Ever since gaming has been a thing, consoles have been one of the most popular entertainment devices on the planet. As time passed by, they became more and more popular and today, we see their peak with the latest gen consoles. Especially for the last couple of years, when 4K consoles came out and 4K monitors started to become more and more common and affordable.
Today, we will look at some of the best monitors for Xbox One X. Whether you already own an Xbox One X and want to upgrade your experience to 4K with the most bang for your buck or you are planning to buy an Xbox One X with a solid 4K screen, we think these displays will cover most of your needs.
While choosing a monitor for a 4K console, there are a number of features you need to look for. Amazingly, Viewsonic XG2700-4K ticks almost all the boxes for a great price. An IPS panel? Check. Adaptive refresh technology? Check. Great color accuracy? Check. A bevy of different customization options? Check. Low response time? Check. You get all this and more for just around $500 at the moment. And since adaptive sync is finally available for Xbox One X, we had to choose a monitor with FreeSync. And luckily, ViewSonic XG2700-4K has that. Also, FreeSync does not have the same limitations G-Sync has on inputs, and with that, ViewSonic rocks four USB 3 ports, an audio jack, three HDMI 2.0 connectors, a DisplayPort jack and a mini-DisplayPort plug.
Having an IPS panel, Viewsonic XG2700-4K has great viewing angles of 178 degrees. Meaning, no matter where you look at it from, you will not notice a shift in colors on the screen. Also, the color accuracy and the black-white separation is amazing. It has truly deep blacks and white levels are excellent. With 1000:1 contrast ratio, light, and dark separation works perfectly and makes it easier to spot enemies. It also has a response time of 5ms, which is not the fastest on the market but still decent for a 4K IPS monitor. You will not notice any ghosting effects.
The only downside of this monitor is the design. In an age where frameless design monitors are the favorite, Viewsonic XG2700-4K just looks ugly. Its thick bezels make it look like an old, office monitor. Of course, you won’t notice this while staring at its glorious 4K screen.
2. ASUS VP28UQG
The second monitor on our list is aimed at people that are looking for a budget 4K monitor. For around $350, you get a 4K 28″ TN monitor with 1ms response time, FreeSync and 1000:1 contrast ratio. It also has ASUS’ GamePlus features such as Crosshair, Timer, FPS Counter and Display Alignment.
60Hz refresh rate can be seen as a con but if you are buying a 4K monitor just for an Xbox One X, chances are you do not really want a refresh rate higher than 60Hz anyway since console gaming above 60 FPS is still a dream, let alone 4K console gaming. Also, surprisingly, colors are extremely vivid and clear for a TN panel. Overall, for this price range, you cannot beat ASUS VP28UQG.
3. LG 27UD69-W
LG probably has the widest selection of 4K monitors that are suitable for gaming purposes and we chose the LG 27UD69-W. It has the highest price-performance ratio in our list. It is $100 cheaper than 27UD88-W, with the only difference being the lack of a USB Type C input.
With prominent features such as a 27″ 4K IPS panel, AMD’s FreeSync technology and 5ms response time, LG 27UD69-W’s $400 price tag is more than justified. Despite being aimed at gamers, LG 27UD88-W has a simplistic, elegant style that catches the eye. Having all these features for such a price wins our approval.
U28H750 features a 28-inch TN panel with a 4K UHD native resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and AMD FreeSync. With all these features, it is safe to say to say that it is more than suitable for gaming purposes. It also has Quantum Dot backlighting technology which allows the monitor to extend its color and contrast vibrancy and uniformity.
Though not big, it makes a difference in the color vividness. Plus, U28H750 features a “Game Mode” that optimizes image settings for playing games. It allows the game itself to adjust the settings to provide the best picture for that game and alters the contrast to make dark spots darker and light spots lighter.
Ultimately, Samsung U28H750 is another great choice for this price range.
5. BenQ PD3200U
For those that are looking for a bigger 4K screen, we got you covered. BenQ’s PD3200U isn’t exactly a budget monitor with a price tag of $800 but with killer 4K performance and pitch-perfect color accuracy, it offers quite a bit.
This is a professional monitor so it does not have any gaming modes or adaptive sync, but you can easily enjoy games on it with its low response time and input lag, perfect image quality, and huge screen. It displays all these merits on a 32″ 4K IPS display. All in all, for this price range, BenQ PD3200U is a good choice with its amazing image and color quality and 32″ screen.
There you have it, our monitors of choice for your 4K console. 4K monitor market is still not big enough for dozens of great choices, but we are getting there. Until then, we are sure you can choose a great 4K monitor from our list that will satisfy you.