. That lends it a sturdy build quality which you don’t always find at this competitive price point. Read our full review here.

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