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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.