4K resolution monitors have been on the horizon for several years, and only recently arrived to market on the extremely high end of the price spectrum. If you don’t have $3500 to spend on your next display, the announcements from this year’s CES may interest you.
A trio of products for well under $1,000 were unveiled Monday, and while the prices still aren’t as cheap as we’d like to see, they represent significant reductions from the first round of 4K monitors. First up is ASUS, with the new PB287Q, a 28-inch 3,840-by–2,160 resolution display. Priced at $799, it offers a compelling alternative to ASUS’s 31.5-inch PQ321Q, which hit the market back in June for $3,799. Despite the huge price difference, the cheaper panel still offers a 1 millisecond response time and support for both DisplayPort and HDMI.
Also priced at $799 is the Lenovo ThinkVision Pro2840m. This uniquely designed 28-inch display brings 4K resolution and supports DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, and HDMI, and features a highly flexible stand that lets users position the monitor in a variety of non-standard configurations. It will be available in April alongside the $999 ThinkVision 28, which takes the Pro2840m’s display and packs in an Android-based tablet behind it, allowing users to access Android apps and games, and stream 4K video content, without an accompanying PC.
Rounding out the 4K display announcements is price leader Seiki. Already known for its remarkably cheap 4K televisions, a new 28-inch model is in the works, sporting three HDMI ports alongside VGA and composite. Pricing has yet to be announced, but the firm said that the 28-inch model would be priced lower than the 39-incher, which currently runs about $500. Before users get too excited, however, it’s important to note that previous Seiki products truly epitomize the phrase “you get what you pay for.” We expect the upcoming 28-inch Seiki display to include the same drawbacks as its siblings, namely a 30Hz refresh rate, non-uniform backlighting, and less accurate colors. While these issues make the TV a poor choice for gaming, productivity users looking for a massive 4K desktop may still find great value in the product.
The display announcements at CES were preceded last month by Dell’s unveiling of its own 4K monitors. The now-private PC firm announced three products in December: a 24-inch panel for $1,299, a 31.5-inch panel for $3,499, and an upcoming 28-inch panel at a price “under $1,000.”