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The 5 Best 1440p Monitors - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best 1440p Monitors

A 1440p resolution on a monitor is when the display has a vertical resolution of 1440 pixels, and most have a 16:9 aspect ratio with a 2560x1440 resolution. Also known as 2k, QHD, or Quad HD, it strikes a great balance between 1080p and 4k and is often called the sweet spot in resolution. These monitors deliver enough pixel density to see more details without being too taxing on your graphics card for gaming, allowing you to reach a higher frame rate. Even if you want to use it for work, most of these 1440p gaming monitors also offer productivity features, so you can get something for work and play.

We've bought and tested more than 270 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 2k monitors with a native resolution of 2560x1440 that are available to buy. Check out our picks for the best work monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors.

  1. Best 1440p Monitor

    The best 1440p monitor we've tested is the LG 27GR95QE-B. It's an excellent overall monitor that delivers stunning picture quality thanks to its OLED panel. It allows it to display deep blacks without blooming, which is ideal for using the monitor in a dark room. It also has wide viewing angles and decent ergonomics that make it a great choice for co-op gaming or sharing your screen with a friend, as they'll see a consistent image from the sides.

    It offers a high 240Hz refresh rate for gaming, and it also has FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It has fantastic motion handling with high-frame-rate signals, but there's overshoot with low-frame-rate signals. If you want to use it for console gaming, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets it take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Unfortunately, OLEDs are prone to burn-in when exposed to the same static elements over time, which can be problematic if you have elements like the taskbar on icons on the screen all day. However, it isn't a major concern for gamers.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 1440p Monitor

    If you prefer saving money by getting an upper mid-range monitor, or if you're concerned about the risk of burn-in, consider the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. It has a 27-inch screen like the LG 27GR95QE-B but doesn't deliver nearly the same picture quality because it has an LED-backlit LCD panel with a low contrast ratio. Because of this, it isn't as good as the LG for use in dark rooms, but it also gets brighter, making it a better choice for use in well-lit rooms. Luckily, LCD monitors like this one aren't prone to burn-in, so you can easily use it for both gaming and work without worrying about damaging your screen.

    Like the LG, the ASUS also has a 240Hz refresh rate and offers impressive gaming performance. It has an advantage over the LG if you use an NVIDIA graphics card because it has native G-SYNC VRR support that can take full advantage of your graphics card. It also has excellent motion handling across its entire refresh rate range, and gaming feels responsive thanks to its low input lag.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 1440p Monitor

    If you want a mid-range monitor to save money, the Dell Alienware AW2723DF is a good alternative. It's similar to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM; the main trade-off for getting something cheaper here is that it has G-SYNC Compatibility instead of native G-SYNC support like on the ASUS, so it can't take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card. However, it does have native FreeSync support for use with AMD graphics cards, and you can overclock its 240Hz native refresh rate to 280Hz. It's still an excellent gaming monitor thanks to its low input lag and quick response time.

    It has a few helpful extra features for gaming, like a virtual crosshair or different vision modes that make it easier to see your opponents in games, giving you a competitive advantage. It also has four USB-A ports, making it easier to connect your peripherals or charge devices. Even if you want to use it for general desktop use, it delivers good picture quality with accurate colors and high peak brightness, meaning visibility isn't a problem in well-lit rooms.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 1440p Monitor

    If you don't think you'll take full advantage of the 280Hz refresh rate of the Dell Alienware AW2723DF, a lower mid-range monitor like the LG 27GP850-B can be a good alternative and has a 180Hz native refresh rate. It's available in different variants at different retailers: the LG 27GP83B-B model is essentially the same monitor without an overclock feature. This means you can get whichever monitor you can find for cheaper. Whether you get the 27GP83B-B or the 27GP850-B, you don't get the same high refresh rate as the Dell but still get an impressive gaming experience.

    The picture quality is also good, especially if you use it in a well-lit room because it has great SDR peak brightness and good reflection handling. It also has wide viewing angles that keep the image consistent from the sides, which is great if you need to share your screen with someone else, but its stand doesn't offer swivel adjustments. Still, you can adjust the height, tilt it, or rotate it into portrait mode.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 1440p Monitor

    If you're looking for something on a budget, there are a few good 1440p monitors to choose from. The Gigabyte M27Q is a great gaming monitor similar to the LG 27GP850-B/27GP83B-B because it has a max 170Hz refresh rate and offers impressive gaming performance, but its motion handling isn't as good. It still has low input lag for a responsive feel and has native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Although it has the same pixel density as the LG, the text clarity is slightly worse because it has a BGR subpixel layout, which negatively impacts the text clarity with some programs, but doesn't affect the overall picture quality or performance with games.

    While designed for gaming, it has a few extra features that make it versatile for other uses, like productivity. It has a KVM switch that makes it easy to switch between devices, like a gaming PC and a work laptop, and use the same keyboard and mouse connected to the monitor.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell Alienware AW3423DW: The Dell Alienware AW3423DW is an excellent high-end monitor delivering stunning picture quality, even better than the LG 27GR95QE-B. It's different than the LG because it has an ultrawide screen with a 3440x1440 resolution, so only consider it if you want the ultrawide format. See our review
  • Gigabyte M27Q X: The Gigabyte M27Q X offers more productivity features than the Dell Alienware AW2723DF, as it has a KVM switch. However, it has worse motion handling and can be harder to find. See our review
  • ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV: The ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV is a good monitor for work and media creation if that's what you need it for, and it costs only a bit more than the Gigabyte M27Q. However, it isn't as versatile for other uses and doesn't support HDR, making the Gigabyte the best overall option in the budget category. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 19, 2023: Added the LG 27GR95QE-B and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM to be consistent with other recommendations; renamed the Dell Alienware AW2723DF to 'Best Mid-Range Monitor'; removed the Gigabyte M27Q X and the HP X27q because they each went up in price; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Feb 16, 2023: Restructured the article to reflect 2560x1440 monitors instead of ultrawides; renamed the Dell Alienware AW2723DF as the 'Best Monitor' instead of the Dell Alienware A3423DW; added the Gigabyte M27Q X and the HP X27q to their categories; replaced the LG 32GP850-B with the cheaper and smaller LG 27GP850-B; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Dec 21, 2022: Replaced the LG 34GP950G-B and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM and the Gigabyte M27Q because they're better options for the price category; replaced the Gigabyte M27Q X with the Dell Alienware AW2723DF because the Gigabyte is hard to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Oct 27, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs and monitor performance; renamed the Dell Alienware AW3423DW as the 'Best 1440p Monitor' because of its performance; removed the LG 27GP850-B, LG 27GL850, ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B, ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV, and the Dell S3422DWG because they don't fit into the scope of the article. Added the LG 34GP950G-B, Gigabyte M27Q X, LG 32GP850-B, and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV to their respective categories; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Aug 15, 2022: Restructured the article to better match how users are searching for monitors. Added the ASUS TUF Gaming VG27WQ1B as the 'Best Cheap 1440p Monitor' and replaced the Gigabyte M27Q with the LG 27GL850-B as the 'Best Budget 1440p Monitor', as the Gigabyte is increasingly hard to find.

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 2560x1440 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.