In 2019, 1440p is slowly replacing 1080p as the default resolution for gaming, and it’s not difficult to see why they are becoming so popular – they provide a tangible graphics improvement without being anywhere near as demanding on the hardware as 4K is.

That said, if you own a new-ish mid-range GPU, then your PC is almost definitely QHD-ready. And if you’re thinking about making the jump from 1080p to 1440p, now is the perfect time!

In this article, we will be presenting you with the best 1440p monitors that you can get in 2019, discussing their advantages, disadvantages and all the general reasons as to why you might want to pick a 1440p monitor over a 1080p or a 2160p one.

Without further ado, let’s dive right into it!

The 9 Best 1440p Monitors for 2019

CategoryMonitorScreen SizeRefresh RatePanel TypeSynchronization Technology 
Best 1440p Monitor Under $30027”75HzIPSFreeSync
32”75HzIPSFreeSync
27”144HzTNFreeSync
27”144HzVAFreeSync
Best 1440p Monitor Under $40032”144HzVAFreeSync
27”165HzTNELMB-Sync
27”144HzIPSFreeSync
Best 1440p Monitor Under $50027”144HzVAFreeSync 2
27”144HzIPSFreeSync

Best 1440p Monitors Under $300

AOPEN 27ML1U

Aopen 27ml1u

About the Monitor

The first monitor on the list comes from a Taiwanese company called AOpen, which is hardly a common name in the world of gaming monitors. Still, the AOpen 27ML1U is easily one of the best budget QHD monitors available right now, and for several good reasons.

First and most importantly, it is a relatively affordable gaming monitor that uses a solid IPS panel, and it doesn’t even disappoint when it comes to the design, as it boasts a sleek exterior with extremely thin bezels.

Key Features:

  • The Display – As mentioned above, the 27ML1U uses an IPS panel and it is a 27-inch monitor, which is pretty much the best size for a 16:9 display. The panel ensures good viewing angles and vibrant colors, all the while the refresh rate goes up to 75 Hz, which allows for somewhat smoother gameplay compared to the default 60 Hz. The response time is the usual 4ms, but the monitor comes with motion blur reduction that emulates 1ms rather well.
  • Ports – The AOpen 27ML1U comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 input, along with an analog audio jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – You can’t have high refresh rates without adaptive sync, and AMD’s FreeSync is always the best choice for budget monitors. It is available in the 48-75 Hz range, which is a bit narrow for a 75 Hz monitor.
    • Adjustable stand – The stock stand that ships with the 27ML1U is nothing special, as it can only be adjusted for tilt – unsurprising, as stands are usually something that OEMs skimp on when it comes to budget monitors. Still, it is stable and goes well with the monitor’s aesthetic.
    • VESA support – In the case that you need more adjustability in your gaming monitor than what the stock stand provides, you’ll be pleased to know that the 27ML1U is compatible with any 100×100 VESA mount, so replacing the stand won’t be a problem.
    • Integrated speakers – The 27ML1U comes complete with a set of dual 2-watt stereo speakers, which are a convenient feature to have on the side but are hardly fit for gaming.

Downsides:

  • Somewhat narrow FreeSync range – As mentioned above, 48-75 Hz is a bit narrow for a monitor such as this one, and we would have preferred to see 30-75 Hz instead. After all, if you’re shopping for a budget monitor, chances are you don’t have a GPU that would be able to maintain a stable framerate in 1440p.
  • Rudimentary stock stand – Considering just how good a monitor the 27ML1U is for its price, it’s difficult to expect a fully-adjustable stand to be thrown into the mix, but it’s still something worth mentioning. It’s a tilt-only stand, so it’s likely that many will want to upgrade to a more adjustable stand.

Specifications:

Screen Size27in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeIPS
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast1000:1
Refresh Rate75 Hz
Response Time4ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
Speakers2x2W
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x 3.5mm audio jack
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the AOpen 27ML1U is not a perfect monitor, but it comes fairly close, as far as budget monitors are concerned. It brings both great visuals and enhanced performance to the table, courtesy of the excellent IPS panel. Of course, it can’t compete with pricier, more specialized monitors, but it is a great jack-of-all-trades solution that won’t put a hole in your wallet.

Our main issues with the monitor are its basic stand the limited FreeSync range, but apart from that, it will be difficult to find things to complain about in a monitor as affordable as this one.

The Pros

  • Great color reproduction
  • 75 Hz refresh rate
  • Good value for the money

The Cons

  • Relatively narrow FreeSync range
  • Tilt-only stand

AOC Q3279VWFD8

Aoc Q3279vwfd8

About the Monitor

Moving on, we get a slightly different monitor from AOC – the AOC Q3279VWFD8. It is more or less the same deal as the previous AOpen model, but with some changes, most notably its massive screen which is a hefty 32 inches. AOC also kept the design clean and simple with this model, and it has somewhat chunky bezels and a rectangular stand, making for an overall inconspicuous exterior that won’t really stand out in any setting.

Key Features:

  • The Display – Much like the 27ML1U, this AOC monitor also uses a good IPS panel which is a rather good fit for its 32-inch screen. As far as the performance and the visuals are concerned, it’s more or less the same deal as with the AOpen monitor described above: good colors and viewing angles, along with a 75 Hz refresh rate and a slightly higher 5ms response time.
  • Ports – The AOC Q3279VWFD8 comes with one HDMI 1.4 port, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, plus a VGA and a Dual-Link DVI-D connector, as well as a headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Just like the 27ML1U, this monitor supports FreeSync in the 48-75 Hz range, which is, again, a bit narrow for a 75 Hz monitor.
    • Adjustable stand – Once again, we have a basic stand that can only be adjusted for tilt.

Downsides:

  • Narrow FreeSync range – What we said about the FreeSync range in the case of the previous model applies here as well. The implementation of FreeSync is, of course, very welcome, but we would have preferred to see it available in the 30-75 Hz range.
  • No VESA support – We’re dealing with a highly rudimentary stand again, but to make matters worse, the Q3279VWFD8 isn’t VESA-compatible, which is a very big drawback for a monitor in 2019.
  • May be a bit large for some users – Many agree that 27 inches is more or less the ideal monitor size for desktop use, and while 1440p ensures satisfactory pixel density, a 32-inch display may just be too uncomfortable for some users.

Specifications:

Screen Size32in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeIPS
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast1200:1
Refresh Rate75 Hz
Response Time5ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
SpeakersN/A
Ports1x HDMI 1.4
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x DL-DVI-D
1x VGA
1x 3.5mm audio jack
VESA CompatibilityN/A

Final Thoughts

Overall, those who have their sights set on an extra-large monitor but don’t want to burn a hole in their wallet will definitely find the AOC Q3279VWFD8 appealing. For all intents and purposes, the colors and the performance are comparable to those of the AOpen 27ML1U, though this AOC model is a bit slower but with slightly better contrast.

In any case, we feel that the AOpen 27ML1U offers better value for your money, but if you really want a 32-inch monitor to use at your desk, then the AOC Q3279VWFD8 will prove to be a good investment, too.

The Pros

  • Good colors
  • Large screen
  • Good contrast for an IPS panel

The Cons

  • No VESA compatibility
  • Narrow FreeSync range
  • 32-inch diagonal may be too much for some

AOC AG271QX

Aoc Ag271qx

About the Monitor

Next, we have a monitor with a different set of priorities – the AOC AG271QX. Unlike the previous two models, this monitor uses a TN panel and places a greater emphasis on performance, which is bound to make it a good choice for those who play a lot of fast-paced multiplayer games.  Moreover, AOC also didn’t skimp on the design with this one, as the red highlights and the silver stand make it abundantly clear that this is a proper gaming monitor.

Key Features:

  • The Display – This is a 27-inch monitor with a TN panel. With that said, it’s obvious that it prioritizes performance over visuals – and sure enough, we’re looking at a monitor with a 144 Hz refresh rate and a snappy 1ms response time, but the viewing angles and the color reproduction are a far cry from its IPS-equipped competition.
  • Ports – The AG271 comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, plus a VGA and a DL-DVI-D connector for good measure. It also has a headphone jack, as well as a four-port USB 3.0 hub.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – As expected of a 144 Hz budget gaming monitor, it comes with FreeSync, and this time around it’s implemented better than with either of the previous two models. Namely, FreeSync works in the 30-144 Hz range and tests show that it is compatible with G-Sync with no major issues, meaning that it can be used with an Nvidia GPU, too.
    • Adjustable stand – AOC didn’t skimp on the stand either, since we’re looking at a proper stand that can be adjusted for height, tilt, swivel, and pivot.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Integrated speakers – The AG271QX comes with two 3-watt speakers. Again, it’s a convenient feature to have, but hardly a deal-making or deal-breaking one.

Downsides:

  • Poor viewing angles – Viewing angles are a common problem with TN panels, and the AG271QX is no exception. The viewing angles are quite narrow but they are pretty much what you’d expect from this particular type of panel.
  • Subpar black uniformity – Another issue that many monitors deal with is poor black uniformity and backlight bleed, and while it’s not terrible in this case, the AG271QX still struggles a bit in this department. There is some minor backlight bleed to deal with, but it will only really be noticeable if you play in a darker room.

Specifications:

Screen Size27in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeTN
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast1000:1
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response Time1ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
Speakers2x3W
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x DL-DVI-D
1x VGA
1x 3.5mm audio jack
4x USB 3.0
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

All in all, the AOC AG271QX is simply the perfect budget 1440p monitor for performance-oriented gamers. It offers a high refresh rate and some of the fastest response times that you can find. Plus, it actually handles colors better than the average TN panel and the FreeSync can work with Nvidia GPUs.

Naturally, no monitor is perfect, and that’s especially true if we’re talking about a budget TN model. As mentioned above, the viewing angles are very narrow compared to most IPS or VA monitors and the underwhelming black uniformity might annoy some people, but ultimately, we feel that the AOC AG271QX is the kind of monitor whose pros outweigh the cons.

The Pros

  • Very fast and responsive
  • Decent colors for a TN panel
  • Wide FreeSync range
  • Fully adjustable stand

The Cons

  • Limited viewing angles
  • Subpar black uniformity

AOC CQ27G1

Aoc Cq27g1

About the Monitor

And now, for the final entry in this category, we have another rather impressive solution from AOC – the AOC CQ27G1. The design is more elegant, featuring a sleek matte black exterior complemented by subtle but powerful red highlights, making for a really good-looking monitor. But of course, you’re not buying a monitor for its exterior design, and it’s what under the hood that really counts with this one.

Key Features:

  • The Display – Once again, we’re looking at a 27-inch monitor, but this one is curved and uses a VA panel. What this means is that we’re looking at a very well-rounded monitor that offers good colors, excellent contrast, and decent viewing angles. Moreover, this, too, is a 144 Hz monitor but with a 4ms response time. Fortunately, it has motion blur reduction which can help in this regard, should you find the native response time too slow.
  • Ports – The CQ27G1 is a bit modest as far as connectivity is concerned, as it only features a single HDMI 2.0 port and a single DisplayPort 1.2 input, along with the usual headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Again, we have a monitor with FreeSync, and it’s available in the 48-144 Hz range, which ought to be quite enough for this type of monitor.
    • Adjustable stand – Much like the stand of the AG271QX, the stock stand that ships with this monitor can be adjusted for tilt, height, and swivel, though there is no pivot adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.

Downsides:

  • Some ghosting issues – One of the main issues with VA panels are high response times and ghosting, and the latter seems more prominent in the case of the CQ27G1. You’re likely to notice some ghosting, especially in darker scenes.

Specifications:

Screen Size27in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeVA
Brightness250 cd/m2
Contrast3000:1
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response Time4ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
SpeakersN/A
Ports1x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x 3.5mm audio jack
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the AOC CQ27G1 is possibly the best budget 1440p monitor currently available. Of course, it is not perfect and the other three monitors in this category all have something that the CQ27G1 lacks, but ultimately, it is the CQ27G1 that has the best combination of features that you’d want in a budget monitor: solid colors, great contrast, good viewing angles, and a high refresh rate.

Granted, the native response time is a bit high and there is some ghosting to contend with, but it’s nothing that’s not manageable, especially with the use of backlight strobing. In any case, at its current price point, the AOC CQ27G1 is a steal and it is bound to be the perfect monitor for most gamers who want 1440p on a budget.

The Pros

  • Great contrast and good colors
  • Curved screen
  • Very good value

The Cons

  • Some visible ghosting

Best 1440p Monitors Under $400

LG 32GK650F

Lg 32gk650f

About the Monitor

Here, we have a great-looking monitor from LG, and by “great-looking”, we are referring both to the design and the panel quality. It features slim bezels along with some red highlights that give the monitor just the right amount of gaming flair without being “too much”. But what’s under the hood is more important once again, and the 32GK650F doesn’t disappoint in that department either.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The LG 32GK605F is a 32-inch VA monitor that has great color reproduction and superb contrast, plus it has solid black uniformity, which is great news considering that many VA panels have problems with clouding. Of course, it also features a 144 Hz refresh rate and is remarkably responsive for a VA monitor.
  • Ports – The monitor comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.2 input, plus the usual audio jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – The LG 32GK650F supports FreeSync, and it is available in the 48-144 Hz range via DisplayPort, but it is limited to only 48-100 Hz over HDMI. As such, if you’re planning on getting the most out of this monitor, you should make DisplayPort your input of choice.
    • Adjustable stand – As expected, the stand that ships with this monitor is fully adjustable, supporting tilt, height, swivel, and pivot adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.

Downsides:

  • Bad viewing angles – No monitor is perfect, and while VA panels usually have decent viewing angles, the 32GK650F is an exception. The viewing angles here are quite narrow and are closer to what you’d expect to see in a TN panel, not a VA one. Still, it’s not too big of an issue due to how adjustable the stock stand is.
  • 32-inch diagonal may be too much for some – Once again, we’re dealing with a massive screen that is likely to push the limits of what some users would consider comfortable enough to use at a desk.

Specifications:

Screen Size32in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeVA
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast3000:1
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response Time5ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
SpeakersN/A
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x 3.5mm audio jack
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

All in all, the LG 32GK650F is a very good gaming monitor that is capable of offering great visuals and great performance, and it’s available at a decent price. As far as we’re concerned, the limited viewing angles aren’t too big of a problem if you’re looking for the kind of monitor that can deliver on both of the aforementioned fronts.

The Pros

  • Great colors and contrast
  • Good black uniformity
  • Responsive

The Cons

  • Poor viewing angles
  • 32-inch diagonal may be too much for some users

ASUS VG27BQ

Asus Vg27bq

About the Monitor

Next, we have a monitor from Asus that shifts the focus to performance, that’s the area where it excels. It features a familiar design previously seen in some Asus models, with a simple matte black front, a detailed rectangular stand base, and some good-looking angular patterns that help it stand out as a gaming product.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The VG27BQ is a 27-inch monitor that utilizes a very fast TN panel. That said, not only can it reach a 165 Hz refresh rate, but it is also remarkably responsive, with response times as low as 0.4ms measured in internal tests. Of course, the colors and the viewing angles aren’t so great, but are nonetheless good enough for a TN panel.
  • Ports – The VG27BQ keeps it simple in the ports department, with two HDMI 2.0 ports, a single DisplayPort 1.2 input, and a headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • ELMB sync – A new technology introduced by Asus, ELMB (short for “extreme low motion blur”) brings adaptive sync and motion blur reduction together, something that wasn’t possible with dynamic refresh rates before. It is supported both by AMD and Nvidia GPUs, but keep in mind that it doesn’t offer all the features of G-Sync.
    • Adjustable stand – Unsurprisingly, the stock stand is highly adjustable, and it supports tilt, height, swivel, and pivot adjustment.
    • VESA support – The monitor supports 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Integrated speakers – The VG27BQ also comes with two 2W speakers, which is a convenient feature to have on the side.
    • HDR support – Something that isn’t usually seen in TN monitors is HDR support, but the VG27BQ throws that into the mix as well.

Downsides:

  • Underwhelming HDR– While it’s good to see more monitors supporting HDR, it feels a bit unnecessary in the case of this one. As mentioned above, this TN panel just doesn’t have the brightness or the contrast necessary to really deliver that feeling of realism which is the sole point of HDR.

Specifications:

Screen Size27in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeTN
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast1000:1
Refresh Rate165 Hz
Response Time1ms
Adaptive SyncELMB sync
SpeakersN/A
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.2
1x 3.5mm audio jack
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

With all of the above in mind, it’s clear that the Asus VG27BQ is another monitor that is geared mainly towards performance-oriented gamers, and it does its intended job almost perfectly. It is extremely fast, responsive and Asus’ new ELMB adaptive sync technology ensures that you can have your cake and eat it, too, thanks to the motion blur reduction/dynamic refresh rate combo.

On the downside, the visuals aren’t that impressive and the HDR feels like a superficial addition, but chances are you won’t care that much about it if you’re getting this monitor for the performance, as most people will.

The Pros

  • Great performance
  • Extremely responsive
  • ELMB sync

The Cons

  • Poor HDR performance

Nixeus EDG27S v2

Nixeus Edg27s V2

About the Monitor

For the final entry in this category, we have a monitor that shifts the focus back to the visuals, though it doesn’t mean that the performance suffers too much as a result. In fact, though Nixeus may not be as recognizable a brand as some others, the panel quality that they bring with the EDG27S v2 is really something at this price point.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The Nixeus EDG27s v2 is a 27-inch monitor equipped with an excellent IPS panel that offers great color accuracy, excellent viewing angles, and even the contrast is better than what you’d usually get with an IPS panel. Naturally, it also supports a 144 Hz refresh rate, though the response time remains at 4ms due to the technological limitations of this type of panel.
  • Ports – The EDG27s v2 features two HDMI 2.0 ports and two DisplayPort 1.2 inputs, along with the usual headphone jack.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – The monitor comes with FreeSync support, and it is implemented beautifully, as FreeSync works in the 30-144 Hz range over HDMI and DisplayPort. It is also certified as G-Sync compatible, though G-Sync is available only via DisplayPort.
    • Adjustable stand – The stand that ships with the monitor can, unfortunately, only be adjusted for tilt.
    • VESA support – The EDG27s v2 is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • Integrated speakers – Nixeus also threw in dual 2W speakers into the mix. As usual, these aren’t particularly high-quality nor are they powerful enough for gaming or for watching movies, but they are a convenient feature to have nonetheless.

Downsides:

  • Unimpressive design – While the monitor’s panel is definitely beautiful, the same can’t be said for the exterior. Sadly, the EDG27s v2 features a bland-looking matte black exterior and the plastic feels somewhat cheap, plus the bezels appear a bit chunky compared to most other 2019 monitors.  
  • Basic stand – As mentioned above, the stand that ships with the EDG27S v2 can only be adjusted for tilt, which is quite disappointing at this price point.

Specifications:

Screen Size27in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeIPS
Brightness300 cd/m2
Contrast1000:1
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response Time4ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
Speakers2x2W
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
2x DisplayPort 1.2
1x 3.5mm audio jack
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

All things considered, the Nixeus EDG27S v2 offers great value for your money as far as the display itself is concerned. The panel looks great and offers excellent performance, plus it is G-Sync compatible to boot. It may not look like much on the outside and the tilt-only stand is indeed disappointing, but if that doesn’t discourage you, then this monitor will definitely prove to be a worthwhile investment if you’re looking to get the best value for your money.

 

The Pros

  • Outstanding IPS panel
  • Great performance
  • G-Sync compatible

The Cons

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Bland design

Best 1440p Monitors Under $500

Samsung C27HG70

Samsung C27hg70

About the Monitor

Moving on, we get to some pricier but also higher-quality solutions, starting with Samsung’s C27HG70. On the outside, it doesn’t seem all that impressive, as it features a simple matte exterior that doesn’t exactly scream “gaming”. However, this curved monitor has a lot to offer as far as the display itself is concerned.

Key Features:

  • The Display – The C27HG70 is a curved VA monitor, and as is to be expected of this particular type of panel, it brings good colors and excellent contrast to the table, complete with a 144 Hz refresh rate and HDR. Needless to say, this makes it a very well-rounded solution for gaming.
  • Ports – The monitor has two HDMI 2.0 ports and one DisplayPort 1.4 input. On top of that, it features a USB hub which consists of two USB 3.0 ports, as well as two analog jacks – an audio out and a mic in.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync 2 – The Samsung C27HG70 comes with FreeSync 2 support, and the way that FreeSync 2 differs from regular FreeSync is the added HDR compatibility. It is available in the 48-144 Hz range over DisplayPort but, once again, a narrower 48-100 Hz range over HDMI.
    • Adjustable stand – This monitor ships with a highly adjustable, but rather unusual stand. Namely, the stand uses an uncommon dual-hinge design, and while it is fully adjustable for tilt, height, swivel, and pivot, it takes up more space behind the monitor than the average stand does.
    • VESA support – In the case that you might want to replace the stand for whatever reason, the C27HG70 is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.
    • HDR – As mentioned above, the monitor is HDR-compatible, and its HDR performance is quite satisfactory. Granted, it’s not as bright as a proper HDR TV, but as far as monitors are concerned, it handles HDR quite well.

Downsides:

  • Limited viewing angles – VA panels tend to have decent viewing angles in general, but the C27HG70 falls behind in this regard. The viewing angles here aren’t terrible but they aren’t great either, and the high degree of adjustability provided by the stand should help make up for this.
  • Some clouding issues – Another problem that many VA displays face is poor black uniformity due to clouding, and the C27HG70 is a prime example of this. Despite its excellent contrast, the clouding and the backlight bleed can adversely affect the viewing experience, especially in dark rooms.
  • Bulky stand – As we have previously mentioned, the dual-hinge stand of the C27HG70 takes up a fair amount of space behind the monitor, and this might pose a potential problem if your desk is set against a wall.

Specifications:

Screen Size27in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeVA
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast3000:1
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response Time4ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync 2
SpeakersN/A
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.4
2x 3.5mm audio jack
2x USB 3.0
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, the Samsung C27HG70 is an excellent QHD gaming monitor that strikes a great balance between visuals and performance that is difficult to match at this price point. The colors and the contrast are both spot-on, it handles HDR well, and it’s very responsive. That said, if you can look past the clouding issues and, potentially, the poor viewing angles and the unusual stand, then this monitor is bound to be a good purchase.

The Pros

  • Beautiful curved display
  • Good performance
  • Highly adjustable stand
  • HDR support

The Cons

  • Prominent clouding
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Stand takes up a lot of space

LG 27GL850

Lg 27gl850

About the Monitor

And finally, we have a very impressive monitor from LG – the LG 27GL850. As far as the design is concerned, it doesn’t differ much from the previous LG monitor that we’ve taken a look at in this buying guide, the 32GK650F. However, it’s an entirely different story on the inside.

Key Features:

  • The Display – This is a 27-inch monitor that uses an excellent IPS panel with HDR capabilities, and it is a gaming monitor through and through. Not only does it afford the kind of color accuracy and the viewing angles that you’d expect of this particular technology, but it is also remarkably responsive as well, and it is easily one of the most responsive IPS monitors available.
  • Ports – The monitor comes with two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort 1.4 input. On top of that, there’s the obligatory headphone jack and a USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports.
  • Additional features
    • AMD FreeSync – Somewhat disappointingly, the monitor only comes with regular FreeSync that works in the 48-144 Hz range over DisplayPort and in the 48-100 Hz range over HDMI. We say “disappointingly” since we would have preferred to see FreeSync 2 in an HDR monitor. Furthermore, you’ll notice that the monitor has a G-Sync sticker on the front, but it is not a G-Sync monitor. Rather, it is simply a FreeSync monitor certified as compatible with Nvidia GPUs.
    • HDR – As mentioned previously, the monitor supports HDR, which is often a welcome addition to any monitor’s feature set.
    • Adjustable stand – Naturally, the 27GL850 comes with a fully adjustable stand, which is the same seen with the 32GK650F. It looks good and can be adjusted for tilt, height, and pivot, but for whatever reason, there is no swivel adjustment.
    • VESA support – The 27GL850 is compatible with 100×100 VESA mounts.

Downsides:

  • Superficial HDR – While HDR is more and more common, sometimes it just feels pointless. Namely, not only do the contrast and the brightness of the LG 27GL850 not allow for any spectacular HDR effect, but the monitor also lacks FreeSync 2, so adaptive sync and HDR cannot be used in tandem.
  • Poor contrast and black uniformity – Again, we bump into the bane of IPS panels, poor contrast and backlight bleed. The contrast itself is hardly impressive, but add to it the mediocre black uniformity and the seemingly-unavoidable backlight bleed around the edges, and it’s clear that you’ll either need to turn the light on or turn the monitor brightness down if you want to have a satisfying experience, especially during dark scenes.

Specifications:

Screen Size27in
Aspect Ratio16:9
Resolution2560×1440
Panel TypeIPS
Brightness350 cd/m2
Contrast1000:1
Refresh Rate144 Hz
Response Time4ms
Adaptive SyncAMD FreeSync
SpeakersN/A
Ports2x HDMI 2.0
1x DisplayPort 1.4
1x 3.5mm audio jack
2x USB 3.0
VESA Compatibility100×100

Final Thoughts

At the end of the day, the LG 27GL850 is easily one of the best IPS gaming monitors available, 1440p or otherwise. It is remarkably responsive and can achieve 1ms response times with appropriate settings, thus rivaling the performance of a TN panel all the while having all the benefits of IPS in the visuals department.

But as mentioned above, HDR was somewhat clumsily implemented, especially considering the lack of FreeSync 2, plus there are the contrast and the black uniformity issues, but if you can get past those drawbacks, you’d be dealing with an IPS gaming monitor that’s definitely worth the price.

The Pros

  • Excellent response time for an IPS panel
  • Good color reproduction
  • G-Sync compatible FreeSync monitor

The Cons

  • HDR without FreeSync 2
  • Subpar contrast
  • Disappointing black uniformity

How To Pick The Best 1440p Monitor For Your Needs

Now that we’ve gone over the best 1440p gaming monitors, let’s take a closer look at some of their features in order to help you choose the one that best suits your preferences and requirements.

The Resolution – 1080p vs 1440p vs 2160p

720p Vs 1080p Vs 1440p Vs 4k

If you’re searching for 1440p monitors, chances are you have already made up your mind regarding what resolution you want to game in. But is it really the best choice for you?

As you probably know, the three most popular resolutions that you’ll encounter in today’s gaming monitors are 1080p, 1440p, and 2160p. So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of these resolutions?

For starters, there’s 1080p, a resolution which remains very popular in 2019. While it can’t offer the visual fidelity of higher resolutions, it is highly accessible as even the cheapest graphics cards can achieve decent framerates in this resolution. Naturally, this also means that it’s easier to reach higher framerates, which is why it’s also popular among performance-oriented monitors.

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As for 2160p, it offers the best visuals that you can get in a monitor, but sadly, few graphics cards can actually reach and maintain playable framerates in such a high resolution. As a result, 4K is still enthusiasts’ game and is not mainstream quite yet, at least as far as PC gaming is concerned.

And then, of course, there’s 1440p, which offers the best of both worlds – enhanced graphics and hardware requirements that are easier to meet, meaning that mid-range cards can handle it well. This is the reason why it is so popular, and why we would recommend this resolution to most gamers today.

So, as stated above, we think that 1440p is indeed the best resolution for gaming at the moment, at least for most people. It looks good and is not too demanding. But if you’re willing to sacrifice performance for the sake of visual fidelity or vice versa, check out our complete monitor buying guide, as it contains a wider variety of monitors to choose from.

The Panel – IPS vs TN vs VA

Ips Vs Tn Vs Va 2019

As you can see from this buying guide, there are several panel technologies that you can encounter in today’s gaming monitors, and we have already touched upon their advantages and disadvantages. Now, we’ll quickly recap those so as to help you decide which of these panels is the best option for your needs.

TN (twisted nematic) panels are very popular among budget monitors because of how inexpensive they are to manufacture, but they still have a reserved spot in the higher price ranges because they are also the fastest. So far, TN panels are the only ones capable of reaching 240 Hz refresh rates and native 1ms response times, whereas VA and IPS panels need to resort to various motion blur reduction techniques in order to emulate such a low response time.

The performance comes at the cost of visuals, though, as TN panels usually have poor color accuracy with bland and washed-out colors, as well as terrible viewing angles. That is not to say that all TN panels look terrible, but even the higher-quality ones will have trouble matching the visuals offered by cheaper IPS and VA alternatives.

IPS (in-plane switching) panels prioritize visuals over performance and they have the best color accuracy and the best viewing angles. While they can reach 144 Hz refresh rates, IPS panels cannot have a response time lower than 4ms due to technological limitations. But, as mentioned above, OEMs commonly use motion blur reduction to make IPS monitors more responsive. Furthermore, many IPS panels also commonly have issues with backlight bleed and the contrast is usually not the best.

Finally, VA (vertical alignment) panels present a good middle ground between TN and IPS panels. In terms of visuals, they have the best contrast, and they easily beat both IPS and TN panels in this regard. As far as color reproduction is concerned, they are noticeably better than TN panels but aren’t quite as good as IPS ones, though the difference can be negligible based on the quality of the panel. Performance-wise, they can also reach 144 Hz refresh rates, though they commonly struggle with ghosting issues since they usually feature response times a tad higher than IPS panels do.

With all that said, it should be fairly obvious how to pick the right type of panel based on your preferences.

If you prioritize performance over visuals or are on a tight budget, go with TN.

If you want vibrant colors and good viewing angles, go with IPS.

If you want great contrast and an all-around balanced monitor, go with VA.

The Refresh Rate

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The refresh rate determines how many times the monitor can refresh the display each second, and it is measured in Hertz (Hz). As you can see, this guide features 75 Hz and 144 Hz monitors, so what’s the difference here?

Well, to put it simply, a monitor’s refresh rate directly determines the maximum number of frames that the monitor can display each second. That said, if you want the benefits of a higher FPS i.e. better responsiveness and a more fluid gaming experience, you’d need a monitor with a high refresh rate.

The average monitor features a 60 Hz refresh rate, but many gaming monitors push this to 144 Hz, all the while some can do even 240 Hz, though no such monitors were featured in this buying guide. So, when choosing between 75 Hz and 144 Hz, you can be sure that 144 Hz will present a clear advantage over 75 Hz and that the difference in responsiveness will be significant.

Of course, you must not forget the GPU – what use is a 144 Hz monitor if all that your GPU can muster is a measly 30-60 FPS in the games that you intend on playing? Fortunately, eSports games aren’t all that demanding, so it’s relatively easy to reach triple-digit refresh rates, even in 1440p. Still, it goes without saying that you should check some benchmarks if you want to play any of the more demanding games at high framerates in this resolution.

The Response Time

The response time is another important entry in the spec sheet that a gamer should take note of, but thankfully, it is a way simpler matter than the refresh rate.

When talking response times, we’re usually referring to grey-to-grey response times (GtG) i.e. how long the pixel needs to change from one shade of grey to another. It is measured in milliseconds (ms), and in practice, it signifies how blurry fast-moving images will be and whether there will be any discernible ghosting.

In modern monitors, response times usually range from 1ms to 4ms, depending on the type of panel. As mentioned above, TN panels are the fastest type of panel available at the moment and they are the only ones that can achieve a true 1ms response time. Meanwhile, IPS and VA panels cannot go lower than 4ms, though as we have already stated multiple times, many gaming monitors that come equipped with these panel technologies use various techniques to emulate a 1ms response time, and many pull it off quite well.

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Generally, people don’t start noticing any significant blurring as long as the response time remains under 10ms. Needless to say, you won’t find a gaming monitor with such a high response time in 2019, as they seldom go beyond 5ms.

However, a 1ms monitor ultimately does feel smoother than a 4ms one, if only slightly so. So, if you play a lot of fast-paced games and have mostly used 1ms monitors in the past, you will likely notice the difference and it might be a good idea to stick with 1ms.

In the case that you aren’t used to gaming on a 1ms monitor and don’t care about the slight advantage that such a low response time might provide, a 4ms monitor would do just fine, especially since IPS and VA panels can offer better visuals than the faster TN panels.

Connectivity

Gaming Monitor Connectivity

In the connectivity department, the two most popular choices with monitors at the moment are HDMI and DisplayPort, so in this section, we’ll see how they compare against each other.

CategoryMonitorSizeResolutionPanel TypeVRR 
Top Budget Gaming Monitors21.5in1080pIPSFreeSync
24/27in1080pIPSFreeSync
27in1440pIPSFreeSync
Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors24.5in1080pTNFreeSync
24in1080pVAFreeSync
24in1080pIPSFreeSync
Best 1440p 144Hz Gaming Monitors27in1440pVAFreeSync
27in1440pTNFreeSync
27in1440pIPSFreeSync
Top Rated 240Hz Gaming Monitors24.5in1080pTNFreeSync
24.5in1080pTNG-SYNC
Best 4K Monitors For Gaming27in2160pIPSFreeSync
27in2160pIPSG-SYNC
Best Gaming Monitors For Xbox One X and PS4 Pro31.5in2160pVAFreeSync
43in2160pVAFreeSync
Best UltraWide Gaming Monitors29in1080pIPSFreeSync
30in1080pVAFreeSync
34in1080pIPSFreeSync
34in1440pVAFreeSync
34in1440pIPSFreeSync
Best HDR Gaming Monitors27in1440pVAFreeSync
49in1440pVAFreeSync
27in2160pIPSG-SYNC
35in1440pVAG-SYNC

In today’s monitors, you’ll find both HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0, as well as both DP 1.2 and DP 1.4 inputs. As you can see from the table above, it’s not just about the type of connector but also which version of the connector the GPU and the monitor are using.

As far as gaming monitors are concerned, the things you need to keep an eye out for are the maximum supported refresh rate in a given resolution, along with whether the connector supports HDR and G-Sync. Furthermore, both HDMI and DisplayPort can transfer audio.

Apart from HDMI and DisplayPort, you can still encounter DVI and VGA connectors in monitors.

DVI is actually still viable among cheaper monitors (Dual-Link DVI-D, to be precise), as it supports refresh rates of up to 144 Hz in 1080p and 60 Hz in 1440p. As for VGA, it is already largely obsolete, as it only supports a refresh rate of up to 60 Hz in 1080p, and it cannot handle any higher resolutions.

HDR – Is It Worth It?

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We have already mentioned HDR in the article, so what exactly is HDR and is it worth it in a 1440p gaming monitor?

To put it simply, HDR makes the bright areas of an image brighter and the dark areas darker, resulting in better contrast and a more realistic and immersive image. That all sounds great on paper, but a big problem remains: not all displays have the kind of brightness or contrast necessary to truly make HDR stand out, and relatively few games actually implement HDR at the moment.

Also, if you were to use HDR, you’d also need to make sure that you’re using an HDMI or a DP 1.4 connection and that your GPU actually supports HDR. Here’s a list of all GPUs and PC games that currently support HDR. As for consoles, all versions of the PlayStation 4 and all versions of the Xbox One support HDR, and it’s not exclusive to the PS4 Pro or the Xbox One X.

With all that said, whether HDR is worth it in a gaming monitor is highly subjective. As far as we’re concerned, it is a good feature to have, if only for HDR content, but it is far from being a high-priority feature for gaming right now.

Conclusion – The Best 1440p Gaming Monitors of 2019

Now that we have gone over all that, let’s ultimately take a look at our top picks!

The Best Budget 1440p Gaming Monitor – AOC CQ27G1

Our budget pick would have to be the AOC CQ27G1, as it simply offers the best combination of features that you can get in a sub-$300 1440p monitor – a great VA panel, and excellent stand, FreeSync, and a high refresh rate, plus it is very responsive for a VA panel. Of course, it still has some ghosting issues, but that is not a major problem considering everything else that you get at this relatively modest price point.

The Best Value 1440p Gaming Monitor – Nixeus EDG27S v2

The EDG27S v2 may not look like much and Nixeus might not be a household name (at least not yet) but there’s no denying the value that this monitor presents, what with its excellent IPS panel. It offers great visuals and great performance, plus it is G-Sync compatible, which is always a plus. Needless to say, if the tilt-only stand and the unimpressive exterior design don’t put you off, this is definitely a monitor worth considering.

The Best 1440p Gaming Monitor Overall – LG 27GL850

If we had to pick the best 1440p gaming monitor overall, that title would have to go to the LG 27GL850 for the time being. Of course, picking the absolute best solution is impossible since different people will have different priorities and different budget constraints, but generally speaking, this monitor almost has everything that most gamers would want: excellent color reproduction, a high refresh rate, responsiveness, G-Sync compatibility, and even HDR, though as we have already discussed, HDR is hardly this monitor’s main selling point.

And those would be our picks for the best 1440p gaming monitors of 2019! New monitors are being released all the time and we will update this guide in the future, so be sure to check back if you don’t decide on any particular monitor right now. Also, if you feel that we have missed anything or made any errors, feel free to let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to fix it ASAP.

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