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 120 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 ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is the best 1440p gaming monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've reviewed so far. It's a 27 inch screen that sports an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, so images remain accurate when viewed from the side, which is great for co-op games. It handles reflections well, and it gets bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms. Build quality and ergonomics are both good, and except for the RGB lighting strip on the back, the overall design doesn't look out of place in a work environment.
It has outstanding motion handling, which is mainly due to its exceptionally fast response time and 165Hz refresh rate. Fast-moving scenes look clear, and there's a Black Frame Insertion (BFI) feature as well to reduce motion blur. That said, the BFI feature isn't usable when G-SYNC is enabled. And speaking of variable refresh rate, it has FreeSync compatibility in addition to its native G-SYNC support.
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides. The contrast ratio is low and black uniformity is poor on our unit, so it isn't ideal for gaming in the dark. Also, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is quite bad, and it doesn't support HDR. On the plus side, it has a generous number of USB 3.0 ports and a pair of integrated speakers. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should satisfy casual and serious gamers alike.
If you find the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG too big, then take a look at the Dell S2417DG. With its smaller 24 inch screen size, the 1440p resolution results in a higher pixel density, which makes images and text look sharper. Its TN panel has an exceptionally fast response time, and there's a Black Frame Insertion feature as well. It has a 165Hz refresh rate and supports G-SYNC; however, it isn't FreeSync compatible. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity, so it isn't the best option for dark room gaming. It performs very well in bright rooms, as it overcomes glare easily and has impressive reflection handling. It doesn't have much in terms of additional features, but it does have four USB 3.0 ports, one of which supports fast-charging.
Overall, the ViewSonic is better for most people. It has wider viewing angles, more features, and its FreeSync compatibility makes it more versatile in case you change to a graphics card in the future that doesn't support G-SYNC. However, if you prefer a smaller screen, the Dell is an excellent 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, it 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 it 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. Its VA panel 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, 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 very good overall 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.
It 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 it natively supports FreeSync, it works with newer NVIDIA graphics cards too. It also has good overall picture quality with its excellent gray uniformity, great color accuracy, and fairly wide viewing angles, 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, it 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 screen.
If you're looking for a monitor with better dark room performance, 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. 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, but if you prefer gaming in the dark and want a monitor for that use, check out the Acer.
09/09/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
07/10/2020: Replaced the ASUS PG279QZ with the ViewSonic XG270QG and the LG 34GK950F-B with the LG 34GN850-B.
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'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 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.