Best 1440p 144hz Monitors for 2020

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Best 1440p 144hz monitors

If you read our article about the best graphics card for 1440p 144hz gaming and its popularity as the new gold standard for gaming, you are probably looking for the next necessary component to hitting that super high definition resolution and buttery-smooth refresh rate: the monitor.

Having a powerful graphics card and CPU are great, but if your monitor cannot output the frames your graphics card is sending to it, then you have a powerhouse computer that you can’t take advantage of fully. Most people don’t buy a Ferrari to drive only under 25mph, and you shouldn’t buy a powerful graphics card/CPU combo if you don’t plan on getting a monitor to match!

This guide will have a distinct gaming focusing because 1440p 144hz monitors are designed for gaming; there are very few other tasks that require the mixture of refresh rate and high definition that 1440p 144hz provides. Video/Photo editors will likely be looking at 4K 60hz screens with great color calibration, and programmers/coders or other workstation users will similarly find less use for 144hz and might gravitate towards high-quality 1080p or 1440p 75hz monitors to serve as second screens or to put into portrait mode.

With that in mind, this guide is to help you decide between the different 1440p 144hz monitors available on the market. Whether you are looking for an ultrawide, IPS, top-of-the-line monitor, or a more modest 24”, TN, Freesync screen, this guide has you covered.


Best 1440p 144hz Monitors – My Recommendations

AwardDesignModelSizePrice
Best Value Gaming 1440p 144hz MonitorDELL-S2719DGF-1440p-144hz-MonitorDell S2719DGF27"$300
Best Ultrawide 1440p 144hz MonitorLG-34GK950F-BLG 34GK950F-B34"$1000
Alternative Ultrawide 1440p 144hz MonitorAcer Predator X34Acer Predator Gaming X3434"$800
Best IPS 1440p 144hz MonitorAcer-Nitro-XV272U-PbmiiprzxAcer Nitro XV272U27"$450
Alternative IPS 1440p 144hz MonitorMSI Optix MAG241CMSI Optix MAG271CQR27"$370
Best Compact 1440p 144hz MonitorDell-S2417DGDell S2417DG24"$320
Alternative Compact 1440p 144hz MonitorAcer-XF240YUAcer XF240YU24"$330

Best Value Gaming 1440p 144hz Monitor

DELL S2719DGF

This category is likely the most difficult to award, and is also likely the most popular. But, based on a variety of different reviews from major tech YouTube creators and stories on forums like Reddit, the Dell S2719DGF is our choice for best price-performance pure gaming 1440p 144hz monitor.

The successor in many ways to the S2716DG, which was well-loved but also suffered from color banding issues, the S2719DGF offers an improved panel with a 1ms GTG response time, Freesync technology, a very capable included stand, Dell’s stellar 3 year warranty, and about as strong a color reproduction and contrast ratios as you will find for a TN panel. In addition, while not officially G-sync compatible, many users report no problems using the Freesync tech with Nvidia graphics cards to take advantage of adaptive sync. At 27inches, this monitor hits the sweet spot for 1440p definition, taking advantage of the real estate capabilities and pixel density of the resolution.

The reason we say this monitor is for pure gaming is its nature as a TN panel. Twisted Nematic panels are known for offering the fastest response times, as being the last expensive, and for their overclockability. Those are evident with this Dell monitor, as it officially supports up to 155hz (although some users report some minor ghosting issues when the overclock mode is selected). But, TN panels are also known for inferior viewing angles, weaker color reproduction/blacks reproduction, and inferior contrast to newer technology panels.

So for someone that may be doing some photo/video editing or lots of movie viewing with friends, the weaker colors and smaller viewing angles may push them to one of the monitors later on in the guide. But for someone looking for a main gaming monitor that offers great technology, a great stand (including VESA compatibility), and a strong warranty, all while staying around $300 on sale (which is very often), this monitor is very hard to beat.

PROS CONS
+ Bang-for-your-buck great value – Inferior color/black reproduction, compared to IPS and VA panels
+Ultra-fast response time and 155hz overclock mode – Inferior viewing angles, compared to IPS and VA panels
+ Best TN panel available – Not officially G-Sync compatible for Nvidia GPU users (but most users report no issues)
+ High-quality stand (tilt, swivel, portrait) VESA Compatible  
+ Dell 3-Year Warranty  

Best Ultrawide 1440p 144hz Monitor

LG 34GK950F-B

When we talk about ultrawide (3440 x) 1440p 144hz monitors, we are talking about very high-end gaming monitors that can easily cost as much as a top-of-the-line graphics card. Due to that high price point, there is only currently one true 144hz monitor on the market that counts as ‘ultrawide’ (34” or greater): the LG 34GK950F-B.

This monitor is truly a luxury screen. The IPS panel offers great color reproduction, Freesync should keep your gaming tear-free, and the curved screen should help avoid neck strain from having to shift your vision back and forth too much. The only thing missing is G-Sync for Nvidia die-hards, but there are reports that while not officially G-Sync compatible, the Freesync tech still works with Nvidia cards (YMMV).

With all of that screen space and those features, this monitor is not cheap at right around $1000-$1100. But if you are looking for the best of the best, this screen should be high on your list.

PROS CONS
+ Top-of-the-line IPS Panel with HDR400 tech – Very expensive
+Only Ultrawide with 144hz refresh rate – Slower Response Times than TN panels for pure gaming
+ Massive 3440 x 1440p screen with plenty of display real estate – Not officially G-Sync compatible for Nvidia GPU users (but most users report no issues)
+ High-quality stand (VESA Compatible)  

Honorable Mention – Acer Predator Gaming X34

Acer Predator X34

For this category, a few other monitors to check out if 120hz is enough and you don’t need the full 144hz experience (there is likely not much difference for most ultrawide users), check out the Acer Predator Gaming X34. Slightly less expensive, but including official G-Sync and an IPS panel, the Acer is more than enough monitor the vast majority of users.


Best IPS 1440p 144hz Monitor

Acer Nitro XV272U 1440p 144hz monitor

While some gamers are fine sacrificing some color reproduction for the absolute fastest response times (typically First Person Shooter or fast-twitch gamers), single-player gamers or color fanatics will not settle for a TN panel and will only use IPS displays. For them, we have the Acer Nitro XV272U.

The 27” IPS panel is top-notch and the monitor includes all the important features: Freesync technology, tiny bezels, USB passthrough, and a very sturdy stand that is also VESA compatible. The monitor also claims HDR400 tech, which many hype up as the next big thing in monitor technology and is a welcome inclusion, even if not everyone is sold on its current implementation. A final nice little feature is the inclusion of speakers. Although no audiophile will like their quality, it is always nice to have some built-ins for basic YouTube or web browsing sessions.

The only complaint some users had was some products exhibited the major IPS downside, ‘backlight bleed’. Backlight bleed refers to coloration of blacks, often on the edges or the corners of the display. Some Amazon comments show some pretty bad examples, but others had backlight bleed-free versions, so make sure to check carefully when your monitor arrives so you can request a replacement if your version suffers.

At $450, this display is quite a bit pricier than the Dell S2719DGF, but for many, the IPS panel is worth it. And it certainly is no-where near the price of the ultrawide models.

PROS CONS
+ High-quality IPS panel with strong color and black reproduction – Risk of Backlight Bleed
+Feature rich, including USB passthrough and Freesync – Slower Response Times than TN panels for pure gaming
+ High-quality stand (VESA Compatible) – Expensive

Honorable Mention – MSI Optix MAG271CQR

MSI Optix MAG271CQR

Honorable mention for this category goes to the MSI Optix MAG271CQR. Although not an IPS screen, this VA panel combines some of the strengths (and weaknesses) of both TN and IPS panels, and is curved for those that prefer a non-straight display. At almost exactly in-between the price of the TN and IPS options at $370, this VA display could be the perfect mix for the indecisive buyer.


Best Compact 1440p 144hz Monitor

Dell S2417DG

While 27” might be the sweet spot for many gamers, and 34” ultrawides might be top-of-the-line in terms of total display space, not everyone wants a monstrous screen on their desk. Some people sit quite close to their monitor as well, making too big a display difficult on their neck and eyes. For them, the Dell S2417DG, the smaller version of our top recommendation, is very compelling.

Similar to the S2719DGF, the S2417DG offers a great variety of features with a TN display at a very reasonable price. The color banding issues of the S2716DG have been mostly mitigated in later revisions, and the ultra-fast response times are perfect for fast-twitch gamers. The 24” version comes with G-sync, which is great for Nvidia gamers who want guaranteed compatibility, but means AMD graphics card users may need to look to our honorable mention below for their gaming needs.

At $320, the 24” version is about the same price as the 27” version depending on what type of sale you can find, but keeps the same 1440p resolution leading to a higher pixel density. If you are looking for a desk space saver or just prefer a smaller screen, the S2417DG should be at the top of your list.

PROS CONS
+ Compact design with High Pixel Density – Inferior color/black reproduction, compared to IPS and VA panels
+ Ultra-fast TN panel response times – Inferior viewing angles, compared to IPS and VA panels
+ High-quality stand (VESA Compatible) – Not Freesync compatible so adaptive tech will only work with Nvidia Cards
+ Good price-performance ratio – Risk of color banding in earlier revisions

Honorable Mention – Acer XF240YU

As this category has several great options, honorable mention goes to the Acer XF240YU which has a very similar feature set to the Dell monitor above and is similar in price, but has Freesync instead of G-Sync. The only reason we recommend the Dell first is because of a number of users reporting difficulties with the anti-glare coating on the Acer, which is a much heavier coating and has led to complaints about blurriness or color-shifting. However, if you have an AMD Graphics Card and will need Freesync vs. G-Sync, the Acer is definitely the option to consider.


Conclusion

AwardDesignModelSizePrice
Best Value Gaming 1440p 144hz MonitorDELL-S2719DGF-1440p-144hz-MonitorDell S2719DGF27"$300
Best Ultrawide 1440p 144hz MonitorLG-34GK950F-BLG 34GK950F-B34"$1000
Alternative Ultrawide 1440p 144hz MonitorAcer Predator X34Acer Predator Gaming X3434"$800
Best IPS 1440p 144hz MonitorAcer-Nitro-XV272U-PbmiiprzxAcer Nitro XV272U27"$450
Alternative IPS 1440p 144hz MonitorMSI Optix MAG241CMSI Optix MAG271CQR27"$370
Best Compact 1440p 144hz MonitorDell-S2417DGDell S2417DG24"$320
Alternative Compact 1440p 144hz MonitorAcer-XF240YUAcer XF240YU24"$330

As with any component, the most important part of choosing your monitor is deciding what you need and what your planned usage is. If you are a pure gamer and want to find the best price-to-performance ratio, the Dell S2719DGF offers a great package at a reasonable price. If your needs are perhaps more niche, and you either need a bigger or smaller screen, or want an IPS model, the other options on the list may fit your specific needs even better and should provide a glorious display for your glorious new PC.

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 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.

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