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The 8 Best 1440p 240hz Monitors of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Feb 1, 2021

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1440p and 240hz? What a time to be alive!

For those after the best gaming display possible, this combination hits an incredible sweet spot between resolution and refresh rate, perfect for competitive and immersive titles.

Today’s feature is here to break down the best 1440p 240hz monitors available for your setup.

Top Picks

Best 1440p 240hz Monitor Alternatives

Upcoming 1440p 240hz Monitors

  • Eve Spectrum 1440p 240hz

Quick Word on Availability/Where to Buy 1440p 240hz Monitors

This technology is very new to the market. Therefore there are, unfortunately, some issues with availability.

Amazon has by far the best selection as it stands, but we will also be including any upcoming 240hz 1440p monitors that may be worth considering and are very regularly updating this list to ensure it’s as accurate as possible for availability/pricing.

Hopefully at least one of our top picks (which are all worthy of a high-end setup) are available for you. But if not, we’ve finished the list with some alternatives if you have no luck finding this spec of monitor available. Now, without further ado…

Overal Best 1440p 240hz Monitor: Alienware AW2721D

Arguably one of the most powerful gaming displays on the market today in any category at its price-point, this Alienware IPS QHD 240hz monitor is a beast.

We previously listed it as our top high-end pick. But over time, Alienware has lowered the price of this offering so it’s actually only slightly more expensive than the other mid-range choices (despite it offering significantly better specs in certain areas). You really feel like you’re getting a premium choice for a deceptively low price with the AW2721D.

Boasting Vega DisplayHDR 600, 1ms GTG response time, and a gorgeous IPS display, this offering has everything we would hope for to accommodate the beast-like 2560 x 1440 240hz leading the monitor’s specs (in other words, you don’t feel like you’re buying a monitor just for 240fps and QHD, the picture quality and latency matches the demands of a premium gaming/e-sports setup).

But let us specifically call out where this Alienware pick excels over the mid-range options below:

  • Up to 600-nits brightness is a fantastic feat with everything else the monitor offers; combined with HDR and the monitor’s contrast capabilities, you’re going to get some fantastic blacks/whites.
  • 98% DCI-P3 color coverage – an insane spec for a monitor focussed on resolution and framerate. You can expect a very vibrant, colorful picture.
  • One of the best build qualities of any gaming monitor on the market – with a beautiful, sturdy design, reliable tilt/swiveling options, and one of the best HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB output setups on the list.

We love how all of these specs have been built on an IPS panel. We would expect, with its clear quality across the board in color, contrast, and latency, for this Alienware offering to be on a TA/VN panel.

But that’s the beauty of this pick; it doesn’t feel like any corners have been cut.

If you’re in the market for the perfect display for esports, immersive gaming, or another type of high-end setup, we think this is the one for you.

At an incredible price for the way it balances refresh rate, picture quality, response time, build and design; this is, without doubt, the best 1440p 240hz monitor on the market today.

Best Budget 1440p 240hz Monitor: HP Omen X 27” 240 Hz 1ms Monitor

Update note: While this HP Omen choice is usually going to be one of the cheapest 240hz 1440p monitors available for you, be sure to check the prices of our top overall, curved, and second-best IPS options, as these are all occasionally on discount.

Ranking consistently as one of the top picks through all of our updates, this cheap 240hz 1440p HP monitor is fantastic, and our favorite TN panel choice.

The Omen X’s screen still boasts a lot of what gamers will look for in such a high-spec display, including:

  • 1ms response time: perfect for avoiding ghosting on hud-based games and blur on fast-motion titles
  • AMD Radeon Freesync 2 HDR & G-sync compatibility
  • With 90% DCI P3 color spectrum and up to 400 nits brightness, you’ll be getting fantastic color accuracy for TN.

Although the specs aren’t as good as our top pick, you can still expect a great picture quality for competitive gaming, immersive titles, media, and general use.

While a lot of people prefer IPS over a TN panel, the monitor still demonstrates sharp colors, blacks, and decent viewing angles.

With its low latency (1ms) and high refresh rate, this is one of the best monitors for Fortnite, PUBG, and readers who take competitive gaming/esports seriously but can’t stretch their budgets any further.

Having a reliable low input lag is, in our opinion, the most important quality in choosing the best budget 1440p 240hz monitor, so we’re pleased to see this pick retains that despite being one of the cheapest picks on the list.

The one notable downside of the Omen X is its stand/mount. While it looks fantastic, it’s disappointing that for this price-range, HP hasn’t included a rotatable/tiltable stand or easy cable routing/management options in the back.

With that said, the important thing here is the quality of the picture and response; and boy does the Omen X smash this department at a price we would not expect this to be achieved in.

Not only is this the best cheap 1440p 240hz monitor, but if it’s a very respectable alternative to our top Alienware pick, and worth picking up if that model is out of stock or your price range.

Best Curved 1440p 240hz Monitor: SAMSUNG 32-inch Odyssey G7

We know that for many gamers, having a curved monitor is an important factor (if you’re never used one before, it’s hard to describe the additional immersion it can add in words).

If that describes you, then this Samsung QHD display is a fantastic choice and comes in at a very impressive low price-point (that often rivals our cheapest 1440p 240hz display picks).

With a choice of the usual 27″ size or a gorgeous large 32″ display, the Odyssey G7 comes with up to 600-nits brightness, 1ms grey to grey response time, and decent color accuracy. In other words, the Odyssey G7 still meets many of the specs integral to a premium gaming monitor.

The 1000R curve is stunning too. The angles from the curvature provide a unique, immersive bonus that suits what we think most people will be looking for.

This Samsung offering is a VA 1440p 240hz display; this panel type is good at balancing viewing angles/display quality and reliable response times at a lower price.

So with all that said, why isn’t this our top overall/budget choice? Well it is a close one to call, but the Odyssey G7 has a couple of slight cons:

  1. While the picture quality and brightness on this monitor is still great by most gaming display standards, the other main choices on this list come out slightly ahead in providing a very vibrant picture (especially the Alienware pick).
  2. Some users report G-sync issues in regards to flickering (though using this software isn’t a necessity for a great display and an overwhelming majority of users appear to have no issue)
  3. The package doesn’t include the high-quality cabling you’d expect for a premium monitor. To get the full potential of your picture, you’ll need to pick up some VEGA-certified cabling (it’s not a big deal, just a bit disappointing for a monitor of this caliber).

Now don’t mistake us; this is still a fantastic display.

The build quality/design is beautiful (as you’d expect from Samsung), the curvature is fantastic and nearly all the specs are very impressive for being one of the cheapest choices on this list.

If a curved gaming monitor is important to you, we think the Odyssey G7 is a great choice.

Best Ultrawide 1440p 240hz Monitor (High-End Choice): SAMSUNG 49-inch Odyssey G9

What an incredible display this is.

Let’s start by being clear; this is the most expensive monitor choice on the list by far and is a very premium offering.

But if you have the budget, what you are getting is a pick that excels across the board and offers an unparalleled gaming/work screen real estate.

Let’s start with the obvious, and re-iterate; this is a 49″ super ultrawide 240hz monitor.

The “super” isn’t just a marketing term, this means the monitor extends beyond the usual UWQHD resolution of 3440×1440 (21:9) and is instead a whopping 5120×1440 (32:9).

Doubling the width of the standard 16:9 aspect ratio, what you are getting in the Odyssey G9 is essentially 2 traditional 1440p monitors in 1. 

Reaching this as QHD alone is impressive, but with 240hz too? This display is simply stunning and alongside its very deep 1000R curvature, offers incredible levels of immersion during gaming, and a wonderful space for productivity/general use

We’re pleased to say that this monitor excels in its other main specs too, with up to 1000 cd/m^2 and a 2500:1 contrast ratio, the blacks/whites and brightness on this display are breathtaking (especially with HDR1000 content).

Color-wise, you’re getting a 125% typical SRGB coverage, 0.95 DCI color gamut, and 92% Adobe RGB coverage. The panel is VA, but between these specs and the QLED backlighting/quantum-dot technology the display runs with, the monitor is still able to offer the kind of picture vibrancy you expect from a high-end choice.

We’re happy to still see a 1ms GTG response time here too, making the odyssey G9 a great choice for ultrawide gaming/esports, as well as ensuring minimal complications with ghosting/blur.

The G9 also boasts support for Radeon FreeSync Premium Pro, one of the latest monitor software technologies for gaming on very high-end displays.

Between all these specs, you can expect the gaming/general use experience to be one of the best you can find on the market.

Now, let’s talk build quality.

Samsung is usually pretty decent at providing beautiful, durable monitors, but this is one of our favorites from them in a while.

With a heavy, sturdy stand, the monitor certainly feels built to last, which is important for something with this aspect ratio and curvature.

Design-wise, I’m sure the pictures of the monitor speak for themselves; looking like it came out of Star Wars or the Avengers Tower, the G9 boasts a slick black/white aesthetic and a wonderfully unique (and customizable) RGB “infinity core” that tastefully lights the back of the machine.

This is definitely one of the best-looking monitors we’ve come across and perfectly suits the high-tech nature of what the product accomplishes.

What else is there to say? This is the most expensive monitor on the list, but you’re getting what you pay for with the G9.

If you want the best, and ultrawide appeals to you, we think you’ll love this pick.

Second Best IPS 1440p 240hz Monitor: Acer Nitro XV272U Xbmiipruzx

Don’t be deceived by the “second best” accolade; this Acer WQHD 240hz monitor is a fantastic offering and worthy of your consideration.

At one point our pick for the best 240hz 1440p display, the XV272U offers a lot of power at a very respectable price-point.

Built on an IPS display that uses agile-splendor technology to reach 0.5-1ms response times, the display manages to avoid the usual big disadvantage that a lot of gorgeous IPS screens have (i.e. higher latency than TN and VA panels). 0.5-1ms makes this extremely responsive and one of the best 1440p 240hz gaming monitors under $1,000.

The screen also boasts HDR400 & a great color gamut of 99% Adobe RGB. Tied with the IPS panel, you can expect gorgeous colors and sharp blacks/whites for gaming, watching media, and general use (if you’re after a higher nits monitor, then our top Alienware/Samsung picks are ideal, but 400-nits is a decent balance between price and brightness).

With the ability to use AMD FreeSync Premium (or Nvidia G-Sync if desired) the monitor is able to effectively minimize stuttering and screen-tearing which can be a worry for some higher refresh rate displays.

Speaking of refresh rates; while this Acer screen stands tall at 1440p 240hz, there is the option to overclock your display up to 270hz if using DisplayPort or USB Type-C. We’d recommend this monitor as highly even if it didn’t have this capability, so it’s a nice bonus-add and makes it the highest refresh rate 1440p monitor available.

The XV272U also boasts a great build quality. With very thin bezels on the sides and top, the nice screen-to-body ratio makes the Nitro work well in a multi-monitor setup. It comes with decent tilt, swivel, and height adjustment capability too.

Is there anything we don’t like about the XV272U Xbmiipruzx? Well, the model name is horrific, but we won’t drop points for that!

We’re floored by how this monitor manages to tick all the boxes for gaming, esports, and much more. It has a great build quality, gorgeous colors/brightness, a fantastic response time that is uncompromised by its beautiful IPS panel.

The only real issue is that some of its competition is just that much better; with the Alienware display reducing price slightly over time.

But if the top Alienware pick is out of stock, or the specs of this offering resonate more with you, then know it’s still one of the best 1440p 240hz monitor available today.

Lowest Response Time 1440p 240hz Monitor: AOC AGON AG273QZ

This TN 1440p 240hz monitor was one of the first major offerings on the market in its category.

It’s worth noting for one specific feature; a 0.5ms MPRT response time.

This is an impressive spec and really the single crowning feature of the monitor. It puts the offering in a good place (alongside Freesync) to be great, on paper, at ghosting/flicker reduction.

Alongside this are other respectable features like 400-nits brightness/HDR and fantastic build quality (even offering great rotation options for vertical monitor alignment).

So, why is this towards the bottom of our top picks?

Well, while the AG273QZ is a great monitor in its own right, the competition for the best 1440p 240hz monitor is fierce, and this offering is let down in some areas:

  • Even for a TN panel, the contrast ratio (745:1) is really disappointing on this screen, especially for its high-end price tag. The contrast on our other choices will (largely) look notably better.
  • While the other monitors on this list are mass-produced, the availability of the AG273QZ is fairly low (unless you’re in the UK/Europe, which has a better listing) – For the U.S., this results in some pretty heavy inflation/price gouging most of the time, and we expect our other choices will nearly always represent a better value for money.
  • Despite the fantastic MPRT response time, some users have noted issues with flickering on this monitor, which is disappointing given this should be the problem the AG273QZ is best at avoiding.

Finally, the monitor has a 1ms GTG response time, the same as a majority of our top picks. It’s also a little less obvious to find this spec next to the constantly advertised 0.5ms MPRT, which we find a tad deceiving. Yes, with the MPRT latency, this can still be considered a very responsive monitor, but in 2021, fast IPS technology has really narrowed the gap between the practical difference between TN and IPS.

It’s a controversial opinion, but thinking TN is better than IPS for gaming is becoming an outdated view (at least at the highest price-ranges), pro players across pretty much all genres are happy with 1ms GTG/MPRT.

Even if your concern is exclusively competitive, the argument could be made that the improved contrast/picture quality of something like our top Alienware pick would serve you better in identifying surroundings on screen as quickly as possible. While the difference between 0.5 and 1ms is technically noticeable for humans, it’s just not as big a deal compared to the myriad of other effects once we get to this level.

With all that said, if having the lowest response time monitor is the most important thing to do, then know we still gave it a spot on the list for a reason.

The AG273QZ is a great 1440p 240hz monitor if you can live with its shortcomings.

Honorable Mention: Porsche Design AOC Agon PD27

While we don’t give the PD27 one of our “top spots”, it’s worth your consideration if the other monitors are out of stock/price gouged (or if you happen to be very aesthetic focussed).

Boasting many of the same specs as the Odyssey G7 (likely because this display was built on a very similar Samsung panel), the PD27 comes with a great 1000R curve, decent color accuracy (119.76% sRGB), a VA panel, and HDR400.

The PD27, like the AOC display above, also boasts a 0.5ms MPRT response time (this is great to see, but we won’t repeat why we think it’s not as important as you might think as we cover that in the pick directly above).

One stand out feature, as you would expect from a Porsche collaboration, is a gorgeous, very sturdy metal frame. There’s no denying this is a beautiful monitor, we appreciate the craftsmanship and know that some of our readers may get a bit of a vanity kick from the slick Porsche Design logo running across the front (don’t worry, we’re not judging you!).

These are pretty decent features for a QHD 240hz monitor, but there are a couple of reasons why we don’t rank it quite as highly as our other picks.

In a lot of ways, this feels like a head-to-head pick with the Odyssey G7. The G7 offers a notably improved HDR600 over the Porsche’s HDR400 and is usually around 10% cheaper.

To get improved HDR/typical brightness for a lower cost sounds like a good deal to us. Of course, some of you may consider the cost/reduced HDR a worthy trade-off for the sleek design of the PD27.

And if that’s worth it to you, that’s totally fine! We just already like the design of the G7 and its build is not lacking in sturdiness, therefore it feels like the better pick for a majority of setups.

We dislike that there are not too many user experiences for the PD27 to confirm if there are any issues after some medium-term usage too (the Amazon reviews are all for a different 120hz UW model).

With all that said, this 240hz 1440p monitor is still a great product, and have included it for a reason. We only rank it a little lower because of the quality of its peers.

If the design/brand speaks deeply to you, or you were after the G7 and happen to catch a rare point where the PD27 is cheaper, then by all means go for this monitor, it’s still a great choice for a high-end setup.

Alternative Options

Unfortunately in the world of 1440p 240hz displays, we’re occasionally seeing these great screens without any availability.

If that is the case for you, don’t fret! The below 2 options are great alternative choices should you want to complete your setup and the above aren’t available.

Alternatively, we have monitor features on 4k 144hz, 1440p 144hz ultrawide and the highest refresh rate monitors available which are all suitable for a premium gaming setup.

Best 1440p 155hz Monitor: Dell S2719DGF

Capable of a fantastic picture and still boasting an excellent refresh rate, the S2719DGF is a perfect compromise between achieving smoothness and resolution you can’t get in 60hz and 1080p

Best 240hz Monitor: ASUS TUF Gaming VG279QM

If your focus is more on ensuring you have a 240 fps monitor (e.g. if you’re a competitive gamer or simply value high refresh rate over anything else), the VG279QM is the best we’ve found in the full HD range

Upcoming 1440p 240hz Monitors

Eve Spectrum 1440p 240hz

Eve intends to release a 1440p 240hz IPS monitor to counter the current Alienware/Acer offerings. The specs on this monitor are decent for the price, but we’d recommend going with the existing top Alienware pick, or the Samsung/Omen options if you’re on a budget.

Yes, these budget picks are not IPS, but their specs still match up to IPS panels in the most notable ways, and having a reputable brand behind your purchase is also an important factor (Eve has delayed their monitor release multiple times at this point, and have some history of quality control problems).

There is one exception here that makes this a unique choice: this will be the first HDMI 2.1 1440p 240hz monitor on the market.

If you demand this technology, this will be your first choice (though for PC gamers, we expect your needs will be overwhelmingly met by the superior choices above using DisplayPort).

How we chose the best 1440p 240hz Monitors

Considering this technology is brand new and targetted for gamers after the best setup possible, this list has focussed on picks that specifically tick nearly all the boxes, as we don’t expect someone wants to pay for a high-end monitor without a decent, responsive picture and reliable build.

With that in mind, the top picks have been ranked based on:

  • Panel type – When considering VA vs TN vs IPS monitors, some publications/gamers may favor choosing TN options for the perceived low latency. While this is a sensible choice at lower price ranges, the technology available for these premium monitors means that IPS displays, with their typically improved color vibrancy, also offer comparably low response times even for the likes of competitive gaming. Therefore we consider IPS (especially our Alienware pick) the best choice for most readers (if you like VA or TN however, the Samsung Odyssey and HP Omen monitors are respectively great choices and perfect for lower budgets).
  • Black vs white sharpness – With consideration to the average and maximum nits brightness availability, as well as HDR features and contrast ratios to ensure the top picks have a deep image.
  • Color vibrancy – With attention paid to the various color gamuts used to measure the top picks (as well as IPS panel superiority in a majority of cases).
  • Response time – Respecting that many readers are after the best esports/competitive gaming monitor, we’ve ensured our top picks are weighed against their low latency capabilities. This includes consideration for GTG versus other latency recording methods; all of our top picks are extremely responsive, with our top Alienware choice shining in this regard (impressive considering its IPS panel use).
  • Supporting Software – Technology like AMD Freesync, Nvidia G-Sync (and Freesync 2 and G-Sync Ultimate for some of our premium choices), ensuring our top picks have suitable software in place to reduce risks of stuttering and screen tearing at high refresh rates.
  • Port availability – Our top picks have decent DisplayPort, HDMI, and USB outputs available as you would expect in high-end picks for PC gaming.
  • Build quality – Monitors were ranked with consideration for their durability, stand quality, and designs; with nearly every monitor excelling in all of these areas (save perhaps the HP Omen’s stand, which makes up for it with its low price).

And of course, all of these factors have been tallied up against each respective model’s price.

We’re pleased to report that for this technology, we were expecting a majority of the choices on this list to be even more expensive than what they are in reality. Yes, these are pricey displays, but you’re really getting some immense, future-proofed value for a premium setup.

Final Word

And there you have it! After deliberating against our criteria, the above options are easily the best 1440p 240hz monitors available today for gaming, media, and general use.

While we will continue to update this article regularly (already having gone through several iterations), we would say that if you’re in the market now; it’s a great time to buy.

The best options have remained relatively stable for some time, and no upcoming choice looks to significantly rival the quality of our favorite choices.

So with that said, whether you’re going for our top pick, on a budget, or considering the premium option, we think you’ll love picking up one of these 2K 240hz screens as your future main display.

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