Best 4K Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 28, 2018
Computer graphics in video games step further and further day by day. Keep pace and acquire a 4K monitor to see all the beautiful things modern artists achieve these days. Here are top 5 4K monitors to help you. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

Thanks to the Screen Split option, this LG monitor has 14 displaying patterns including the ability to work in 2, 3, or 4 windows arranged on the screen.

CONS

The response time could be faster.

OUR VERDICT

This 4K monitor by LG is equipped with a proprietary IPS panel. Featuring wide viewing angles, the vast variety of settings, and rich deep colours, this model can please any user.

detailed parameters
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27"

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

IPS

Specs

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Brightness: 350 cd/m²
Native Contrast: 1000:1
Response Time: 5 ms
Viewing Angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Audio Out

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The Brightness Intelligence Plus Technology automatically adjusts the brightness level based on the exterior lighting. This handy function minimises the power consumption of the monitor.

CONS

The monitor frame is too wide and looks a bit out of date. 

OUR VERDICT

This 4K monitor by Benq is a high-end model with built-in speakers and excellent colour rendering that can maximise your experience while watching a film, playing on your PS4 Pro, or working with documents.

detailed parameters
Diagonal

28"

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

TN+film

Specs

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Brightness: 300 cd/m²
Native Contrast: 1000:1
Response Time: 1 ms
Viewing Angle: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Audio Out

Built-in Speakers

2 x 2 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The groundbreaking Quantum Dot Technology in combination with the 10-bit image sensor allows for displaying more than 1 billion colours and shades in a very realistic manner. 

CONS

Only one of the two HDMI ports has 60Hz refresh rate (the other has 30Hz).

OUR VERDICT

This QLED monitor by Samsung is a breakthrough in the world of 4K monitors in its price range. It offers users the highest image quality, reduced power consumption, and a pretty long service life.

detailed parameters
Diagonal

28"

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

TN+film

Specs

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz
Brightness: 300 cd/m²
Native Contrast: 1000:1
Response Time: 1 ms
Viewing Angle: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Audio Out

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The Ultra-Low Blue Light technology used allows reducing blue light up to 70% and lowers the risks of eyestrain to the minimum.

CONS

The stand base isn't steady on uneven surfaces.

OUR VERDICT

If what you want is a 4k monitor that can deliver lifelike image quality and cause no harm to your eyes, the VP28UQG from Asus should certainly be right up your alley. Recommended for people who often spend many hours in front of the computer screen. 

detailed parameters
Diagonal

28"

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

TN

Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 300 cd/m²
Static Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Response Time: 1 ms
Viewing angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Audio Out

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Supports more than 1 billion of colours in a 100% sRGB gamut, and each one will look natural on the screen.

CONS

VESA mounting holes are located at the very top of the back panel, hence, the monitor will hang below the mount.

OUR VERDICT

This 4K monitor will allow you to enjoy the most beautiful movie scenes with your friends and family, as well as to work with documents or on the web.

detailed parameters
Diagonal

28" (24")

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel

TN

Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz
Brightness: 370 cd/m²
Static Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Response Time: 1 ms
Viewing angles: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Audio Out

Built-in Speakers

No

Warranty

1 year

LG 27UK650

It Becomes Easier to Immerse in the Game

For gamers, designers, movie enthusiasts, and other users who appreciate lifelike image and vibrant colours, LG has produced this fantastic 27” 4K UHD HDR10 monitor. And, to be honest, this is a feature-loaded screen that is hard to tear away from.

The HDR 10 support is the first, and probably the most remarkable advantage of this model. The LG 27UK650 can transform SDR picture into an HDR resolution in a second. So, whenever you decide to play your Xbox or PS4 Pro, just switch to HDR mode and you are ready to deep into the game. Another great technological solution from LG engineers is the IPS screen that covers 99% of the sRGB spectrum. The result is a very bright realistic picture with deep vibrant colours.

For action game enthusiasts, the manufacturer has added the AMD FreeSinc technology and the black stabilizer. With the former option, you can enjoy a stutter-free picture, while the latter one won’t let you miss an enemy in the dark corner by giving you full visual clarity. It would be great though if the response time were a bit faster than 5 ms. But this is the price you should be willing to pay for vibrant colours that this IPS display offers.

Last but not least thing to mention is a simplified user interface. The monitor allows you to customise display options, adjust the picture for your preference, and work with 4 windows at a time thanks to the Screen Split option.

Review of LG 27UK650 27-inch 4K UHD HDR IPS Monitor

Tilt, Pivot, Heighten

The LG 4K monitor comes with an ergonomic stand that is super easy to install. It allows you to lift the monitor, tilt it and rotate when the vertical orientation is needed.

The monitor is made of high-quality thick plastic. On the back panel of the monitor, you can find 2 HDMI, 1 display, 1 audio, and 1 power ports. There is also a handy joystick button on the bottom of the monitor for more convenient control.

The LG 27UK650 looks pretty modern with its arc-shaped base, so it will definitely look cool in any room. Plus, the frame of the monitor is made extra thin, which adds to its overall appearance and makes the screen seem larger. In case you wish to save some space and install the monitor on the wall, you can do this using any 100 x 100 VESA armature.

Overall, the LG 4K HDR monitor can rightly be called one of the best in the price bracket. With its large size and amazing image quality, this model is a top choice for photographers, designers, gamers, and movie enthusiasts.

LG 27UK650 27-inch 4K UHD HDR IPS Monitor in the use

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BenQ EL2870U

AMAZING GAMING DISPLAY

Hardcore gamers tend to be very picky about which kind of monitor they use, especially when it comes to 4K monitors. While having the highest resolution possible is nice, many large monitors tend to suffer from screen blurring due to poor refresh rates, which can ruin the gaming experience, especially with fast action games. Along with that, gamers want the monitor to be large enough to provide a fully immersive experience, without any of the drawbacks that LCD-based monitors often have.

The BenQ EL2870U 28" 4K HDR Gaming Monitor is the answer to many gamer's prayers. This 28" 4K monitor includes impressive performance all around, giving a true 4K experience with its 3840 x 2160 resolution, rendering the image in stunning detail that is only possible from a 4K monitor. The screen size is also large enough to satisfy most gamers, especially those who will sit a distance away from the monitor. Although the monitor itself does not provide a curved display like other panoramic models, the size of the screen and orientation should still provide a greatly immersive view that is not unlike that of other, larger-screened monitors.

Review of BenQ EL2870U 28-inch 4K UHD HDR LED Gaming Monitor

FULLY LOADED

Just providing a high-quality display is often enough for some gamers, but the more demanding types will want a plethora of features added that will help create the best gaming experience possible. If you are one of those types, then not to worry - this monitor is loaded to the gills with features. This monitor is fully HDR compliant, meaning that it provides a high dynamic range in colours and brightness, giving you the most realistic image possible. The extremely fast 1 ms GTG response time gives super fast screen updates and prevents things such as screen blurring that often occur with low refresh rate monitors. All gaming action is rendered in stunning detail, with no ghosting or artefacts that remove from the immersion of the gameplay.

Other features are included here too, including the AMD FreeSync technology, which gives you super-fast refresh rates that can keep up with your ultra-powerful video card. The Brightness Intelligence Plus technology helps to reduce eye strain by detecting the ambient brightness and automatically adjusting the screen brightness and colour temperature for the best effect, which is quite important for those who engage in marathon gaming sessions. Plenty of inputs are also provided, including HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort inputs that should let you connect any computer or gaming system, no matter how new. There are even built-in speakers for those who don't wish to connect an additional speaker system. For any gamer looking for the ultimate in gaming monitors, you can end your search right here

BenQ EL2870U 28-inch 4K UHD HDR LED Gaming Monitor in the use

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Samsung U28H750

The Quality We Love so Much

As far as the image quality is the priority of a gaming monitor and the first criteria we are checking for, we can’t leave Samsung displays without attention. Indeed, when it comes to creating vivid colours, they are rightly among the leaders. Take their U28H750 model, for example. This is a 28” monitor with 4K Ultra HD resolution, quantum dots in 1B hues and 10-bit interface that allows for more than 1 billion colours and shades reproduced. It comes with enriched red and green colours, which helps make photo and video editing more professional. The panel is TN+film type which means the response time is reduced to 1 ms. The result is: a user can see even the fastest on-screen motion clearly with no blurring. This model also features AMD FreeSync technology and the Game mode which in combination with other features makes even the most demanding action game a pleasure to play.

What we also find quite useful is the picture by picture (PBP) dual screen and the picture in picture (PIP) sub-screen functions. The PBP option allows you to display media from 2 host devices on the monitor without the need to connect the second one. The PIP function is great for multitasking when you need to work with two windows at a time. It allows you to resize one of the images up to 25% and position it in the most convenient way for you. And while these options are not something extraordinary for a modern 4K UHD monitor, it is always a pleasure to have them, just in case.

Review of Samsung U28H750 28-inch 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor

All in One

The Samsung 4K UHD monitor is made not only to please users with a spectacular image and steady picture in action games and movies. With its matte black and gunmetal finish, thin bezels, and steadfast metallic Y stand, this model can easily blend in with any modern décor.

As for the ergonomics of the monitor, you can install it on the wall with a 100 x 100 VESA armature or place the monitor on your working table and tilt it for your convenience. All the ports are neatly arranged and hidden under the lid on the back side of the panel as well as the JOG button for effortless menu navigation and controls. This Samsung monitor is equipped with 2 HDMI 2.0 slots, a standard DisplayPort 1.2, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. That's a pretty simple layout which still allows you to use this monitor as an all-in-one display since you can easily connect it to your 4K compatible consoles like Xbox or PS4 Pro and enjoy the game.

Well, this 4K UHD monitor by Samsung is a well-designed model that offers customers a pretty ergonomic and modern design, as well as spectacular image quality. With its lifelike enhanced colours and pretty fast response time, the U28H750 can definitely meet the needs of both action game enthusiasts and photo/video editors. So, if you are searching for a high-quality monitor that will come with a fair price tag, this model by Samsung should be right up your alley.

Samsung U28H750 28-inch 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor in the use

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ASUS VP28UQG

Designed With Care for Your Eyes

The Asus 4k monitor is an excellent screen for each and every user who spends long hours in front of their computers. Why is it so? Well, engineers from Asus have tried to create not just a top-notch monitor that will display fantastic lifelike images; they’ve aimed to design the kind of a monitor that could be used for several hours in a row without eye strain and fatigue. And they did succeed in this, with the VP28UQG Eye Care Gaming Monitor being an exemplary proof of it.

This is one of the few 4k monitors that have been tested and certified by TÜV Rheinland laboratories as a safe-to-use device. The monitor features the Ultra-Low blue and flicker-free technologies that provide smoother and steadier image by reducing the amount of blue light and flickering that monitor screens emit. This ensures minimal eyestrain and allows eliminating other potential stimuli that cause eye ailments. Besides, you can customise the settings adjusting the level of blue light so that your eyes feel comfortable.

All of this means you can play or work sitting in front of this monitor longer without worrying about your sight. That being said, we would still recommend you to make short breaks at least every few hours as well as try to observe all other measures that can help protect your eyes.

Review of ASUS VP28UQG 28-inch 4K UHD FreeSync Gaming Monitor

Lightning Fast Response

Do you like playing computer games? If you do, you will definitely appreciate the image quality this 4k gaming monitor offers you. With Asus, you get a 28-inch UHD display with TN panel and AMD FreeSync technology that allow you to experience a more realistic picture. However, these aren't the only features that influence the viewing experience. One of the better things about this model is its extremely fast response time that equals only 1ms, making it the fastest monitor in its class. On top of that, you get clear and blur-free images, so even if you play fast-action games, you won't be able to notice image change. And if that were not enough, the manufacturer has implemented the Asus-exclusive GamePlus technology which further improves the colours and controls of the monitor. 

ASUS VP28UQG 28-inch 4K UHD FreeSync Gaming Monitor in the use

It's Great No Matter How You Slice It

The Asus 4k monitor can be described as a versatile monitor that will be able to cater to the needs of a wide range of customers starting from regular users and ending with professional gamers and photo editors. However, the benefits of this monitor are not centred only around its excellent graphics. In addition to the fantastic image quality and super fast response time, this monitor is very easy to set up and use. It has plenty of customisation options and comes with a stand that allows you to place it on a table or mount it to a wall so that you can save some workspace. This option is especially useful if you've got space limitations.

Detailed review of ASUS VP28UQG 28-inch 4K UHD FreeSync Gaming Monitor

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Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch

Stylish Solution for Your Room

Today, it is difficult to find a cool-looking 4K monitor at a price like of this model. The Samsung U28E590D may look minimalistic and simple, yet at a closer look, the frame appears to be made of metal. One of the most stylish solutions in this model's design would be its stand, which is also made of metal. It's a truly elegant and neat monitor, it will look great on your office desk or in your room at home.

The high quality of any media content displayed on the screen is achieved with a TN panel. It has a response time of 1ms, which means you won't see any glitch while watching powerful fast-paced scenes. Maximum brightness value is 370 cd/m², which means you will feel comfortable even when the environment around you is bright. All the colours look natural due to 100% sRGB coverage. The combination of these specifications would suit the designers and various artists perfectly. Moreover, the screen has 8 million pixels, which will help you notice any detail on the image.

Review of Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch 4K UHD Monitor

Multiple Screens on a Single Screen

Other unique advantages of this Samsung 4K monitor would be two similar features: Picture-By-Picture and Picture-In-Picture 2.0. The first feature allows you to display two screens from different sources simultaneously, one near another. Picture-In-Picture 2.0 is capable of rendering the second window as a much smaller one on top of the first one of the normal size. You could use these features in numerous ways, for example, when you need to google something up while watching a movie.

Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch 4K UHD Monitor in the use

Sustaining Long Sessions

Due to the Eye Saver Mode and the Flicker-Free feature, you will be able to use the computer for longer periods of time, as your eyes won't start feeling tired right away. What Eye Saver Mode does, is that it decreases the blue colour intensity. It is especially useful for those who spend a lot of time on the Internet, reading or working with text files.

Detailed review of Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch 4K UHD Monitor

All the Necessary Slots

This model does not support all the existing connection interfaces, though it does support all the necessary ones. Two HDMI 2.0 ports, both of which support 60Hz refresh rate, as well as DisplayPort that will allow you to connect modern media devices, including gaming consoles, players and much more. 

Samsung U28E590D 28-Inch 4K UHD Monitor application

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What Is a 4K Monitor?

The technology moves forward, and so do the monitors. Engineers improve image quality, display size, and resolution everyday pleasing their customers with better and better entertainment. Just a few years ago 4K monitors seemed to be a dream and only a dream for most people. Today, they are becoming a much more common thing to see.

A 4k monitor offers a lot to its user. Superior image quality, great screen clarity, and colour accuracy are only a few features you enjoy while working on such a monitor. In comparison to a standard screen with the resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p), its 4k analogue offers you 2 times higher resolution (3840x2160). This means you can view and edit 4k content at its native resolution without scaling it. Indeed, this is a great option for photographers and video editors.

Such a monitor will also bring more depth to a film and a game allowing you to enjoy the more realistic picture. However, if you are a professional video gamer, you should consider a gaming monitor, designed specifically to enhance your experience. In case you are a designer or an architect, a high-quality touch screen monitor is a gem for you.

In this review though, we have narrowed the choices down to the five best 4k monitor models so that it would be easier for you to find the one that will suit all your needs.

What Features to Compare

Display Size

This feature indicates how comfortable it will be to work with the screen. Many will agree that when it comes to a screen size bigger is always better. There are two principal things though to take into account: the physical size of the monitor and its price. If you have enough space for your new equipment, the 28” model or larger will be the best choice. At the same time, smaller monitors are a finding for smaller offices and workplaces.

Display Type

The type of display panel determines the quality of image that you will see on your screen. There are several popular models:

  • TN panel is an excellent choice for a novice user. It offers pretty fast response time and affordable price range. At the same time, it has a bit simpler features and may get lower colour accuracy than its analogues.
  • IPS panel ensures wider viewing angles, better colour reproduction, and excellent image sharpness. However, despite improved image quality, IPS panels feature slower response time than TN panels do.
  • IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) displays feature an improved transistor type, so they weigh less, feature very low power consumption, and deliver very high resolution. But they are more expensive than TN and IPS models.

Brightness and Contrast

Well, most of the models enable their user to adjust brightness in the range of 50-350 cd/m2. At the same time, professionals claim that the best brightness level is about 250 cd/m2 unless you work in a very bright room. The higher levels should be adjusted then.

The contrast ratio is also important because it determines the quality of differentiation between darker and brighter scenes. So the higher the contrast ratio is, the higher the image quality.

Response Time

As you might have known, any movie or game is a fast-changing series of images. In order to see these images change one after another smoothly without any fractions, the display should have a smaller response time. In addition to that, a screen should also have a high refresh rate (60Hz and above). A refresh rate below 60Hz in a 4K monitor may hurt your eyes during long sessions.

Viewing Angle

Despite this feature is mostly related to TVs, when it comes to large LCDs this characteristic is also important because it determines the quality of an image you will see from your seat. That is to say, this figure tells you the maximal angle for you to watch a movie and enjoy a good picture. The best 4k monitor is the one that has a 170° viewing angle and higher.

Interfaces

Depending on how you are planning to use your monitor, you may need different ports. Most of the models have an HDMI and a DisplayPort capable of transmitting images in high quality. USB ports allow you to connect media devices to display data from them on the screen. Some models even allow you to connect a smartphone to the USB port to recharge it while also keeping it close.

Design

Make sure to check what parts of the monitor can be moved, rotated or tilted. Some stands allow you to tilt and rotate the screen. That could be a huge concern to designers and other artists. If you are planning on mounting the screen on the wall, we would also recommend you to check if the monitor has VESA sockets.

FAQ:

Q: What parameters are most important for a gaming monitor?

A: Visual experience is the top priority for gaming monitors, which is why they are usually designed to achieve low response time and high refresh rate. These parameters define the performance of the monitor in rendering images. The response time determines how quickly every single pixel of the monitor panel can change its colour with all the pixels together forming the resulting image we see on the screen. Thus, the smaller the response time the faster the monitor can render an image and more images it can display per second (frames per second). At that, the more frames per second the monitor renders (the higher its refresh rate) the smoother and more artefact-free gameplay experience it delivers (with 60 frames per second being a common standard of a comfortable gameplay).

Q: Is it possible to achieve higher refresh rate by setting a lower resolution?

A: No, it is not possible.

Q: Do I need a better video card to maintain adequate FPS when playing games with 4K resolution enabled?

A: Yes, you certainly do. The higher resolution you choose, the higher the load on your video card will be. You should check beforehand whether your video card is able to render 4K fast enough.

Q: If there are no Game Modes or other presets on a monitor I want, will I be able to achieve the same result without them?

A: Yes, all these Game Modes are just pre-made configurations that were made to save you time. If you spend some time adjusting the settings, you can achieve the same result, maybe even better for your taste.

Q: If there is a USB port in the monitor, will I be able to connect my phone to it and recharge it?

A: Yes, your phone will be recharging while connected to the monitor.

Q: How to calibrate a monitor?

A: Well, you have a few options. But in any case, your monitor should work for at least half an hour before you start. So, you can:

Use built-in Windows and Mac tools. If you are new to monitor calibration, this method won't be a bear. With the help of these tools, you'll be able to adjust the gamma, contrast, and colour levels. If you have Windows 10, you will find this tool in the display settings or you can simply type the word “calibrate” in the Cortana search box so that the virtual assistant finds it for you. Once the calibration is over, you can either save it or turn to the previous settings. The procedure is almost the same with Mac OS.

You can also use online utilities such as online monitor test or photo Friday. Both of them are pretty good and can help you calibrate colour, brightness, and contrast of the display.

Finally, you can opt for a special calibration device, especially if you calibrate monitors quite often. The advantage of using this tool is that it will allow you to set up the monitor with pristine accuracy. Many of calibration devices are available at rather a low price so you can definitely find something suitable.  

Q: How to set up dual monitors?

A: After you connect both monitors to your computer via HDMI cable or VGA, you will need to adjust them properly. For starters, you should set the primary and secondary monitors. When you select “display settings”, you will see two blue boxes at the top of the resulting dialogue box - the #1 on your left monitor and the #2 on the right one. You just need to choose one monitor, the second will change automatically. You will find the resolution settings in “Advanced display setting” link. There, you can choose your desired value. If you want to expand your desktop across each monitor, select “extend displays” in the “multiple displays settings”.

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Publish Date: 2018-04-10 12:26:36