4K is one of those things that once you’ve used it (or seen it, in this case), you can’t go back to what you used (or looked at before). Not without crying at least. 4K packs quadruple the resolution of plain old HD making images SUPER sharp. That makes 4K monitors ideal for a variety of people including designers, gamers, video editors and animators (just to name a few).
But don’t think that just because 4K is hot right now that it’s out of your price range. As you look over my picks for the best UHD (Ultra-High Definition — aka 4K) computer monitors for Mac and PC users I think you’ll be really pleasantly surprised by the prices! The last monitor I list packs in a ton of top-notch features and only costs about $400. Of course things can get pricier if you demand unsurpassed performance (and there are several monitors like that listed here as well).
Samsung U32D970Q 32″ 4K UHD Monitor
Unlike it’s performance, the Samsung U32D970Q has rather humble looks. That’s because it doesn’t need a crazy design to impress. Aside from it’s 4K chops and enormous size, this monitor is displays incredibly accurate colors making it perfect for designers. Additionally, this monitor has a killer white balance correction which means no more nasty warms or overly cool pictures. Before shipping it goes through a meticulous pre-calibration process, which ensures your monitor will live up to the hype, and the ergonomic design is better for you than some other monitors.
Acer S7 27″4K UHD Monitor
The Acer S7 may not be as large — physically (although it’s plenty big) — as some of the other monitors listed here, but it’s near frameless design (with asymmetric base) is bigger and bolder by a mile. If you value a creative working environment as well as performance, this may be the right monitor for you. One thing I like about this monitor is how easy it is on your eyes: the flicker-less, low-dimming, anti-glare and blue light-filtering technologies all work together to reduce eye strain. But perhaps the best thing about this monitor is it’s price: it’s more than half the price of several of the other monitors listed here!
LG 31MU97-B 31″ 4K UHD Monitor
Unfortunately, the LG 31MU97-B doesn’t come in LG’s incredible UltraWide format (I bet that’s coming in the future, though), but that doesn’t mean this monitor isn’t a beast. It’s got 10-bit color (which means it can display over 1 billion colors) and features very smooth gradient transitions. Thanks to supporting the digital cinema standard, this monitor is excellent for video editing — or for watching movies! Designers can work in dual colorspaces and people who are looking to crank up their music will love the 2 5W MAXXAUDIO speakers. Thanks to the ability to pivot and adjust the height, this monitor is perfect for people who want to rotate their monitor to display vertically.
Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q 32″ 4K UHD Monitor
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q is, in my opinion, one of the simplest, nicest-looking monitors here. Minus the stand, the display nearly looks like an Apple external monitor (and that’s a good thing). The Dell PremierColor feature ensures accurate and crisp colors and it comes pre-calibrated right out of the box. An excellent monitor for graphic design, video editing or animation, this UltraSharp has an ultra-wide viewing angle and tilts and adjusts for a comfortable viewing experience. Environmentally conscious consumers will appreciate that this monitor is Energy Star qualified.
ASUS PA328Q 32″ 4K UHD Monitor
The ASUS PA328Q is a very solid competitor. In fact, there’s really nothing bad to be said about it. Like many of the monitors listed here, it comes pre-calibrated for the clearest possible output. Aside from the features you’d expect like incredible colors and extensive HDMI 2.0 connectivity, you’ll also benefit from intuitive features like the 5-way navigational joystick on the side for selecting on screen options and ASUS Eye Care technology which which keeps the display flicker-free and limit the amount of blue light that gets emitted. I like the fact that this monitor has a very thin bezel too!
ViewSonic VP2780-4K 27″ 4K UHD Monitor
The ViewSonic VP2780-4K features SuperClear IPS technology which ensures what appears on your monitor will look good from a very wide viewing angle. Capable of displaying over 1 billion colors and coming equipped with ViewMode technology for dialing in the perfect viewing configuration, this monitor won’t just look great, it will be easy to look at as well. One feature you won’t find elsewhere is the MultiPicture functionality which lets you split the screen up 4 ways for hyper-effective multitasking.
Philips 288P6LJEB 28″ 4K UHD Monitor
My last pick is the Philips 288P6LJEB monitor which is a very affordable (budget) 4K monitor (you can get it for well under $500). Still, you’ll get A LOT for your money include a CRAZY fast 1ms refresh rate for hardcore lag-free gaming, a SmartErgoBase that is highly adjustable and can be rotated 90 degrees and MHL technology which lets you connect your mobile device to this big screen! With stereo speakers, USB 3.0 connectors and a low impact on the environment, this is a pretty awesome and relatively cheap 4K monitor that anyone on a budget should be more than happy with.