Best 4K Gaming Monitors In 2022: 144Hz, Ultrawide, And More
From LG to Asus, here are some of the best 4K monitors for gaming in 2022.
Whether you intend to use one for gaming, work, or production, 4K monitors are becoming an increasingly popular option. True 4K has become more achievable than ever thanks to advances in graphics cards with tech like Nvidia's DLSS and the release of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. This technology has made 4K displays very desirable as we can finally take advantage of the better image quality and higher resolution. There's no shortage of great 4K monitor options out there with high refresh rates, low response times, and more. (Though if you're thinking about refresh rates for competitive gaming, see our guides to the best 144Hz monitors and best 240Hz monitors.) With that in mind, we've rounded up the best 4K monitor options on the market in 2022 from top brands like LG, Asus, and Dell.
If you're considering buying a new display this year, see our breakdown of gaming monitors vs. TVs and our list of the best 4K TVs for gaming. Televisions have started to adopt 120Hz refresh rates and tech like FreeSync Premium, making them a fantastic choice for console or PC gaming. And for more on monitors, check out our complete guide to monitor technologies, which covers a wide variety of topics, such as HDR for monitors, FreeSync vs. G-Sync, and panel types, among other things.
Editor's Note: Article updated on July 26, 2022
Best overall 4K monitor
The LG 27GN950-B is the best 4K monitor on the market today. It boasts a beautiful Nano IPS display with a 4K resolution and 144Hz refresh rate, backed up by FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync compatibility. It features a very nice 1ms response time and low input lag that makes games feel smooth and responsive. The incredibly thin frame makes it an excellent option for a dual-monitor setup, too. On top of that, it features HDR600 support and boasts gorgeous, vibrant colors.
With the 27GN950-B, you get one DisplayPort 1.4 port, two HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone jack.
Best budget 4K monitor
Asus TUF Gaming VG289Q
When it comes to budget 4K monitors, it's hard to beat the Asus VG289Q gaming monitor. For $330, you get a 28-inch IPS display that boasts a 60Hz refresh rate, FreeSync with G-Sync compatibility, and a 5ms response time. It also features HDR support, though don't expect an amazing experience. Its SDR performance, however, is very good for its price. It has two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 port, and a headphone jack.
Best 43-inch 4K monitor
Asus ROG Strix XG438Q
If you're looking for a bigger monitor than your typical 24- and 27-inch displays, the Asus ROG Strix XG438Q is a fantastic 43-inch gaming monitor at a fair price. Its VA panel boasts a 4K resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, and HDR600 support. It provides a nice image with beautiful colors, all of which is supported by FreeSync Premium Pro and G-Sync compatibility. These features come together to create an ultra-smooth experience on the attractive 43-inch screen. The Asus ROG Strix XG438Q has three HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, and a headphone jack.
Best 4K monitor for gaming
Acer Predator XB273K
The Acer Predator XB273K is an incredible 4K gaming monitor that features two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and four USB 3.0 ports. This gives you a lot of room for extra devices and peripherals. Its 27-inch IPS display also boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, a 4ms response time, and HDR400 as well as FreeSync Premium with G-Sync compatibility. It also comes with a built-in shade shield that keeps lighting from obscuring details and enemies in multiplayer games--though you can remove the shield if you prefer to play without it.
Best 4K monitor for work
Dell UltraSharp U2720Q
If you need a professional-looking monitor with 4K, great colors, and more USB ports, the Dell UltraSharp U2720Q monitor is the best choice. It features one HDMI 2.0 port, one DisplayPort 1.2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, and one USB-C/DisplayPort port. That means you can plug in a USB-C video cable from your USB-C output device into the monitor in addition to HDMI or DisplayPort. Unfortunately, MacBook Pros don't output video via USB-C at this time, so you'll still need a compatible docking station if you want to use a second monitor with your MacBook Pro.
Best Ultrawide 1440p monitor
Innocn Ultrawide 40" WQHD
Ultrawide monitors are versatile, which makes them a great pick for both productivity and gaming. If you're in the market for a high-end ultrawide monitor that doesn't break the bank, the new Innocn Ultrawide 40-inch monitor is an excellent choice. While it's not actually a 4K monitor, it displays at 3440 x 1440 resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio, so it still has a wonderful picture at 1440p resolution.
Innocn's Ultrawide 40-inch monitor is unique in the space. It's not easy to find a 1440p monitor with this large of a display at a comparable price, which is why we've included it on this list. If you're in the market for a 4K monitor with a lot of screen real estate, you might want to opt for this 1440p monitor instead.
It boasts a 144Hz refresh rate and has AMD FreeSync compatibility. For productivity, this monitor removes the need for a multiple display setup. Gaming on an ultrawide monitor does take a bit of time to get used to, but it offers an incredibly immersive experience. Innocn's ultrawide 40-inch monitor has connections for DisplayPort, HDMI (x2), and USB-C. It comes with a sturdy adjustable stand (up and down plus swivel).
It has all of the features you'd expect from a high-end monitor, which makes it an easy recommendation if you're looking for an ultrawide monitor with truly impressive specs.
Editor's Note: Article updated on June 14, 2022
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