Despite the popularity of 4k with TVs, not everyone wants a 4k monitor. That doesn't necessarily mean you should be stuck with a low-resolution 1080p screen. A resolution of 1440p (also known as 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 doesn't require a significantly more powerful computer for decent gaming performance.
We've tested over 50 monitors with a 1440p resolution, and below are our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors available to purchase. Also, check out our recommendations for the best monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors.
The best 1440p monitor that we've tested is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It's versatile and should please both serious gamers or people who just want to relax and watch a few videos with friends.
The native refresh rate of 144Hz can easily be overclocked to 165Hz, delivering a better gaming experience. This helps by giving it an excellent response time, resulting in clear motion, and there's a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce motion blur. The input lag is also incredibly low and stays low even at 60Hz, which is great for console gamers. It has an IPS panel, so the viewing angles are wide, and you won't lose image accuracy when viewing from the side, and the ergonomics are excellent, so you can place it on your desk however you like.
Unfortunately, its contrast ratio is low, and although it supports HDR, it lacks a wide color gamut and can't get bright enough to bring out highlights, so this mode doesn't add much. However, it delivers a great overall picture quality, making it the best 1440p monitor that we've tested.
If you prefer a 1440p monitor with native G-SYNC support to fully take advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card, check out the ViewSonic Elite XG270QG. Its ergonomics aren't as good as the ASUS TUF VG27AQ, but the ViewSonic has a quicker response time, which is much better at 60Hz, ideal for console gaming. It also has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and a low contrast ratio. It gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has great reflection handling, so you shouldn't have problems placing this in a bright room. Unfortunately, our unit has bad out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. It doesn't support HDR either, but luckily, it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing.
Overall, if you want the best 1440p monitor we've tested, the ASUS is a great choice, but if you prefer a G-SYNC model and don't mind inaccurate colors out-of-the-box, check out the ViewSonic.
The best 2k monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV340CK. Mainly designed for gaming, it offers good overall performance that most people should be happy with. It's well-built, and it doesn't cost much compared to other ultrawides, which is great.
It has a native 144Hz refresh rate with FreeSync support, but G-SYNC also works with the NVIDIA graphics card. The input lag is incredibly low, it has an amazing response time at its max refresh rate, resulting in minimal motion blur, and it remains quick even when gaming at 60Hz. There's a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion, but it causes image duplication. Its stand rotates on a round base so that you can turn it 360 degrees, and it has a wide tilt range and high height range. You can't rotate it into portrait mode, but that's expected for a screen of this size. Also, its IPS panel provides wide viewing angles, great for sharing your screen with others.
Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR, it fails to display a wide color gamut and has disappointing HDR peak brightness, so HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content. It performs best in moderately-lit rooms because its low contrast means blacks appear closer to gray when viewed in the dark, and it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in well-lit rooms. However, it has built-in speakers and supports Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture modes. Most people should be happy with it, especially at its price point.
If you prefer something to use in dark rooms, then consider the Nixeus EDG 34. It doesn't have as good ergonomics as the Acer Nitro XV340CK, but its VA panel has a great contrast ratio that displays deep blacks. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support, its response time is good, and input lag is very low. However, you may notice some motion blur with fast-moving objects, and there's no Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce blur. It provides a decent HDR experience as it displays a wide color gamut and its peak brightness in HDR isn't bad. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, but the screen's subtle curve may help improve the image accuracy at the edges. It also gets bright enough to combat glare in bright rooms and has decent reflection handling.
If you're looking for the best 1440p monitor with an ultrawide screen, you should be happy with the Acer, but if you tend to game in a dark room, check out the Nixeus.
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.
Its downside is its low contrast ratio, which makes blacks look grayish, especially 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.
If you're looking for a bigger monitor, check out the Gigabyte G32QC. It's very different from the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, as it's primarily meant for gaming. It has a 32 inch VA panel that can produce deep blacks, and its 165Hz refresh rate makes motion look incredibly smooth. It can display a wide color gamut and gets decently bright to bring out highlights in HDR content. Unfortunately, its narrow viewing angles make it less ideal for sharing content or for playing co-op games. Also, it has poor ergonomics, as it's limited to height and tilt adjustments only. On the upside, it has Picture-by-Picture and Picture-in-Picture modes that let you display two input sources simultaneously, which is a nice feature for multitaskers and streamers using two computers.
For most people, the ASUS is better overall and cheaper. However, if gaming performance is more important, go with the Gigabyte, as its higher refresh rate provides a much better gaming experience.
11/06/2020: Replaced the LG 34GN850-B with the Acer Nitro XV340CK.
09/08/2020: Replaced Dell U2520Q with ASUS ProArt Displat PA278QV, replaced LG 27GL83A-B with Gigabyte G32QC.
07/10/2020: Added the ViewSonic XG270QG, LG 34GN850-B, Dell U2520D, and LG 27GL83A-B; removed the ASUS PG279QZ, LG GK950F-B, Dell U2518D, and AOC AG271QX.
03/13/2020: Replaced the Dell U3417W with the Nixeus EDG 34 for Ultrawide Alternative. Added the Dell Alienware AW3420DW as a Notable Mention.
01/15/2020: Added the ASUS TUF VG29AQ.
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.