The Best 1440p Gaming Monitors (2021 Reviews)

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For many, it may feel like it was only yesterday that a stable 60 FPS in 1080p was the ultimate goal for gaming enthusiasts, but it’s 2021 already, and the bar has been raised drastically over the past decade.

Monitors with high, triple-digit refresh rates are growing more and more popular, and with hardware getting better and better, 1080p is in the process of being replaced by 1440p as the best resolution for PC gaming.

So, if you’re shopping for a new monitor right now, chances are you’ll have your sights set on a 1440p panel.

Granted, 1080p is still relevant for those who are on a tight budget or are prioritizing performance over visuals, and 4K is bound to be more appealing to those who want to get the best graphics that they can and are willing to spend extra, but 1440p presents the best middle ground and offers the best of both worlds.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best 1440p gaming monitors that you can buy in 2021!

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LG 27GL850

LG 27GL850
  • 144Hz IPS panel
  • 1ms response times
  • G-Sync Compatible
premium pick

Dell AW2721D

Dell Alienware AW2721D
  • 240Hz IPS panel
  • DisplayHDR600 with local dimming
  • G-Sync Ultimate
budget pick

AOC CQ27G2

AOC CQ27G2
  • 144Hz VA panel
  • Affordable

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The Pros:

  • Solid VA panel for the money
  • High refresh rate
  • Approachable price

The Cons:

  • Limited peak brightness
  • Not the best black uniformity
  • Some ghosting and black smearing

The first monitor on the list comes from AOC, a popular monitor manufacturer that has recently been offering some very good budget solutions, which includes the AOC CQ27G2 that we’ll be taking a look at first.

While not as high-profile as some high-end monitors, the CQ27G2 is easily identifiable as a gaming monitor thanks to the red highlights that go quite well with the matte black exterior. It also features a curved screen with very thin bezels, as well as an adjustable stand, so it leaves little to be desired in that respect, especially in this price range. Moreover, it’s good in the ergonomics department too, as it supports height, tilt, and swivel adjustment.

Taking a look at the actual display, we find a solid VA panel that boasts a 144Hz refresh rate and offers deep contrast, all the while the aggressive 1500R curved screen adds an extra sense of immersion. However, the peak brightness is a bit disappointing and the viewing angles are limited, although the latter is the result of the aforementioned curved screen.

AOC also advertises this monitor as having a 1ms response time, although this is MPRT rather than GtG, essentially meaning that it can achieve such low response times with Motion Blur Reduction (MBR) enabled. However, MBR relies on backlight strobing, and thus limits the brightness of the display, so it’s not an ideal solution. On the bright side, the ghosting and black smearing issues that are common in VA panels are unlikely to be a big issue unless you’re an enthusiast who is used to high-performance monitors.

Finally, the monitor also features AMD FreeSync, which will ensure smooth and stutter-free gameplay in the 48-144Hz range, all the while it also features Low Framerate Compensations (LFC), a feature that is there to ensure your gaming experience remains smooth even if the framerate dips below the lower limit.

Overall, while it is by no means perfect, the AOC CQ27G2 is bound to be a great pick for those who are trying to make the jump to 1440p but are on a limited budget. Keep in mind that, if you’re mainly concerned with performance and are pinching pennies, a high-performance 1080p monitor could be a better pick!

The Pros:

  • Quality VA panel with great contrast
  • Solid performance
  • HDR support
  • G-Sync Compatible

The Cons:

  • Somewhat dubious value
  • No swivel

Moving on, we have a similar monitor that comes from a popular hardware manufacturer that is yet to establish a proper footprint in the monitor market. Namely, we’re talking about Gigabyte, and their excellent G32QC.

While the thin bezels give the monitor a very sleek look, Gigabyte took a more reserved approach with the design, and so the G32QC has no stark red highlights, but there are many gamers who would probably prefer it that way. Sadly, though, the ergonomics aren’t that great here, as the monitor lacks swivel adjustment, which is really our biggest qualm when the design is concerned.

Taking a look under the hood, the G32QC is quite similar to the AOC CQ27G2 at first glance: it is a 32-inch screen with an aggressive 1500R curve and a VA panel, which means enhanced immersion but somewhat limited viewing angles. And, as is always the case with VA panels, it offers good contrast and has a 1ms MPRT response time. It’s pretty much what you’d expect performance-wise, with some slight ghosting that’s, fortunately, easily manageable with pixel overdrive and/or MBR.

Now, a feature that some might get particularly excited about is HDR support. However, as you might expect considering the monitor’s DisplayHDR400 certification, the HDR is nothing to marvel at due to limited brightness and a lack of local dimming, but it’s still a good feature to have for viewing HDR content.

Furthermore, the monitor’s version of FreeSync even comes with HDR support, in addition to LFC, meaning that you can play games in HDR with FreeSync enabled no problem. Plus, it’s also certified as G-Sync Compatible, which is great news for Nvidia users.

Overall, the Gigabyte G32QC is clearly something of a middle-ground solution between budget and mid-range 1440p gaming monitors.  It’s not quite as approachable price-wise as some other solutions and it can’t really compete with the more expensive models when it comes to the overall performance or image quality. Nonetheless, it is a great monitor for the money, especially for those who may consider this price point to be a “sweet spot” for their budget.

The Pros:

  • Well-balanced IPS panel
  • Great color reproduction
  • HDR support
  • G-Sync Compatible

The Cons:

  • Limited adjustability
  • Not the best contrast
  • Potentially dubious value

The next entry on the list also comes from Gigabyte—the Gigabyte G27Q—and while it may be almost indistinguishable from the G32QC at first glance, there are some major differences under the hood that are bound to make it a much more appealing option for some gamers.

With the above in mind, the G27Q features a similar, inconspicuous exterior that’s far from aggressive but still makes the monitor come across as a quality product. Sadly, as with the previous monitor, the stock VESA stand only supports height and tilt adjustment, so the ergonomics do leave some things to be desired. However, the monitor does make up for this shortcoming when we take a look at the panel itself.

With a 144Hz IPS display, the Gigabyte G27Q strikes a beautiful balance between visuals, performance, and pricing. While the monitor still only comes with a specified 1ms MPRT response time, the panel feels more responsive compared to its VA counterpart, all the while offering more accurate color reproduction. Granted, this does come at the expense of contrast (and potentially, screen size and curvature for those who keep them high on their priority list).

Moreover, the G27Q also comes with HDR support and a DisplayHDR400 certification, and while it can achieve good peak brightness and has good color reproduction in HDR mode, the lack of local dimming is even more evident here due to the IPS panel’s lower native contrast. Finally, the monitor also comes with FreeSync, offering both HDR support and LFC, as well as G-Sync compatibility. The range is a bit narrower at an unusual 57-144Hz, but it shouldn’t be much of an issue.

At the end of the day, the Gigabyte G27Q isn’t so much an improvement compared to the G32QC as it is an alternative. Both monitors are balanced mid-range solutions that will undoubtedly be a good fit for someone who is looking to get a good bang for their buck, with the G27Q being the more responsive model with better colors, while the G32QC is the larger model with a curved screen and better contrast.

As before, though, it’s not perfect, so those who are on a tight budget might be inclined to go with something cheaper while those with more cash to spare could get more out of a slightly pricier solution.

The Pros:

  • Quality IPS panel
  • Very fast response times
  • G-Sync Compatible

The Cons:

  • No swivel adjustment
  • Disappointing HDR

Moving on, we get to some more serious (and more expensive) solutions, starting with a monitor that comes from one of the biggest names in the monitor and TV markets—the LG 27GL850.

Much like the previous two monitors from Gigabyte, the LG 27GL850 isn’t too aggressive in terms of design—it does feature red highlights on the back, but it is mostly covered in simple matte black plastic. On the practical side of things, it’s more adjustable, with height, tilt, and pivot adjustments, although swivel adjustment is still missing.

However, it’s easy to forgive this shortcoming when you consider the capabilities and features of the panel.  Much like the G27Q, this is a 144Hz IPS panel, but with some notable improvements. Something that performance-minded gamers will be happy to know is that it features a 1ms GtG response time, in addition to the usual benefits offered by this panel technology i.e., the excellent colors and wide viewing angles.

As you’d expect, the monitor also supports HDR, albeit it’s even more lacking than in the case of the G27Q, as it doesn’t even meet the DisplayHDR400 certification. So, with the limited peak brightness and mediocre contrast, it really doesn’t even come close to delivering a proper HDR experience. On the bright side, the monitor is certified as G-Sync Compatible, which is great news for Nvidia users who can’t afford a G-Sync monitor.

With all of the above in mind, it’s clear that the LG 27GL850 is a well-rounded monitor that certainly delivers on both the performance and visuals fronts, with limited adjustability and lacking HDR being its primary shortcomings. Still, these aren’t likely to be deal-breakers for most gamers who don’t really care for HDR and are looking for a monitor that is both fast and can deliver vibrant, immersive visuals, so it’s still a very appealing option for many at its current price point.

The Pros:

  • Stunning, high-performance IPS panel
  • Solid HDR with local dimming
  • Appealing design
  • G-Sync Compatible

The Cons:

  • A bit pricey
  • No pivot adjustment

No list of gaming products would be complete without at least one entry from Asus, and as we move up the price ladder, we get to a very appealing option from their popular Republic of Gamers brand—the Asus ROG Swift PG329Q.

While not as eye-catching as some other products from this series, the PG329Q definitely stands out when compared to the other monitors we’ve taken a look at so far. With its slim bezels, unique stand design, extensive patterns on the back, and the indispensable RGB-lit ROG logo, this monitor will undoubtedly speak to those who like peripherals that stand out. The monitor is also highly adjustable, albeit it lacks pivot adjustment, which is not a major shortcoming but is still worth noting, considering the price.

Now, as you might expect, the actual display is nothing to scoff at—a factory-overclockable 175Hz IPS panel with a 1ms GtG response time is many a gamer’s dream. Not only that, the monitor is DisplayHDR600-certified and it actually features 16-zone local dimming. Granted, it still can’t compete with high-end HDR TVs, but there is a drastic increase in HDR image quality compared to some of the cheaper monitors listed here.

On top of that, this monitor is G-Sync Compatible, but it also features Asus’ proprietary technology called ELMB Sync, which stands for “Extreme Low Motion Blur”. Essentially it is an MBR feature that relies on backlight strobing but can be enabled at the same time as VRR, unlike regular MBR modes.

With all that said, the Asus ROG Swift PG329Q is truly a remarkable monitor for the money, despite its shortcomings, which are relatively minor. It delivers superb image quality and excellent performance, along with decent HDR. Sure, it is on the pricey side compared to the more affordable monitors we’ve taken a look at so far, but it is well worth the cost, considering its performance and feature set.

The Pros:

  • Great-looking, high-performance IPS panel
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • Good HDR image quality
  • G-Sync Ultimate

The Cons:

  • On the expensive side
  • Mediocre contrast

Next up, we have a very strong entry from Dell, and it’s a monitor belonging to their famous Alienware brand—the AW2721D.

The monitor looks quite good and stands out among the competition with its uncommon black-and-white exterior and RGB lighting, all the while being fully adjustable for tilt, height, swivel, and pivot. So, while not everyone will be a fan of the two-tone approach, there is very little to complain about here as far as the design is concerned.

When we look at the panel itself, you’ll find that there is little to complain about there either: you’re looking at a truly superb IPS panel that not only delivers amazing, lifelike colors and wide viewing angles but also packs a maximum 1ms GtG response time and a 240Hz refresh rate that is bound to catch the eye of any performance-oriented gamer. On top of all that, the monitor comes complete with G-Sync Ultimate and all the premium features that it brings along.

When HDR support is concerned, the AW2721D is DisplayHDR600-certified, much like the Asus ROG PG329Q, although it has better local dimming, with a total of 32 zones compared to the Asus monitor’s 16. Considering the mediocre contrast that you usually get with IPS panels, this is great news if you plan on playing games in HDR or just viewing HDR content.

With all that said, the Dell AW2721D is very close to being a have-your-cake-and-eat-it sort of monitor, as it has all of the important bases covered. However, as you’d expect, this also means that it is fairly expensive, and that’s the main reason why the monitor will primarily appeal to enthusiasts and gamers with somewhat deeper pockets.

The Pros:

  • Stunning visuals thanks to great VA panel and QLED
  • Superb performance
  • Available in two sizes
  • G-Sync Compatible

The Cons:

  • Design won’t agree with everyone
  • Expensive
  • HDR could be better

And last but definitely not least, we come to a stunning monitor from another big name in the display world: the Samsung Odyssey G7.

Design-wise, it is probably the most conspicuous monitor on this list, with its angular design and popping RGB lighting on the front and the back.  It’s definitely on the extreme side of things, as far as gaming peripherals are concerned, so while some are bound to appreciate the way it looks, others will undoubtedly find it too ostentatious for their liking. It even comes with full ergonomic adjustability and is readily available in both a 27-inch and a 32-inch variant

Naturally, though, if you’re shopping in this price range, you’ll be more concerned with the practical side of things, and the Odyssey G7 is more than impressive on that front.

First, the display features an extremely aggressive 1000R curve that you’ll seldom find in monitors, and whether this is a good or a bad thing is entirely subjective—some like the added sense of immersion, while others don’t much care for it or outright dislike it for limiting the monitor’s viewing angles.

Second, as you may have expected from the curved screen, the monitor features a VA panel. And it is a top-of-the-line panel that is more than up to par on both the visuals and performance fronts. Namely, it offers great contrast, as VA panels always do, but the colors it produces are even better-looking thanks to Samsung’s Quantum Dot (QLED) technology.

And then, on the performance front, not only does the monitor pack a 240Hz refresh rate, but it also features a 1ms GtG response time. As you might be aware, it was impossible for IPS and VA panels to reach such fast response times up until recently. Granted, there is still some light trailing and ghosting that’s noticeable in fast-paced scenes, but it’s nowhere near as bad as what you might see in older and/or cheaper VA panels.

On the downside, an area where the Odyssey G7 falls a bit short is the HDR. While the monitor comes with a DisplayHDR 600 certification, the peak brightness is somewhat underwhelming. Moreover, though it is slightly offset by the excellent native contrast, the local dimming is also quite disappointing, as it features only eight dimming zones.

Finally, the monitor comes with FreeSync but is G-Sync Compatible. The lack of “proper” G-Sync might be considered disappointing in this price range, but considering what the monitor does offer, as well as the fact that the implementation of G-Sync would only inflate the price further, we’d say we’re quite happy with the overall feature set.

At the end of the day, the Samsung Odyssey G7 might not be a perfect monitor, but it has just the right set of features that are bound to make it appealing to gamers who would like to have a balanced high-end monitor that has all of the important bases covered, without having to break the bank and dish out quadruple-digit amounts on a monitor.

How To Pick The Right Monitor

Now that we have listed some of the best 1440p gaming monitors that you can find on the market today, what should you consider when making your pick? We’ll answer some common questions below!

Screen Size

Best Monitor Size For Gaming

While the resolution and the refresh rate may be the first things a gamer is going to look for in a monitor in 2021, the actual size of the display is still an important factor to consider, and it has to do with both the picture quality and the ergonomics.

As far as the picture quality is concerned, what you need to consider is the monitor’s pixel density. The higher the pixel density, the sharper the image will appear, so the larger the screen is, the more likely it is to appear pixelated. Fortunately, the 24–32-inch range is perfectly fine for 1440p. At 32 inches, the display’s pixel density would be 90 pixels per inch, which many agree is perfectly fine for desktop use.

And then, when ergonomics is concerned, it’s all about what your setup looks like i.e., how far away you’d be from the monitor. In this regard, people tend to agree that a 24 or a 27-inch monitor is ideal for desktop use, whereas a 32-inch diagonal would really be pushing it.

So, with the above in mind, the screen size is highly subjective when 1440p monitors are concerned, and it’s all about what suits you.

Resolution

gaming monitor resolution

As mentioned above, we’re focusing on 1440p monitors in this guide, so why even mention the resolution? Well, we still need to address the question of whether 1440p is the right resolution for you.

We’ve already stated in the introduction that 1440p is currently the best middle ground between visuals, performance, and price, so it’s bound to be the best pick for gaming in 2021 in general. However, there are a number of reasons why you might opt for a lower or higher resolution instead.

First, let’s take a look at the good old 1080p. Yes, it is definitely in the process of being rendered obsolete by 1440p and 4K, but it still has its merits. For one, 1080p monitors are more affordable in general, so they are still great picks for those on a very tight budget. Not only that, but it’s also easier to maintain stable triple-digit framerates in a lower resolution, so they’re also great if you’re gaming on a budget PC or if you’re prioritizing performance over everything else.

And then, there’s 4K, which is the exact opposite of 1080p in this context—4K monitors are more expensive but they offer unmatched image clarity due to their high pixel density. Considering that they are more accessible in 2021 than they used to be, they will appeal to those who are working with a somewhat limited budget but wish to prioritize visuals over performance.

Alternatively, if you count among gamers with deeper pockets, a high-performance 4K monitor would keep you covered on both fronts—as long as you have a powerful enough GPU, that is, as this is a very demanding resolution, especially if you’re aiming at 144Hz.

So, if you’re having second thoughts about 1440p, best check out our other articles on this subject: best 1080p gaming monitors and best 4K gaming monitors, as they might have something that could be a better fit for your needs.

Refresh Rate

120Hz vs 60Hz
A comparison between 120Hz and 60Hz

Next, we have another important factor that will either be first or second on most gamers’ priority lists: the refresh rate.

As you might be able to infer from the name, the refresh rate (expressed in Hertz) indicates how many times the displayed image can be refreshed each second, and as such, the monitor’s refresh rate directly correlates to the maximum framerate (FPS) that it can display. In essence, the higher the framerate, the more responsive your gaming experience will be, so it’s easy to see why refresh rates have become so popular over the past decade.

Today, you’ll find monitors that range from the standard 60Hz to as high as 360Hz. The most common native refresh rates that you’ll encounter today are 60Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz, so we can use these as a sort of generalization when discussing the subject.

As technology marches on, 60Hz is becoming less and less appealing when gaming monitors are concerned. In 2021, you’ll still commonly see it in non-gaming monitors, but as you can tell from the guide, 144Hz is very accessible now, so unless you’re really pinching pennies or are deciding to sacrifice the refresh rate for the sake of another spec (resolution, panel type, color accuracy, etc.), we’d say that it is the best refresh rate for gaming at the moment.

Then, we have 240Hz, and while 240Hz monitors are no longer as niche as they used to be, they are still not as appealing as 144Hz overall, and for one simple reason: diminishing returns. To be more specific, the higher the framerate gets, the more difficult it is to notice the difference with the naked eye. So, while the differences between 30 and 60 FPS or between 60 and 120 FPS are easy to see, the difference between 120 and 240 FPS is much less noticeable.

That said, while a 240Hz monitor is definitely more responsive and could give you a slight advantage in multiplayer games, it’s entirely subjective as to whether you’d be able to notice the difference and whether you’d be willing to spend extra on a monitor solely for the sake of a higher refresh rate. So, unless you have the opportunity to compare in person, we’d say that 144Hz is the safe bet at the moment.

Response Time

Monitor Response Time

Moving on, we get to another important factor in the domain of monitor performance, albeit one that doesn’t get as much attention as the refresh rate: the pixel response time.

Expressed in milliseconds, the response time indicates the fastest speed at which a pixel can change from one color to another i.e., from one shade of gray to another. And, unlike with the refresh rate, lower is better in this case, as faster response times mean less motion blur, ghosting, and smearing.

Now, while the GtG (gray-to-gray) response times are the ones most commonly specified by monitor manufacturers, some of them list MPRT (Moving Picture Response Time) instead, which indicates the apparent response time that you can achieve with motion blur reduction enabled. Essentially, this is more of a marketing trick used by manufacturers to avoid listing GtG response times in the specification sheet if it’s a bit higher than the competition.

Today, most gaming monitors are in the 1ms to 4ms range when it comes to GtG response times, but on-paper specs are hardly a good estimate of real-life performance here, since there are additional factors involved. As a matter of fact, unless you’re used to a fast 1ms panel, you’re unlikely to even notice the difference between 1ms and 4ms, but as always—this is very subjective.

Panel Technology

IPS vs TN vs VA

When it comes to image quality and performance, the panel technology carries a number of implications, as each specific technology has certain advantages and disadvantages. Today, you’ll mainly encounter IPS and VA panels if you’re shopping for gaming monitors.

IPS panels tend to be the most popular, and for several good reasons. First and foremost, they offer unmatched color reproduction and the best viewing angles, but the recent technological improvements have also enabled them to achieve faster pixel response times, making them even more appealing for performance-oriented gamers. On the downside, IPS panels usually don’t have great contrast and often suffer from “IPS glow”, a type of backlight bleed particular to this technology.

VA panels, on the other hand, have much better contrast and backlight bleed issues aren’t as prevalent, although there’s still a chance you might see some clouding. These panels can generally match IPS when it comes to color reproduction, and while they’re not quite on the same level, the difference is unlikely to be a big deal for gaming. The biggest issue with VA panels, though, is that they tend to be slower in terms of response times, so motion blur and black smearing are common issues.

It’s also worth mentioning that TN panels also constitute a big part of the market, although they aren’t as popular now that technological advancements have led to IPS and VA panels eclipsing them. Namely, TN panels are extremely fast, but they also tend to have washed-out colors and very poor viewing angles. Naturally, since other technologies have caught up and now offer comparable performance without the major drawbacks in terms of visuals, it’s easy to see why they aren’t as popular a pick in 2021.

HDR

High Dynamic Range HDR

Back in the 2010s when HDR (High Dynamic Range) first started being implemented in TVs and introduced to the previous generation of gaming consoles, many thought that it would be little more than a passing fad, much like 3D TVs were. However, time has proven them otherwise, and HDR is becoming increasingly more popular and widely implemented, not only in TVs but also in gaming monitors.

What HDR does is it relies on increased brightness and deeper contrast to make an image appear much more realistic and lifelike than what’s possible in SDR. Now, with that said, though many monitors today come with HDR capabilities, not all of them—or rather, very few of them—can actually deliver a proper HDR experience.

what is hdr for monitors

The above image shows some of the newer VESA standards used to classify HDR-compatible displays, and the numerical value roughly indicates the kind of brightness that you can expect the monitor to achieve in HDR mode e.g., a DisplayHDR400 monitor should be able to achieve peak brightness of roughly 400 nits.

However, as mentioned above, HDR isn’t just about the brightness, it’s also about the contrast, and that’s where local dimming comes in. What local dimming does is it allows for portions of a monitor’s backlight to be turned off, which allows it to display darker blacks and thus achieve better contrast. Considering that backlight bleed is always a problem, especially with IPS monitors, it should be clear as to why local dimming is such an important feature for HDR.

Now, most monitors today come with a DisplayHDR400 certification, which is serviceable but not ideal. Many consider DisplayHDR600 to be quite solid, although most agree that a DisplayHDR1000 certification is the way to go if you want to see HDR as it’s supposed to be seen. Unfortunately, though, not many monitors meet this certification, and those that do are pretty much guaranteed to come with a quadruple-digit price tag attached.

That said, if you want to prioritize gaming in HDR or you intend to watch a lot of HDR content, we’d say that going with one of the DislpayHDR600-certified monitors listed here would be a good way to go, although even they wouldn’t be able to come close to delivering the kind of immersion that you’d be able to get with a proper HDR TV.

FreeSync vs G-Sync

AMD FreeSync vs NVIDIA G Sync

You simply can’t have high refresh rates without a variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. Screen tearing is never a pleasant thing to witness, and V-Sync simply isn’t an option for high framerates, as it can lead to jarring input lag and stuttering. This is where VRR comes in.

Whereas V-Sync prevents screen tearing by imposing a framerate cap in order to keep the monitor’s refresh rate and the in-game framerate in sync, VRR technologies accomplish this by adjusting the refresh rate of the display on the fly, no matter how wildly the framerate might fluctuate.

In 2021, the two leading types of VRR that you’ll encounter are AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync. So, how do these two differ, and which is better?

In essence, FreeSync is a more accessible, budget-friendly option while G-Sync is a premium option with some extra features that will appeal to those with deeper pockets. The main reason for this distinction lies in the fact that Nvidia requires OEMs to buy their proprietary scaler modules and requires each display to pass a series of tests before being certified. Meanwhile, FreeSync is an open standard technology, so OEMs are free to implement third-party scaler modules and there’s no certification process involved.

However, the situation isn’t quite as simple as it was a few years ago, and there are several versions of both FreeSync and G-Sync that you’ll encounter today.

For FreeSync, you’ll find:

  1. FreeSync—Standard VRR (screen tearing and stutter elimination with low latency)
  2. FreeSync Premium—Adds LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) that helps in the case that the framerate drops under the lower limit of the supported refresh rate range
  3. FreeSync Premium Pro—Also has LFC but adds HDR support as well

As for G-Sync, you’ll find:

  1. G-Sync—VRR with the added benefits of motion blur reduction, overclocking, and variable overdrive
  2. G-Sync Compatible—Basic VRR without the extra features available in G-Sync certified monitors that have Nvidia’s scaler modules
  3. G-Sync Ultimate—Added HDR support with low latency

Overall, as mentioned above, FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible monitors tend to be more budget-friendly, but for those with deeper pockets who might want to take advantage of the extra features that G-Sync and G-Sync Ultimate offer, they would likely be worth the extra expense.

Conclusion – The Best 1440p Gaming Monitor Of 2021

Now that we have gone over some of the best 1440p gaming monitors and taken a look at some of the factors that you should keep in mind, which monitor should you ultimately pick?

First off, if you’re on a limited budget, then the AOC CQ27G2 is the obvious pick. It comes with a curved screen and a high-refresh rate VA panel that strikes a decent balance between performance and visuals, and the monitor itself looks pretty good to boot. Of course, it’s still a VA panel, so the response times aren’t as great as with some competing models, but considering the price point and the overall feature set, it’s a pretty good monitor if you’re aiming at 1440p on a budget.

On the other side of the spectrum, if you are willing and able to spend more, then the Dell AW2721D is the clear winner. With its top-notch IPS panel that boasts a 240Hz refresh rate, fast response times, G-Sync Ultimate support, and solid HDR image quality, it seems to have the full package. We’d have to say that the Samsung Odyssey G7 is a (very) close second, so it just might be the better pick instead, depending on where your priorities lie.

And finally, if you want a monitor that will give you the best bang for your buck, then we’d go with the LG 27GL850. Sure, it may not look like much, but its 144Hz 1ms IPS panel will be just about perfect for most gamers, plus it is G-Sync Compatible, so both AMD and Nvidia users will be able to take advantage of VRR hassle-free. Granted, the HDR is simply not good and might as well not be there, but if you’re primarily concerned with gaming, chances are you’re not putting much stock into HDR anyway.

And so, that would be our selection of the best 1440p gaming monitors of 2021! Keep in mind that the top picks are only our choices and that any of the monitors listed here are guaranteed to be a good fit, provided that you keep your needs and the monitor’s capabilities in mind.

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