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The 5 Best 1440p 144hz Ultrawide Monitors in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Jan 20, 2021

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1440p, high refresh rate, and ultrawide in one monitor?

If you’re in the market for a new display, some of the best monitor manufacturers have recently put together incredible offerings that meet all of these impressive specs. These displays offer some unique capability for immersive gaming, media, and large screen real-estate for productivity.

Which is why today’s feature is here to take you through the top 1440p 144hz ultrawide monitors worth buying today.

Top Picks

Alternative Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best 1440p 144hz Ultrawide Monitor: Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx 34″

Although all 5 of our top 21:9 1440p 144hz monitor picks are worthy contenders for the top pick, this Acer display was our clear winner.

Impressively balancing features, picture quality, build, design, and a low cost for the technology, the XV340CK feels amazing for its price.

Let’s start with the obvious: boasting a QHD 144hz ultrawide resolution/refresh rate, what really impressed us is that despite being one of the cheapest choices on the list, the XV340CK includes all of these specs in an IPS panel while still maintaining 1ms VRB response time.

Higher latency is often the core sacrifice of IPS . So having this panel, alongside 1ms means the colors are vibrant and complementarity immersive alongside its 3440×1440 monitor resolution. The monitor also supports HDR10, where you can expect to achieve a great picture alongside the AMD Radeon Freesync compatibility (and although not officially supported, many users have claimed that G-sync works without issue).

This cheap 1440p 144hz ultrawide monitor hasn’t skipped corners in the build quality either. With a durable, sturdy design and a fantastic screen to body ratio, it feels and looks like a premium product.

The ports are decent and what we’d expect for a high-end gaming monitor too, with 2 x DisplayPort, 2 x HDMI 2.0, and 2 x USB 3.0. Not to mention the monitor includes both DisplayPort and HDMI cables. Of course, these aren’t all that expensive; but again, what we like is how despite its low price-point, Acer doesn’t seem to have really “cut corners” in any area we would expect to see in a budget 1440p 144hz ultrawide gaming monitor.

If you can afford our more expensive picks, then yes, they will have some superior picture quality specs available (or other notable features like screen curvature).

But in its budget price-range, the XV340CK is unrivaled, and easily the best 1440p 144hz ultrawide gaming monitor in terms of value.

Best Curved 1440p 144hz Ultrawide Monitor: AOC CU34G2X 34″

The next offering is not just one of the cheapest curved QHD 1440 144hz ultrawide monitors, but also one of the best choices in the technology.

With a 1500R curvature, the curve in this monitor isn’t underwhelming; it’s a significant change to how content/gaming is viewed and really adds to the immersion that we know users after a QHD ultrawide monitor value.

AOC has gone for a VA panel with this pick. We know many readers prefer IPS panels; however, this UWQHD display includes a 115% sRGB / 98% Adobe RGB color gamut and some fantastic contrast. Between these specs, you can expect a picture that is even more vibrant than our Acer pick (which already has a great picture as it is, the CU34G2X is just that little bit more stunning).

The build quality here is similarly effective. With a solid, durable design and some very small bezels on the sides and top, we love how this monitor looks/feels. On top of that, AOC offers an impressive 3-year warranty covering dead-pixels, technical faults, and even a rather unique 1 year 1-time warranty for accidental damage (hopefully you won’t need any of these, but warranties are not all made equally, so having these backups adds some nice peace of mind when making a monitor purchase).

The race between this AOC monitor and our top Acer display was a pretty close one. With its strong curve, fantastic warranty, and improved picture quality, it was tough for us not to give this monitor the best overall price. However, we suspect that for many users, the reduced price of the Acer display will be more important.

That said, if you can stretch your budget to the 34″ CU34G2X, then it is an incredible offering and one of the best 144hz UWQHD gaming monitors available.

Best Premium 1440p 144hz Ultrawide Monitor: Acer Nitro XZ342CK Pbmiiphx 34″

Now, with our above 2 picks, we’ve focussed very much on value for money, representing the mid-range pricing for this technology.

However, if you’re after the best 1440p 144hz ultrawide display, it’s close between this choice and the AOC monitor above, but we think the XZ342CK takes the prize.

With a high-quality, 1ms VRB VA panel capable of diminishing ghosting and combined with a fantastic color gamut, Freesync support, and 1500R screen, this Acer gaming monitor ticks many of the same boxes that our top two choices provide.

Where the Pbmiiphx 34″ goes one step further is in its fantastic 400-nits brightness/HDR400 support. Our top Acer and AOC monitor picks have 250 and 300-nits brightness respectively, so this is a notable jump and perfect for achieving a fantastic contrast ratio. Some users have even reported that the brightness can achieve closer to 500-nits in some common benchmarks. Either way, the picture on this monitor is stunning for immersive gaming, movies, and general work.

While this Acer display is worth the extra price-tag for the contrast ratio/brightness alone, another bonus we like is that some users have reported this monitor working at 165hz. While 144hz is already a fantastic, high refresh rate and is the official support, the prospect that you can potentially squeeze an extra ~10% smoother fps in games is exciting (though we recommend assuming this is just a nice-to-have and not a guarantee).

Last but not least; the build quality is similarly great to our top two picks. With its zero-frame (i.e. tiny bezel) design and strong stand/wall mount options, we have no complaints about the structure of the XZ342CK.

Important note: When comparing the XZ342CK vs CUU34G2X, this Acer model was only 10% more expensive. However as some of you may know, Amazon listings occasionally have massive short-term price inflations if a monitor is low in stock. So just to be clear; although this is our premium choice, we don’t think it’s worth more than a slight cost increase over the AOC monitor above, don’t spend 25%+ to get this instead.

With all that said; between its gorgeous colors, brightness, low ghosting, and fantastic curvature, this Acer Nitro screen is what we consider the best HDR 1440p 144hz ultrawide gaming monitor on the market for those with the budget.

Best Cheap 1440p 144hz Ultrawide Monitor: VIOTEK GNV34DBE 34-Inch

As far as cheap UWQHD 144hz monitors go, our top Acer choice actually fits the bill perfectly and is usually at a similar price-point (and more readily available in terms of stock) compared to this VIOTEK offering 

However; the GNV34DBE is curved with the same 1500R rating as our two most expensive choices above.

For its price and everything else this screen has going for it, this is an insane value offering.

Running on a VA panel combined with a 116% sRGB / 87% DCI-P3 color gamut, the screen quality is still fantastic despite its lower price-point and even boasts 350-nits brightness, way more than we’d expect for a cheap ultrawide QHD 144hz display.

With all the expected HDMI/DisplayPort/USB outputs, a good design/build quality, and Freesync/G-sync monitor support, this VIOTEK offering ticks nearly all the boxes we want to see.

There are two minor pitfalls when compared to our other choices:

  1. The response time for this particular monitor is 4ms (by OD measurement) – don’t get us wrong, this is still perfectly decent for gaming, but may be slightly more at risk for minor ghosting/may be a problem if you’re very sensitive to certain motion, though we expect most users will be fine (as per the thousands of positive reviews).
  2. This monitor is unfortunately consistently out of stock and not as well available as our other choices. If you happen to see it in stock, great! But if not, we would recommend purchasing one of the other great options on this list instead of waiting for what could be a while.

VIOTEK may not be the same large monitor brand compared to Acer and AOC, but they’re still a reputable manufacturer with a warranty for this specific model that nearly rivals AOC’s fantastic policy.

If you want the cheapest curved UWQHD 144hz gaming display on the market that still retains some great quality, this is a fantastic option for you.

1440p 144hz Ultrawide Monitor Honorable Mention: Nixeus EDG34S

While note quite claiming the top accolades we award to our 4 above picks, this Nixeus monitor is still worth considering if the other 21:9 gaming monitors are out of stock (or grossly inflated in price due to low availability).

Boasting a wonderful balance of specs for its price, this 3400 x 1440 144hz ultrawide monitor has gorgeous blacks by combining a VA panel, 350-nits brightness, and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The color gamut on this monitor isn’t quite as impressive as our other picks, but will still provide an excellent, vibrant picture overall.

With G-Sync, Freesync, and a 1ms PTR response time (4ms GTG), the EDG34S is well equipped to reduce ghosting, screen-tearing, and flickering to a bare minimum.

The build quality is also superb; with VESA mount capability, decent tilt stand, durable design, and wonderfully thin bezels. This is another curved UWQHD 144hz monitor too, with the same 1500R curvature that makes our top picks so immersive for gaming and media.

There is very little not to like about the EDG34S. We just think that at its price-point, it’s a slightly lesser value option than the other choices.

But we’ve included it for a reason; if you’re after a monitor with deep blacks, great response time, and all the makings of a great gaming display, this Nixeus offering is still one of the best ultrawide 1440p 144hz monitors on the market.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

Now, while the above 5 picks are easily our top choices for the top 1440p 144hz ultrawide displays, we wanted to provide a few extra decent picks that come close to the same specs for those of you with very specific requirements (or if you’re unlucky and none of the above are in stock while you’re searching).

Best IPS 1440p 120hz Ultrawide Monitor: Alienware AW3420DW

Previously featured on What in Tech, this Alienware high refresh rate UWQHD gaming monitor is a fantastic offering for high-end visuals and build quality (at only a slightly decreased refresh rate compared to our top picks).

Best 1440p 240hz Ultrawide Monitor: SAMSUNG 49-inch Odyssey G9

The highest refresh rate 1440p ultrawide monitor, the Odyssey G9 would be perfect if your single most important goal is high performance in e-sports and titles that demand very high refresh rates. We’ve also featured it in our 1440p 240hz monitor feature.

Cheapest 1440p 120hz Ultrawide Monitor: Monoprice 35in Zero-G

The Monoprice Zero-G doesn’t excel anywhere better than our top picks and comes with a tad reduced 120hz. That said, at the time of viewing, it appears as 25% cheaper than our top Acer choice. If saving that money is more important than the extra hz and slightly better picture, we think this is a great budget choice.

Best 1440p 100hz Ultrawide Monitor: Spectre C355W-3440UN

Similar to the Monoprice monitor above, this Spectre offering is worth consideration as a budget choice. It’s one of the least powerful on the list, but still, an excellent contender if you’re not able to reach the prices of the above top 21:9 monitors.

Final Word

And there you have it! 1440p 144hz ultrawide is a simply mind-blowing set of monitor specs for gaming and general use. Picking up any of the above will serve you well for a long time, and we don’t see 4k 144hz ultrawide becoming the norm for a long time, so you can consider these future-proof monitors!

Want more options for a premium gaming monitor? We also have features on other very impressive high-end display technology; 1440p 240hz, 4k 144hz, and the highest Hz monitors available.

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