When the time comes to finally upgrade your monitor, usually after several years, you’ll likely be swamped with numerous new monitors that were released since you had gotten your old one. Some of the latest monitors include some quite exciting features such as a whopping 8K resolution, a new HDR10 format, upgraded adaptive sync technologies, and even new ports such as the USB type C. But, do we really need all of that right now and will our computer equipment be able to handle the requirements set by our new monitors?
Truth be told, nowadays, even some 4K resolution monitors cost less than the 1440p Quad HD monitors yet we’ll have no use of them unless we have the latest computer gear; in fact, even if we do, the smoothest possible performance won’t always be guaranteed. For instance, the already announced monitors such as the 4K 144Hz HDR gaming monitors, the ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ and the Acer Predator XB272-HDR, cannot surpass 60Hz at 4K even with the most powerful gear available to the common gamer today.
Even the 1440p resolution monitors haven’t quite yet become the new standard and replaced the 1080p Full HD monitors, but they’re well on the way to do so. That’s why we have carefully put this list together in which you’ll be able to pick your new ideal 1440p monitor, whether for gaming, photo editing, or all-around everyday use. We’ll make sure that you don’t overpay for features and tools you won’t need but rather provide you with a comprehensive list of all monitors with the right specifications for you including the ideal panel type, refresh rate, adaptive sync technology, features, etc.
It’s apparent that most of the 1440p monitors in the list feature a high refresh rate and the adaptive sync technology for the best gaming experience possible. The few monitors with a low refresh rate and no adaptive sync are much more affordable and are ideal for everyday use such as casual gaming and even professional designing and photo editing. We’ll mostly focus on the 1440p gaming monitors here and their features, but if you’re looking for a budget, casual, or photo editing 1440p monitor, you won’t be left out as we’ll cover them as well.
The list will be updated once new monitors are available and tested, but if we miss it or you feel like we’ve left out an exceptional 1440p monitor, let us know in the comments below. Some of the most anticipated 1440p monitors include a 31.5-inch curved FreeSync gaming monitor, the AOC AGON AG322QCX, the world’s thinnest monitor, the Dell S2718, and many more that were announced at the CES this year. Let’s cut to the chase.
Computer Equipment Requirements for Gaming on 1440p Resolution
First, you should make sure that your computer gear can handle 1440p gaming or else you’ll end up being forced to reduce the resolution and disable/lower most of the effects which will kill the purpose of having a high-resolution monitor. In order to play at low settings at 2560×1440, you’ll need at least the GTX 750 or the R7 370 graphics cards. Preferably, you’ll want the GTX 950 or the R9 380, and ideally at least the GTX 980 or the R9 390X for smooth high-quality gameplay at 60Hz.
When it comes to 1440p gaming at 144Hz, you are going to need at least the GTX 980Ti, the GTX 1070, or ideally the GTX 1080 graphics card and all the components it requires. Luckily, the adaptive sync technology will help your computer rig perform better by eliminating screen tearing, stuttering, and reducing input lag. Moreover, it will provide you with a more stable FPS (Frames Per Second) within its dynamic range.
FreeSync VS G-Sync
You should pick your new 1440p monitor according to the graphics card that you have or are planning to buy if you wish to benefit from the adaptive sync technology. The FreeSync feature can only be enabled if you have a compatible AMD graphics card while the G-Sync feature works only if you have a compatible Nvidia graphics card. Note that you can use a FreeSync monitor with a Nvidia graphics card and vise versa, but you won’t be able to activate the dynamic sync feature. The only big difference between the two technologies is the price since the same monitor with G-Sync can sometimes cost twice as much as the FreeSync monitor which is arguably unjustifiable.
In theory, G-Sync offers a wider dynamic range and more effective input lag reduction; moreover, it offers an extra feature called Ultra Low Motion Blur which reduces motion blur but cannot be used at the same time as the G-Sync. Opinions whether that’s worth the extra cost are divided. Bottom line is that both technologies will significantly enhance your gameplay, you can learn more about how these technologies function and whether they’re worth it here.
Refresh Rates: 60Hz, 144Hz, or 165Hz?
The next thing you should take into the consideration when purchasing a 1440p monitor for gaming is the refresh rate. The higher refresh rate monitors are mandatory for the high-end competitive FPS gaming as the monitor refreshes the image more than two times faster which in FPS video games results in a significant advantage. In fact, if you were playing an FPS game on a 60Hz monitor, you’d be shooting at targets which aren’t exactly where they appear to be as the picture takes two times more to refresh. Once you get used to a 1440p 144Hz rate monitor, you won’t be able to go back to the regular monitors. This brings us to our next decision, 144Hz vs 165Hz.
The noticeable difference between the two refresh rates can be invisible to some while critical to others. In the end, the professional gamers need to keep up with the latest gear in order to stay on par with their peers for their high-end competitive FPS games where every millisecond counts. As far as the unprofessional players are concerned, the 144Hz is just fine, but you can opt for the 165Hz straight away as their prices have dropped since they were first released. You shouldn’t upgrade from a 144Hz gaming monitor to a 165Hz one solely for the refresh rate increase unless you’re a high-end professional player. You can also check our list of gaming monitors arranged by refresh rates which include monitors with different screen resolutions as well. In addition, we invite you to check our gaming monitor buyer’s guide.
Since both the Acer Predator XB271HU and the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q are nearly identical monitors, they share the first spot for the best 1440p gaming monitor 2017. These ultimate gaming machines feature all the necessary specifications for the smoothest gameplay experience possible including the Nvidia G-Sync, 144Hz rate, and quick 4ms response time. When it comes to the image quality, both monitors feature the same IPS panel with 100% sRGB color space coverage which results in vibrant image quality with accurate and consistent colors and the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles. As far as performance is concerned, they offer the same input lag, response time, and the 144Hz rate which can be easily overclocked to 165Hz in the OSD menu of both monitors. In addition, unique gaming features such as the crosshair overlays and the FPS counter are present in both gaming monitors. Moreover, the 1440p resolution on 27-inch monitors results in high pixel density and vivid details.
At the end, as both monitors offer the same image quality, performance, and features, you can safely make your choice between the two solely on the aesthetics of the design without fearing you might’ve picked the lesser quality one. There’s also a minor difference in connectivity as the Acer XB271HU PC monitor features four USB ports while the ASUS PG279Q monitor has only two. They both have one DisplayPort, one HDMI port, the 2x2W built-in speakers, and a headphones jack. When it comes to the ergonomics, both monitors feature a wide range of possibilities including VESA mount, tilt, height adjustment, rotate, and swivel; however, the Acer features additional 30mm of height adjustment as well as 15 degrees of tilt but has a slightly less stable stand. The ASUS PG279Q display, on the other hand, offers a more user-friendly menu that’s navigatable with a joystick instead of buttons, a better calibration straight out of the box, and an overall slightly thinner bezel. This isn’t the first time we’ve put these two awesome monitors against each other, so you can check a more thorough comparison in our ASUS PG279Q Vs Acer XB271HU article.
Best 1440p Budget Monitor 2017
The Dell U2515H is one of the more affordable 1440p monitors that will also amaze you with its image vibrancy and crispness as well as with its extensive connectivity, thin-bezel design, exclusive features, and ergonomic functionalities. Firstly, this monitor features only 60Hz refresh rate and 8ms response time in normal mode or 6ms in the fast mode which means it’s not quite ideal for gaming but it will provide an amazing image quality in video games, nonetheless. If you’re on a tight budget and prefer image quality over gameplay performance, this could also be a great 1440p gaming monitor for you.
What it lacks for gaming, this monitor makes up with its feature for professional color-critical and multitasking use. Dell U2515H IPS monitor features an award-winning performance with 99% of the sRGB color gamut and it’s factory calibrated to delta E < 3. Besides offering accurate and consistent colors ideal for professional photography, the IPS panel also ensures the impeccable viewing angles of 178 degrees. The EasyArrange feature offers several different layouts for splitting the screen. Additionally, its thin bezel and extensive connectivity make for a seamless and efficient multi-display setup. Its connectivity includes two HDMI ports, a miniDisplayPort, a DisplayPort 1.2, and a DisplayPort out for daisy-chaining. Moreover, there are five USB 3.0 ports, four at the back and one with battery charging at the side.
Best 1440p G-Sync Gaming Monitors 2017
Other than the first on the list, the Acer XB271HU gaming display and the ASUS PG279Q G-Sync gaming monitors, there’s a cheaper alternative. Introducing the ViewSonic XG2703-GS which shares all of the key features like its two rivals, including the same AU Optronics IPS panel, the 144Hz refresh rate that is overclockable to 165Hz, and the same response time speed. In comparison to the PG279Q, everything from the panel type to the ergonomics and connectivity is identical, albeit a few features such as the crosshair overlay. Apart from its less appealing design, the ViewSonic XG2703-GS PC display delivers a stunning image quality and flawless gameplay experience at a lower price than its contenders.
The other excellent alternative is the Acer XB241YU. Unlike the previous monitors mentioned, this one features a TN panel instead of an IPS. This allows for the top-notch response time at 1ms which will entirely eliminate ghosting of the fast moving objects in the fast-paced FPS games, making it an ideal option for competitive players. However, TN panels have inferior color vibrancy and accuracy as well as less wide viewing angles, but if you’re looking for the most responsive gaming monitors that’s the price you gotta pay. Moreover, the Acer XB241YU TN monitor features 144Hz refresh rate that is also overclockable to 165Hz, fully ergonomic design with VESA mount compatibility, four extra USB 3.0 ports, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI port. The 1440p resolution on a 23.6-inch monitor provides a crisp image quality with expressive details due to the high pixel density which in addition to the 100% sRGB color gamut and proper 6-axis calibration results in an immersive and smooth gameplay experience that gives you the edge over your opponents.
Best 1440p G-Sync Monitors For Competitive Gaming
Continuing our list with the best monitors for the competitive gaming, we have the ASUS PG278QR and the Dell S2716DG. Naturally, for the smoothest and most responsive gameplay experience, both monitors feature the G-Sync technology, 1ms response time, and the 144Hz refresh rate. The PG278QR G-Sync monitor can be overclocked to 165Hz while the Dell monitor maxes out at 144Hz. Apart from that, both monitors provide a flawless gaming experience for the high-end professional FPS players. The image may have a bit less vivid details than the mentioned 23.8-inch Acer monitor but it surpasses that drawback with its wider overview of your enemies with a larger 27-inch screen. Both monitors offer one HDMI port and one DisplayPort for the G-Sync, the Dell S2716DG has four USB 3.0 ports whereas the PG278QR G-Sync display has only two.
The ASUS PG278QR monitor offers some extra gaming features as well including the ability to place an on-screen timer, FPS counter, and a crosshair overlay. Additionally, it features an air vent design at the back for cooling when the long gaming sessions start to heat up, and a LED light which can cast luminance on the ground. Moreover, there are several pre-calibrated picture presets for different activities such as Cinema, Scenery, sRGB, RTS/RPG, FPS, and Racing. ASUS states that you’ll need at least Nvidia GTX 960 to get up to 165Hz at 1440p. Naturally, for G-Sync and 165Hz to function, you’ll need to connect to the DisplayPort while the HDMI maxes out at 60Hz. Both monitors feature ultra-thin bezels ideal for multi-display gaming setups.
Best 1440p FreeSync Monitors For Competitive Gaming
The more budget-friendly, FreeSync gaming monitors, the ASUS MG278Q and the Acer XG270HU, deliver the same image quality and arguably identical performance. In fact, the ASUS MG278Q 1440p monitor is essentially the same monitor as the previously described ASUS PG278QR but with FreeSync instead of G-Sync, extra HDMI and DVI ports, and it costs over $100 less, although it is not overclockable to 165Hz but maxes out at 144Hz. So, if you already have a powerful and expensive Nvidia graphics card, the PG278QR is the monitor for competitive gaming for you. If you’re planning on buying both a monitor and a graphics card, make your choice after you’ve taken both things into the account.
The Acer XB270HU FreeSync display is a newer monitor but it lacks ergonomic functionalities as it can only be tilted by -5, 15 degrees and it’s not VESA mount compatible. Other than that, it features the same specs such as the built-in speakers, a 1ms response time of its TN panel, 144Hz, and thin bezel. It features a DisplayPort, two HDMI, and a DVI port. The only unappealing thing when it comes to this monitor is its distractive and colorful bottom bezel, as when it comes to the performance and image quality, it delivers what it promises.
Best 1440p FreeSync Gaming Monitors
The ASUS MG279Q and the Acer XF270HU are the same models as the previous two monitors except that they have IPS panels instead of the TN. This results in a slight blurring of the fast moving objects in the fast-paced FPS games since the response time of both monitors is 4ms, as opposed to the 1ms of TN panel monitors. However, the trailing of these objects is only bothersome to professional FPS players whereas regular gamers won’t even notice it most of the time. More importantly, these monitors have a more vibrant image quality due to more accurate and consistent colors as well as the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles.
Both monitors offer full ergonomic functionalities, including VESA mount compliance. The only difference lies in the connectivity options. The ASUS MG279Q features two HDMI ports with MHL support for mobile content streaming, a MiniDisplayPort, a DisplayPort, and two USB 3.0 ports. The Acer XF270HU IPS display features a DVI, a DisplayPort, an HDMI port with MHL, and four USB3.0 ports. Both monitors are flicker-free and have a blue light filter for hours to an end of playing without feeling eye fatigue. They also cover 100% of the sRGB color space, so professional photographers can do their work as well as enjoy smooth and immersive gaming.
Best 1440p Budget Gaming Monitors 2017
Well, by “budget” we mean a monitor that won’t break your bank but still provide you with an otherworldly gaming experience at 1440p with 144Hz, quick response time, and adaptive sync. Meet the Pixio PX277 monitor, the most affordable yet awesome 1440p gaming monitor with 144Hz and FreeSync. This monitor features an IPS panel and 4ms response time with the impeccable viewing angles. Moreover, it offers plenty of connectivity options including two HDMI ports, a DVI, a DisplayPort, and a MiniDisplayPort. In addition, it features two 5W built-in speakers and some exclusive features such as the LoS which places a custom crosshair overlay on your screen, Picture in Picture, Picture by Picture, and the Low Blue-light Filter. Its only flaws are the narrow dynamic range of FreeSync at 55-144Hz, and only tilt is available from ergonomics, although it is VESA mount compatible. You can read a more thorough review about it here.
The AOC AGON AG271QG, on the other hand, features G-Sync technology, a 4ms response time, IPS panel, and 144Hz refresh rate, overclockable to 165Hz. It offers the same connectivity options as its rivals including one HDMI, one DisplayPort, and four USB3.0 ports for the easy connecting of your keyboard, mouse, or controller devices. Additionally, it offers full ergonomic abilities including VESA mount compliance and pivot option. It also has Shadow Control feature which increases visibility in dark scenes and 2x2W built-in speakers. Overall, the AOC AG271QG 144Hz monitor offers an immersive and responsive gameplay experience and vibrant image quality at a significantly lesser price than its rivals.
Best 1440p Budget Monitors For Competitive Gaming
Next up, we have the AOC AGON AG271QX which is a version of the above mentioned AG271QG gaming monitor but with FreeSync instead of G-Sync, and IPS panel instead of TN. It is also available as a 23.8-inch version, the AOC AG241QX if you prefer higher pixel density to bigger screens. They may be pricey for budget monitors, but they’re significantly cheaper than their 144Hz FreeSync 1ms gaming monitors rivals yet they offer professional players all the tools their need to stay on par with their peers in the competitive FPS games.
In comparison to its IPS panel brother, the AOC AG271QX TN display is more affordable due to the FreeSync technology and has a quicker response time of 1ms. However, it cannot be overclocked to 165Hz, but thanks to its TN panel there’s less blurring of the fast moving objects. When it comes to the connectivity, it features a VGA, a DVI, an HDMI 1.4, an HDMI 2.0, audio line-in and out, 2x3W built-in speakers, two USB2.0, and two USB 3.0 ports. It also offers full ergonomic functionalities including the VESA mount support. In addition, it comes with a QuickSwitch Controller which is a little device that allows you to manage OSD settings and quickly swap between the presets.
Those who are looking for a G-Sync monitor for competitive gaming at a reasonable price should check out the Dell S2417DG WQHD display which is a 23.8-inch version of the already mentioned Dell S2716DG PC monitor and only differs in the screen size. Or a pricier alternative, but overclockable to 165Hz, the AOC AGON AG241QGgaming display, which features a TN panel with 1ms response time, as opposed to the 165Hz G-Sync AG271QX gaming monitor.
Best 1440p PC Gaming Monitor For E-Sports
Introducing the BenQ Zowie XL2730, the official MLG and many more eSports tournament’s choice for the main monitor when it comes to the professional and competitive FPS video games. Whether you’re playing CS: GO or Overwatch, the XL2730 delivers the impeccable gameplay experience with 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, low input lag, and FreeSync technology (although it’s not noted on their website). Furthermore, it offers plenty of ergonomic such as VESA mount and the headphones holder, and extensive connectivity options including a VGA, a DVI-DL, two HDMI, DisplayPort, three downstream USB ports, and audio line-out as well as a microphone jack.
When it comes to its features, the BenQ XL2730 FreeSync monitor offers the Black eQualizer that increases the visibility in the dark scenes, an anti-blur reduction mode (cannot be used at the same time as FreeSync), and the S. Switch device for easy OSD management. In addition, you can store your game modes on a USB flash drive and then copy and apply them to other BenQ Zowie monitors at tournaments. Although a TN panel, it features true 8-bit colors without any dithering and solid viewing angles. All in all, the BenQ Zowie XL2730 is THE monitor when it comes to professional eSports gaming.
Best 1440p Gaming Monitor With Bluetooth Connectivity
The Eizo Foris FS2735 is a smart gaming monitor and the very first monitor to incorporate a mobile application to function as a remote for the monitor. Whether you have an Android or iOS smartphone, you can connect them to the built-in Bluetooth Smart technology of the Eizo FS2735 IPS monitor and use it as a remote, or accept calls and gain e-mail notifications on-screen of the monitor. Besides offering you this unique ability, this monitor also provides a flawless gaming experience, versatile ergonomics, plenty connectivity options, and even more cool features. The Eizo FS2735 features the DisplayPort 1.2 for the 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync technology in addition to two HDMI, one DVI-DL, and two USB3.0 ports.
Besides managing calls, the G-Ignition software also allows you to manage your OSD settings in a desktop application rather than by OSD button as well as to import pre-calibrated presets made by professionals. The sleek design offers full ergonomic functionalities and VESA mount compatibility. When it comes to gaming performance, the FS2735 FreeSync monitor boasts 0.05-frame input lag which amounts to 0.35 milliseconds. In addition to the 4ms response time, flicker-free and low blue light screen, 144Hz refresh rate, and the FreeSync adaptive technology, it’s a flawless gaming machine. It also offers a blur reduction feature as well as the Smart Insight Demolition which increases visibility in too dark or too bright scenes. The IPS panel ensures the impeccable 178-degree viewing angles and highly accurate and vibrant colors.
Best 1440p Ultra-Wide Curved Gaming PC Displays
ASUS and Acer face each other once again, this time in a battle of giant 34-inch screens. Meet the ASUS PG348Q and the Acer Predator X34, G-Sync gaming machines with overclockable refresh rates to 100Hz. The smooth gaming performance is enriched by 10-bit (8-bit + FRC) IPS panel which ensures the impeccable viewing angles and vivid, accurate, and consistent colors that cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut. Besides sharing the same panel, G-Sync, and 100Hz specifications, both of these ultimate gaming monitors offer 4ms response time, same connectivity options including one HDMI, one DisplayPort, four USB 3.0 ports, and a cinematic ultra-wide image with 3800R curvature. The 3440×1440 resolution amounts to 35% more desktop space than the standard WQHD 2560×1440 resolution we’ve covered so far, and along with the 21:9 aspect ratio and 34-inch screen results in vibrant picture quality with rich pixel density at 109 pixels per inch.
So, you’re probably wondering which one is better; well, neither. People are satisfied with both and so were we. However, there are some minor differences that may help you make your decision. First, you should rule out deciding on the basis of reviews that complain about IPS glow and backlight bleed since that affects each panel individually, not entire series. Moreover, it’s expected to notice some glow at the corners when the image is pitch black at the highest brightness level as it’s the nature of the panel and doesn’t affect image quality in games, movies, etc. Both monitors offer the gaming features from their corresponding series such as the crosshair overlays, FPS counters, and on-screen timers.
Since both monitors are nearly identical in performance, people are free to make their choice according to the design preference. The Acer X34 G-Sync monitor offers extra tilt by -5, 35 degrees while the ASUS PG348Q provides slightly lesser degrees at -5, 20 but offers swivel ability to the left and right by 50 degrees. The PG348Q IPS display has 2x2W speakers whereas the Acer X34 has 2x7W. Both monitors are flicker-free and have a blue light filter. Lastly, the ASUS PG348Q monitor features a more friendly OSD menu that can be navigated with a joystick and a LED light that can emit ASUS logo at the base of the monitor while the Acer X34 features regular buttons and four different ambient lighting LEDs. All in all, both monitors are awesome and you cannot make a wrong decision. The price is usually the same as well unless one of them is on sale which can also help the decision.
Best 1440p FreeSync Ultra-Wide Curved Gaming Monitor 2017
The Acer Predator XR342CK FreeSync displayis essentially the Acer X34 monitor with the FreeSync technology instead of G-Sync which makes it significantly more affordable. The XR342CK FreeSync monitor is an upgraded model of the XR341CK and offers additionally swivel ability by 30 degrees to the left and right as well as a steeper 1900R curvature. However, it features a rather poor FreeSync range from 48Hz to 75Hz as opposed to a superior dynamic range of its predecessor the XR341CK which amounts to 30-75Hz. So, if you prefer a wider FreeSync range to extra ergonomic features and steeper curvature, the older model will suit you better. Apart from the mentioned specifications, these FreeSync monitors offer the same image quality, connectivity, and performance with 100Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time.
Top Rated 1440p 75Hz FreeSync Monitor
The HP Omen 32 may not be ultra-wide and curved like the monitors mentioned above, but it is giant with 32-inch in diagonal. Moreover, it’s available for a surprisingly affordable price considering its size. It features 2560×1440 QHD resolution, 5ms response time, and an AMVA+ panel with the impeccable viewing angles, a superior contrast ratio of 3,000:1, and vivid colors that cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut. When it comes to the connectivity, it offers a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and two USB 2.0 ports. It’s important to note that the 75Hz refresh rate is only achievable by AMD graphics cards while the Nvidia graphics cards max out at 60Hz and begin skipping frames beyond that. All in all, if you’re looking for an awesome and giant monitor, the HP Omen 32 FreeSync dispaly is a great choice for a quite an appealing price.
Best 1440p Ultra-Wide Curved Display For Everyday Use
If you like giant 34-inch ultra-wide curved monitors, but don’t intend to play demanding video games with the state-of-the-art gaming technology, you can settle with one these beauteous monitors. They don’t feature any adaptive sync technology, no exclusive gaming features, and have only 60Hz refresh rate, but are much more affordable. Still, video games, as well as movies, will appear more immersive than on any other type of monitor at this price range, especially RPG games. FPS games will run perfectly too, but not ideally for the professional competitive players.
The Dell U3415W monitor offers an amazing cinematic experience with only a subtle curvature of 1900R. Moreover, it provides extensive connectivity including a DisplayPort, a miniDisplayPort, a DisplayPort out (MST), an HDMI with MHL, and four USB3.0 ports. It features a thin bezel design with VESA mount and height, tilt, and swivel abilities. Its IPS panel delivers quick 5ms response time, accurate and consistent colors, however, the viewing angles are slightly less wide than expected since they amount to 178 degrees vertically and 172 degrees horizontally which are still sufficient for watching movies from most angles without any issues. The newer version of this model, the Dell U3417W, offers the same performance, but with flawless viewing angles, an extra HDMI port, built-in speakers of 9W each, and a more thinner design.
The LG 34UC97 display also offers the impeccable viewing angles and extensive connectivity options such as two HDMI, a DisplayPort, two ThunderBolt ports, headphones jack, and 2x7W built-in speakers. Additionally, it offers exclusive features such as the Dual Controller and Screen Split for seamless connection of multiple devices to one display and more manageable multitasking activities. In combination with its over 99% of sRGB color gamut, it’s ideal for professional photography and designing as well. However, it has no height adjustment option, but it is VESA mount compatible.
Best 1440p Budget Ultra-Wide Curved Gaming Monitor
If you’ve got your eyes on these 34-inch giant beauties, but the gaming ones are too expensive while the everyday ones don’t offer you enough gaming features, there is a solution. The Korean Microboard M340CLZ offers an immersive gameplay experience with a smooth and fluid performance at nearly half the price than its rivals. The Microboard M340CLZ PC monitor features 100Hz refresh rate, FreeSync technology, and Samsung VA panel with a superior contrast at 3,000:1 for a superior relation between the darkest and the brightest colors. Unlike its rivals, it features a more subtle curvature of 1800R. When it comes to the connectivity, it offers a DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, and a DVI port, it also comes with a power adapter converter. The VA panel delivers worse quality colors and slower response time at 8ms, 4ms in the overdrive, which makes it unsuited for professional color critical work. Furthermore, the response time speed will cause some ghosting of the fast moving objects which is acceptable for its price; professional players will be bothered by it, but casual gamers can easily neglect it – after all, you’re paying nearly two times less than you’d for a more popular brand 34-inch ultra-wide curved gaming monitor, yet it offers a stunning ultra-thin design with awesome image quality and performance.
Amazing 1440p Ultra-Wide Curved Gaming Display
One of the first 1440p monitors released in 2017 was the HP Omen X 35 gaming monitor, a bigger brother of the Omen 32 we’ve mentioned. It features a giant 35.03-inch screen, 100Hz refresh rate, G-Sync, and a VA panel. It’s capable of delivering an immersive gaming experience with its 1800R curved screen and the VA panel that delivers a superior contrast ratio of 2,500:1 and rich colors that cover 100% of the sRGB. As far as connectivity is concerned, it only offers one HDMI and one DisplayPort as well as three USB3.0 ports and an audio jack at the side bezel. When it comes to the design, its ultra-thin bezel along with the ambient lighting make for an engaging appearance. It has VESA mount, the headphones holder, and anti-glare coating. It can be tilted by -5,23 degrees and height adjusted by 6 inches although at the maximum height the heavy screen slides a bit down the stand riser, nothing drastic. Another drawback is the only one year warranty. Nonetheless, its design, image quality, and performance are mesmerizing.
Best 1440p Overclockable Gaming PC Monitors
There are several more excellent Korean alternative monitors like the one mentioned above. The X-Star DP2710, the Qnix QX2710, and the Tempest X27OCmonitors cost as much as regular 60Hz 1440p monitors, but can be overclocked to over 100Hz and turned into an amazing gaming machine for a budget price. The X-Star and the Qnix PC monitors feature Samsung PLS panels which are similar to IPS as they offer the same impeccable 178-degree viewing angles, but a bit less accurate colors and slower response time. The X-Star monitor offers only one DVI-D Dual Link port, two built-in speakers of 3W each, 8ms response time, and it can reach steady 110Hz. It is VESA mount compatible and can be tilted.
The Qnix display features a glossy surface and can be overclocked a bit beyond 105Hz; it features an HDMI and a DVI-D port. Lastly, the Tempest monitor features a glossy surface as well and has an IPS panel for accurate colors, flawless viewing angles, and solid response time speed. It can be overclocked to around 120Hz and it supports VESA mount with tilt and swivel abilities. Its response time amounts to 8ms and it only has one DVI port. If you ever come across any of these monitors, know that they offer exceptionally high refresh rates, low input lag, and perfect picture quality that’s worth much more.
Best 1440p Monitors For Professionals
The Dell UltraSharp U2717Dis an ideal monitor for color-critical work. It’s factory calibrated to Delta < 2 and covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut. Moreover, it features an attractive thin bezel design that’s only 7.3 mm thick at the top and 8.4 mm at the sides. The Dell U2717D IPS monitor also offers extensive connectivity and full ergonomic functionalities including the ability to tilt and VESA mount. There are four USB3.0 ports, an audio line-out, an HDMI with MHL support, and the DisplayPort in, mini, and out for daisy-chaining. It only provides 60Hz refresh rate and 6ms response time in the fast mode which makes it unsuited for gaming, although video games look ravishing on this display. Naturally, the IPS panel is responsible for the accuracy and consistency of colors as well as the impeccable viewing angles. The screen of the monitor is covered with a 3H anti-glare coating in order to eliminate the sunlight reflection.
Since the Dell U2717D monitor covers everything a professional of any kind might need, including plenty of connectivity and ergonomic possibilities, factory calibration, and a sleek ultra-thin bezel ideal for multi-display, the Acer BE270Uis not its rival but rather an alternative for those professionals who like playing video games too. Keep in mind that the Acer BE270U FreeSync monitor is not factory calibrated, but once it’s properly calibrated it can cover 100% of the sRGB color gamut. It also offers plenty of connectivity options including two HDMI with MHL, DisplayPort in, mini, out, and four USB3.0 ports as well as built-in speakers. Moreover, it offers higher refresh rate at 75Hz and FreeSync technology with 48-75Hz range. All in all, it’s a perfect choice for those who dwell on whether to get a professional or gaming monitor as with the Acer BE270U PC monitor they can do both and enjoy a remarkable image quality and smooth performance.
Best 1440p 16:10 Professional Monitor
Although it features a 2560×1600 resolution, it’s still technically a 1440p monitor but with a 16:10 aspect ratio which results in extra vertical space on your desktop. The Dell UP3017is factory calibrated to Delta E < 2 as well, and it covers 99% of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, Rec709, and DCI-P3 color spaces. In combination with its spacious display and highly accurate and vibrant colors of the IPS panel, the Dell UP3017 display is nothing short of perfection when it comes to professional designing, photography, and alike. Additionally, it offers full ergonomic functionalities and extensive connectivity including two HDMI 1.4 ports, four USB3.0 ports, two of which support fast charging, DisplayPort in and out, and a miniDisplayPort. It also makes connecting of multiple monitors easy with its Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes in the user-friendly OSD menu. With 8ms response time and 6ms in the fast mode, fast-paced FPS games reveal some ghosting and trailing, but for casual gaming the image quality and performance is mesmeric.
As you can see, when it comes to 1440p gaming, there are many monitors with similar names but very different specifications and we hope we’ve cleared away the confusion by this list in which you can easily pick your ideal monitor in accordance with your personal preference of the panel type, refresh rate, and the adaptive sync. Luckily, there’s usually more than one monitor for each category, meaning that sometimes you can choose the monitor solely on the basis of its design and appearance! These are the best 1440p monitors available at the moment whether for gaming, everyday or professional use. If you have any questions or feel like we’ve left out a great 1440p monitor let us know in the comments below. For a more thorough review of the each monitor, you can search it on our website. We’ll keep the list updated as new monitors are released and we get a chance to test them or when new deals and sales are announced.