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Top 5 Ultra HD 4K Gaming Monitors for Hardcore Gamers from Cheap to High End

Updated on December 11, 2014
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The Wait is Over!

4K gaming will be the next revolution in the gaming industry. Now there are many GPUs that can push to higher-than 1080p resolution. What is the use of these graphic cards if you do not have a 4K monitor. OK.. Whatever.. I am gonna buy one.. But then comes the next question or kinda problem. What's the budget?

Many 4K are way over priced. Its hard to find an affordable one. Here I list the top 5 4K monitors you can count on. From cheap to high end.

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Asus PQ321Q hands on

#1 Asus PQ321Q

Asus tops the list with its stunning 31.5 inch display with ultra HD 3840x2160 resolution and 140 PPI. The display has a 16:9 aspect ratio.

Other features include anti-glare LED back-lit IGZO display which provide ultra crisp and bright images with wide viewing angle.

IGZO stands for Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide panel which provides far more advantages than ordinary.

  • It provides much smaller pixels and better details.
  • Supports increased pixel transparency and reduced current leakage and therefore is more energy efficient.

Asus PQ321Q comes with 2 HDMI ports and 1 DisplayPort and built-in dual speakers. The monitor can be tilted, swiveled and height adjusted. It is wall mountable also.

With 8 million pixels, Asus PQ321Q gives 4 times the resolution of full HD. The 10 bit RGB panels gives you more natural and smoother gradations.

Design of PQ321Q is elegant and sleek. Its thickest point measures only 35 mm. Imagine how thin a monitor can be.

We can say, without doubt, Asus PQ321Q is the best among 4K monitors so far, if price is no bar.

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Detailed Specs | User Reviews | Buying Options

Samsung Ud590 Review

#2 Samsung UD590 : Affordable 4K gaming monitor

The announcement of Samsung's new ultra HD 4K UD590 for $700 has got the hopes of every gamer high. And they nailed it as they said. The UD590 has a 28 inch TN panel with 157 PPI and 3840 x 2160 resolution. The 60Hz monitor is capable of displaying 1 billion colors with a very short 1ms response time. Provided the specs, the UD590 has already conquered the market. For those die hard gamers out there, this is your best deal.

The Samsung UD590 has an attractive design with 2 HDMI ports and 1 DisplayPort connections. Unfortunately there is no DVI connection.

For a 10 bit color display $700 ($550 on Amazon) is much less price tag. Since the panel is Twisted Nematic, you get cheap and fast display but less wider viewing angles. But who cares its $700 only.

You'll need a couple of powerful graphics cards to utilize the monitor at its max. But technology is ever evolving. So there is never a good time for buying 4K gaming monitor than now.

If you are looking for a top quality affordable 4K monitor, Samsung UD590 would be the perfect choice.

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#3 Asus PB287Q

Another one from Asus with 28 inch display with ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution @ 60 Hz. The 60 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms GtG response time is ideal for gamers.

There are 2 HDMI ports with MHL support and 1 DisplayPort to connect gadgets. The TN based monitor can be tilted, swiveled or height adjusted. The Asus PB287Q covers 87% of the sRGB color space which is very good.

For the price Asus PB287Q is a good option with flicker free back light and low input lag for gamers.

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ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K/ UHD 3840x2160 1ms DisplayPort HDMI Ergonomic Back-lit LED Monitor
ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K/ UHD 3840x2160 1ms DisplayPort HDMI Ergonomic Back-lit LED Monitor

Price: $562.99

If you are confused between samsung UD590 and Asus PB287Q, my advice is to go for Asus as it delivers better performance than Samsung


#4 Dell UP3214Q

The Dell UP3214Q UltraSharp 4K monitor offers an extraordinary level of clarity and high pixel density of 140 PPI. This monitor offers a resolution four times greater than the full HD resolution and highly detailed images. Equipped with the PremierColor technology, UP3214Q provides amazing color accuracy and high-end professional features. The brilliant 31.5" features a wide viewing area that allows you to use all the desired applications for multitasking.

With anti-glare IGZO technology, the Dell UP3214Q provides a display of 3840x2160 pixels, which is four times that offered by Full HD (1920x1080).

The Dell UP3214Q reaches the maximum brightness of 350 cd / m², contrast ratio of 1000: 1, the response time of 8ms (GtG) and viewing angles of 176 °. There are two DisplayPort inputs (one mini) and an HDMI connection, as well as four USB 3.0 ports (one with battery charging) and a memory card reader. To get the most from your monitor (3840x2160 resolution at 60 Hz) you need to be connected via DisplayPort, and HDMI connection limits the frequency to 30 Hz. The monitor can be tilted rotated and is height adjustable.

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Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q 31.5-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Dell UltraSharp UP3214Q 31.5-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Price: $1,669.99

Better consider Asus PQ321Q which is far better than this model for a lesser price.


#5 Monoprice 28'' 4K CrystalPro

Another most anticipated 28 inch 4K monitor is Monoprice's new ultra HD gaming monitor. They have stunned every gamers out there with the news of setting a price tag of only 550$ for 4K monitor.

Not much specification is known till other than the 3840 x 2160, 157 PPI resolution. First look pictures are out on CNET which ensures that the monitor is slim and attractive. You can find 3 HDMI ports and 1 DisplayPort on the new monoprice monitor.

Pre order for the monitor will be available soon and we can expect a release sometime in the third quarter of this year.

Update: Monoprice 28" UHD LED CrystalPro 4K is available on Amazon at $749.99. You can read the specs and reviews on Amazon (Link below).

Monoprice 4K detailed review


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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      You make me want to update my monitor! They just keep getting better and better each year.


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