For many gamers, especially in the world of competitive gaming, a high refresh rate is often considered more important than resolution or size, as it provides smoother gameplay and possibly an advantage over their lesser-equipped opponents. So far, there aren't many monitors with a 240Hz refresh rate, and most of them have TN panels, though IPS panels are starting to make their appearance as well. Our list is short for now, but we'll update our recommendations when more of these monitors are released and tested.
We've reviewed more than 110 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 240Hz monitors to purchase. See also our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 27 inch monitors, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
The best 27 inch 240Hz monitor that we've tested so far is the ASUS VG279QM. It's a 1080p IPS monitor that sets itself apart with its superb motion handling. It's impressively well-built, it has outstanding ergonomics, and its subtle gamer design won't stick out like a sore thumb in a professional office environment. It gets bright enough to overcome glare in very bright settings and it has wide viewing angles, which is great for co-op gaming. Unfortunately, its mediocre contrast ratio makes blacks look gray, so it isn't as well-suited for gaming in the dark.
As mentioned, this monitor excels at motion handling. Its superb response time results in almost no blur trails behind fast-moving objects and it has an optional black frame insertion feature that can further improve motion clarity. Additionally, its native 240Hz refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz to make motion look even smoother. It supports FreeSync natively to minimize screen tearing and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Input lag is extremely low and it remains low even with VRR and HDR enabled.
On the subject of HDR, this monitor supports HDR10; however, its performance is limited by the lack of a wide color gamut. It comes with a couple of extra features, such as the ability to add a virtual crosshair or a frame rate counter, and it has one USB 3.0 port that you can use to charge your mobile devices. The 1080p resolution may be a bit low for some, especially on a 27 inch screen, but for those who prioritize smooth and clear motion above everything else, this monitor is an excellent choice.
If you find the ASUS VG279QM too expensive, then check out the LG 27GN750-B. It's also a 1080p IPS monitor; however, its 240Hz refresh rate is locked, so you can't overclock it. It doesn't feel as well-built, it lacks swivel adjustments, and it has a lower peak brightness, although it should be bright enough for most people. Thankfully, its response time is just as good, input lag is extremely low, and it supports FreeSync. Like the ASUS, it supports HDR, but it can't display a wide color gamut. It has two USB ports for charging and the backlight is flicker-free.
Overall, the ASUS is a better choice for most people due to its higher maximum refresh rate; however, if you're okay with a few compromises, the LG is a great alternative that's much cheaper.
The best 25 inch 240Hz monitor we've tested so far is the Acer Nitro XF252Q. It's a decent overall monitor that has great gaming performance with native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing.
It uses a TN panel, which allows it to achieve its high refresh rate and quick response time. Motion at its max refresh rate looks exceptionally clear, but fast-moving objects have some visible artifacting at 60Hz. There's a black frame insertion feature to reduce screen tearing and the input lag is incredibly low, resulting in a responsive gaming experience. Like most other gaming monitors, it's able to display a crosshair on the screen, which is good for FPS games.
Unfortunately, like most TN panels, the picture quality isn't good. It has sub-par viewing angles, disappointing contrast ratio, and terrible black uniformity. However, it has great peak brightness and good reflection handling, so it's still a good choice for moderately-lit rooms. As a gaming monitor, this is a great choice, making it the best 25 inch, 240Hz monitor we've tested so far.
The best 1440p 240Hz monitor we've tested so far is the HP OMEN X 27. It's a good overall monitor with great gaming performance, and although it supports FreeSync VRR, it's also G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards.
As is the case with most TN panels, the response time is fantastic so motion looks very clear, but there's no black frame insertion feature to reduce any motion blur. The input lag is also incredibly low, responding to your actions quickly. Although its resolution is 1440p, allowing you to see finer details in your games, the picture quality isn't very good with a poor contrast ratio, bad black uniformity, and disappointing viewing angles, so it doesn't perform well in dark rooms and you lose image accuracy when viewed from the side.
Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR, its color gamut is limiting and it can't get bright enough in HDR to make highlights pop the way they should. Luckily, it has good SDR peak brightness and great reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. Still, this is the best 1440p 240Hz monitor we've tested so far.
07/27/2020: Minor text and structure changes; replaced Acer Nitro XV372X with ASUS VG279QM, replaced Dell Alienware AW2720HF with LG 27GN750-B, removed ViewSonic Elite XG270.
06/22/2020: Changed the ViewSonic XG270 from 'G-SYNC Alternative' to 'HDR Alternative'. A previous version of this article stated that it has native G-SYNC support when it has native FreeSync support and it's G-SYNC compatible.
05/28/2020: Added the ViewSonic XG270, replaced the HP OMEN X 25f with the Acer Nitro XF252Q.
03/26/2020: Added Dell Alienware AW2720HF.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 240Hz monitors that are currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. 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.