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 85 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 1440p gaming monitors that are available for purchase in 2020. 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 ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best 1440p G-SYNC gaming monitor that we've tested so far. At 27 inches, this monitor has a fairly subdued look, with a matte silver and black color scheme on a surprisingly sturdy stand, so it shouldn't look out of place in a work environment. Ergonomics are also great, allowing adjustments for tilt, swivel, height, and rotation into portrait mode. Ports wise, we only get one DisplayPort and one HDMI; fortunately, there's at least a USB 3.0 hub.
As this is a gaming monitor, it has almost all the features any gamer would want: native G-SYNC support, the 144Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 165Hz, fast response time, and excellent input lag. Speaking of the latter, the monitor did exhibit a higher than average input lag when playing at 60Hz, so it may not be suitable for console gaming.
Viewing angles are great, but like most IPS panels, it does fall short in other areas, such as a rather mediocre contrast ratio and poor black uniformity. This monitor doesn't support HDR, either, which is disappointing.
Overall, this is a great gaming monitor for any use and is our top recommendation.
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. It delivers an outstanding gaming performance thanks to its very low input lag and extremely fast response time that displays crisp motion with almost no blur. This monitor has an IPS panel and maintains an accurate image at the sides of the screen even when you sit up close. The 144Hz fast refresh rate helps the appearance of motion, and the FreeSync support ensures an almost tear-free gaming experience even when playing demanding games that strain every little computing power from your graphics card. It has a decent overall picture quality and you shouldn't have any issues placing it in a bright room, as it'll fight glare with ease and handle reflections decently. It supports HDR, although it can't display HDR content in its full-color richness and bright highlights.
Unfortunately, this monitor, just like most IPS monitors, isn't the best choice for those who game in a dark room as blacks look gray, and some people will find the lack of USB hub limiting.
Overall, this is a great monitor that delivers an excellent gaming experience, and it should keep most gamers happy.
If you often game in a dark room and find the gray-looking blacks of the ASUS TUF VG27AQ annoying, check out the Samsung CHG70. The image isn't as uniform on the sides as on the ASUS when you sit up close, due to the monitor's VA panel. On the upside, the Samsung can display deep blacks in a dark room and delivers an excellent gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and fast response time. The picture quality is decent and delivers a slightly better overall HDR gaming experience than the ASUS mainly due to its deeper blacks.
If you're gaming in a dark room, the Samsung is a better choice, but if you play games with the lights on, the ASUS is a better overall gaming monitor.
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 does put a bigger load on the graphics card, it does offer an 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.
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.
01/15/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG27AQ and made small changes to text for clarity.
11/12/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.