The 9 Best 4K Monitors to Buy in 2017

See what the fuss about ultra-high-definition graphics is all about

Want to enhance your computer experience by upgrading to a 4K monitor? Whether you're streaming Netflix or in the middle of an intense first-person shooter (FPS) game, a 4K monitor will deliver ultra-high-definition graphics that are crisp and lifelike. But, like any computer purchase, the decision to buy a 4K monitor will depend on several variables, most notably the price (they can be pretty steep). To help, we’ve selected the best 4K monitors available today, so whether you're penny-pinching or looking to blow your budget, our picks will make your computer graphics go from drab to fab in no time.

Originally released in 2015, HP’s Spectre 32-inch 4K studio display LED-lit monitor continues to outshine its recent competition. With 3840 x 2160 pixels, the HP offers more than four times the color of a Full HD 1080p monitor and seven millisecond (ms) response time. Beyond its lifelike picture, the six-watt built-in speakers offer completely immersive stereo sound for a well-rounded experience. The HP is ready for a complete computing experience with a plethora of on-board ports, including MHL, HDMI, Display Port, multi-source PIP technology, as well as two USB 2.0 connections. Ideal for both animation and 3D applications, the HP is also ready for heavy workloads and has a bonus remote control for quickly and easily adjusting settings.

Available with FreeSync technology (this means it extends the refresh rate to avoid screen tearing), the LG 27UD58-B 27-inch 4K monitor is the best you can get without spending an arm and a leg. Designed with gamers in mind, the 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution offers more than four times the resolution of Full HD and has more than 8.3 million pixels on the screen. Beyond gaming, multitasking lovers will find a use for Screen Split 2.0, which allows for the display of multiple windows at once, including four different picture-in-picture (PIP) options.

Equipped with a 27-inch 4K display, the ViewSonic VP2780 is an ideal monitor choice for Apple fans. Offering advanced color technologies such as 14-bit 3D, the ViewSonic supports over 1.07 billion colors. It's built with creative types in mind and the superior color accuracy is ideal for content creation, graphic design and other professional applications. For Mac owners, the loss of Apple’s own Thunderbolt-ready monitors left a gaping hole that ViewSonic is helping to fill with DisplayPort 1.2a and future-proofed HDMI 2.0 connectivity at a 60Hz frame rate for smooth screen performance. Extra options such as multi-picture functionality means that four simultaneous video sources can displayed at one time (there's also picture-in-picture here, too).

If you're looking for some serious gaming street cred, check out Acer Predator XB271HK 27-inch 4K monitor. There are two speakers already built-in (each have two watts), so users can make use of the on-board audio or provide their own third-party speaker experience for truly immersive gaming. Beyond audio, the ErgoStand offers an ergonomically-friendly design with pivot, tilt, swivel and up and down movement for finding the most comfortable viewing angle. Ergonomics aside, the inclusion of NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology helps synchronize the Acer’s refresh rate with that of the computer GPU to eliminate input lag for smoother gameplay. Additionally, gamers will appreciate the 4ms response time, as well as  Acer’s EyeProtect for helping reduce eye fatigue during marathon gaming sessions.

Boasting a 43-inch display with a 10-bit IPS panel, the massive Philips BDM4350UC 4K monitor is a great all-purpose option. Featuring a 5ms response time, there’s also a slew of connections, including fast charging, four USB 3.0 ports, two Display Ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports with MHL and audio in/out. The latter is most notable since the Philips includes dual seven-watt speakers built-in. Its large size is appropriately matched with MultiView, which enables the screen to be split into four separate Full HD displays (you can also utilize picture-in-picture mode for more ways to make use of the space). The 178-degree viewing angle allows the 43-inch display to be properly viewed from almost any side while still providing bright colors for photos, movies, Web browsing and professional applications where color accuracy is critical.

The look of the Asus PG278QR 27-inch 4K monitor is just plain cool: Its base offers a circular LED light that shines or pulsates a warm red. Beyond looks, the Asus includes NVIDIA’s G-SYNC feature for syncing frame rates with a computer GPU (and it works very well with a 1ms response time which being overclocked at 165Hz frame rate). Additionally, gamers can take advantage of optimized presets for first-person shooters (FPS), real-time strategy and racing games for enhanced gameplay. Past gaming, the 16.7 million available colors allow professional designers and photographers to produce lifelike work. And with 6mm bezels, the Asus can tilt up to 25 degrees, plus pivot and swivel, so you won't have trouble finding a comfortable viewing angle.

The darling of Dell’s 4K display selection, the UltraSharp 31.5-inch 4K monitor packs in a ton of professional-grade features alongside outstanding color accuracy. With the inclusion of Dell's PremierColor, the display includes four separate color spaces (99.45 percent RGB, 100 percent REC709, 100 percent sRGB, 87 percent DCI-P3) that cross the color spectrum, making it ideal for any professional use-case. Calibrated right out of the factory, the level of detail on the Dell can exceed a color depth of 1.07 billion colors even in dark areas. The inclusion of HDMI 2.0 allows 4K content to be transferred at 60Hz, which makes for excellent picture quality when streaming Netflix, Hulu or Chromecast. On top of its gorgeous colors, the Dell also includes some premium add-ons, including a security lock slot and built-in media card reader.

Made with creative types in mind, the BenQ PD3200U is a beautiful 32-inch 4K monitor that features vivid colors and ideal viewing angles. With modes such as Darkroom, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) and Animation, the BenQ has a unique set of display settings that can provide a more efficient work environment, all with stunning color precision. Past the different modes, the BenQ also allows users to display and control content on two separate PC systems on one monitor with just one keyboard and mouse. Moreover, the ergonomic design is made for tilting, pivoting and swiveling the monitor to find the perfect orientation in both vertical and horizontal mode. Well equipped with ports and a strong stand, the BenQ is a creative’s dream monitor.

Not only is the Dell S2817Qr 28-inch 4K LCD monitor affordable, but its powerful nine-watt integrated speakers sound both crisp and rich. With built-in speakers, monitor buyers can rest assured the Dell is the full package with all the basics for 4K gaming matched by over eight million pixels for four times the screen content of Full HD resolution. The 2ms response time is ideal for both viewing sports and movies, plus blur-free gaming. Content can be viewed from two separate sources, thanks to both picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture display functionality. Connectivity options are plentiful, too, with two HDMI and two USB ports, as well as a single DisplayPort and mini DisplayPort for adding multiple devices at the same time. 

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