The Best 1440p Monitors with a 240Hz Refresh Rate in 2022
Many pro eSports players still use 1080p monitors at high refresh rates for maximum performance and frame rates, but 1440p monitors are an excellent choice for those who want to play at a high resolution. Combining a 2K monitor with a 240Hz is a great tradeoff as sustaining high frame rates at 4K resolutions requires extreme GPU power.
Sticking to 1440p is a popular way to keep a more realistic budget in a Monitor x GPU combo. Even the displays themselves are still costly, especially those using IPS panels. In this post, you will find some of the best TN or IPS 1440p monitors.
To begin with, TN stands for twisted nematic. This is a type of LCD panel display technology. TN panels are characterized as having the fastest response times (1-5ms) and being the cheapest among the other main types of display panels, VA (vertical alignment) and IPS (in-plane switching).
IPS (In-Plane Switching) panels are capable of showing crisp images and sharp color detail. This makes them the best for image editing, video editing, and content creation. Their black performance is not optimal, while many of them have high response times.
Finally, VA panels were designed to combine the best of both worlds (TN and IPS). VA panels are separated as MVA and PVA. Typically, you will get better response times than IPS panels with a VA panel, along with better viewing angles and contrast than TN panels.
To give you an overall idea, a 240-360Hz LCD monitor is what you need for competitive games, and then you need a second OLED monitor for desktop work and everything else, at 4K and 120Hz. I will not try to pass any of these otherwise excellent picks as an OLED alternative, as the OLED HDR performance blows them away.
TN monitors are popular among gamers as they offer speedy response times, ranging from 1ms to 5ms. Both IPS panels and VA panels have caught up in terms of response time, but you will have to pay a higher price for that.
If you are a professional player, you should probably look at smaller and faster monitors than the ones we list here; the G2G measurements of 1ms on TN, VA, and IPS monitors is the peak speed, so in some cases, you may experience smearing behind fast-moving objects.
TN monitors have poor viewing angles compared to IPS monitors. They can’t compete with their IPS and VA counterparts. You’ll also notice that colors change when viewed from both sides and from above or below.
IPS monitors have wider viewing angles. Colors don’t shift, unlike with TN panels, where the colors can look washed out if you arent directly in front of the screen.
VA monitors also have a wider viewing angle than TN monitors, and in 2021 they can compete with IPS monitors. Colors change a bit when viewed from different angles, but it is less noticeable than with TN.
TN monitors could not compete with IPS, and VA monitors regarding the quality of color reproduced in the past. Nowadays, the gap is much closer, and in tests, TN monitors have produced great color accuracy, especially for gaming monitors.
Still, IPS and VA monitors have better control and precision to deliver a more accurate color than TN monitors.
In this list, only the two VA monitors by Samsung come with a 2500:1 static contrast ratio. This makes it the best for watching movies since they show better color contrast in dark scenes.
Both IPS monitors and TN ones deliver an unsatisfying 1000:1 static contrast ratio, which is noticeable in dark scenes.
So let’s get to it with the top 1440p x 240Hz monitors available right now.
A Note on Adaptive Sync
Both NVIDIA and AMD offer proprietary adaptive sync technologies, G-Sync/G-Sync Ultimate and FreeSync/FreeSync 2.0. Naturally, if you aim for maximum flexibility and compatibility, you will have to go for a monitor that supports both technologies.
You will find three overdrive modes: Standard, Faster, and Fastest. Ideally, you should stick with Faster, even on Samsung Odyssey G9, as it does not offer Motion Blur Reduction, which could reduce inverse-ghosting effects. That being said, “Faster” is probably ideal on the G7, too, despite its Motion Blur Reduction features.
A Note on HDR
All these monitors support HDR, but none of them excels at it. The best HDR performance among monitors in our list comes from the DisplayHDR 1000 certified Samsung Odyssey G9. Since none of the monitors is OLED, they all require local dimming to maximize HDR performance, but none of them features a Full Array Local Dimming (FALD). Instead, they rely on edge local dimming or global dimming.
The Odyssey G9 is an amazing monitor, but its edge dimming is limited to just 10 zones, which are not nearly enough of a 49″-sized screen.
Best 1440p 240Hz TN Monitors
There are several noteworthy things about TN monitors. First of all, the slowest among these picks offers a response time of 1 ms, so these are definitely among the best options for gamers. The viewing angles of these monitors are generally poor, so it is better to go for one with a stand that offers maximum ergonomy.
The Lenovo Legion Y27GQ 25 is the world’s first 1440p 240hz monitor, announced back in 2019. The monitor comes with close to 100% sRGB color coverage and 90% DCI-P3 coverage, and the 3ms response time (0.5ms on overdrive) will lead to really smooth gameplay. As expected by a TN panel, the viewing angles are not ideal, but it comes with an above-average max brightness of 400 nits.
This monitor features an AU Optronics 27-inc 240hz 1440p panel with 0.5ms G2G response times, 90% DCI-P3 coverage, and NVIDIA G-Sync Ultimate support.
The monitor features an ergonomic, low-profile stand, extremely narrow bezels, and a matte black finish. Its viewing angles are limited to 170H/160V, but the stand allows for all four adjustments.
Ports: You will find 3 x USB ports, an audio jack port, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, and 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports on the back of the display. Unfortunately, there is nothing in the design to help with cable management. There is also a detachable Harman Kardon certified Bluetooth speaker.
Adaptive Sync Technology: NVIDIA G Sync HDR Ultimate.
Resolution (Aspect Ratio)
2560 × 1440 (16:9)
0.5 ms (with OD) 3 ms (w/o OD)
1000:1 static, dynamic 3000000:1 dynamic
320 nits (400 nits on HDR)
Panel Type / Backlight / Bit Depth
TN (AU Optronics) / W-LED / 8 bits
1 × HDMI 2.0 1 × DisplayPort 1.4 3 x USB 3.0 (downstream) 1 × USB 3.0 (upstream) 1 x 3.5 mm Audio Out
The HP Omen X27 is one of the fastest TN monitors on the market. However, it comes with some limitations I don’t like. The main one is the stand which is quite limiting. The monitor comes with a brightness of close to 400 nits (significantly higher than the specs suggest), while color accuracy is above average even without calibration, hitting close to 100% coverage of the sRGB range and around 80% of the Adobe RGB range. While this monitor is great for gaming, video quality is poor. Despite HDR, the monitor comes with only 16 dimming zones, so it cannot really display HDR at its full range. Essentially, the inclusion of HDR is more of a gimmick, but that is the case with pretty much any HDRDisplay certification below 600.
The monitor of the world’s first monitors to feature the ultrafast AU Optronics 27-inc 240hz 1440p panel with 1ms G2G response times and 90% DCI-P3 coverage (the coverage is slightly lower out of the box).
The design is clean and simple with a premium build quality feel. The stand is solid metal and doesn’t take up too much space, but its movements are limited to tilting and lifting.
Tilt: Yes (+23° ~ -5°).
Height Adjustment: 0~130mm.
VESA Mount: Yes (100 x 100mm).
Consequently, achieving an ideal viewing angle can be challenging with this monitor considering its narrow viewing angles (170H/160V).
This is arguably the best TN panel option if your primary purpose is gaming due to its amazing response time.
The monitor features a button-controlled OSD. Also, keep in mind that the default settings provide low color accuracy, so to get the most out of the monitor, you will have to tweak its settings and calibrate it.
You will find 3 x USB 3.0 ports, an audio jack port, a DisplayPort 1.4 port, and 2 x HDMI ports on the back with limited cable management.
TheAOC AG273QZwas released in February 2020 and is among the first 1440p 240Hz monitors to market. Featuring one of the new AU Optronics 240hz 1440p TN panels, you can expect great gaming performance. Its DCI-P3 coverage is around 90%, while it hits 122.5% sRGB coverage and 93.7% Adobe RGB coverage. You can expect quite an impressive color coverage for its price.
AOC is quoting a Moving Picture Response Time (MPRT) instead of the usual Grey to Grey (G2G) response time figures we see with most other monitors.
Its metal stand allows for full adjustments and has a neat carrying handle built into the top of the monitor. Keep in mind that the feet of the monitor are quite lengthy, and the base covers around 29cm.
The monitor comes with a nice OSD controller accessory that allows you to navigate the menu easily and presets without using the fiddly joystick on the monitor itself. The out of the box color accuracy is average, but the brightness is set very high. However, you can improve it with a bit of tweaking.
The ASUS ROG Swift PG279QM is one of the fastest IPS monitors with great color quality and accuracy with a 1ms grey-to-grey response time and its 240Hz refresh rate. It offers excellent DCI-P3 coverage out of the box, so you can really do much more than just tear-free gaming and eSports. Its sRGB color space is 150%, so you are getting close to maximum color accuracy with such a monitor. The monitor supports both G-Sync Ultimate and FreeSync2.
Dell’s Alienware 27 AW2721D was the first-released IPS 1440p 240hz monitor. With this monitor, you will start getting some awe-inspiring color and HDR quality. The monitor is based on LG’s Nano IPS panel with a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut (equivalent to ~135% sRGB). As a result, you get absolutely gorgeous colors, especially reds and greens, for more lifelike picture quality.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of an sRGB color clamp, regular sRGB content will be over-saturated.
On the other hand, content that uses the DCI-P3 gamut natively (HDR) will look just right with better shade variety and no over-saturation.
This is the first monitor on the list with a DisplayHDR 600 certification, which will be a noteworthy improvement for HDR content, but still, with 32 dimming zones, this is not a true HDR experience.
The monitor’s viewing angles stand at 178°H/178°V. Its stand allows for all four kinds of adjustments:
2 × HDMI 2.0 1 × DisplayPort 1.4 2 × USB 3.0 1x Headphone jack
Dell Alienware 27 AW2721D Specs
Best Curved 1440p 240Hz Monitor
Now let’s get to a different kind of beast. With a curved VA monitor, you will not get the impressive viewing angles other IPS monitors provide. However, you are still in for an amazing experience with Samsung’s Odyssey G7, which is also available at 32″.
With Samsung’s Odyssey G7 VA monitor, you are going to miss the IPS angles. Still, overall you are going to get incredible color accuracy with a 125% sRGB color gamut, around 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 range, and a static contrast of 2500:1. Yes, with this monitor, you are finally going to witness some deep blacks.
Its HDR performance is among the best on this list as the monitor comes with a DisplayHDR 600 certification.
Initially, the VRR support came with a caveat: multiple reviewers and buyers experienced flickering with VRR turned on. Still, a firmware update (version 1009.3) back in November 2020 seemingly resolved the issue.
The monitor’s viewing angles stand at 178°H/178°V. Its stand allows for all four kinds of adjustments:
This is the future of gaming monitors, as at 49″ inches, it requires an entirely different setup than the usual desk monitors. It comes with best-in-class speed, image quality, and a 1000R curve; the Samsung Odyssey G9 delivers an otherworldly and futuristic gaming experience.
A bright backlight, accurate color, great HDR performance certified by its DisplayHDR 1000 rating. All this while maintaining an insane 240 Hz refresh rate.
The monitor features an edge-lit local dimming backlight rather than the premium full-array local dimming (FALD). While you will get the best HDR performance among monitors on this list, the 10 dimming zones are just not enough for a true HDR experience.
The Samsung Odyssey G9’s VRR performance comes with a FreeSync and G-Sync certification from AMD and NVIDIA. Both technologies function at 240 Hz with HDR.
Simultaneously, the panel has a native 10-bit color depth for smooth picture gradients.
Ports: The monitor comes with an HDMI 2.0 port and two DisplayPort 1.4s ports. You also get USB 3.0 (one up and two downstream) and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Resolution (Aspect Ratio)
5120 × 1440 (32:9)
300 nits for SDR 1000 nits for HDR
VESA DisplayHDR 1000
Panel Type / Backlight
SVA / W-LED, edge array, quantum dot film
Adaptive Sync (VRR)
NVIDIA® G-SYNC™ Compatible / AMD FreeSync2
Motion Blur Reduction (MBR)
1 × HDMI 2.0 2 × DisplayPort 1.4 2 × USB 2.0 1 x Headphone jack
Samsung Odyssey G7 Specs
Best Budget 1440p 240Hz Display
Acer Nitro XV272UX
The Acer Nitro XV272UX is an amazing budget choice that comes with an outstanding – for its price – IPS panel by AUO. This monitor achieves close to 160% coverage of the sRGB color gamut and ~99% of Adobe RGB, so you can definitely use this monitor for professional work.
Its DisplayHDR 400 certification is nothing that will make your eyes blink on, so don’t expect much in the HDR department.
Acer advertises its VRB (Visual Response Boost) tech that allows a 0.5 ms response time on Extreme Overdrive mode, but it’s more of a gimmick as it will introduce pixel overshoot.
The Normal mode will work just fine, though, even at 270Hz (if you decide to overclock the monitor).
The monitor is compatible with AMD FreeSync but will probably be added to the G-Sync compatibility list too. However, you will encounter inverse ghosting at low framerates, so it is best to disable VRR and use V-Sync to avoid screen tearing and tweak the monitor to minimize the response time.