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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.

Monoprice CrystalPro 4K, Solid Inside And Out

The advent of inexpensive Ultra HD monitors in the 28-inch size affords us a unique opportunity. It is rare to see so many different companies make displays based on the same panel. But in this case, Innolux is the only game in town, and therefore we can compare and contrast each manufacturer's take on the technology.

So far, we’ve seen 28-inch UHD/TN monitors from Asus, Dell, Planar, Philips, Samsung and now Monoprice. They are similar, though not identical, in performance. And there are definite differences in feature sets.

Asus and Dell deliver the basics – decent color and contrast, and simple features. Our only beef with the Dell is that it doesn’t support 60Hz operation, even over DisplayPort. Planar breaks from the pack with an excellent multi-source implementation that eliminates the need for a matrix box when you want to display up to four signals at once. Philips also sticks to the basics, but falls a little short in light output and speed with its fairly high input lag. Samsung also delivers an excellent product with best-in-class brightness and good accuracy.

Monoprice is at the low-end of the pricing scale. It performs among the best in this group of six TN-based screens, though. The company doesn't deliver the highest light output, but it has enough, and its color and grayscale accuracy approach professional levels. From a video-geek standpoint, the only flaw (and it’s a minor one) is less-than-perfect gamma. A firmware tweak could take care of that easily, we think.

Like the Planar, Monoprice's CrystalPro supports simultaneous handling of up to four digital sources. With that and its high pixel density, we see it being very useful in security systems where personnel have to monitor multiple cameras. And the PiP function makes it easy to watch the game while attending to more mundane business tasks.

We’re betting that the most attractive test result from this review will be the low input lag and fast panel response. Decent 4K performance is becoming more affordable as high-speed graphics boards come down in price. What better way to finish out that system than with a value-priced Ultra HD monitor like the CrystalPro? As of this writing, it’s selling for $500, although we’ve seen the competition fluctuate around that number. Given the performance advantages and solid build quality, however, we think this Monoprice is a great choice. For those reasons, we’re giving the CrystalPro 4K a Tom’s Hardware Editor Recommended award.

  • 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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