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The best HDR monitors money can buy

The evolution of the monitors, like all computational technology, has been frankly amazing, from the huge old and monochromatic CRT monitors to the newest, with different and incredible features. If you feel lost among so many new features and functions such as nits, IPS, VA, contrast and HDR, don't worry: it's normal. To guide you, here is a selection of the best HDR monitors, so you know how to appreciate the differences and make your best selection before opening your wallet.

BenQ EX3501R

The best

best HDR monitors

Why should you buy it? The BenQ HDR monitor has something for everyone, including ultra HD and a refresh rate of 100Hz.

Who is it for? For almost everyone, although players may want something a little more tailored to their needs.

Why do we choose it?

It is rare to find a monitor or a product, in general that meets almost all the requirements for almost any type of user, much less that, in addition, it comes with an affordable price. However, with the BenQ EX3501R we may have found the blue unicorn. With 35 inches of beautifully curved VA panels and an ultra-wide resolution of 3,440 x 1,440, it's simply great to watch. It is also compatible with an update frequency of 100 Hz, response time of 4 ms, compatibility with 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut and what an HDR mode occupies here.

Like some of the other higher level entries, the collection of high-end features that BenQ has included in the EX3501R makes it ideal for editing photos, watching movies and playing. It is fast and sensitive, and thanks to the combination of a great contrast ratio (2,500: 1), a brightness that reaches 300 nits and its HDR support, it looks fantastic no matter what you are doing.

Best of all, you can take all this for just $ 850, which leaves almost ridiculous several other models that we will know on this list.

LG 32UD99-W

The best 32-inch HDR monitor

Why should you buy it? It is a more traditional size monitor, ideal for installation in the house, office or extra room.

Who is it for? People willing to upgrade their old monitor to a 4K power station.

Why do we choose it?

The monitor we recommend before is ultra wide, ideal for games and movies, but it is not the first option for everyone. If you want a more traditional 16: 9 screen, the LG 32UD99-W is a very good choice. It offers a 31.5-inch 4K panel, along with HDR10 support and a wide range of colors.

It offers a very good contrast, a wide range of colors and a good color accuracy directly from the factory. The LG 32UD99-W seems to be the best for people who don't mind getting their hands dirty with technical details. It offers a wide range of configurations, and its color accuracy goes from good to excellent after a calibration.

LG also promises a maximum luminance of 550 nits. In our tests, we saw up to 360 nits. They are better than average numbers, which means that LG can handle details in HDR content better than most other screens. It is also a 4K screen, so you can watch 4K HDR movies just like you would on a TV.

The disadvantage? Its price. You will have to pay at least $ 900 dollars, although most retailers sell the LG 32UD99-W for more than $ 1,000.


The best 4K HDR monitor

Why should you buy it? Acer ET322QK is a more affordable option for those who also want to save some money.

Who is it for? Comprehensive buyers looking for HDR with a fair budget, and those who need a good FreeSync monitor.

Why do we choose it?

Most of the excellent monitors on this list are expensive and the bulk of buyers cannot justify investing the same amount on a monitor as on a television. Luckily, the new Acer ET322QK proposes an affordable alternative thanks to its price of $ 500 dollars, although with discounts it can be found for just $ 380 dollars in many retail stores. Such an affordable amount can make you think you are compromising the size and number of pixels, but not in this case: this Acer is a 32-inch 4K monitor. It even offers AMD FreeSync support for gamers even though the panel is updated to the usual 60Hz.

So where is the trap? We have not been able to test it yet in our office, so we cannot say if the accuracy of the color or the range match its rivals in this list. However, what we can confirm is that Acer only mentions a brightness of 300 nits., Lower than some of its competitors, but comparable to the one that leads our table, so it is perfectly acceptable. Thus, it is difficult to ignore the set of benefits and the bargain price of this monitor, an excellent alternative for those who want to get something economic.

Acer Predator XB3

The best HDR gaming monitor

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Why should you buy it? Acer has given this Predator some excellent game features, including an overclocking and G-Sync update frequency.

Who is it for? Players who are ready for an important update, and do not need a last update.

Why do we choose it?

The 27-inch XB3 Predator offers an excellent gaming experience with a 4k resolution and HDR support. If you are a player looking for a first-level screen, and a 27-inch screen sounds like the ideal size for you, we recommend you take a look at this monitor.

The Acer model comes with G-Sync and an update frequency of up to 100 Hz on the DisplayPort (otherwise, 60 Hz to 120 Hz, depending on your connections). While the color accuracy is solid, we were especially impressed with the high levels of brightness that this monitor can achieve. Players may end up dimming the screen more than you think.

However, the design of this monitor is not perfect, since, although you can play with some RGB strips if you like colors, the menu buttons are poorly placed and are difficult to work with. The speakers are also not impressive, so we recommend that you use good headphones.

LG 34WK95U-W

The best HDR monitor for Mac

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Why should you buy it? few screens can approach the image quality and ease of use of this excellent 34-inch monitor.

Who is it for? Mac-aware professionals and users of the image.

Why do we choose it?

With a resolution that reaches 5,120 x 2,160 and a fantastic support and color precision, this is a screen that image and video editors should adore, with tons of flat screen space and a clean design in general. The HDR support with an intense brightness of 409 nits really helps the entire screen to appear as well.

It does not come with some of the most modern features focused on players, such as high update rates, or adaptive synchronization technologies, but the truth is, this is not a screen we recommend to play.

Beyond the excellent display, this monitor also has a series of well thought out physical features. The ports are easily accessible, from the rear without flap or edge (although that does not make it the best candidate for wall mounting) and has a clean and minimalist base. The bezels are also aesthetically thin, with rounded and smooth corners.

Before buying…

All the previous monitors are a very good option, but don't expect them to match the HD TVs with HDR that exist today. PC screens are not bright enough to take full advantage of the HDR. See more details than you will see on a non-HDR monitor, but the extremely bright scenes will still be blurry and the colors will not show up as they do on a quality television. We suggest you choose the monitor that best suits your needs and tastes, and consider the HDR as a nice advantage, but something unnecessary, at least, for now.

* Updated by Jos Luis Plascencia on February 6, 2020.

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