The 10 Best HDR Monitors

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Among the most important factors in video quality are the brightness of colors and the darkness of blacks. High dynamic range is a still-evolving set of standards that allows for intense and highly realistic light output, making compatible movies and games practically jump off the screen. One of these premium monitors will future-proof your system as HDR media support becomes more widespread. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ

2. Asus ROG Strix XG438Q

3. Acer Predator XB273K

Editor's Notes

April 09, 2020:

A year ago, it wasn't really advisable to invest in an HDR computer monitor. We're finally reaching a point where a lot of new offerings can actually produce meaningful high dynamic range results, but with the caveat that they're pretty darn expensive; if you have the room for it, an HDR-enabled television will deliver better dynamic contrast, but TVs don't have DisplayPort inputs, so until there are HDMI 2.1 graphics cards available, these monitors are the only way to get high-frame rate displays with HDR support.

That said, most of these are relatively new releases, but not the Acer Predator X27, which isn't just for gaming; its accuracy and consistency make it more than suitable for professional photo and video editors. Speaking of productivity, the MSI Prestige PS341WU was built for it, with a 5K by 2K resolution and built-in split picture functionality that make it an excellent choice for power users of any sort. Another notable and highly interesting option is the Asus ROG Strix XG438Q, which measures 43 inches and is on a par with many high-end LCD TVs, and in fact outperforms many of those at a similar price point. The Samsung CRG9 is one more ultra-advanced model, and as long as you have the computing power to drive it, basically nothing else can compare, because there are almost no others with its size, aspect ratio, or pixel count.

With the somewhat unconventional ones out of the way, there are several good options that come in considerably more standard sizes, and at somewhat lower prices. The Asus Tuf VG279QM boasts a maximum refresh rate of 280 hertz, a rate that is actually difficult for high-end PCs to achieve on the most advanced games; but if you're a dedicated competitor, you'll appreciate the speed, and in fact Samsung recently released a study showing that frame rates up to 300 FPS can actually increase accuracy in fast-paced esports situations. The Acer Predator XB273K is a reworked and slightly more affordable follow-up to the X27,and while it doesn't get quite as bright, a lot of users will be very happy with it. The Acer Nitro VG271U is an all-around high-performing option as well, although its significant black uniformity issues take away from its appearance especially in dark rooms. The Asus CG32UQ and HP Pavilion 32-Inch are both passable and affordable choices, but they're limited to relatively low refresh rates, which is definitely not ideal for gaming. Overall, though, it's tough to beat the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ, which packs a ton of powerful components and is one of the very few to boast 384 local dimming zones.

Special Honors

Asus ROG Swift PG65UQ If you have $5,000 to spend on a gaming display, it's almost impossible to do better than this one. Unlike TVs of the same size, its DisplayPort input allows for high-frame rate transmission at 4K without waiting for someone to release an HDMI 2.1 video card.

Samsung Odyssey The Korean electronics giant is really pushing the envelope with this year's new releases. While both the Odyssey G7 and G9 are excellent pieces of hardware, the G9 really stands out thanks to a ridiculous 49-inch diagonal measurement in a 32:9 aspect ratio, supported by quantum dot filtration and 1,000 nits of brightness.

Asus ProArt PA32UCG The ProArt line is designed and priced for the professional user, boasting a peak brightness of 1,400 nits, HDR10 with Dolby Vision support, and far more accurate colors than most common consumer-oriented models. It features industry-level variable refresh rate technology and is one of the very few displays available with a true 10-bit panel.

Apple Pro Display HDR You probably haven't heard of 6K resolution or DisplayHDR 1600 certification, so here's your first taste: An incredibly good-looking and absurdly expensive release from none other than one of the most cutting-edge electronics design companies in the world. There might be a couple more technically advanced monitors out there, but we're not sure where they are.

4. MSI Prestige PS341WU

5. Acer Predator X27

6. Asus Tuf VG279QM

7. Acer Nitro VG271U

8. Asus CG32UQ

9. Samsung CRG9

10. HP Pavilion 32-Inch

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on April 14, 2020 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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