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 130 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 240Hz gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7. This is a 1440p model that comes in two sizes, a 27 inch and a 32 inch, and both sizes provide plenty of screen space for an immersive gaming experience. Its VA panel has a high contrast ratio that allows it to produce deep blacks, making it a great choice for dark rooms. It handles reflections well and gets bright enough to overcome glare, so you shouldn't have any visibility issues in brightly-lit settings. Unfortunately, it isn't the best option for co-op gaming due to its mediocre viewing angles, which is expected of most VA panels.
Its motion handling is exceptional thanks to its incredibly fast response time. Motion blur is minimal in fast-moving scenes, and there's an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to improve clarity further. That said, you have to choose between using BFI or variable refresh rate since they can't be used simultaneously. As for its VRR, it supports FreeSync natively and is G-SYNC compatible. There's HDR support; however, the experience is just okay because it doesn't really get bright enough to make highlights stand out and the edge-lit local dimming is terrible.
There are two USB 3.0 ports on the back that you can use for charging, plus a couple of features specific to gaming, such as the ability to add a virtual crosshair and a frame rate counter. There's a Picture-by-Picture mode that lets you display signals from two input sources at once, which can be useful for streamers using a second computer to stream. Overall, this is an excellent gaming model that should please most people and is the best 240Hz monitor we've tested.
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 an IPS panel model that provides wide viewing angles and great visibility in brightly-lit rooms. Like other ASUS monitors, it has an impressive build quality, and its exceptional ergonomics allow you to adjust the screen to your optimal viewing position with ease. It has a relatively decent contrast ratio for an IPS panel, but unfortunately, blacks still appear grayish in dark environments.
As expected of a high refresh rate model, motion handling is superb. Response time is near-instantaneous without causing any motion artifacts, and there's also a Black Frame Insertion feature to help further reduce motion blur. If you want an even smoother gaming experience, its 240Hz refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz. It has native FreeSync support to minimize screen tearing and has been certified as G-SYNC compatible. Input lag is extremely low and remains low even when gaming in HDR.
Even though it can get bright enough to deliver a decent experience in games, it can't display a wide color gamut, so HDR content doesn't look much different from SDR content. It comes with a USB 3.0 port for charging and a pair of integrated speakers. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor that should satisfy casual and serious gamers alike.
The best 240Hz monitor with an ultrawide screen we've tested is the Samsung LC49G95TSSNXZA, also known as the 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.
11/24/2020: Added Samsung Odyssey G7 and Samsung Odyssey G9, removed LG 27GN750-B and HP OMEN X 27.
09/25/2020: Replaced HP OMEN X 25f with ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM.
07/27/2020: Replaced Acer Nitro XV372X with ASUS VG279QM, replaced Dell Alienware AW2720HF with LG 27GN750-B, removed ViewSonic Elite XG270.
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.