Best 4K monitors 2022: top displays for gaming, editing and more

Get the best 4K monitor for both work and play with budgets of all shapes and monitors of all sizes

Best 4K monitors 2022
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The best 4K monitors aim to deliver on every level when it comes to performance and value by offering a balance of incredible picture quality, fast response times and even game-ready features. With all of these factors in mind, we work to only include the top 4K monitors available today in our guide.

These are 4K monitors for all kinds of people: pro users who like to game in their downtime, excellent all-rounders for home office or office use, budget bargains that deliver pin-sharp pixels without costing a fortune, and super-accurate panels for creative illustrators, video editors and designers.

The price of panels has dropped considerably in recent years, and that means that the best 4K monitors, as well as the best gaming monitors, aren't necessarily going to cost a fortune. No matter how big your budget or how big a 4K display you're looking for, we're confident that these budget, mid-range and premium 4K monitors will include the perfect monitor for you.

Best 4K monitors 2022

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Want a 4K monitor for office work? Then the Philips Brilliance 329P1H is a top choice.

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A professional 4K monitor that puts work first

Specifications

Range: P Line
Size: 32-inch
Resoluion: 3840 x 2160 (4K UHD)
Panel type: IPS
Backlight type: W-LED
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 350 cd/m²
PPI: 140
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Viewing angles: 178º (H)/178º (V)

Reasons to buy

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Integrated HD webcam
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USB-C with 90W power
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Highly adjustable stand

"If you are in the market for a 4K monitor that is intended primarily for work instead of play, the Philips Brilliance 329P1H is a solid option. It has an accurate IPS panel, a highly adjustable stand, and an integrated HD webcam with support for Windows Hello." – T3's Philips Brilliance 329P1H review

As we note in our full Philips Brilliance 329P1H review, this is a great 4K monitor for professionals, delivering a 32-inch Ultra HD IPS panel with integrated webcam, Windows Hello integration, and USB-C connectivity.

The screen itself is very accurate and it comes with highly adjustable stand, too, meaning it can be easily adjusted to all desks and preferences. That integrated webcam is no token afterthought, either, delivering Full HD 1080p video recording.

In terms of ports it delivers a brace of HDMI 2.0 and a Thunderbolt 1.4. Adjustability sits at 180mm of height adjustment, with the display gliding smoothly up and down, plus 90 degrees of pivot, 180 degrees of swivel and tilting from -5 to +25 degrees.

The Windows Hello integration is really nice as it allows for the automatic logging into Windows 10 using facial recognition, while the really weighty foot of the stand means it is really hard to tip or knock over the panel, too.

There's no HDR on this panel, and you don't get any gamer-focussed high refresh rates either, but if you want a 4K monitor for work, general use and streaming video content, the Philips Brilliance 329P1H is a great choice.

We're pleased to announce that the Philips Brilliance 329P1H has won T3's Best 4K Monitor award at the T3 Awards 2021, so if you're potentially interested in this monitor, we suggest reading up on why the judges thought it was so good.

BenQ EW3280UT3 Award

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A superb all-around 4K display with something for everyone

Specifications

Screen size: 32 inches
Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)
Resolution: 3840x2160
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Response time: 5ms

Reasons to buy

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Excellent picture and HDRi
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Integrated speakers and a remote
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Comes with USB-C connectivity

Reasons to avoid

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Not a particularly exciting design
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Refresh rate tops out at 60Hz

"From the 4K resolution and HDRi, to the stereo sound and the USB-C charging, the BenQ EW2380U is a great all-rounder that can wear many different hats. While there isn't one stand-out feature to point to in particular, its versatility is part of the monitor's appeal." – T3's BenQ EW3280U review

We wouldn't say the BenQ EW3280U is the best monitor in any one particular area, but what it does do is offer something for creatives, gamers, casual users and professionals for a very reasonable price – it's perfect if you want your 4K display to wear a lot of different hats through the week.

The HDRi that is on board the BenQ EW3280U isn't technically an officially recognized HDR standard – rather it's BenQ's take on the same technology – but it does the job of keeping both light and dark areas of the screen in view. There's minimal ghosting, and the high resolution looks bright, vivid and sharp whether you're looking at a game or a movie.

And a word about the sound too: with speakers on either side and on the back, you get audio that's a cut above what you might expect for something at this size and at this price. Coming from BenQ, you are of course also getting the reliability and the solid build quality that the manufacturer is known for.

lg 27ul850 blackT3 Award

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A top-notch 4K monitor with HDR and USB-C

Specifications

Size: 27-inch
Resolution: 3840 x 2160 (4K, UHD)
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Brightness: 350cd/m2
Response time: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Viewing angles: 178/178 degrees
Ports: HDMI 2.0, USB Type-C, DisplayPort 1.4
Features: Radeon FreeSync
Refresh rate: 60Hz

Reasons to buy

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Accurate IPS display
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HDR10
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USB-C and HDMI 2.0

Reasons to avoid

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Poor speakers

"This is a monitor that does a good job of just about everything. It has a matte finish to cut down on glare while you work, can deliver power to your laptop via USB-C, and hooks up to a game console or media streamer via HDMI. An all-rounder that’s hard to beat." – T3's LG 27UL850 review

As T3 noted in our LG 27UL850 review, this is a 4K monitor "that does a good job of just about everything", and that is why we recommend it in our best 4K monitors buying guide.

You get a 4K resolution, HDR10 support and HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.4 and USB Type-C connectivity, meaning you're covered both on Windows and Mac.

The design is also very modern and minimalist, with an all-white backplate only interrupted by the recessed port array – for those who like a clean, modern look, the LG 27UL850 delivers. The only sub-optimal thing is that it doesn't have any cable routing built-in.

The refresh rate is 60Hz, so this isn't a monitor that excels at gaming, but it isn't really designed to be. The LG 27UL850 is definitely slanted more towards creative and office work, with a home office setting its natural environment.

Its price is also very firmly in the affordable ballpark, too, making it a strong all-rounder that is easy to recommend.

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Want a 4K monitor for both work and play? Then check out the Samsung M70A Smart Monitor.

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A 4K monitor for both work and play

Specifications

Size: 32-inch
Screen type: LED
Resolution: 4K Ultra HD
HDR: HDR10
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Features: Smart TV, Bixby AI

Reasons to buy

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Smart TV apps and features
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Wireless DeX and Office 365 support
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Competitively priced

"Samsung pitches the M70A as a 4K computer monitor that can serve as a work tool during the day, then turn into a smart TV complete with streaming apps in the evening. But an aggressive price point means it doesn’t fully deliver on every promise." –T3's Samsung M70A Smart Monitor review

The Samsung M70A Smart Monitor does what many of the panels in this best 4K monitors buying guide don't – it offers Smart TV functionality built-in. That means that the screen can act as both a monitor and Ultra HD TV in one.

The Smart TV functionality comes courtesy of Tizen, which through its Tizen 5.5 Hub allows services like BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and NOW TV to be accessed directly.

There's built-in WiFi, too, so you can hook the monitor up wirelessly to your home or office network, and there's plenty of ports for connecting it to a computer or other device, including two HDMI 2.0 ports a USB Type-C port and two USB 2.0 ports.

In terms of the actual screen itself, it delivers a 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p resolution along with HDR10 compatibility, which means pin-sharp visuals. The monitor has a 60Hz refresh rate. Audio is handled by two 10W speakers that use Dolby Digital Plus.

In terms of extra fixtures, the M70A comes with Samsung DeX, TapView and Bixby built-in, with the latter Samsung's smart AI assistant.

Overall, this is a strong 4K monitor for those who also want their panel to act as a TV. It's not the best choice for gamers, as the 60Hz refresh rate isn't ideal, but for those who want to kit out their home office with a good panel for working and enjoying the odd show after work or a movie or two at the weekend, it's a great choice.

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The best 4K monitor with a big screen

Specifications

Screen size: 42.5 inches
Resolution: 4K 3840 x 2160
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Inputs : HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C, USB 3.1

Reasons to buy

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Large, crisp display
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Dell Display Manager gives lots of control
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You view content from four PCs at once

Reasons to avoid

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Fiddly buttons
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Too big for most
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Hard to access ports

"It may not be the right choice for everyone, but if you’re after a large screen and you have enough space on your desk for it, the Dell UltraSharp U4320Q is a 4K monitor with impressive performance. It’ll give you precision, accurate colours and plenty of ways to connect to it, including via USB-C." – T3's Dell UltraSharp U4320Q review

If you are on the hunt for a large 4K monitor to boost productivity and to display multiple computers or windows at once, the Dell UltraSharp U4320Q is definitely worth adding to your shortlist. Perfect for those who manage large spreadsheets or who need it for more creative tasks like video editing, it's crisp, bright and precise.

At 42.5inches, this isn't a monitor for the faint-hearted, you'll need a lot of desk space for it as it will need to be placed far back for you to make the most of it. Dell claims that it's the first monitor of this size that is fully height adjustable, you can also tilt and swivel it to suit your needs. 

What's more is that it has plenty of ways to connect, including USB-C which charges your laptop while displaying it.  Plus with the Dell Display Manager software, you can have full control over the layout and display settings without needing to fiddle around with the buttons on the monitor. 

BenQ SW271C 4K monitorT3 Approved Award badge

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The best affordable 4K monitor for photographers and video makers

Specifications

Screen size: 27 inches
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Brightness: 250cd/m2
Response time: 5ms

Reasons to buy

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Superb colour accuracy
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Excellent calibration
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USB-C

Reasons to avoid

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Old-fashioned design

"If you are a photographer or photo editor looking for a 4K monitor, you won’t find much better than the BenQ SW271C for this price. It has professional-grade quality in a 27inch display, with natural colors, crisp detail and plenty of ways to display your content." – T3's BenQ SW271C review

For professional photographers and cinematographers, a monitor that’s “good enough” isn’t good enough: you need a level of accuracy that consumer-focused monitors don’t provide. That’s where this excellent BenQ comes in, with a wide color gamut of 100% sRGB, 99% Adobe RGB and 90% of DCI-P3, comes in. 

BenQ’s photo-focused monitors are highly rated and this model introduces some useful upgrades including a new, improved anti-reflection coating, an updated version of the AQCOLOR technology to deliver more accurate color and brightness, and Paper Color Sync to create a dedicated color setting based on the printer mode, paper type and color space.  For video makers, there is CalMAN support for LightSpace video calibration and HDR10 and HLG video input for post-production color grading.

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It does gaming and it does productivity

Specifications

Screen size: 34-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 100Hz
Response time: 4ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 3000:1
Color support: sRGB 119%
Weight: 11.49 kg / 25 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Clean, sturdy design
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Packed with features
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Relatively cheap

"With a respectable set of specs, a plain but polished design, and a bunch of extra features that will help those who are looking to boost their productivity, the Philips 346B1C is a great choice for all kinds of reasons – if a curved, ultrawide monitor is right for you." – T3's Philips 346B1C review

While the Philips 346B1C is built primarily for productivity, it's also great for gaming – helped out by impressive response times, refresh rates, and contrast ratios. While you can find other monitors that beat this one in terms of raw specs, the Philips 346B1C brings everything together well in one cohesive whole.

What you're paying most of your money for is that 34-inch, 3440 x 1440 pixel display, which makes everything from games to spreadsheets look clear and immersive (there's a 1500R curvature as well, if you're into that). Despite the size and specs of the display, it's actually available at a very reasonable price – check the widgets on this page for the latest online deals.

The Philips 346B1C comes packed with ports and connectivity options too: you can even charge your laptop from this monitor, or connect up a keyboard and mouse and use them with the display to switch between two different computers. All you need for productivity and for gaming.

Best 4K monitors 2022 Buying Advice

How to choose the best 4K monitor

It's really important to do your research when choosing the best 4K monitor for you. From refresh rates to adaptive-sync capabilities, be sure you know exactly what these features are and whether they'll influence your decision before you make it. A little research goes a long way when investing in new tech.

To this end, below our list of top 4K monitors we've included some advice that should help you narrow down and determine what UHD screens you should be looking for, and ensure you land a panel that you'll be impressed with.

The natural successor to 1080p screens and televisions is of course 4K, which is also marketed as Ultra HD (UHD). There are four times as many pixels, which means four times as much detail.

Movies look good at 1080p, but in 4K the picture really gets to that breathtaking level – and as long as your PC can handle the processing demands, playing games on a 4K display is an amazing experience, too.

When choosing a monitor, you need to take into consideration factors such as color gamut and response time, the latter being a reflection on how good the panel will be for gaming (the faster the better). 

You also – naturally – need to work out which panel size you need. 27-inch displays are the sweet spot for us, although you can get some excellent deals on larger displays, too. 

Who makes the best 4K monitors?

There are loads of quality 4K monitor makers in business today producing panels at both the budget and premium ends of the market. Naturally, certain manufacturers tend to lean toward different pricing brackets, but almost all will offer something for most usage cases.

The best 4K monitor makers, from T3's experience of reviewing and ranking 4K monitors are:

  • Samsung 
  • Dell 
  • Philips 
  • Acer 
  • HP 
  • BenQ 
  • LG

These makers have shown T3 with stylish panels, excellent build quality and advanced panel tech and features that in almost all circumstances when they introduce a new Ultra HD monitor then it's going to be a good one.

If you're looking for a monitor specifically for the MacBook Pro, we also have a dedicated guide to the best monitors for MacBook Pro that provides even more options.

Remember, if you're looking to upgrade your home office then T3 has a range of buying guides that can help you identify the right products for you. For example, our best mesh network guide can help you improve your connectivity, while our best office chairs guide can improve your comfort. For faster computing speeds, too, consider purchasing one of the best SSDs on the market.

Deputy Editor for T3.com, Rob has been writing about computing, gaming, mobile, home entertainment technology, toys (specifically Lego and board games), smart home and more for over 15 years. You can find Rob's work in magazines, bookazines and online, as well as on podcasts and videos, too. Outside of his work Rob is passionate about motorbikes, skiing/snowboarding and team sports, with football and cricket two favourites. Feel free to contact him with any related products, events, and announcements.

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