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 blends the crisp clarity of ultra HD resolution along with their ultrawide design for those who are the most ambitious at their desk and spend ample time with the screen.
Who’s it for: Professionals or gamers, especially those who need the clearest display with exceptional detail or require a lot of room on their monitor.
Why we picked the LG34WK95-U: If our previous suggestions still aren’t large enough for your work or your gaming, this model might be perfect for you. We also love this LG monitor for those who work with graphics and any design. The LG34WK95-U is a 5K monitor with a boost in pixels to 5,120 x 2,160 resolution. If you have to be ultra-detailed with your work or your art, this screen is one to consider.
The LG34WK95-U also has “Nano IPS” tech, which provides enhanced color accuracy and a 60Hz refresh rate and 5ms response time.
If port variety is what you need, you’ll also get it with this monitor. The LG34WK95-U has a DisplayPort connector, a Thunderbolt 3, two HDMI, USB-C, in addition to USB-A upstream and downstream. The one drawback—you’ll probably need a larger desk to fit this fantastic beast.