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 over 80 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 Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is the best 1440p 144Hz monitor that we've tested so far. This monitor delivers an incredible gaming experience thanks to the fast response time and low input lag. It also has some amazing gaming features to further improve your gaming experience, including a unique active noise cancelling feature that ensures your teammates hear your voice, not the noise in the room around you.
This monitor delivers decent picture quality, with wide viewing angles, great peak brightness in SDR, and excellent gray uniformity. It also has an excellent SDR color gamut and it can display a wide color gamut in HDR, which is great.
Unfortunately, it isn't the best choice for every room, as it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, though, it's a great monitor for almost any use.
If you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics card, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best 1440p 144Hz G-SYNC monitor that we've tested so far. Unlike the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD, this monitor doesn't support HDR, but otherwise provides a very similar gaming experience. The ASUS has slightly better ergonomics, and the unit we tested has slightly better black uniformity than our Aorus, but they have very similar motion handling and similar low input lag.
Overall, the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is slightly better for most people, but if you have an NVIDIA card and don't need HDR, the ASUS ROG PG279QZ is slightly better.
If you prefer a larger monitor or simply want the best dark room performance, check out the Samsung C32HG70 instead. This is a very good VA monitor that delivers better native contrast than the majority of IPS monitors. 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.
This monitor 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, it 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, it's a great 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you want the best gaming experience possible from your NVIDIA graphics card, the LG 32GK850G-B might be a better choice, as it natively supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. It offers a very similar gaming experience to the Samsung CHG70, but it has slightly worse ergonomics and no black frame insertion feature.
Overall, the Samsung CHG70 is slightly better for most people, but if you want to take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card and don't mind compromising on ergonomics, the LG 32GK850G-B is the best G-SYNC alternative.
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, it 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's a good 1440p 144Hz monitor that should please most people.
If you want something a bit bigger, the Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG is a great alternative. It performs nearly identically to the smaller Dell S2417DG. Both models have outstanding motion handling, with extremely fast response times and great black frame insertion features, as well as excellent low input lag. The model we tested has slightly worse black uniformity, but this varies between units.
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.