As gaming PCs and monitors have gotten more powerful, it has been a constant battle for faster refresh rates and higher resolutions. Running the highest resolution at the highest refresh rate requires an extremely powerful PC, though, which is out of reach for most people. But when it comes to striking a balance between smooth motion and high-resolution graphics, 144Hz @ 1440p has emerged as one of the most popular configurations. It offers a higher level of detail, with almost twice the number of pixels of standard 1080p screens, and motion looks great, thanks to the fast refresh rate.
We've reviewed over 100 monitors, and below are our picks for the best 1440p 144Hz monitors to buy in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best monitors for Xbox One, the best monitors for PS4, the best G-SYNC monitors, and the best monitors for PC gaming. If you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice and the best gaming keyboards.
The best 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It's a fantastic gaming monitor, with an excellent response time and a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, and the input lag is incredibly low as well. Although its native refresh rate is 144Hz, it can be overclocked to 165Hz, and with support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, you'll get a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
This monitor uses an IPS panel, so it has very good viewing angles and you can easily use it for co-op gaming. Most IPS monitors have poor contrast ratios, but the contrast ratio on this isn't bad and it's actually one of the best we've seen on an IPS monitor so far. Even though it supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut and it can't get bright in HDR, so it fails to show any vivid colors. However, it has fantastic ergonomics, allowing you to adjust it however you like, even switching it into portrait mode. Although it has decent reflection handling that's probably not good enough for rooms with direct sunlight, it gets bright enough to combat glare in most average-lit rooms.
Overall, with a 144Hz refresh rate that can go up to 165Hz, it delivers a great gaming experience, making it the best 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested so far.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and you want to get the best performance possible, look into the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. It doesn't support HDR like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but this monitor has native G-SYNC support if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. It also comes with some unique features, such as a frame rate counter overlay, a crosshair for shooter games, and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. It has similarly excellent gaming performance to the VG27AQ, but unfortunately, it can't get as bright. Like most IPS panels, it offers good viewing angles, but black uniformity is quite disappointing.
The VG27AQ is a better choice overall, but if you want native G-SYNC support and don't mind the lack of HDR, look into the PG279QZ.
The best ultrawide 1440p 144Hz monitor that we've tested to date is the LG 34GK950F-B. This 34 inch ultrawide monitor is about the equivalent of having one and a half 27" monitors side-by-side, giving you a good amount of extra real-estate. Its stand is fairly wide but is spaced out so you can still place objects in front of the display, and it has a decent height and tilt adjustment. It has a wide array of inputs, including USB and 3.5mm aux, so you can use it as a hub.
It has outstanding low input lag, and its motion handling is excellent and delivers clear motion with a very short blur trail. It supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free experience and is G-SYNC compatible so you can still use it if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. Unfortunately, it has bad black uniformity and a low contrast ratio, but this is standard for IPS monitors and gives it the benefit of good viewing angles both vertically and horizontally.
Overall, if you're looking for a gaming monitor that gives you extra real estate, or want something for office use with a high refresh rate, this one is a great choice.
The Samsung C32HG70 is the best 32 inch 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested so far. This is a VA monitor that delivers good picture quality: although black uniformity is still poor, it produces deeper blacks than the IPS monitors mentioned above, with a much better native contrast ratio. The monitor has a slight curve to it, which may not be to everyone's liking. It also supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, which is great, but the overall HDR experience still falls short of most recent TVs.
For a smooth gaming experience, Samsung has included FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility after a driver update. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature to further improve motion clarity.
Overall, this is a great 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you're looking for a G-SYNC monitor for your NVIDIA graphics card, then look into the LG 32GK850G-B. It doesn't support HDR like the Samsung CHG70, but its 144Hz native refresh rate can be overclocked to 165Hz. It has an incredibly low input lag and a fantastic response time at its max refresh rate, so motion looks clear. Unfortunately, there's no black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. It also has a good contrast ratio, but the black uniformity is only decent and there's visible clouding throughout. On the other hand, it can get bright enough to combat glare in bright rooms and does an acceptable job at handling reflections.
If you're looking for the best 32 inch 1440p 144Hz monitor, the Samsung is a great choice, but if you want G-SYNC support for your NVIDIA graphics card, the LG is a good choice too.
The best budget 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested so far is the Dell S2417DG. With very few advanced gaming features, this monitor still delivers a decent gaming experience, as Dell has kept what gamers ask for most, such as low response time, great input lag, and native G-SYNC support. Being a budget monitor, other compromises are to be expected. There's no HDR support and the TN panel has very poor viewing angles, as well as poor contrast ratio.
In general, this is a good 1440p 144Hz monitor that covers all the basics and is worthy of consideration.
If you want something larger and can stretch your budget a tiny bit further, look into the LG 27GL83A-B. Its ergonomics aren't nearly as good as the Dell S2417DG and its reflection handling isn't as good, but it's larger, has better viewing angles, and supports HDR. It has low input lag and supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has a wide color gamut, and its colors are very accurate out-of-the-box. Unfortunately, it has a disappointing contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, but this is standard for an IPS monitor.
It's worth noting that this monitor can be a bit difficult to find as it's only available through Amazon, and most retailers sell the LG 27GL850-B, which performs almost identically but is significantly more expensive.
If you're on a tight budget and don't mind a 24" monitor, look into the Dell, but if you can spend a few bucks more, consider the LG as it's larger and performs better overall.
03/20/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity.
01/22/2020: Replaced the Gigabyte AD27QD with the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Added LG 34GK950F-B as 'Best Ultrawide 1440p 144Hz Monitor'. Replaced the Dell S2716DG with the LG 27GL83A-B.
01/14/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 1440p 144Hz monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our 144Hz 1440p monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.