If you are conscious buyer and looking for a low-cost 4k monitor to replace your existing 1080p displays, then there is good news for you. The prices of 4k monitors are now below $500, which is at all time low leading the displays within the reach of cost sensible consumers.
The prices fell considerably from $700+ earlier this year and now you can buy a 4k monitor from top vendors like Samsung, Acer, Dell, Asus, etc at well below $500.
4k monitors have a four times broader display i.e. 3840 by 2160 pixels than a current 1080p resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels.
Dell’s 28 Ultra HD P2815Q monitor is now selling at $449.99, failing from $699.99 earlier this year when the product started selling. Newegg is trading 28-inch monitors at $449.99 from AOC and Planar.
The price of Samsung’s 28-inch 4k monitor, UD590, which is currently selling for $599.99 through retailers like Newegg and Best Buy, has also declined.
Even though most vendors dropped the prices of their 4k monitors, not all manufacturers joined this bandwagon. Lenovo’s ThinkVison 28-inch Pro2840m, which announced in January and began shipping around the middle of 2014 is still selling for $799.99.
It is important to check the features of the under priced monitors. Sometimes, they may suffer from refresh rates even though carrying all the main features, ports, etc. This has a direct affect on the display’s ability to cope with the fast-moving images. For instance, critiques reprimanded Dell’s P2815Q monitor for its 30Hz refresh rate. Samsung’s UD590, although have the more enticing 60Hz refresh rate via its DisplayPort 1.2, drops much to 30Hz when connected to PC via the HDMI port.
Monitor manufacturers try to attract more buyers, thus, increase in competition bringing the prices down. Intel recently forecasted the prices of 4k monitors would drop below $400 by the end of 2014.
According to Jonathan Gow, research manager at IDC, the prices of other computer hardware parts will also fall sharply over the next couple of years as more material starts including HD games, videos, live streaming, etc starts taking advantage of the higher resolution display of the 4k monitors.
Gaw also noted that the PC monitor industry is investing on two components in hopes of gaining more customers to bet on higher-priced monitors: 4k resolution and touch interfaces, both of which required OS vendors and application developers to create fascinating content for buyers.
The 4k monitors below $500 comes with the basic features, so the manufacturers have to offer considerable upgrades to rationalize higher prices. For instance, many cheap 4k monitors do not have touchscreens. Other features like gesture recognition, sound bars, cameras, wireless facilities, portable capabilities can also mandate higher prices.