The Best 1440p Monitors (2021 Reviews)

Check out the best 1440p monitors currently available, including budget, gaming, professional, and everyday use models!

In this buyer’s guide, you will find the best and most cost-efficient 1440p monitors.

Since we already have dedicated 1440p 144Hz and 1440p 240Hz gaming monitor buying guides, we will focus on low refresh rate (60Hz – 75Hz) models in this article.

Whether you’re looking for a 1440p display for everyday use, color-critical work, gaming, or something in-between, we got you covered!

MonitorSizePanelRefresh RateVRR 
23.8”IPS75HzFreeSync
25”IPS60HzN/A
27”IPS75HzFreeSync
31.5”IPS75HzFreeSync
31.5”VA75HzFreeSync
budget pick

LG 27QN600

lg 27qn600 monitor
  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • High pixel density
  • FreeSync up to 75Hz
best value

Philips 325E1C

philips 325e1c
  • High contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut
  • FreeSync up to 75Hz
premium pick

Dell U2520D

Dell U2520D Monitor
  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • High pixel density, wide color gamut
  • Factory-calibrated, ergonomic design, USB-C

Now, because the difference between the low and high refresh rate 1440p monitors is not that big, we highly recommend investing in a 144Hz+ model if you play a lot of games and can squeeze out a frame rate over 60-75FPS.

Even if you can’t get a high frame rate with your current rig, a new monitor should last you at least a few GPU upgrades, so it’s not a bad idea to future-proof your display a bit.

You won’t lose anything by running games at lower frame rates on a high refresh rate monitor. In fact, you can still benefit from lower input lag and less noticeable tearing.

Be sure to check out the ‘Alternatives’ sections in the monitor reviews below as we’ll mention similarly priced models you might want to consider, with higher refresh rates and/or other features.

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this article.

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • High pixel density
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync and MBR up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

There is only a handful of 24″ 1440p monitors out there, which is a shame given that a lot of people love this combination of screen size and resolution.

Luckily, the Acer Nitro VG240YU is an excellent yet affordable model that offers everything you need for an enjoyable gaming and viewing experience.

Image Quality

The Quad HD resolution results in a high 123 PPI (pixels per inch) pixel density on the 23.8″ viewable screen of the VG240YU.

This means that you’ll get plenty of screen space for your spreadsheets and whatnot, as well as crisp and sharp details; from a normal viewing distance (~70cm or 2.3 ft), you won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels at all!

Further, the IPS panel of the monitor ensures accurate, consistent and vivid colors, whlie the image remains perfect regardless of the angle you’re looking at the screen thanks to the wide 178° viewing angles.

Factory calibration varies across different units, but you will also be able to do some basic content creation without any issues. For more serious colorists though, we recommend getting a monitor with a more precise (Delta E < 3 or less) factory calibration or pairing the VG240YU with a colorimeter and calibrating it yourself.

Other specifications include a 300-nit peak brightness, which is more than bright enough under normal lighting conditions, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and true 8-bit color depth support, as expected from an IPS display at this price range.

Features

amd freesync logo

Moving on, the Acer VG240YU has a fast pixel response time speed, so there’s no prominent trailing behind fast-moving objects. This makes it great for fast-paced games, though a 1440p 144Hz or even 1080p 144Hz gaming monitor would still be a much better choice if you play a lot of first-person shooters.

Additionally, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync for tear-free gameplay between the supported 48-75Hz variable refresh rate (VRR) range. Using CRU (Custom Resolution Utility), you might even be able to extend that range to ~40-75Hz depending on the unit.

FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DisplayPort, so you can use it with both AMD and NVIDIA (GTX 10-series or newer) FreeSync-compatible graphics cards.

Other noteworthy features include Black Boost (improves visibility in darker scenes of games), crosshair overlays, various picture modes, Picture in Picture, Picture by Picture, and advanced image adjustment tools, such as gamma, grayscale, and 6-axis hue/saturation.

It also supports backlight strobing (Visual Response Boost) for reduced perceived motion blur, though this technology can’t be active at the same time as FreeSync, it reduces the maximum brightness while enabled, and introduces screen flickering.

Design & Connectivity

acer vg240yu monitor back

The Acer VG240YU has a tilt-only stand, but you can detach it and mount the screen on a third-party stand via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, two 2W built-in speakers, and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

At $230, the VG240YU is one of the cheapest 24″ 1440p IPS monitors available. However, depending on your region and pricing, you might want to give these models a look too:

If you have a laptop with a USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode and Power Delivery, consider the following:

Lastly, note that for ~$20 extra, you can get a 27″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitor with a curved VA panel, such as the AOC CQ27G2 – or a 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming display for ~$50 extra, the Gigabyte G27Q.

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • High pixel density, wide color gamut
  • Factory-calibrated
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options, including USB-C with 90W PD

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)
  • No AMD FreeSync

About The Monitor

If you want something a bit better but in the same ~24″ screen size, check out the Dell UltraSharp U2520D!

Image Quality

This 25″ sized monitor is only slightly larger than the Acer VG240YU, so you get to keep the high pixel density of 117 PPI for sharp details and plenty of screen space.

The Dell U2520D, however, is factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2, so it’s accurate straight out of the box and ready for work!

Additionally, it covers a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut for more saturated and vibrant colors resulting in a more immersive viewing experience and more colors to work with if your projects can benefit from the DCI-P3 color space.

Other panel-related specifications include a 350-nit peak brightness and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, which is standard.

The monitor also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but without significantly higher brightness and contrast as well as an expensive full-array local dimming (FALD) implementation, the HDR picture won’t look much better.

So, you can basically ignore its HDR support. Thanks to the wide color gamut, some scenes might look a bit better, but it’s far from the true HDR viewing experience, which is only possible on more expensive monitors anyway.

Features

Further, the Dell U2520D has a fast response time speed, so there’s no ghosting in fast-paced scenes. However, it doesn’t support FreeSync or 75Hz, which will disappoint gamers.

Due to its great image quality, fast response time, and low input lag, you can still enjoy video games up to 60FPS without any issues, but you will need to use V-Sync if you wish to prevent tearing. In this case, we recommend using this trick to minimize the V-Sync input lag penalty.

You might also want to try manually overclocking the monitor as this panel is usually pushed to 75Hz on other monitors, but your mileage may vary here.

Design & Connectivity

Dell U2520D Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor is quite versatile with up to 130mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, -5°/21° tilt, +/- 45° swivel, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options are extensive and include DisplayPort 1.4, DisplayPort-out 1.4 for daisy-chaining, HDMI 2.0, a USB-C port with DP Alt Mode and 90W PD, a USB hub (three downstream USB 3.0 and one upstream USB-C), and an audio line-out port for external speakers.

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • High pixel density
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

Most people find 27″ monitors to be the ideal size: not too big, not too small. Plus, the 1440p resolution complements it perfectly as you get a lot of screen space with sharp details and text while scaling is not necessary.

The LG 27QN600 is the most cost-efficient 27″ 1440p 75Hz IPS monitor available.

Image Quality

Thanks to its IPS panel, you get accurate and rich colors covering the sRGB color space, as well as wide viewing angles and quick pixel response time speed.

Further, it offers true 8-bit color depth, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and a 350-nit peak brightness.

HDR is supported as well, but again, it’s only entry-level and shouldn’t be paid any attention.

Features

The LG 27QN600 supports AMD FreeSync over both HDMI and DisplayPort with a 48-75Hz VRR range for tear-free gameplay.

Other features include Black Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker scenes of games), advanced image adjustment tools (6-axis hue/saturation, 4 gamma presets, and sharpness), and various picture presets.

Overall, it’s a great 27″ 1440p monitor for everyday use, content consumption, basic content creation, and casual gaming.

Visit our LG 27QN600 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

LG 27QN600 Monitor Back

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but the monitor is VESA mount compatible via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 1.4 inputs, and a headphone jack. All three ports can display 2560×1440 up to 75Hz.

Alternatives

If the LG 27QN600 is not available, check out the Dell S2721D with the same specifications, which can go for as low as $200 when on sale.

As we already mentioned, you can buy a 27″ 1440p 144Hz IPS gaming monitor for ~$300, so if you play a lot of games and can maintain a high frame rate, you should check out the Gigabyte G27Q or the AOC CQ27G2 with a curved VA panel (~$250).

If you’re looking for something with better color accuracy, we recommend the ASUS PA278QV. It offers a fully ergonomic design, Delta E < 2, and a USB hub for $300.

Need something with a wider color gamut for professional use? There’s the ViewSonic VP2785-2K with 99% Adobe RGB gamut, USB-C (65W PD), and 14-bit 3D LUT.

In case you just need USB-C with Power Delivery, check out the Lenovo Q27H-10.

Finally, if you’re interested in a premium 27″ 1440p IPS monitor for everyday use, check out the Dell S2719DC (USB-C 45W PD, 600-nits, 90% DCI-P3, 4 dimming zones).

There’s also the older model, the Dell S2719DM, but it doesn’t have as wide color gamut (85% DCI-P3) or USB-C.

These models offer a better HDR image quality, but it’s still far from the ‘true’ HDR viewing experience due to the low contrast ratio and only 4 dimming zones.

At that price range ($400+), there are excellent 4K, 1440p 144Hz, and ultrawide monitors worth considering as well though.

The Pros:

  • Accurate colors, wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync and MBR up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The LG 32QN600 is essentially the 32″ version of the 27QN600, and as far as 32″ 1440p 75Hz IPS monitors go, it offers the best value for money.

Image Quality

QHD resolution looks excellent even on 32″ displays. You get a pixel density of 93 PPI, which is the same pixel per inch ratio as that of a 24″ 1080p monitor.

So, you won’t have quite as much screen space as you would on a 27″ 1440p monitor, but details and text are still sharp. Further, since you’ll be sitting a bit further from the larger screen, individual pixels won’t be as noticeable as they are on 24″ 1080p.

In short, the image quality overall won’t be as sharp as that of the LG 27QN600, but the larger 32″ screen does offer a more immersive viewing experience for some users, while others might find 32″ too big for regular desktop use.

Features, ergonomics, and connectivity options are identical to the 27QN600.

Alternatives

If you’re interested in a better 32″ 1440p IPS monitor, there’s the Dell P3221D with an ergonomic stand and a USB hub (including USB-C with 65W PD), but it goes for ~$500, at which point you can get a 165Hz model with wide color gamut, the Gigabyte M32Q.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio, wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features, including FreeSync up to 75Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

About The Monitor

Interested in something a bit different?

Check out the Philips 325E1C with a curved VA panel!

Image Quality

The Philips 325E1C is based on a VA panel boasting a high contrast ratio of 3,000:1. In comparison to IPS monitors, you get deeper blacks, brighter whites, and an overall punchier relation between the two.

Further, the monitor has a wide 123% sRGB color gamut for more saturated and vivid colors, but its peak brightness is only decent at 250-nits.

While VA monitors offer a generally more immersive viewing experience thanks to their high contrast ratio and lack of IPS glow, they also have their disadvantages.

To start with, the viewing angles aren’t quite as wide as that of IPS technology, so some minor shifts in contrast, gamma, and saturation can be noticed, but nothing too extreme. In fact, most people will find it completely negligible.

Next, they have a slower response time speed, particularly when it comes to black to white pixel transitions. So, some smearing will be noticeable behind fast-moving objects, especially in darker scenes. For casual gaming, it won’t bother most users though.

The Philips 325E1C monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-75Hz VRR range over both HDMI and DisplayPort.

Design & Connectivity

philips 325e1c monitor back

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but it’s detachable allowing the screen to be effortlessly mounted via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4, VGA, and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

Keep in mind that 32″ 1440p 144Hz gaming monitors are quite affordable (~$300), so you might want to check out the Gigabyte G32QC.

Other popular 32″ 1440p 60Hz-75Hz VA panel monitors include the BenQ EW3270ZL (flat-screen, integrated sensor for automatic brightness adjustment according to ambient lighting) and the HP Pavilion Gaming 32 with DisplayHDR 600 – though quite pricey for a low refresh rate display.

Conclusion

Found the best 1440p monitor for you? Feel free to leave us a comment below if you’re still not sure which one to buy!

Overall, most people will be perfectly happy with the LG 27QN600 for the money paid, or the Acer VG240YU if you prefer smaller screens.

The Philips 325E1C also offers an excellent viewing experience for the price, while those who want a premium 1440p display should get the Dell U2520D or the Dell S2719DC – but as we already mentioned, at that price range, you should also check out our best monitors under $400 guide for more options.

Changelog +

  • June 18, 2021:
    – Updated the guide to only include the best 1440p monitors with a low 60Hz – 75Hz refresh rate since we now have dedicated 1440p 144Hz and 1440p 240Hz guides.
  • April 22, 2021:
    – Improved readability and other related things.
  • February 24, 2021:
    – Removed the AOPEN 27ML1U, AOC Q3279VWFD8, and the Samsung CHG70.
    – Added the Gigabyte G27Q.
  • February 9, 2021:
    – Added the LG 32GN650 as an alternative to the LG 32GK650F.
  • December 24, 2020:
    – Replaced the Dell AW2721D with the Acer XV272UX.
  • December 10, 2020:
    – Added the Dell AW2721D and the Acer XV272UX (as an alternative) 1440p 240Hz IPS monitors.
    – Added the Dell S2721DGF as an alternative for the LG 27GL850.

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Rob Shafer
Rob Shafer

Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.