Maybe you don’t have to think twice when buying a 4K monitor. What about HDR monitor? Pixel battle is progressing beyond what it is and to add in your lookup table is ” HDR.” a.k.a high dynamic range. It’s the new complex buzz word in the market. All HDR supported displays are not the same and work in the same way. There’s performance gap in HDR as well. So, the following hdr monitor list will help you choose the best monitor for xbox one x , PS4 Pro and PC.
Also, PS4 Pro doesn’t support 1440p and the image will get downscale to 1080p and also no longer support HDMI 1.4 (2160p at 30hz) (discont. after 4.0.5 update). So if you are getting monitor for pro, get 4K, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 are enabled
Well, it took me ridiculous amount of time to find all the details. I guess its worth it and hope that it’ll help you to compare and find the best hdr monitor for xbox one X, PS4 pro and PC that fits your desk and pocket. Lets me know what else you wanted to see. I’m constantly updating this one!
Best HDR Gaming Monitors 2017
For the record, HDR not defined by any set of parameters. HDR stands for high dynamic range, and that ‘range’ refers to the range of colors a display can generate. So individual pixels will look better and it can show extremely bright and dim element at the same time. The result is brilliant vibrant colors.
Show us the HDR monitors already! hey wait
If you are getting a monitor for True HDR experience ,theoretically you want native 10bit panel, 350 nits and HDMI 2.0 (4k 60hz). Top end monitors comes with 1000 nits peak brightness.
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The Mighty 4k True 10 bit panel – 1000 nits HDR Monitors
|Monitor Name||Release date||Input lag||Response time (GTG)||Screen Size (inch)||Resolution||Color Depth||Panel||HDR10 (True HDR?)||Backlight System||Adaptive refresh technology||Refresh rate||HDMI Version||Display Port Version||Peak Nits (Brightness)||Good for PS4 Pro?||Good for Xbox 1X?|
|Acer Predator XB272-HDR||Q1 2018||27||3840x2160||10-bit||IPS, Quantum Dot||Yes||FALD, with 384 zones||nvidia G-Sync||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||1000||Yes||Yes|
|Acer Predator X27||Q1 2018||4 ms||27||3840x2160||10-bit||IPS , Quantum Dot||Yes||FALD, with 384 zones||nvidia G-Sync||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||1000||Yes||Yes|
|Asus Swift PG27UQ||Q1 2018||27||3840x2160||10-bit||IPS, Quantum Dot||Yes||FALD, with 384 zones||nvidia G-Sync||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||1000||Yes||Yes|
|Asus ProArt PA32UQ||Q4 2017||32||3840x2160||10-bit||Quantum dots||Yes||FALD, with 384 LED zones||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||1000||Yes||Yes|
|Dell UP2718Q||May 23 2017||6 ms (fast mode)|
8 ms (normal mode)
|27||3840x2160||10-bit||IPS||Yes||FALD, with 384 LED zones||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.4, mDP 1.4||1000||YES||YES|
The Legendary WQHD true 10bit – 1000nit HDR monitors
|Monitor Name||Input lag||Response time (GTG)||Release date||Screen Size (inch)||Color Depth||Resolution||HDR10 (True HDR?)||Panel||Backlight System||Adaptive refresh technology||Refresh rate||HDMI Version||Display Port Version||Peak Nits (Brightness)||Good for PS4 Pro?||Good for Xbox 1X?|
|Acer Predator X35||Q4 2017||35||10-bit||3440x1440 (WQHD)||Yes||AMVA, Quantum Dot||FALD, with 512 zones||nvidia G-Sync||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||1000||No||Yes|
|ASUS ROG Swift PG35VQ||Q4 2017||35"||10-bit||3440x1440 (WQHD)||Yes||AMVA, Quantum Dot||FALD, with 512 zones||nvidia G-Sync||200HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||1000||No||Yes|
Best 4K Non-HDR monitor for PS4 pro and Xbox One X
If you think HDR monitors is out of budget (well i’m) You should look at the below monitors, these are the best 4K- Non HDR monitor that works with both PS4 Pro and Xbox 1 X. In fact, We recommend you get one of these instead of half baked pseudo HDR monitors (which can be found below) until true 10bit, 1000 nits becomes more affordable.
The Ones that Passed HDR theory ( True 10-bit panel – 350 nits)
HDR in disguise – Pseudo HDR Monitors
Major formats of HDR are Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG. DV is proprietary and HDR10 is an open standard. For gaming, manufacturers are supporting HDR10 on their displays because there’s no additional fee to add it to the monitor. Check the table to see the difference between each formats. The standard names are REC BT.XXXX. The ITU specs are REC BT.2020 the wide gamut color volume for UHD and REC BT.2100 the HDR spec that refrences the BT.2020 volume but also standardizes both the PQ EOTF that underpins both dolby vision and HDR10 as well as the Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG).
According to UltraHD Alliance, (they set the following minimum requirement for display to be HDR certified or UHD premium). The requirement (black level to peak brightness) is
Standard 1 – 0.05 nits to ≥1000 nits
Standard 2 – 0.0005 nits to ≥540 nits
So you essentially need monitor that falls into one of the above standard for true HDR experience
|HDR format||Panel/ Colour depth||Colour Space||Max Peak brightness capable (Nits)|
|Dolby Vision||12-bit||BT.2020 or Rec.2020||10000|
|HDR10||10-bit||BT.2020 or Rec.2020||4000|
|HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma)||10-bit||BT.2100 or Rec.2100||4000|
Curious about black level?
Contrary to many, It has nothing to do with HDR. No HDR standard can produce ‘darker blacks’ or ‘deep black. The black level depends on the display technology used. In OLED display technology, We could attain the perfect black because it is self-illuminating. But on LCD, it uses backlighting, and there’s different types of backlighting as well. Direct lit backlight, Edge lit and full array local dimming (FALD) are the main techniques. Still, black is not the same or near as OLED. On the other side OLED is not bright as LCD. If there’s not enough peak brightness you are missing out a lot of details that your are supposed to see. Hence all displays that claims HDR is not same or perform equally!
Games are using HDR10 profile. To get the benefit of HDR10 you need true 10bit panel. 10bit panel can produce over 1 billion colours, and 8-bit panel can only cover 16 million colors.12-bit panel (Dolby Vision requirement) can show 68.7 billion colours.
Hardware requirement for HDR10
You need HDMI 2.0a/ preferably 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 support for Static HDR (HDR static metadata) And HDMI 2.1 for Dynamic HDR (HDR dynamic metadata). HDMI 2.1 announced at CES 2017
What’s the difference?
The following table will give you a perspective on how much peak brightness you need and the performance level.It’s the highest brightness (lit) during a specific scene or explosions that content developers intends to see. Higher is better, so that you won’t miss out any details during a fantastic depth scene.
|Nits||HDR Performance Level||Notes|
|350||minimum||Theoretically, you need this much to see the benefits|
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ
We are pretty sure this monitor is not for the ordinary. If you are looking for the current best hdr gaming monitor in the world, this monitor should’ve in your bucket list. But there’s a deal breaker.
It’s expensive, but we are not expecting less because the tech is relatively new and it’s the first in high-end monitor segment
But it’s worth for the enthusiasts out there, who are looking for the best monitor they can get regardless of price.You better take all your wallets!
ROG Swift PG27UQ is a 27″ IPS panel monitor with a native resolution of 4K UHD which makes it same as the brothers out there. But there’s more.
This monitor has a 144HZ refresh rate!. Certainly not intended for consoles. We also know the hardware to push that kind of fps is only in the hands of rare people. Prepare multiple GTX 1080Ti if you wants to push it to the max frames. Can they?
What’s interesting is the G-Sync on this monitor. This adaptive V-sync technology will remove all the clutter and screen tearing if you are somehow able to reach the limiting points. But note that it’s only useful if you have Nvidia graphics card. That’s a let down for people with AMD cards out there.
Wait there; it’s not the end. This monitor has hdr support, making it one notch above standard 4K UHD display. New games like mass effect Andromeda which supports HDR can play in eye-watering graphics and visuals.The 384 backlight zones are no joke on this monitor if you compare that to the number of backlight zones in the expensive flagship TVs.
Aside from the mighty spec, it features the ASUS’s ROG line design with a circular base that projects a red LED logo onto your desk. Connectivity includes 1 HDMI 2.0 and two display port 1.4. It’s one of the top hdr gaming monitors with gsync tech out there.
Acer Predator XB272-HDR
It’s worth noting that AU Optronics (AUO) makes panels for Asus PG27UQ and Acer XB272. And the specs are almost identical due to this. This monitor boasts same 384 backlight zones and 4K UHD advanced high-performance IPS display.The refresh rate is the same 144hz, and adaptive v-sync is G-sync.
When comes to design, it’s drawn from the predecessor with ‘Zero bezel’ which is a marketing term but looks great.Aesthetically may not look cool as ROG monitor but it looks nice. It reminds us some of the tv’s out there.
But if you need a 4K HDR monitor that can support both PC and console this monitor is a deal breaker. It’s one of the two best hdr gaming monitors that came out this year
ASUS ProArt PA32UQ – Best HDR Gaming Monitor For Designers and Artists
It’s not advertised as a gaming monitor. It’s catered towards professionals. This monitor sports 4K UHD screen. Even though it doesn’t have any adaptive sync technology, It has 384 backlight zones like in the ROG. And it can reach a peak brightness of 1000 nits which is really impressive for an HDR display. It has Quantum dot IPS type panel and covers 95% of DCI-P3 , 85% of Rec.2020 and 100% sRGB colour space. Connectivity options includes thunderbolt 2, display port and HDMI ports.
Since it’s part of ASUS pro series , it comes calibrated out of the box from the factory. a little bit pricey. good for content creators and video editors who do serious works. It supports HDR10 and awesome for designers and artists.
It seems only LG knows what exactly we wanted. While the rest are chasing niche markets, LG chased the mass market. This monitor boasts a 32″ 4K UHD IPS screen.The refresh rate is 60HZ. It seems they know the current GPU’s out there won’t be able to push 4K 60 FPS even if SLI.
32UD99 also supports AMD free sync technology. It can reach upto 550 nits.
The HDR on this monitor is HDR10 and gaming consoles are supported.So if you want to pair console and PC, it’s one one you’ve to get.It has display port 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0a ports. So, hdr supported through HDMI (HDCP 2.2) ports. If you have ps4 pro or Xbox ones X, no worries! You can play HDR games on this monitor. But keep in mind the 8 bit panel. It may bother some. Also there’s a game mode on this monitor as well.
The color gamut on this monitor covers 95% DCI-P3 as well. And if you are a content creator or Mac user it’s highly recommended. It does have USB Type-C port as well.Design wise LG 32UD99-W is flexible. The height can be adjusted.The screen is four side borderless and looks fantastic.Last but not least, the response time is 5ms which is typical in IPS monitors.
Overall UD99 is one of the good hdr gaming monitor you can get in 2017 that works with consoles and pc.
This monitor is the world’s thinnest monitor according to Dell. It’s incredibly ultra thin. It sports and 27″ Quad HD display. What’s interesting is the HDR10 support. For those thinking about getting this monitor for PS4 Pro should think again because 1440p images will get downscaled in this monitor. Not worth money for console gamers even if it’s affordable.
But for PC gamers, this can be a good choice. If you are looking for a monitor to pair with both PC and Console, it’s not worth it.
This monitor can only reach a peak brightness of 250 Nits and the response time is 6ms. As you can see the brightness is not enough for HDR visual glory. If you are looking for HDR experience, we won’t call it true HDR even if it pass the hdr theory. But for those want a taste of HDR can get this monitor.
S2718HX – 1080P HDR Gaming Monitor
This 27″ monitor sports a 1080p screen. Don’t expect it to perform the same level as the mighty 4k HDR monitors out there. The peak brightness is not high enough for visual glory.
But it’ll look better than the normal full HD monitors that not using HDR. What’s cool about this monitor is the price point.Those who don’t have thousands of bucks to spend on monitors will find this monitor a bargain.
It supports HDR10 through HDMI port. PS4 and XB1S players looking for HDR enabled monitors, that can connect to PC at the same time will benefit from this monitor. The trade-offs are everywhere. not worth for PS4 pro and Xbox ONE X. Still pretty good HDR monitor at good price point. It also supports AMD free sync tech, and that’s a bonus for PC gamers who are using AMD videocards.
Will be back!