Maybe you don’t have to think twice when buying a HDMI cable. But What about 4K 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.
Well, it took me ridiculous amount of time to find all the details and update. 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.
Best 4k HDR Gaming Monitors 2018
|Best 4K HDR monitor - PC (MIGHTY 1000 nits)||Acer Predator X27 - HDR|
|Best 4K HDR monitor - Consoles (MIGHTY 1000 nits)||Coming 2018|
|Best 4k HDR (Pseudo) monitor for PS4 Pro Xbox one X and pc||LG 27UK650|
|BEST VALUE 4K HDR monitor for PS4 Pro, X1X||LG UK600||same as UK650 but no height adjustments|
|Best 4K-Non HDR monitor for PS4 Pro, X1X||Asus VP28UQG||Eventhough the freesync is supported on this monitor via HDMI, freesync option on OSD of this monitor is greyed out|
|Best QHD HDR monitor for X1X and PC (Pseudo)||Samsung CHG70|
|Best 1080P HDR monitor (pseudo)||EW277HDR|
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.
Note that PS4 Pro doesn’t support 1440p. The image will get downscale to 1080p and 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. And Xbox one X does have optional support for AMD freeSync which is really beneficial (not implemented yet -check the end). And its being rumored that X1X comes with HDMI 2.1 support. more details are inside.
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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?|
|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|
|Acer Predator XB272-HDR||June 1 2018||4ms||27||3840x2160||10-bit||IPS, Quantum Dot||Yes||FALD, with 384 zones||nvidia G-Sync||144HZ||2.0||DP 1.4||1000|
|Acer Predator X27||Q2 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||June 25||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|
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|
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.
And Xbox One X has optional support for Freesync over HDMI. So it’s ideal to get one with freesync for Xbox One X.
|Monitor Name||FreeSync Over HDMI||Response Time||Panel||HDMI version|
|Asus VP28UQG||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 theory ( 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 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|
HDR Monitor- Before you buy!
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 – 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. This monitor has a 144HZ refresh rate!. Certainly not intended for consoles. But can use with 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 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 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. It was supposed to be released by now. But the release date is now pushed to 2018.
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 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 some of the tv’s out there.
Since AU Optronics makes panel for both the top end asus and acer hdr monitors, it’s release also got pushed to 2018. Now its out baby. Roaarr!
ASUS ProArt PA32UQ – 4K HDR 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.
LG 32UD99-W – 4K Pseudo HDR monitor with FreeSync – Xbox 1 X
It seems LG is onto something. 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. The reason why I included this monitor is that it supports freesync. X1x supports free-sync over HDMI
The HDR on this monitor is HDR10 and gaming consoles are supported. It can reach up to 550 nits which fall far below recommend 1000 nits. It has display port 1.2 and two HDMI 2.0a ports. And hdr is supported through HDMI (HDCP 2.2) ports. If you have a ps4 pro or Xbox ones X, no worries! You can play HDR games on this monitor. But keep in mind that it uses an 8-bit panel, and peak nits are not enough for HDR content. It may bother some. Also, there’s a game mode on this monitor as well.
The color gamut on this screen covers 95% DCI-P3. 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 a good hdr gaming monitor you can get in 2017 that works with consoles and PC if we ignore the asking price.
Dell U Series U2718Q – 4K Pseudo HDR for Xbox 1 X, PS4 Pro
This is not a gaming monitor but from the price point it a good. Beautiful screen. Alternative for ud99. Adaptive-Sync is not supported.
ASUS VP28UQG – 4K non-HDR monitor for Xbox 1 X and PS4 pro
The newly released vp28uqg supports free sync over HDMI, and we guess it’s the best 4k non hdr monitor for PS4 pro and Xbox one X. The spec is almost similar to MG28UQ but cheaper and freeSync support helps in gaming. LG 28 ud69P is an alternative choice
Samsung CHG70 – QHD HDR (Pseudo) Gaming Monitor for X1X, PC
Update : Official : Xbox one X 1440P support confirmed – X1X supports 1440P (2560 x 1440) displays and its coming soon
A good monitor for X1X and PC, if you are eying for QHD monitor. It sports and 27″ (and 31.5) 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 down-scaled in this monitor. Not worth money for ps4 pro gamers even if it’s affordable.
But for PC gamers and Xbox one X, this can be a good choice. If you are looking for a monitor to pair with both PC and Console, it’s worth it. The brightness is not enough for HDR (hits 600 nits btw) visual glory but If you are looking for HDR experience, you’ll get some
BenQ ZOWIE Full HD 1080p- Non HDR Gaming monitor for PC, PS4, pro, X1S and S
We recommend zowie series for full hd gaming on pc and consoles
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
That’s it for today. Will be back! Take care
Update (January) : Lot of people are complaining that freeSync is not working with X1X. Few weeks ago, I contacted with Asus support and Microsoft support regarding the issue. Asus confirmed, the monitor supports freesync via HDMI and its the system (which is X1X) needs to support it. oddly, Microsoft hasn’t enabled this freesync update yet which was supposed to be out when its released on Nov 8. see this
Certified for 2.0 now. Will certify for 2.1 when the spec is finalized (it isn't yet, hopefully by Nov).
— Mike Ybarra (@XboxQwik) August 29, 2017
And here’s the chat went with xbox support regarding freesync.
And here’s the discussion which i started
Update :- HDMi 2.1 is now finalized. Its all up to Microsoft now
Update (Apr 2018) : – Microsoft Released a new update for freesync, 1440p and other features but free-sync is still Broken!