1440p monitors have become extremely popular for gaming in recent years. They're 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, either; 1440p is supported by the Xbox One, making a 1440p monitor an attractive alternative for students that don't have enough room for a full-size TV.
We've reviewed over 100 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. If you're looking for the best gaming experience possible, also check out our recommendations for the best gaming mice.
The best 1440p G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ. The 27 inch screen gives you an immersive gaming experience, and it has an excellent response time and a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur, plus its input lag is exceptionally low. It has a native refresh rate of 144Hz which can be overclocked to 165Hz, and with native G-SYNC support, the refresh rate can drop as low as 20Hz, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
This monitor has fantastic horizontal viewing angles and great ergonomics, so you can place it however you like if you need to use it for co-op gaming. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform well in dark rooms because of its mediocre contrast ratio and poor black uniformity, so blacks will look closer to gray. However, it has decent peak brightness and okay reflection handling, so it performs well in most average-lit rooms. This monitor's predecessor, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, performs very similarly and it's cheaper now, although it might be harder to find.
Overall, this is the best 1440p G-SYNC gaming monitor that we've tested so far.
If you're looking for a smaller monitor than the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ that still has great gaming chops, check out the Dell S2417DG. 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 poor viewing angles. It can get decently bright, but once again, HDR support is absent.
Overall, the ASUS 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 FreeSync gaming monitor 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 higher when FreeSync is enabled, it shouldn't be noticeable for most gamers. Its VRR support also works with NVIDIA's G-SYNC through a DisplayPort connection, and the monitor's native 144Hz refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 165Hz for even smoother gameplay.
While this monitor is mostly made of plastic, it feels fairly sturdy and well-built. The stand has excellent ergonomics, allowing you to adjust it to your optimal viewing position, and 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. Gray uniformity is excellent, though, with almost no sign of dirty screen effect, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is decent.
This monitor supports HDR, but 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 often game in the dark, the Samsung CHG70 may be a better option than the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. Its VA panel has a much higher contrast ratio, resulting in deep and inky blacks when viewed in a dark room. Unfortunately, its black uniformity is just as bad; however, this can vary from one unit to another. It has an outstanding input lag, even when VRR and HDR are enabled, and its response time is excellent, although it's significantly slower when playing at 60Hz, which is disappointing for console gamers. Those with an NVIDIA graphics card can also take advantage of its VRR support and the monitor provides a decent HDR experience. The main drawback is its poor viewing angles, which is typical of VA panels.
Overall, the ASUS performs better in general, but if dark room performance is important to you and you don't mind the poor viewing angles, then go with the Samsung.
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide 1440p gaming monitor we've tested so far. It's a 34 inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Although the increase in pixel count puts a bigger load on the graphics card, it does offer unrivaled immersion when gaming and provides screen real estate for productivity.
Just like our other recommendations for gaming monitors, this monitor also supports FreeSync and is G-SYNC compatible. Motion handling is excellent with the inclusion of black frame insertion and a flicker-free backlight, not to mention the low response time and input lag. Do note that the input lag is significantly higher at 60Hz, which can be off-putting for console gamers.
Unfortunately, the use of an IPS panel also means that black uniformity and contrast ratio are rather poor, so it doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, this is a great ultrawide monitor that can be used for gaming and work.
For an ultrawide monitor that performs well in dark rooms, the Acer Predator Z35P might be a better choice than the LG 34GK950F-B. This ultrawide 1440p monitor has excellent response time, low input lag, and support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. It's a little less feature-packed than the LG, as it doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature and has a slower refresh rate, but it still delivers a great gaming experience.
Overall, the LG is the best ultrawide 1440p gaming monitor that we've tested so far, but if you play a lot in a dark room, the Acer is a great gaming alternative with fewer features.
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.