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 over 50 monitors with a 2560x1440 or 3440x1440 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 we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It's a great monitor for most uses that should please the most serious gamers or people just wanting 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 really doesn't add much. However, it delivers a great overall picture quality, making it the best 1440p monitor we've tested so far.
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. This monitor 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, it has bad out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you need to get it calibrated to enjoy this monitor 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 so far, the ASUS is a great choice, but if you prefer a G-SYNC monitor and don't mind inaccurate colors out-of-the-box, check out the ViewSonic.
The best ultrawide 1440p monitor we've tested so far is the LG 34GN850-B. It's a well-rounded monitor with impressive gaming performance that should please most people and its native 144Hz refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 160Hz. Its 21:9 aspect ratio also offers enough space to multitask and open a few windows at once.
This monitor has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and it's certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards too. It has an outstanding response time at its max refresh rate, one of the best we've seen on a monitor that doesn't have a 240Hz refresh rate. The response time remains excellent when playing at 60Hz, making it ideal for console gaming, and its input lag is also really low. The monitor has an IPS panel, so naturally, it has fairly wide viewing angles, great for sharing your screen with others. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, it gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has excellent coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing.
Unfortunately, it's not ideal to use in dark rooms as it has a low contrast ratio and just okay black uniformity. However, it supports HDR10, it displays a good wide color gamut, and it has decent peak brightness in HDR. Overall, most people should be happy with this monitor, making it the best 2k monitor with an ultrawide screen we've tested so far.
If you're looking for a monitor with better dark room performance, check out the Nixeus EDG 34. The VA panel won't give you the great viewing angles like the IPS panel on the LG 34GN850-B, but instead, it has a great contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks. Gamers should appreciate the incredibly low input lag and the clear motion thanks to its good response time, but they might be disappointed that it only supports FreeSync through a DisplayPort connection, which is rare for most monitors. Unfortunately, the out-of-the-box color accuracy is quite poor, so you might need to get your monitor calibrated. On the upside, it gets bright enough to combat glare if you also want to use it during the day in a bright room.
If you're looking for the best ultrawide 1440p monitor, the LG is a great choice, but if you want something with better dark room performance, then the Nixeus is a good alternative.
The best 1440p monitor in the budget category that we've tested so far is the Dell UltraSharp U2520D. It's a good overall monitor that's ideal to use for work, and since it has a 25-inch screen, it's easier to fit into your at-home office setup. It doesn't have extra gaming features, but surprisingly it's still good for casual gaming.
Like most other Dell office monitors, this monitor has a good build quality and impressive ergonomics. It has a good selection of inputs, including a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt mode, allowing you to display an image from a source and charge it simultaneously. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, and excellent gray uniformity. It also has an impressive response time and really low input lag if you want to use it for console gaming. It supports HDR10 and displays a wide color gamut, but it doesn't get very bright in HDR to bring out highlights.
Unfortunately, this monitor isn't a good choice for dark room viewing due to its low contrast ratio. It also has limited extra features, like the lack of VRR support. Regardless, if you're looking for a simple 1440p monitor for your office setup and you're on a budget, this is a good choice.
If you want a bigger monitor and also want to use it for more competitive gaming, check out the LG 27GL83A-B. Its ergonomics are quite disappointing compared to the Dell UltraSharp U2520D, but this monitor is better for gaming because it has a 144Hz refresh rate and native FreeSync VRR support. It has an outstanding response time at its max refresh, and it's still excellent at 60Hz. The input lag is also really low, although it increases quite a bit at 60Hz. Picture quality on this monitor is good overall thanks to its good peak brightness, extremely wide viewing angles, good out-of-the-box color accuracy, and wide color gamuts in both SDR and HDR. Sadly, it has a low contrast ratio and bad black uniformity with visible backlight bleed that could get distracting when watching dark scenes.
If you're on a budget and want the best 1440p monitor, the Dell is a great choice, but if you prefer a 27 inch monitor with better gaming performance, look into the LG.
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.
05/12/2020: Minor updates to text for clarity.
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 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.