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The 6 Best 144Hz Monitors - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Getting the best gaming experience possible isn't just about your computer's specs or your console anymore. It's 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 because the higher it is, the smoother the motion appears. That said, even though monitors with even higher refresh rates are growing in popularity, 144Hz remains a popular choice because it's easier on the graphics card, and most people might not be able to see the difference. Note that this article only takes into account monitors with a native refresh rate of 144Hz, not ones that are overclocked out of the box.

We've tested over 70 monitors with a 144Hz refresh rate, and below are our picks for the best ones that are available for purchase. See our recommendations for the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, the best monitors for Xbox Series X, and the best monitors under $200.


  1. Best 144Hz 1440p Monitor: ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ

    8.6
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ is the best 144Hz monitor we've tested with a 1440p resolution. It's a versatile monitor with excellent gaming performance that most people should be happy with. It has a native 144Hz refresh rate that you can overclock to 170Hz using a DisplayPort connection, and it has native FreeSync support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It's also well-built with a gamer-oriented design.

    Gamers should appreciate this monitor's fast response time with games at its max refresh rate or at 60Hz, and there's minimal blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has a flicker-free backlight, but if you want to introduce flicker to try to reduce motion blur, there's a backlight strobing feature to do so between 120Hz to 170Hz, which also works with variable refresh rate (VRR) enabled, which is rare for most monitors. It has very low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, but it increases a lot at 60Hz, so it's not as ideal for console gaming, so use it f you're going to take full advantage of its capabilities.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't perform well in extremely dark and bright rooms. It has a low contrast that makes blacks look gray, and it lacks a local dimming feature to improve it. It also doesn't get very bright in SDR either, but it has good reflection handling. If these aren't issues for you, it's one of the best 144Hz monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Best G-SYNC 144Hz Monitor: ViewSonic Elite XG270QG

    8.5
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    G-SYNC

    The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is the best 144Hz monitor we've tested with native G-SYNC support. You can take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card with this excellent gaming monitor, and you can even overclock it to 165Hz. Its VRR support only works over a DisplayPort connection, and it's limited to 60Hz over an HDMI connection.

    It has a fantastic response time at its max refresh rate, and it remains quick even at 60Hz, so motion looks very smooth. It has a backlight strobing feature to reduce motion blur even further, but it works within a narrow range. Also, input lag is very low and doesn't increase all that much with VRR enabled. The 1440p resolution and 27 inch screen help deliver an immersive gaming experience with clear images, and it has wide viewing angles if you want to use it for co-op gaming. It gets bright enough to combat glare and has great reflection handling for use in a well-lit room.

    Sadly, it doesn't support HDR, which is a bit disappointing considering its price. It also has an IPS panel with a low contrast ratio and disappointing black uniformity, so it's not the best choice for dark room gaming. On the plus side, it has great ergonomics, and there's RGB lighting on the back to set the mood in your gaming setup. Overall, this is the best 144Hz gaming monitor with G-SYNC support that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best 4k 144Hz Monitor: Gigabyte M32U

    8.7
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best 144Hz gaming monitor with a 4k resolution that we've tested is the Gigabyte M32U. It's a great monitor with a large, high-resolution screen, fast refresh rate, and amazing gaming performance. It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning you can connect your Xbox Series X and PS5, but since it's not full-bandwidth HDMI 2.1, there's some compression required. It also has an outstanding response time, so there's very little blur behind fast-moving objects.

    It has wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for co-op gaming, and it also has okay ergonomics, but you can't rotate it into portrait mode. It supports HDR, has okay peak brightness in HDR, and a wide color gamut, so small highlights in games stand out a bit, and most content looks great. It also has exceptional gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar colors. Sadly, it's not bright enough for a true cinematic experience, but HDR still adds something.

    Sadly, it's not the best choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and bad black uniformity. There are also a few bugs with it, and you have to update to the latest firmware to get the lowest input lag. Despite these flaws, it's a great monitor all-around, and it's the best 4k 144Hz monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Smaller Alternative: Gigabyte M28U

    Size 28"
    Resolution 3840x2160
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want something a bit smaller or cheaper than the Gigabyte M32U, then check out its sibling, the Gigabyte M28U. It's an impressive monitor for most uses, with a high-resolution 4k screen, fantastic text clarity, and amazing gaming performance. It has slightly worse ergonomics and a slower response time at 60Hz, so it's not as good as the larger model for console gamers. It has two HDMI 2.1 inputs, great for Xbox Series S|X or PS5 gamers, and it supports FreeSync VRR, which helps to reduce screen tearing. It's advertised to support HDMI Forum VRR, so we expect it to work with Sony's promised VRR feature for the PS5, but we won't know for sure until Sony releases the update for it.

    Overall, the M32U is a bit more versatile, so it's the better choice for most users, but if you want to save a bit of money or want something smaller, the M28U is a great alternative.

    See our review

  5. Best 144Hz Ultrawide Monitor: Gigabyte M34WQ

    8.5
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best 144Hz monitor we've tested in the ultrawide format. These types of monitors are different because they have a 21:9 aspect ratio, offering more horizontal screen space so that you can open multiple windows side-by-side, or you can have a more immersive gaming experience.

    It's packed with features for both gamers and those looking for a productivity monitor. It has a Keyboard Video Mouse (KVM) switch feature that lets you connect a keyboard and mouse directly to the monitor and control multiple devices. It also has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, meaning you can see those two sources at once. Its stand offers a few ergonomic adjustments for an ultrawide monitor, and the wide viewing angles make it easy to share your screen.

    Unfortunately, as it has an IPS panel, it has a low contrast ratio making blacks look gray in the dark. It also lacks a local dimming feature, and its HDR peak brightness is just okay, so it's not a good choice for watching movies or playing games in HDR. However, if you need to use it in a room with a few lights around, it has high peak brightness and great reflection handling. All in all, it's the best 144Hz monitor we've tested if you want an ultrawide screen.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget 144Hz Monitor: Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx

    8.6
    Gaming
    Size 24"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Acer Nitro XF243Y Pbmiiprx is the best budget gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate that we've tested. Despite its low cost, it offers extra features and performance that rival many more expensive displays. The 1080p resolution may be low for some people, but with a 24 inch screen, it still has decent pixel density and text clarity. It has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the side, making it a great choice for co-op gaming.

    One of the most impressive parts of this monitor is how quick its response time is. Whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or at 60Hz, motion looks extremely smooth, and there's no visible blur in most content. You can overclock its 144Hz refresh rate to 165Hz, it has native FreeSync support, is G-SYNC compatible, and the input lag is very low. It has excellent ergonomics, with a decent height adjustment, outstanding tilt range, and a swivel base, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position.

    Sadly, even though it supports HDR10 content, HDR doesn't look that good on it. It can't display a wide color gamut, has a low contrast ratio that can't display deep blacks, lacks a local dimming feature, and has low peak brightness. Fortunately, it has high peak brightness in SDR, enough to combat glare, and it has good reflection handling. Overall, this is one of the best 144Hz monitors we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q: The ASUS ROG Strix XG279Q is an excellent gaming monitor, but it's not worth the price difference over the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ, and the two are similar in performance. See our review
  • LG 38WN95C-W: The LG 38WN95C-W is a great ultrawide gaming monitor as it focuses on productivity, but it's also a lot more expensive than the Gigabyte M34WQ. See our review
  • ASUS TUF VG27AQ: The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a great monitor, but it's worth spending a bit more for the ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ because it has much better response times and USB ports. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV340CK: The Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx is an impressive ultrawide gaming monitor with similar gaming features to the Gigabyte M34WQ, but it's also harder to find. See our review
  • LG 34GP950G-B: The LG 34GP950G-B has native G-SYNC support if that's what you prefer over the native FreeSync support on the Gigabyte M34WQ, but it costs a lot more. See our review
  • Gigabyte G34WQC: The Gigabyte G34WQC is a good dark room alternative to the Gigabyte M34WQ as it has a VA panel, but it costs more, and it doesn't have the KVM feature. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx: The Acer Nitro XV282K KVbmiipruzx is an excellent 4k monitor with HDMI 2.1 support, but it costs more than the Gigabyte M28U. See our review
  • LG 27GP950-B: The LG 27GP950-B is an excellent gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 support, but it's not quite as good as the Gigabyte M28U, as it has significantly worse reflection handling. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70: The Samsung Odyssey G7 S28AG70 is similar to the Gigabyte M28U in terms of features, and it also provides excellent gaming performance, but it costs a bit more. So, for the price, it's worth getting the M28U instead. See our review
  • Gigabyte G27Q: The Gigabyte G72Q is a good low-cost monitor that's slightly bigger than the Acer Nitro XF243Y, but it's harder to find and costs a bit more. See our review
  • LG 34GP83A-B: The LG 34GP83A-B is an impressive ultrawide gaming monitor, but it's not as versatile as the Gigabyte M34WQ. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 06, 2022: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Gigabyte M34WQ because it has more features and is easier to find; updated Notable Mentions based on change.

  2. Oct 29, 2021: Removed the LG 27GN850-B, as the price difference is negligible. Added the Gigabyte M32U as 'Larger Alternative' to the Gigabyte M28U, and added the LG 27GP950G-B to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Aug 30, 2021: Replaced the LG 27GN950-B with the Gigabyte M28U as the 'Best 4k 144Hz Monitor'. Added a Notable Mention for the recently released LG 34GP950G-B.

  4. Jul 01, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced LG 34GN850-B with LG 34GP83A-B because it's hard to find.

  5. May 04, 2021: Updated text for clarity; verified picks for availability.

All Reviews

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