The 5 Smallest 4K Monitors Available in 2022
Guiding you through the highest PPI displays around
The smallest 4K monitor available today is the Eyoyo Portable Display at just 13.3 inches!
At these kinds of sizes, the pixels-per-inch (PPI) are some of the highest in any monitor available, which means your content and work will look as crisp as possible even on a portable device.
But we haven’t just focussed on the tiniest choice. Today’s feature will also be looking at the smallest 4K display worth buying with different types of users in mind (be it gamers, content professionals, or Mac users).
REASONS TO BUY
+ Tiniest 4K display with incredible PPI
+ Lightweight and highly portable
+ Great ports/device compatability
REASONS TO AVOID
At the top of the list is the Eyoyo portable 4K monitor.
Let’s start with the obvious: sizing up at just 13.3″, this is one of the highest PPI monitors on the market and it shows; the display is incredibly crisp and it’s hard to imagine distinguishing individual pixels even if your eyes were touching the screen.
Not only is this the smallest UHD monitor available today, but it boasts some great secondary specs to match its incredible sharp screen.
To start, a 13.3″ 4K monitor is made to be portable, so we’re happy to see the Eyoyo weigh in at only 1.3lbs with a thickness of just 12mm. Relative to an average portable monitor, this device is impressively lightweight, so the fact that it’s packing in its high-resolution display while retaining that size is a feat in itself.
We’re equally happy to see the excellent availability of various ports, with USB-C, HDMI & mini DP (alongside a secondary USB-C port for charging). You’d be surprised at how many modern portable monitors still manage to not include great compatibility options, with the Eyoyo’s inputs you can expect compatibility amongst most major devices (from phones to Macs/PCs to gaming consoles).
Picture-wise, this is also the smallest IPS 4K monitor available, which alongside its 300 nits brightness and 72% NTSC color gamut, produces a respectable picture that is going to make most content at 4K look great. This will be an ideal choice for a laptop user looking for a 4K second screen during travel/remote office work.
That said, we’re used to seeing 4K monitors go a bit further beyond these specs (a premium display is usually going to come with premium color/blacks) so while the quality is decent, it’s nothing to write home about in the 4K monitor market (but is certainly the best at its size).
With that in mind if you’re more interested in a high PPI display for a home setup that is focused on picture quality, see our next option.
But if you’re looking for the smallest 4K monitor on the market because you’re after a versatile, ultra-portable solution that packs an impressive punch for its price, then this is going to be the best option for you.
REASONS TO BUY
+ Incredible picture & pixel density
+ Great build quality made to last
REASONS TO AVOID
If your budget is high and you are looking for not just the smallest 4K monitor for home usage, but the best we’ve come across with consideration to picture quality, then this next pick is for you.
The 24MD4KL is a stunning device. Yes, 24″ may be much larger for a 4K display than our top 13.3″ pick, but really, most users will be very content with 24″ UHD (having this many pixels at smaller sizes definitely has diminishing returns, which is why we recommend this product first if you’re not looking for a portable offering).
But let’s get to the picture quality; with a fantastic 500 nits of brightness (very high for a non-gaming display), this monitor observes excellent blacks/whites alongside its 97% DCI-P3 color gamut.
Between these specs and the resolution, this is a fantastic monitor for professional work (think video/photo editing) or simply users after a top-end display for content.
There is a big catch for many users though: this display, with its incredibly meaty bandwidth requirements, is designed for usage with Thunderbolt 3 to really shine.
With that in mind, it’s the best small 4K Mac monitor we’ve come across, acting as a retina-like display with fantastic MacOS integration.
But for Windows, make sure you have a Thunderbolt 3-enabled motherboard or laptop before purchasing this (if not, don’t fret, our pick at the bottom of the list is an excellent alternative for those who don’t).
We’re also really pleased to see the sturdiness of the build with a monitor at this price tag. The LG display feels suitably heavy and built to last with decent height adjustments included.
Overall, if you’re not just after the smallest 4k display you can find, but one that matches this premium resolution with unrivaled picture quality (especially if you’re a Mac user), then the 24MD4KL is comfortably our top pick for you.
REASONS TO BUY
+ Decent picture quality for gaming
+ Competitive price for specs
+ Good onboard gaming settings/features
REASONS TO AVOID
LG has also produced a fantastic offering for those after the smallest 4K gaming monitor possible.
At 24″, this tiny UHD display is going to make any game look immensely crisp alongside its responsive 5ms refresh rate (the key feature change compared to our above LG monitor to make it more suitable for gaming).
The picture quality is decent, with an IPS panel and NTSC 72% gamut; these specs aren’t ground-breaking by any means, but we’re really impressed with what LG has packed into this display for its modest mid-range price tag.
One of the best value-adds for gamers is the array of onboard settings and features to maximize the exact picture type you’re looking for (most notably, it’s decent Freesync support to minimize screen tearing).
That said, unless you have a specific reason to go for the smallest 4K gaming monitor possible, we think the 27″ offerings on the market might be a better choice for you because 1) we’ve found gaming content tends to hit a sweet spot at 27″ & 2) our favorite offering, the AOC U2790VQ, runs at a very similar price to this LG pick but boasts a more impressive color gamut that we think most users will prefer over the more compact size.
Also, for serious gamers with very powerful desktops, we think many of you will appreciate the experience a higher refresh rate may offer. While 4k @ 60FPS will look great, we’ve seen 4K 144Hz monitors in action and these are simply stunning. The smallest 4K 144hz monitor we’ve come across is the incredible Acer Predator XB273K which exceeds in specs along with the board and is worth every penny if you have the budget.
At its mid-range price, the 24UD58-B is a great value mid-range choice. If you’re looking for the smallest 4K monitor for gaming that we’d recommend, it’s this.
REASONS TO BUY
+ Fantastic value
+ Decent secondary specs
REASONS TO AVOID
Although slightly larger than the smallest Eyoyo pick, we wanted to highlight this Niuto display as arguably the best option on the list if your primary concern is value.
Not only is this display an impressively small 14 inches, but it boasts some great secondary specs: namely 500 nits brightness & 100% sRGB color gamut. It’s honestly very rare for us to see a monitor with this level of brightness and color alongside a 4K resolution at such an incredibly low price point.
On top of that, this is the smallest touchscreen UHD monitor we’ve come across (though worth noting its slight delay means it will not be to the same caliber as high-end touch screens/not the best for responsive requirements like drawing).
We’re also pleased to see decent compatibility between its USB-C and mini HDMI ports (it would’ve been nice to see a DisplayPort like our top pick, but we expect most users will be fine without this inclusion).
Now as with everything that sounds this good, there is a fairly notable catch: Niuto is a very small-name manufacturer, and within that world (especially for products this expensive), can come risks of significant defects (or smaller problems that are annoying to return the device over).
Some users, for example, have reported issues with overheating and frequent disconnecting.
Now granted, most seem overwhelmingly happy with it and our impressions have been great, but this is just always something to bear in mind; would you prefer a reliable middle-spec device or something that has fantastic features for its price while carrying a small risk of issues?
If the latter sounds like something you’re up for, then the Niuto isn’t just one of the smallest ultra HD monitors on the market but also one of the best we’ve come across.
REASONS TO BUY
+ Fantastic color accuracy
+ Good size/build quality for home monitor
+ Decent mid-range price
REASONS TO AVOID
Don’t be deceived by the PD2700U being the last write-up on this list. We would argue that for many users, this is actually the best choice.
Despite sizing up at 27″ (the largest on the list), we would still consider this choice a tiny monitor for 4K. UHD content is still going to look incredibly crisp at this size (many users will not be able to tell the difference between pixel densities of this display and the smaller ones above).
What’s more, because 27″ is more of a universal size for 4K, the monitor’s price tag is significantly reduced compared to the LG 24MD4KL-B, this is also going to be a better choice for Windows users in most situations without its need for Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to shine.
Despite this lower price, the PD2700U still manages to boast some gorgeous colors (100% sRGB & 100% Rec.709) with pre-calibration suited to ensure professional users like video/photo editors will get the best of this display out of the box.
What’s more, the display was clearly made with different work types in mind; on top of having KVM & split-screen workplace functionality (a fantastic combo with the pixel density, where even 2 different screens will look great on this one monitor), this BenQ offering also includes a versatile stand that has a great tilting, swiveling and pivoting for different work orientations (including vertical monitor alignment).
The monitor also includes HDR 10 alongside its 350 nits and 1300:1 contrast ratio to provide fantastic blacks against whites (of course, the screen won’t be as bright compared to our top LG pick’s 540 nits, but 350 is still a great rating above many other competitors at this price range).
There is little not to love about the PD2700U. The only reason we don’t put this at the top of the list is due to its slightly larger size, but despite this being a feature on the tiniest 4K monitors, we still think most users who keep their display in one place will prefer the size (and price!) of this fantastic offering.
What to look for when buying a small 4k monitor
When browsing monitors, you’ll undoubtedly have run into the terms “IPS”, “VA, and “TN” many times.
These are the pixel technologies that displays use to output color & light, all with their own pros and cons.
TN is the oldest of the panel types and is usually reserved today for gaming monitors with its ability to produce cheaper displays that can manage very low response times.
Outside of gaming, despite the cheaper cost, it’s less common to see TN panels used as they tend to provide lesser viewing angles & poorer color accuracy.
IPS is the most common choice in the market today. While slightly more expensive to produce, IPS are typically capable of excellent viewing angles and color.
IPS used to have issues with response times that made them less appealing to gamers, but these issues are virtually indistinguishable in today’s market, with plenty of IPS panels managing 1-5ms response times.
Although we think a majority of users will favor IPS the most (it’s popular for a reason), its 2 common drawbacks compared to TN are typically inferior contrast/blacks and occasionally (usually on cheaper displays) being able to see the backlight of the monitor on certain corners (referred to as IPS glow) but again, we think these points tend to pale in comparison to the positive qualities of IPS
VA is usually seen as a “balanced” pick between IPS and TN, and are still pretty common on the market.
VA’s shine in contrast the most, with very high ratios capable of producing excellent blacks (which makes them a popular panel type for TVs).
Their color accuracy, viewing angles, and brightness are usually better than TN, but slightly inferior to IPS.
For gamers, VA panels tend to carry higher latency which means they might only want to be considered by users focused on gamers that don’t need lightning-fast response times (i.e. non competitive or single-player titles).
Response time (or latency) is the time it takes for any action you take to be recognised on screen.
For example, if you press the space bar while using a display with 15ms latency, it will take 15mileseconds between the time you press the bar and you seeing the space input on the screen (on average, the full answer is more complex but this is a decent rule of thumb).
Most monitors today are very responsive, as you can imagine, the only area where response time is a key buying factor is in areas where even milliseconds matter, this is nearly exclusively gaming in today’s market (where 1-5ms is the usual range, and higher is still manageable for casual gamers).
For other types of users, you will likely be fine with whatever response time is included (if you’re not buying an incredibly cheap monitor, you can usually expect the response time to correspond with the rest of the specs in terms of quality).
The refresh rate is how many times a second your monitor displays a new image or “frame” (if you’re familiar with movies, you may know that most are displayed in 24-30 frames per second, except some recent technology that outputs then at 60FPS).
The universal standard for refresh rate is 60Hz (60 “frames), however much highest refresh rates are available.
These are mostly with gamers in mind, but a lot of content looks great and much smoother at higher refresh rates. In relevance to this list, there are 4k 144Hz monitors on the market which will provide an amazign experience if you have the budget.
Color accuracy, as the name implies, is what dictates how much the colors on your screen reflect what the content is designed to look like. Cheaper monitors have less color availabiltiy and accuracy and therefore will display colors with less vibrancy or look washed out (i.e. less accurate) than superior monitors.
The rating system for color accuracy is confusing for novice users so we generally try to make it clear in our individual reviews what is good or bad. But generally speaking, an sRGB or DCI-P3 gamut of above 90% (the 2 most common in monitors today) is good, but again, stick to individual reviews (and even user feedback) where possible.
This spec determines how different the brightest shade and darkest shade can appear; in other words, a high contrast ratio tends to lead toward deeper blacks and lighter colors.
Brightness is (as you can probably guess) how bright the screen can get! 250-300 nits tends to be the typical range of most average displays. An important note to bear in mind is that brightness tends to work alongside the contrast ratio in providing whites that feel vibrant.
PPI, or pixels per inch, is the density of pixels on the screen you’re buying.
For example, a 24-inch 4K screen will have a much higher PPI than a 50-inch 4K display.
Now although high PPI is better, it doesn’t mean that you have to worry about it too much unless you work very closely to your screen or are focussed on never noticing pixels when viewing content.
Typically in today’s market, most monitors have a good enough resolution to appear decently crisp, we would only begin to seriously worry about the PPI if you fit into one of the categories above or if you are looking at a 1080p monitor above 24 inches.
Aspect ratio is the rate at which your screen is wide (first digit) to how long it is (second digit).
For example, the universal standard in today’s market for monitors is 16:9, which means a monitor has 16 inches/pixels wide for every 9 inches/pixels is has long (you will see this reflected in 1080p, 4k, and so on).
Generally speaking, you don’t have to worry about this spec very much because 16:9 is so common, the only time this becomes a consideration is if you’re interested in an ultrawide monitor which will allow you to view more content (typically for work, double-screen users).
While not all users will care, you may want to look out for what mounting options are available if you would consider doing this.
The usual standard is a VESA mount option which means the monitor will come with a very common pattern of screw holes for mounting.
Durability/dead pixels/warranty, etc.
Finally, be sure not to overlook the aspects related to the longevity of your monitor.
Does the build quality appear to be sturdy/decent (a heavier weight can be a good indication for non-portable picks) and how is the supplier’s warranty?
It’s often best to flick through some users’ reviews on this point (to see if the masses generally get good support, low dead pixels, etc.) as this is something any single tech reviewer like ourselves will only have so much experience with on any one product.
What is the smallest 4k screen?
Is 4k worth it at 24 or 27 inch?
We see this question asked a lot and as always, it’s one that depends on the user.
We can say that many users will be comfortable with 1440p at these sizes, and this resolution runs a great middle-ground between 1080p and 4k in terms of crispness and cost.
4K at 24 inches and 27 inches will certainly have diminishing returns compared to larger sizes, but we would say that if you are a user focused on the best possible experience for content or professional work, we expect you to still notice some difference in the pixel density (especially if you sit close to your monitor).
It’s becoming more common, for example, for phones with single-digit inch screens to come in 4K, so there is still clearly an appetite for higher resolutions at 24+ inches.
We’ve been through a lot today!
While our top pick stands out as the definitive smallest 4k monitor available today, we hope we’ve made it clear that we think the real choice for you to make here includes not just how small you can go, but what type of user you are.
If you’re a gamer, a professional content editor, or someone who prefers a static home setup, then we’d encourage you to look at the other options we listed, even if they’re a bit larger, their pixel density is still going to look stunning.
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