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 that we've tested so far is the ASUS TUF VG27AQ. It's versatile and should please both serious gamers or people who just want 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 doesn't add much. However, it delivers a great overall picture quality, making it the best 1440p monitor that 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. It 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 it 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 model 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 well-rounded with an impressive gaming performance that should please most people. Its native 144Hz refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 160Hz, and its 21:9 aspect ratio offers enough space to multitask and open a few windows at once.
It has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and it's certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. 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. It 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 isn't 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 it, making it the best 2k monitor with an ultrawide screen we've tested.
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 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 it 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 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 has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and gets bright enough to combat glare under the harshest lighting conditions.
It comes with an sRGB mode that's factory-calibrated, so you shouldn't have to calibrate it to get the best viewing experience. 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 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 or data transfer, 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're looking for a bigger monitor, check out the Gigabyte G32QC. It's very different from the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, as it's primarily meant for gaming. It has a 32 inch VA panel that can produce deep blacks, and its 165Hz refresh rate makes motion look incredibly smooth. It can display a wide color gamut and gets decently bright to bring out highlights in HDR content. Unfortunately, its narrow viewing angles make it less ideal for sharing content or for playing co-op games. Also, it has poor ergonomics, as it's limited to height and tilt adjustment only. On the upside, it has a Picture-by-Picture mode that lets you display two input sources simultaneously, which is a nice feature for multitaskers and streamers using two computers.
For most people, the ASUS is better overall and cheaper. However, if gaming performance is more important, go with the Gigabyte, as its higher refresh rate provides a much better gaming experience.
09/08/2020: Replaced Dell U2520Q with ASUS ProArt Displat PA278QV, replaced LG 27GL83A-B with Gigabyte G32QC.
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.
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'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 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.