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The 5 Best 1440p Gaming Monitors - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best 1440p Gaming Monitors

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 and Xbox Series S|X, making a 1440p monitor an attractive alternative for students who don't have enough room for a full-size TV.

We've tested over 225 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, and the best 1080p monitors


  1. Best 1440p FreeSync Gaming Monitor

    The best 1440p gaming monitor with native FreeSync support that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. It's an excellent gaming model that comes in a 27 inch and a 32 inch size, so you can choose whichever suits you best. Although we expect the 27 inch model to perform like the 32 inch model we tested, they have the same native resolution, so the smaller size has higher pixel density, and text should look sharper.

    It has a very fast 240Hz refresh rate, with an exceptional response time at its max refresh. It's also very consistent, performing almost identically at lower refresh rates. It has an incredibly low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) technology natively, but NVIDIA certifies it to work with their G-SYNC Compatible mode, meaning it's a versatile monitor. Sadly, there are some issues with its VRR implementation, but most of them have been fixed or at least have viable workarounds available.

    While its high contrast ratio is great, it does come at the cost of narrow viewing angles that make images look washed out when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal for playing co-op games. On the bright side, it has quite a few additional features, like two USB 3.0 ports and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display signals from two input sources at once. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please casual and serious gamers.

    See our review

  2. Best 1440p Co-Op Gaming Monitor

    The best 1440p monitor we've tested for co-op gaming is the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a fast refresh rate and an incredibly fast response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in crystal-clear motion with little blur. It has wide viewing angles and excellent ergonomics, making it a great choice for co-op gaming, as the image doesn't degrade when viewed at an angle, and you can easily adjust it to an ideal viewing position for everyone.

    It's also a great choice for console gamers. It has a built-in console mode that lets it display a downscaled 4k @ 60Hz signal from both the PS5 and Xbox Series X. This mode offers slightly worse performance, with a slightly slower response time, but it's great for graphically-intense games. It also has a few extra gaming features, including an optional backlight strobing feature to improve the appearance of motion.

    Unfortunately, it's not a great choice for gaming in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks are gray and cloudy. As long as you're in a dark room, it's a great monitor.

    See our review

  3. Best 1440p G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

    The best 1440p G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. Having a monitor with native G-SYNC support is beneficial if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and want to take full advantage. You get a few extra perks to go along with the native G-SYNC support, like NVIDIA's Reflex Latency Analyzer Technology, which measures the latency of your computer.

    The PQ279QM has an incredibly fast 240Hz refresh rate, and even if you have a PC or console with an AMD graphics card, we confirmed that FreeSync works on it. Input lag is incredibly low at its max refresh rate, and even though it increases at 60Hz, this shouldn't be a problem for most people. On top of that, the response time is remarkably fast both at its max refresh rate and at 60Hz, which makes motion look extremely smooth, but there's some overshoot with a few of the overdrive settings.

    Unfortunately, while it displays a very wide HDR color gamut and has decent peak brightness, its low contrast ratio and terrible local dimming feature make blacks look gray with blooming around bright objects in dark scenes. Also, because the HDMI ports are limited to HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, you can only achieve a max refresh rate of 144Hz over HDMI. However, you can still take full advantage of it over DisplayPort, and it's one of the best gaming monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Ultrawide 1440p Gaming Monitor

    The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best ultrawide 1440p gaming monitor we've tested. This monitor's ultrawide 21:9 aspect ratio delivers a more immersive gaming experience, giving you a wider field of view and delivering a more realistic gaming experience. It's an excellent gaming monitor, with an outstanding response time at the max refresh rate, fantastic low input lag, and a fast refresh rate. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which helps reduce tearing in games.

    It's a versatile monitor that looks great in almost any viewing environment. It has great peak brightness and impressive reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue. It has wide viewing angles, so you can comfortably share your screen with someone else without worrying about the image degrading at an angle. It has a great selection of additional features, including a unique keyboard, video, and mouse switch (KVM), letting you control two sources with a single set of keyboard and mouse.

    Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it delivers a very limited HDR experience, as it can't get very bright in HDR and has a low contrast ratio. Despite its limited HDR performance, it's still an impressive monitor overall.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 1440p Gaming Monitor

    The best 1440p budget gaming monitor that we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's a feature-rich and versatile 27 inch model that delivers an amazing gaming experience. Like most IPS monitors, it has wide viewing angles that make it great for sharing content or playing co-op games. Its reflection handling is only decent, but it gets more than bright enough to overcome intense glare, meaning visibility won't be an issue in well-lit rooms.

    It has fantastic motion handling. It has a 170Hz refresh rate and an exceptional response time, making fast-moving scenes look clear and smooth. There are tons of extra features, like a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you display an image from a compatible device and charge it simultaneously. The downside is that the power delivery is limited to 10W, only enough to charge small mobile devices like smartphones. It also has a Picture-in-Picture mode, a built-in KVM, and a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain.

    It supports HDR with wide coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content; however, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and no local dimming. Also, it only gets bright enough to bring out some highlights, not for a true cinematic HDR experience, so it's best to play games in SDR. Overall, it's an impressive monitor that most people should be happy with.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273U is one of the best gaming monitors alongside the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, but considering it costs more and it's only available in a 27 inch size, it's worth getting the Samsung instead. See our review
  • ViewSonic Elite XG270QG: The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is an excellent G-SYNC gaming monitor, but it doesn't have a 240Hz refresh rate like the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM or the Dell Alienware AW2721D. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a super ultrawide monitor if you need something bigger than the Gigabyte M34WQ. However, it's costly, and you should only get it if you're going to use all the screen space. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32Q: The Gigabyte M32Q is a great monitor with excellent gaming performance and essentially a bigger version of the Gigabyte M27Q. Its 32 inch screen provides more space than the M27Q, but it has the same 1440p resolution, so images and text don't look as sharp. See our review
  • Dell S3422DWG: The Dell S3422DWG is a better choice than the Gigabyte M34WQ if HDR performance is important to you. However, it's a bit worse overall for gaming, as it has a slower response time and worse ergonomics. See our review
  • Corsair XENEON 32QHD165: The Corsair XENEON 32QHD165 monitor has a 32 inch screen like the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, and it has wider viewing angles, but it costs more and has a lower refresh rate. See our review
  • LG 34GP83A-B: The LG 34GP83A-B is a great ultrawide gaming monitor, but it costs more than the Gigabyte M34WQ and has fewer features. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27Q: The Gigabyte G27Q is a budget monitor like the Gigabyte M27Q, and you can probably find it for cheaper, but it doesn't have as many features or inputs. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 07, 2022: Removed the Dell Alienware AW2721D, as there's very little difference in price with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM, and moved the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD to its own category. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 07, 2022: Replaced the ViewSonic XG270QG with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM because it has a higher refresh rate, and added the Dell AW2721D as 'Cheaper Alternative'; replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Gigabyte M34WQ because it's better, and removed the Gigabyte G34WQC as 'Dark Room Alternative'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Dec 09, 2021: Replaced the Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx with the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, as the Acer is sold out everywhere. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions, and added the Dell S3422DWG.

  4. Oct 12, 2021: Replaced the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X with the Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx as the Gigabyte is sold out, and the Acer is better with the latest firmware update. Validated our other picks, and refreshed the text throughout.

  5. Aug 13, 2021: Replaced Gigabyte M27Q with Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X, replaced LG 34GN850-B with LG 34GP83A-B, replaced Gigabyte G27Q with Gigabyte M27Q.

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.

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