While you can get the best gaming performance with high refresh rate monitors, they also can be expensive and out-of-budget for some gamers. If you aren't looking for high-end monitors and you want something simple to strike a balance between a good resolution and refresh rate, 1440p @ 144Hz monitors are a good choice. They don't require a ton of bandwidth from your graphics cards and still provide good graphics with smooth motion. There aren't as many 1440p @ 144Hz monitors available as there once were, but you can still find some to buy at a low cost.
While you can buy a 1440p monitor with a higher refresh rate to use at 144Hz or get a 4k @ 144Hz monitor and set it to a lower resolution, this article only considers 1440p monitors with a native 144Hz refresh rate.
We've bought and tested over 270 monitors, and below are our picks for the best 1440p 144Hz monitors to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best 1440p gaming monitors, the best 144Hz monitors, and the best 1440p monitors.
The best 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested is the LG 34GP950G-B, a good overall display. Although it has a 34-inch, ultrawide screen, it's still considered a 1440p monitor because it has a 3440x1440 resolution. It means it's wider horizontally than a 27-inch, 1440p monitor but has the same screen height. It's great for PC gaming because you can overclock its 144Hz native refresh rate to 180Hz over a DisplayPort connection, but it's limited to a max of 100Hz over HDMI. It also has incredible motion handling, especially at high frame rates, and even if it doesn't have a backlight strobing feature to further reduce persistence blur, motion still looks great.
It's a premium gaming monitor in terms of features as it has native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, meaning it can take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card. It has a few extra features to improve your gaming experience, like a virtual crosshair that gives you a competitive advantage in FPS games, and its black stabilizer feature lets you see opponents better in dark games.
If you don't need a high-end gaming monitor like the LG 34GP950G-B and prefer saving money, consider the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ. The main difference with the LG is that this monitor has a smaller 27-inch screen and 16:9 aspect ratio, so you don't get the same immersive gaming experience. It's available in different variants, with the only change being the body color, and the white variant, known as the XG27AQ-W, is easier to find than the black variant. You'll be happy with whatever monitor you get, as it offers an impressive gaming experience.
You can overclock its 144Hz native refresh rate to 170Hz, and it has a fast response time across its entire refresh rate range. This results in minimal motion blur, and it has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel, meaning you won't notice any delay. Lastly, it has VRR support to reduce screen tearing, but because it's G-SYNC compatible, instead of having native G-SYNC support like on the LG, it can't take full advantage of NVIDIA graphics cards.
If you want to save some money but aren't necessarily on a tight budget, a lower mid-range option like the Gigabyte M34WQ is a good alternative. It's different from the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ because it has a bigger 34-inch screen for a more immersive gaming experience, but the main difference is that you can't overclock the 144Hz refresh rate to something higher. Luckily, it's still a great gaming monitor with an excellent response time with high-frame-rate signals, but it gets worse with 60 fps signals, so you'll see more motion blur in low-frame-rate games, like on a console or some PC games. It also has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and you won't notice any delay, no matter the refresh rate you're gaming at.
On top of its great gaming performance, it offers good picture quality with accurate colors and high peak brightness, enough to fight glare. It's also a great choice if you want to use it for co-op gaming, as it has good ergonomics, and its wide viewing angles ensure the image remains consistent from the sides.
Budget monitors also offer great gaming performance if you're willing to sacrifice a few features. If that's the case, the best budget 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested is the LG 27GL850-B/27GL83A-B. It's available in two different models with the 27GL850-B and the 27GL83A-B, but the 27GL850-B has two USB ports. It's different from the Gigabyte M34WQ because it has a smaller 27-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, so you don't get the same immersive gaming experience. Like the Gigabyte, you can't overclock its 144Hz refresh rate to anything higher, which is normal for budget monitors, and it has native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility.
Motion looks incredible on this monitor, especially at its max refresh rate, and there isn't much motion blur with low-frame-rate games either. The 27GL850-B variant has a backlight strobing feature to further reduce persistence blur with fast-moving objects, and its backlight at least remains flicker-free if you don't want to use it, which helps reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions.
May 02, 2023: Changed some picks according to current availability; removed the LG 27GN800-B and renamed the LG 27GL83A-B as the 'Best Budget Monitor' because it's easier to find; added the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ-W as the 'Best Mid-Range Monitor' and renamed the Gigabyte M34WQ as the 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor' because it went down in price; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Mar 03, 2023: Replaced the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ with the Gigabyte M34WQ and the AOC CQ27G2 with the LG 27GL83A-B because they're easier to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Jan 03, 2023: Removed the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG because it's hard to find and added the AOC CQ27G2; updated the Notable Mentions based on changes.
Oct 27, 2022: Removed the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q because it's hard to find and added the LG 34GP950G-B as the 'Best 1440p 144Hz Monitor'; renamed the ViewSonic XG270QG as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' and removed the Dell S3422DWG; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Aug 17, 2022: Restructured article to reflect how users are looking for monitors; added the ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q as the 'Best 1440p 144Hz Monitor' and renamed the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ to 'Best Mid-Range'. Replaced the Gigabyte G27Q with the LG 27GN800-B because it's better for gaming; moved the Gigabyte M34WQ to Notable Mentions and renamed the Dell S3422DWG as the 'Best Ultrawide'.
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 1440p monitors with a native 144Hz refresh rate that we've tested. 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.