What Is the Best 4K Gaming Monitor? Product Reviews 2017

Best 4k Gaming Monitor Reviews
ViewSonic ViewSonic XG2700 4K Best 4k Gaming Monitor

When 4K first came out, it didn’t make a significant impact, and it was probably due to the lack of content available, whether for TV or gaming.

As time has progressed, game graphics have improved significantly as well as other 4K content, and the price of 4K Monitors has dropped also. No longer a rich man’s toy, 4K gaming monitors are more affordable for you, and they’re worth buying because you’ll actually get some good usage out of them with your games.

If you’re not really sure what the different specifications are and how they will impact you, the buyer’s guide towards the bottom will explain them. There are also a lot of 4K monitors for sale, so I’ve reviewed some of what I think are the best 4K gaming monitors on the market right now.

Best 4K Gaming Monitor Reviews

Monitor Size

27”

GTG Response Time

5ms

Price

3

Monitor Size

28”

GTG Response Time

1ms

Price

2

Monitor Size

27”

GTG Response Time

5ms

Price

3

Monitor Size

28”

GTG Response Time

1ms

Price

2

1. ViewSonic XG2700-4K 27” 4K FreeSync Gaming Monitor

ViewSonic XG2700 4K Gaming Monitor

This monitor is an excellent addition to the 4K market. It has an impressive 27” screen size with a more than adequate 60Hz refresh rate and a 5ms response time.

To make things easy for you: usually you’ll be playing games at 60fps or higher, and this monitor’s statistics will let you enjoy your games in beautiful 4K without any problems. The only thing to bear in mind is to make sure FreeSync is enabled if you want to play with an FPS higher than 60.

The ViewSonic is a perfect choice for gamers, whether you’ve already got a good monitor and looking for an upgrade or whether this is your first foray into the market. The ViewSonic also comes with 4 USB ports, 2 HDMI ports, and 2 Display Ports with a 3.5mm audio jack which is more than enough for any gamer’s porting needs.

The viewing angles of 178° horizontally and vertically mean that unless you’re a giraffe or are standing behind the monitor (why!?), you’ll be able to see crisp and clear images wherever you have it placed in your setup.

ViewSonic XG2700 4K Gaming Monitor 1

Special Features

  • 27” Monitor with UHD 4K 3840x2160 Resolution
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • ​Viewing Angles: 178° Horizontal, 178° Vertical
  • 5ms Response Time (GTG)
  • ​FreeSync Compatible
  • Ports: 4xUSB, 2xHDMI, 2xDisplay, 1x3.5mm Audio Jack

The ViewSonic XG2700 is an awesome, beautiful beast of a monitor and you’ll be loving every second that you use it. It’s hard to think of a situation where you would want to pick another monitor over this one, and it comes highly recommended from many, including myself.

2. LG 27UD68-P 27” 4K UHD IPS Monitor

LG 27UD68 P 4K UHD IPS Monitor

LG have produced an excellent example of an ultra HD 4K monitor with this offering. Similar to the ViewSonic XG2700 in its screen width and other statistics, the main difference here is that some of the monitor menu options and a reduction in ports – namely the USB ports and 3.5mm audio jack.

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really like to fiddle with video options too much, the LG 27UD68-P has some great features like the 3 different gaming modes which you can easily switch between as you play different games.

This saves you messing around with video options or the monitor itself. You’ll have more time to play and less frustration trying to get things “just right.”

The viewing angles mean that no matter where you position the screen, you won’t have a reduction in picture quality and the anti-glare means you also won’t suffer when the sun shines too much.

LG 27UD68 P 4K UHD IPS Monitor 1

Special Features

  • 27” Monitor with UHD 4K 3840x2160 Resolution
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • ​Viewing Angles: 178° Horizontal, 178° Vertical
  • 5ms Response Time (GTG)
  • ​FreeSync Compatible
  • ​Ports: 2xHDMI, 1xDisplay
  • 3 Gaming Modes

All in all, the LG 27UD68-P is a great purchase, whether you consider yourself tech-savvy or not. It has all the features you’d expect and want from a top-end gaming monitor, and your gaming experience will be all the better because of it.

3. ASUS 28” 4K FreeSync Gaming Monitor

ASUS 4K Freesync Gaming Monitor

Sometimes you just need to be able to wiggle the monitor around until it’s just at that perfect angle. Whether your neck is set at a disjointed angle, or you just like to have a crazy monitor setup, the ASUS MG28UQ does it all.

With the ability to pivot the screen into a portrait view or swivel it 60° to one side or the other, there’s plenty of options for you. You could have this monitor in portrait mode with 2 other monitors in landscape mode to either side for a truly unique combat pilot setup.

You could work on portrait images without having to scroll up and down to get the maximum effect.

It also comes with 6 different gaming modes which are accessible via a hotkey that you set yourself or the monitor’s menu. This allows you to change modes on the fly and even in the middle of a game so you can get the most out of your monitor with minimal effort and time required.

The multitude of ports means you can also directly plug your devices into the monitor rather than coming all the way from your computer – or maybe you just need the extra ports because you have too many things plugged in!?

ASUS 4K Freesync Gaming Monitor 1

Special Features

  • 28” Monitor with UHD 4K 3840x2160 Resolution
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • 1ms Response Time (GTG)
  • ​Ports: 2xUSB, 2xHDMI, 1xDisplay Port
  • 6 Gaming Modes – accessible via hotkey or menu
  • 4 Persistent Crosshairs for maximum accuracy
  • 90° Pivot (Portrait View) with -60° to +60° Swivel and -5° to +20° tilt.

If you consider yourself to be a person who loves to game and wants the very best, the ASUS MG28UQ is a great one to pick. With its 6 gaming modes and flexible display, it’s simple for anybody to use and customize without a lot of messing around that can often occur.

4. ASUS PB287Q 28” 4K/UHD Eye Care Monitor

ASUS PB287Q 4KUHD Eye Care Monitor

The ASUS PB287Q is something special. The monitor comes with built-in Picture-in-Picture (PiP) and Picture-by-Picture (PbP) modes which allow you to switch content between two sources seamlessly.

The basics of it are that you have your main display on your monitor with a small window in either the top right or bottom right with the content from the second source.

If you’ve ever wanted to watch a YouTube tutorial or let’s play while playing the same game yourself – now you can! You can avoid the trouble of alt-tabbing and save the expense of buying a second monitor due to these nifty features.

On top of that, the ASUS PB287Q doesn’t skimp on the other features. It has a competitive 28” Screen with the expected resolution and a minuscule 1ms response time for GTG with a 60Hz refresh rate.

ASUS have done their very best to stand above the rest by incorporating some of their existing technologies to enhance the color, brightness, and sharpness of the picture quality, giving you a truly unique and breathtaking gaming experience.

ASUS PB287Q 4KUHD Eye Care Monitor 1

Special Features

  • 28” Monitor with UHD 4K 3840x2160 Resolution
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • ​1ms Response Time (GTG)
  • Ports: 2xHDMI, 1xDisplay, 1x35mm Audio Jack
  • Built-in Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture

The ASUS PB287Q has some great extra features as well as touting the lowest GTG response time and the widest screen width. If you’re looking for the best 4K gaming monitor, you’d be lucky to find a better monitor than this!

5. Samsung U28E590D 28” UHD LED-Lit Monitor

Samsung U28E590D UHD LED Lit Monitor

The second of my monitors that comes with Picture-in-Picture technology, the Samsung U28E590D does its job very well. Very well indeed! You can change the size of the PiP screen yourself so you can make it as small or as large as fits the situation.

Whether you’re logged in twice to a game and want to see both perspectives or you want to have a video screen up with your teammate, or if you want to watch a video while you game, the PiP technology is an awesome feature that gives you endless options and of course, you can always turn it off if you just prefer the one image source.

The monitor width is as wide as they come at 28” and the refresh rate and response time are all conducive to a spectacular experience. Whether you’re using the monitor at an angle or have it as part of a multi-monitor setup, you’ll still be able to see the image displayed pixel-perfect because of the 170° Horizontal and 160° Vertical viewing angles.

Samsung U28E590D UHD LED Lit Monitor 1

Special Features

  • 28” Monitor with UHD 4K 3840x2160 Resolution
  • 60Hz Refresh Rate
  • Viewing Angles: 170° Horizontal and 160° Vertical
  • 1ms Response Time (GTG)
  • Ports: 2xHDMI, 1xDisplay
  • Built-in Adjustable PiP Technology

The Samsung U28E590D would be a fine addition to any gamer’s room. It’s fast, responsive and you can view material from two sources at once. You can browse while watching videos and play while reading a guide.

You won’t have to fiddle with the tilt to get a better quality image either.

Buyer’s Guide

By now you’ve got a pretty good idea of what’s for sale, and you’ve got an idea of what’s the best 4K gaming monitor for you.

You’ve got your own needs and expectations, and hopefully, the special features and reviews have made at least one of these monitors measure up to what you’re looking for. The 4K UHD monitors are a lot less than they used to be but it’s still a significant amount of money to shell out, so let’s go a little more in-depth and establish what you want.

What’s Best for You

You want the best 4K gaming monitor for yourself, but everyone’s needs are different. Do you already know what you’re going to be using it for or has this article opened up a few possibilities for you?

Whichever monitor you choose to buy, all five reviewed here are excellent products, and you’ll be gaming away contentedly for the foreseeable future.

If you’re the kind of person where every stat matters, whether you can see it or not, the 1ms GTG monitors will probably have drawn your eye. As I’ve written below, though, 5ms GTG is more than sufficient for a 60Hz monitor.

Best 4K Gaming Monitor Product Reviews 2017

You’re going to need a large monitor to get the most out of Ultra HD 4K gaming, but how large is up to you. Do you have plenty of room on your desk and you want the largest possible? Or are you looking to incorporate a multi-monitor design and less screen width is preferable?

Where you’re actually going to put the monitor is important too when comparing the viewing angles and customizable tilt, swivel, and pivot of the different gaming monitors.

If you’re going to be doing artwork or photo editing, how much you’re able to move the monitor around can be crucial as well as the screen size.

If your monitor is going to be located fairly far from your computer or laptop, you might really need the extra USB ports that some of them offer. Not all of the monitors do so that could be a major feature that’s missing.

Lastly, if you don’t really want to mess about with different settings for different games to get the most out of your brand new hardware, consider getting a monitor that offers preset “Game Modes” that you can activate with a hotkey or via the menu button. It will save you a lot of aggravation.

Why The Differences Matter

FPS vs. Hz

There’s plenty of arguments and opinions on the net about whether you gain anything from having a higher FPS (frames per second) than your monitor's refresh rate (the Hz).

I’ll start with the bottom line which is: experiment with the different games you play and if the game “feels” better or runs more smoothly when using a higher FPS than your monitor’s Hz (e.g. 100 FPS with a 60GHz monitor) then play with those settings.

FPS is how many frames per second your graphics card wants to show, and Hz is how many frames your monitor can render per second.

Certain problems can occur when VSync is turned off, and you’re playing at a higher FPS than your monitor’s Hz – namely “tearing.” This is when the image displayed looks out of whack – like a body split in two horizontally.

 Best 4K Gaming Monitor

The reason this happens is your GFX card is sending an image to your monitor before the monitor has finished rendering the previous picture. Monitors draw from top to bottom so if the monitor receives an image while it’s halfway through drawing the previous frame, you’ll see two different images on the monitor – it looks weird, and this is the “tearing” effect.

Luckily some settings prevent this and enable you to play at a higher FPS. VSync used to be the solution, but because it limited your GFX card to your monitors refresh rate, it could cause stuttering and lag.

FreeSync promises to eliminate these problems and is a much better solution which is why the newer monitors are FreeSync compatible.

Nvidia GFX cards now come with their own version of VSync, called G-Sync which is just as good as FreeSync, which is worth bearing in mind if you were keen on a particular monitor but were worried it didn’t come with FreeSync.

Monitor Width

With the higher resolutions that the 4K gaming monitors offer, it’s important to note that the actual width of your monitor’s screen can have a significant impact on your experience too.

Your monitor is going to cram everything into its one screen and because of its higher resolution, if you have a relatively small screen, the text is going to be so tiny that it will be almost unreadable, unless you have your face pressed up against the screen (like my old boss, a real life Mr. Magoo).

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GTG Response Time

GTG means “Grey to Grey” and is the time it takes for the monitor’s pixels to go from gray to white and back to gray again. Obviously, the lower the response time, the better, but after a certain point, it’s not humanly noticeable. An awesome guideline to follow when looking at this statistic is comparing the Hz refresh rate of the monitor. If the monitor is 60Hz, then 5ms and below is perfect for the response time. If the monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate, you’re looking for 2ms or lower for the GTG response time. If the response time is too high, “ghosting” can occur, which impacts upon your enjoyment of the game as the graphics will look weird.

Viewing Angles

You’ve probably noticed that on many screens, if you’re not looking at it head-on, the image can appear darker or distorted and it can be really hard to see what’s going on. An example of this is when I’m watching a movie on my laptop with my husband, and I have to bend the screen further down than I normally would because of the angle he’s viewing it at. He’s either sitting on my side or sometimes lying down, and he can’t see the image as well as I can if I don’t turn the laptop towards him and/or tilt the screen.

With the modern IPS technology and the viewing angles of these gaming monitors, this is much less of a problem and can be virtually eliminated.

Ports (USB/HDMI/Display/Audio Jack)

Having extra ports on your monitor can be a godsend for some people. If you’re struggling to find room on your PC or Laptop for all the USB devices you want to connect, an extra few on the monitor are a necessity.

You can connect your monitor(s) to your computer via HDMI or Display ports and most 4K monitors come with at least one or two of each type so there shouldn’t be any problems there.

If you like to use a headset or headphones while gaming, this is where the audio jack comes in useful. You probably already have one on your computer/laptop, but it might be far easier to connect to your monitor than your computer because of where you placed it.

Cost

Best 4K Gaming Monitor

I’ve tried to review 4K monitors with similar prices but there is variance, and sometimes they’re on sale. If a particular monitor has everything you need and you’re sure you’ll benefit from the extra features it offers, then I’d highly recommend paying the extra money if applicable.

Conversely, if you’re just in the market for a high-quality 4K UHD monitor but are worried you’re going to miss out if you don’t get those extra features, it’s more than ok to buy the cheaper one because they’ve all been picked out to ensure you have a great gaming experience.

Conclusion

Gaming is a great past time. It’s given me a plethora of nostalgic experiences, and I’m glad that I discovered gaming when I did. If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate the massive difference in gameplay that a 4K monitor can offer.

You can do so much with them, and it can have such an impact on your gameplay that it breathes new life and new addictions. Get one of these babies, and your life will never be the same again!


(Last Updated On: April 14, 2017)

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