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The 5 Best 1440p Monitors - Spring 2019
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Best 1440p Monitors
68 Monitors Tested
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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 25 monitors with a 2560x1440 or 3440x1440 resolution, and below are our recommendations for the best 1440p monitors available to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best 1440p 144hz monitors and the best 1440p gaming monitors.

  1. Best 1440p Monitor: Gigabyte AD27QD

    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.
    :
    FreeSync

    The Gigabye Aorus AD27QD is the best 1440p monitor we've tested so far. It is a versatile 27" monitor with a great design and very good ergonomics, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position. This monitor has very good viewing angles, making it a great choice for sharing your work with someone sitting nearby.

    As versatile as it is, it truly excels as a gaming monitor. It has an extremely fast response time, low input lag, and has some great extra gaming features. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, and has an impressive selection of additional features, including a unique active noise cancelling feature, so your teammates hear only your voice.

    Like the majority of monitors with IPS panels, this monitor doesn't look quite as good in a dark room, but is otherwise great for almost any usage.

    See our review

  2. G-SYNC Gaming Alternative: ASUS PG279QZ

    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

    If you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics card, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279QZ is the best G-SYNC alternative to the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD. Like the Aorus, this monitor delivers an exceptional gaming experience, with a fast response time, low input lag, and flicker-free backlight. This monitor also has an extremely fast refresh rate, and an optional factory overclock for a little extra boost. Unlike the Aorus, this monitor doesn't support HDR, but this doesn't add much to the ASUS anyway.

    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 want a 1440p monitor with a wide aspect ratio, check out the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. It is a 34" monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution. This wide format offers more flexibility for multitasking, and it provides for a more immersive multimedia experience. The unique design looks great in any setting, and although it can't switch to a portrait orientation, the stand can be easily placed in a comfortable viewing position.

    This monitor delivers decent overall picture quality, and it has excellent motion handling and low input lag, which is great for gaming. It has great wide viewing angles, perfect for sharing work with a nearby colleague or a quick co-op gaming session, and it supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology.

    Unfortunately, it can't get very bright, so it might not look as good if you have a lot of natural light, and it also doesn't look as good in a very dark room. Overall, though, this is a very good monitor that 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, this Dell is just as good as the Alienware. It is a little bit brighter and has better reflection handling. Like the ASUS, the large, high-resolution screen is wonderful for multitasking. Unfortunately, it 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. This means 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

    The Dell U2518D is the best budget 1440p monitor that we've tested so far. This versatile 25" 1440p monitor has wide viewing angles and delivers good overall picture quality. It has a simple, elegant design that looks great in any setting, and the excellent stand makes it a great choice if you are looking to equip an entire office.

    It is a versatile monitor, but it lacks some of the more advanced features typically found on higher-end monitors. It has a maximum 60Hz refresh rate, which may disappoint more serious gamers, and it doesn't support any VRR technologies like FreeSync or G-SYNC. It has a good selection of inputs, including a built-in USB hub.

    Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, there isn't much benefit to using it, as it can't get very bright in HDR, and can't display a wide color gamut. Overall, though, this is a very good monitor for a variety of uses, and it should please most budget shoppers.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Acer Predator XB271HU: Good 1440p monitor, but the ASUS ROG PG279QZ is better overall. See our review
  • Dell S2417DG: Excellent gaming monitor, but the Aorus AD27QD is more versatile. See our review
  • AOC AGON AG271QX: Great 1440p gaming monitor, but the Aorus AD27QD is better overall. See our review
  • Dell S2716DGR/S2716DG: Excellent gaming monitor, but the ASUS ROG PG279QZ is better. See our review
  • Samsung C34F791/CF791: Decent widescreen 1440p monitor, but the Dell U3417W is better and cheaper. See our review
  • ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q:  Great ultrawide 1440p monitor, but 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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