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The 5 Highest Resolution Monitors of 2021

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The 5 Highest Resolution Monitors in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Apr 5, 2021

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Whether you’re a gamer, creative or general user, resolution can be one of the most impactful stats in defining your display’s quality.

Thankfully, in today’s market options like 5K & 8K monitors are no longer a pipe-dream, but readily available.

But they’re not all necessarily worth purchasing.

This is why today’s feature is focused not just on the highest resolution monitors available in the world, but the best choices that are actually worth buying for various needs.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Highest Resolution Monitor: Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

Not only is this Dell offering the best 8K display, and the highest res monitor on the market, it’s also one of the only innovations that meet the incredible 7690×4320 resolution.

Whether you’re an 8k video editor, someone who wants content to be crisp even at the closest of glances, or are looking for something as close to a future-proof monitor as you can get, the Dell UltraSharp is rivaled by little else.

Alongside its startling 8k resolution, the monitor boasts some of the best color accuracies on the market.

Implementing Dell PremierColor, the UP3218k offers 100% AdobeRGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 & 98% DCI-P3.

Along with these impressive specs is an IPS panel, decent 400-nits brightness, great contrast capability, and, impressively, a 6ms GTG response time (we would expect something higher for a screen of this resolution, making it the best 8k gaming monitor choice today – though we prefer the next pick for gamers).

For high-end video/photo editors or those serious about achieving the best content viewing experience (e.g. an HTPC monitor), these specs lend themselves very nicely to your requirements; it’s hard to describe how great 8k content can look (especially with unrivaled picture quality).

It’s worth point out though, that while this is the highest resolution monitor in the world that’s readily available, that doesn’t mean it’s the right pick for every setup.

Firstly, for content-focused users, as amazing as 8k content looks; there is a limited amount of it.

We expect UHD/4k to be the leading choice for high-end producers for the foreseeable future, so a monitor of this caliber may be overkill unless you are happy to pay the premium (we have other choices with you in mind below).

If you want the best 8k monitor for gaming, this is it; but it’s important to realize that you will need as powerful a PC as possible to achieve even marginally acceptable settings with an 8k resolution (for the limited games that support it). 

Then there’s the fact that you won’t have an 8k 144hz monitor (or any refresh rate above 60fps) for a long time (let alone a PC that can support it). There are other picks that not only improve the gaming experience through refresh rate but also through an even faster latency.

Yes, 8k gaming will probably be around en-mass one day.

But for today? We strongly recommend focussing your budget on a premium screen with 1440p 240hz, 4k 144hz, or the excellent next pick below.

If you are a serious production user that demands 8k, then we have no qualms; this Dell offering is the best choice for you.

It’s worth pointing out that the screen requires 2 DisplayPort connections to run at 8k (which you should achieve on the most powerful modern GPUs/PCs).

Finally, we need to touch on the build quality/design.

Somehow both as sturdy as you would hope for in a premium offering, while also offering fantastic slim bezels, a gorgeous aesthetic, and great adjustability (including a 90-degree rotation), we’re pleased to see the UP3218K doesn’t compromise in physical longevity.

Although it’s worth noting our cautions and checking out our other picks if you think 4K/5K screens could suit you, we are comfortable in naming this Dell offering the highest resolution monitor worth buying today.

If you demand 8K with fantastic picture quality, it’s the best choice for you.

Highest Resolution Ultrawide Monitor: Samsung CRG9 / Odyssey G9

Our next choice is one of the most featured monitors on What in Tech, excelling at being both the widest monitors on the market to screens excellently suited for gaming.

With a mouth-watering 5120 x 14405k resolution, this Samsung monitor instead chooses to use its 49-inch large pixel count to create a super ultrawide display that is effectively 2 1440p 27-inch screens in one monitor.

Not only do we love this from a perspective of productivity and multitasking, but we also think that Samsung’s approach to exploiting DPI in a 49-inch 32:9 aspect ratio is far more practical than the current 8k monitors on the market.

In other words: although this 5k display is lower resolution, we think many users will appreciate the premium feel of a double-width 27″ 1440p screen more than a 16:9 8k monitor.

This is true most of all for gamers.

With 120Hz, QLED, a fantastic color gamut capability, up to 1000-nits brightness / HDR1000, 4ms GTG response time & FreeSync Premium Pro support, the specs on this machine are incredible.

Not only is the picture quality fantastic, but the low latency, high refresh rate, and capability to avoid ghosting/tearing issues with FreeSync are all utilities that point to what a fantastic premium gaming display this is, whether you’re into single-player titles or competitive esports.

With a decent availability of gaming content supporting 32:9 (or the option to focus on a 16:9 game with things like Discord/Skype and other second-screen visuals), it’s hard to describe just how stunning and immersive content looks on this monitor.

Speaking of immersive, the CRG9 is also the highest resolution curved monitor available.

Boasting a 1800R curve that engulfs games/content around your vision to match the curvature of your eyes more ergonomically/naturally than a flat-screen (the G9 model takes this further and boasts a 1000R curve, the strongest one available in mainstream monitors if you think this would suit you).

Although marketed as a gaming monitor, we think the excellent picture quality, refresh rate, and latency will provide a premium experience to many other types of users; especially considering the price of the CRG9 is in many cases cheaper than “work-orientated” options of similar specs (but if you want other alternatives, our largest monitor feature has them).

Remember that if gaming isn’t on the menu, this is still 2 screens in one, with excellent productivity capability (including the option to connect 2 PCs/laptops at once and display them side-by-side).

If you are a gamer and can stretch your budget further, we highly recommend the other version on the Amazon listing, the Odyssey G9.

Not only is this the highest resolution gaming monitor, but one of the best for gamers in any category. It boasts a 240hz refresh rate & an even faster latency – it’s worth the additional price if you can afford it (but the CRG9 is still an excellent alternative if not).

Finally, we’ve boasted before about the gorgeous aesthetic of the CRG9 and G9; both looking like they could be part of a spaceship, their designs complement the unique innovation behind them, and what’s more; they’re sturdy enough to support real longevity.

All-in-all, if you’re interested in the unparalleled experience a super ultrawide display can offer, the CRG9 (or OG9) is not just the best value, but the overall best 5K monitor, with incredible quality across the board.

Second Highest Resolution 16:9 Monitor: LG 27MD5KL-B

The last of our main 3 picks are for those who think a 5k resolution would be more suited for their needs over 8k, but also want to keep to the traditional 16:9 form factor over our ultrawide pick above.

The 27MD5KL is a fantastic premium monitor. Boasting an IPS panel with 99% DCI-P3 color, a typical brightness rating of 500-nits & a 1100:1 contrast ratio all alongside its 5120 x 2880 setup (the largest resolution monitor outside of 8k), the picture is stunning and for a majority of content, going to look as sharp as that of our top 8k choice.

Important note: The LG UltraFine display runs via USB-C; making it largely positioned as a MacBook/Mac high-resolution monitor. It is compatible with PC usage, however, but make sure you have a graphics card that can support the bandwidth necessary via USB Type-C instead of the usual HDMI/DisplayPort (we’ve still highlighted this for Windows users because the options for 16:9 5k are surprisingly slim, as most manufacturers instead produce ultrawide offerings at this res spec).

We wouldn’t recommend this pick (or any choices with 16:9 5k) for gaming, with a 16ms GTG response time and specs that are generally not as aligned for games (if you are focussed on a 16:9 screen over the Odyssey G9 above, we would push you towards a 4k 144hz display instead).

The monitor is slick, minimalist, and very aesthetically pleasing, as you would expect from LG, with no qualms on the build quality (and some basic adjustability options for ergonomics).

If 8k feels like overkill for your needs, the 27MD5KL is the best 5k monitor available.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

The top 3 picks are the highest resolution displays today (and the best models in their respective categories).

That said, we wanted to include a couple of quick-fire additional options that may suit different lower budgets.

Best Cheap High-Resolution Monitor: AOC U2790VQ

If you are looking at our picks and salivating, but also tearing up at the price tags, don’t worry; we appreciate these are some very expensive monitor options.

If you can’t stretch to a premium offering, we highly recommend this AOC monitor, that still boasts stunning picture quality with 4K, which for budget users, will still provide incredibly gorgeous content.

Highest Resolution TV: Samsung 8k Q800T 

If you are a user that is open to using a TV as their monitor, the Q800T is an excellent choice; boasting 8K at an incredible price given the size of the screen, media, in particular, will look stunning on this offering.

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The 5 Widest Monitors of 2021 (Gaming, Work & More)

Widest Monitor

The 5 Widest Monitors of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Apr 7, 2021

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Whether you’re a user with a productivity focus or a gamer looking for unrivaled immersion, ultrawide monitors are an incredible multi-purpose offering.

Some of the leading manufacturers have come out with aspect ratios that go as far as including 2 high-resolution 16:9 screens in 1 monitor.

But there is a notable difference in picture quality, value, and other important specs amongst these choices.

That’s why today’s feature is here to guide you through the widest monitors worth buying in today’s market, with some different budgets and requirements in mind.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Widest Monitor Best Pick: Samsung CRG9

What a fantastic offering this is.

Boasting the widest monitor aspect ratio today of 32:9,  the CRG9 is not just a super ultrawide display; with its enormous size and 5k resolution at 5120 x 1440 pixels, this 49-inch Samsung monitor is the equivalent of 2 1440p 27-inch screens in 1 unit.

While marketed as the widest gaming monitor, its specs and price offer what we consider to be a better value than any choice on the market.

In other words, we rank the CRG9 as the best choice for nearly any type of user after a super ultrawide display.

Arguably the best multitasking monitor on the market, it’s really hard to articulate just how effective the screen real-estate is. With the additional ability to plug 2 devices in at once if required (e.g. a work laptop and home PC, side by side as 16:9).

The screen is made even better by the superb picture quality on offer; with HDR1000 and a QLED IPS panel that achieves excellent color accuracy, anything from media to general content browsing will look fantastic on the CRG9.

But let’s talk about gaming.

If you are interested in playing big titles on this monitor, it’s one of the best screens in any category to provide an immersive experience.

On top of the aforementioned picture quality, the monitor also boasts a 120hz refresh rate, 4ms GTG response time & FreeSync Premium Pro support to effectively mitigte screen tearing/ghosting issues.

With the plethora of titles that support ultrawide resolutions, the CRG9 is perfect for losing yourself in immersive single-player titles while also boasting a latency and refresh rate more than capable of a premium experience in competitive/esports games.

Speaking of losing yourself, the CRG9 is also the widest curved monitor. With 1800R curvature, we much prefer this over a flat form factor, especially for very wide displays, which more ergonomically accommodate the natural curvature of the human eyes when they have even a soft curve to match.

Not only does this give the feeling of your immersive content “engulfing” your vision, but it’s simply easier to view the end-to-end screen real estate comfortably.

The exception here is if you demand large viewing angles (say, multiple users needing to view the monitor). This is the one area where a flat screen will improve over the CRG9.

If your primary focus is gaming and you have the extra budget, we would highly recommend upgrading to the second Amazon listing; the Odyssey G9.

Featured many, many times on What in Tech, the G9 includes the same great picture quality as the CRG9 while also boasting a 240hz refresh rate, G-Sync compatibility, 1ms GTG response time, and a stronger 1000R curve.

These specs make it a formidable premium gaming monitor and more than worth the price difference (though if you can’t afford it, the CRG9 is still an excellent choice and the top of our list for a reason).

Finally, no corners have been cut on the physical elements of the CRG9/G9. With incredible, sturdy build qualities that you would hope for in their large form factors, as well as some striking futuristic designs, these Samsung offerings are so much more than just the widest monitors in the world worth buying.

CHG90 vs CRG9

We wanted to touch briefly on comparing our top pick to another popular wide Samsung model; the CHG90.

While the CHG90 is a great choice in itself, it is an older model compared to the CRG9 with a noticeable spec loss: a 1080p resolution instead of the CHG9’s 1440p.

This means, despite being the same width/size, the CHG90 has a notably lower DPI. It’s still a decent runner for gaming, but the value you get from spending that little bit more for the CHG9 is in pretty much every case, a no-brainer.

If you’re budget-focused, a 1080p ultrawide is a good option, but we have cheaper ultrawide 1440p choices further below too.

Be it gaming, productivity, video editing, media, or general use, we are simply floored by how the CRG9 ticks all the boxes.

Yes, it is expensive, but we’ve seen offerings with significantly lesser specs charge more for a premium ultrawide. The CRG9 (and the Odyssey G9 for gamers) aren’t just high-quality, they provide a deceptively high value for their premium price tags.

Not only is this the widest monitor ever, but it’s also one of the best offerings in any category of PC display.

Widest Monitor Runner-Up Pick: Spectre C505B

As much as we love the CHG90, it’s closely followed by another fantastic offering.

Matching the aspect ratio and size of our top pick, the C505B also boasts an incredible 5k super ultrawide DQHD resolution with 2 27inch 2k monitors built-in.

For a slightly lower price tag, you’re still getting a 120hz refresh rate, 4ms GTG latency, 99%sRGB/90% DCI-P3 color gamuts, and 400-nits brightness. This combination is capable of providing a very high-quality picture for a variety of content.

Spectre is another formidable brand in the gaming monitor space. Yes, gaming is certainly the focus here. But like the CHG90, we think the specs lend themselves perfectly to any type of productivity/production user after some serious screen real-estate and/or multi-tasking.

The C505B also boasts the same 1800R curve as the CHG90, adding a gorgeous sense of immersion that really has to be experienced to fully appreciate.

Despite its lower price tag, the build quality still seems excellent, with dual DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, height adjustability, and VESA mounting options.

So with that said, why is it our second choice?

Well, although coming in at just shy of 10% cheaper, the trade-off is that you are getting a monitor with less capable contrast and brightness (HDR400 vs the CHG9’s 1000), and while its color gamut is very respectable, it doesn’t quite match up to the QLED IPS panel of our number #1 choice.

Finally, although the C505B is a gorgeous, well-built monitor in its own right, we appreciate that the CHG90 is such a tried-and-test popular choice, with 1000‘s of users citing its longevity (minimal dead pixel issues or problems with ghosting, screen-tearing, etc.).

While we fully expect this Spectre display to be a worthy runner, when you’re buying a product of this price, it’s nice to have so many previous owners back up the quality to provide valuable peace of mind that you can’t get from product listing and initial monitor reviews alone.

With all that said, if the price difference is more meaningful to you than the change in specs, this is still a fantastic choice, and matches the CHG90 as the widest PC monitor in the world.

Widest Monitor Cheap Pick: VIOTEK SUW49C

We appreciate some users will be after the widest PC monitor for the lowest cost.

We’re pleased to say that while the SUW49C isn’t as powerful as our top 2 picks, it boasts some impressive value considering it’s around 30% cheaper.

Viotek is a reliable monitor manufacturer who often specializes in providing budget alternatives for premium displays, and this offering is one of their best achievements in that signature capacity.

Still boasting a 49-inch size, 144hz refresh rate, 4ms latency, HDR capability with 320-nits brightness, FreeSync, and a respectable color gamut for a VA panel, the SUW49C may not have the picture quality of the above choices, but it feels like a premium monitor in a large sense.

Other than the slightly lower color and brightness/contrast capabilities, there is one major aspect that changes the SUW49C vs our top 2 picks; it’s a 1080p super ultrawide monitor as opposed to 1440p.

3840 x 1080 is still one of the widest monitor resolutions, and if you are running a budget gaming PC, it may be more suited for you anyway; with fewer pixels to render on a more limited GPU.

That said, there’s no denying that the increased DPI of our 1440p super ultrawide monitor picks offers a notably sharper image. This is especially important for non-gaming use, where we expect any type of user to appreciate the crispness of internet/basic software content.

With all that said, this Viotek display is still 30% cheaper.

Do we think the CHG90/505B is worth the premium? Absolutely.

But if you can’t stretch to it, Viotek has carved out a place in the market that is quite special; we really appreciate that this option empowers someone with a lesser budget to still gain the wonderful immersion and multi-tasking benefits only the widest computer monitors on the market can provide.

If that sounds like a fit for you, we think you’ll love the SUW49C.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

After much review over specs, build quality, and price, the top choices are our main picks for the widest computer monitors work buying in today’s market.

We’ve included a couple of additional quick-fire options for those that might be after a little more choice (or some great alternatives if the above options are out of stock).

Widest Monitor for Work: Samsung C49J890DKN

As mentioned previously, we think the CHG90 (or C505B) suit themselves well for any type of use.

If however, you happen to see this monitor at a cheaper price tag and are purely interested in basic, non-gaming needs (documentation, programming, browsing, etc.) you may appreciate this more simplistic choice.

Widest 43 Inch Monitor: ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ

If the nearly 50-inch monitor choices intimidate your wallet (or your eyes), the next step below size-wise is the fantastic XG43Vq, very capable of gaming and other general multi-tasking usage.

Other options?

As much as we think picks like the CHG90 are worth the money for serious gamers & productivity users, we appreciate they’re heavy on both size and price.

If your idea of the widest computer monitor was something smaller and/or cheaper, we highly recommend checking out the various picks in our articles for 1440p ultrawide (best) or 1080p ultrawide (cheapest).

Alternative, What in Tech also has a host of other monitor features for all shapes, sizes, refresh rates, and budgets.

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The 12 Largest Computer Monitors in 2021 (Gaming, Work & More)

Largest Computer Monitors

The 12 Largest Computer Monitors in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Apr 1, 2021

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When it comes to work and PC gaming, there’s nothing quite like using a massive monitor.

Resolutions have climbed in recent years to the point t