I recently bought afor my wife to use on days when she’s working from home, but I came very close to spending a bit more on a 32-inch 4K monitor. The 27-inch LG monitor I ended up buying didn’t cost much more than $200 and provides enough screen real estate and a crisp enough image for what we need it for. In fact, with the making it look like our dining room will be a place for conducting business rather than hosting dinner parties for many more months ahead, we might double down and get a second LG monitor for a dual-display setup.
Before pulling the trigger on a 27-inch QHD monitor — that is, quad HD or 2,560×1,440-pixel resolution — I did some research into 32-inch 4K displays (at least 3,840×2,160 pixels) that offer more room and more pixels for a bit more money. I ended up deciding it wasn’t worth the extra money to move up in size and screen resolution, but I was tempted with prices in the low-$300 range. In fact, one model limbos under the $300 mark at its current sale price.
Check out CNET’s monitor buying guide for more, and check out the best deals I currently see among 32-inch 4K displays. I’ll keep this story updated as pricing fluctuates and I uncover better deals.
This Westinghouse model on sale at Newegg is the cheapest 32-inch, 4K monitor I can currently find and the only one priced at less than $300. Like the other four displays here, it’s a VA panel — that’s the “vertical alignment” display technology, it’s not from Virginia. VA panels typically offer better contrast ratios for deeper blacks and brighter whites than panels using the rival IPS (in-plane switching) technology. The tradeoff is an IPS panel offers wider viewing angles. Despite being a VA panel, it’s rated for a somewhat lackluster 2,500:1 contrast ratio and only 220 nits of brightness. For ports, you get two HDMI and one DisplayPort connection along with a pair of USB 3.0 Type A ports, a USB Type B port and a headphone jack. The low brightness rating means this isn’t the best choice if you have the luxury of working in a sun-drenched office, but it should suffice for most work setups. And the thin bezels lend a modern look and make a dual-display setup an attractive option.
This Samsung sale model is a bit brighter than the Westinghouse above, with a rated max brightness of 270 nits, and it offers a better contrast ratio of 3,000:1. It also adds AMD FreeSync, an adaptive synchronization technology that matches the refresh rate of a 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.
This LG is very similar to the above Samsung. It’s a VA panel with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, FreeSync, thin bezels, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort and no USB ports. It should be a bit brighter than the Samsung with a rated max of 300 nits. It’s not currently on sale but carries a low list price that puts it on equal footing with the discounted Samsung.
At 32 inches, a curved display starts to become an option and not just for gamers. A curved display lets you sit closer without needing to crane your head as much to see the whole screen. This curved Samsung monitor is a VA panel with an aggressive 1,500R curvature, a 2,500:1 contrast ratio and 250 nits of brightness. Its ports are sparse, but cover the basics with one HDMI port, one DisplayPort connection and a headphone jack.
This curved Dell display features a more gentle 1,800R curvature than the above Samsung and adds AMD FreeSync and integrated speakers to the mix. 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.