For monitors, a resolution of 1440p (also known as QHD, or Quad HD) strikes a great balance between 1080p and 4k, and is often called the sweet spot in resolution. 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 85 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.
The Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is the best gaming monitor with a 1440p resolution that we've tested. It's an impressive gaming monitor available in two sizes, so you can choose which size fits your needs best. Both sizes deliver the same gaming experience, but the larger model has a slightly lower pixel density, so text and images aren't quite as sharp, but it's not a huge difference either way.
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 with our unit, but it may be different from 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.
The MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD is the best 1440p co-op gaming monitor we've tested. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a fast refresh rate that delivers incredibly clear motion, with no distracting inverse ghosting and very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It's great for co-op gaming, with great ergonomics that make it easy to adjust your screen so everyone can see it. It also has wide viewing angles, so even if you can't position it perfectly for everyone, your friends will still see an accurate image.
It has some great gaming features. It's certified to work with both AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and, combined with NVIDIA's G-SYNC Compatible mode, ensures a nearly tear-free gaming experience from any source that supports VRR. It has a great selection of inputs, so you can easily connect all of your sources at once, but it doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so it can't take full advantage of the PS5 or Xbox Series X consoles.
Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray. Other than that, it's an incredibly well-rounded monitor that delivers a great experience no matter how you plan on using it.
The best 1440p office monitor 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 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. 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, it's an impressive and feature-rich office monitor that should please most people.
The best 1440p monitor with an ultrawide aspect ratio we've tested is the Gigabyte M34WQ. These monitors are different from your typical 16:9 monitor because they have a 21:9 aspect ratio, offering more horizontal screen space so you can open multiple windows side-by-side comfortably. It even has Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes, meaning you can view an image from two sources at once.
It's mainly a gaming monitor, but it's designed with productivity in mind. It has a 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and it has G-SYNC compatibility with NVIDIA graphics cards. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and motion looks smooth thanks to its quick response time. If you need it for office use, it has a built-in KVM switch that allows you to control multiple devices with one keyboard and mouse, making it easy to connect your desktop PC and laptop to the monitor during the workday.
Sadly, while it supports HDR10, its picture quality in HDR isn't anything special. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve picture quality in dark scenes. Also, its HDR peak brightness is just okay, and it's not enough to make highlights pop. However, if you're only using it for HDR content, it's a great choice for most gamers.
The best 2k monitor in the budget category we've tested is the Gigabyte M27Q. It's an excellent gaming monitor with a 27 inch screen, resulting in decent text clarity and a more immersive gaming experience than 1080p models. It has a fast refresh rate and great gaming features, including FreeSync variable refresh rate support and low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience. Despite the low price, it has an exceptional response time, delivering clear text with no overshoot.
It's a versatile monitor with many additional features, including Picture-in-Picture/Picture-by-Picture support, meaning you can view two sources at once. It has a built-in USB hub with USB-C connectivity and a unique KVM feature that lets you control two sources with one set of keyboard and mouse. Its USB-C port even supports power delivery, but sadly, it's not enough power to charge your laptop or even significantly extend its battery life.
Unfortunately, it uses a BGR subpixel layout, which isn't ideal. Although this doesn't cause any issues with movies or games, it causes text issues in some Windows programs. The Windows ClearType Wizard corrects for this in most common desktop programs, including Microsoft Office, but some apps ignore Windows ClearType. Despite this limitation, it's a great monitor overall.
The ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV is the best budget 1440p office monitor that we've tested. It's a great office monitor designed for media creation. It has an excellent SDR color gamut, with nearly complete coverage of the sRGB color space used by most desktop and web content. It also has very good color accuracy out of the box and excellent gradient handling, so it's a great choice for work that requires accurate colors.
Unlike the Gigabyte M27Q, it uses a standard RGB subpixel layout, so there are no issues with text or color fringing with apps that don't support ClearType. As expected for a budget monitor, it's a pretty basic display with few additional features. There are some unique overlays, including built-in screen rulers and A5/B5 letter-size overlays.
Unfortunately, it's not a great choice for dark rooms, as it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity, so blacks look gray and cloudy in a dark room. It's a great choice for bright rooms, with impressive peak brightness and very good reflection handling, and it's a great monitor overall for most uses.
Apr 11, 2022: Moved the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV to their own categories, and removed some outdated Notable Mentions.
Feb 11, 2022: Swapped the Gigabyte M27Q and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, as the Gigabyte is a more versatile choice overall, while the ASUS is best-suited for gaming.
Dec 13, 2021: Replaced the Acer Nitro XV272U with the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the LG 34GP83A-B with the Gigabyte M34WQ to be consistent with other recommendations because the Acer and LG are hard to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
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.
Aug 17, 2021: Refreshed text throughout and added the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx to the Notable Mentions.
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.