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 reviewed 34 monitors with a 2560x1440 or 3440x1440 resolution, and below are our recommendations for the best 2k monitors available to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best 1440p 144hz monitors and the best 1440p gaming monitors.
The Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is the best 1440p monitor we've tested so far. It's a versatile 1440p monitor with a great design, decent picture quality, and outstanding motion handling. It has an impressive selection of additional features, including a unique active noise cancelling feature, so your teammates hear only your voice, and not the surrounding noise.
The Aorus AD27QD supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has wide viewing angles, great for co-op gaming. It has an excellent response time, resulting in extremely clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has an optional black frame insertion (BFI) feature for even clearer motion, although this can't be used at the same time as FreeSync.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, the Aorus AD27QD doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. Overall, though, it's a great monitor for almost any use.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC 1440p monitor we've tested so far. The PG279QZ is almost as good as the Aorus AD27QD, but it doesn't support HDR, and it's quite as bright, although this shouldn't be an issue for most people. The PG279QZ has an optional factory overclock though, delivering slightly better motion handling.
Overall, the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD is slightly more versatile, so it's the better choice for most people, but if you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics card, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC alternative.
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide 1440p monitor that we've tested so far. It's a great monitor for almost any use, with an excellent response time, low input lag, and outstanding gradient handling. The wide-format screen is great for multitasking, but it doesn't support picture-in-picture or picture-by-picture, so you can only work from one source at a time.
It's also a great gaming monitor, with flicker-free backlight and optional black frame insertion feature. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card. The wide-format aspect ratio delivers a more immersive gaming experience, but combined with the curved screen, it can take some getting used to.
Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, the image doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity. Overall, though, it's a great 1440p monitor for almost any use.
If the LG 34GK950F-B is too expensive for you, the Dell U3417W is a cheaper alternative. It isn't as advanced as the LG, though, as it doesn't support HDR and has limited gaming features. It's a decent monitor for most uses, with wide viewing angles and great accuracy out-of-the-box. Like the 43GK950F-B, it's great for multitasking, as it has a great amount of screen real-estate to work with. Unlike the LG, it supports picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture, so you can easily work from multiple sources at once.
Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide 1440p monitor we've tested so far, but if it's too expensive, the Dell U3417W is a decent alternative.
The Dell U2518D is the best budget 1440p monitor that we've tested so far. This versatile 25", 1440p monitor delivers good overall picture quality, with wide viewing angles and great peak brightness. It has a simple design that looks great in any setting, and the stand has great ergonomics, perfect if you're buying multiple monitors to equip an entire office.
It's a versatile monitor, but it lacks some of the more advanced features typically found on higher-end monitors. It has a maximum 60Hz refresh rate, which may disappoint more serious gamers, and it doesn't support any VRR technologies like FreeSync or G-SYNC. It has a good selection of inputs, including a built-in USB hub.
Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, there isn't much benefit to using it, as it can't get very bright in HDR and can't display a wide color gamut. Overall, though, this is a very good monitor for a variety of uses, and it should please most budget shoppers.
If you want better gaming performance on a budget, check out the AOC AGON AG271QC instead. This monitor is a bit less versatile than the Dell U2518D, as it has worse viewing angles and doesn't support HDR, but it's a much better gaming monitor. It supports FreeSync, for a nearly tear-free gaming experience, and it has a much faster response time and less input lag.
Overall, the Dell U2518D is the best budget 1440p we've tested so far, but if you want something with better gaming performance, the AOC AGON AG271QC might be a better choice.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 2k 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 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.