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 2019. 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.
The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is the best 1440p 144Hz monitor that we've tested so far. This IPS monitor comes with all the bells and whistles that any gamer could ask for. Along with the high refresh rate, excellent response time, and input lag, it also supports AMD's FreeSync and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC through the DisplayPort. The only downside with the IPS panel is dark room performance, with contrast ratio and black uniformity being quite poor.
Picture quality is decent and although it does support HDR, it's limited by the average peak brightness and color gamut. One other interesting feature of note is the active noise cancelling, which dampens background noise that can be picked up through the microphone so that your friends can hear you clearly.
Overall, it's a great gaming monitor and gets our top recommendation.
For those with an NVIDIA graphics card and prefer to have native support, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC monitor that we've tested so far. Performance is very similar to the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD, minus a few features such as HDR and active noise cancelling. Just like the Aorus, the native refresh rate is 144Hz but ASUS allows it to be factory overclocked to 165Hz.
When comparing the two monitors, the Aorus is slightly better for most people, but if you have an NVIDIA card and don't need HDR, the ASUS is a better choice for native G-SYNC support.
If you prefer a larger monitor or simply want the best dark room performance, check out the Samsung C32HG70 instead. 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 worthy of consideration.
With almost identical performace to the Dell S2417DG, the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG is a great larger alternative. Though they both use a TN panel, this monitor has noticeably worse black uniformity, with the edge of the screen exhibiting a blue tint. Thankfully, it retains the great motion handling of the other Dell, along with the optional black frame insertion feature.
Overall, the S2417DG is the best budget 1440p 144Hz monitor for most people, but if you're willing to spend a bit more, the 27" S2716DG is a great alternative.
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.
11/15/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.