Buying a cheap 4K monitor doesn't mean you have to compromise on quality. Advances in display technology mean that you can get a big, crisp 4K screen for not much more than an HD monitor, and we've found all the best options for you.
While pro 4K monitors are always going to cost a fortune, it's relatively easy to find a cheaper model that'll do pretty much everything you need. You'll find that we've picked out a good few screens aimed at gamers, and with good reason: you'll get great colour reproduction and an excellent refresh rate, making them the ideal budget choice for video editors, photo editors, designers and digital artists.
Of course, if you're doing specialised work then you may need to spend more on a monitor with HDR support, higher refresh rate and a wider colour gamut than budget models can provide, in which case check out our guide to the best 4K monitors. We also have roundups of the best monitors for video editing and best monitors for photo editing if your needs are really specific.
But if all you need is a great 4K monitor that won't cost the earth, read on the for best choices available right now.
The best cheap 4K monitors and deals
This Asus monitor's clearly aimed at gamers, but what really matters here is its combination of specs and price (although, its looks are pretty restrained compared to other gaming monitors on the market). You'd expect to pay a lot for a 28-inch cheap 4K monitor complete with basic HDR; this one's currently available for just over $350/£350.
It's an IPS panel that delivers a 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut and 1000:1 contrast ratio, along with a 178 degree viewing angle, and you can connect to it with either HDMI or DisplayPort. There are better-looking monitors around, sure, but this one gives you unbeatable performance for your money.
This is a truly brilliant large-screen display that represents great value for money with great contrast, brightness and colour accuracy – a great entry in our best cheap 4K monitor list. It's a 10-bit display so it can show 1.07 billion colours. Watch out for 8-bit 4K monitors that can only display 16.7 million colours instead.
There are only two drawbacks - firstly the HDR performance isn't sparkling and secondly, we're not that sold on the appearance of it, with the lip at the bottom of the display itself especially irking us. We know this is a standard Philips monitor design, but we're just not that keen.
With as many colours as the Philips above, this BenQ is a great option for a 27-inch cheap 4K monitor that boasts excellent colour accuracy. Yes you can get cheaper but it probably won't be up to snuff for design or creative work.
We do wish it has USB-C on board though - it is a little light on the bells and whistles which make some displays truly compelling. But if you just need it for work rather than gaming or entertainment, it's excellent for the money.
Need a BenQ that's a little bigger? Then scroll further down this list!
The best cheap 4K monitors for photo editing
The LG 27UD88-W represents an excellent cheap 4K monitor thanks to its (relatively) low price. It's a winner for photo editors in particular, as it comes with a wide selection of display modes, including sRGB, although there's no dedicated RGB preset. However, colour accuracy is excellent, and it comes with plenty of ports and a stylish silver design. This is a fantastic 4K monitor for creatives on a budget.
Sure, the NEC MultiSync EA275UHD's design is a little boring. But it's what's on the screen that matters, and this is an excellent cheap 4K monitor for photo editing. Colour reproduction is very good, and it has its own photo-viewing mode. The screen does need a bit of calibration out of the box to fully realise its potential, but if you don't mind fiddling with the settings, you'll get an excellent 4K monitor for your money.
The best cheap 4K monitors for video editing
OK, so the BenQ PD3200U isn't exactly the cheapest of this cheap 4K monitor list, but its screen size and resolution make it a savvy choice for video editors, 3D designers and creators generally. It boasts a generous 32 inches of screen real estate, so you can fully appreciate the 4K resolution of your video footage.
Meanwhile, 3D designers will be grateful for the inclusion of a CAD/CAM mode, and everyone else will appreciate the factory-calibrated colour accuracy and Rec. 709 adherence.
If you have a little more money to spend, the ViewSonic VP3268-4K is a top-class mid-range 4K monitor that makes for another ideal choice for video editors, thanks to its large screen size and impressive contrast ratio. It also includes a HDR mode, which many video editors will feel is an essential feature for a monitor, allowing you to edit your HDR footage. It's not the best when it comes to Adobe RGB coverage, but for the price you're getting an excellent 4K monitor, and there are some great deals out there to get the screen even cheaper.
The best cheap 4K monitors for graphic design and digital artists
As the name suggests, the ProArt PA329Q is Asus' cheap 4K monitor aimed at digital creatives. This means it comes with high colour accuracy, with almost 100% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 colour spectrum support as well – making it an excellent choice for creatives. It also comes with plenty of input ports, the screen size is nice and large, and with a 60Hz refresh rate, it feels fast and responsive as well. This is an excellent mid-range cheap 4K monitor.
The Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q certainly one of the best cheap 4K monitors when it was first released, but now that it's been out for a few years, there are some excellent deals to be had with this screen – making it our pick of the best affordable 4K monitor for digital artists. You want the colours displayed on your monitor to be as accurate as possible, and, for the price, the Dell UltraSharp UP3216Q's colour accuracy is excellent. Dell is well known for making very good monitors, and its reputation is ensured with this brilliant cheap(ish) 4K screen. It doesn't have some of the features that some newer monitors have, such as HDR, but it's still a top choice if you're looking for a bargain.
Balancing budget and performance, the Iiyama ProLite B2888UHSU is the best cheap 4K monitor overall. While many 4K monitors are expensive, the Iiyama ProLite B2888UHSU does an excellent job of providing brilliant 4K performance for video and photo editors at a competitive price point. It comes with a TN panel, which isn't too hot at viewing angles – but you'll be fine when sitting directly in front of it. And it has a large number of video inputs as well. This is a fantastic pick if you're looking for a cheap 4K monitor, and you'll find the best deals available above.