While 1080p and 1440p monitors are still usually the preferred hardware for most gamers, 4K UHD displays are catching on in the professional and casual ranks thanks to a way better picture, dropping prices, and better hardware inside our PCs. If you’re wondering exactly which 4K monitor you should invest in, we’ve rounded up a bunch of quality options right here.
As far as 27-inch 4K monitors go, the LG 27UD68P-B (about $450) might just be the best you can find. It has up about 300 nits of brightness, it’s compatible with AMD FreeSync, and the IPS panel offers wide viewing angles.
The Wirecutter chose this as its top pick among 4K monitors, stating:
The LG 27UD68P-B is a factory-calibrated 27-inch monitor with excellent color and grayscale measurements, easy-to-navigate menus, an ergonomic adjustable stand, and support for FreeSync adaptive sync—technology that reduces graphical tearing when used with a compatible AMD graphics card.
It has a 60Hz refresh rate, it’s VESA-mountable, and it’s quite thin with not a lot of bezel. The stand allows for tilt, height, and pivot adjustments (no swivel). For ports, you’re getting one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The BenQ PD3200U (from about $800) is the newer version of the BL3201PH, one of our favorite 4K monitors before it became hard to find. This upgrade is still big and beautiful at 32 inches, it has a four-millisecond response time, it has 100 percent sRGB color reproduction, and its IPS panel provides wide viewing angles.
In its warm review, Digital Trends had this to say:
If you’re a professional looking for a display designed for creative use, you can’t do much better than the BenQ PD3200U — not without spending an extra couple hundred dollars. At this price, the BenQ is a steal. If you need a new workhorse monitor and you’re ready to step up to 4K, give this screen a serious look.
The monitor has CAD and CAM modes for technical work, a stand that you can adjust for height, tilt, swivel, and pivot, and for ports you gett one DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, one Mini DisplayPort five USB-A 3.0 (four down, one up), an SD card reader, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ
If you’re a gamer interested in achieving sweet, sweet 4K, the 27-inch ASUS ROG Swift PG27AQ (about $850) is a fine option, especially if you have an NVIDIA graphics card (GPU). Yes, it’s capable of G-Sync, plus it has 100 percent sRGB color reproduction, a four-millisecond response time, and an IPS panel for wide viewing angle.
In a review at Tom’s Guide, the Swift PG27A received a warm reception:
If 4K and G-Sync are your top priorities, the Asus ROG Swift PG27A is one of the best high-end monitor options around. Games look stunning and run smoothly on its 27-inch, 3840 x 2160 display, and the painless interface and impressive adjustability make it a breeze to adapt the monitor to your needs.
This monitor is compatible with VESA mounts, its stand allows for tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustments, and it has a slim bezel if you’d like to get a multi-monitor setup going. For ports, you’re getting DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, two USB-A 3.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
If you’re interested in a 27-inch 4K monitor, this option from Dell costs only about $360. Despite the price, it has an IPS panel with 99 percent sRGB color reproduction, up to 300 nits of brightness, and a 60Hz refresh rate.
The stand allows you to get the perfect view thanks to tilt, swivel, and pivot adjustments, and it comes complete with VESA-compatible mounting brackets. As for ports, you get one Mini DisplayPort, two DisplayPort (in and out), one HDMI, four USB-A 3.0, and one 3.5mm audio jack (out).
Updated June 27, 2018: We refreshed this list to ensure you’re still getting a collection of the best 4K PC monitors available.