Best Monitors for Raspberry Pi Android Central 2021
Most RPi4 or Raspberry Pi 400 owners pair their new kits with one of the best Raspberry Pi screens, prioritizing touch controls and portability over display size. What you may not know is both systems support dual monitor output for up to 4K resolution at 60Hz, making them great as DIY media centers or retro gaming consoles. Whether you care more about resolution, refresh rate, color fidelity, or other specs, here are the best monitors for the Raspberry Pi.
- Easy on your eyes: Asus VP28UQG 28" Monitor 4K/UHD
- Autoadjustment Engage: BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K Monitor for Gaming
- QHD gaming: Razer Raptor 27" Gaming Monitor
- Colorful, loud, and fast: Dell S2721Q 27 Inch 4K UHD, IPS Ultra-Thin Bezel Monitor
- Frameless Look: AOC U2790VQ 27" 4K 3840x2160 UHD Frameless Monitor
- On a Budget: Philips 276E8VJSB 27" Monitor
- Monitor + Touchscreen: Dell P2418HT 24" 16:9 10-Point Touchscreen IPS Monitor
- Picturesque display: ViewSonic VX3211-4K-MHD 32 Inch 4K UHD Monitor
Easy on your eyes: Asus VP28UQG 28" Monitor 4K/UHDStaff Favorite
ASUS hits the right price with an affordable 4K gaming monitor in the 28-inch range. You'll get a 1ms response time and max 60Hz refresh rate, plus ASUS's awesome Eye Care tech that lowers the blue light and reduces flickering. It's great for a retro gaming emulator that'll keep your games running smoothly and protect your eyes.
Autoadjustment Engage: BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K Monitor for Gaming
BenQ's 28-inch EL2870U is a 1ms dual-HDMI 4K monitor with a really neat trick up its sleeve: it can identify what's on the screen and automatically make any picture adjustments for the best possible color (with over 1 billion to choose from). Add in 2W dual speakers, adaptive brightness, FreeSync support, and a VESA wall mount, and you have a reliable monitor.
QHD gaming: Razer Raptor 27" Gaming Monitor
If you don't need 4K for your gaming emulator and care more about frame rates, the Razor Raptor is one of the best gaming monitors for the Raspberry Pi 4 or any other computer. It has a 144Hz refresh rate, 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, FreeSync and G-Sync support, and HDR400 mode.
Colorful, loud, and fast: Dell S2721Q 27 Inch 4K UHD, IPS Ultra-Thin Bezel Monitor
Dell makes some of the best monitors around, and the S2721Q 4K monitor will work great for an RPi4 media center with HDR support and dual HDMI ports. Its 350-nit IPS display has a 99% sRGB color gamut, AMD FreeSync support for 4K gaming, built-in dual 3W speakers, ultrathin bezels, and as low as 4ms response time.
Frameless Look: AOC U2790VQ 27" 4K 3840x2160 UHD Frameless Monitor
This 27-inch 4K monitor from AOC has 350 nits of brightness, an impressive 99% sRGB & 90% NTSC color gamut, and multiple inputs, but the real star is the bezel — or lack of one. This frameless monitor looks as good when it's off as it does while on.
On a Budget: Philips 276E8VJSB 27" Monitor
Phillips makes a fine 27-inch monitor for anyone who wants 4K on a budget. You won't get any of the extras some others on the list can offer, but you at least get over 1 billion colors, 5ms response time, thin bezels on three sides, and a flicker-free panel.
Monitor + Touchscreen: Dell P2418HT 24" 16:9 10-Point Touchscreen IPS Monitor
You may want a large monitor but also may need touch controls for your other Pi projects. This IPS monitor is only 1080p and 60Hz, but sports a 10-finger touch and can sit at a 60-degree incline for a great viewing angle as you work.
Picturesque display: ViewSonic VX3211-4K-MHD 32 Inch 4K UHD Monitor
If you want your streamed videos to have the best possible colors, ViewSonic's 4K monitor hits 95% of the NTSC color gamut coverage. It eliminates flickering and tearing thanks to AMD FreeSync for gaming, and can stream HDR10 content.
4K native / dual output
A Raspberry Pi makes for a great media streamer or game console, and the addition of native 4K and 60 frames per second (FPS) means you'll love it even more. It's why you can build your own Chromebox with a Raspberry Pi 400 or install Kodi to your Pi for a cheap 4K media center; or, you can install RetroPie and access some nifty game emulators.
You deserve a good monitor at the right price, and we think you'll find a model here no matter what you're looking for. I personally use the ASUS VP28UQG here, which works great for lag-free 4K gaming for hours without straining my eyes. But the frameless look and super-colorful display from AOC is hot hot hot, and the Razer Raptor looks so much smoother thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate. I would have a hard time deciding between these monitors if I were buying today. Technology marches on!
That being said, if you're looking for more options for the best monitors for Raspberry Pi, read our round-ups on the best 4K monitors and the best gaming monitors — they'll make your Pi games or streams look fantastic.
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