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The 5 Best 1440p Gaming Monitors - Summer 2023 Reviews

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Best 1440p Gaming Monitors

There are a few advantages to getting a 1440p monitor for gaming, as they strike a balance between having good enough image quality and not being too taxing on your graphics card. Of course, you can get more details in your games with a 4k monitor, but that also requires a high-end graphics card, and it's easier for your graphics card to maintain high frame rates with a 1440p resolution. These monitors are available in a wide range of refresh rates, even up to 360Hz, so they're great for almost any type of gamer. Even current-gen gaming consoles, like the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, support 1440p gaming.

1440p monitors are also available in different sizes, from 27 to 32-inch 16:9 monitors or even larger ultrawide displays with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Besides its size, you should also consider the monitor's response time so that motion looks smooth, and which variable refresh rate (VRR) format it supports to ensure it's compatible with your graphics card. Lastly, having low input lag results in a responsive feel, but most monitors have low input lag anyway.

We've bought and tested more than 285 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best gaming monitors with a native 1440p resolution that are available to buy. Also, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best 1440p monitors.


  1. Best 1440p Gaming Monitor

    The best 1440p monitor for gaming we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's an excellent gaming monitor with an ultrawide 3440x1440 screen, meaning it offers more horizontal screen space than other 1440p displays with a 16:9 aspect ratio. It's great for atmospheric and FPS gaming, as you can see more of your game at once without moving around as much. It's excellent for gaming thanks to its near-instantaneous response time, resulting in extremely smooth motion with fast-moving objects. It also has a 175Hz refresh rate with native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which is ideal if you use an NVIDIA graphics card.

    Even if you have an AMD graphics card, the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF or even the MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED are cheaper alternatives. They offer nearly the same performance with FreeSync support, so you can choose whichever monitor works better with your graphics card. Whether you get the Dell monitors or the MSI, they each have the same QD-OLED panel with a near-infinite contrast ratio and bright colors. However, it's important to remember that OLEDs are prone to burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time, but this isn't a major concern for gaming.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 1440p Gaming Monitor

    If you don't like the ultrawide format of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW or you prefer something a bit cheaper, consider the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM. It's different from the Dell Alienware AW3423DW because of its smaller screen, different aspect ratio, and different type of OLED panel. It isn't a QD-OLED panel like on the Dell, so colors aren't as bright and vibrant, but at least it has the same near-infinite contrast that makes it a fantastic choice for dark room gaming.

    It's still a fantastic gaming monitor with a few advantages over the Dell, like its fast 240Hz refresh rate, which is ideal for competitive PC gaming. It has a fast response time across its entire refresh rate range, and it has FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. While it has a lower input lag than the Dell monitor, you need to update it to the latest firmware to get the best performance, as the input lag is higher on its original firmware. However, if you want something with low input lag and fewer bugs out of the box, the LG 27GR95QE-B is an alternative with the same panel. However, it doesn't get as bright as the ASUS, and it has more overshoot, so the ASUS still offers the best performance.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 1440p Gaming Monitor

    If you're looking for a 1440p gaming monitor in the mid-range price category, consider the Dell Alienware AW2723DF. It has a 27-inch screen like the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM, but without an OLED panel, it doesn't deliver the same perfect blacks in dark rooms, and there's blooming around bright objects. However, there are some advantages to getting an LED-backlit LCD monitor like this one, as it gets brighter in SDR than the ASUS, making it a good choice if you want to use it in a bright room. The Dell doesn't risk permanent burn-in with exposure to the same static elements over time either.

    Besides the differences in panel technology, it's still an excellent gaming monitor with a native 240Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 280Hz. It also has FreeSync VRR support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Lastly, it provides a smooth gaming experience with a very fast response time across its entire refresh rate range, as there's minimal blur trail with fast-moving objects. If you still find it out of your price range, consider the Gigabyte M27Q X, another 240Hz gaming monitor that performs very well but has worse motion handling at lower refresh rates.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 1440p Gaming Monitor

    If you want something cheaper but aren't necessarily looking for a budget monitor, the LG 27GP850-B is a good alternative in the lower mid-range price category. As you go down in price, there are a few sacrifices you need to make, and in this case, the LG has a lower 180Hz max refresh rate compared to the 280Hz refresh rate on the Dell Alienware AW2723DF. This means it isn't as good of a choice if you're a competitive gamer who needs the highest refresh rate, as games don't feel as smooth, but it's good enough for most casual gamers.

    Luckily, motion handling is incredible as it has a fantastic response time at high refresh rates and remains quick even with 60Hz signals. This monitor is also available as the 27GP83B-B at different retailers, but it doesn't have a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur like the 27GP850-B version. However, that feature only works within a narrow refresh rate range and not at the same time as VRR, so if you aren't going to use it, you'll be happy with either variant. You can also consider the LG 32GP850-B, which has a larger 32-inch screen, but it costs more for minimal difference in performance.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 1440p Gaming Monitor

    If you're looking for the best 1440p gaming monitor on a budget, a few good options are still available, like the Gigabyte M27Q P. It's similar to the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B but has a slightly lower 170Hz refresh rate and worse motion handling. Luckily, it offers an impressive gaming experience as the response time is still fast enough for gaming, and it also has a backlight strobing feature that works simultaneously as VRR, unlike the LG. It supports FreeSync to reduce screen tearing, and its G-SYNC compatibility is also great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

    The Gigabyte has a few extra gaming features that the LG doesn't have, like a dashboard that shows vital information from your PC, like the CPU temperatures. It also has a virtual crosshair that gives you a competitive advantage in FPS games, as your game's anti-cheat tool won't detect it, and its black equalizer feature makes it easier to see opponents in dark areas of games. This monitor is a newer version of the popular Gigabyte M27Q, which is also great for gaming, but that monitor is available in two different versions with different panels, so it's better to go for the M27Q P if you want to know what you'll get.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85: The Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 is similar to the Dell Alienware AW3423DW because it has the same QD-OLED panel but has G-SYNC compatibility instead of native G-SYNC. However, it's a great choice if you have an AMD graphics card; consider it if you can find it cheaper than the Dell. See our review
  • Corsair XENEON 27QHD240: The Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 uses the same OLED panel as the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM, and it's a cheaper alternative, but it doesn't get as bright and has higher input lag. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM: The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is an impressive gaming monitor that's a G-SYNC alternative to the Dell Alienware AW2723DF if you want something with native G-SYNC support for your NVIDIA graphics card, but it costs more. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95: The Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 is a super ultrawide gaming monitor with a QD-OLED panel similar to the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's great if you want such a big screen, but it also costs more, and the 34-inch Dell is the better option for most gamers. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 07, 2023: Replaced the Gigabyte M27Q with the newer Gigabyte M27Q P for consistency with other articles; added the Corsair XENEON 27QHD240 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Aug 03, 2023: Replaced the LG 27GR95QE-B for the ASUS ROG Swift OLED PG27AQDM because it's better and for consistency with other articles; added the MSI MEG 342C QD-OLED and the Samsung Odyssey OLED G9/G95SC S49CG95 to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jun 12, 2023: Clarified text throughout for accuracy; added the Gigabyte M27Q X to Notable Mentions.

  4. Apr 14, 2023: Added the LG 27GR95QE-B as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' for consistency with other articles; removed the Gigabyte M27Q X because it's currently hard to find; removed the HP X27q as the 'Best Cheap Monitor' because its price went up; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Feb 10, 2023: Renamed the Dell Alienware AW2723DF as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' and added the Gigabyte M27Q X; removed the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM because it's harder to find; replaced the LG 32GP850-B with the smaller LG 27GP850-B; added the HP X27q as the 'Best Cheap Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 1440p gaming monitors currently available. They're adapted to be valid for most people. 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 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.