The word ” 4K ” must be known to you as it currently serves as the latest rage in the market and everyone going gaga over its quality. But what does the word 4K means? Are you aware of all the details? We guess you are not aware of the whole. So when you are getting a 4K monitor, you should be aware of its working and every other detail.
Basically, 4K means the number of pixels that will show on your computer monitor and the overall the figure is around 8.3million pixel which is four times the number of pixel that you get in a standard full HD monitor. These 8.3millions dots of color merge together to create a sharp and detailed image output.
A typical difference between a 1080p and 4K monitor is that 4K monitor is measured by the number of horizontal pixels while the 1080p is measured by the vertical pixel. To see every dots in the monitor, you will need a big magnifying glass or something similar to find out the dots.
What is a 4K Monitors?
A 4K monitor with native 4K resolution will either offer 4096 X 2160 or 3840 X 2160 which is four times the resolution of a standard HDTV. However, according to experts, a true 4K resolution will offer 4096 X 2160 while a common ultra HD 4K monitor comes typically with 3840 X 2160 resolution. On the whole, you won’t be able to find any difference between the quality or sharpness in the visuals of UHD or 4K. Both the resolution can easily play 4K contents smoothly without lowering the quality a bit.
However, you should remember almost every 4K monitor from different brands available in the market comes with 3840 X 2160 because 4096 X 2160 is only available to Cinema 4K projectors. Although some brands are trying to bring Cinema 4K resolution to gaming monitor but they are not accessible to everyone due to their high pricing. To put the difference in a simple way, currently, the 4096-pixel resolution is intended for professional cinema and video production. While 4K UHD is meant for standard consumer display in monitors and television.
However, some 4k monitors boast to offer 4K visuals, but they don’t come with native 4K resolution instead they use 4K enhancement to display UHD visuals. So when you play any 4K visuals, you will get the 4K alike quality but not exact 4K visuals. On the other hand, if you are playing 720p or 1080p visuals, it won’t get upgraded to 4K quality rather it will be enhanced to offer optimum 720p or 1080p quality.
So as a PC gamer, you obviously planned for adding a gaming monitor in your high-end setup but is it worth spending a good chunk on the 4K monitor? We can it is absolutely worth because they will offer not only great value for money but also top-notch vibrancy, sharpness, and clarity.
Let’s look at some of its significant advantages:
Gaming And Movie Visuals: The 4K visuals you will view on a monitor is just amazing which you can’t compare with an HD or Full HD monitor. When you play a video in 4K quality and the same video 1080p visual, and you watch the video side by side, you will know the difference. It offers better color bit rate and black depth than any normal monitor. The fantastic depth in images you will get will set your whole mood while watching a movie or playing your favorite game.
However, you will require a high-end graphics card to play the visuals because a normal GPU doesn’t have the core count and other credibilities to play 4K visuals. If you have a rig with Nvidia GTX 1070, 1080 or 1080ti, then you can easily play any 4K content with ease. Not only that, AMD RX 580 or RX 570 GPUs also holds the prowess to play UHD content without any degradation. Even rigs with SLI or CrossFire X configuration of GPUs can smoothly play 4K videos at 60fps lock.
Screen Size: The 4K not only greets its viewer with superior visuals but also with enhanced screen size. Previously people used to stay within the boundary of 24icnh monitors as going beyond that boundary causes a lot of pixel issue and aliasing. So if they wanted to maximize their entertainment, they couldn’t do it due to clarity degradation. However 4K monitors blown this issue out of the water and people now can easily own 4K monitors of 27inch ( the most demanded size) without any issue. If you have a 4K projector, you can check the size by doing some simple experiment.
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However up to 32inch, you will get a sharper image in a 4K monitor, but beyond that size, it would be really uncomfortable for you to seat close and look at everything. But with an increase in the size of the monitor the price range will also increase by a large margin and the price also varies from monitor to monitor. Generally, 4K monitors are expensive, but added amenities add to the cost of the monitor.
Future Proof: You can think of 4K monitor as a future-proof investment because it is a next-gen technology and the display technology won’t change in recent 7-8 years. Moreover, the 4K monitor is the next big thing, and soon it will replace all Full HD monitors although on a large scale it will take at least 5 years to get mass coverage.
However the development 4K monitor market entirely depends on the availability of 4K contents, and if 4K materials get rapidly popular, then it will pave the path for 4K monitors to gain total control. Nowadays, the price of 4K monitors are getting cheaper in the market, and within the $500-$1000 range, you can easily bag a top-notch model from a well-known brand. If you are regular in the various tech forums, you will know that the 4K monitor has already begun its revolution in the market and soon it will take over every other monitor type.
Shawn is a Scanner specialist of Epson America Inc. She was the head of the business development team of Boise Office Solutions. She is a former student of the University of California. She knows a lot of things about projectors, monitors and scanners. She is now the chief editor of Gadget Lounge.