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 emerged as one of the most popular configurations, although there are higher refresh rate monitors that retain the 1440p resolution now.
Note: While you can buy a 1440p monitor with a higher refresh rate to use at 144Hz or get a 4k @ 144Hz monitor, this article only considers 1440p monitors with a native 144Hz refresh rate.
We've tested over 220 monitors, and below are our picks for the best 1440p 144Hz monitors to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best monitors for Xbox One, the best monitors for PS4, and the best monitors for PC gaming.
The best 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested is the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a 27 inch 1440p IPS screen and a fast refresh rate that you can overclock to 170Hz. It has an extremely quick response time across the refresh rate range, resulting in clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects and very little overshoot with the right overdrive settings.
It supports Adaptive Sync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, which can reduce screen tearing, and it's compatible with both NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards for G-SYNC and FreeSync compatibility, respectively. The IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles, is great for co-op gaming, and has excellent gray uniformity, great accuracy out of the box, and an incredible SDR color gamut. It's great for office use or media creators, with good ergonomics, superb gradient handling, and good text clarity. It has good reflection handling and decent peak brightness in SDR, meaning visibility won't be an issue in most rooms.
Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and just okay black uniformity. There's a local dimming feature, which is a nice touch, but it's terrible overall, so it's best not to use it. Despite its flaws, it's a great, well-rounded monitor that should please most people.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, it's better to go for a monitor with native G-SYNC support, and the best 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC monitor we've tested is the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. It's an excellent gaming monitor whose 144Hz native refresh rate can be overclocked to 165Hz for a more responsive feel. FreeSync VRR also works on it if you have a gaming console or another PC with an AMD graphics card.
It's similar to the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ because it has a 27 inch screen and great image clarity. It's good for co-op gaming as it comes with a versatile stand that you can easily adjust, and it has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides. In terms of its gaming performance, it has a quick response time at its max refresh rate, meaning motion looks smooth. There's also an optional backlight strobing feature, but it doesn't work above 120Hz. Also, it has low input lag for a responsive gaming feel.
Sadly, it has terrible out-of-the-box accuracy, meaning you'll need to get it calibrated if you want games with accurate colors. Also, it doesn't support HDR, so you're limited to playing games in SDR. If that isn't a problem, it's an excellent 1440p G-SYNC gaming monitor.
The ASUS TUF VG32VQ is the best 32 inch 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested. It's a great gaming monitor, with an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in very clear motion with little blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has outstanding low input lag, meaning you can respond quickly to the action on-screen. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, reducing tearing when your PC can't keep up with the refresh rate of the screen.
The large, high-resolution screen delivers great text clarity and sharp images. The curved screen also delivers a more immersive gaming experience while also bringing the sides of the screen into your field of view. It has a very good contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room, and bright room viewing is great, thanks to its great peak brightness and impressive reflection handling. However, it doesn't have a local dimming feature, and if you want to use it for HDR gaming, it doesn't make highlights pop.
Sadly, it doesn't perform as well at 60Hz, as it has a noticeably slower response time with more overshoot. It also has narrow viewing angles, so it's not ideal for co-op gaming. Although it has its flaws, it's a good monitor overall with great gaming performance that should please most gamers.
The best ultrawide monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and 1440p resolution is the Gigabyte M34WQ. Ultrawide monitors offer something different from the more typical monitors in this recommendation because the 21:9 aspect ratio has more horizontal screen space. It's great if you want to open multiple windows side-by-side or if you want an immersive gaming experience.
It has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and it's confirmed that it's G-SYNC compatible if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. Gaming feels responsive as it has a fast response time, and there's an optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. Although designed for gaming, it still has many productivity features like a USB-C port and a keyboard, video, and mouse switch so you can control two sources with the same keyboard and mouse.
Sadly, like any IPS panel monitor, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark. It doesn't have a local dimming feature either, and the screen has noticeable clouding in dark scenes that could get distracting. However, that means it has wide viewing angles and, combined with its ergonomic adjustments, is a good choice for co-op gaming. All in all, it's the best 1440p ultrawide monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate that we've tested.
The Dell S3422DWG is the best ultrawide monitor if you tend to watch or play HDR games. It's better for HDR than the Gigabyte M34WQ because it has a VA panel with a higher native contrast ratio. Even if it doesn't have a local dimming feature, it still produces deep blacks with excellent uniformity.
It has good HDR peak brightness, enough to make highlights pop the way they should, and it displays scenes at their correct brightness, so nothing looks washed out or too dark. You can reach its max 144Hz refresh rate over a DisplayPort connection as it's limited to 100Hz over HDMI, and it's impressive for gaming. It has a good response time, so motion looks good for the most part, but like other VA panel monitors, there's black smearing with dark objects. It also has native FreeSync VRR support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing, and the input lag is low.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out from the sides. However, it isn't much of a problem if you sit directly in front of it because the curved screen helps bring the edges within your view, so they don't look washed out. All in all, it's the best ultrawide HDR monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate.
The Gigabyte G27Q is the best budget 1440p 144Hz monitor that we've tested. It's feature-rich, and even though it provides a great gaming performance, it's versatile enough for other uses. AMD certifies it to have native FreeSync support, and G-SYNC also works with NVIDIA graphics cards.
It performs best when gaming at its max refresh rate because it has an extremely quick response time, and the response time is still decent at 60Hz, but more motion blur trail is visible behind fast-moving objects. The picture quality is good, thanks to the excellent gray uniformity, great peak brightness, wide color gamut, and good out-of-the-box accuracy. Its IPS panel also has wide viewing angles if you want to use it for co-op gaming.
Unfortunately, it has somewhat limited ergonomics since it doesn't offer swivel adjustments, though you can still tilt it and adjust the height. It has an optional backlight strobing feature to try to reduce persistence blur. However, it only works within a narrow range, and you can't use it at the same time as VRR. Also, like any IPS panel monitor, it has a low contrast ratio and doesn't have a local dimming feature. If you're not going to use it for dark room gaming, it's the best 1440p 144Hz monitor in the budget category.
Apr 15, 2022: Moved the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG to its own category as 'Best G-SYNC' and moved the Dell S3422DWG to its own category as the 'Best Ultrawide HDR'; added the Acer Nitro XV340CK to Notable Mentions.
Feb 15, 2022: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Gigabyte M34WQ because it's better and replaced the Acer Nitro XV340CK with the Dell S3422DWG and renamed it to 'Dark Room Alternative'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Dec 17, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.
Oct 18, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout. No changes to our current recommendations.
Aug 19, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the AOC CG27G2 and LG 27GN800-B to Notable Mentions.
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.