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Work and Play: The best 4K desktop monitors for gamers and designers

Whether you’re upgrading from your standard desktop or simply craving more pixel space, it’s high time you step into the world of Ultra HD. Dominating the desktop monitor industry today are 4K screens and ultra-wide curved panels, as they are the preferred choice for gamers, graphic designers and let’s not kid ourselves – Netflix binge-watchers. For those who need to be put upto speed, ‘4K’ simply means screen resolution of upto 3840 × 2160. Now this could vary between sizes of 27-inches all the way up to 43-inches. However, it’s really important to do your research before buying a new 4K monitor. From refresh rates to adaptive-sync capabilities, be sure you know exactly what these features are whether they’ll influence your decision before you make it. Until then, take a look at the best 4K monitors we found online.

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Samsung Space Monitor SR75

Right off the bat, you know this monitor will appeal to a minimalist. Being a part of Samsung’s Space Monitor Series, the SR75 was originally designed to clear up your workspace clutter. As being super adjustable with its clamp system, this Samsung screen delivers a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio, typical brightness of 250 cd/m2 and a 2500:1 contrast ratio. Response time sits at 4ms (GTG), refresh rate at 60 Hz, and horizontal and vertical viewing angles at  178°. In other words, a quality and versatile 4K screen.

Available at select Samsung outlets*

Alienware know their area of expertise and ace it with every product they launch. Bred for gaming, this Alienware tech tool comes with a stunning 240Hz refresh rate and 1-millisecond response time which is undoubtedly one of the best in the business. It also features an AMD freesync, which eliminates distortions and visual glitches during use. Design-wise, the panel is clamped up by a uniquely structured support stand which actually might occupy more space than we’d like it to. But then again, it’s holding up tons of heavy-duty hardware specs, so we’ll allow that.

Price: Rs. 48,500 onwards.

Dell’s Ultrasharp series can swing both ways, for gaming as well as for design indulgences. Although, it does lean a bit more towards the latter. The 31-inch monitor comes with a quintessential screen-spread of 3840 x 2160 and a slightly dosed down refresh rate of 60Hz. The panel comes with a exquisite colour tuning, which is why we’d recommend a web or graphic designer to invest in it. In terms of design, it boasts a classic curved-edge Dell silhouette and is simply elegant. The Ultrasharp series also features larger screens with better refresh rates, that are meant for gaming. But if you’re looking for design and colour quality efficiency, this is the one.

Price: Rs. 100,300 onwards.

You can rely on LG to make a decent display and the LG 27UD88-W is certainly that, and easily makes its way on to our best 4K monitors list. From top-end response times to covering 99 percent of the sRGB colour space, it’s a really impressive model. All this comes at a relatively reasonable asking price, when you take a look at some of the other 4K monitors on the market. The number of ports are generous to, and you can hook up a laptop or other device via USB-C too. Whether you need to check the colour balance of photographs or want to load up the very latest PC games, the LG 27UD88-W is going to appeal as one of the best 4K monitors around in 2019.

Price: 49,500 onwards.

There’s so much to love about the Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB that it is difficult to know where to start. It’s a simply massive panel, measuring in at a TV-sized 43 inches, which means you’re never strapped for space. Thanks to its 4K, DisplayHDR 1000 panel technology, too, the picture quality it delivers is also impressive, with up to 1000 nits of peak brightness accessible. Elsewhere, the 3,840 x 2,160 resolution screen also comes with a gamer-focused 4 ms response time and Adaptive-Sync technology, which means input lag is moot and high-speed gaming sessions a super smooth, click-and-hope free experience. Naturally, thanks to the screen’s Quantum Dot colour tech, too, images and videos are presented naturally and with rich, vivid colours.

Price: Rs. 65,500.

Available at select Philips outlets.

Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.
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