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 85 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.
The best 1440p 144Hz monitor that we've tested is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. This 27" IPS monitor has a native refresh rate of 144Hz but is available factory overclocked to either 155Hz, 160Hz, or 165Hz. It has a fairly small stand that supports the monitor well and prevents most wobble, and the monitor can easily be adjusted to a wide range of heights and tilts, as well as the ability to swivel either direction. It feels well-built and has nice thin borders that lend this monitor well to a multi-display setup.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, the contrast ratio and black uniformity are only mediocre, but the viewing angles are very good. It's bright enough for most rooms and has decent reflection handling, making it a good choice if you have lots of lights directly in front of your screen. It has remarkably low input lag, and fast-moving motion looks crisp with almost no blur. The monitor supports FreeSync variable refresh rate for a nearly tear-free experience and while it isn't a full G-SYNC monitor, it's G-SYNC compatible, so you can use FreeSync even if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.
While it does support HDR, due to its lack of a wide color gamut and mediocre HDR peak brightness, this monitor isn't the best choice for watching HDR content or hooking up to a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X. Overall, however, this is an excellent 1440p gaming monitor and one of the best monitors that we've tested. Its low input lag, fast response time, and FreeSync support mean you can enjoy crisp fast motion with no blur or tears.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and you want to get the best performance possible, go with 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 TUF, but unfortunately, it can't get as bright. Like most IPS panels, it offers good viewing angles, but black uniformity is quite disappointing.
The TUF is a better choice overall, but if you want native G-SYNC support and don't mind the lack of HDR, get the ROG Swift.
The best ultrawide 1440p 144Hz monitor that we've tested to date is the LG 34GK950F-B. This 34" 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-fear experience and is G-SYNC compatible so you can still use FreeSync 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 monitor is a great choice that can be used for a wide variety of uses and is among the best gaming monitors that we've tested.
If you prefer a larger monitor or simply want the best dark room performance, check out the Samsung C32HG70. 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 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, it's a great 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you like the size of the Samsung CHG70 but prefer native G-SYNC support, the LG 32GK850G-B may interest you. It offers a very similar gaming experience to the Samsung, with a few differences, such as the lack of HDR support, a flat screen instead of curved, and ergonomics are slightly worse.
In comparison, the Samsung is slightly better for most people, but if you want to take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card and don't mind a few compromises, the LG is the best G-SYNC alternative.
If you're on a budget, the Dell S2417DG may suit your needs without breaking the bank. 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, it's 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, get 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, even if you use a newer NVIDIA graphics card. 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, get the Dell, but if you can spend a few bucks more, go for the LG as it's larger and performs better overall.
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.
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.
11/15/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.