The selection we have prepared this time includes a fairly representative sample of 4K / UHD monitors can find on the market. There’s a little bit of everything; fairly inexpensive TN, IPS and also more expensive. We have even made their way into a full – fledged 4K monitor, with its 4,096 columns. Obviously, this selection does not include all the monitors on the market because that would be a daunting task, but nine models, for us, well worth consider if you seek one of these monitors. Let’s go there.
Choose either the panel of your monitor
This is the first important decision that we must face. Most of the 4K / UHD monitors that can be found on the market incorporate one TN or IPS panel. PLS is no, as the ViewSonic that we propose in this selection, and the VA with this resolution are very few, at least for now. However, before you opt for a panel or another we must think carefully what use we will give.
“TN panels stand out for their reduced response time, and IPS, especially for its high overall image quality”
If we are to use it frequently to play it may interest us to choose an equipped with a TN panel monitor. Their response time is well below that of the IPS (some reach 1 ms), and the truth is that the latest generation of panels TN when accompanied by an electronic management at the height, are able to restore the color very accurately and have wide viewing angles. They do not usually match the performance of IPS on these parameters, but its performance can be very successful. In addition, TN is cheaper.
On the contrary, if we do not need our monitor to play, and yes for video editing, processing photographs or designs CAD / CAM, we interested in an IPS monitor that offers us a very high quality image and gratuity, coverage color space Adobe RGB ambitious (this feature is especially valuable for digital photo processing ). Some IPS monitors offer us very worthy response times, and therefore also be used to play, but are significantly more expensive than TN. In any case, you have the last word. Let see which is good for you!
This monitor went through the laboratory of our fellow just over three months ago, and the truth is that its overall assessment was very positive. They like its design, which is quite careful though not allow us to adjust its height and not place it on a VESA support, but we can change its tilt from – 5 to 15 degrees. Its greatest asset is its image quality, and hence, the IPS LED panel has much to say.
It stands out for its wide viewing angles, accurate color reproduction, a remarkable brightness, and contrast more than adequate. In addition, he drew attention to them because they found no leakage of light in this monitor, something that unfortunately is more common than users would like. It also has built-in speakers, a filter blue light and uses technology Flicker-Less to reduce flicker and minimize eye fatigue. Undoubtedly, it is a monitor worth consider.
Although its design is quite sober, the features of this monitor are interesting enough for us to have noticed it. It’s LED backlit TN panel and allows us to provide a very low response time (1 ms), which makes it appealing for video games. However, it seems that Asus has sought to address the shortcomings that often have these panels when restoring the color using the 10 – bit processing, a technology that, on paper, should ensure very smooth gradients and a transition between quite natural colors.
With regard to ergonomics is quite flexible because it allows us to adjust its height, tilt, swing, and even use it in vertical format rotating the panel 90 degrees. As you can see is not bad. And with regard to connectivity, nothing to object: it incorporates two HDMI 1.4 ports (one MHL), one Display Port 1.2, an audio input type jack and a headphone output. Moreover, its price is fairly balanced.
By its specifications, this is undoubtedly one of the most desirable monitors this selection. IPS LED panel ensures its color reproduction accurate, and, at par, its response time of 4 ms is not bad to be a panel of this type. It is also brighter than most of its rivals in this post, and his native contrast is not bad. Even its design, although it is in taste, is very careful, especially with its stylized base.
Other details worth to bear in mind are that offers a 100% coverage of the sRGB color space, viewing angles of 178 degrees horizontally and vertically, and, according to BenQ, an imperceptible flicker. Of course, all these features make their mark in its price, which slightly exceeds 1000 dollars. For this reason, it seems more palatable for professional use scenario (video editing, CAD / CAM, animation, etc.) for an eminently domestic use. However, if your budget will allow it, it’s a great monitor to have it at home. That no doubt.
Dell P2815Q (210-ACOE)
This monitor takes quite some time on the market, but I decided to include it because it can be an attractive option for users who have a very tight budget and want to get a resolution UHD solution having a decent performance. It is now possible to get it through Amazon, a knockdown price for a monitor of 28 inches with this resolution. But, not surprisingly, made it decide who must accept some limitations.
Its panel is TN type, as can be expected given its low price, but we have seen that there are panels using this technology and perform well. This particular model is pretty well regarded by users. Yes, your soda using UHD resolution, that theirs is using it, remains in 30Hz, and their response time is no big deal to be a TN panel (5 ms). Yes, its brightness and contrast are walking in the middle. If deficiencies I mentioned are not a problem and the budget is tight ahead with it.
Liyama Prolite B2888UHSU-B1
This monitor is a good example of what we can expect from a relatively recent proposal equipped with a TN panel and electronic current. Unlike Dell we just reviewed, this Iiyama does allow us to reach 60 Hz when using the resolution UHD (although, as usual, through the input Display Port 1.2), and also offers a time ideal answer for gamers: 1 ms.
Its brightness and native contrast are identical to those of most of its opponents in this post, and its ergonomics and technologies that assist the panel (removing flicker, blue light filter, etc.) are to last. Its connectivity is not bad; in fact, it has a DVI-D input, one HDMI 1.4a, other MHL – compatible HDMI with two Display Port 1.2 and even a VGA. Clearly, despite using a panel of the same type, this is higher than the Dell monitor, but this is clearly reflected in its price, which exceeds in this case.
If you have a large budget and looking for a 4K monitor (yes, you read that right, with a resolution of 4,096 x 2,160 dots), this LG may be what you’re looking. Its “heart” is an IPS panel next – generation processing 10 – bit color. In addition, it offers coverage color space Adobe RGB 99.5%, making it particularly suitable for photo editing and video editing. But this is not all.
From the point of view of ergonomics, it is quite flexible because it allows us to adjust its height, tilt, and even place it upright. It also incorporates two 5W speakers that can spare us the need to opt for a dedicated speaker, if we are not very picky about sound, and connectivity is well resolved. In fact, it incorporates two HDMI ports, one Display Port 1.2, one mini-Display Port, four USB 3.0 ports and a headphone output. Its main handicap is, as I stepped forward at the beginning of this review, its price. Still, if you can afford it, go for it because you see that looks really good.
Philips Brilliance 288P6
Our fellow thoroughly tested this monitor a few months ago and left a good “taste” for several reasons. The most obvious are its design, which is taken care of, but no frills. Interestingly, it is liked more ergonomics because the screen can rotate up to 90 degrees, and also allows us to tilt. It is even adjustable in height, which in certain usage scenarios can come to us very well.
One important thing to keep in mind is that the screen refresh is limited to 30 Hz via the HDMI input. If we reach 60 Hz native panel will have to use the Display Port 1.2 link. And in regard to image quality, our fellow liked its sharpness and high level of detail, even the color settings to the factory next improved. So, you know if you become with it worthwhile to dedicate some time to recalibrate.
This is one of the monitors with TN panel more balanced we can find in the market today. And it is because it combines the specifications of the most advanced models that use this panel, but its price is only slightly higher than, for example, the Dell P2815Q (210-ACOE) we’ve seen before, and that is a monitor TN cheap, but also something trashy.
As you can see from the table that I leave below these lines, the panel of this Samsung reaches 60 Hz when fed through the Display Port 1.2 input, which is what is required today, and has a minimum response time (1 ms) makes it very suitable for video games. Its other specifications are average, except one: its brightness. And it is that its 370 cd / m² make it brighter than most monitors with those measured in this selection, so it is a good choice if you have to place it in a space where there is high ambient light. It is not an IPS monitor, but the truth is that this benefit TN is not bad.
This monitor is one of the latest proposals from ViewSonic, and, therefore, incorporates the latest refinements introduced by the Californian brand on their screens. Its “heart” is one Super Clear PLS panel, has a 60 Hz refresh and coverage of sRGB color space 100%. In addition, their reduced response time of 2 ms should enable it to function comfortably with video games.
As you can see in the picture, is not one of the prettiest monitors this selection, but besides what I have already mentioned, deserves that we look at it for its connectivity, which is well resolved. It incorporates an HDMI 2.0 port and one Display Port 1.2a, both prepared to allow us to play content UHD 60 Hz, and also a 2.0 MHL / HDMI 1.4 input.