The best 4K monitors you can get on a budget
4K monitors have gone from an almost out-of-reach luxury to a relatively affordable option in just a few years. Granted, the display resolution isn’t the only feature that determines the price of a monitor, and some still cost thousands of dollars. The good news though is that there are some excellent alternatives available for a budget-friendly price. Here’s a roundup of some of the best cheap 4K monitors you can get!
The best cheap 4K monitors:
Editor’s note: We will continue to update this list of the best cheap 4K monitors as more are released.
1. Dell U2720Q
The Dell U2720Q is a great monitor for productivity. It’s not lacking in specs and features of course. The 27-inch IPS display comes with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, accurate color reproduction, a 60Hz refresh rate, and 5ms response time.
There aren’t a lot of ports here. You get one HDMI port and a DisplayPort. However, a USB-C port provides a single port solution with up 90W power delivery to keep your laptop or device charged while transferring data and video. It’s beautifully designed too, with a small, compact base and a near-borderless frame. The stand is also tilt and swivel-friendly. It’s the most expensive option on this list of cheap 4K monitors, but the extra money may be worth it if you’re focused on productivity.
2. LG UL500-W
This 4K monitor by LG will a great option for those looking for one that is good for productivity, media consumption, and gaming. The 27-inch IPS LCD screen offers true-to-life color reproduction, a 60Hz refresh rate with AMD Freesync compatibility, and support for HDR10 content. As far as ports are concerned, you get two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and a headphone jack.
A more expensive variant with the model number UL550-W is also available. The panels of the two versions are identical. The difference between them has to do with the stand. The stand of the 500-W is fixed in place. With the 550-W, you can adjust the height, tilt and swivel the monitor, and even rotate it into the portrait orientation.
3. Philips Brilliance 272P7VUBNB
This 27-inch 4K IPS monitor by Philips offers a couple of new monitor features at a price far cheaper than similarly-specced competitors. Apart from the high display resolution, it comes with a USB-C port to offer a single port solution for all your needs. You can recharge a device (65W charging) with the same USB cable that is also delivering video, audio, and data signals and also allows for 4K video transmission.
It also comes with a couple of HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and two USB 3.2 ports. The stand lets you tilt, swivel, and rotate the monitor and adjust its height. Something to keep in mind is that if you’re okay without a USB-C port, you can get a variant of this monitor that helps you save another hundred dollars. That said, the featured model is one of the cheapest monitors to offer both 4K and USB-C docking.
The latest iteration of the Viewsonic VX2776 comes with an IPS LCD panel and ups the display resolution to 4K. The 27-inch monitor also offers support for HDR10 content, making it a great option for watching videos. It’s also sleek and good-looking with its three-sided frameless design.
You get two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort, along with two integrated speakers. Making display calibration adjustments are easy and you can take advantage of preset modes for gaming, movies, text, and more. If you’re looking for more screen real estate, you should take a look at the 32-inch variant, which is also comparatively affordable.
The Sceptre U279W is the cheapest option on this list and one of the most affordable 4K monitors you can get right now. It comes with almost everything you’d want from a monitor though. You get two HDMI ports, a Displayport, a 60Hz refresh rate, an audio-out line, and built-in speakers.
Unfortunately, it’s not without issues. However, users don’t have too many problems with the quality of the display but rather the poor stand it comes with that is difficult to install. It’s admittedly far from the best 4K monitor you can get, but it’s certainly the cheapest.
Looking for more cheap monitors? Don’t forget to check out our roundup of the best budget-friendly monitors you can buy.