4K monitors are perhaps one of the largest innovations in consumer technology to be released this decade. Although currently very expensive, 4K monitors provide a massive resolution in a small space. They are a new era of HD, and will likely soon redefine what high definition is. Just like how 1080p spread quickly in the 2000’s, 4K may become commonplace by 2020. Now, however, is the perfect time to board the train early and get a jump-start on 4K videos and games.
Unlike traditional monitors, it is almost impossible to see the pixels in a 4K monitor. This is because their resolutions are much higher than traditional monitors, while maintaining a similar physical size. Unless you position yourself only a few inches away from the monitor, you will be hard-pressed to see the pixels, even while trying. The benefits of this are obvious: no longer will you have pixelated, unrealistic video; instead, the picture will be crisp and clear, and as close to real life as possible.
When it comes to video, 4K is really the way to go. Companies have been marketing 1080p as HD for some time now, but it absolutely doesn’t compare to 4K. Even 4K’s name reflects that, as 4K references the fact that it has a resolution four times higher than a 1080p monitor. However, it will take some work to properly configure 4K video. Regular video files won’t work, and you’ll have to download 4K versions, which are almost four times larger in file size as compared to standard video. And, of course, you’ll need the 4K monitor itself. However, once you have all of that configured, 4K video truly stands out over its predecessors.
PC games also benefit greatly from 4K. One core aspect of video game evolution has always been graphics, and getting the games to look as close to real life as possible. Video games have certainly gone a long ways as of yet, having already advanced from simple text visuals into the stunningly realistic games that we have today. However, 4K is prepared to take this to a whole new level. Gone are the days of games’ beauty being marred by obtrusively large pixels. Now, their full potential can be realized, and true immersion can be had. All it takes is a 4K monitor, and a solid graphics card. The latter of those is perhaps equally as important as the former, as having a very powerful graphics card is essential for 4K gaming. After all, what would be the point in viewing a higher resolution at a lower graphics quality?
4K monitors are one of the most revolutionary technologies to be developed this decade. Although still relatively expensive, their prices are dropping every day, and 4K will likely soon become the standard. Whether for video viewing or gaming, 4K monitors will improve your digital experience. Just make sure that you have the right equipment to handle 4K before you invest. Don’t board the train late, and be one of the first few to experience the new era of digital screens.