Long gone are the days of 1080p resolutions and 60 Hertz refresh rates being “the golden standard” for gaming monitors. Today, we’re looking for something sharper and speedier. Gaming on 4K resolution (2160p) might seem like the next best thing, but the displays are pricey, and the amount of additional pixels can exhaust your hardware. For most PC gamers, “2K” offers a more reliable middle ground — especially if you’re into higher frame rates. Don’t know what to look for? These are some of the best 1440p monitors for competitive gaming.
Sure, 4K has been “a thing” in cinema and console gaming for a while now, but let’s be real: how many modern games can your desktop reliably run on a 2160p resolution? Churning out that amount of native pixels with stability is harder than it looks. If you’re not running the latest high-end hardware, gaming on native 4K is next to impossible.
That’s exactly where the 1440p stepping stone steps in, otherwise known as “(W)QHD” or “2K”. Gaming on 1440p is still roughly twice as sharp as 1080p, but the pixel count doesn’t immediately burn your graphics card down. Trust us: it’s better to not melt that thing down.
The graphical power you “save” on 1440p, can in turn be used to churn out more frames per second (fps) when gaming. This is highly useful in competitive gaming, as higher frame rates can improve the responsiveness of your gaming experience. More frames, means more information to respond to. As such, many 1440p gaming monitors feature refresh rates well above the 60 Hz standard.
If you’re still not sure how monitor specifications can improve your gaming, we’ve already written about that extensively. Feel free to check out our article on everything you need to know about gaming monitors, for more information on what certain terms and marketing promises actually mean. If you’re already up to speed on things like 144Hz refresh rates and the value of low input latency, let’s get to listing some great 1440p monitors.
Finding the right 1440p monitor for you, isn’t all up to specifications and budget. It’s also a matter of taste. Our list of recommendations is not meant to steer you towards one specific monitor, it’s mostly meant for you to get acquainted with some solid options.
As you’ll see down below, most of our recommendations aim for at least 144Hz refresh rates, and 1 milliseconds response times. That’s not without reason. The first being the golden standard for rapid multiplayer games — which often have servers that top out at “tick rates”of 144 Hz — the latter being roughly the lowest latencies can get on modern display panels.
Some of our picks offer solid performance on a budget, others offer additional speed, size, or luxury, in turn for higher fees. We will list what our recommendations excel at individually, so you can let your preferences decide what would be “the best 1440p monitor” for you. So, let’s get to listing.
ViewSonic is no stranger to great displays, including those for gaming. Their curved XG270QC delivers a 27 inches of QHD resolution (2560 x 1440), that clocks 165Hz over DisplayPort, with AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. Input latency is brought down to the 1 ms competitive standard, with additional technologies built-in to reduce motion blur and backlight flickering.
The price may feel on the higher end, but considering all the additional luxuries that ViewSonic brings, it’s not without a cause. The XG270QC supports DisplayHDR 400, with up to 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 color spectrum. In addition to gaming, you could easily retouch photos or edit video footage on this display.
ViewSonic also delivers an aesthetic to match the luxurious feel. Three of the four bezels are incredibly thin, while the overall build quality feels sturdy enough. To further benefit the electronic athlete, the screen even features an integrated mouse anchor on the right hand side, to serve as a handy mouse bungee. A built-in hook on the side makes
Combine that with adjustability of height, swivel, and tilt — and you got yourself a highly flexible 1440p all-rounder. If you’re into it, there’s even some adjustable RGB lighting behind and under the display panel as well.
Coming in at a slightly more affordable price, it’s MSI with their Optix range. MSI might still be “green” in the display market, but their gaming monitors have quickly made waves. The MSI Optix MAG272CQR underlines that, with its 27 inches of curved QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), offering refresh rates up to 165Hz. The monitor comes with AMD FreeSync support, and features an input latency as low as 1 millisecond.
The MAG272CQR misses only one beat, which comes down to its “HDR Ready” promise. This particular Optix display feigns it HDR compatibility by offering a 8-bit VA LED panel with dithering, which essentially boils down to an SDR display “faking” HDR. It’s still compatible with some HDR content, but it might fall flat against actual 10-bit (or higher) HDR.
If lifelike and dynamic color reproduction isn’t what you’re looking for, the MSI Optix MAG272CQR is still a beast. This display can elevate your competitive gaming to the next level, without cutting into your wallet like other esports-level displays do. MSI’s easy adjustability and sleek base are neat additions that you won’t find on many competitors.
As is the norm for their TUF range, ASUS made performance rather affordable, with their TUF VG27WQ1B. This 27” curved QHD monitor comes with quite some high-end technologies, while sparing your savings as much as possible. In turn, you get refresh rates up to 165 Hz, AMD FreeSync Premium, native HDR10 support, and input latencies as low as 1 millisecond. It’s quite a neat package, especially for its retail price point.
The display panel technology behind it, turns out to be IPS — often slower and more expensive than TUF makes it out to be here. And it makes use of that, too. The VG27WQ1B covers a whopping 120% of the sRGB color spectrum, with remarkable deep contrast.
It will, however, fall apart on actual HDR viewings. Even though the panel supports 10-bit color depth, some of the backlighting isn’t strong enough to make these deeper colors really pop. That’s not a shame for most competitive gaming, but do be warned, if you’re into console gaming, or HDR content in general.
Additionally, this affordable display also comes in a 32” size, featuring about the same specifications. Both TUF displays lack easy adjustment of height or swivel, but do feature VESA 100 holes to work with common monitor arms.
If anything stands out in LG’s gaming line-up, it’s probably their IPS technology. Through their proprietary panels, LG was the first to make IPS speedy enough for competitive gaming. LG’s flat 27” UltraGear 27GL83A-B features 1440p of deep colors, still performing at 144 Hz and 1 millisecond latency. Aside from support for AMD’s FreeSync, the 27GL83A-B is also natively supported by NVIDIA G-Sync.
Like many competitors, LG’s panels feature 10-bit color depth. LG surpasses some competition in screen brightness, although it does shoot short of an actual DisplayHDR rating. In turn, the 27GL83A-B covers up to 99% of the sRGB range, which isn’t all too bad either.
LG takes the cake in aesthetic and build quality, though. UltraGear displays might feature some “extra” touches on the back, but the front is rather clean and incredibly sturdy. The screen bezels are rather thin, and the screen is highly adjustable in height, tilt and rotation. It lacks any VESA mounting, but that’s hardly a shame with this sleek design.
If you’re looking for our most affordable pick, we would love to redirect you towards AOC. This Taiwanese brand is rather young, but has been making incredible performance-for-price products. The AOC CG27G2 is a testament to that, offering 27 inches of curved QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), at 144 Hertz and 1 ms response time, for a rather incredible price.
You might miss out on any HDR compatibility, but in turn, you get affordable and reliable esports performance. AOC’s proprietary VA panels feature wide viewing angles, sRGB coverage up to 120% and come with an extended 3-year warranty for any and all pixels. Even though the price is on the lower end, AOC ensures that these babies will outlast some of your other gaming peripherals.
The angular design of the stand, as well as the red accents, are something you either hate or love. Either way: if it’s affordable performance you seek, AOC is probably one of the first places to look.
So you like performance on a budget, but want to take it further? Go wide with AOC’s CU34G2X, a curved 21:9 aspect ratio UWQHD (3440 x 1440 pixels) display, still offering that sweet 144Hz refresh rate and 1 ms input latency. These ultra-wides come at slightly elevated prices, but even in this price range, AOC likes to punch above their weight.
These widened VA panels cut down their sRGB gamut ever so slightly, to a still neat 115% coverage — which boils down to 98% coverage of AdobeRGB. In other words, you could still use this gaming oriented beast for some ultra-wide video editing, if you feel like it.
It’s a shame AOC chose not to opt for any HDR capabilities. However, with its wide viewing angles, thin bezels, and clearly defined contrasts, the CU34G2X will still look amazing in most games.
It’s never the cheapest of options, but Samsung has effectively become “the Bentley of gaming monitors” with their Odyssey range. A recent addition to the Samsung Odyssey G9 line-up, is an impressive 49 inches of 32:9 ratio QHD display (5120 x 1440 pixels), which will easily fill up your entire desktop. And still, this Odyssey travels at 240 Hz refresh rates, under that ever so responsive latency of 1 millisecond.
In addition to its 1000R curved massiveness, Samsung shoots for the stars in other specifications too. Their proprietary QLED display panel is brighter and more colorful than most, coming in hot with a DisplayHDR 1000 rating from VESA. As such, this display is meant to be the final touch to the most luxurious of set-ups, with effectively two 16:9 displays in one. To no-one’s surprise, it supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro, as well as NVIDIA G-Sync.
That 32:9 ultra-wide beast might be overkill for some competitive games, but it’s without a doubt an interesting gaming experience nonetheless. Most competitive shooters rather have you use a 16:9 aspect ratio (and/or tweak your field-of-view to conform to that), but the Odyssey G9 is a blast to use in racing games, flight simulators, and immersive RPG’s, nonetheless.
If it’s all a bit much for you, Samsung’s got you covered with a slightly more affordable alternative. The CRG9 version features roughly the same form factor and resolution, but tops out at 120 Hertz and 4 ms response times. And still, even that screen is quite the “weird flex” in any given set-up.
BenQ’s most notable 1440p gaming monitor might be too “slow” for some competitive gamers, but it’s still noteworthy. The BenQ EX2780Q comes in at 27 inches of flatscreen QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels), clocking 144 Hertz, and 5 milliseconds of input latency. Most people won’t notice the five-fold delay to other recommendations on our list, but BenQ makes up for it, anyway.
If anything, BenQ excels at solid color reproduction, against reasonable pricing. The EX2780Q and its deep IPS panel comes with a DisplayHDR 400 certification, on which BenQ expands with some neat tricks. The integrated optical sensor “reads” lighting of the room, and can adjust the display to optimize your viewing experience in your current circumstances. The results range from true-to-life HDR viewing sessions, to late-night working without burning your eyes out.
In addition to its vivid 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut — enough for most photography enthusiasts — the EX2780Q comes with its own, solid sound set-up. Two 2 Watt speakers and a 5 Watt subwoofer are integrated within the screen, making this display a handy two-in-one solution for smaller set-ups. You probably would not want to master your mixtape on these speakers, but it’s good enough for some casual gaming.
That’s it for our recommendations on great 1440p monitors for gaming. True, it’s a lot of talk on Hertz-es and milliseconds, but that’s high-end gaming for you. Did you see anything that might suit your gaming needs? We would love to hear your take on our picks, and whether they could make an addition to your set-up.
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