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The 5 Best 1440p Monitors - Fall 2018
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Best 1440p Monitors
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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 17 monitors with a 2560x1440 or 3440x1440 resolution, and below are our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors available to purchase in 2018.

  1. Best 1440p Monitor: ASUS ROG PG279Q

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    The ASUS ROG SWIFT PG279Q is the best 1440p monitor that we have tested so far. It is a versatile 27" monitor with excellent gaming performance that should please even the most demanding users. It has excellent motion handling with an extremely fast response time. The backlight is flicker-free which is great, but it can also introduce flicker to reduce persistence blur.

    Office users will love the wide viewing angles, great peak brightness, and the easy-to-adjust ergonomics that ensure the monitor is always in the perfect viewing position, great if multiple people are using the same monitor. Unfortunately, it isn't the best monitor for a dark room, as it has disappointing black uniformity and can't produce true blacks.

    Overall, it is a great monitor for most uses and gamers especially should be very pleased.

    See our review

  2. FreeSync Gaming Alternative: Samsung C27HG70

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you like the gaming features of the ASUS ROG PG279Q, but would prefer to have a monitor that is compatible with the FreeSync feature of your AMD graphics card or Xbox One S/X, check out the Samsung CHG70. The CHG70 is the best FreeSync 1440p monitor that we have tested so far. It supports FreeSync, which is great for gaming, and it also supports HDR. Unfortunately, the VA panel doesn't have the wide viewing angles of the PG279Q and the stand is a little less versatile.

    See our review

  3. Best Widescreen 1440p Monitor: Dell AW3418DW

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate : 100 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you prefer a wider aspect ratio, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best widescreen 1440p monitor that we have tested so far. The stylish AW3418DW has some great gaming features, including a fast response time and support for NVIDIA's G-Sync technology.

    The high resolution, wide format screen is especially well suited for an office setting as you can easily split the screen into multiple sections, great for multitasking. The 21:9 aspect ratio and curved screen also provide an immersive gaming experience. It has a great stand that can be easily placed in an ideal viewing position, and it can swivel to share your screen with someone else.

    Unfortunately, it has bad black uniformity and mediocre contrast, so it isn't ideal in a dark room. Overall though, it is a good monitor for most uses and should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Widescreen Alternative: Dell U3417W

    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is too expensive, get the Dell U3417W. For office use, the Dell is just as good as the AW3418DW. It is a little bit brighter and has better reflection handling. Like the ASUS, the large, high-resolution screen is wonderful for multitasking. Unfortunately, the U3417W doesn't handle motion as well, as it has a slower response time, lower refresh rate, and it doesn't support G-Sync or any other VRR technology, so gamers might not be as pleased.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 1440p Monitor: Dell U2518D

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.0

    Test Benches:

    • 1.0: Fall 2017
    7.7
    Mixed Usage
    Score components:
    Size : 25 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 60 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    No

    If you don't want to break the bank, the best budget 1440p monitor is the Dell U2518D. The U2518D is a well designed, versatile monitor that works well for a variety of uses. It has the same great Dell stand that is common on most Dell monitors. It supports HDR, which is incredible for the price, but unfortunately, there isn't a huge benefit to using HDR.

    It has good wide viewing angles, making it an excellent choice for an office where you might share your work with nearby coworkers. It is also very bright, and has good reflection handling, making it a good choice for a brighter room.

    Unfortunately, it isn't a great monitor for gaming, as it lacks VRR and most gamers will find the 60 Hz refresh rate too slow. It's a bit smaller than most of the monitors on this list, but that also means it has a higher pixel density, so text looks even better. Overall, it is a good monitor that should please most people, especially for office use.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Predator XB271HU. Good 1440p monitor, but the ASUS ROG PG279Q is better overall. See our review
  • Dell S2417DG. Excellent gaming monitor, but the CHG70 is more versatile. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX. Great 1440p gaming monitor, but the CHG70 is better overall. See our review
  • Dell S2716DG. Excellent gaming monitor, but the ASUS ROG PG279Q is better. See our review
  • Samsung CF791. Decent widescreen 1440p monitor, but the Dell U3417W is better and cheaper. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q. Great ultrawide 1440p monitor, the Dell AW3418DW is slightly better. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 1440p 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.

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