Want to buy a budget – eg. under $1000 – display? Why not make it 4K! Ultra HD monitors are getting cheaper all the time, and this list of the top 5 best inexpensive 4K screens of 2016 will allow you to get the most bang for your buck! It includes screens from Dell, Samsung, ASUS and more.
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THE DISPLAYS – and my notes on them:
5. Dell P2415Q
- 23.8″ panel with 60Hz refresh
- A simple, quite business-like design, with an unremarkable but sturdy stand. But it has the advantage that it can pivot into portrait mode, can also tilt 21 degrees back and 5 forwards.
- Matte, anti-glare finish
- Has a AH-IPS, or Advanced High-Performance, panel, real 8-bit per pixel which means 24-bits or 16.7 million colours, plus FRC dithering to give an effective 1.07 billion colors. Great viewing angles as a result.
- Static contrast ratio of 1155:1
- Complete coverage of sRGB colour space, not much backlight bleed.
- Ports: HDMI 1.4, DP 1.2, MiniDP 1.2. A bit annoying in that they’re mounted upside down on the rear underneath a “lip”, so you might not be able to plug in the cables as easily as you’d like. And only DP supports full 60Hz.
4. Samsung LU28E590DS/ZA
- Has a nice appearance, with the minimalist stand and the thin bezel.
- In terms of features, one of the best ones of this monitor is AMD FreeSync. Matches refresh rates between GPU and monitor itself,
preventing screen tearing. Will only work with AMD cards though – if you’ve got an Nvidia one, you’re out of luck.
- 28″ panel, but, unfortunately, it’s only a TN. Amazingly though, Samsung’s still managed to integrate 170 degree viewing angles
while keeping the fast response times – 1ms – that TN is known for – great for gaming!
- It also has 1000:1 static contrast and apparently has 1 billion colours.
- Has HDMI 2.0! This means that it supports 4K at 60Hz through HDMI. Also DisplayPort 1.2.
3. ASUS PB287Q
- This is a year and a half old – released back in mid 2014 – but it looks like it can still hold its own against more recent rivals.
- This is another display that includes a TN panel, but it’s actually a 10-bit model, which gives you 1.07 billion colours with no
dithering! Has 1ms grey to grey, which should also be good for gaming.
- And despite the TN, it has a horizontal viewing angle of 170 degrees.
- Contrast ratio is a bit ridiculous – it’s apparently 100,000,000:1, but that’s ASUS Smart Contrast Ratio, so the backlight brightness will change depending on the content you’re viewing.
- Has 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, so only 30Hz with 4K content, and a single DisplayPort 1.2.
2. BenQ BL3201PH
- Larger, both in size – 32-inch – and price.
- The panel has a semi-glossy covering. It uses AHVA, which is a compromise between TN and IPS. It gives good refresh rates while still maintaining IPS-style viewing angles of 160 – 170 degrees. And sure enough, this monitor gives 4ms grey to grey response.
- Now the panel also has some other advantages – no perceptible backlight bleed at all when tested by PCMonitors, and the 8-bit panel which, has the now famous FRC dithering to give 1.07 billion colours, it actually covers the entire sRGB colour space. Plus a contrast ratio of 1000:1 is quite reasonable.
- Has dual-link DVI, which is unusual for a 4K monitor since you can only run at 2560 x 1600 resolution with this connection. Also has dual HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, MiniDisplayPort 1.2.
1. LG 27MU67-B
- A cheap 27-inch monitor with an IPS panel?
- It does promise some superb visuals, because, again, it has that IPS panel, which results in slower refresh rates but better viewing angles and colours. It has 99% sRGB coverage, so great for colour accurate work, and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1. It’s the same old 8-bit panel with dithering for 1.07 billion colours.
- It also seems to have gaming credentials, with AMD FreeSync included to prevent tearing. The response time of 5ms grey to grey isn’t too bad either.
- But connectivity is not one of the strong points. Yes, this monitor has a DisplayPort 1.2 port, Mini DP 1.2 and two HDMI 1.4 ports, but there’s actually no USB ports included at all, which could be a massive downside for some users.
Post time: 04-29-2017