When I bought my first 4K UHD TV in January 2015, I had to pay around $600 for LG 42UB820T 42″ model. It was good for about a year, after which it started to fail, and was somewhat outdated due to the lack of HDR support.
Over four years later, prices for 4K hardware as dropped significantly, as as pointed out by Michael Larabel of Phoronix, it’s now possible to buy a 24″ 4K UHD display for just $219. LG 24UD58-B 24″ 4K UHD IPS monitor also have the advantage of supporting FreeSync helping avoid stuttering and tearing in games.
LG 24UD58-B specifications:
- Screen Size – 23.8″ up to 3840×2160 resolution (16:9 aspect radio)
- Panel Type – IPS
- Color Gamut (CIE 1931) – NTSC 72%
- Color Depth (Number of Colors) – 10bit(8bit + A-FRC)
- Response Time – 5ms GTG
- Refresh Rate – 60Hz
- Brightness – 250 cd/m2
- Contrast Ratio – Mega
- Viewing Angle – 178 / 178
- Surface Treatment – Anti-glare, 3H
- Audio – No built-in speaker, 3.56mm audio jack
- Video Inputs – 2x HDMI 2.0, 1x DisplayPort 1.2
- Misc Features – DDC/CI, HDCP, Reader Mode, Flicker Safe, Six Axis control, Freesync, etc…
- Power Supply – Built-in 40W power supply with 100-240Vac, 50/60Hz input
- Power Consumption – 26.8W (Normal On, EPA 7.0)
- Dimensions – 55.4 cm x 42.2 cm x 20.3 cm (with stand); Thickess: 6.1 cm
- Weight – About 4 kg
The monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounting kits, and ships with a power cord, HDMI and DisplayPort cables, a stand and screws, as well as a S/W install CD. It looks a good deal as a cheap 4K UHD monitor, but there are some caveats which may or may not matter for your use case. 24″ is fairly small for a 4K display so you’d have to sit really close, or change the DPI settings in your operating systems to read text. There’s no built-in speaker, but you can still have audio by connecting headphones or speakers to the 3.5mm audio jack of the monitor, and I don’t see any about HDR support. Michael also notes FreeSync will only work over DisplayPort.
It also got me interested in looking into the price of 4K UHD TVs as opposed to just monitors. And as one should expect price has come down as well with for example Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43″ 4K Ultra HD LED TV “Fire Edition” selling for just $299.99, or the 50″ model for $349.99.