Best HDR Monitors

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 26, 2018
Having a high performance computer monitor with a very high-quality display image is very important for those who work with images and videos, or even for gamers. If you need to find a high-quality monitor for such work or for gaming, then take a look at our reviews of five of the best HDR Monitors available. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

USB-C ™ One-Cable Connectivity Feature allows you to provide simultaneous transmission of images, sound, and also acts as a USB 3.0 Upstream Port. Particularly relevant when connecting a MacBook or ultrabook with a USB Type-C connector. A USB Type-C cable is already included.

CONS

Does not always automatically recognize the connected signal source.

OUR VERDICT

If you have ever thought about buying two monitors to expand your working area and greatly facilitate the performance of several tasks at the same time - this 35-inch Ultra-wide monitor will be a worthy alternative. And the 1800R Curvature will provide full screen coverage.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

35"

Resolution

3440 x 1440

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 100 Hz

Brightness: 300 cd/m²

Native Contrast: 2500:1 

Response Time: 4 ms

Viewing Angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x USB 3.0 (downstream), USB Type-C port, Headphones-out jack

Sound

No

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The monitor has 2 speakers with the power of 7 W each - this is quite enough for a small room, so there will be no need for external computer speakers. The DTS™ technology creates surround sound, which is important when watching movies with exciting special effects.

CONS

Some users complain about the instability of the legs.

OUR VERDICT

Acer has released a truly high-tech monitor, in which every detail is executed at the highest level: a thin frame, a curved screen, 100% sRGB gamut and the ability to adjust the color gamut at once in 6 individual colors - these are the factors that distinguish this model from the rest.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

34"

Resolution

3440 x 1440

Panel Type

IPS

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 75 Hz

Brightness: 300 cd/m²

Native Contrast: 1000:1

Response Time: 5 ms

Viewing Angle: 172°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x DisplayPort out, 4 x USB 3.0 (downstream), USB Type-C port

Sound

2 x 7 W

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The Brightness Intelligence Plus Technology automatically adjusts the screen brightness based on the ambient light level: this solution provides comfortable use in any ambient light and also reduces the power consumption of the monitor to a minimum.

CONS

Small viewing angles (typical for this type of matrix).

OUR VERDICT

With a diagonal of 28" and 4K-resolution, the manufacturer has managed to achieve a pixel density of 157 ppi - even if you decide to watch the video in the highest quality or decide to play games at maximum settings, you will be pleasantly surprised by the clarity and smoothness of the image.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

28"

Resolution

3840 x 2160

Panel Type

TN+film

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

Brightness: 300 cd/m²

Native Contrast: 1000:1

Response Time: 1 ms

Viewing Angle: 170°(H)/160°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x DisplayPort, Headphones-out jack

Sound

2 x 2 W

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A soft blue backlight is provided at the back of the monitor, which when placed close to the wall creates a luminous background around the screen - such a solution combined with eye-saver mode reduces the strain on the eye muscles (especially important when using the monitor in the evening).

CONS

Joystick controls are a little awkward.

OUR VERDICT

This QLED monitor is every gamer's dream: the VA-matrix has a frequency of 144 Hz and a response time of 1 ms (G-to-G), so it will give you a distinct advantage over your opponents in any dynamic game. Ideal for marathon gaming sessions well into the night.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

31.5"

Resolution

2560 x 1440

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 144 Hz

Brightness: 350 cd/m²

Native Contrast: 3000:1

Response Time: 1 ms

Viewing Angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x DisplayPort, 2 x USB 3.0 (downstream), 1 x USB 3.0 (upstream), Mic-in jack, Mic-out jack, Headphones-out jack

Sound

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

In addition to the currently popular HDMI connector, a VGA input is also provided here: although it is inferior in the quality of image transmission to HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, it is still used when connecting budget notebooks and office PCs.

CONS

Relatively low response time (6 ms).

OUR VERDICT

This inexpensive and at the same time productive monitor has Full HD resolution and has 99% sRGB spectrum coverage, and therefore will definitely appeal to people who want to fully enjoy the natural color reproduction when watching movies or viewing photos.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

23.8"

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Panel Type

IPS

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Native Contrast: 1000:1

Response Time: 6 ms

Viewing Angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Interfaces

1 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, Headphones-out jack

Sound

No

Warranty

1 year

BenQ EX3501R

Panoramic Entertainment

One of the hallmarks of a high-quality computer monitor is in its ability to draw you into what's on the screen so deeply that you don't even notice anything else. The ability of a monitor to take up your entire visual field is something that can immerse you into your computer, regardless of what it is that you're doing. This works especially well for gaming, with your whole field of vision immersing you directly into the action as if you were really there. Few monitors, however, can actually achieve this goal of total immersion.

The BenQ EX3501R 35" HDR Gaming Curved Monitor is one such monitor that can do all of that and more. This huge 35" curved display is large enough to soak up your entire field of vision, even filling up the periphery of your view, directly immersing you into the action of whichever game you are playing. This large monitor doesn't suffer from having huge jaggies in games like many others do, as it offers a near 4K experience, with a screen resolution of 3440 x 1440. The 1800R curvature that this display features extends around your field of vision, wrapping the on-screen environment around you instead of easily perceptible flaws constantly reminding you that you are only playing a game.

Review of BenQ EX3501R 35" HDR Gaming Curved Monitor (100Hz, FreeSync, 4ms, USB-C)

Surround Youself

The huge display and high resolution of this curved HDR monitor are certainly a sight to behold, but there is actually a lot more to it than just these features. The bezel around the screen is extremely thin, and remains virtually unnoticeable even while you are looking directly at it. The effect it has is to make it look like a screen is just floating in mid-air when you are looking at it head-on. The HDR technology in this monitor gives you hyper-realistic video quality, with colors standing in sharp contrast, and deep blacks that really make the images on-screen look realistic, as if you were really there.

The monitor itself features plenty of adjustments to give you the ability to customize it to your exact liking. This includes a height adjustment of the stand ranging within 60mm, which is plenty for almost all use cases. The tilt adjustment also lets you angle it exactly how you want, based on your view of it from where you are sitting. The Brightness Plus technology lets you adjust the brightness to your exact needs, giving you the premium experience in viewing comfort. There is even the AMD Free Sync technology included, which eliminates screen tearing and skipped frames to give you the ultimate viewing experience. Any serious gamer looking for an immersive experience will find this monitor to be a dream come true.

BenQ EX3501R 35" HDR Gaming Curved Monitor (100Hz, FreeSync, 4ms, USB-C) in the use

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Acer XR342CK

Impressive View

Of a person's total computing experience, the type of monitor that a computer uses can go a long way towards giving the user the best experience possible. As the monitor is what the person sees while using a computer, a bad monitor can make the entire experience of using a computer seem bad, despite whatever other hardware the computer has. Of course, this works the other way around too. The best HDR monitor can make a person think that their system is unbeatable, even if the rest of the computer's specs are unimpressive.

The Acer XR342CK 34" Curved QHD Monitor is a model that can make almost any computer seem impressive. The 34" curved ultra-wide screen is huge, filling up a person's periphery and giving plenty of screen real estate for getting any kind of serious work done. Even outside of serious work, it can give gamers a truly immersive experience that is simply impossible on even a large standard HD display. The screen resolution of 3440 x 1440 gives a highly detailed display that won't irritate anyone with jaggy edges or slow response times, and all images viewed on it will be of the highest detail. Whether it is for work or play, this monitor is sure to provide an impressive experience to anyone.

Review of Acer XR342CK 34" Curved QHD Monitor HDR Ready with Adaptive-Sync

High Quality Video and Sound

Although this is hardly the only QHD monitor available on the market, it has plenty of features that make it stand out from the competition. This monitor features an IPS panel with Adaptive-sync support, giving you a fast refresh rate with a response time of only 1 ms that will give all actions on screen a smooth, realistic look. The built-in ColorPlus technology gives you full control over the sRGB gamut, giving you 6 axis control over the image that allows you to adjust it to perfection. The viewing angle of this monitor is also exceptional, giving you a wide range of view without any color distortion.

There are plenty of other features to this monitor along with its overall image quality. The monitor features a USB 3.1 Type C port that provides monitor input, along with 4 USB 3.0 ports downstream that let you attach a wide array of devices to it. There are also plenty of video input ports, including HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, and MHL 2.1, along with a DisplayPort output for connecting to another monitor. Unlike most other monitors of its type, it also includes two 7W DTS speakers that give you a full surround sound experience. This is perfect for those who don't already have high-quality computer speakers. These and many other features help make this monitor one of the best QHD displays available.

Acer XR342CK 34" Curved QHD Monitor HDR Ready with Adaptive-Sync in the use

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BenQ EL2870U

Amazing Gaming Display

Hardcore gamers tend to be very picky about which kind of monitor they use, especially when it comes to 4K monitors. While having the highest resolution possible is nice, many large monitors tend to suffer from screen blurring due to poor refresh rates, which can ruin the gaming experience, especially with fast action games. Along with that, gamers want the monitor to be large enough to provide a fully immersive experience, without any of the drawbacks that LCD-based monitors often have.

The BenQ EL2870U 28" 4K HDR Gaming Monitor is the answer to many gamer's prayers. This 28-inch 4K monitor includes impressive performance all around, giving a true 4K experience with its 3840 x 2160 resolution, rendering the image in stunning detail that is only possible from a 4K monitor. The screen size is also large enough to satisfy most gamers, especially those who will sit a distance away from the monitor. Although the monitor itself does not provide a curved display like other panoramic models, the size of the screen and orientation should still provide a greatly immersive view that is not unlike that of other, larger screened monitors.

Review of BenQ EL2870U 28" 4K HDR Gaming Monitor (Free-Sync Eye-Care, Built-in Speakers)

Fully Loaded

Just providing a high-quality display is often enough for some gamers, but the more demanding types will want a plethora of features added that will help create the best gaming experience possible. If you are one of those types, then not to worry - this monitor is loaded to the gills with features. This monitor is fully HDR compliant, meaning that it provides a high dynamic range in colors and brightness, giving you the most realistic image possible. The extremely fast 1 ms GTG response time gives super fast screen updates, and prevents things such as screen blurring that often occur with low refresh rate monitors. All gaming action is rendered in stunning detail, with no ghosting or artifacts that remove from the immersion of the gameplay.

Other features are included here too, including the AMD FreeSync techonogy, which gives you super-fast refresh rates that can keep up with your ultra-powerful video card. The Brightness Intelligence Plus technology helps to reduce eye strain by detecting the ambient brightness and automatically adjusting the screen brightness and color temperature for the best effect, which is quite important for those who engage in marathon gaming sessions. Plenty of inputs are also provided, including HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort inputs that should let you connect any computer or gaming system, no matter how new. There are even built-in speakers for those who don't wish to connect an additional speaker system. For any gamer looking for the ultimate in gaming monitors, you can end your search right here.

BenQ EL2870U 28" 4K HDR Gaming Monitor (Free-Sync Eye-Care, Built-in Speakers) in the use

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Samsung C32HG70

Ultra Sharp Wide Screen

Having a screen that displays graphics as sharp and realistic as possible is often something that gamers demand, yet few monitors are able to truly deliver. With LCD-based monitors, certain factors tend to get in the way of having an ultra-realistic image, including slow response times, inaccurate color reproduction due to the limited color support of many monitors, and wide pixel ratios that leave a lot of jagged edges visible. Gamers tend to be a rather picky bunch, so when they notice such problems, the are certain to let everyone know about them.

The Samsung C32HG70 32" HDR QLED Curved Gaming Monitor is one model that gamers will have a difficult time finding fault with. This curved screen monitor boasts a ton of features and characteristics that address almost every fault that someone can find with a monitor. The 32 inches of screen real estate coupled with the curved screen is certain to please anyone with its size, providing a full widescreen view of any playfield while filling the player's peripheral vision. The Quantum dot pitch and support of over 1 billion colors ensures that all images and colors are faithfully and accurately reproduced down to the smallest detail, with no screen jaggies visible.

Review of Samsung C32HG70 32" HDR QLED Curved Gaming Monitor (144Hz / 1ms)

A Gamer's Paradise

There is truly a lot to love about this monitor, even beyond the high resolution and accurate color reproduction that it offers. This monitor features a refresh rate of up to 144Hz, ensuring that it can keep up with the ultra-fast frame rates offered by even the most powerful video cards on the market. The monitor is even rated to operate well in more extreme temperatures between 50 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring that all of the great features that it offers work well no matter how hot or cold the gaming session is. The fast response time of 1 ms also ensures no ghosting or artifacts are left on screen by even the fastest action games.

Beyond the fantastic image and response time of this monitor, there are plenty of other features that it has to offer. Those who have the latest video cards won't have to worry about the proper connectors being supported, as this monitor offers two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort input. This means that even gaming consoles such as the XBox One X or PS4 Pro can be connected without a problem. For those who prefer a little eye candy to go along with the performance, the monitor includes light emitters that can provide a pulsating light show that is sure to impress your friends as well as yourself. For those who are even the most demanding of their gaming hardware, this monitor is certain to be a gamer's paradise.
Samsung C32HG70 32" HDR QLED Curved Gaming Monitor (144Hz / 1ms) in the use

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Dell S2418HN

Budget Gaming Monitor

Budget monitors are usually not ones that are meant to be high performance. Monitors that are on the low end are much more often than not meant to be simple display devices, giving the computer a suitable screen at the lowest possible price. As these types of monitors are low cost devices, they tend to be quite short on features, and most often don't offer the type of performance that gamers or others would find to meet their lofty requirements. Such features are fast response times and accurate color reproduction are not the goals of these monitors, and in these areas they especially tend to fall well short.

The Dell S2418HN 24" Infinity Edge Full HD HDR Display is one monitor that shows that not all budget monitors are of low quality. Featuring a Full HD resolution, this monitor actually packs in both the features and type of performance that more demanding owners expect from a higher priced monitor, including lightning fast response times and accurate color reproduction. Although the 24-inch screen of this model is smaller than many of its contemporaries, it is still large enough to fully display the latest games and videos in all of their glory. Having said that, there are few other 24-inch monitors that can match its features and performance.

Review of Dell S2418HN 24" Infinity Edge Full HD HDR Display

Highly Detailed Picture

One of the best features of this particular model is the high pixel density, with a pixel pitch of only 0.2745 mm. This ensures that the pixels are all packed tightly together, making them virtually unnoticeable to all but the sharpest eyes, and also providing a jaggy-free experience, no matter what you are using it for. Along with the high pixel density is a feature that lets you boost the response time of the monitor, making it great for gamers who demand sharp quality even during busy actions scenes. Although this monitor doesn't have the high refresh rate of other more expensive models, it still performs quite well with high frame rates, ensuring that a high-quality image is maintained throughout any action occurring on-screen.

Although many budget monitors tend to skimp on the ports that are available, this model again proves to be the exception, as it offers both HDMI and VGA ports along with the headphone jack output for those who require headphones. If you don't have or don't wish to use headphones, this monitor does contain a built-in speaker that offers decent sound quality. About the only negative to it is that no DisplayPort input is available, although you can use an adapter to connect to HDMI or VGA. Although it is not quite in the same ballpark as many of the other much more expensive models, this great budget monitor offers great performance for the price.

Dell S2418HN 24" Infinity Edge Full HD HDR Display in the use

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What Is an HDR Monitor?

For many years, computer monitors didn't really follow the leaps and bounds in technology advancement of the computers they worked with. Many of the monitors created through the decade of the 90s, for instance, didn't have much separation between them concerning resolution and graphical clarity. It was only in the 2000s, with the advancements made in LCD technology, did computer monitors start really evolving at the close pace to the rest of PC technology.

Nowadays, computer monitors are far advanced in capabilities to their predecessors from several decades ago. One of the biggest advancements that have come about is the advent of HDR technology. HDR (which stands for High Dynamic Range) has really allowed computer monitors to recreate lifelike images. HDR technology works by giving a wider range between contrast and color brightness, allowing the brightest whites and deepest blacks to bring a special clarity to the image. With an HDR monitor, your photos and videos will look much more lifelike in their color reproduction and clarity.

If you are a gamer and are looking for the best gaming PC to match your HDR monitor, then read our reviews of five of the best gaming PCs for the best ever gaming experience.

What Features to Compare

Many of those who are not well-versed in computer technology will not really be aware of the differences between different types of monitors. This is especially true when it comes to HDR monitors, a relatively new technology that is a bit more subtle than simple monitor characteristics such as screen size or resolution. Despite this, however, HDR monitors will differ on many of the same characteristics as standard monitors, so it is good to be aware of these small but important differences before choosing the best HDR monitor.

Screen Size

The first characteristic that most people will look for is the screen size. Being aware of how large the screen is will go a long way in determining which model to buy, as many different screen sizes are offered. With how large monitors have become now, though, it is also important to know this so that you are certain that it will fit on your computer desk without it becoming a cramped workstation.

Screen Resolution

Screen resolution is probably another primary characteristic that most people will look for in a monitor. With High Definition (HD) having been the standard now for the last decade, monitor resolutions have continued to climb. A standard HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 is often fine for most people, but those who do professional video work, or even hardcore gamers, are more partial to 4K monitors, those with a resolution double that of standard HD (3840 x 2160). However, there are also many models that settle on a resolution about halfway between standard HD and 4K, so if you require a 4K screen, then you will want to make sure that your monitor of choice supports that full resolution.

Type of Display

Another important characteristic in HDR monitors is the type of display that it uses. Almost all HDR monitors use LCD-based technology, but that is where the similarities end. The three main panel types that are used are TN, IPS, and VA panels. TN panels (Twisted Neumatic) are the oldest type of LCD display, and are based on liquid crystals twisting within the display to produce parts of the image. TN panels had a lot of advantages over the older CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) displays, but have some shortcomings in that they typically have low color reproduction accuracy and low viewing angles. IPS panels were created to overcome the shortcomings of TN displays, but often have some shortcomings of their own, namely slow response times and are more expensive to manufacture. VN panels are the newest type, and were created to hold as a good compromise between TN and IPS displays. Which panel type you will want will highly depend on what you primarily use your computer for.

Interfaces

One other important aspect of monitors to look for are the types of interfaces supported on them. Almost all HDR monitors will include ports for HDMI and DisplayPort, which are the two most common HD monitor interfaces. but those with older computers may only have a VGA connector. It is best to choose a model that supports the same type of monitor connector that your computer uses.

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Getting the Most From Your Gaming Setup

Having top-end hardware is always the goal of any serious gamer, whether it be just a hardcore gamer who likes winning, or a professional gamer who plays games for a living. While having the best computer equipment is a must, it is far from the only thing that can give an advantage to gamers. There are many other ways to get the best out of your gaming setup, especially when it comes to the positioning of your monitor in relation to the computer. Listed here are a few ways to help you get the best out of your gaming station, in a way that will give you the best advantage possible in whatever games you play.

Ergonomics

An often overlooked aspect of gaming is ergonomics. Having a high-end computer with a gaming mouse and keyboard can go a long way towards gaining an advantage, but any advantages they provide can be cancelled out if the ergonomics of your computer are lacking. Most people think of ergonomics as being important for office work, but really, the ergonomics of your setup can give you a much better advantage than you realize. The best ergonomics will prevent you from experiencing fatigue during long gaming sessions, which can often make the difference in your matches.

A few things must be kept in mind while you setup your computer hardware. Your keyboard and mouse should be placed on a completely flat surface that lets them rest evenly while providing little resistance to movements. The desk should be level and about the same height as the bottom of your rib cage. This should allow your forearm to be level while using the keyboard and mouse. Although many gamers prefer not to use them, using a wrist wrest for both the keyboard and mouse will go a long way in preventing arm and hand strain, and will reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Monitor placement should be just below the center of your eyes while sitting straight up. Not having it level will strain your neck and back muscles, which can lead to quick fatigue during marathon gaming sessions. The monitor brightness should also be enough to clearly show detail, yet not too bright as to cause eye strain. Also, having the monitor positioned just the right distance from your eyes can also prevent eye strain, as well as allowing you to maintain a full view of the monitor without needing to turn your head.

Positioning

Maintaining good ergonomics is always the best practice when using the computer for any reason, but for gaming, there are a few other things you can do as well to ensure that you maintain maximum control over the gaming experience. One of the best ways to do this is with the placement and positioning of your keyboard and mouse. Many serious gamers opt for corded mice and keyboards, as they often prove to be more responsive to input than wireless ones. In this case, where to plug in your mouse and keyboard can be very important. Many of the gaming monitors available, along with all of the models listed here, offer USB 3.0 ports, which are perfect for plugging in your input devices. Having close inputs ensures that your mouse and keyboard won't be hampered by the cable being snagged or stretched, ensuring free movement whenever necessary.

Following this advice should give you the ability to perform at your best in any game, especially during marathon gaming sessions. And it will be easiest to do so with a great gaming monitor.

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Publish Date: 2018-11-26 15:57:42