Future is here, and it is in 4K. With GPUs getting faster and cheaper and 4K monitor prices dropping, our jump to 4K is getting closer. Especially with the release of PS4 Pro and Xbox One X, even more, people started to look for a 4K display to enjoy their 4K console’s merits. If you have a PC capable enough to handle 4K, you probably have been looking for a 4K display for some time. Check out Best Gaming Monitors for Xbox One X.
While 4K prices went down significantly over the past years, they are still not cheap for a lot of people and they still lack a lot of bleeding-edge features such as extremely high refresh rates but we are slowly getting there. Plus, it is worth it for the extreme boost in the visual quality. If you have ever seen a 4K TV or monitor, you know what I am talking about. And today, we will try to help you choose the 4K monitor you need.
What To Look For In a 4K Monitor Before Buying?
If you wish to do your own research or simply want to know what the specifications we will talk about in our list mean, here is a list of the most important 4K monitor features you need to look for:
Input Lag: The time between pressing a button and seeing the screen react. Most monitor manufacturers do not share this so you may need to search this on your own. Generally, anything lower than 15ms is more than enough for gaming and won’t make much difference.
Response Time: Response time is how quickly a pixel can change from white to fully black. A lower response time means less ghosting and better picture quality. It is crucial for fast games.
Adaptive Sync: This matches your monitor’s set refresh rate with your current FPS. If you are running the game with 45 FPS, your monitor will run at the 45Hz refresh rate. This eliminates screen tearing completely. There are two adaptive sync technologies at the moment: Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync. If you wish to check the differences between these two, check out our article on FreeSync vs. G-Sync.
Viewing Angles: How much the image blurs when viewed from different, wider angles. It is not a huge problem since you will generally sit right in front of your monitor but when more people join you, their experience can suffer. IPS panels are usually way better at this than TN panels.
Panel Type: The most common panel types are IPS and TN. While IPS has the best image quality and viewing angles, TN monitors are usually known for their lower response times. Since the difference between 1ms and 5ms response time is very slight, going for an IPS panel is a smarter idea. They are usually more expensive, though.
Screen Size: The best 4K monitors will be between the 27″-32″ gap. Anything lower than 27″ will be a waste for a 4K screen while anything bigger than 32″ will be too big for a gaming monitor since you will have to move your head to see what is happening on the edges of the screen.
Refresh Rate: How often your monitor refreshes the screen. 60 Hz means 60 times per second. Higher values create a much smoother gaming experience as long as your GPU can support that high FPS rates. Most 4K monitors and TVs do not support refresh rates higher than 60Hz at the moment.
3 Best 4k Gaming Monitors Under $500
1. LG 27UD88-W
When it comes to monitors and TVs, LG never misses the shot. LG 27UD88-W has probably the highest price-performance ratio in our list.
For around $500, you get a 27″ 4K monitor with AMD’s FreeSync technology that has a 5ms response time. It also has the brand new USB Type C technology and quick charge support.
Despite being aimed at gamers, LG 27UD88-W has a simplistic, elegant style that catches the eye. If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, LG 27UD88-W should be an easy choice.
Acer’s Predator series made a name for themselves for being absolute monsters for gamers. Their distinct design makes it obvious. When you take a look at XB271HK, you immediately understand that it is a Predator. With its iconic pointy red feet and thick neck that allows you to adjust your monitor in a number of ways, XB271HK proudly carries its title. Apart from its stunning design, Acer Predator XB271HK doesn’t hold back.
With a beautiful IPS panel, Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, and 1ms response time, Acer Predator XB271HK comes to close to being a perfect choice for Nvidia users.
3. ASUS MG28UQ
Even though 4K has been around for the last couple of years, the word “affordable” did not even come to our minds when we talked about it for a long time. But since 2016, 4K started to become more and more common and we finally started to see some decent 4K screens for reasonable prices. ASUS MG28UQ is one of them. With a price of $350, you get a fast 4K gaming monitor with FreeSync.
Also, you do get a number of different options when it comes to connectivity, so you can use this monitor on different devices at the same time. Of course, since the price is lower, you do not get the color accuracy and viewing angles of an IPS panel. But a TN panel is still great for gaming purposes. In conclusion, for this price range, you cannot go wrong with ASUS MG28UQ.
2 Best 4k Gaming Monitors Under $1000
You know we had to add a ROG series monitor to this list. With high-end features such as Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, 4ms response time, IPS panel and ASUS’ GamePlus technology, PG27AQ easily wins the right to be on our list.
ASUS’ GamePlus has a couple of features aimed especially for gamers: on-screen frame-rate counter, a timer for strategy games and a variety of crosshairs for FPS games. Overall, PG27AQ provides a quality, fast and consistent 4K experience in all aspects for everyone.
5. BenQ PD3200U
Not every professional movie editor is a millionaire, so not everyone will be able to buy Eizo ColorEdge CG318-4K. So we decided to include a cheaper professional Gaming monitor and BenQ PD3200U provided everything we needed. It has different modes for different purposes such as Darkroom, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) and Animation.
It displays all these merits on a 32″ 4K IPS display. Since it is aimed at professional designers, it lacks the essential gaming features but with the target audience in mind, it should not be a problem. All in all, BenQ PD3200U is an affordable, simple-but-effective 32″ 4K monitor for creative minds.
Whether you are a professional editor or a gamer looking for the best visuals possible, there is a 4K monitor for you. With every company trying to jump on the 4K bandwagon, it can be difficult to choose from the vast range of different 4K monitors today. We tried to include different ones for different audiences and we hope you can make a quality purchase with our help.