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. 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 tested more than 160 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 Samsung Odyssey G7 is the best 240Hz gaming monitor we've tested. This is a curved model that comes in two sizes, a 27 inch and a 32 inch. The larger variant provides more screen space for better immersion, but keep in mind that it has the same 1440p resolution as the smaller model, so images don't look as sharp due to the lower pixel density. It has native FreeSync support and is certified as G-SYNC compatible.
Gaming feels incredibly smooth and responsive thanks to its exceptional response times and 240Hz refresh rate. Input lag is remarkably low and remains so even with VRR or HDR enabled. Its VA panel has a high contrast ratio, making it well-suited for gaming in the dark, but it comes at the expense of narrow viewing angles, which isn't ideal for co-op gaming. It's pretty decent for gaming in HDR; however, it doesn't get bright enough for a true cinematic HDR experience, and its edge-lit local dimming is terrible.
The ergonomics are reasonably good. The stand allows for all manner of adjustments, including rotation to portrait mode, which is rare for a curved monitor. There are two USB ports for charging or data, but sadly, no USB-C. It has a Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once, which might be useful for streamers or programmers running on two computers. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor for any type of gamers.
If you want to save some money and don't mind a 1080p resolution, then check out the ASUS VG279QM. Like the Samsung Odyssey G7, it has a native refresh rate of 240Hz. However, this monitor allows you to overclock it up to 280Hz, delivering even smoother gameplay. It also has native FreeSync support and certified G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Its response time is just as good, and unlike the Samsung, it has a Black Frame Insertion that you can use at the same time as VRR, making fast motion look incredibly sharp. It has outstanding ergonomics and an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, making it an excellent choice for sharing content. Sadly, its HDR support doesn't add much, as it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough. It has one USB 3.0 port for charging and a pair of integrated speakers.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice for most people because it has a higher resolution and more features. However, if you're shopping on a smaller budget and don't mind compromising on the resolution, the ASUS is an excellent gaming monitor.
The best 240Hz monitor with a 25 inch screen we've tested is the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's essentially a smaller version of the ASUS VG279QM, and like its bigger sibling, it has a native 240Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked up to 280Hz. It has outstanding ergonomics, which includes a 180-degree swivel range, and the viewing angles are wide, making it a great choice for sharing content and playing co-op games. Visibility in well-lit rooms shouldn't be an issue because it handles reflections well and gets bright enough to fight glare.
Motion handling is amazing as it has exceptional response time with no overshoot, and its 240Hz refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz, providing smoother gameplay. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can be used simultaneously with VRR, so you get clear images in fast-moving scenes with minimal screen tearing. It supports HDR, but unfortunately, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to deliver a true HDR experience.
There are speakers built-in, and there's a USB port to charge your mobile devices. You can add a virtual crosshair, timer, or frame rate counter on the screen, and there's a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. One thing to note is that the input lag is significantly higher at 60Hz, which makes this monitor less ideal for gaming at 60fps, like on a gaming console. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people, especially those with tight spaces.
The best 240Hz gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G9. It's a 49 inch model with a 1440p resolution and 32:9 aspect ratio, which is equivalent to two 1440p 16:9 monitors placed side-by-side, without distracting bezels in between. The screen has a very aggressive curve and covers nearly your entire field of view to deliver an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Although it has a VA panel, it doesn't perform all that well in dark rooms, as its contrast ratio is only decent, and there's significant backlight bleed. That said, uniformity varies between units, so your experience may be different.
As expected of a 240Hz model, motion handling is very good, resulting in only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. However, there's a fair amount of overshoot causing some motion artifacts, and there's no Black Frame Insertion feature to clear up the image. To achieve the full 240Hz, you need a graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression, which means an NVIDIA RTX 20- Series card or newer, or an AMD 5300 graphics card or newer. It supports FreeSync and is certified as G-SYNC compatible.
Even though the edge-lit local dimming is terrible, it can deliver a relatively good HDR experience due to its impressive DCI P3 color gamut and high peak brightness, allowing it to produce vibrant colors and bright highlights. You can add a virtual crosshair or frame rate counter, and there's also a Picture-in-Picture mode. All in all, this is a great gaming monitor for any type of game, as long as you have enough desk space.
Mar 23, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
Jan 22, 2021: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
Nov 24, 2020: Added Samsung Odyssey G7 and Samsung Odyssey G9, removed LG 27GN750-B and HP OMEN X 27.
Sep 25, 2020: Replaced HP OMEN X 25f with ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM.
Jul 27, 2020: Replaced Acer Nitro XV372X with ASUS VG279QM, replaced Dell Alienware AW2720HF with LG 27GN750-B, removed ViewSonic Elite XG270.
May 28, 2020: Added the ViewSonic XG270, replaced the HP OMEN X 25f with the Acer Nitro XF252Q.
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.