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The 5 Best 144 Hz Monitors - Fall 2018
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Getting the best gaming experience possible isn't just about your computer's specs or your console anymore. It is equally important to have a great monitor designed for gaming. One of the most important aspects of a good gaming monitor is the refresh rate. One of the most popular refresh rates currently is 144 Hz; much higher, and many computers won't be able to take full advantage of it.

We've reviewed 12 monitors that have a native 144 Hz refresh rate, and below are our picks for the 5 best ones that are available for purchase in 2018.

  1. Best 144 Hz Monitor: ASUS ROG PG279Q

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    The best 144 Hz monitor that we've tested so far is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. This 27" G-SYNC monitor is excellent for gaming, with an ultra-fast 144 Hz refresh rate that can easily be overclocked to 165 Hz. It has an extremely fast response time, and delivers clear motion with very little blur.

    The backlight is completely flicker-free by default, and can introduce flicker if you want even clearer motion. It has excellent low input lag, and the QHD resolution is great for a monitor this size. It has also a great stand and clean design that will fit in most settings and can easily be adjusted to an optimal viewing position.

    Unfortunately, the PG279Q doesn't support HDR, and like most, if not all IPS monitors, it doesn't look great in a dark room due to the limited native contrast and disappointing black uniformity. Overall, it is a great monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Acer Predator XB271HU

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If the ASUS ROG PG279Q is too expensive for you, check out the Acer Predator XB271HU instead. It has a very similar 27" screen and 1440p resolution, and it handles motion almost as well as the PG279Q and is just as responsive. Unfortunately, it doesn't handle reflections quite as well, so it isn't well suited for a very bright room, and out of the box, it is very inaccurate. Overall, the XB271HU is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  3. Best FreeSync 144 Hz Monitor: Samsung C27HG70

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want the best 144 Hz monitor compatible with FreeSync, check out the Samsung CHG70. The CHG70 has a great contrast ratio and wide color gamut, great for HDR. Gamers will appreciate the low input lag and fast response time that deliver a responsive and clear gaming experience. It has a fast 144 Hz native refresh rate, but unlike the ASUS ROG PG279Q and Acer Predator XB271HU, it can't be easily overclocked.

    It also supports FreeSync over HDMI and DisplayPort, so it works great with an Xbox One S/X or on a PC with an AMD graphics card. The backlight is free of PWM flicker, which is great, and it has the option to introduce flicker to improve motion clarity.

    Unfortunately, despite the very good contrast ratio, it has poor black uniformity and a poor local dimming feature, so it isn't that great in a dark room. Unlike most gaming monitors, it has a VA panel, so it has poor viewing angles. Overall, it is a very good monitor for most uses, and it is an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: AOC AG271QX

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a very good gaming monitor, but the Samsung CHG70 is too expensive, we recommend the AOC AGON AG271QX. The AG271QX is a great gaming monitor, but it isn't as versatile as the CHG70. It has an excellent fast response time and doesn't have any PWM flicker, which is great. It also has excellent low input lag, even at non-native resolutions. It doesn't have many additional gaming oriented features, but it does have a unique external controller that makes it easier to adjust settings on the fly.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 144 Hz Monitor: ViewSonic XG2402

    Size : 24 "
    Resolution : 1920x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    TN
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you want a decent 144 Hz gaming monitor, but don't want to spend too much, check out the ViewSonic XG2402. It has excellent motion handling, thanks to a nearly-instantaneous response time and the 144 Hz refresh rate. It also has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.

    The XG2402 supports FreeSync over both HDMI and DisplayPort, and it has the same VRR range regardless of your choice of connector. The backlight is PWM flicker-free, which is great. 

    Unfortunately, since the ViewSonic XG2402 has a TN panel, it doesn't perform very well in a dark room, and it has narrow viewing angles. Overall, it is a decent monitor for most uses, but is a great gaming monitor.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell S2417DG. Great 144Hz gaming monitor, but the CHG70 is more versatile. See our review
  • Samsung CHG90. Good 144 Hz gaming monitor, but the 49" screen isn't for everyone. See our review
  • HP OMEN 27. Great gaming monitor, but the CHG70 is better overall. See our review
  • Dell S2716DG. Great gaming monitor, but not very versatile and very bad black uniformity. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 144 Hz monitors 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 144 Hz 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.

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