For many competitive gamers, a high refresh rate is often considered more important than resolution or size, as it provides smooth gameplay and an advantage over their lesser-equipped opponents. 240Hz monitors are growing in popularity, including those with higher resolutions. When looking for monitors with a 240Hz native refresh rate, you'll want something that has a fast response time with low input lag for a smooth and responsive gaming experience.
We've bought and tested more than 270 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best monitors with a 240Hz refresh rate to buy. Also, check out our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best G-SYNC monitors, and the best 1080p monitors.
The best 240Hz monitor we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85. It's the best 240Hz gaming monitor as well, as it's the first 4k, 240Hz monitor available to the consumer market. This high resolution helps deliver sharp images, and while 4k @ 240Hz gaming is still hard to achieve and you'll likely need to lower the resolution to hit the max refresh rate, it's at least future-proof for when 4k @ 240Hz gaming becomes more accessible. On top of its fantastic gaming performance, it also delivers great picture quality as it displays deep blacks and bright highlights thanks to its Mini LED backlighting.
Unfortunately, there are some picture quality issues with 240Hz signals, like scanlines with solid colors or pixel inversion. However, this doesn't affect its gaming performance, and it's hard to notice unless you look for it. Besides that issue, it has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel while gaming. Motion looks excellent as it has a quick response time at its max refresh rate, and it remains quick even with lower frame rates, so you won't notice much motion blur.
If you prefer something cheaper but still want high-end gaming performance, check out the LG 27GR95QE-B, which is different from the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 in a few ways. Instead of the high 4k resolution on the Samsung, it has a lower 1440p resolution with a smaller screen, so while images don't look as sharp, it's also easier for your graphics card to reach the 240Hz refresh rate, making it the best 1440p 240Hz monitor to buy. Also, the LG's OLED panel is different from the Samsung because it displays perfect blacks without any blooming, but it doesn't get as bright in HDR, so highlights don't pop as much.
Besides the difference in picture quality, the LG is still a fantastic gaming monitor, and you can't go wrong with either option. It has a near-instantaneous response time, especially at high frame rates, and while it remains quick with games at a low frame rate, some overshoot results in ghosting. Luckily, gaming feels responsive thanks to its low input lag, and like the Samsung monitor, it has native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing.
If you want to save money, something in the mid-range price category, like the Dell Alienware AW2723DF, is a good alternative to the LG 27GR95QE-B. It doesn't have an OLED panel like the LG, which means it isn't as good for dark room gaming as blacks look gray, but that's the trade-off you need to make for getting something cheaper. However, it still has a 27-inch screen with a 1440p resolution, and you can overclock its 240Hz native refresh rate to 280Hz. Although it isn't a significant improvement over the LG, it's still a slight improvement for a smoother gaming feel.
It's an excellent gaming monitor with smooth motion handling thanks to its excellent response time at any frame rate, and it doesn't have any visible overshoot like on the LG. It also has native FreeSync support with G-SYNC compatibility that works over DisplayPort connections. It has a few extra gaming features that improve your overall experience, like different crosshair and vision modes, making it easier to see opponents and giving you a competitive advantage while gaming.
If you're looking for something cheaper, consider the Gigabyte M27Q X. It's very similar to the Dell Alienware AW2723DF because it has a 27-inch screen and 1440p resolution, but as it's a cheaper monitor, there are a few drawbacks. You can't overclock its 240Hz refresh rate to 280Hz, and it has a bit more motion blur with low-frame-rate signals, but it has a quicker response time at its max refresh rate than the Dell. Luckily, it also has a backlight-strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, and unlike many monitors, the feature works within a wide refresh rate range, and you can also use it at the same time as VRR.
Speaking of VRR, it natively supports FreeSync and is G-SYNC compatible. Like most gaming monitors, it has low input lag for a responsive feel too, and the input lag remains low no matter the frame rate you're gaming at. Even if you aren't going to game with it all the time, it has a few extra features like a KVM switch, which makes it easy to switch between two sources while using the same keyboard and mouse connected to the monitor.
If you want a 240Hz gaming monitor and are on a budget, check out the ViewSonic XG2431. You lose out on a few features as you move down in price; in this case, it has a lower resolution than the Gigabyte M27Q X. That means it doesn't deliver the same immersive gaming experience with sharp images. However, with its lower resolution, it's easier for your graphics card to hit the 240Hz refresh rate. Additionally, because it has a lower resolution, you can achieve the full refresh rate range over both DisplayPort and HDMI connections. The smaller 24-inch screen isn't great for co-op gaming, but it's fine when sitting directly in front of it.
It has low input lag for a responsive feel, and what makes it stand out against similarly-priced displays is its remarkable motion handling. There's hardly any noticeable motion blur, and it even has a customizable backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, which not many lower-cost monitors have. Although it isn't certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC compatibility still works on it, and it has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing.
Mar 27, 2023: Added the LG 27GR95QE-B as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor' and renamed the Dell Alienware AW2723DF to the 'Best Mid-Range Monitor'; replaced the Samsung Odyssey G7 C32G75T with the Gigabyte M27Q X because it's cheaper and renamed to 'Best Lower Mid-Range Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Jan 17, 2023: Moved the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM to Notable Mentions because it's harder to find; added the Dell Alienware AW2723DF as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range Monitor'.
Nov 07, 2022: Added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 as the 'Best 240Hz Monitor' and renamed the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T as the 'Best Mid-Range Monitor'. Removed the Gigabyte M27Q X because it's hard to find and removed the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 because it's a super ultrawide monitor that's expensive; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Sep 08, 2022: Replaced the HP OMEN 27c with the Gigabyte M27Q X, as it performs better overall, with a much faster response time at 240Hz and better viewing angles.
Jun 07, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; renamed the Samsung Odyssey G7 and the Samsung Neo G9 to 'Best Gaming' and 'Best HDR Gaming', respectively; replaced the Dell Alienware AW2721D and the LG 27GN750-B with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM and the ViewSonic XG2431 respectively; added the HP OMEN 27c and moved the ASUS VG279QM to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors that are currently available with a 240Hz refresh rate. 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 240Hz 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.