There are a lot of choices in the monitor department. Choosing one is tricky. which gaming monitor is worth to buy in 2020? get the 4k hdr monitors! Now that PS5 announcement is in the corner, a 4k HDR monitor is surely worth in the long run. And for x1x, its worth it from day 1 because of native 4k support.
A small update is being added here. currently there’s not a single monitor or no news about monitors that supports HDMI 2.1. However, In this gigantic post, we’ll list some of the best gaming monitors for Xbox one x and ps4 pro that worth your money. we suggest you to first read the buyers guide first though.
Best 4k Gaming Monitors for Xbox one X and PS4 Pro
|Category||Name||Monitor||Peak nits||Adaptive Sync/Range||Panel/refresh rate/response time|
|Best 4K HDR monitor - PC||ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ||1000||Gsync||10bit IPS/144HZ/4ms|
|Best 4K HDR monitor for PS4 Pro Xbox one X and pc||LG 27UL650-W||400||Freesync||8bit+FRC IPS/60HZ/5ms|
|Best 2K QHD HDR monitor for X1X and PC||CHG70||600||Free Sync 2|
(48-144 via DisplayPort, 48-100 via HDMI)
|Best Budget||LG 27UL500||300||Freesync||8bit+FRC IPS/60HZ/5ms|
|the cheapest||LG 32ML600M-||250||-||8-bit|
It’s the new complex buzz word in the market. To confuse you manufacturers will throw random Display HDR400, HDR600 .. HDR1000.
But keep in mind that all the HDR supported displays are not the same and work in the same way. There’s a big visual performance ie, image quality gap in HDR depends on panel specifications.
4k True 10 bit panel – 1000 nits HDR Monitors LIST
|Monitor Name||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?
|Asus Swift PG27UQ||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 XB272-HDR||4ms||27||3840x2160||10-bit||IPS, Quantum Dot||Yes||FALD, with 384 zones||nvidia G-Sync||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||1000|
|Dell UP2718Q||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|
|Asus ProArt PA32UQ||32||3840x2160||10-bit||Quantum dots||Yes||FALD, with 384 LED zones||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||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||4ms||Q4 2017||35||10-bit||3440x1440 (WQHD)||Yes||AMVA, Quantum Dot||FALD, with 512 zones||nvidia G-Sync||144HZ (overclockable up to 200HZ)||2.0||DP 1.4||1000||No||No|
|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||No|
HDR monitor Buying guide – 2020
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 an extremely bright and dim element at the same time. The result is brilliant vibrant colors!
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 them to the monitor. see the specs for each hdr 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 references 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 a monitor that falls into one of the above standards 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|
2.Curious about the 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 are 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 as bright as LCD. If there’s not enough peak brightness you are missing out a lot of details that you are supposed to see. Hence all displays that claim HDR is not same or perform equally!
3. HDR10 requirements – Hardware requirement
Games are using HDR10 profile. To get the benefit of HDR10 you need a true 10bit panel. A 10-bit panel can produce over 1 billion colors, and the 8-bit panel can only cover 16 million colors.12-bit panel (Dolby Vision requirement) can show 68.7 billion colors.
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 & currently now available on 2019 tvs and in 2020 tvs as well
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 intend 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|
Show us the HDR monitors already! hey wait, know this as well.
If you are getting a monitor for True HDR experience, theoretically you want a native 10bit panel, 350 nits and HDMI 2.0 (4k 60hz). But 10bit, 1000nits, HDMI 2.1 is the benchmark.
Also, Note that PS4 Pro doesn’t support 1440p. The image will get downscaled to 1080p and no longer support HDMI 1.4 (2160p at 30hz) (discont. after 4.0.5 update). So if you are getting a monitor for pro, get the one with 4K, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 are enabled.
And Xbox One X has optional support for Freesync over HDMI. So it’s ideal to get one with freesync 2 for Xbox One X. Xbox 1X also comes with HDMI 2.1 & 1440p support.
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Best 4K Non-HDR monitor for PS4 pro and Xbox One X
If you think HDR monitors are out of your budget, 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 become more affordable.
|Monitor Name||FreeSync Over HDMI||Response Time||Panel||HDMI version|
(it seems the FS is not working with X1X, and OSD is greyed out)
|Yes||1ms GTG||TN||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|Samsung LU28H750UQNXZA||Yes||1 ms GTG||TN||Only 32" version has HDCP 2.2 Support|
|ASUS MG28UQ 4K/UHD 28-Inch FreeSync Gaming Monitor||No||1ms GTG||TN||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|LG 27UD58-B 27-Inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync||No||5ms GTG||IPS||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|LG 27UD68-P 27-Inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync||No||5ms GTG||IPS||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|LG Electronics 27UD68P-B 27" Screen LED-Lit Monitor||No||5ms GTG||IPS||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|LG Electronics 4K UHD 27UD88-W 27" LED-Lit Monitor with USB Type-C||No||5ms GTG||IPS||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|LG 27UD68-W 27-Inch 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync (2017)||No||5ms GTG||IPS||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|LG 27UD69P-W 27" |
|Yes||5ms GTG||IPS||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
|LG 32UD89-W||Yes||IPS||HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2|
The Ones that Passed HDR theoretically ( True 10-bit panel – 350 nits)
|Image||Monitor Name||Input lag||Response time (GTG)||Release date||Screen Size (inch)||Color Depth||Resolution||HDR10 (True HDR?)||Panel||Backlight System||Adaptive refresh technology ( FreeSync )||Refresh rate||HDMI Version||Display Port Version||Peak Nits (Brightness)||Good for PS4 Pro?||Good for Xbox 1X?
|BenQ EW3270U||50ms+||32"||10 bit||3840 × 2160||Yes||MVA||W-LED||Yes||24-76HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||300||No||No|
|Asus CG32UQ||13ms||4ms||Q4 2018||31.5||10 bit||3840 × 2160||Yes||VA||Yes||40 - 60hz||2.0||DP 1.2||600||Yes||Yes|
|ViewSonic VP2785||7ms||Aug 17 2017||27||10 bit||3840 × 2160||Yes (but works only on HDR 10 video content)||IPS||LED||60HZ||2.0||DP, mDP 1.4||350||No||No|
|BenQ SW271||Oct 2017||27||10-bit||3840 × 2160||Yes||IPS||No||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||350||No||No|
|BenQ SW320||5 ms||Jan 2017||31.5||10-bit||3840 × 2160||Yes||IPS||60HZ||2.0a||DP 1.4, mDP 1.4||350||No||No|
|ViewSonic VP3268||14ms||32||10-bit||3840 × 2160||Yes (but works only on HDR 10 video content)||IPS||No||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2a||350||No||No|
HDR in disguise – Pseudo/fake HDR Monitors
|Image||Monitor Name||Resolution||Release date||FreeSync Over HDMI||Input lag||Response time (GTG)||Screen Size (inch)||Color Depth||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?
|BenQ 28 EL2870U||3840x2160||Yes||4ms||28"||8 bit + FRC||Yes (Pseudo)|
|27UK650-W||3840x2160||Feb 5 2018||Yes||27||8 bit + FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||AMD Freesync||60HZ||2.0||350||Yes||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|LG UK600||3840x2160||5ms||27||8 bit + FRC||Yes (pseudo)||IPS||AMD Freesync||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||350||yes|
|LG 27UK850-W||3840x2160||Jan 25 2018||Yes||27"||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||AMD FreeSync||60hz||2.0||350||Yes||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|G-STORY 4K HDR monitor||3840x2160||Nov 30 2017||Yes||5ms||27||8-bit +FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||AMD FreeSync||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||350||Yes||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|Dell U2718Q||3840x2160||July 12 2017||5ms||27||8-bit + High FRC||Yes (pseudo)||IPS||W-LED||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2,mDP 1.2||350||Yes||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|LG 32UD99||3840x2160||Mar 28 2017||5 ms||31.5||8-bit + FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||AMD FreeSync||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||550||Yes||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|Monoprice 4K ActiveHDR||3840x2160||Nov 8 2017||8ms||27||8 bit + High FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||TFT||AMD FreeSync||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||350|
|Acer ET322QK||3840x2160||Nov 9 2017||4ms||31.5||10 bit||Yes (Pseudo)||VA||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||300||Yes||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|Samsung CHG90||3840x1080||June 09||1 ms||49||8 Bit+ High FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||VA Curved|
|AMD FreeSync 2||144HZ||1.4||DP 1.2||350||NO||NO|
|BenQ EX3501R||3440x1440||4 ms||35||8- bit||Yes ( Pseudo)||AMVA||W-LED||AMD FreeSync||100HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||300||NO||NO|
|Samsung CHG70||2560x1440||June 09||1 ms||27 & 31.5||8 Bit+ High FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||VA Curved|
|AMD FreeSync 2||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||600||NO||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|Dell S2718D||2560x1440||Mar 23 2017||9.9 ms||8 ms (normal); 6 ms (fast)||27||8-bit||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||60HZ||2.0||DP 1.2, mDP 1.2||330||NO||NO|
|Dell U2518D||2560x1440||Sep 15 2017||5.1 ms||5 ms||25||8- bit+ FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||W-LED||60HZ||2.0||350||NO||NO|
|Acer XZ271U||2560x1440||Sep 25 2018||1ms||27 & 31.5||8-bit +FRC||yes (Pseudo)||VA||AMD FreeSync||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.2||300||No||Yes (but not full HDR experience)|
|BenQ EW277HDR||1920x1080||Aug 15 2017||12ms (normal), 4ms GTG||27||8 - bit||Yes (Pseudo)||AMVA||60HZ||2.0||300||NO||NO|
|Dell S2718HX||1920x1080||Feb 23 2017||6 ms||27||8-bit||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||AMD FreeSync||60HZ||2.0||VGA||250||NO||NO|
|Dell S2418HX||1920x1080||Feb 23 2017||8 ms (normal); 6 ms (fast)||24||6 Bit+ High FRC||Yes (Pseudo)||IPS||AMD FreeSync||60HZ||2.0||VGA||250||NO||NO|
Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ – 4K HDR
We are pretty sure this monitor is not for the ordinary. If you are looking for the best hdr gaming monitors 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 comes with 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.
It has a 144HZ refresh rate. Certainly not intended for consoles! We know that the hardware to push that kind of fps is only in the hands of rare people. Prepare multiple RTX 2080Ti if you want 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 an Nvidia graphics card. There is a let down for people with AMD cards out there. The G-Sync.
Wait there; let’s go to the important part. 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 the top HDR gaming monitor out there.
Acer Predator XB272-HDR – 4K
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 the 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 it may not look cool as ROG monitor but it looks nice. It reminds us of some of the tv’s out there.
Since AU Optronics makes the panel for both the top end Asus and Acer hdr monitors. Roaarr! not funny I know.
BenQ EW Series 27-Inch Screen LED-Lit Monitor (EW277HDR)- 1080p HDR
Benq recently released new 1080p HDR monitor for mass consumers. On paper, they claim it supports HDR. But keep in mind this doesn’t come close what HDR actually is and its requirements!
But if you are only into casual gaming on PS4 or Xbox One, this is a good choice for the one in super ultra budget.
We are constantly updating this guide for new releases and better alternatives. When we find new better versions, we’ll update this article