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 reviewed more than 125 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 27 inch 240Hz monitor that we've tested is the ASUS VG279QM. It's a 1080p IPS model that sets itself apart with its superb motion handling. It's impressively well-built, it has outstanding ergonomics, and its subtle gamer design won't stick out like a sore thumb in a professional office environment. It gets bright enough to overcome glare in very bright settings and it has wide viewing angles, which is great for co-op gaming. Unfortunately, its mediocre contrast ratio makes blacks look gray, so it isn't as well-suited for gaming in the dark.
This monitor excels at motion handling. Its superb response time results in almost no blur trails behind fast-moving objects and it has an optional black frame insertion feature that can further improve motion clarity. Also, its native 240Hz refresh rate can be overclocked up to 280Hz to make motion look even smoother. It supports FreeSync natively to minimize screen tearing and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Input lag is extremely low and it remains low even with VRR and HDR enabled.
On the subject of HDR, this monitor supports HDR10; however, its performance is limited by the lack of a wide color gamut. It comes with a few extra features, such as the ability to add a virtual crosshair or a frame rate counter, and it has one USB 3.0 port that you can use to charge your mobile devices. The 1080p resolution may be a bit low for some, especially on a 27 inch screen, but for those who prioritize smooth and clear motion above everything else, this is an excellent choice.
If you find the ASUS VG279QM too expensive, then check out the LG 27GN750-B. It's also a 1080p IPS monitor; however, its 240Hz refresh rate is locked, so you can't overclock it. It doesn't feel as well-built, it lacks swivel adjustments, and it has a lower peak brightness, although it should be bright enough for most people. Thankfully, its response time is just as good, input lag is extremely low, and it supports FreeSync. Like the ASUS, it supports HDR, but it can't display a wide color gamut. It has two USB ports for charging and the backlight is flicker-free.
Overall, the ASUS is a better choice for most people due to its higher maximum refresh rate; however, if you're okay with a few compromises, the LG is a great alternative that's much cheaper.
The best 25 inch 240Hz monitor we've tested is the ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM. It's an IPS panel monitor 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.
Speaking of its 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 1440p 240Hz monitor we've tested is the HP OMEN X 27. It's a monitor with a TN panel that stands out for its superb motion handling. It has exceptionally fast response time, a 240Hz refresh rate, and FreeSync support to provide a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Its response time is just as good when running at 60Hz, making it a fantastic choice for console gaming. Input lag is incredibly low, and although it's higher when playing in HDR, it shouldn't be noticeable for most people.
Unfortunately, there are some downsides. It has sub-par ergonomics and only allows for height and tilt adjustments. Also, its TN panel has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look grayish, and narrow viewing angles that cause images to look inaccurate from the sides. The build quality is excellent, though, and it handles reflections well. It supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get bright enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience.
There are a few additional features that can enhance your gaming experiences, such as the ability to add a virtual crosshair for shooter games and a frame rate counter overlay. There are two USB ports for charging as well as some customizable RGB lighting. All in all, if you want a 240Hz refresh rate but don't want to sacrifice on resolution, check this model out.
09/25/2020: Minor text and structure changes; replaced HP OMEN X 25f with ASUS TUF Gaming VG259QM.
07/27/2020: Minor text and structure changes; replaced Acer Nitro XV372X with ASUS VG279QM, replaced Dell Alienware AW2720HF with LG 27GN750-B, removed ViewSonic Elite XG270.
06/22/2020: Changed the ViewSonic XG270 from 'G-SYNC Alternative' to 'HDR Alternative'. A previous version of this article stated that it has native G-SYNC support when it has native FreeSync support and it's G-SYNC compatible.
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.