Most consumers want a high-definition TV to watch, so why not have a high-definition monitor too? A 4K monitor showcases a 4,000-pixel image with ultra-high definition. Images are clear and precise, creating a digital heaven for anyone using a PC for work or gaming.
But don’t worry if you aren’t sure of which monitor to put your money on. Our roundup of the best 4K monitors for 2020 should help you make the right choice.
Why should you buy this: The monitor offers the best 4K features for the price.
Who’s it for: Those looking for a mid-sized 4K monitor with excellent image quality right out of the box.
Why we picked the LG 27UK850-W:
This excellent 4K display from LG has everything. The underlying IPS panel offers a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution and HDR10 compatibility and supports 99% of the sRGB color gamut for the very best results if you’re concerned about detail and image quality. There’s also FreeSync technology, eliminating screen tearing and stuttering for those with compatible AMD GPUs, or even some Nvidia GPUs.
Plenty of on-screen controls make for easy access to adjust volume, brightness, split-screen features, gaming modes, and more. The design includes a sturdy base and means to tilt, pivot, and adjust the height as needed for your space.
We really like that this model has a USB-C port for the latest connections and accessories. HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB 3.2 ports are also included, making for a versatile collection of connectivity options.
Acer Predator XB3
Why should you buy this: Acer’s Predator family offers great gaming features, and this 4K model is just icing on the cake.
Who’s it for: Gamers who need that high resolution, but aren’t interested in an ultrawide screen.
Why we picked the Aver Predator XB3:
Looking for a top 4K gaming monitor? Acer’s Predator series is always a good bet, and this 27-inch XB3 model is truly impressive, sporting G-Sync, HDR, and a refresh rate that can reach 144Hz with the right setup (overclocked DisplayPort connection).
If you don’t need an ultrawide, it’s a gamer’s dream, and there are plenty of adjustment options for both positioning, color, and brightness. Our tests found that the XB3 performed amazingly well when it came to the HDR-enabled brightness and color accuracy.
The biggest downside is that the menu controls, which use a joystick and collection of buttons, are a bit difficult to reach and use without some practice.
Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q
Why should you buy this: It’s a solid Dell monitor that adds some extra features so you can get the most out of your 4K experience.
Who’s it for: Those with a bit more to spend on a monitor and want a screen that can do everything.
Why we picked the Dell Ultrasharp U2718Q:
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 popped into a sensibly large 27-inch panel. It’s built on IPS technology for excellent color clarity and near-180-degree viewing angles. It 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 frame rates. 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.
Why should you buy this: BenQ’s 4K monitor has incredible color accuracy and extra screen space.
Who’s it for: Artists and those who use their monitors for at-home entertainment.
Why we picked the BenQ PD3200U:
If you like (or don’t mind) your 4K monitor having a relatively chunky design, the 32-inch 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 sit — 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.
Why should you buy this: LG’s ultrawide combines a ton of space with ultra HD resolution for the most ambitious desk warriors.
Who’s it for: Professionals who need a lot of room and a ton of detail for their projects, or gamers who want that extra-wide screen.
Why we picked the LG34WK95-U:
If you prefer your 4K monitor to have even more display room than the models we listed earlier, this deeply impressive LG monitor is worth a look. Technically, it’s a 5k monitor, which means it pumps up the pixels to a 5,120 x 2,160 resolution. It’s ideal if you do design or graphics work and require a big display that also provides as much detail as possible.
This monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate, 5ms response time, and LG’s “Nano IPS” technology for improved color accuracy. The ports are also quite impressive, offering Thunderbolt 3, USB-A upstream and downstream, USB-C, two HDMI, and a DisplayPort connector.
This monitor has it all and then some, but you’ll need extra desk space to set it up.
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