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The 5 Smallest 4K Monitors Available in 2022

Guiding you through the highest PPI displays around

Smallest 4K Monitor

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).

Top Picks

Eyoyo Portable Computer Monitor

Smallest 4k Monitor Available Today

SPECIFICATIONS*

Screen Size: 13.3″ | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Response Time: 60Hz | Color Rating: NTSC 72% | Brightness: 300 nits | Contrast Ratio: 1000:1

Our Rating: 70%

REASONS TO BUY

+ Tiniest 4K display with incredible PPI

+ Lightweight and highly portable

+ Great ports/device compatability

REASONS TO AVOID
 − Picture quality is decent for a portable device but mediocre for a 4K display
 
 − Better options are available for a home/static monitor (see next).
 

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.

Note: if you happen to like these portable offerings but wanted something slightly larger, we can recommend InnoView’s 14″ 4K monitor or UPERFECT’s 15.6″ display.

LG 24MD4KL-B UltraFine Monitor

Smallest 4K Monitor for Home Setup

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 24″ | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Response Time: 14ms (GtG) | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Color Rating: DCI-P3 98% | Brightness: 540 nits | Contrast Ratio: 1200:1

Our Rating: 90%

REASONS TO BUY

+ Incredible picture & pixel density

+ Great build quality made to last

REASONS TO AVOID
 − Quite expensive
 
 − Thunderbolt 3 port required for optimum usage
 

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.

LG 24UD58-B

Smallest 4K Gaming Monitor

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 24″ | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Response Time: 5ms | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Color Rating: NTSC 72% | Brightness: 250 nits | Contrast Ratio: 1000:1

Our Rating: 80%

REASONS TO BUY

+ Decent picture quality for gaming

+ Competitive price for specs

+ Good onboard gaming settings/features

REASONS TO AVOID
 − 60Hz for gaming is dissapointing
 

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.

Niuto 4K Portable Touch Monitor

Cheapest Small 4K Monitor (Budget Choice)

SPECIFICATIONS

Screen Size: 14″ | Panel Type: IPS | Resolution: 3840×2160 | Refresh Rate: 60Hz | Color Rating: 100% sRGB | Brightness: 500 nits | Contrast Ratio: 1000:1

Our Rating: 80%

REASONS TO BUY

+ Fantastic value

+ Touchscreen

+ Decent secondary specs

REASONS TO AVOID
 − Small name manufacturer
 
 − Some user reports of defects/small problems
 
 

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 ri