In recent years, 1440p monitors have become extremely popular for gaming. They have a low enough resolution that decent performance is achievable without an extremely expensive gaming computer, yet are high enough resolution that you can see more fine details in your favorite games. They aren't just for PC gaming anymore; 1440p is supported by the Xbox One, making a 1440p monitor an attractive alternative for students who don't have enough room for a full-size TV.
We've reviewed over 110 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 1440p gaming monitors that are available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best gaming monitor size, the best 1080p monitors, and the best gaming monitors under $300.
The best 1440p gaming monitor with native G-SYNC support is the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. It has excellent gaming performance, and its 144Hz refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 165Hz.
This monitor has an outstanding response time when using it at its max refresh rate, producing exceptionally clear motion. The response time is still excellent at 60Hz, ideal if you want to use this monitor for console gaming. Its input lag is really low, but it increases quite a bit when playing at 60Hz, so it may not be ideal for the extremely competitive console gamers. It has built-in speakers, and it has a few extra gaming features, like the ability to put a crosshair on the screen for FPS games.
Unfortunately, it has bad out-of-the-box color accuracy, and due to its IPS panel, it's not ideal for dark room gaming as blacks appear closer to gray. However, that means it has wide viewing angles if you want to use it co-op gaming. Picture quality is also good with its incredibly wide SDR color gamut. All in all, this is the best 1440p G-SYNC gaming monitor we've seen so far.
If you're looking for a smaller monitor that still has excellent gaming chops, check out the Dell S2417DG. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the ViewSonic XG270QG, but this is an excellent 24 inch 1440p gaming monitor, with excellent response time, low input lag, and an extremely fast refresh rate. As this is a TN monitor, we can also expect some compromises, such as a poor contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. It can get very bright, but once again, HDR support is absent.
Overall, the ViewSonic is the best 1440p gaming monitor for most people, but if you don't have the desk space and want something smaller, the Dell is a great alternative.
The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is the best 1440p gaming monitor with FreeSync that we've tested so far. With a 27 inch screen size, this monitor has the perfect resolution to provide an immersive gaming experience without overtaxing your graphics card. Images look sharp, and motion blur is minimal in fast-moving scenes thanks to its excellent response time and black frame insertion feature. It has an extremely low input lag, and although it's slightly higher when FreeSync is enabled, it shouldn't be noticeable for most gamers.
The stand has excellent ergonomics, allowing you to adjust it to your optimal viewing position. Its IPS panel provides great viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side. It has a good peak brightness that's suitable for an averagely-lit room, but unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in the dark, as it has a mediocre contrast ratio and black uniformity, which is expected of most IPS panels.
Unfortunately, even though this monitor supports HDR, it can't display a wide color gamut, and it can't get bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR content. Sadly, there's no USB hub to charge mobile devices, but it does come with integrated speakers if you don't have any dedicated ones. All in all, if you're looking for a 1440p monitor with great gaming performance and FreeSync support, this one is worth checking out.
If you want a monitor that you can use for HDR gaming, the Samsung CHG70 may be a better option. It doesn't have wide viewing angles like the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but it displays a wide color gamut for HDR. The VA panel on the Samsung also has a much higher contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks when viewed in a dark room. It has an outstanding low input lag, even when VRR and HDR are enabled, and its response time is excellent. However, it's significantly slower when playing at 60Hz, which is disappointing for console gamers. Unfortunately, it has bad black uniformity, which could get distracting when using it in the dark, and even though it has a local dimming feature, it's quite bad.
Overall, the ASUS performs better in general, but if HDR performance is important to you and you don't mind the poor viewing angles, then look into the Samsung.
The best 1440p gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested so far is the LG 34GN850-B. It's a very good overall monitor with impressive gaming performance. The 34-inch screen and 21:9 aspect ratio deliver an immersive gaming experience, and if you want to use it for office work, there's plenty of screen real estate to work with.
The 34GN850-B has a native refresh rate of 144Hz that can be overclocked to 160Hz, resulting in better motion handling. The response time at its max refresh rate is incredible, especially for a 160Hz monitor, and it's excellent at 60Hz, so motion looks exceptionally clear. The input lag is also incredibly low, and even though this monitor natively supports FreeSync, it works with newer NVIDIA graphics cards too. This monitor also has good overall picture quality with its excellent gray uniformity, great color accuracy, and fairly wide viewing angles, which is ideal for co-op gaming.
Unfortunately, it has limited ergonomics, and like most IPS monitors, it's not ideal to use in dark rooms because of its low contrast ratio. Fortunately, this monitor has two USB 3.0 inputs, which are great for when you need to charge your devices. Overall, most gamers should be happy with this 1440p monitor.
If you're looking for a monitor with better dark room performance, then check out the Acer Predator Z35P. It doesn't support HDR like the LG 34GN850-B, but because it has a VA panel, the contrast ratio is much better, producing deeper blacks. It has excellent motion handling and a really low input lag too. The 100Hz native refresh rate can be overclocked to 120Hz, and it has native G-SYNC support to reduce screen tearing. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, and it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare if you also want to use it in a bright room during the day. However, it has great reflection handling, so it performs well in moderately-lit rooms.
Overall, the LG is the best 1440p gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen we've tested so far, but if you prefer gaming in the dark and want a monitor for that use, check out the Acer.
07/10/2020: Replaced the ASUS PG279QZ with the ViewSonic XG270QG and the LG 34GK950F-B with the LG 34GN850-B.
05/12/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
01/15/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 1440p gaming monitors currently available. They are 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 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.