Although TVs made the jump from 1080p to 4k resolutions, monitors made a stop in between with 1440p options. A resolution of 1440p (also known as QHD, or 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's easier to maintain a high frame rate in graphically intensive games, even with moderate computing hardware. 1440p has also grown in popularity since the release of the Xbox One X, and the Xbox Series S|X, as they all support 1440p games.
We've tested over 80 monitors with either a 2560x1440 resolution or the widescreen equivalent of 3440x1440, and below are our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors available to purchase. Check out our picks for the best monitors, the best 1440p 144Hz monitors, and the best 1440p gaming monitors.
The Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is the best 1440p monitor for gaming that we've tested. It's a premium monitor with a ton of gamer-friendly features, available in two sizes. The 32 inch model we tested should perform like the 27 inch variant, which has higher pixel density at the cost of less screen real estate.
It has a VA panel with a great native contrast ratio for deep blacks. It has an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it's terrible as it doesn't improve the picture quality in dark scenes and causes blooming around bright objects. It has a 240Hz refresh rate that you can achieve over a DisplayPort connection, and it has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support and G-SYNC compatibility. It has a quick response time that makes motion look smooth, but you may notice some black smearing because it has a slow response time in dark transitions.
Unfortunately, we've received reports that the backlight flickers in certain content with VRR enabled. We didn't experience this issue on our unit, but it may be different with other units. It has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out from the sides, so it's not a great choice for co-op gaming. It has a curved screen that's supposed to bring the edges of the screen within your field of vision. Overall, it's the best 1440p monitor we've tested for gaming.
If you prefer something for co-op gaming, then check out the Acer Nitro XV272U KVbmiiprzx. Unlike the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, it's only available in a 27 inch screen size, and it has a 170Hz refresh rate compared to 240Hz on the Samsung. However, the Acer has an IPS panel with wider viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides. It also has an incredibly quick response time without any black smearing. It has native FreeSync support that works properly once you update the monitor to the latest firmware update, and this update also adds a Max Brightness setting that makes it brighter. It has a low contrast due to its IPS panel, meaning blacks look gray in the dark. Also, there's no local dimming feature.
If you want the best 1440p monitor and you're a gamer, you can't go wrong with the Samsung. If you need wide viewing angles and don't mind a slightly smaller screen, then check out the Acer.
The best 1440p monitor for office use we've tested is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278CV. It's a great office monitor with a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which means you can dock a laptop and charge it simultaneously with a single USB-C cable. It also supports power delivery, but it's 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 75Hz refresh rate. 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 use it for some light gaming on the side, thanks to its great response time and variable refresh rate support.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR. Also, 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 the time of testing. Nonetheless, this is an impressive and feature-rich office monitor that should please most people.
The best 2k gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested is the LG 34GP83A-B. It's a great ultrawide gaming monitor with a large, curved screen that delivers an extremely immersive gaming experience. It has a high refresh rate and exceptional response time, resulting in clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has low input lag, ensuring your actions are in sync with the action on-screen, and it supports both FreeSync and NVIDIA Compatible variable refresh rates, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
It's also a versatile monitor for most other uses. It's a good choice for an office monitor, with good text clarity, decent viewing angles, and great gray uniformity. It has just okay reflection handling but great peak brightness, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most viewing environments. It's also good for watching videos with friends or even for media creation, as it has an exceptional SDR color gamut.
Unfortunately, it isn't that great in a dark room, as it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity. The stand is also pretty basic, but you shouldn't have any issues finding a comfortable viewing position. Although it supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, this doesn't add much, as it can't get very bright in HDR. Overall, this is the best 1440p monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested, and it should please most people.
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.
Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look grayish 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. It has much worse ergonomics than the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, but it has a much higher refresh rate of 170Hz and a much better response time, resulting in 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 as 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.
Oct 14, 2021: Replaced the Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q-X with the Acer Nitro XV272U because it's easier to find; moved the Gigabyte G34WQC to Notable Mentions because of low availability; added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, Gigabyte M32Q, and LG 34GP950G-B to Notable Mentions.
Aug 17, 2021: Refreshed text throughout and added the Acer Predator XB273U GXbmiipruzx to the Notable Mentions.
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.
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.