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 195 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 LC32G75T 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 helpful for streamers or programmers running on two computers. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor for any gamer.
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. 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. It has slightly better response times 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nov 24, 2020: Added Samsung Odyssey G7 and Samsung Odyssey G9, removed LG 27GN750-B and HP OMEN X 27.
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.