Boasting twice the resolution and roughly four times the number of pixels as a standard 2K monitor, 4K monitors are becoming increasingly popular and on course to becoming the new standard monitor for the average user; even Microsoft echoes this sentiment by promising support for 8K monitors with the release of Windows 10. All the major monitor manufacturers (think LG, Samsung, Asus, etc.) have been creating 4K monitors for years, but have only recently have 4K monitors been seeing support from a wide range of software and websites. In fact, only recently has 4k video been available on Netflix, and many major video game publishers are just now making 4K resolutions available for their newest releases, making it a great time to look into the newest 4k monitors about to be released.
Recently announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2015, Asus has a new 4K monitor tailored for PC gamers. Being released under Asus’ ‘Republic of Gamers’ tag, this monitor is tailored to be affordable for PC gamers without sacrificing quality. The 27-inch Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ will be an option for gamers with Nvidia graphics cards, as the PG27AQ is the first ever to combine 4K resolution and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology, which synchronizes the refresh rate of the monitor with the frames per second (FPS) being rendered on the Nvidia graphics card. Asus is well known for their quality and value when it comes to computer hardware, and the $750 price tag on the PG27AQ attests to this reputation.
Also recently announced, this time at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2015, is the 31-inch LG 31MU97Z advertises LG’s adoption of Thunderbolt 2 technology, which are ports designed for direct connection from monitor to computer with Thunderbolt cables rather than adapters and docks with HDMI/DisplayPort connection that many older 4K monitors require. LG hasn’t released much information regarding the 31MU97Z aside from claiming it as the first monitor with full Thunderbolt 2 support, but expect more companies to follow LG’s lead by opting for more user friendly means of connection for 4K monitors.
The first to claim support for HDMI 2.0 inputs, which have been available on newer graphics cards since 2014 but have yet to see support from monitors, are two new 4K monitors from Viewsonic. HDMI 2.0 is a requirement for 4K monitors and as Viewsonic is the first to claim support for these, they are the first to diverge from DisplayPort, the other input format being used for 4K resolution rendering. HDMI has slowly advanced past DisplayPort, and while the new Viewsonic monitors boast their HDMI 2.0 support, they also come with DisplayPort support. Viewsonic pricier model, the 27-inch VP2780k4K is considered the company’s professional model, and as such, will cost $1,091. The more affordable model, the 24-inch VX2475Smhl-4k, will have a list price of $611. Also worth noting from Viewsonic, is their third recently announced 4K monitor, the 28-inch VG2860mhl-4K which will have the traditional HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort input support, and will have a list price of $885.
4K monitors are becoming increasingly available and less and less expensive, and the recent announcements from Asus, LG, and Viewsonic, along with Windows pledged support of non-existent consumer 8K monitors, is indication that 4K monitors will soon be ubiquitous and definitely not just the most recent technological fad.