Running the highest resolution at the highest refresh rate while PC gaming requires an extremely powerful PC, which is out of reach for many casual 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.
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 bought and tested over 260 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. It's a great gaming monitor with a few extra features to improve your gaming experience. 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 refresh rate to 180Hz over a DisplayPort connection, but it's limited to a max of 100Hz over HDMI.
It's a premium gaming monitor because it has native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, meaning it can take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card. 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, you likely won't need one. Also, its input lag is very low for a quick and responsive gaming experience.
If you want to save a bit of money, then a mid-range monitor like the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ is a great choice. There are two variants of this monitor, the XG27AQ and the XG27AQ-W models, and the only difference between them is the body color, so you can get whichever is cheaper. It's different from the LG 34GP950G-B because it has a smaller 27-inch screen with a standard 16:9 aspect ratio, so you don't get the same immersive gaming experience.
It doesn't have native G-SYNC support like the LG, either. However, it still has G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and provides an impressive gaming experience. It still has a quick response time across its entire refresh rate range, and the input lag remains low. It has a backlight-strobing feature that works at the same time as the VRR support, which not all monitors can do, and it helps reduce persistence blur with fast-moving objects.
Budget monitors also offer great gaming performance if you're willing to sacrifice a few features. If that's the case, the best 1440p 144Hz monitor we've tested in the budget category is the LG 27GN800-B. Like the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ, it has a 27-inch screen with impressive gaming performance. However, it's cheaper because you aren't getting the same features that make it versatile for other uses, like an ergonomic stand, speakers, and a USB hub.
Regardless, if you want to use it for gaming, you'll be happy to know motion looks incredible, especially at its max refresh rate, and there isn't motion blur with low-frame-rate games either. It also has native FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing, and it's G-SYNC compatible. While it's limited in extra features, it still has an optional backlight strobing feature. However, it only works within a narrow range. If you don't want to use it, the backlight remains flicker-free, which helps reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions.
If you want a simple and cheap 1440p, 144Hz monitor, consider the AOC CQ27G2. While it has many of the same specifications as the LG 27GN800-B, like the 27-inch screen size and no overclock feature, it's a step down in performance in a few areas, which is normal when you want something cheaper. It has worse motion handling than the LG, with a slower response time at any refresh rate, which leads to black smearing, but it isn't the worst case, and the motion handling isn't bad. The input lag also remains low with any signal, which makes gaming feel responsive.
It still offers the same gaming perks as other monitors with native FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and a backlight-strobing feature, but it isn't very effective. It also looks good in dark rooms thanks to its high native contrast ratio, making it a decent choice for dark room gaming, but it has backlight bleed.
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'.
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.
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.