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Not quite ready for the 4K leap but want an upgrade over your current 1080p monitor? Then a 1440p monitor just might be the ideal middle ground for you!

Going for a WQHD monitor could actually be quite a smart decision, and for more reasons than you may think.

In this article, we will be presenting you with the best 1440p monitors that you can get at the moment, 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!

Top 8 Best 1440p Monitors For Gaming And Everyday Use in 2018

CategoryMonitorScreen SizeRefresh RateResponse TimeSynchronization Technology 
Best Budget 1440p MonitorsLenovo L24q23.8 inches60 Hz4msN/A
ASUS VX24AH23.8 inches60 Hz5msN/A
AOC Q2778VQE27 inches60 Hz1msN/A
Acer G257HU25 inches60 Hz4msN/A
Best 144Hz 1440p  MonitorsAOC AGON AG241QX23.8 inches144 Hz1msFreeSync
ASUS MG278Q27 inches144 Hz1msFreeSync
Dell S2417DG23.8 inches144 Hz1msG-Sync
Acer Predator XB271HU27 inches144 Hz1ms/4msG-Sync

Budget 1440p Monitors

The first category on this list are the “budget” monitors i.e. the ones that are available at the lowest possible prices. Finding such a product is not easy, especially if we’re talking about high-tech products that gaming monitors are since even the most affordable ones are far from cheap.

We went ahead and selected four of the best WQHD budget gaming monitors that can offer you a solid stepping stone into the future of gaming!

Lenovo L24q

best 1440p monitor

About the Monitor

Lenovo is a highly successful Chinese tech company perhaps best known for manufacturing smartphones, tablets, and laptops. But of course, as every large IT company, they also offer a variety of computer equipment, accessories, and peripherals, monitors included.

The Lenovo L24q is a solid budget 1440p gaming monitor. It has a sleek metal exterior which is likely to appeal to a lot of people, and sports a very thin bezel. As for the image quality itself, the IPS panel does an admirable job of reproducing color accurately and has excellent viewing angles.

Features

  • Connectivity
    The monitor has a single HDMI 1.4 port and a single DisplayPort 1.2, which should be more than enough for the average gamer, especially since DVI does not perform all that well in 1440p.
  • Adjustability
    The L24q can only be adjusted for tilt and, unfortunately, does not support VESA wall-mounting.

What We Loved

  • Great value
  • Solid build

What We Didn’t Like

  • Lack of adjustability
  • No VESA mounting

ASUS VX24AH

best 1440p gaming monitor

About the Monitor

Asus is a company that hardly needs an introduction. This Taiwan-based giant has come to manufacture all sorts of equipment and has established the widely-known Republic of Gamers brand, so it’s no wonder that they are producing gaming monitors as well.

The Asus VX24AH is not a product aimed specifically towards gamers though, but it can definitely suit gaming purposes well. Much like the above Lenovo monitor, it sports a slim design with a hollow circular base. It is also an IPS monitor, which means better colors and slightly slower response times.

Features

  • Connectivity
    The Asus VX24AH has two HDMI input ports and a single VGA port. On top of that, it also has two separate 3.5mm jacks, one serving as an audio input and another as an output. Unfortunately, it lacks a DisplayPort, which some gamers might find off-putting. Nonetheless, HDMI will be more than enough for 1440p 60 Hz gaming.
  • Adjustability
    In regards to adjustability, the monitor does not differ much from the above Lenovo model. It supports basic tilt adjustment and does not support VESA mounting.
  • Speakers
    The monitor comes with integrated stereo speakers, each with an output power of 2 watts. That said, it is hardly ideal for gaming but is a useful feature to have regardless.
  • Asus Eye Care
    By reducing blue light levels and utilizing flicker-free refreshing technology, Asus Eye Care lessens eye strain to the maximum possible extent. Needless to say, this is a feature that those who often partake in long gaming sessions are sure to appreciate.

What We Loved

  • Beautiful design
  • High clarity image
  • Minimal blurring

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited adjustability
  • No DisplayPort

AOC Q2778VQE

best 1440p monitor 2018

About the Monitor

AOC is not a name that will immediately inspire confidence for some, as it is not exactly a household name like Asus. However, this Taiwanese company has been around ever since the late 60s and actually specializes in monitors.

The AOC Q2778VQE counts among the economical gaming monitors, so it’s not exactly the epitome of the company’s overall capabilities, but it does testify to their ability to balance quality and affordability. This particular monitor prioritizes function over form, as its chunky bezel and glossy black plastic exterior can hardly be called aesthetic. However, it is a completely different story once you look at its specifications: a LED-backlit TN panel with a lightning-fast 1ms response time.

Features

  • Connectivity
    The monitor is quite versatile in this regard, as it supports every current technology: DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and even VGA. It has a single port for each, in addition to a 3.5mm audio out.
  • Adjustability
    The AOC Q2778VQE is a tad more flexible in this regard than the abovementioned two monitors as well – it can be adjusted both for tilt and pivot, and it supports VESA mounting to boot.

What We Loved

  • Large 27-inch screen
  • Fast 1ms response time fit for competitive gaming

What We Didn’t Like

  • Design is quite bulky by today’s standards

Acer G257HU

best 1440p gaming monitor 2018

About the Monitor

The following monitor is made by Acer, another hardware company best known for its laptops, much like Lenovo. They are headquartered in Taiwan and offer a wide range of both budget and high-end products, although the one we will be looking at today belongs in the former category.

The monitor in question is the Acer G257HU. It adheres to the slim, almost bezel-less design seen in most quality monitors today. It also boasts the most convenient screen size for a 1440p monitor – 25 inches. Furthermore, its IPS screen enables good viewing angles and remarkably accurate color reproduction, although the panel technology limits the response time to 4ms.

Features

  • Connectivity
    The Acer G257HU has three ports: an HDMI port, DisplayPort, and a DVI port. This makes it compatible with every modern graphics card and allows you to choose whichever one fits your needs best.
  • Adjustability
    Once again, we have a monitor that can only be adjusted for tilt, which some users might find disappointing. What’s more disappointing, however, is the lack of VESA support.

What We Loved

  • Solid exterior build
  • Excellent color reproduction
  • Sleek and minimal design

What We Didn’t Like

  • Limited adjustability

144Hz 1440p Monitors

Are you used to high refresh rates and framerates, and are worried that WQHD gaming monitors won’t match your requirements in that regard? There’s no need for that!

There are actually a number of gaming-oriented 144Hz WQHD displays that will produce some of the clearest and most fluid images out there… assuming your GPU can handle it, of course.

The narrowed-down selection we will be presenting here consists of top quality monitors from reliable manufacturers that are equipped either with Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync technologies so as to ensure the best, tear-free gaming experience.

AOC AGON AG241QX

best wqhd monitor

About the Monitor

The very first monitor in this category comes from AOC, a monitor-specialized company we have already introduced above. The monitor in question belongs to their Agon series of gaming monitors, the Agon AG241QX.

It is a stylish piece of tech that elegantly uses the color red to establish itself as a gaming product. Namely, we’re talking about the back of the monitor and the series logo on the front. Other than that, the monitor is mostly black with a metal stand. As for the image quality, it boasts a TN panel and a 1ms refresh rate.

Features

  • Connectivity
    This Agon monitor gives users plenty of choices when it comes to their preferred connection method. It includes a DVI port, a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and a single VGA port. On top of that, it also has 4 USB output ports as well as a 3.5mm audio input and output.
  • Adjustability
    The monitor is fully adjustable, including tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustment. Furthermore, the stand can be detached so as to enable VESA mounting.
  • Shadow Control
    This is a feature that a number of gaming monitors incorporate, allowing you to switch between a high-contrast and low-contrast mode on the fly. Dark areas can be made darker or lighter, allowing you to switch between a visually immersive mode and a mode that can give you a competitive edge whenever you feel like it.
  • Speakers
    And finally, the Agon AG241QX boasts a set of speakers with an RMS of 3 watts, which is pretty standard for monitor speakers. The quality is decent, as far as monitor speakers go, but it is still a far cry from a set of dedicated speakers or gaming headphones.

What We Loved

  • Minimal motion blur
  • Fully adjustable
  • A plethora of connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • Slightly underwhelming color due to TN panel technology

ASUS MG278Q

best wqhd monitor 2018

About the Monitor

Next up, we have another Asus monitor, although a much higher-profile one than the model mentioned before. The product in question is the Asus MG278Q, a massive 27-inch FreeSync gaming monitor.

Unlike the above AOC Agon monitor, this one is much subtler in its design. There are no attention-grabbing red highlights apart from those on the stand, and it is quite slim for a gaming monitor of this type. It also utilizes a TN panel and a 1ms refresh rate, although it has some unique tricks of its own.

Features

  • Connectivity
    The Asus MG278Q also supports a number of connectivity options thanks to its DisplayPort, DVI port, and two HDMI ports. On top of that, it also has a 3.5mm audio output. The stand also has a hollow section included as a means of cable management.
  • Adjustability
    As is to be expected from a monitor of this caliber, it can be fully adjusted for tilt, height, swivel, and pivot. However, it lacks VESA support.
  • Speakers
    The monitor boasts two stereo speakers which have a total output power of 2 watts each. As before, this is pretty standard for monitors and will not blow anyone away with sound quality or bass.
  • Asus GamePlus
    GamePlus can be activated via a hotkey and it has three modes: crosshair, timer, and FPS counter. Having a crosshair can help greatly in shooting games which don’t support or have it disabled, a timer makes it easy to keep track of time for whichever reason, and the FPS counter represents a much more convenient alternative to having software running in the background all the time.
  • Asus GameVisual
    TN panels are known for responsiveness, not visual quality. Asus has addressed the latter issue by introducing the abovementioned mode which consists of different presets and settings which aim to either enhance overall visuals or fine-tune the display so as to give the player an advantage and/or more immersive experience in a certain game genre.

What We Loved

  • Large 27-inch screen
  • Fully adjustable
  • Convenient GamePlus and GameVisual modes

What We Didn’t Like

  • No VESA support
  • On the more expensive side

Dell S2417DG

best 1440p monitors

About the Monitor

As with most of the other companies on this list, we’re sure that Dell needs no particular introduction. Perhaps best known for their laptops and Alienware-branded gaming products, it should come across as no surprise that a Dell monitor had found its way on this list.

The Dell S2417DG does not exactly look like a gaming monitor. Rather, it sports a sleek and minimal design with almost no bezel, the kind that you’d usually expect to see in an office monitor, not a gaming one. But looks can be deceiving, as this monitor has a top-quality TN panel, a 1ms response time, and a refresh rate of up to 165 Hz.

Features

  • Connectivity
    Dell has limited this monitor’s connectivity options only to a single HDMI port and a single DisplayPort. It also incorporates 5 USB 3.0 ports (1 upstream and 4 downstream), as well as a single 3.5mm audio output. What’s more, the hole in the stand is not there merely as an aesthetic detail but is also quite useful for cable management.
  • Adjustability
    The monitor can be adjusted for tilt, swivel, height, and pivot. On top of that, it also supports VESA wall-mounting.

What We Loved

  • Great color quality, especially for a TN display
  • Sleek and inconspicuous design
  • A number of USB 3.0 ports

What We Didn’t Like

  • Lack of noteworthy features found in other gaming monitors
  • Somewhat expensive

Acer Predator XB271HU

1440p monitor

About the Monitor

Following after the minimalistic Dell monitor is a slightly more aggressive design by Acer – the Predator XB271HU. Like the AOC Agon, it brandishes the series rather than the company name on the front. It also doesn’t shy away from attention-grabbing red highlights, most noticeably on the stand.

As for the image quality itself, the monitor comes in two variants, one with a TN and one with an IPS panel. This allows users to choose whichever they prefer based on their requirements – TN for competitive gamers who need the fastest refresh rates or IPS for those who want more vibrant visuals.

Finally, there are no shortcomings in the refresh rate department, as the Predator can push as high as 165 Hz if overclocked, all the while G-Sync ensures a crystal-clear and stutter-free experience.

Features

  • Connectivity
    This monitor is not exactly generous when it comes to connectivity options, as they come down only to HDMI and DisplayPort. Furthermore, it also comes with five USB 3.0 ports – four types A and one type B. Finally, it also has a 3.5mm audio output jack.
  • Adjustability
    As is to be expected, the monitor can be adjusted for height, tilt, pivot, and swivel. It also supports VESA mounting.
  • Speakers
    The Predator XB271HU comes with stereo speakers, although they are quite weak, even in the case of this pricey cutting-edge monitor.

What We Loved

  • Remarkable image quality
  • Solid build
  • Comes in both TN and IPS variants

What We Didn’t Like

  • Extremely expensive

How to Pick the Best 1440p Monitor For You

Now that we’re done listing the best WQHD gaming monitors currently available, let us take a look at their advantages and disadvantages, as well as help you pick the ideal one for your needs.

1080p vs 1440p vs 2160p

 

1080p vs 1440p vs 4k

This resolution-related question weighs heavily on gamers’ minds these days, and not without a good reason. At the moment, each of these resolutions have areas where they excel and those where they fall behind.

1080p is the best choice when it comes to performance. Modern high-end (and even some mid-range) graphics cards can easily push over 100 FPS in games when playing in 1080p. This makes the said resolution ideal for those who need performance over visual quality, such as competitive gamers.

2160p offers absolutely unprecedented visual quality. On the downside, only the most powerful GPUs can handle playable framerates of 30-60 FPS in this resolution. In the end, 2160p is a solid choice for those who want the best possible visual experience and do not mind the performance drop, as well as those who like to plan for the future.

1440p brings the best of both worlds to the table. It looks quite a bit better than 1080p and performs much better than 2160p on the average gaming PC. This makes it the go-to resolution for today’s gamers for two particular reasons:

  1. They support higher refresh rates than the decently-priced 2160p monitors that are currently out
  2. They can always turn the resolution down to 1080p when they need the extra performance

TN vs IPS

As you have seen in this article, modern monitors utilize two types of panels: TN (twisted nematic) and IPS (in-plane switching).

Without getting too technical about how the technologies behind these panels function, we will cut straight to the chase: which should you pick?

In practice, the differences between TN and IPS are as follows:

  1. TN supports faster response times at the cost of color quality, and it also has narrower viewing angles
  2. IPS reproduces color with much more accuracy and has wider viewing angles, but it only supports response times of up to 4ms

ips vs tn

Similar to the matter of which resolution to pick, it all comes down to which you prioritize: performance or visual quality.

If you want the fastest response times and the clearest image you can get, then go with TN. If you don’t mind the slight blurring and like a monitor that can give you some sweet eye candy, then IPS is the right choice for you.

60 Hz vs 144 Hz

The refresh rate constitutes how many times per second the monitor refreshes the displayed image i.e. how many frames per second it can display. And what’s the difference?

60hz vs 144hz

Obviously, 144 Hz can be much smoother than 60 Hz, but whether it’s worth getting a 144 Hz monitor depends entirely on whether you have a GPU that can push that kind of framerate. After all, no point in having a monitor that can display over 100 frames per second if you will settle for 30. This is also the reason why there are no 240 Hz 1440p monitors out yet.

Ultimately, when making this choice, consider your GPU’s power and whether you intend on upgrading it in the near future.

Connectivity

1440p vs 1080p monitor

As you can see, DisplayPort and HDMI are included in every monitor on this list. These two are the most popular means of connection with today’s monitors and graphics cards. So, how do they differ?

The latest versions of both of these technologies transfer video, audio, and support refresh rates of over 144 Hz in a WQHD resolution. For the purposes of a gaming PC, they are pretty much identical.

Some of the cheaper monitors also come with a Dual-Link DVI-D port, the latest version of DVI. This type of connection can display WQHD, but it is limited to a 60 Hz refresh rate and does not support audio transfer. VGA presents a similar situation – it does not support audio transfer and its display capabilities are even more limited, maxing out at 1080p60Hz.

That said, if your graphics card supports it, always go with either HDMI or DisplayPort. For 1440p144Hz gaming, both are equally valid options and the only reason as to why you might definitely want to opt for HDMI is if you need a 3-meter or longer cable to get form the GPU to the monitor.

Best 1440p Monitor

In the end, a number of factors will determine which of these monitors is truly the best for any individual user. If we had to choose the best monitor, we’d have to go with the following:

Best Budget 1440p Monitor – Acer G257HU

top 1440p monitor

This Acer monitor does a remarkable job of balancing quality, affordability, and visual appeal. It is the kind of monitor that will look good on almost any desk, and its IPS panel will suit the needs of gamers and professionals alike.

Although, if you’re a hardcore competitive gamer, a faster TN panel might be a better fit for you – but in that case, you’d also be more likely to invest in a more expensive monitor with a higher refresh rate.

Best 144Hz 1440p Monitor – Acer Predator XB271HU

best 144hz 1440p monitor

In the second category, we also have an Acer monitor which is pretty much the overall best 1440p gaming monitor you can buy at the moment. It is a very well-built monitor that comes both in TN and IPS panel variants, thus letting users choose the one that fits their needs better.

Regardless of this, the Predator delivers remarkable image quality and clarity which are guaranteed both by its high refresh rate and the Nvidia G-Sync technology.

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