I am going to make a quick review of the best 4k monitors for photo editing in this article. Moreover, the aspects which seek your closed attention for having a perfect best monitor for gaming and photo editing would also be discussed.
Maybe you guess would agree with this statement that whenever we have to purchase something in a very concise budget, it becomes quite tricky to go for the best one.
But I have experienced many people wandering with confused faces while having no worry about the budget.
While these monitors are expensive, if you have a large budget to cater to your passion for building top-end gaming rigs, then you will surely love the best 4k monitors for photo editing 2020 we have listed here.
1. ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ
This is not just the best 4k photo editing monitor out there in terms of functionality, it is also the most expensive.
In fact, to call this monitor merely expensive would be an understatement. You can build a multiple monitor setup with a fraction of the price of this monitor.
However, once you get to see what this device has to offer, I am sure you will find the price quite justifiable.
For starters, the looks of this monitor, as expected, are second to none. This is a plain gorgeous monitor that should be a delight to look at. It not only comes with RGB lights but also with Aura Sync that syncs the RGB lights with the sound and the music being played.
The real beauty of this display lies underneath the chassis. This is the only monitor in this list that offers TRUE 144Hz refresh rate meaning it does not need overclocking to reach the required 144Hz refresh rate.
The rest of the monitors here have a native 120Hz but can be overclocked to 144Hz. Overclocking may bring about performance issues. Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about that with this display.
Secondly, one of the defining features it offers is the Local Dimming technology. Local dimming is a rare feature among monitor screens. Basically, with this technology, the backlight dims and brightens individual zones so that you get a much better Contrast Ratio.
A higher Contrast Ratio is a direct reflection of how good the image quality on the screen is.
Besides that, it also offers the premium VESA certified DisplayHDR 1000. As such, with this feature enabled, the monitor can enhance the brightness all the way to 1000 nits – conventional monitors cap at 350 nits.
When you combine Local Dimming with DisplayHDR 1000, you get a screen that has unparalleled visual feedback.
On top of that, this also has plenty more image-enhancing features such as Quantum Dot for adding vibrancy, a whopping 97% coverage of DCI-P3 color space and 99% of Adobe RGB color space as well as high color precision and uniformity.
All of these features combined give you a product that is not just geared towards gamers, but also towards professional designers, editors or anyone who deals with colors.
In the end, if you are looking for the best feature and you do not have monitory constraints, then this is by far the best 4k photo editing monitor without any doubt.
Of course, the only issue with this monster is its price tag.
2. Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx
If you have a frugal disposition and you do not want to spend on unnecessary features, then this monitor will certainly appeal to you.
It is not quite as capable as the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ above, but if you strictly want 4k and 144Hz refresh rate, then you can save up plenty with this product.
Let us talk about the looks first. You will notice that the monitor has an anti-glare hood. This not only shields you from the ambient light glare but also helps you against distraction during competitive gaming.
Besides that, while this monitor may not have RGB lights, it does offer an exquisite form factor.
However, looks probably not the reason why you are here. The main attraction of this display is that it offers the required 4k and 144Hz for quite less (relatively).
However, besides that, it also offers a myriad of other features.
Before we talk about the rest of the features, we want to remove a glaring misconception about the NVIDIA G-Sync this monitor boasts to offer.
Basically, this display does NOT offer NATIVE Nvidia G-Sync, instead, what it does offer is AMD FreeSync but with NVIDIA Sync Compatibility.
Native NVIDIA G-Sync monitors are expensive, they are approved by NVIDIA, and have a built-in NVIDIA chip.
G-Sync Compatible monitors, such as this, do not have any NVIDIA chip, instead, they offer a third party adaptive sync technology that has been approved by NVIDIA to work well with NVIDIA Graphics card.
In short, the point is, the adaptive sync on this monitor works with both AMD and NVIDIA Graphics card.
However, do not expect the performance to be as good as compared to a monitor with Native NVIDIA Gsync.
With that said, let us now look at the rest of the features.
Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx offers DisplayHDR 400, Quantum Dot technology as well as 90% of DCI-P3 coverage for designers and or gamers who are color freaks.
Moreover, you must note that despite having an IPS panel, this monitor offers a 1 ms response time. Normally IPS monitors have a 4 – 8 ms response time. However, Acer uses its proprietary Visual Response Boost technology to improve the response time.
In terms of image enhancing and color precision tech, this monitor may not be perfect for professional designers and editors, for gamers, this is more than enough.
Overall, if you are looking for the most economical option, then this is the best monitor for gaming and photo editing.
3. Acer Predator XB273K
Acer Predator XB273K on the surface seems to have almost the same specs as the Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx, yet it costs more. Why is that?
There are a few good reasons why this is a premium option.
For starters, you must note that Acer Predator in itself is a more premium sub-brand name as compared to the Acer Nitro. Acer Predator is in the league of ASUS ROG.
With that said, let us see what separates this from the option above.
Firstly, Acer Predator XB273K offers native NVIDIA G-Sync instead of mere ‘NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible’ endorsement. What this means is that this has a dedicated NVIDIA chip for adaptive sync.
On to of that, the G-Sync in this offers Variable Overdrive as such it has far better control on the screen stuttering and screen tearing.
Moreover, the backlight on this monitor utilizes Local Dimming as supposed to uniform dimming found on the Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx.
Local Dimming can greatly enhance the contrast ratio and, in turn, the image quality as the screen dims different parts of the screen individually.
You must also note that for HDR feature to show its true potential, local dimming technology is essential. Local dimming improves the dynamic contrast ratio. The higher the DCR, the better would the HDR effect.
Finally, speaking of HDR, with the previous monitor i.e Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx you cannot use HDR and GSync at the same time. With this, you can.
Besides that, it offers all the top of the line features such as Quantum Dot display, 95% of DCI-P3 coverage and high color accuracy with Delta E < 2.
It also offers anti-glare hoods for removing ambient distractions from your gameplay or editing jobs.
Overall, while this Acer Predator XB273K may seem very similar to Acer Nitro XV273K Pbmiipphzx on the surface, the former offers much quality of life improvements that make it among the premium monitors.
As such, if you are willing to spend more, then this is the best 4k photo editing monitor with the HDR400 feature thanks to the local dimming it offers.
4. Acer ConceptD CP3 CP3271K Pbmiippruzx
This slim and slender monitor is designed specifically for a niche of graphic designers, editors, and photographers who are looking for a Pantone Validated display.
Pantone is a universal color system that is understood across many industries and devices. From fashion, graphics, cosmetics, architecture to printers, anything that deals with color has its roots in the Pantone Coloring system.
Pantone system is increasingly becoming popular as it aims to standardize the understanding of color and color spaces across many fields.
Therefore, if you remotely deal with colors in the Pantone Matching System, then this monitor will surely appeal to you.
Besides color precision in the Pantone Matching Scheme, it also offers 90% of DCI-P3 color space coverage, the color accuracy of Delta E < 2 as well as HDR400. All these features are critical for color precision.
While this monitor may seem innocent, clean and slender from the outside, it packs a punch and can surely be used as a gaming monitor.
Not only does it feature 4K with 144Hz refresh, but it is also G Sync Compatible and has an astonishingly fast response time of 1 ms (VRB).
While the primary attraction of this monitor is not gaming, it most certainly can be considered a gaming monitor.
In the end, again, if you work with Pantone Matching System and you want a monitor that is Pantone Certified, then this is one of the best 4k editing monitors that you can use both for work and play.
5. Acer Predator CG437K Pbmiiippuzx
Finally, here we have the most expensive monitor in this list, which technically is the size of an average living room TV at 43″.
If you are a gamer who likes to sit up close to the monitor, this may not be your cup of tea. However, if your game from a distance, there is nothing better than a large screen.
This is the only XXL 43″ monitor in the market at the moment that offers 4K resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate.
On top of that, it even has a fast 1 ms response time. All these features should appeal to the gamer in you.
Unlike the rest of the monitors above, this does not feature an IPS panel. Instead, it offers the VA panel.
VA panels have the best static contrast ratio of all the panels out there. A high-end IPS panel can have a static contrast ratio of 1300:1. The VA panel on this monitor has a static contrast ratio of 4000:1.
As such, you can be certain the dark spots will be deep and the white spots will be bright.
Besides that, it also offers the premium VESA Certified HDR1000. As such, with HDR enabled, the screen can take its brightness all the way up to 1000 nits.
In addition to that, it also offers extensive coverage of DCI-P3 color space for designers and editors.
One highly valuable feature it offers is the Ambient Light Sensor. This sensor automatically adjusts the brightness and the color of the screen depending upon the ambient light condition.
While this is excellent for helping you with eye strain. You can combine this with the HDR feature to have some lovely visuals when gaming or enjoying a movie.
Other qualities of life improvement features include an array of USB Type C, loud 10 Watt Speakers, proximity sensor, remote controller, as well as RGB lights.
In the end, if you want to go for the largest display possible, then this is the best 4k editing monitor out there.
Here we looked at some of the best 4k photo editing monitors in the market. As you can see, these aren’t cheap devices. While their picture quality and their viewing experience are second to none, their price will certainly make you scratch your head a bit.
Nevertheless, if you have the budget to invest in your passion, then there is nothing more gorgeous than these displays. Not only do they have a beautiful form factor, but they also come with extensive image-enhancing features ranging from local dimming to HDR.
Therefore, whether you are a gamer, a game developer, a digital artist, photographer, you will love the aforementioned displays because these can match, or even surpass, the quality of the high-end professional monitors.