budget pick

Acer XF252Q

Acer Xf252q monitor
  • 1080p 240Hz sub-1ms
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Affordable
best value

MSI MAG251RX

msi mag251rx monitor
  • 1080p 240Hz 1ms
  • AMD FreeSync
  • Vibrant colors
best overall

ViewSonic XG270

Viewsonic Elite Xg270
  • 1080p 240Hz 1ms
  • FreeSync & best MBR tech
  • Vibrant colors

So, you’ve decided to up 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 6 best of the best models for you to choose from according to your budget and preference.

6 Best 240Hz Gaming Monitors For 2020

MonitorSizeResolutionPanelVRRG-SYNCMBR 
24.5”1920×1080TNFreeSyncCompatibleNo
24.5”1920×1080TNFreeSyncStableYes
24.5”1920×1080IPSFreeSyncCompatibleYes
27”1920×1080IPSFreeSyncCompatibleYes
27”1920×1080IPSFreeSyncCompatibleYes
27”2560×1440TNFreeSyncStableNo

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! Although 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.

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.

Acer XF250Q - Cheapest 240Hz Monitor

acer xf250q monitor

About the Monitor

The Acer XF250Q is the most affordable 240Hz gaming monitor yet it offers everything you need for a buttery-smooth competitive fast-paced gaming experience.

Image Quality

Just like most 240Hz monitors, the Acer XF250Q is based on a TN (Twisted Nematic) panel which offers a very fast 1ms GtG pixel response time speed for minimal motion blur and visible trailing behind fast-moving objects.

However, TN panels also have inferior image quality and viewing angles in comparison to IPS and VA panels.

VA panel monitors have the slowest response time speed which causes visible smearing in fast-paced games, so we don’t recommend them for competitive first-person shooters.

Some IPS monitors are just as fast as TNs – plus, they have excellent colors and wide viewing angles – but they are more expensive. So, if you’re looking for something under $300, the Acer XF250Q is your best bet for FPS games.

It has a peak brightness of 400-nits which will ensure a bright picture even in well-lit rooms. Other specs include a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, dithered 8-bit color depth, and 1080p resolution – all of which is standard at this price range.

On the 24.5″ viewable screen of the Acer XF250Q, 1080p resolution results in a decent pixel density of 90 PPI (pixels per inch) which translates to a respectable amount of screen space and detail clarity.

In contrast, on 27″ monitors, 1080p resolution has a pixel density of ~81 PPI which results in a more pixelated image quality. That’s why most gamers prefer 24″-25″ sized monitors for 1920×1080.

Furthermore, 1080p is not as demanding as 1440p or 4K which will allow you to reach 240FPS more easily in order to take full advantage of the monitor’s maximum refresh rate.

Besides inferior picture quality, TN panels have another big disadvantage – viewing angles.

The viewing angles are 160° vertically and 170° horizontally meaning that the picture will shift in colors, contrast, and brightness when you look at the screen off-axis. As long as you’re in front of the screen, this won’t be an issue though.

Features

freesync and gsync

Even though it’s a budget monitor, the Acer XF250Q is actually certified by NVIDIA as ‘G-SYNC Compatible‘ which ensures flawless VRR (variable refresh rate) performance with compatible NVIDIA GPUs as well as AMD’s.

The Acer XF250Q VRR/FreeSync range amounts to 48-240Hz. As long as your FPS (Frames Per Second) rate is within this range, there will be no screen tearing or stuttering whatsoever with minimal (~1ms) input lag penalty.

In order to minimize the input lag introduced by VRR, cap the in-game FPS rate by -3FPS (237 FPS). This will prevent VSync induced input lag which would take over G-SYNC at 240FPS+.

Alternatively, you may want to disable FreeSync and play with uncapped frame rates. This way, you get slightly lower input lag, but you will get screen tearing which is hardly visible at high FPS/Hz anyway.

There’s no obviously better option here, it depends on user preference, video game, and the FPS rate you can maintain.

Other gaming features of the Acer XF250Q include Black Boost (improves visibility of objects in shadows) and customizable crosshair overlays.

Design & Connectivity

Acer Xf250q C back

The build quality of the monitor isn’t very good which is expected given the price, but it will get the job done and you even get a good range of ergonomics including up to 150mm height adjustment, VESA, tilt, 90° pivot, and +/- 60° swivel.

Connectivity options include HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2, dual 2W built-in speakers, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

In case the Acer XF250Q is not available, check out the Acer KG251Q which is another budget-friendly 240Hz model.

Keep in mind that there are different variants of the KG251Q, so make sure you get the 240Hz model – the Acer KG251Q Dbmiipx.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Additional gaming features
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • Inferior image quality to IPS
  • Narrow viewing angles

Acer XF252Q - Best Value 240Hz Monitor

Acer Xf252q monitor

About the Monitor

Next up, we have the Acer XF252Q which offers a bit better performance with a quicker response time speed.

Image Quality

The XF252Q monitor is based on a newer 24.5″ TN panel which has a quoted pixel response time speed 0.5ms which Acer claims is even capable of reaching 0.3ms!

These specified response time measures don’t mean much as they indicate the fastest pixel transition the monitor can achieve under specific testing conditions; its not the average measure.

In any case, the XF252Q is actually faster than the XF250Q, but the difference isn’t all that big. If you already have a 240Hz 1ms monitor, it’s not worth upgrading just for the response time bump alone.

If you’re buying your first 240Hz display, you might as well go with the faster one.

As far as image quality goes, there are no big changes here. You get the same 400-nit peak brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, and 8-bit color depth.

The XF252Q also supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), but it can only accept and display the HDR10 signal, it doesn’t have the required display capabilities to really enhance the HDR picture quality.

This is the case with all 240Hz monitors currently available. So, you can just ignore their ‘HDR support’ as it doesn’t really improve the viewing experience nor does it increase the monitor’s price.

Features

visual response boost monitor feature

Now, the Acer XF252Q doesn’t carry NVIDIA’s ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ badge, but FreeSync will work with compatible NVIDIA graphics cards without any issues. The only difference is that you’ll have to enable it manually in the drivers.

First, enable FreeSync in your monitor’s OSD (On-Screen Display) menu, then go to NVIDIA Control Panel ->
‘Set up G-SYNC’ -> ‘Enable G-SYNC’ and you’re good to go.

Unlike the Acer XF250Q, the XF252Q supports backlight strobing via its Visual Response Boost (VRB) technology.

Backlight strobing further reduces the perceived trailing and motion blur thus providing even smoother motion clarity, but it decreases the monitor’s maximum brightness in the process.

Luckily, the Acer XF252Q is more than bright enough when VRB is enabled, and you can adjust the strobing intensity with two different modes: Normal and Extreme.

Using the Normal mode, the picture will be brighter, but the motion won’t be as smooth as with the Extreme mode which has a heftier toll on the brightness.

The monitor can only strobe at 120Hz, 144Hz, and 240Hz fixed refresh rate meaning that you can’t use it at the same time as VRR which is the case for most gaming monitors that offer both VRR and MBR.

Design & Connectivity

Acer Nitro Xf252q back

The stand of the Acer XF252Q 240Hz gaming monitor offers full ergonomic support with up to 120mm height adjustment, 360° swivel, 90° pivot, -5°/20° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, a quad-USB 3.0 hub (2 downstream ports at the side, and 2 extra downstream + 1 upstream at the back, a headphones jack, and two 2W integrated speakers. 

Alternatives

All in all, if you don’t care for the downsides of the TN technology regarding viewing angles and image quality, the Acer XF252Q is the fastest gaming monitor you can get right now.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Additional gaming features
  • Fully ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • Inferior image quality to IPS
  • Narrow viewing angles

MSI MAG251RX - Affordable 240Hz IPS Monitor

msi mag251rx monitor

About the Monitor

The MSI MAG251RX allows you to enjoy the responsiveness of 240Hz as well as vibrant colors and wide viewing angles!

Image Quality

On paper, the MSI MAG251RX may seem very similar to the Acer XF250Q/XF252Q; it has the same peak brightness of 400-nits, contrast ratio of 1,000:1, and 1080p resolution.

However, thanks to its IPS panel, the colors are more accurate, consistent, and vivid! Plus, with the wide 178° viewing angles, the image will remain perfect at basically any angle.

Technically, the MSI MAG251RX is not as fast as the Acer XF252Q as there is some minor ghosting and overshoot visible in certain scenarios, but for most gamers, this will be completely negligible.

Of course, if you prefer performance over image quality, the Acer XF252Q is the better option for you whereas the MAG251RX is more suited for those who enjoy competitive gaming as well as more graphically-oriented games.

When properly calibrated, you can even use the MSI MAG251RX for entry-level color-critical work.

Features

Moving on, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-240Hz VRR range and it’s certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible. It also has a backlight strobing technology called Anti-Motion Blur which can operate at up to 240Hz.

Other features include Night Vision (improves visibility in darker games), pre-calibrated picture presets, and custom crosshairs. In addition, there’s an RGB LED strip at the back of the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

msi mag251rx back

The MSI MAG251RX has a height-adjustable stand up to 130mm, and you can tilt the screen by -5°/20° or mount it using the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, USB-C (DP Alt Mode and 15W power delivery), a headphones jack, and four USB 3.0 ports (1 upstream + 3 downstream ports).

Alternatives

At the time of this writing, the MSI MAG251RX is the only 24.5″ 1080p 240Hz IPS gaming monitor available.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Additional gaming features
  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Design lacks swivel and pivot options

ViewSonic XG270 - Best Motion Clarity

Viewsonic Elite Xg270

About the Monitor

The ViewSonic XG270 is the first (and the only at the moment) 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 pixely appearance, you can simply sit a bit further from the screen in order 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 details clarity.

Other than that, panel-related specifications are the same as with the other monitors in this guide and 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 to 100Hz – 144Hz as there’s less strobe crosstalk (double images) than at 240Hz.

Note that a 240Hz monitor will have better MBR performance at 120Hz than a 144Hz or 120Hz display that’s also strobing at 120Hz, so the monitor’s high refresh rate isn’t going to waste here.

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 headphones jack, and 4 USB 3.0 ports (1 upstream + 3 downstream). There’s also customizable RGB lighting at the back of the monitor.

The Pros:

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

The Cons:

  • Low pixel density

ASUS VG279QM - 280Hz Out of the Box!

asus vg279qm

About the Monitor

The ASUS VG279QM features a 280Hz refresh rate (factory-overclocked from 240Hz) and ELMB-Sync which allows it to simultaneously use VRR and MBR.

Image Quality

The VG279QM uses the same 27″ 1080p IPS panel as the ViewSonic XG270, so you get a basically identical picture quality with a 400-nit peak brightness, 1,000:1 contrast ratio, wide viewing angles, and vibrant colors.

ASUS managed to push the pixel response time to keep up with the overclocked 280Hz refresh rate, so you won’t get any ghosting or overshoot, and although the difference between 240Hz and 280Hz isn’t really noticeable – it won’t hurt!

Features

The ASUS VG279QM is doesn’t have Blur Buster’s certification, and indeed, its MBR performance is not as good as that of the ViewSonic XG270.

While it has the unique ability to simultaneously run Extreme Low Motion Blur (ASUS’ name for their backlight strobing technology) and FreeSync/G-SYNC Compatible, its response time overdrive is not ideally tuned.

When ELMB-Sync is enabled, the response time overdrive is locked to a mode that’s suited for 200Hz – 280Hz.

So, if you enable ELMB-Sync and your FPS rate is around 120FPS/Hz, there will be noticeable overshoot as the overdrive mode is too aggressive while strobing at higher rates results in crosstalk and visible double images.

In other words, strobing works better on the ViewSonic XG270 as it has less crosstalk and less ghosting/overshoot.

To be fair, you can’t adjust the overdrive on the XG270 either when PureXP is enabled, but there is no need to do so.

All in all, if you want to use MBR and get CRT-like motion clarity, go with the XG270.

In case you just want to play with uncapped frame rates or with a variable refresh rate, go with the VG279QM due to its higher refresh rate and more affordable price.

Other noteworthy features include Shadow Boost for better visibility in darker games, pre-calibrated picture presets, and customizable on-screen crosshairs and timers.

Design & Connectivity

asus vg279qm back

The stand offers height adjustment up to 130mm, swivel by +/- 90°, tilt by -5°/33°, 90° pivot, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2, and a headphones jack.

Alternatives

Since you most likely won’t be using ELMB-Sync that often, and since the difference between 240Hz and 280Hz isn’t exactly noticeable, you may want to consider the MSI MAG251RX instead as it’s cheaper and has a higher pixel density – that is if you don’t decide to go with the ViewSonic XG270.

Alternatively, consider waiting for the 24.5″ version of this monitor, the ASUS VG259QM, which will also feature ELMB-Sync and a 280Hz overclockable refresh rate.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync and MBR up to 280Hz
  • Additional gaming features
  • Fully ergonomic stand
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

The Cons:

  • Low pixel density

HP Omen X 27 - 1440p & 240Hz!

Hp Omen X 27 Review 2020

About the Monitor

The HP Omen X 27 provides a 240Hz refresh rate at 1440p for a much crispier picture quality and more screen real estate, but it’s quite expensive and requires a lot of GPU and CPU power.

Image Quality

Based on a 27″ TN panel with a 2560×1440 screen resolution, the HP Omen X 27 hits the pixel density sweet spot of ~ 109 PPI meaning that you get vivid details and plenty of screen space without any scaling necessary!

Now, hitting 240FPS at 1440p will require a high-end PC system, and you will only be able to maintain such a high frame rate in competitive titles such as Overwatch, Rocket League, etc.

In the more demanding AAA titles, you will more likely sit around 100FPS – 144FPS.

An upside to this is that due to the high resolution, you won’t need to use anti-aliasing which will save you on some GPU power.

Moving on, the HP Omen X 27 has a wide 90% DCI-P3 color gamut and the colors are actually quite good and accurate considering it’s a TN panel display. However, you still get the narrow 160°/170° viewing angles.

It also supports HDR which boosts its typical 300-nit peak brightness up to 400-nits, and there are even 16 dimming zones for increased contrast ratio.

While this does offer a slightly better HDR image quality in comparison to SDR, blacks will still be grayish due to the generally low contrast ratio of the monitor which ranges from 800:1 to 1000:1.

The monitor’s rapid pixel response time of 1ms GtG effectively eliminates motion blur and ghosting without adding any overshoot (i.e. inverse ghosting).

Overall, if you have the required PC specs to run your favorite games at ~240FPS, and you’ve outgrown the 1080p resolution, this is the monitor for you.

However, consider waiting for the 27″ 1440p 240Hz IPS models which will have even better colors and contrast as well as wider viewing angles while their pixel response time speed should be just as fast.

Features

The HP Omen X 27 supports AMD FreeSync 2 (FreeSync Premium Pro) with a 48-240Hz dynamic range, and it provides stable G-SYNC performance even though it’s not certified by NVIDIA.

Other features include custom crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets, and customizable RGB LED lighting.

Note that the monitor uses PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) to regulate brightness at lower backlight levels which introduces screen flicker.

Although the flicker is invisible to the human eye, those extremely sensitive to it may experience headaches after prolonged use.

Design & Connectivity

Hp Omen X27 Review

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -3°/23°, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility using the provided adapter. You cannot swivel the screen left/right or rotate it into the portrait position.

Connectivity options include one HDMI 2.0 (max 1440p 144Hz or 1080p 240Hz), DisplayPort 1.4 (for 1440p 240Hz), a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and a headphones jack.

The Pros:

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • AMD FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Additional gaming features
  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Good colors for a TN panel

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Narrow viewing angles
  • Design lacks swivel/pivot options
  • Not a flicker-free backlight

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, we recommend saving at least for the Acer XF252Q or the MSI MAG251RX, depending on your preference, as they offer premium performance for a very good price.

For the fans of CRT-like motion clarity, the ViewSonic XG270 is our top recommendation while those who are looking for something a bit more exotic certainly won’t be disappointed by either the ASUS VG279QM or the HP Omen X 27.

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