Explained: Everything you need to know about UltraHD (4K) PC monitors

Posted by Ercan Aslan 10/03/2017 PC News,

 

The world of monitors is been turning fast in the last few years. There are new technologies aiming to take the next step forward. The first wave of UltraHD screens were only to be desired. The prices first of all were very high and the cheaper options had a lot of problems like refresh rates and configuration optimizations. But the situation is much better today. 4K is changing from early adopting to the mainstream.

 

Here’s all you need to know before considering a 4K monitor.


UltraHD (4K) resolution

 

First things first, 4K is also known as UltraHD and refers to a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. That's four times the 1,920 x 1,080 pixels found in your FullHD display. All other things being equal, 4K displays are capable of producing much sharper on-screen images. The extra resolution adds more like looking through a window experience, because everything is very, very sharp and vibrant.

 

4K TV vs Monitors

 

Computer monitors are different. Your operating system can reach higher resolutions than 1080p. You could grab a 4K monitor, plug it into your computer, and increase your display resolution to 3840×2160 without any problems. However your computer’s graphics card would need to support this resolution. At the end your computer’s desktop and interface itself will be sharp and very detailed. But as mentioned you need a powerful graphics card to achieve the 4K resolution.

 

 

 

The use of variable refresh monitors supporting Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync technologies can also help games run more smoothly at lower frame rates.

 

Panel types

 

With PC monitors, beside choosing for FullHD or UltraHD. There is also an array of different panel types to choose from: TN, IPS and IGZO, with TN panels usually priced the lowest, followed by IPS panels, then IGZO.

 

TN panels are:

  • Targeted at gamers or mainstream users
  • Offer the fastest response times.
  • However there are compromises in color accuracy or viewing angles.

 

IPS panels are:

  • Having very good viewing angels.
  • Very good in color reproduction and have very good viewing angles.
  • However the response times are slower compared to TN panels.

 

IGZO panels are:

  • Are offering better power characteristics and less mass, which is ideal for use in high-density displays like a 4K monitor.
  • Using less power consumption.
  • However the prices of the IGZO panels are very expensive.

 

To choosing the ideal panel type is up to you based on your budget and your needs.

 

 

Refresh rates

 

Also an important thing to consider when buying an 4k Monitor is the refresh rate. The typical refresh rate of a mainstream display is 60Hz, and fast gaming-monitors can offer up to 144Hz. With 30Hz UltraHD monitors on the market, it is worth checking if you want to buy the 30Hz for a cheaper price or go for the 60Hz monitor or go even higher.

 

HDMI

 

While some 4K monitors support HDMI, the version of HDMI supported by most graphics cards which is HDMI 1.4 will lock you 4K monitor-output at 30Hz. The newer HDMI 2.0 spec supports a full 60Hz and higher 4K resolution, assuming both your monitor and your graphics card support it. In general, however, it’s easier to drive a 4K monitor using a DisplayPort connection at this time.

 

Verdict

 

Should you get a 4K display for your computer?

 

  • If you have more money to spend on a 4K Monitor, you will get a lot of benefits out of it. Without mentioning the beautiful display. Compared to a 4K TV, the higher-detail of a 4K monitor is always visible even when you’re just looking at your desktop’s taskbar or maybe a background image.

 

  • It also depends on what the main reason is for using a 4K monitor. If it is for editing and gaming, then the 4K monitor is considerable buying and it will be a worthwhile investment. If you don’t care that much about how the screen looks, you can get a regular 1080P monitor.

 

So what do you think so far. Even after using a high-resolution displays for a while, it’s hard to go back to a low-resolution monitor. Let us know what your opinion is about 4K gaming.

 

  • The best buy for the 4K option is the ACER 43” ET430K 4K IPS monitor, that is now priced at RM2,299.00. With an IPS panel, refresh rate of 60Hz and a response time of 5ms. You can check it out here. Check also the blog for detailed information.
  • The first alternative to go for a FullHD option is the DELL 24” SE2417HG monitor that is now priced at RM509.00. With an TN Anti-Glare panel, refresh rate of 60Hz and a response time of 2ms. You can check it out here.
  • The second alternative is the VIEWSONIC 23”VX2363SMHL 23 priced at RM599.00. The monitor had an Anti-Glare IPS panel, refresh rate up to 75Hz and a response time of 2ms. You can check it out here.

 

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