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Monoprice CrystalPro 28-Inch 4K Monitor Review

Nearly every monitor manufacturer has a 28-inch TN Ultra HD monitor in its line-up. Today we’re looking at Monoprice’s CrystalPro 4K. Even though it’s based on the same part as its competitors, you get quality that matches or exceeds those displays.

Results: Color Gamut And Performance

For details on our color gamut testing and volume calculations, please click here.

The default gamut response is pretty much the same as the other 28-inch UHD/TN displays we’ve tested. Green, yellow, magenta and cyan are nearly perfect, while red is under-saturated and blue is over-saturated. When a manufacturer uses an off-the-shelf panel, there isn’t a lot that can be done with its color gamut, especially if a primary doesn’t quite reach the triangle's edge. At this point, a grayscale calibration helps improve things, though ultimately a software LUT is the only way to do better.

We’ll skip showing you the sRGB mode chart because, aside from a slightly greener white point, it looks exactly the same. The best gamut result comes with an instrumented calibration in User mode.

Here’s the user mode after a grayscale calibration. The biggest improvement is in the color luminance levels, which are now close to perfect. The drop in 80- and 100-percent blue is forgivable because it makes up for the over-saturation at those points. Blue has the only visible errors and they are slight.

Now we return to the comparison group:

All of the screens in our group turn in similar color gamut results. The difference between 1.72 and 2.07dE is quite small and most certainly not visible. It’s good to see value-priced displays exhibit such solid accuracy. In the case of the CrystalPro, the error goes from 2.83 1.97dE. It's a small, yet worthwhile gain. So, even without a calibration, it delivers excellent color accuracy and quality.

Gamut Volume: Adobe RGB 1998 And sRGB

The Monoprice comes pretty close to the 100-percent sRGB mark. Even though it delivers a little bonus in the blue primary, it falls short in red. We’d have no trouble recommending this as a secondary display for professional use, especially if you can fix the small flaws with a LUT calibration.

  • cats_Paw
    4k, 3d... next they will make a 5 something.
    THe market is not ready yet for that resolution, and the price is too high.
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  • milkod2001
    Looking at Amazon link with price:$749 and other Amazon links for monitors from well established brands(cheaper) ,this Monoprice TN looks like bad attempt for joke.



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  • milkod2001
    Amazon link for Asus monitor brings me to AOC
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  • de5_Roy
    i wish it was IPS too!
    i also wish it was a 22-24" display. IMO woulda helped with viewing angle issues that plague TN-based monitors i.e. smaller size leads to less need for eye movement, sharper image from higher PPI.
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  • Karsten75
    Your links are FUBAR. The link for the Asus PB287Q links to an AOC monitor. In any event, the price for the Asus PB287Q on Amazon is $612, NOT $399.
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  • aberkae
    The price is $429 for this 4k monoprice monitor, thanks for the review you guys listen to requests much appreciated.
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  • DisplayJunkie
    Wow, Monoprice FINALLY managed to produce a display which isn't completely useless like their previous products with no backlight/brightness control.

    Seems well built and the factory calibration is decent but $575 for TN, 60Hz...and most importantly and not surprisingly, only 850:1 contrast ratio (which Tom's calls "Good contrast" LOL).... as with all 4K TNs, all it has going for it is the high resolution. No other compelling reason to buy it, many other compelling reasons for other displays.
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  • aberkae
    15320841 said:
    Wow, Monoprice FINALLY managed to produce a display which isn't completely useless like their previous products with no backlight/brightness control.

    Seems well built and the factory calibration is decent but $575 for TN, 60Hz...and most importantly and not surprisingly, only 850:1 contrast ratio (which Tom's calls "Good contrast" LOL).... as with all 4K TNs, all it has going for it is the high resolution. No other compelling reason to buy it, many other compelling reasons for other displays.
    they just had a sale that ended it was $429 I have the promo in my email, I'm expecting the price to fall again to that price

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  • beshonk
    Where's the Benq XL2420G review? I'm debating on 4k, but whatever i buy will be G-sync for sure.
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  • Chris Droste
    right now; today, 2/18 on AMAZON; this monitor is $750
    Dell P2815Q = $409
    Samsung U28D590D = $529
    both are UHD, HUNDREDs of dollars cheaper from brands with better reputations, and based on what Tom's knows about the panel it's all from the same Manufacturer, so...why get the Monoprice one again? adjustable stand for an extra $200 maybe? i don't get it...
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