The Best 240Hz Monitors (2021 Reviews)

See the best 240Hz gaming monitors currently available as well as everything else you need to know about high refresh-rate displays for competitive gaming!

So, you’ve decided to upgrade your game by getting a faster monitor?

We’ll cut right to the chase — there are various 240Hz models out there, both good and bad, so we’ve picked 7 best of the best models for you to choose from according to your budget and preference.

MonitorSizeResolutionPanelVRRG-SYNCMBR 
24.5”1920x1080IPSFreeSyncStableNo
24.5”1920x1080TNFreeSyncStableYes
27”1920x1080IPSFreeSyncCompatibleYes
27”
32"
2560x1440VAFreeSync Premium ProCompatibleYes
27”
32"
2560x1440IPSFreeSyncCompatibleYes (27")
49"5120x1440VAFreeSync Premium ProCompatibleNo
49"5120x1440VAFreeSync Premium ProCompatibleNo
*Recommended monitor - a review section will be added soon
budget pick

Dell S2522HG

Dell S2522HG Monitor
  • 1080p 240Hz 1ms
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Affordable
best overall

Samsung G7

samsung odyssey g7 monitor
  • 1440p 240Hz 1ms
  • AMD FreeSync
  • High contrast ratio
premium pick

Samsung Neo G9

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9
  • 5120×1440 240Hz 1ms
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 2048-zone mini LED FALD

At 240Hz, fast-paced motion becomes significantly smoother as opposed to standard 60Hz-75Hz displays. Although the bump isn’t as noticeable as it’s when going from 60Hz to 144Hz, you can definitely see and feel the difference.

A higher refresh rate also ensures lower input lag! While these things won’t magically make you a better player, you do get a slight advantage over other gamers with regular screens.

Most importantly, a high refresh rate makes the gaming experience feel more responsive and enjoyable.

Now, to ensure you’re getting the optimal performance, there are additional things to consider, such as the screen size and panel type as well as VRR and MBR performance — all of which we’ll get into in the following monitor reviews.

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

The Pros:

  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand, USB hub
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

The Cons:

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

About The Monitor

The Dell S2522HG is a 25″ 1080p 240Hz IPS gaming monitor that goes for $250 – $280. It’s one of the cheapest 240Hz displays yet it offers buttery-smooth performance and great image quality.

Image Quality

Thanks to its IPS panel, the Dell S2522HG has 178° wide viewing angles, meaning that the picture won’t shift in color, brightness, contrast or gamma when looked at skewed angles.

Further, the colors are accurate and consistent across the screen. The monitor covers the entire sRGB color space, so if you have a colorimeter, you can also use it for professional color-critical work involving the sRGB gamut.

Most importantly, the Dell S2522HG has a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, which ensures that there’s no visible ghosting behind fast-moving objects.

With a 400-nit peak luminance, the monitor can get more than bright enough even in particularly bright rooms, while the contrast ratio is standard for IPS technology at 1,000:1.

Features

Moving on, the S2522HG supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-240Hz VRR (variable refresh rate) range for tear-free gameplay.

This technology synchronizes the monitor’s refresh rate with GPU’s frame rate. So, when you’re getting around 144FPS, for instance, the display will dynamically change its refresh rate to 144Hz – thus preventing tearing and stuttering at no perceptible input lag penalty.

Sadly, the S2522HG doesn’t support optional Motion Blur Reduction (MBR), which reduces perceived motion blur at a cost of picture brightness by backlight strobing.

MBR also introduces screen flickering. It’s invisible to the human eye, but those sensitive to flicker can still experience headaches or eye strain after prolonged use.

If you want a 240Hz gaming monitor with MBR, we recommend the ASUS VG259QM.

Other features include Dark Stabilizer (improves visibility in darker games) and various pre-calibrated picture presets.

Design & Connectivity

Dell S2522HG Monitor Design

The Dell S2522HJ has a height-adjustable stand by up to 130mm, and you can tilt the screen by -5°/21°, pivot by 90° and swivel it by +/- 45°. Alternatively, you can mount the screen using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

  • ASUS VG259QM – A more expensive 25″ 1080p 240Hz 1ms IPS gaming monitor with backlight strobing (ELMB-Sync), 280Hz overclockable refresh rate and some other gaming features (such as crosshair overlays). For most people, the Dell S2522HG will do just fine because the difference between 240Hz and 280Hz is not noticeable and most users prefer not to use backlight strobing as it reduces brightness and introduces screen flickering.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Impeccable MBR implementation
  • Additional gaming features including S. Switch and the shading hood
  • Fully ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • Inferior image quality to IPS/VA panels
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Expensive

About The Monitor

BenQ’s Zowie gaming monitors are often the choice of professional players and various eSports tournaments; there are good reasons for that, too!

Features

The BenQ XL2546K is based on a TN panel with inferior image quality and narrower viewing angles in comparison to IPS panels.

So, why is the XL2546K almost double the price of the Dell S2522HG?

Well, it’s mainly due to its exclusive gaming features, most importantly, the DyAc+ (Dynamic Accuracy Plus) backlight strobing technology.

This Motion Blur Reduction implementation is much better than that of most monitors. First of all, it has a minimal picture brightness toll allowing you to enjoy a bright picture quality.

Secondly, there’s minimal strobe crosstalk up to ~180Hz strobed, so there won’t be any prominent double images or other distractions.

Indeed, the XL2546K resembles CRT displays when it comes to motion clarity due to the absence of motion blur, trailing and overshoot paired with low input lag.

Other gaming features include the S. Switch device which allows you to remotely make some quick adjustments to monitor settings, Black eQualizer (improves visibility in darker scenes), FreeSync up to 240Hz and Color Vibrance (color saturation presets).

There’s also the ‘XL Setting to Share’ feature which allows for easy import/export of the monitor’s settings among users.

Design & Connectivity

benq xl2546k monitor design

The monitor is designed with professional gameplay in mind.

You get a sturdy and fully ergonomic stand (155mm height adjustment, -5°/23° tilt, +/- 45° swivel, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA), which takes very little desk space.

Connectivity options include three HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

The older version of this monitor, the BenQ XL2546S, offers the same performance and features, but with a different design.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Impeccable MBR implementation
  • Additional gaming features
  • Fully ergonomic stand, shading hood
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Low pixel density
  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The ViewSonic XG270 was the first gaming monitor to receive the Blur Busters Approved certification for its PureXP backlight strobing technology which implies superior performance, firmware updates and more.

Image Quality

Now, this 27″ sized monitor has a screen resolution of 1920×1080, which, as we already mentioned, results in a low pixel density that will make the picture quality appear a bit pixelated. Sadly, the XG270 is not available as a ~24″ variant.

To reduce the pixelated appearance, you can simply sit a bit further from the screen to make individual pixels less distinguishable, or you can apply some anti-aliasing in video games.

Some users even prefer such low pixel density as bigger pixels help them with precision in FPS games.

Overall, 27″ 1080p monitors are okay for gaming, watching videos and similar use, but if you want to use the monitor for office-related and similar tasks as well, you may find yourself lacking screen real estate and detail clarity.

Other than that, panel-related specifications include a 400-nit peak brightness and a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1.

Features

The ViewSonic XG270 supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-240Hz VRR range and certified G-SYNC compatibility.

Other gaming features are pretty standard and include customizable crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets, Black Stabilization (for better visibility in darker games) and advanced picture adjustment tools such as six gamma presets.

Its main feature, of course, is the PureXP backlight strobing technology approved and pre-tuned by Blur Busters, who popularized and helped develop Motion Blur Reduction in gaming monitors.

Backlight strobing on 240Hz monitors is most efficient when the display is set between 100Hz and 144Hz as there’s less strobe crosstalk (double images) than at 240Hz.

Note that a 240Hz monitor will have better MBR performance at 144Hz than a 144Hz display strobing at 144Hz, so the monitor’s high refresh rate isn’t going to waste here.

Now, when you set the ViewSonic XG270 to 120Hz, enable PureXP, and ensure you’re getting ~120FPS (either by using VSYNC or capped frame rates), you’ll get an incredible CRT-like motion clarity with no blur behind fast-moving objects.

What’s more, thanks to the monitor’s high peak brightness and vibrant colors, the image quality will also be excellent!

Design & Connectivity

Viewsonic Xg270 Back

The ViewSonic XG270 has a fully ergonomic stand with up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt, +/- 90° swivel, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. It also has a headphones hook, a mouse bungee and sight shields.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, a headphone jack and 4 USB 3.0 ports (1 upstream + 3 downstream). There’s also customizable RGB lighting at the back of the monitor.

Alternatives

  • ViewSonic XG2431 – The upcoming 24″ 1080p 240Hz IPS monitor that has Blur Busters 2.0 Approved certification. It will have even better tuned MBR performance besides the preferable 24″ sized screen for competitive FPS gameplay

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and strong peak brightness
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • 1000R curvature too steep for some users
  • VRR Control option might cause micro-stuttering on some units

About The Monitor

The Samsung Odyssey G7 is a 1440p 240Hz display based on a curved VA panel with a high contrast ratio, wide viewing angles and vibrant colors.

It’s available as a 27″ model (Samsung C27G75T) and as a 32″ version (Samsung C32G75T).

Image Quality

On 27-inch monitors, the 1440p resolution provides a high 108 PPI pixel density, resulting in crisp details and text, plenty of screen space and no necessary scaling.

If you’re more interested in the 32-inch model, keep in mind that 1440p on 32″ monitors have the same pixel density as 24″ 1080p displays, so you’ll get the same amount of screen space and details – but because the screen is bigger, the image quality will be more immersive.

Moving on, the Samsung G7 has a high static contrast ratio of 2,500:1, which results in significantly deeper blacks in comparison to IPS and TN monitors.

Best of all, in addition to its wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut and wide 178° viewing angles, you also get a high peak brightness of 600-nits, so the image quality is a lot more immersive.

It’s also one of the rare VA panel monitors with a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed. So, you won’t get any ghosting or smearing usually associated with VA displays.

Features

MBR is supported, but just like with all monitors mentioned in this guide (except for the ViewSonic XG270 and the BenQ XL2546K), the strobing is not well optimized as the overdrive is locked to ‘Fastest’ which is the most aggressive mode.

So, unless you can maintain consistent 240FPS, you’ll get double images with fast-moving content.

Regardless, its GtG performance is very good, so you don’t have to rely on MBR for smooth gameplay.

The Samsung G7 has AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro as well as NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible certifications.

Other features include the standard gaming utilities such as custom crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets and Black Equalizer for better visibility in darker games.

For more information, check out our Samsung Odyssey G7 review.

Design & Connectivity

samsung c32g75t monitor

The design of the monitor includes a very aggressive 1000R screen curvature for added immersion while the stand is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics including up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 15° swivel, -9°/13° tilt, 90° pivot and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

In order to reach 240Hz at 2560×1440 with 10-bit color, you will need a graphics card that supports DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC (Display Stream Compression) such as AMD’s RX 5xxx or NVIDIA’s GTX 16xx and RTX 20xx series or newer.

If you have an older graphics card, you’ll still be able to reach 240Hz at 1440p, but only with 8-bit color depth. You can also drop the refresh rate to 144Hz for 10-bit color.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 ports, an HDMI 2.0 port (max 144Hz), a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time, low input lag
  • FreeSync and MBR
  • Additional gaming features
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options
  • Adobe RGB gamut

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and inferior contrast ratio to that of VA panels

About The Monitor

If you’d rather have a flat-screen 1440p 240Hz gaming monitor, check out the 27″ Acer XB273UGX and the 32″ XB323UGX – both with fast IPS panels, AMD FreeSync and a wide Adobe RGB color gamut.

Image Quality

The Acer XB27/323UGX monitors use quantum-dot enhanced IPS panels by AUO with a wide 99% Adobe RGB gamut (~160% sRGB) for lifelike colors. There’s also a ~100% sRGB clamp, should you wish to view SDR content with accurate colors.

While the Acer models offer punchier colors than the Samsung G7, they have a notably lower 1,000:1 contrast ratio, so blacks won’t be as deep.

The Acer XB323UGX variant, however, has DisplayHDR 600 certification, so HDR content will get a boost in peak brightness up to 600-nits and there are 16 dimming zones that can improve the contrast ratio. But, as there are only 16 zones, the contrast ratio is still significantly lower than that of the Odyssey G7.

The XB273UGX, on the other hand, has the basic DisplayHDR 400 certification and no localized dimming.

Features

The 1ms pixel response time speed efficiently eliminates all trailing behind fast-moving objects, but when using VRR, there is some noticeable overshoot at lower refresh rates.

You can even overclock the monitors up to 270Hz, but only after you’ve disabled FreeSync/G-SYNC Compatible.

There’s also a backlight strobing technology called Visual Response Boost (VRB) available – but only on the 27″ model.

Other features include various picture presets, Black Boost, a refresh rate tracker, and on-screen crosshairs.

Design & Connectivity

Acer Predator XB323UGX Monitor Back

The Acer XB3 monitors offer a good range of ergonomics with up to 120mm height adjustment, 90° pivot, +/-20° swivel, -5°/25° tilt and VESA mount compatibility (100x100mm).

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports (limited to 144Hz), DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC support, integrated 2W speakers, a headphone jack and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

The XB273UGX has an additional USB type C port with DP 1.4 Alt Mode and 65W Power Delivery.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and pixel density
  • Wide color gamut and strong peak brightness
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Only 10 dimming zones
  • Some overshoot at 220 – 240FPS when VRR is enabled

About The Monitor

Do you want the most immersive gaming experience possible while at the same time keeping the fluidity of 240Hz?

There’s the Samsung Odyssey C49G95T.

Image Quality

Here’s the deal: this behemoth of a monitor has a 49″ sized screen with a 5120×1440 Dual Quad HD resolution. That’s equivalent to two 27″ 1440p monitors side by side, but without the gap in-between them!

Just like the G7 series, the Samsung G9 is based on a VA panel with a steep 1000R curvature, 2,500:1 contrast ratio, wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut and rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time.

Additionally, it has a higher peak brightness of 1000-nits for even punchier highlights in HDR content.

Features

AMD FreeSync Premium Pro is supported as well as NVIDIA’s G-SYNC Compatible mode with a 60-240Hz VRR range.

Gaming features such as custom crosshair overlays, Black Equalizer and various picture preset are available as well.

For more information, visit our detailed Samsung Odyssey G9 review.

Design & Connectivity

samsung odyssey c49g95t monitor design

The stand of the monitor can be adjusted by up to 120mm vertically, +/- 15° horizontally, tilted by -5°/15°, or mounted via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, an HDMI 2.0 port (max 60Hz at 5120×1440, 120Hz at 3840×1080), a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

You will need a GPU that supports DP 1.4 DSC to take full advantage (240Hz at 5120×1440) of the monitor. With older cards, you’ll be limited to 120Hz at 5120×1440.

Alternatives

The newer model, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, offers a significantly better HDR viewing experience thanks to its 2048-zone mini LED FALD (full-array local dimming) backlight, but it’s also more expensive. A dedicated review section for it will be added to the article, in the meantime, you can check our Neo G9 review for more information.

Conclusion

Did you find the perfect 240Hz gaming monitor?

Feel free to leave us a comment below if you’re not sure which one to pick, and we’ll help you out!

Overall, the Dell S2522HG offers incredible value for money as it offers professional-level performance even to players on a budget.

For the fans of CRT-like motion clarity, we recommend waiting for the ViewSonic XG2431, while those who are searching for something a bit more exotic certainly won’t be disappointed by either one of Samsung’s Odyssey G9 or G7 models. In case you prefer something with a flat screen, Acer’s XB273UGX and XB323UGX displays are great as well.

Changelog +

  • August 19, 2021:
    – Replaced the ASUS VG259QM with Dell S2522HG.
    – Removed the Acer XF250Q and the Acer XF252Q (no longer available).
    – Added the Acer XB323UGX and the Samsund Neo G9.
    – Replaced the Acer XV272UX with the Acer XB273UGX.
  • May 30, 2021:
    – Improved readability.
  • December 24, 2020:
    – Replaced the Dell AW2721D with the Acer XV272UX.
  • December 10, 2020:
    – Added the Dell AW2721D.

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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.