If you are seeking an excellent gaming monitor that is not only affordable but offers the latest in panel technology, resolution, viewing angles, colors, and contrast, then this list is perfect for you. Check out our carefully crafted reviews below of the best 4K Gaming Monitors of 2016 that are priced under $500.
From the best brands and containing top notch technology, the only thing you will find difficult about this list is which one to choose!
- 10. LG 34” Class UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor
- 09. VIZIO D40u-D1 40” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
- 08. Samsung UN40KU6300 40” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
- 07. Westinghouse 28” 4K UHD Monitor
- 06. Dell 4K S2817Q 28” Screen LCD Monitor with Built in Subwoofer
- 05. ASUS PB287Q 28” 4K/UHD Eye Care Monitor
- 04. LG 27UD68-P 27” 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync
- 03. Samsung 27” Curved LED-Lit Monitor, Model S27D590C
- 02. Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor P2415Q 24” Screen LED-Lit Monitor
- 01. Samsung U28E590D 28” UHD LED-Lit Monitor
10. LG 34” Class UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor
This LG is the first on our list and is a fantastic addition for any serious gamer. This monitor measures at 34 inches and offers a mind blowing UltraWide IPS (In-plane switching) viewing angle that is ideal for gameplay. With an aspect ratio of 21:9, you won’t miss a single thing on this screen.
With an IPS WFHD panel, you are guaranteed the best contrast, color range, and vibrancy. The resolution of this 19.8 pound display is Ultra High Definition at 2560 x 1080. This 4K monitor will immerse you in gameplay unlike any rectangular or square screen could possibly do. With depth, clarity, vibrancy, and extreme resolution, this 34” LG is perfect for next level gaming.
09. VIZIO D40u-D1 40” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
When it comes to gaming monitors, one of the best aspects of the development of flatscreens in the past few years, is that you can practically interchange flat screen TVs and use them for computer monitors. The best part about doing this is you can often get better resolution, frame rates, vibrancy, and of course, the option to later use the screen as a TV at any time.
This Vizio model is a 40 inch, Ultra High Definition LED TV flatscreen. This 40 inch screen can connect to your desktop or laptop (using different display settings when connected), making intense gaming immersive and fun.
The stunning 4K resolution has 4 times the resolution of a standard 1080p display and has the detail and clarity of 8.3 million pixels. It also features 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi, which is up to 3 times faster than 802.11n, which is perfect for connecting to your PC wirelessly.
Also featured is its on-board V6 Six-Core Processor. The quad-core GPU (graphics) and dual-core CPU offers blazing fast performance and a smoother experience. During gameplay, the on-board features make gameplay extremely impressive. This display does nothing halfway.
For gaming purposes, you will have outstanding and vibrant 4K resolution, fast frame rates, a distinctive lack of motion blur, and 40 inches of display room. Weighing in at 17.6 pounds, it is also lighter than other monitors.
08. Samsung UN40KU6300 40” 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV
As with the previous Vizio model, this impressive Samsung model is outstanding and highly sought after by gamers and TV lovers alike.
This Samsung’s 2016 model is highly rated and is an extremely popular 4K TV as well as monitor for gaming. Gamers love it because of its crisp UHD LED display in 4K, as well as its many HDMI, USB, and other connections that make it easy to connect to PCs for out of this world, next level gaming.
The resolution and LED panel make for an excellent display experience during PC play, and since this powerful flat screen offers upscaling, PurColor, and life-like color expression, it is ideal for intense gaming sessions. It features built-in Wi-Fi for easy connection and can be used as a Smart TV at any time.
The 4K resolution offers 4 times a sharper image than traditional 1080p resolution, which will blow your mind. The UHD dimming technology allows you to tweak color, contrast, and sharpness to desired results.
This 19 pound display is great for gamers and TV watchers alike, and the versatility is a great reason to purchase this as a gaming monitor.
07. Westinghouse 28” 4K UHD Monitor
While not typically known as one of the “great” monitor brands, Westinghouse is a brand that has been there since the beginning. If you are seeking an affordable 4K monitor, this 28” Westinghouse may be for you.
This monitor uses 3840 x 2160 resolution to provide the Ultra HD display. While it is not a 120Hz, but rather a 60Hz, this may be a good monitor to start off with. It may not have the visual stunningness that serious gamers who expect flawless frame rates and speed are looking for, but it is affordable.
Among the features include: Display Port 1.2, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 Hub, VGA, MHL-HDMI, and an Audio In/Out. You can tilt, lift, pivot, and swivel the display due to the versatile stand that is included, which does make it perfect for customization.
The aspect ratio is 16:9 and has a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees. However, the viewing angle is said to be off by some customers, who say that it is not as versatile as stated, and difficult to find the sweet spot for viewing. Also, the color quality is not as high as other comparable brands.
06. Dell 4K S2817Q 28” Screen LCD Monitor with Built in Subwoofer
This Dell monitor features over 8 million pixels of the screen contains more than 1080p resolution. This 4K monitor offers a sharp resolution, smooth and blur-free images, and a great frame rate. There is also minimum input lag when gaming, which is perfect for those gearing up for some intense gameplay. The extremely rapid 2ms panel response means that you can experience all of the speed your game requires with perfect resolution and response time.
Also featured is Picture Picture and Picture BY Picture. View Content and Multi-Task from these two different sources. This means you can view content from two different sources on the one large monitor screen. All you have to do is plug in your MHL compatible smartphone or tablet via HDMI/MHL and your laptop via DP/mDP. However, note that this monitor is not VESA compatible.
What makes this Dell monitor unique is the sound. Not all monitors come with quality sound, and some do not feature audio at all. This Dell has powerful, dual 9W integrated speakers that offer a home theater experience with rich and crisp audio. This will allow you to immerse into your game like never before.
05. ASUS PB287Q 28” 4K/UHD Eye Care Monitor
For serious gamers who not only want quality but extreme speeds, 4K resolution, and technology that reduces eye strain, this ASUS model is an excellent choice.
You can see every single detail of any game or film with this 4K ASUS display. With excellent 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD resolution, this screen offers 157 pixels per inch and real 10-bit color. The 4K experience is better than ever with an incredible 1ms GTG response time at a Refresh Rate of 60Hz (using DisplayPort). Using HDMI, you will have a 30Hz Refresh Rate.
You have a variety of connection options such as HDMI, DisplayPort, and HDMI/MHL for smartphones and tablets. In addition to the visual features, this monitor includes SplendedPlus, VividPixel, GamePlus, and QuickFit technologies.
As a gamer, you have likely played marathons on a regular basis, spending hours upon hours battling in your favorite game. One of the main features of this ASUS monitor is the Eye Care Technology, which features a Flicker-free display for less eye fatigue. The stand is also ergonomic and includes customizable adjustments such as: swivel, tilt, pivot, height adjustments, and wall mount capabilities.
04. LG 27UD68-P 27” 4K UHD IPS Monitor with FreeSync
True visual quality begins and ends with display quality and refreshes rates. For gamers, there is no greater importance placed on the perfect gaming monitor.
Resolution is no problem with this 4K IPS display. With the best paneling for gaming, this monitor also includes a true 3840 x 2160 resolution that offers a better viewing and gaming experience. This LG also features a sRGB over 99%, which promises the best color saturation, quality, and vibrancy that will allow the full color of your game to come out.
As with any great gaming monitor, this LG features FreeSync. FreeSync is the brand name for the technology LCD displays use in order to support a dynamic refresh rate that is aimed at reducing screen tearing. No one likes lagging, blurring, or screen tearing during intense gameplay, so this monitor is one of the best options on this list due to this gaming-specific feature.
Also featured is an on-screen control with screen split as well as a pivot stand that you can move for your perfect viewing angle.
03. Samsung 27” Curved LED-Lit Monitor, Model S27D590C
When it comes to gaming, realism and immersive displays are all the rage. There are ultra wide screens, 3D screens, flat screens, and in this product, a curved screen monitor.
This Samsung is popular due to its curved display, which offers extra viewing angles and offers a more in-depth feel. Note that this monitor is Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, which is 1080p, not 4K Ultra HD. This may not make a difference to some gamers who play in Full HD and do not want to yet make the transition to UHD. It also helps keep the cost of this curved LED monitor down.
This 27 inch curved monitor uses LED technology and features a 3000:1 Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio for vibrant colors, contrast, and saturation. The extra-wide viewing angle is 178 degrees and is in part thanks to the curved construction.
You can game with a 4ms response time and 60Hz refresh frame rate. While this is not as good as the 1ms or 2ms response times in some models, this model contains features that make up for it. Also, many gamers do not need such speeds. This LED is also optimized with Game Mode and has built-in dual stereo speakers.
02. Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor P2415Q 24” Screen LED-Lit Monitor
The Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor is a chic, customizable monitor that is perfect for gaming. With 99% sRGB color coverage, and factory calibration at deltaE <3, you can rely on accurate colors and a breadth of color ranges that will blow you away.
With true 4K resolution, the quality of picture is fantastic and allows for immersive and detail-oriented gaming. You can maximize your viewing options by adjusting the monitor to your desired height and angle. You can even pivot the screen from landscape to portrait view in order to use this monitor to read full pages at a glance during regular computing.
If you want wall mount, no problem. This monitor is VESA-compatible and you need only a 100mm x 100mm wall mount kit to save up desktop space. Also, note that this monitor does not have built-in speakers, but has a line-out to connect to your home theater speakers. If you do not have any speakers, make sure you purchase one before starting your gaming with this monitor! Until then, you can always use headphones.
This 24 inch LED display from Dell is also reasonably priced for a 4K monitor that delivers such great resolution and color quality.
01. Samsung U28E590D 28” UHD LED-Lit Monitor
It is no surprise that Samsung again makes the list of best gaming displays under $500. This Samsung is a 28 inch Ultra HD (4K) monitor that makes gaming unbelievable. This is probably the best gaming monitor on this list and for the best price, so take a look at the details below.
Not only does this Samsung feature true 4K 3840 x 2160 resolution, but you can experience your game with Samsung’s capacity to show more than 1 Billion colors. The Ultra HD quality offers unbelievable, realistic picture quality with colors that are vibrant, life-like, and perfect for gamers everywhere.
Just like the ASUS display reviewed above, this Samsung has a Flicker Free and Eye Saver Mode, which decreases eye fatigue during marathon gaming. This display is also optimized for entertainment, is energy efficient, and is the perfect size for gaming, at 28 inches. Small enough that you can see the entire screen without moving your head up and down or side to side, but large enough to enjoy every detail, this Samsung is of great quality.
Another fantastic gaming feature is the inclusion of AMD FreeSync. This means you can game with an incredible 1ms response time, which means no lagging, but smooth and effortless transitions. In addition to true 4K resolution, this Samsung UHD LED-Lit monitor also includes Samsung’s Mega DCR Contrast Ratio, which maximizes upon the UHD resolution and offers colors and contrasting that is necessary for gameplay.
It can be difficult to know where to begin when looking for a new gaming monitor, especially one in 4K. With new products coming out all the time from different brands, it is important to get down to the details and see what features and tech specs each product has.
This list features the 2016 best gaming monitors under $500. 4K gaming is all about speed, clarity, resolution, color vibrancy, and effortless transitions. These products are affordable and contain many, if not, all of these desirable features.