The 6 Best 1440p Monitors - Fall 2021 Reviews

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Although TVs made the jump from 1080p to 4k resolutions, monitors made a stop in between with 1440p options. A resolution of 1440p (also known as QHD, or Quad HD) strikes a great balance between 1080p and 4k. For medium-sized screens, 1440p delivers enough pixel density to see more details, but it's easier to maintain a high frame rate in graphically intensive games, even with moderate computing hardware. 1440p has also grown in popularity since the release of the Xbox One X, and the Xbox Series S|X, as they all support 1440p games.

We've tested over 80 monitors with either a 2560x1440 resolution or the widescreen equivalent of 3440x1440, and below are our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors available to purchase. Check out our picks for the best monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors.


  1. Best 1440p Monitor For Gaming: Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA

    8.8
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is the best 1440p monitor for gaming that we've tested. It's a premium monitor with a ton of gamer-friendly features, available in two sizes. The 32 inch model we tested should perform like the 27 inch variant, which has higher pixel density at the cost of less screen real estate.

    It has a VA panel with a great native contrast ratio for deep blacks. It has an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it's terrible as it doesn't improve the picture quality in dark scenes and causes blooming around bright objects. It has a 240Hz refresh rate that you can achieve over a DisplayPort connection, and it has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility. It has a quick response time that makes motion look smooth, but you may notice some black smearing because it has a slow response time in dark transitions.

    Unfortunately, we've received reports that the backlight flickers in certain content with VRR enabled. We didn't experience this issue on our unit, but it may be different with other units. It has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out from the sides, so it's not a great choice for co-op gaming. It has a curved screen that's supposed to bring the edges of the screen within your field of vision. Overall, it's the best 1440p monitor we've tested for gaming.

    See our review

  2. Wide Viewing Angle Alternative: Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer something for co-op gaming, then check out the Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, it's only available in a 27 inch screen size, and it has a 170Hz refresh rate compared to 240Hz on the Samsung. However, the Acer has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides. It also has an incredibly quick response time without any black smearing. It has native FreeSync support that works properly once you update the monitor to the latest firmware update, and this update also adds a Max Brightness setting that makes it brighter. It has a low contrast due to its IPS panel, meaning blacks look gray in the dark. Also, there's no local dimming feature.

    If you want the best 1440p monitor and you're a gamer, you can't go wrong with the Samsung. If you need wide viewing angles and don't mind a slightly smaller screen, then check out the Acer.

    See our review

  3. Best 1440p Monitor For Office Use: ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV

    8.4
    Office
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best 1440p monitor for office use we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a great office monitor with a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which means you can dock a laptop and charge it simultaneously with a single USB-C cable. It also supports power delivery, but it's limited to 65W, enough for most ultraportable laptops, but not power-hungry ones with a dedicated GPU. It still has four USB 3.0 ports, with two of them on the side of the screen for easy access.

    It uses an IPS panel with a 75Hz refresh rate. It has great viewing angles, gets bright enough to combat glare, and its ergonomics are outstanding. Since it's designed for content creators, it has full sRGB coverage, and its color accuracy is excellent out of the box. You can use it for some light gaming on the side, thanks to its great response time and variable refresh rate support.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR. Also, the backlight is only flicker-free when the screen is at maximum brightness, but the flicker frequency at lower brightness levels is so high that it shouldn't be noticeable to most people, which is great for preventing eye strain. There's a new DisplayPort Out port that lets you daisy chain to a second monitor; however, it doesn't work at the time of testing. Nonetheless, this is an impressive and feature-rich office monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Best Ultrawide 1440p Gaming Monitor: LG 34GP83A-B

    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best 2k gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested is the LG 34GP83A-B. It's a great ultrawide gaming monitor with a large, curved screen that delivers an extremely immersive gaming experience. It has a high refresh rate and exceptional response time, resulting in clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has low input lag, ensuring your actions are in sync with the action on-screen, and it supports both FreeSync and NVIDIA Compatible variable refresh rates, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

    It's also a versatile monitor for most other uses. It's a good choice for an office monitor, with good text clarity, decent viewing angles, and great gray uniformity. It has just okay reflection handling but great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most viewing environments. It's also good for watching videos with friends or even for media creation, as it has an exceptional SDR color gamut.

    Unfortunately, it isn't that great in a dark room, as it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity. The stand is also pretty basic, but you shouldn't have any issues finding a comfortable viewing position. Although it supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, this doesn't add much, as it can't get very bright in HDR. Overall, this is the best 1440p monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested, and it should please most people.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 1440p Monitor: ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.4
    Office
    8.3
    Gaming
    7.7
    Multimedia
    7.8
    Media Creation
    5.8
    HDR Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    75 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best 1440p monitor in the budget category that we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It's a 27 inch screen designed for content creators, with enough gaming performance to satisfy casual gamers. It has a good build quality, and its exceptional ergonomics allow you to easily adjust the screen to your optimal viewing position.

    It comes with an sRGB mode that's factory-calibrated, offering good out-of-the-box color accuracy. It has near-full coverage of the sRGB color space; however, its Adobe RGB coverage is just decent and might not be good enough for professional photo editing. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and gets bright enough to combat glare under the harshest lighting conditions. It has an impressive response time that results in minimal motion blur and a 75Hz refresh rate that makes motion look slightly smoother than your typical 60Hz panel. To reduce screen tearing, it has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility.

    Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look grayish in a dark environment. Our unit has some backlight bleed, but uniformity issues vary per unit, so your experience might differ. It has four USB 3.0 ports that you can use for charging and an additional feature called 'Quick Fit Virtual Scale', which lets you display an overlay to preview documents in their actual sizes before printing. All in all, this is a well-rounded and versatile monitor that's easy on the wallet.

    See our review

  6. Gaming Alternative: Gigabyte M27Q

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    170 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want a monitor that provides a better gaming experience, go with the Gigabyte M27Q. It has much worse ergonomics than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, but it has a much higher refresh rate of 170Hz and a much better response time, resulting in more responsive gameplay. On top of that, it supports HDR and can deliver a pretty decent experience at that. It has a USB input with support for DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you display an image from a compatible device and charge it simultaneously with a single USB-C cable, but the power delivery is limited to 10W, so it's only enough for smaller devices like smartphones. Unfortunately, there are some downsides as it has a BGR sub-pixel layout that may cause blurry text in some applications.

    If you only plan on using the monitor for work, go with the ASUS because it has much better ergonomics, and it uses a standard RGB subpixel layout, so you don't have to worry about blurry text. However, if you mainly want to game, go with the Gigabyte.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell Alienware AW2721D: The Dell Alienware AW2721D is a great native G-SYNC alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, but it's more expensive, and unlike the Samsung, it's only available in a 27 inch size. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ: The ASUS ROG Strix XG27AQ is an excellent low-cost gaming monitor with a 170Hz refresh rate, but it doesn't get as bright as the Acer Nitro XV272U. See our review
  • ASUS TUF VG27AQ: The ASUS TUF VG27AQ is a good 1440p monitor, but it has slower response times than the Gigabyte M27Q. Also, it can't display a wide color gamut for HDR. See our review
  • Acer Nitro XV340CK: The Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx is a cheaper alternative to the LG 34GP83A-B, but it has slower response times. Also, it doesn't get very bright, so it's not ideal for well-lit environments. See our review
  • MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD: The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is very similar to the Acer Nitro XV272U, but it has a lower refresh rate of 165Hz, and some users may not like the over-saturated colors. See our review
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B: The ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B is an excellent ultrawide gaming monitor. However, many users have reported a flickering issue when enabling G-SYNC compatibility and a lot of motion artifacts in fast-moving scenes. See our review
  • ViewSonic Elite XG270QG: The ViewSonic Elite XG270QG is a great native G-SYNC monitor. Get this if you need native G-SYNC support, but keep in mind that it doesn't support HDR, and it doesn't have a USB-C port like the Gigabyte M27Q. See our review
  • LG 34GN850-B: The LG 34GN850-B has slightly better response times than the LG 34GP83A-B, but it's hard to find at this time. See our review
  • Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx: The Acer Predator XB273 GXbmiipruzx is one of the best 1440p gaming monitors we've tested, and it's slightly more versatile than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T. Unfortunately, it's very difficult to find and almost always out of stock. See our review
  • Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X: The Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X is a viewing angle alt to the Samsung Odyssey G7, but it may be hard to find. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is an excellent gaming monitor with a super ultrawide screen if that's what you prefer, but there are issues with its HDR support. See our review
  • Gigabyte M32Q: The Gigabyte M32Q is larger than the Gigabyte M27Q if that's what you prefer. See our review
  • LG 34GP950G-B: The LG 34GP950G-B is a native G-SYNC monitor with an ultrawide screen like the LG 34GP83A-B, but it costs more. See our review
  • Gigabyte G34WQC: The Gigabyte G34WQC is a great ultrawide gaming monitor with high contrast, but it may be hard to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 14, 2021: Replaced the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X with the Acer Nitro XV272U because it's easier to find; moved the Gigabyte G34WQC to Notable Mentions because of low availability; added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, Gigabyte M32Q, and LG 34GP950G-B to Notable Mentions.

  2. Aug 17, 2021: Refreshed text throughout and added the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Jun 21, 2021: Replaced Gigabyte M27Q with Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X. Replaced LG 34GN850-B with LG 34GP83A-B because it's hard to find. Replaced Gigabyte G27Q with Gigabyte M27Q as 'Best Budget'.

  4. Apr 22, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD with Gigabyte M27Q. Added ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV as 'Best 1440p Monitor for Office Use'.

  5. Feb 22, 2021: Replaced ASUS TUF VG27AQ with MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, replaced Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx with LG 34GN850-B, replaced Gigabyte G27QC with Gigabyte G27Q.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 2k monitors currently available. They're 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 1440p 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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