Best 4K PC Monitors 2017: Take Your Gaming To The NEXT Level

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It used to be that having an HD monitor for your PC was good enough, but in the last year or so 4K monitors have become the latest must have setup. But just what is a 4K monitor? Most computer monitors nowadays are “full HD” meaning that they have at least 1920 vertical columns and 1080 horizontal rows of pixels.

4K monitors have four times that resolution at 3840 vertical columns and 2160 horizontal rows of pixels. This increased resolution means more pixels are crammed into the same display area, meaning you can fit more items on screen at once (like two browser windows side by side). Because the more pixels a screen has, the sharper images will appear, it’s best that monitors that support 4K are at least 27 inches or above.

The total worldwide PC monitor market shipped more than 30 million units in the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), up 4.9% year over year and 4.6% quarter over quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker.

IDC currently forecasts 118 million PC monitor units will be shipped for the full year 2016 and expects to see a year-over-year decline of 12.7% in worldwide shipments to 26.7 million units in the second quarter of 2017. By 2020, worldwide shipments are expected to be less than 100 million units as the adoption of mobile devices at lower price points is expected to continue.

Microsoft and Sony are both gearing up for the release of their 4K-gaming consoles in the form of the soon-to-be-released PS4 Pro and the currently under-wraps Xbox Project Scorpio. Sony will get the jump on Microsoft, but word on the street suggests Microsoft’s Xbox will be twice as powerful.

Still. 4K games on PC’s isn’t exactly new – it’s been a thing for quite awhile. Though 4K PC gaming still requires a rather impressive slab of technological grunt. But more than ever the prices of acquiring such technology are now lower than ever. New GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD hot the market fairly regularly, opening up 4K PC gaming to the masses – providing they don’t mind ponying-up for a sizeable upgrade to their hardware.

Graphics cards like the Gigabyte GTX 1070 Windforce OC deliver performance a hair better than the original $1,000 Titan X for just $400 on Amazon. Meanwhile, AMD has slashed the price of the Fury X to compensate, and you can find that card as cheaply as $380 on Amazon, integrated closed-loop water cooler and all,” notes PC World.

It added: “The GeForce GTX 1080 delivers frame rates a full 30 percent higher than the Titan X and Fury X, particularly if you opt for an overclocked, custom-cooled variant like the EVGA GTX 1080 ($680 on Amazon) over a GTX 1080 Founders Edition ($700 on Amazon). Yes, vastly superior custom cards can be cheaper than GTX 1080 reference cards, which highlights how nutty the pricing for the GTX 10-series has been.”

But just what are some of the best 4K monitors available? In this article we picked five good choices based on price and specs, which we believe should fit almost everyone’s needs.

Best 4K PC Monitors Under £400

If you’re operating on a budget but still want an excellent 4K monitor for your PC, we have two options you need to check out.

Asus PB287Q 28in 4K Monitor – £379.99

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Asus is a fine brand and this is an exceptionally well realised 4K monitor. If you’re on a budget, the PB287Q should be very high-up on your hit list.

Not only does this monitor sport excellent specs, as well as a three year warranty, but it also offers up outstanding colour reproduction and saturation thanks to its 330cd/m² brightness and a 100,000,000:1 ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio (ASCR).

Asus PB287Q 28in 4K Monitor Key Specs:

  • 3840×2160 Resolution
  • 10,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 1ms Response Time
  • 300 cd/m2 Brightness
  • 2x HDMI Input
  • 1x Display Port
  • Speakers
  • 3yr On-Site Warranty.

Head-on over to Overclocker’s for the best price on this monitor, where you can pick your’s up for £379.99.

Iiyama G-Master GB2888UHSU-B1 28in 4K Monitor – £389.99

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Another 28inch 4K monitor here, only this one comes via Iiyama. Like the Asus before it, the G-Master GB2888UHSU-B1 (AKA the Gold Phenix) offers up exceptional value for money for those on a budget.

The monitor is beautifully designed and features a raft of innovative technology that is designed to take your gaming to the next level. Things like its 1ms response time and FreeSync technology end choppy gameplay, while the built-in Black Tuner means you can customise the look and feel of the on-screen visuals to your exact tastes.

This is a brilliant piece of kit that is well priced and packed full of innovative features that’ll make a huge difference to any gamer’s daily fun.

Iiyama G-Master GB2888UHSU-B1 Key Specs:

  • 3840×2160 Resolution
  • 10,000,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 1ms Response Time
  • 300 cd/m2 Brightness
  • 2x HDMI Input
  • 1x Display Port
  • 1x VGA
  • 1x USB Hub
  • 3yr On-Site Warranty.

Overclockers is retailing the Iiyama G-Master for £389.99 with a three-year warranty. If you’re in the UK and want to buy from a trusted retailer, OverClockers is your man.

LG UltraFine 4K & 5K Monitors

In a rather surprising move, Apple invited LG onstage at its recent Mac unveiling to show off its new UltraFine 4K & 5K monitors which have been designed with Apple’s latest MacBook and MacBook Pro in mind.

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The new LG UltraFine 5K and UltraFine 4K are 27in and 21.5in displays, respectively, and feature resolutions that match their branding.

“We are excited to be introducing two highly advanced displays capable of meeting the needs of even the most demanding Mac users,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company.

“Not only do these UltraFine displays offer stunning picture quality, they will usher in a new age of connectivity, helping creative users achieve optimal efficiency in their homes, studios or offices.”

LG UltraFine 4K & 5K Monitors Specs & Features

  • Display Size: 27-inch (diagonal) 5K display with IPS technology
  • Resolution: 5120-by-2880 with support for billions of colors
  • Brightness: 500 cd/m²
  • Color Gamut: P3 wide color gamut
  • Ports: One Thunderbolt 3 (input), three USB-C (USB 3.1 gen 1, 5Gbps)
  • Power Delivery: Up to 85W over Thunderbolt 3 for host power and charging
  • Camera Type: Built-in camera
  • Speaker Configurations: Stereo
  • Power: Built-in power supply
  • Height: 18.3 in./46.4 cm
  • Width: 24.6 in./62.6 cm
  • Depth: 9.4 in./23.9 cm (with stand), 2.1 in./5.4 cm (without stand)
  • Weight: 18.7 lb./8.5 kg

The LG UltraFine displays will be available in December.

Asus PB287Q 28in Widescreen Ultra HD 4K Monitor

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Price: around £388

Features: the Asus PB287Q  offers a 28-inch, 3840 x 2160 TN-based panel (TN panels are among the lower cost panels on the market) with a flicker-free backlight. The design won’t win any awards–it looks like your standard black-bodied monitor–but simple is good, especially for the relatively low sub-£400 price point. The monitor also supports DisplayPort 1.2 at 60Hz at 4K resolution.

Buy it now via Amazon. 

LG 27UD68P 27in Ultra HD 4K Monitor

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Price: around £399

Features: Going up just slightly in price and you can get the LG 27UD68P. Yes, it’s an inch smaller than the Asus, but it makes up for it in design, with the curved stand giving it a sexier look. The monitor itself has a respectable 1000:1 contrast ratio with a 300 nits brightness. It features two HDMI ports as well as a DisplayPort.

Buy it now via Amazon. 

Dell P2715Q 27in Ultra HD 4K/5K LCD Monitor

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Price: around £509

Features: If your budget can afford a little more, the Dell P2715Q is routinely considered one of the best 4K monitors on the market. Why? Because it’s technically 5K with a resolution of 5,120 x 2,880 pixels. It’s praised for its incredible accurate color representation as well as its built-in Harman Kardon speakers. And priced midway between the other monitors on this list it’s probably the best bang for the buck.

Buy it now via Amazon

BenQ BL3201PT 32in 4K UHD Designer Monitor

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Price: around £689

Features: If you’re looking for a good 4K display at a larger size, the BenQ BL3201PT is a great choice. Coming in at 32 inches, the 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution looks beautiful. BenQ also says its advanced IPS technology provides graphics professionals “ultra-precise color rendition and over 300% working space to enhance their work efficiency and productivity.” Of course, this larger screen size and improved color accuracy will cost you. The average price of this monitor is almost £700. The monitor also features HDMI, DVI, and Display Ports as well as five USB 3.0 ports.

Buy it now via Amazon. 

Samsung U32E850R 32in LED 4K Monitor

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Price: around £859

Features: Physically the Samsung U32E850R is beautiful to look at. This 32 inch monster sports 8 million pixels at 3840 x 2160 resolution. Complete with picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture, the U32E850R will let you work and play at the same time. The display also expresses approximately 97% of sRGB color gamut for “almost exact reproduction of digital image colors on screen” posts Samsung. It also includes a DisplayPort 1.2 and two HDMI ports as well as four USB 3.0 ports.

Buy it now via Amazon. 

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