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. A few years ago it would have been hard to find 240Hz monitors, but there are more available in 2021, including those with a 1440p resolution. These monitors tend to focus on gaming features like low input lag and a quick response time, but sometimes they sacrifice picture quality for it.
We've tested more than 200 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 1440p 240Hz monitor that we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSZNXZA. It's a premium monitor with a ton of gaming features and excellent gaming performance, but there are a few downsides to it too. It has a curved screen with an aggressive 1000R curve, and its stand offers tilt, height, and swivel adjustments, so it should be somewhat easy to place in an ideal viewing position.
It's available in 27 and 32 inches, and although we tested the larger size, the smaller screen should perform the same but just with a higher pixel density. It has an incredible response time whether you're gaming at its max 240Hz refresh rate or 60Hz, and input lag is also really low. Its VA panel makes it a great choice for dark room gaming because it displays deep blacks, but the edge-lit local dimming feature is terrible and doesn't improve the picture quality of dark scenes.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles so it's not ideal for co-op gaming. We also experienced some issues with the variable refresh rate (VRR) support as it doesn't work if you set the refresh rate to 60Hz. There are also reports of the backlight flicker in certain content with VRR enabled, but we didn't notice it on our unit, so your experience may be different. If this doesn't bother you, it's the best 240Hz monitor we've tested.
If you often share content with others or play co-op, you should consider the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X. It has the same 1440p resolution and 240H refresh rate as the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, but it uses an IPS panel and only comes in a 27 inch size. However, its viewing angles are much wider, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side, but this comes at the cost of dark room performance as it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray in the dark, and it lacks a local dimming feature. It has a slightly better response time and a much wider color gamut, with full sRGB and Adobe RGB coverage.
Overall, the Samsung and the Gigabyte are very similar in performance and features. The main difference is that one uses a VA panel while the other uses an IPS panel. If you prefer better dark room performance, go with the Samsung. If you want better viewing angles, go with the Gigabyte.
The best 240Hz gaming monitor with a 1080p resolution that we've tested is the ASUS VG279QM. It sports a large 27 inch screen, and it comes with a sturdy stand that allows for tons of ergonomic adjustments so that you can get a comfortable viewing position. It handles reflections decently well, gets bright enough to fight glare, and its wide viewing angles make it ideal for sharing content or for co-op gaming.
It has a superb response time, and its 240Hz refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz, resulting in even smoother and more responsive gameplay. The response time remains quick even when gaming at 60Hz. A black frame insertion feature is available to further improve motion clarity, and unlike most monitors, it's usable while variable refresh rate is enabled. As for VRR, it supports FreeSync natively and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. It has low input lag but it increases a lot when gaming at 60Hz.
Unfortunately, it can't display a wide color gamut despite supporting HDR, and like most IPS panels, it has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish. Also, its pixel density is quite low due to the size of the screen, so it's not the best option for productivity. On the upside, it has built-in speakers and a flicker-free backlight. All in all, it's a great monitor that should please casual and competitive gamers alike.
If you find the ASUS VG279QM too big, then check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's a very similar monitor, but it has a smaller 25 inch screen, great for those with limited space. Its smaller size also makes it easier to see the entire screen at once for better awareness in games and results in a higher pixel density for sharper text and images. The refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz, and it has a black frame insertion feature as well. The response time is once again quick at its max refresh rate, but it's a bit slower at 60Hz. It also has the same issue where the input lag at 60Hz, so it's not ideal for console gaming.
Overall, the VG279QM and the VG259QM are extremely similar, so it really comes down to preference. The VG279QM's bigger screen feels more immersive, but the VG259QM delivers a sharper image due to its higher pixel density.
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.
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 game, as long as you have enough desk space.
Sep 14, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the ASUS VG258QM, ViewSonic Elite XG270, and ASUS XG17AHPE to Notable Mentions.
Jul 20, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
May 21, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Added Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X as wide viewing angle alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G7.
Mar 23, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
Jan 22, 2021: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.