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What 4k monitor should I buy? (~400)

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What 4k monitor should I buy? (~400)

My old 24" 1080p monitor just died... so looking to upgrade to a 4k monitor, probably 28". What should I buy? (located in Mississauga, Ontario)

It will be used for: word processing, semi-pro photo editing, casual gaming, watching movies

Considering these ones:
BenQ 28 inch 4K HDR Monitor (EL2870U) - $400
https://www.amazon.ca/BenQ-EL2870U-3840 ... 4k+monitor

Samsung 28" 4K UHD 60Hz 1ms GTG TN LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (U28E590D) - $370
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/sa ... 83477.aspx?

LG 27" 4K UHD 5ms GTG IPS LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (27UD59P-B.AUS) - $400
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/lg ... 57440.aspx?

Samsung 32" 4K 60Hz 4ms GTG VA LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (LU32J590UQNXZA) - $450
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/sa ... 51080.aspx?

(I have an old 4:3 monitor that I use as a second monitor, and an old LCD TV that I use as a third monitor.... but this new one will be my primary monitor)

Thanks in advance! I know some of these sales will end tonight, so will probably pull the trigger in the next 2 hours.
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[OP]
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Leaning towards the Samsung 32" one. It doesn't have IPS which isn't as good for my photo editing... but I use my computer for word processing and web browsing a lot more... so the extra size will mean that I can use the full resolution and still be able to read text.
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How did you get these prices from bestbuy website? One of what you posted matches.
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They were on sale yesterday. Sale is over.

edit: got the e-mail and my monitor is ready for in-store pick-up. I went with the 32" because I use the computer primarily for work and I wanted the extra size so that the text isn't super small at full res.

Samsung 32" 4K 60Hz 4ms GTG VA LED FreeSync Gaming Monitor (LU32J590UQNXZA) - Black
$449.99
Total Savings: $130.00
Quantity: 1
Total: $449.99
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I just got another LG monitor, LG 27UD58, the same specs as the one in your list (27UD59P-B.AUS). It was on sale at newegg.ca at 330$ CAD with free shipping, got it locally at the same price after price-matching at Staples. I love the monitor - great colors and resolution (I do a lot of photo editing). It comes pre-calibrated (the calibration certificate included), but I recalbrated it using my colorimeter to match my other monitors. Only tilt adjustment, no height adjustment, so I ended up buying a very nice spring-loaded monitor arm on ebay (from Montreal) for 32$ (https://www.ebay.ca/itm/PrimeCables-Erg ... 2749.l2649) - it works very well with the monitor. It came with DP cable, and I was surprised that my pretty modest card Nvidia 1050 Ti did a decent job with a couple of 4k games I tried.
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Since you put word processing and photo editing first, I'd suggest that in my experience a 4K monitor at 28" is almost unusable (for most people) at native resolution (3840x2160). Everything is just too damn small unless you're sitting 12" from it. That, for me, defeats the purpose of having a 4K monitor.

I tried the BenQ 32" 4K monitor (http://www.benq.ca/product/monitor/BL3201PH/) and found it to be superb in terms of quality and usability at native resolution.

But, if you don't mind scaling, which is a hit and miss with Windows anyway, then you'll be fine with the cheaper of the ones you suggested. I wouldn't concern myself with the FreeSync (since you're playing casual games) or high refresh rates.

Save a few bucks, and buy the cheapest 4K.

Of course, if you're doing photo-editing/re-touching professionally, I'd make sure you get one with a good color space coverage like 100% sRGB and (ideally) 100% Adobe RGB. Not sure where any of the ones you suggested stand in this regard.

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