The 10 Best 4K Monitors of 2020

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

A monitor is the most important piece of equipment when setting up your home office, remote office, or gaming space, and the best 4K monitors offer great features like HDR support, Adobe RGB color accuracy, and ultrawide screens for multitasking without the need for multiple monitors. With a variety of sizes, styles, and resolutions on the market, it can be difficult to decide what best suits your needs. UHD monitors are quickly becoming the new gold standard for home offices and gaming spaces, offering barebones work models with modest price tags to elaborate gaming monitors with integrated soundbars and huge screens that are a much larger investment. 

Some 4K UHD monitors are designed exclusively for creative professions like graphic design and animation, featuring large screens, excellent color accuracy, and picture-in-picture modes. Others cater to PC gamers, featuring AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G Sync technology to prevent screen tearing as well as low-latency input and fast reaction times to give that extra edge in online multiplayer. No matter what your needs are, there is a 4K monitor out there to suit them. We've gathered our top picks from trusted brands like LG and Asus to help you decide which is the best 4K monitor to buy.

Best Overall: Acer Nitro VG270K

What We Like
  • Blue light filter

  • AMD FreeSync

  • Built-in speakers

What We Don't Like
  • No Nvidia G Sync support

  • No portrait mode

The Acer Nitro VG270K is a well-rounded 4K monitor that can handle everything from everyday work to triple-A gaming. This monitor measures 27 inches diagonally, giving you plenty of area for working in documents, spreadsheets, gaming, and watching movies with streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. It uses AMD FreeSync technology to prevent screen stuttering and tearing as well as a blue light filter to reduce eye strain and fatigue during long workdays or gaming sessions. 

The Nitro VG270K has eight preset picture modes to suit almost any use and dual 2-watt speakers for great audio without dedicated external equipment. This monitor is compatible with VESA wall mounting plates for more placement options when desk space is at a premium or you have a multi-monitor setup. Along with great 4K resolution, this monitor features HDR support for superior detailing and enhanced contrast. With an input response time as low as 1ms, you'll get near real-time reactions to your keyboard, mouse, or gamepad inputs for more efficient work or the extra edge you need to win your games.

Best for Creatives: Asus ProArt PA329C

What We Like
  • Adobe RGB color accuracy

  • Ergonomic stand

  • picture-by-picture/picture-in-picture modes

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • No Thunderbolt 3 inputs

  • No Mac compatibility

Graphic designers, photographers, and animators will love the Asus ProArt PA329C. This monitor comes out of the box calibrated with 100 percent Adobe RGB color accuracy and supports DCI-P3 and recommended 2020 color standards. It has on-board memory for different color parameter profiles, making it perfect for multiple users on the same computer. It also supports hardware calibrators like X-Rite i1 Display Pro to keep the monitor in top condition and performance. The PA329C has display port, HDMI, and USB-C inputs so you can connect peripherals like drawing tablets as well as laptops and desktop towers. 

The included stand allows you to tilt, swivel, and pivot the monitor for more comfortable use as well as to use it in either landscape or portrait mode. The Asus ProArt PS329C has both a picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture mode for comparing raw and edited photos or using reference images while drawing or animating. It also uses anti-flicker technology and a blue light filter to prevent eye strain and fatigue during long days

Best Budget: Asus VP28UQG

What We Like
  • Under $300

  • Landscape/portrait mode

  • Mini PC mount

What We Don't Like
  • Awkward standard

A great 4K monitor doesn't have to cost a fortune, and the Asus VP28UQG is an excellent affordable option for both work and play. This monitor measures 28 inches diagonally, making it a great size for smaller desks. With a refresh rate of 60Hz as well as Adaptive-Sync and AMD FreeSync technology, motion is silky smooth and screen tearing and stuttering are all but eliminated. This monitor features a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain and fatigue during long workdays or gaming sessions and an ergonomic stand that allows you to raise or lower the height, tilt the screen, and use the monitor in either landscape or portrait mode. 

The back of the monitor features mounting holes for both VESA wall brackets and mini PC kits for space-saving builds and placement configurations. The stand has integrated cable management channels to help keep your desk neat and organized. With a price point under $300, this monitor will fit all but the tightest of budgets.

Best Big Screen: Philips BDM4350UC Brilliance 4K UHD Monitor

What We Like
  • Large panel

  • Good colors

  • Excellent value

What We Don't Like
  • Performs poorly in bright environments

  • No ergonomic options

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). Our reviewer used this feature to good effect for multitasking and productivity.

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.

"Typically, larger displays like these for computers can easily add lots of additional cost to the price, but Philips has used some smart cost-saving strategies to lower the price significantly." — Zach Sweat, Product Tester

Best Design: Dell U3219Q LED-Lit Monitor

What We Like
  • Excellent build quality

  • Superb adjustment options

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Backlight bleed

You won’t see many frills or flashy aesthetics on the Dell UltraSharp Monitor U3219Q, but its sleek, minimal look fits right in to any home or office. More importantly, you’ll feel and appreciate the high-quality build and functional, ergonomic design.

The 32-inch thinly-bordered screen offers plenty of viewing real estate while remaining slim and relatively lightweight with a small footprint. With VESA-mount compatibility, you can ditch the stand and mount it on the wall to save even more space. Our reviewer praised the big, beautiful screen for how well it suited businesses and creatives.

The Dell U3219Q was designed to be flexible and comfortable for the user as well. It can be adjusted in almost any way—it tilts forward and back, swivels 30 degrees each way, and adjusts more than five inches up and down. It can also pivot 90 degrees to be used in portrait mode. Connectivity options are plentiful, with a highlight being a USB-C port and included cable. Connecting to laptops and mobile devices via USB-C also serves to charge them with 90 watts of power, helping reduce cord clutter at your workstation.

Picture quality remains an important factor, of course, and your eyes won’t be disappointed by what you see on this 4K IPS display. With HDR support and great color and brightness, the Dell U3219Q looks excellent on-screen and off. 

"Right out of the box, the U3219Q has great color accuracy in the standard mode, but this can be enhanced even more with a little adjusting." Zach Sweat, Product Tester

Best Versatility: LG 32UD99-W

What We Like
  • Large panel

  • Built-in speaker

  • USB-C port

What We Don't Like
  • Limited to 60Hz

As a 4K monitor with a 32-inch screen and support for high dynamic range (HDR) technology, the LG 32UD99-W can serve a wide range of personal or business needs. In-plane switching (IPS) technology on the panel helps deliver wide viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. 4K video comes through crisp and bright, whether HDR mode is on or not. The 3840 x 2160 resolution on the large display is ideal for multitasking, productivity work, and editing photos or videos.

The monitor also offers a great-looking experience for PC and console gamers alike. Its standard 60Hz refresh rate may be limiting for people serious about e-sports, but AMD FreeSync support for compatible graphics cards keeps the action smooth and stutter-free enough for most. Thanks to its excellent low input lag, everything feels quick and responsive as well.

Other features the LG 32UD99-W includes are a set of built-in speakers and on-screen control software for picture settings and screen splitting. The USB-C port’s 60-watt charging power is limited, but it’s a nice addition that adds to the powerful machine’s versatility. 

"Ultrawide and curved monitors like the LG 32UD99-W are great for immersing yourself in games and working across multiple browsers and documents making them ideal for entertainment and productivity alike."Ajay Kumar, Tech Editor

Best for Gaming: HP Omen X 65 Emperium

What We Like
  • Built-in soundbar

  • Integrated Nvidia Shield TV

  • Nvidia G Sync

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • No USB-C inputs

PC gamers will get the ultimate gaming experience with the HP Omen X 65 Emperium monitor. This 4K UHD monitor measures 65-inches diagonally, giving you plenty of screen space to run, jump, and shoot your way to victory. It features Nvidia G Sync Ultimate technology and 384 local dimming zones to produce cinematic color ranges, ultra-low latency input, and exceptional contrast and detailing. With Nvidia Shield TV integrated into the monitor, it doubles as a smart TV for streaming movies and shows with apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. 

You also get voice controls via Google Assistant or Alexa and access to Nvidia GeForce Now and the Google Play store for downloading more apps and games. The screen features an anti-glare coating and is compatible with VESA wall mounting brackets to give you the best viewing angles. With a refresh rate of 144Hz, motion blur and screen tearing are virtually a thing of the past. The Emperium has a 120-watt soundbar that produces cinematic audio with three stereo amps and two audio modes so you catch every sound from footsteps to explosions.

Best Splurge: LG 34WK95U-W

What We Like
  • PC/Mac compatibility

  • Thunderbolt 3 input

  • 5K resolution

What We Don't Like
  • No picture-in-picture mode

  • No USB-C inputs

  • Heavy

If you're looking to invest in a high-end monitor for your home, remote, or traditional office, the LG 34WK95U-W is the best option. This 34-inch ultrawide monitor delivers 5K resolution and Nano IPS technology in a sleek, modern-looking package. With a borderless design, you'll get an edge-to-edge picture that is perfect for streaming video, graphic design, or multitasking with everyday work. This monitor features Thunderbolt 3, HDMI, and display port inputs to let you connect laptops and other peripherals. 

It also has an internal 85-watt power source to quickly charge laptops and other mobile devices. The screen is factory calibrated with DCI-P3 color accuracy and HDR support for enhanced detailing and contrast. This monitor features plug-and-play compatibility with both Windows and macOS based computers, so no matter what your office uses, you won't run into connection issues. With the ergonomic stand, you can adjust your monitor for the most comfortable position for long workdays.

Best for Streaming: LG 43UD79-B

What We Like
  • Screen Split options

  • HDCP 2.2 compatibility

  • USB-C

What We Don't Like
  • No Mac compatibility

The LG 43UD79-B measures 43 inches diagonally, making this large screen monitor perfect for streaming all your favorite movies and shows. With HDCP 2.2 compatibility and four HDMI inputs, you can connect Blu-ray players, game consoles, or streaming devices for more ways to watch your favorite 4K content. This monitor has 14 different screen split options so you can keep your videos going in the background while you work without the need for a second monitor. The dual 10-watt speakers feature LG Rich Bass technology to produce cinematic audio and a more immersive listening experience. This monitor comes packaged with a remote for easy adjustments to picture and audio settings without having to navigate confusing menus. With USB-C inputs, you can connect the latest mobile devices and laptops for charging, syncing, and sharing media. The monitor is factory calibrated for color accuracy and has a refresh rate of 60Hz to smooth out motion and reduce screen tearing.

Best Curved Screen: Samsung U32R592

What We Like
  • Picture-by-picture mode

  • UHD upscaling

  • Game Mode

What We Don't Like
  • No wall mounting compatibility

  • No USB-C inputs

Unlike their TV cousins, curved monitors are still a popular choice, and the Samsung U32R592 is a great fit for any home office or PC gaming space. This 4K UHD monitor can produce over one billion colors for more lifelike pictures and intelligently upscales non-UHD content for a consistently detailed image. The 32-inch curved screen provides a more immersive viewing experience as it wraps around your field of vision. 

With a picture-by-picture mode, you can watch videos or work on multiple documents at once without the need for a second monitor. The bezel-free design gives you an edge-to-edge picture that is great for streaming shows and movies, gaming, or graphic design. A dedicated game mode reduces input lag and latency for near real-time reactions to give you the extra edge you need. The sleek and modern design of the screen and stand will make this monitor at home in almost any office or gaming space.

Final Verdict

The Acer Nitro VG270K is a well-rounded monitor that can play and work hard. The 27-inch screen uses AMD FreeSync technology to prevent screen tearing and flickering as well as a blue light filter to prevent eye strain and fatigue during long work days. Graphic designers and other creatives should consider the Asus ProArt PA329C for their next monitor because of it's factory calibration for 100 percent Adobe RGB color accuracy and DCI-P3 support. With picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes, you can draw, paint, and animate while keeping a reference photo on screen without the need for a second monitor.

How We Tested

Our expert reviewers and editors evaluate 4K monitors based on design, display quality, panel composition, color accuracy, and features. We test their real-life performance in actual use cases, displaying videos or UHD gaming, as well as more niche scenarios like video editing/rendering. Our testers also consider each unit as a value proposition—whether or not a product justifies its price tag, and how it compares to competitive products. All of the models we reviewed were purchased by Lifewire; none of the review units were furnished by the manufacturer or retailer.

About Our Trusted Experts

Zach Sweat has written for Lifewire since 2019 and he's previously been published on IGN and Void Media. With years of experience in tech, he reviewed many of the monitors on this list. The two he liked the best were the affordable LG 27UD58-B with its features for gamers and the gorgeous creative-oriented BenQ PD3200U.

Rajat Sharma has been writing about technology for more than six years now, and has reviewed numerous computer monitors (among other gadgets) over the course of his career. Prior to joining Lifewire in 2018, he worked as a senior technology journalist with The Times Group and Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, two of India’s biggest media houses.

Taylor Clemons has over three years of experience writing about games and consumer technology. She has written for IndieHangover, GameSkinny, TechRadar, and her own publication, Steam Shovelers.

What to Look for When Buying a 4K Monitor

Audio quality - Monitors are purely about apicture quality, right? Wrong! Whether you’re watching a movie or playing a video game, great audio can elevate the experience. Some monitors have impressive built-in speakers with as many as 9 watts. If the monitor lacks speakers, you can always add a soundbar — though that’ll cost you.

Design - Depending on your setup, you might need a monitor that tilts, pivots and rotates. A thin bezel gives a more modern look and the stand construction dictates how much desk space it will need. Consider all these design factors before you make a purchase.

Price - 4K is known for being expensive, but prices have dropped in recent years as it becomes the norm. If you’re on a budget, don’t fret. There are plenty of good options that run less than $300.