Not long ago 4k was the future of high-quality screen resolution associated with ultra-expensive TVs, that most of us could only dream of having. Fast-forward to now and 4k is much cheaper and accessible than ever before and is also used in monitor technologies as well.
For a console gamer having games played at the highest quality possible is vital for an immersive and complete experience. However, a 4k TV may not have another significant variable that gamers look after when buying their displays – fast response time – since in competitive gaming a mere five seconds can determine your victory or defeat.
That is where 4k monitors come in, combining high screen quality and resolution with fast response times, the perfect option for gaming on your Xbox One X or PS4 Pro.
So what are the best 4k options to choose from? – You may ask. Well, here is a comprehensive list of some of the best 4k monitors for your Xbox One and PS4 Pro and their respective technologies:
1. LG 27UD58-B 27-Inch Best price vs. quality monitor
The LG 27UD58-B is an excellent mid-range 4k monitor offering a beautiful 4k IPS display and a handful of features that will make your overall gaming experience better.
Starting with the free-sync technology, which unfortunately can only be used with the Xbox One X or an AMD graphics card on PC, it synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate with the GPU’s frame rate, preventing annoying screen tearings or stutterings, a must-have feature in a monitor.
Then there is Black Stabilizer, to improve the details of dark images and, the hugely crucial Dynamic Action Sync which provides a 5ms response time, an essential feature, but it still falls sort of other competitors with 1ms response time.
On the negative side, the LG 27UD58-B lacks built-in speakers which are a bummer if you play without headphones, the brightness is not the best compared to other products but not bad either, and it has a very noticeable backlight bleed.
Overall, the LG 27UD58-B is the best 4k monitor you can find for the money, offering a great compromise between quality and price, going for a retail price of 450$.
2. ASUS Designo MX27UC 27” 4K UHD Best premium gaming monitor.
Looking for a more dynamic monitor that is good both for gaming and to work or entertainment? The ASUS Designo is a good option to consider! The 4k UHD IPS display combined with the ASUS Eye Care technology will provide impressive images but won’t strain your vision, optimal for prolonged use.
Also, comes with a built-in stereo and support USB-C connectivity, as well as functioning as a USB hub, great for varied use.
The ASUS Designo MX27UC is a good 4k gaming monitor for its price, while also being great for overall use. It goes for about 630$ retail.
3. ASUS PB287Q 28” Best gaming monitor for PS4 Pro.
Similar to the ASUS Desingo MX27UC but older, the PB287Q offers a better experience for gamer overall with a better response time of 1ms and a more ergonomic stand that allows for screen readjustment.
The screen bleeding is a significant and persistent fault with this model, so beware of that. It also lacks the Free-sync feature.
The ASUS PB287Q 28” is a impressive choice for entering the 4k gaming monitor world, retailing for about 440$.
4. SCEPTRE 27” U278-4000R Best budget 4k gaming monitor.
This SCEPTRE gaming monitor is an excellent cheap choice for your setup. With a 4k UHD, IPS display it manages to deliver a high-quality image for its low price. Although it lacks in features like Free-Sync, it is a great option to consider if you are on a budget and what to experience 4k.
A good budget gaming monitor, the SCEPTRE 27” U278-4000R retails for the comparatively low price of 230$.
5. Philips 288P6LJEB 28” Great choice for a PS4 Pro Gaming monitor.
Another excellent choice for a gaming monitor. This Philips, although it does not offer FreeSync, is fantastic to game on your PS4 Pro, Xbox One X or PC. It provides a tremendous 4k UHD IPS image quality, built-in speakers and, best of all, 1ms of response time. Also, the ergonomic stand is a useful feature that allows for dynamic use.
All-in-all the Philips 288P6LJEB 28 is a reliable choice for a gaming monitor, going for the retail price of 380$.
6. BenQ BL2711U 27” Amazing compromise between extra features and low response time.
The BenQ BL2711U has everything you would expect from a gaming monitor. A spectacular 4k HD IPS display, ergonomic display, free-sync, vivid and precise colors and 4ms response time.
You will not go wrong with this gaming monitor, especially if you are thinking of working with it too. The retail price is 470$.
7. LG 27UD68-W 27” A more premium version than the LG 27UD58-B
Slightly improved version over the LG 27UD58-B which corrects the problems that one had with the color palette and brightness. Other than that, it offers the same features as the LG 27UD58-B, which in my opinion does not justify the 50$ price increase.
If you liked the LG 27UD58-B, have 50$ to bucks to spare for a version with improved brightness and colors then the LG27UD68-W is a robust option for you, retailing at 500$.
8. Dell Ultra HD 4K P2715Q 27” Great color fidelity
If you are looking for a monitor who will give you fantastic visual fidelity with vivid colors, then this monitor is for you. With brightness at 350 cd/m2 and a color gamut of 99% sRGB, it will provide an extremely accurate visual of your favorite games.
Nevertheless, it is costly for the features it has/lacks. No Free-Sync and low response time make this an excellent 4k monitor nonetheless, but not quite the best for gaming.
9. Dell 4K S817Q 28” The best cheap gaming monitor for Xbox One X/PS4 Pro
Looking for a cheaper 4k gaming monitor with good performance? Dell got you covered with the Dell 4k S2817Q providing excellent image quality with 2ms response time, great for gaming.
However, it lacks Free-sync, and its brightness and color palette are not the best out there, but, for the price its retailing, I say it is a comprehensible compromise between price and performance.
The Dell 4k S817Q has a price tag of $310.
10. ViewSonic XG2700-4K 27” Best monitor for your Xbox One X.
A monitor clearly meant for gamers the ViewSonic XG2700-4K offers a very robust product. An incredible 27” 4k UHD IPS display with 5ms response time, ergonomic design, Free-sync, and black stabilization come all together to form this amazing gaming monitor worthy of your PS4 Pro or Xbox One X.
This marvelous monitor comes at the cost of 700$ which is a bit expensive compared to other competitors, but still worth getting anyway.
11. HP ENVY 27” Good monitor, but nothing distinctive about it.
The HP ENVY 27 certainly is a nice choice for a gaming monitor, but compared to other competitors it is pretty run-of-the-mill. However, it still has a nice 27” 4k UHD IPS display, FreeSync, and 5ms of response time. Could be better but it is a nice option to consider for the price.
The retail price goes for about 400$.
Xbox One X/PS4 Pro Monitor Buyers Guide 2018:
1. What type of monitor do you ideally want for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro?
So, generally for both systems, you want to have a monitor with low-response time, IPS display, and big display size. The low-response time is the amount of time it takes for the pixels to change in a given screen, so the lower the time, the faster you will receive, for example, the visual information that your enemy is about to close in on you on your monitor. The IPS technology will, in simple terms, improve the viewing angle and contrast levels of a monitor at the cost of higher response time. The bigger display size is self-explanatory, who does not love entertainment on a bigger better screen?
FreeSync is a remarkable feature to have on a monitor, but it is only compatible with Xbox One X and AMD Graphic cards, so PS4 Pro users should not bother too much with it. It basically matches the refresh rate of your screen to the frame-rate of the GPU avoiding screen-tearing problems. As I said, it is a must-have for an Xbox One X, but for a PS4 Pro user, it does not matter.
2. What is 4k?
4k resolution refers to a screen resolution in the order 4,000 pixels. The 4k standard for most monitors and TVs is UHD or Ultra-High-Defenition having a resolution of 3840×2160.
3. What is HDR?
n simple terms, HDR is a technology utilized in photography and video that improves the contrast and colors of a given image or video. So, a monitor with HDR will have better and more vivid colors and contrast, providing a better video quality.
4. Benefits of 4K and HDR
The main advantages of this technology are the improvement they make in an image. The first improves the quantity of the pixels, allowing for more definition and the second enhances the colors and contrast of said pixels.