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. It can be difficult to choose between smooth motion, and a high level of detail. 144Hz @ 1440p has emerged as a great balance between the two. 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 64 monitors, and below are our picks for the best 1440p 144Hz monitors to buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best monitors for Xbox One, the best monitors for PS4, and the best monitors for PC gaming.
The Aorus AD27QD is the best 144Hz 1440p monitor that we've tested so far. This 27" IPS monitor delivers outstanding gaming performance, including FreeSync variable refresh rate support, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card. It also has some unique gaming features, including a one-of-a-kind active noise cancelling feature. This is great for competitive e-sports, so your teammates aren't bothered by any ambient noise on your end.
The AD27QD has wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and supports HDR, which is a nice bonus. It has outstanding gradient performance, but there can be some slight color bleed in some scenes, so it isn't as well-suited for professional photo editing. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag and excellent motion handling, which is great for even the most competitive gamers.
Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, the Aorus doesn't look as good displaying dark scenes in a dark room. Overall, though, it is a great monitor that should please most people.
If you like the gaming performance of the Aorus AD27QD, but would prefer a monitor that supports G-SYNC for your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the ASUS ROG PG279QZ instead. Overall, the two monitors are extremely similar. Unlike the AD27QD, the PG279QZ does not support HDR but has slightly better black uniformity. Like most G-SYNC monitors, this one has a limited selection of inputs as well, with only 1 HDMI and 1 DisplayPort connection. Unlike the Aorus, this monitor also has an optional factory overclock to 165Hz, if you want to get a little extra boost.
If you prefer a larger monitor, or simply want the best dark room performance, check out the Samsung C32HG70 instead. The CHG70 is a very good VA monitor that delivers better native contrast than the majority of IPS monitors. The CHG70 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.
The CHG70 delivers impressive gaming performance, with an excellent response time, extremely low input lag, and FreeSync support, even when connected to a recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature, to further improve motion clarity.
Unfortunately, the CHG70 has poor black uniformity, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. We've also seen some reports that the 32" model is not flicker-free, which may bother some people. Overall, though, the CHG70 is a great 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you like the Samsung CHG70 but would prefer a monitor that supports G-SYNC to go with your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the LG 32GK850G instead. The 32GK850G isn't as versatile as the CHG70 overall, and it doesn't support HDR, but it delivers great gaming performance that should please even the most demanding gamer. It has a slightly faster response time than the CHG70 and has an optional factory overclock to 165Hz, which is great. It has a similar variable refresh rate range, delivering a tear-free gaming experience, but it only supports VRR over DisplayPort.
If you want a great 144Hz 1440p monitor on a budget, check out the Dell S2417DG instead. This monitor delivers only mediocre picture quality, but has outstanding motion handling and excellent low input lag thanks to the 144Hz refresh rate and native NVIDIA G-SYNC support.
Unlike more expensive monitors, this one has very few additional features. It doesn't support HDR and has no additional gaming features like crosshair overlays or frame counters.
Unfortunately, the Dell S2417DG doesn't look very good in a dark room, and the image looks very washed out at an angle due to the poor viewing angles. Overall, though, it is a good 1440p 144Hz monitor that should please most people.
If you like the Dell S2417DG, but would prefer a larger monitor, check out the Dell S2716DG instead. The larger model is nearly identical and offers the same excellent gaming experience. The larger model isn't quite as bright, and the unit we tested has slightly worse black uniformity, but other than that these monitors are nearly identical.
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.