Picking the Right 4K Display Monitor for your PC
by Stephan Jukic – October 13th, 2014
4k monitors are one powerful technology. Expensive they may still be but they do definitely pack a punch in terms of superiority to any normal HD monitor.
However, not all 4K display monitors are the same and some are much more suited for certain tasks than others. Some are going to really be Ultra HD PC game worthy devices that you can use for your best games, while others will be more geared towards light tasks such as editing and watching some 4K video content.
Furthermore, given the sheer processing power needed to render 4K smoothly, if you’re going to buy a 4K display monitor for any purpose, you had also better make sure in advance that your PC itself is capable of handling the extra graphics card and processor burn it’s going to deal with.
Also, whichever 4K monitor you choose, you need to make sure that it supports a few essential basics given your needs.
First of all, if it’s a true 4K monitor and not simply a smaller-scale Ultra HD rig, your monitor should be able to display a pixel resolution of at least 3840 x 2160 pixels. Some models can go higher than this and even support “True” Cinema Grade 4K resolutions of 4096 x 2160 pixels and there is also at least one PC monitor, made by Dell Computer, that’s capable of even displaying 5K resolution.
Secondly, if you want your 4K monitor to be worthy of any kind of fast action games, it will need to be able to support its 4K resolution at a rate of 60Hz. Anything less than this will result in choppy movements and activity on the screen. However, if you just want a 4K monitor that will hand over extremely detailed image rendering for your design projects, then a 24Hz or 30 Hz refresh rate will also do just fine.
Of course, the refresh rates and frame rate of any monitor you buy, even a great 4K model, will also depend on your PC’s power, so update that graphics card and the processor for optimal effects.
Additionally, all 4K monitors should at least be equipped with DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity since this is the minimal bandwidth necessary for transmitting 4K signals between PC and screen. Ideally, you’ll soon be able to get a monitor with the just unveiled DisplayPort 1.3 built into it. If you are willing to spend on this feature, even 5K won’t be beyond the capacity of your Ultra HD monitor.
In addition to DisplayPort 1.2 or higher, any 4K PC monitor you buy needs to have HDMI 2.0 ports installed for optimal Ultra HD signal transmission to the screen. HDMI 1.4 will work too but you won’t be able to achieve the kinds of frame rates or refresh rates of 60 that ensure smooth motion flow.
Finally, when it comes to 4K, the bigger the visual display the more you can really appreciate all that extra resolution you’re getting your hands on. So for your PC display, buy as large a screen as your budget will allow you too. 28 inches should be your absolute minimum size and ideally 30+ inches is what you should buy for optimal display appreciation.
So, what are some excellent models to go for?
Well, if you really want to splurge on the very best and most powerful of all Ultra HD monitors, go for the Dell UltraSharp PC monitor, which despite its oddly small 27 inch display, will give you a whopping 5,120 x 2,880 pixels of resolution, making this a 5K monitor instead of a “conventional” 4K model. Of course, as we mentioned, be ready to pay for those pixels, because the Dell UltraSharp costs a smooth $2,700 USD.
For those of you who are more conservative minded about your resolution, 4K monitors such as the
monitor and the Acer CB280HK are excellent purchases. Both offer a decent 28 inch screen size, include HDMI 2.0 and are fully equipped with the latest DisplayPort connectivity ports.
Their screen tilt, height and rotation can also be changed and the whole package for either monitor will cost you well below $1000.
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