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 70 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 for gaming that we've tested is the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T. This is an excellent gaming monitor that comes in two sizes, a 27 inch and a 32 inch, so you can choose the one that suits you best. However, keep in mind that although the 32 inch provides more screen space for better game immersion and multitasking, it has the same 1440p resolution, which means that images and text don't look as sharp due to the lower pixel density.
It has an incredibly fast response time and a whopping 240Hz refresh rate to deliver a smooth and responsive gaming experience. Input lag is exceptionally low, and it has FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion that can further reduce motion blur; however, it isn't usable while VRR is active. It can deliver a reasonably good HDR experience in games, but it doesn't get bright enough for HDR movies.
Unfortunately, the downside with most VA panels is their poor viewing angles, and that's the case here. Images look washed out when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal for playing co-op games. It has two USB ports for charging, and it also has a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display two input signals at once, which can be useful for multitasking. Overall, it's an excellent gaming monitor that most people should be happy with, as long as you don't mind the screen's aggressive curve.
If you prefer a monitor with better viewing angles, then check out the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X. Like the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, it also has a 1440p resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate. However, it only comes in a 27 inch size. It uses an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, making it a much better choice for sharing content or playing co-op games. It has full sRGB and Adobe RGB coverage, and it supports a wide color gamut for HDR. Unfortunately, its mediocre contrast ratio makes blacks appear gray in the dark, and it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content.
Overall, the Samsung and the Gigabyte are both excellent gaming monitors, so choosing between them depends on your setup and use. If you mainly game in the dark, go with the Samsung. However, if you want wide viewing angles and don't mind compromising on dark room performance, go with the Gigabyte.
The best 1440p monitor for office use we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. This is a newer version of our budget pick, the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV. It performs very similarly to its predecessor but with the addition of a USB-C port. This input supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which means you can dock a laptop and charge it simultaneously with a single USB-C cable. The power delivery is 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 1440p resolution and 75Hz refresh rate, just like its predecessor. It has great viewing angles, gets bright enough to combat glare, and its ergonomics are outstanding. Since it's designed for content creators, it has full sRGB coverage, and its color accuracy is excellent out of the box. You can also use it for some light gaming on the side thanks to its great response times and VRR support. Unfortunately, there's still no HDR support.
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, which is great for preventing eye strain. There's a new DisplayPort Out port that lets you daisy chain to a second monitor; however, it doesn't work at this time. Nonetheless, this is an impressive and feature-rich office monitor that should please most people.
The best 2k monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested is the LG 34GP83A-B. It's a curved model with a 34 inch screen and 21:9 aspect ratio, giving you a wider field of view for better game immersion. It has an IPS panel with decent viewing angles, good enough for sharing content casually but not for color-critical work as the gamma shifts pretty quickly when moving off-center. Although its reflection handling is just okay, it does get pretty bright, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most settings.
It's a versatile monitor. It has full sRGB coverage, superb gradient handling, and no signs of color bleed, making it a good choice for content creators. Its Adobe RGB coverage is excellent, but it might not be good enough for professionals in print media. It can also deliver a fantastic gaming experience thanks to its 160Hz refresh rate, exceptional response times, and VRR support. Unfortunately, it's not the best option for gaming in the dark because it has a low contrast ratio that makes black appear gray.
Feature-wise, you get a USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports, a feature that lets you put a virtual crosshair on the screen, and a black stabilizer setting that makes objects in dark areas easier to see. The backlight is flicker-free, and there's also a reader mode that filters out blue light when gaming at night. Overall, it's a great ultrawide monitor worth considering.
If you need a monitor with better dark room performance, check out the Gigabyte G34WQC. Like the LG 34GP83A-B, it's also a 34 inch model with a 3440 x 1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. However, it uses a VA panel with a much better contrast ratio, which means it can display much deeper blacks for a better dark room viewing experience. It does come at a cost, though, as it has narrower viewing angles that make the image look washed out when viewed from the side. You can't overclock its 144Hz refresh rate like on the LG, although that's a pretty small difference and shouldn't be noticeable to most people. It has great response times to deliver a clear image in fast-moving scenes, but unfortunately, there's some black smearing because the pixels are slow to transition from a dark color to a bright one, which is typical for VA panels. On the upside, it gets a lot brighter in HDR, bright enough to make some highlights pop when viewed in the dark.
Overall, the LG is a better choice because it has better motion handling. However, if you want a monitor that's better suited for dark rooms and you don't mind a few compromises, the Gigabyte is a good alternative.
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 want a monitor that provides a better gaming experience, go with the Gigabyte M27Q. Like the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, it's also a 27 inch model with a 1440p resolution, but it has a much higher refresh rate of 170Hz and much better response times, resulting in smoother and more responsive gameplay. On top of that, it supports HDR and can deliver a pretty decent experience at that. It has a USB input with support for DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you display an image from a compatible device and charge it simultaneously with a single USB-C cable, but the power delivery is limited to 10W, so it's only enough for smaller devices like smartphones. Unfortunately, there are some downsides. The ergonomics are worse because it only allows for height and tilt adjustments, and it has a BGR sub-pixel layout that may cause blurry text in some applications.
If you only plan on using the monitor for work, go with the ASUS because it has much better ergonomics, and it uses a standard RGB subpixel layout, so you don't have to worry about blurry text. However, if you mainly want to game, go with the Gigabyte.
Jun 21, 2021: Replaced Gigabyte M27Q with Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X. Replaced LG 34GN850-B with LG 34GP83A-B because it's hard to find. Replaced Gigabyte G27Q with Gigabyte M27Q as 'Best Budget'.
Apr 22, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD with Gigabyte M27Q. Added ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV as 'Best 1440p Monitor for Office Use'.
Feb 22, 2021: Replaced ASUS TUF VG27AQ with MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD, replaced Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx with LG 34GN850-B, replaced Gigabyte G27QC with Gigabyte G27Q.
Jan 05, 2021: Removed ViewSonic Elite XG270QG, Nixeus EDG 34, and Gigabyte G32QC. Added Samsung Odyssey G7, Gigabyte G34WQC, Gigabyte G27QC.
Nov 06, 2020: Replaced the LG 34GN850-B with the Acer Nitro XV340CK.
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.