If you are a reader of the site, you might be familiar with our ‘standards of gaming’: Gold for 1440p 144hz, Silver for 1080p 144hz, and Bronze for 1080p 60hz. We like this description because it gives a pretty clear understanding of the most common gaming standards today, and the approximate cost/power needed for each (Gold being the most, Bronze the least). But this description isn’t quite perfect, as there are at least two less common standards that are still worth talking about. Today, we are going to look at a specialized standard that is great at what it does, and not-so-great at what it doesn’t: 1080p 240hz. And if you want to hit that high definition resolution and super fast refresh rate, you’re primarily look at one main specialized piece of kit: the monitor.
1080p 240hz is a pretty niche standard. The difference between 240hz and 144hz isn’t as stark as 144hz and 60hz, so most people prefer to try and put power into increasing resolution to 1440p instead of increasing refresh rate to 240hz. However, for specific gamers that play well-optimized, fast-twitch, competitive multi-player games where speed is everything, 240hz helps eke out every possible advantage. The classic game where gamers search ultra fast 240hz refresh rates (with rigs that can keep up) is Counter-Strike, but other fast-twitch shooters could also see the same benefit of having an extra frame to react to your opponent vs a 144hz gamer.
So while a 144hz monitor won’t hold back the majority of gamers, some specialized users are looking for the fastest reaction times possible. That means a CPU/GPU capable of pushing at least 244 frames per second (something that most modern combos can do for older or well-optimized games like CS:GO), but also a display unit that can keep up. Hence our article today on the best 1080p 244hz monitors that will give you every competitive edge possible for your fast-twitch multi-player games.
With that in mind, this guide is to help you decide between the different 1080p 240hz monitors available on the market based on your preferences and budget. Let’s take a look at some of the best options available:
Best 1080p 240Hz Monitors – My Recommendations
Best Overall Gaming 1080p 240Hz Monitor
This is likely going to be controversial as different people have different opinions when it comes to monitors, such as TN vs. IPS, but for a fast-twitch gaming monitor, we feel pretty comfortable with our recommendation. If you are looking for 1080p 240hz, you aren’t necessarily looking for the best fine detail, or most vibrant colors. If that was the case, you would probably consider 4K or at least 1440p monitors. This is an assumption, but for most 240hz, you are looking for the quickest overall monitor available for maximum responsiveness to get that competitive edge. With that in mind, we recommend the Acer XF250Q.
Acer is a company that needs no introduction for any gamers. One of the biggest monitor manufacturers, amongst other computers/parts, Acer is known for producing well thought out, reliable products that eschew over-the-top designs in favor of subtle hardware with reasonable price points. This particular monitor is a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, which means that you sacrifice some vibrancy and viewing angle breadth in favor of a 1ms GTG (gray-to-gray) response time and a very low chance of ghosting, even at this wicked fast 240hz refresh rate. There are other TN monitors that use the same base panel and offer similar features, but the combination of extras (like a good base stand, built-in speakers, Freesync, etc.) and eye-catching design make this our choice for overall best 1080p 240hz monitor. At 24.5”, this monitor has a nice pixel density for 1080p, ensuring your 240hz are still in a very nice FullHD resolution.
And while other companies may offer similar specifications, the XF250Q does it at a very attractive price point. Coming it right around $230, this 240hz display is not super expensive as some niche products tend to be. This ultra-fast gaming display is less expensive than almost all 1440p 144hz displays for example. So for someone that wants to get the edge and can push 240fps, this display is a great option.
As we mentioned, there are several other monitors on the market that allow for similar specifications, and while we like the XF250Q best for its great combination of features and affordable pricing, some of the other choices are strong contenders as well. In particular, Alienware (a well-known gaming manufacturer now owned by Dell), offers a 1080p 240hz monitor: the AW2518HF. It’s a bit pricier, but also sports a more stylized design. So if you have around $20 more and want something with a bit more bold of a silhouette, the AW2518HF may be a good monitor to consider.
Best G-Sync 1080p 240Hz Monitor
While both monitors above offer Freesync (the AMD Adaptive Sync variant) that almost always plays nicely with newer Nvidia cards, some users prefer to stay within the Nvidia family and go for the Team Green Adaptive Sync function, G-Sync. Adaptive Sync is a huge improvement, especially at high refresh rates, as it stops momentary drops in FPS from causing stuttering or tearing on your display. And while many feel that Freesync is a perfectly capable solution, hardcore Team Green fans say that G-Sync is a better implementation of the technology. So for those looking to stay within the Nvidia ecostystem and want the best g-sync 1080p 240hz monitor available today, we recommend the ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q.
Everything we said about the advantages of the monitors above are equally true for PG258Q. It shares a similar TN display and similar features, offering some additional advantages with its interesting stand and VESA compatibility as well. But really, the reason to get this monitor is to pair with your Nvidia card to take advantage of G-Sync. As a reminder, AMD cards are not compatible, so don’t even consider this monitor if you are using a Radeon GPU. And even if you do have an Nvidia card, G-Sync has one major downside: price. All else being equal, G-Sync monitors can be price $100 or more over a Freesync monitor.
This monitor is the epitome of a great G-Sync monitor. It boasts top-notch specs and includes the Team Green Adaptive Sync implementation that offers nothing to complain about. But it’s also embodies the downsides of G-Sync. Whereas the XF250Q costs $230, the PG258Q is more than double at $480. You get an absolutely stellar monitor for that price, but it is something to consider. If you do have the cash and an Nvidia graphics card, the PG258Q is our monitor choice to push beautiful 1080p frames at the ultra-fast 240hz rate.
Best IPS 1080p 240Hz Monitor
Many gamers looking at a 240hz refresh rate will be in it for speed and responsiveness. And for a long time, speed and responsiveness were automatically the realm of TN. But with recent tech improvement, IPS (intra-planar switching) monitors are quickly catching up. And unlike TN screens that are not able to provide overly vibrant colors or great viewing angles, IPS monitors are beautiful in their color reproduction and easily viewed from a variety of angles. So while some gamers will stick with the tried-and-true TN panels to avoid even the hint of ghosting, some color fanatics will make the switch to IPS, trusting the new tech. For them, we recommend the new Alienware AW2720HF.
The AW2720HF is a marvellous piece of new technology. The ultra-fast 240hz refresh rate is coupled by what Alienware claims is true 1ms GTG responsiveness, something previously unthinkable for an IPS display. The monitor includes all the typical hallmarks of Alienware monitors, including great Freesync technology, a beautiful stand, and an attractive minimalist thin-bevel display. It seems an odd match to go for a monitor designed for speed and then coupling it with an IPS display, but if the tech claims are true and there is no motion blur or ghosting, even at 1ms and 240hz, then this IPS monitor could be the TN-killer that compels many gamers to switch sides.
And even better, this IPS monitor doesn’t seem to suffer from one of the other major downsides of IPS displays: the price! While not as inexpensive as the XF250Q, the AW2720HF is still very affordable for a 27” 240hz display at $350. IPS or TN, this price is not unreasonable for all the features it includes. And since it is IPS, we would go so far as saying this is a great deal, hence our recommendation as the best IPS 1080p 240hz monitor.
Best 27″ 1080p 240Hz Monitor
Alright yes, the monitor we just talked about is a 27” display. But, if you are still not sold on IPS for fast-twitch gaming, or don’t quite have the budget for a $350 monitor, there exist some great choices at this size with your more standard TN panel that won’t cost you quite as much. For our best 27” (non-IPS) 1080p 240hz monitor, we recommend the LG 27GK750F-B.
LG is another one of the major display manufacturers, and they seem to fly under the radar for gaming displays. Many of their displays boast similar specifications, but because they tend to avoid marketing or designing specifically to hardcore gamers, they are not often thought of in the same way as Alienware or ASUS ROG. But this is a shame, as LG monitors are perfectly capable, and the 76GK759F-B (quite the mouthful!) is no different. Amongst all the monitors we have in this article, this is the only one that is certified G-Sync Compatible, meaning it works equally well with Nvidia and AMD cards using the Freesync adaptive sync standard. Nvidia doesn’t certify all monitors, and not all monitors that work are certified, but it’s a nice guarantee to know that you are paying for Freesync, but getting G-Sync style quality even with an Nvidia card. On top of that, the monitor has a typically well-built design with a nice stand, USB 3.0 ports, and all of the now standard in-display technology.
So if you prefer TN panels for your 240hz display, or don’t quite have $350 to spend, this monitor is a great option for a 27” display. It won’t have the pixel density of a 24” option, but if you sit a little bit farther away, you won’t tell any difference and may enjoy the larger real estate of your display. At $300 new or $245 through the Amazon Renewed option, this a great monitor that won’t break the bank.
As you can see from the categories above, even if 1080 240hz is more niche than the omnipresent 1080p 144hz or even 1440p 144hz, there are still plenty of great options to choose from based on your particular needs. 240hz remains specialized, targeting fast twitch gamers with powerful rigs that can take advantage of the ultra-fast refresh rate to eke out a competitive edge in fast-twitch online multiplayer games.
As always, make sure you check full specifications before buying and avoid buying from unknown third party sellers that may sell you out-of-warranty products. And a final word on buying: beware of Newegg! Their 8-dead-pixel return policy for monitors is very strict, and if you want to be sure your new monitor suffers from zero defects (or if it has even a single stuck/dead pixel, to be able to send it back for a replacement), stick with Amazon or other major retailers with better return policies.