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The 5 Best 1440p Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best 1440p Monitors

A 1440p resolution on monitors is when the display has a vertical resolution of 1440 pixels, and this includes 2560x1440 monitors and ultrawide 3440x1440 monitors. 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. They 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, there are plenty of 1440p monitors available with productivity features and they don't tend to cost much.

We've bought and tested more than 260 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best 2k monitors with a native resolution of either 2560x1440 or 3440x1440 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 Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's an excellent monitor that delivers stunning picture quality and offers premium features. Although it has a 3440x1440 resolution, it's still considered a 1440p monitor and is wider than 27-inch monitors because it provides more screen space horizontally and has the same screen height. It's good if you want the extra screen space for a more immersive gaming experience or to open multiple windows next to each other. With a 34-inch screen size, it also has a 1800R curve that brings the edges of the screen within your field of vision.

    It uses new QD-OLED panel technology that results in a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels in dark rooms, and there isn't any blooming around bright objects either. Thanks to its quantum dot technology, it also displays a wide range of colors in HDR and gets bright enough to make small highlights stand out. It also offers excellent gaming performance thanks to its fantastic motion handling and native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which is great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and want to take full advantage of it. If you have an AMD graphics card instead, there's a cheaper version, the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF, that has native FreeSync support and a slightly lower 165Hz refresh rate.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range 1440p Monitor

    If you find the Dell Alienware AW3423DW too expensive or you aren't a fan of the ultrawide format, then consider the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM. It has a smaller 27-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and it doesn't have a QD-OLED panel like the Dell, meaning it can't deliver the same dark room performance, but that's the trade-off of getting something cheaper. However, it still offers very good overall performance and is impressive for gaming as it has a 240Hz refresh rate with native G-SYNC VRR support, and it has a few extra features that you can use with your NVIDIA graphics card. It supports the NVIDIA Reflex Latency Analyzer, which helps measure the delay of your gaming setup.

    While you aren't gaming and just browsing through the web, the text clarity is good and it delivers life-like images thanks to its excellent accuracy before calibration. Although it doesn't perform as well as the Dell for use in dark rooms, it's a good choice for well-lit rooms as it gets bright enough to fight glare and the reflection handling is good. It also has wide viewing angles if you want to use it for co-op gaming as the image remains consistent from the sides.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range 1440p Monitor

    Should you want something in the mid-range price category for cheaper, consider the Dell Alienware AW2723DF. Like the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM, it has a fast 240Hz native refresh rate that can actually be overclocked to 280Hz, but the main difference between these monitors is that the Dell has native FreeSync VRR support instead of native G-SYNC support. This means it's the better choice if you have an AMD graphics card, but if you have an NVIDIA graphics card you can't take full advantage of it like on the ASUS. Still, the Dell offers excellent gaming performance with a very quick response time across its entire refresh rate range for smooth motion.

    It also has low input lag for a responsive feel and while you can't make the backlight flicker to reduce any persistence blur, the flicker-free backlight helps reduce eye strain during long gaming sessions. It has a few extra features that are useful while gaming like the ability to add a virtual crosshair or use 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.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range 1440p Monitor

    If you prefer something cheaper, the LG 32GP850-B is a good alternative to the Dell Alienware AW2723DF. As you go down in price categories, there are a few trade-offs you have to make, and in this case, the LG has a lower 180Hz refresh rate, so you can't use it to play high-frame-rate games like on the Dell. Regardless, it offers an excellent gaming performance with incredible motion handling and a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, but it only works within a narrow refresh rate range. It also has a larger screen than the Dell, but that means it has lower pixel density and slightly worse image clarity.

    The picture quality is good, especially if you use it in a well-lit room, because it has great SDR peak brightness and reflection handling, meaning you won't have issues using it even with a few lights around. It also has wide viewing angles that make the image remain 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 if you need.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget 1440p Monitor

    Should you be looking for something on a budget, there are a few good 1440p monitors you can choose from. The Gigabyte M27Q is a great gaming monitor that's similar to the LG 32GP850-B because it has a max 170Hz refresh rate and offers impressive gaming performance, but its motion handling isn't as good as on the LG. It still has low input lag for a responsive feel, and it has native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. Although it has a higher pixel density than the LG, the image clarity is still just decent 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 the M27Q is designed for gaming, it has a few extra features that make it versatile for other uses, like if you want to use it for 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. It also has a USB hub that lets you charge your devices while gaming.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a premium monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120x1440 resolution. It's the equivalent of placing two 27-inch, 1440p monitors side-by-side. Get this if you want something even bigger than the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, but it costs more and doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels. See our review
  • LG 27GP850-B: The LG 27GP850-B is essentially a smaller version of the LG 32GP850-B, so get this if you want the smaller screen, but it can be harder to find. See our review
  • Dell Alienware AW2721D: The Dell Alienware AW2721D is comparable to the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM because it's also a native G-SYNC monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate, but it costs more. See our review
  • Gigabyte M27Q X: The Gigabyte M27Q X is a mid-range monitor that's more versatile for different uses than the Dell Alienware AW2723DF as it has a USB-C input and productivity features, but it's harder to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Apr 11, 2022: Moved the MSI Optix MAG274QRF-QD and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV to their own categories, and removed some outdated Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 11, 2022: Swapped the Gigabyte M27Q and the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV, as the Gigabyte is a more versatile choice overall, while the ASUS is best-suited for gaming.

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 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.