Toward the conclusion of last year, I bought a 27-inch QHD monitor for my wife to use on days when she’s working from home, but I came close to spending a bit more on a 32-inch 4K monitor. The 27-inch LG monitor I ended up buying did not cost much more than $200 and provides enough screen real estate and a crisp enough image for what we require it for.
Before pulling the trigger on a 27-inch QHD monitor — that is, quad HD or 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution — I did so some research into 32-inch 4K displays (at least 3,840×2,160 pixels) that offer more room and much more pixels for a bit more money. I ended up deciding it wasn’t worth the extra money for all of us to move up in size and screen resolution, but with prices in the low-$300 range, I used to be sorely tempted.
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This Acer model on sale at Newegg is the lowest-cost 32-inch, 4K monitor I can currently find and the only one priced even less than $300. Like another displays here, it’s a vertical alignment panel. VA panels typically offer better contrast ratios for deeper blacks and brighter whites than in-plane switching, or IPS, panels at the cost of viewing angles. It’s rated for the sufficient 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 300 nits of brightness. For ports, you get two HDMI 2.0 ports and another DisplayPort 1.2 connection. It also supplies a set of 2-watt stereo speakers.
This Samsung model has a relatively low max brightness of 270 nits, making it a better fit for a basement den or perhaps low-light room than a sun-drenched office. It features AMD FreeSync, an adaptive synchronization technology that matches the refresh rate of the monitor to the frame rate of a compatible AMD graphics card (or a compatible card from Nvidia with some tweaking) for gaming with less image tearing. The monitor features two HDMIs, one DisplayPort and a headphone jack, but no USB ports.
Low list price
This LG is extremely similar to the above Acer model — a VA panel rated for 3,000:1 contrast ratio and 300 nits of brightness — but adds HDR10 and some advanced settings for greater image customization. It has a low list price and high ratings on Amazon, but early in the day this spring it was on sale for $300.
This LG sale model is a VA panel rated for 300 nits of brightness and features AMD FreeSync. The monitor features HDMI and DisplayPort connections, a headphone jack and a pair of 5-watt speakers.
At 32 inches, a curved display starts to become an option and not just for gamers. A curved display allows you to sit closer without needing to crane your head as much to see the whole screen. This curved Dell display features a gentle 1,800R curvature along with AMD FreeSync and integrated speakers. It also boasts a wealth of adjustability with tilt, swivel and height adjustment. And it has a bounty of connectivity with two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort connection, two USB-A ports, a USB-B port and headphone jack.
This 32-inch monitor from ViewSonic is $30 off at Amazon and features a 4K resolution, HDR10 and AMD FreeSync. It has both HDMI and DisplayPort inputs and it is rated for 300 nits of brightness.