The 8 Best 1080p Ultrawide Monitors of 2021

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The 8 Best 1080p Ultrawide Monitors of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Jan 21, 2021

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Ultrawide monitors make for some of the best screens for immersive gaming and media viewing, not to mention providing an aspect ratio perfect for extended productivity.

Which is why today’s feature is here to guide you through the best UWHD monitors available today at various price-points/specs.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best 1080p Ultrawide Monitor: Spectre Curved C305B-200UN

No monitor better encompassed what we think our gaming readers will be looking for than this fantastic Spectre display.

Offering an unrivaled balance in picture quality, build quality, and price, the Spectre C305B ticks all the boxes at a lower cost than we expected.

Note: We’ve based this top pick specifically around the best 1080 ultrawide gaming monitor. If you have no interest in gaming (or it’s at least not your main priority), the next 2 picks will be better suited for you.

To start, you are getting up to a whooping 200hz when using DisplayPort. Combined with its ultrawide resolution, this is a truly fantastic coupling of specs for competitive gaming/e-sports and playing through more immersive titles (if you haven’t played at high refresh rates before, it’s hard to overstate just how much they improve gaming).

On top of these leading specs, you’re also getting a display with a 90% sRGB color gamut, excellent blacks with its VA panel, and a 5ms GTG response time; you are well-positioned to have an excellent picture quality.

Freesync is also supported, enabling you to minimize ghosting/stuttering at the C305B’s higher refresh rates.

What makes us love this cheap 1080 ultrawide gaming monitor, even more, is that it’s not compromising on build quality too.

Built like a premium display should be; the stand/overall design is durable, the bezels are incredibly thin and there is even some subtle LED lighting on the back, which if your monitor is near a wall, will add some nice light-blend.

While we wouldn’t recommend any monitor speakers for an audiophile gaming setup, this display’s included sound is decent compared to many others we’ve experienced.

On top of everything else that’s great about this pick, it’s also a curved 1080p ultrawide monitor. Truthfully, there was enough going for this Spectre display that we would’ve given it the top spot without this feature, but having curvature too will really take the immersion in gaming, media, and general use that extra bit further. If you’ve never used a curved monitor before, it’s something that is simply more impressive in person.

There is simply so much to love about the C305B.

Coming in at an incredible price range, we think anybody in the market after a full HD ultrawide monitor for gaming will simply love this pick.

Best IPS 1080p Ultrawide Monitor: LG 34WN650-W 34-Inch

Our next pick is for those focussed less on a gaming monitor, and more on a very vibrant picture quality that’s perfect for media and general use (also perhaps best 1080p ultrawide monitor for Mac).

This LG display has one of the best picture qualities on the list, especially when considering its mid-range price.

Boasting an IPS panel, VesaDisplay HDR400, and an sRGB99% color gamut; the picture here is simply stunning, with excellent colors, blacks, and whites (particularly from the HDR400). This is easily our pick for the best 1080p ultrawide monitor for video editing and other production work.

With its core target focussed around being the perfect general use/office ultrawide monitor, this LG offering has some great quality-of-life features for users focussed on business software and general internet use; utility like flicker safe/reader modes, screen split, and ergonomic tilt/height options. It’s a nice, well-rounded display that meets its goals as a productivity monitor perfectly.

If you are still into gaming, we’re not trying to imply this LG 1080p ultrawide monitor isn’t more than capable of it. With its gorgeous picture quality and some decent game modes available, you can still have a quality, immersive setup on here (we just think that if you’re serious about gaming, the utility of the high refresh rate on the Spectre ultrawide monitor or Samsung pick will be so beneficial for you).

With all that said, if you are focused on picture quality and great utility for a productivity/office monitor, this is easily the best IPS full HD ultrawide display for the job.

Best Cheap 1080p Ultrawide Monitor: LG 25UM58

Our next pick is arguably the most impressive display on the list.

Not because it’s the best, but because it’s an incredible budget 1080p ultrawide monitor. We’ve seen 16:9 full HD displays in this price-range with lower picture quality, so this LG monitor feels like it was made with some kind of wizardry to achieve a decent 1080p 21:9 display at this budget.

With an IPS panel, 99% sRGB color gamut, and up to 250-nits brightness, the specs here will still provide a decent enough picture for a nice office/budget gaming setup.

This 21:9 ultrawide display lacks support for Freesync, which isn’t as good as our top pick for hardcore gamers/those interested in esports, but will still be fine for many gamers who can’t stretch to the pricepoint.

As far as business and personal use go, we think the 25UM58 has the specs you need to create a productive visual workspace.

Perhaps the most important distinguishment between this and our other choices is that this LG display ultrawide display is 25 inches, versus the 34″+ of our other favorite choices.

This is a notable decrease. You still have a gorgeous workspace compared to traditional aspect ratios, though, but it’s probably the biggest reason why it’s still worth stretching to the better picks if you can.

Of course, at this price range, you’re not going to get the vibrance, low response times, high refresh rates, and fantastic blacks/whites as our other picks.

But we’re still floored by what a great option this is if you can only stretch to a budget display. The monitor even has bezels as thin as many of the more expensive picks which we would never expect usually with a budget pick.

If your wallet is tight but you still want a 21:9 desktop then this is, without doubt, the best cheap 1080p ultrawide monitor on the market today.

Best 1080p Super Ultrawide Monitor: Samsung 49-Inch CHG90

The last main pick on our list is for the best 1080p ultrawide screen money can buy.

Yes, it’s an expensive offering, but this Samsung ultrawide monitor is something truly special.

To start, this is a super ultrawide display.

Sounds like marketing jargon, we know, but it in fact means the CHG90 boasts a 32:9 monitor aspect ratio and a 3840 x 1080 resolution.

With standard monitors being a 16:9 aspect ratio, this Samsung offering is literally the size of 2 1080p monitors in one screen; and with its enormous 49-inch size, you really feel the presence of 2 monitors (effectively both 24.5 inches).

This dual monitor in one design makes this a beast of a productivity display, with pretty much limitless potential for business and personal use.

And combined with its QLED screen, 350-nits brightness & HDR support, the vibrant picture you will get on this display is simply phenomenal.

But there’s more; let’s talk gaming.

With a 144hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, stunning picture quality, and, of course, the 32:9 aspect ratio, this is one of the best ultrawide gaming monitors on the market.

It’s hard to overstate just how more immersive a normal ultrawide monitor can be; to get the extra screen width of the CHG90 takes this to a whole other level.

There is also a decent amount of support for this aspect ratio too. You may be worrying if you have a gaming PC powerful enough to run 3840x1080p 144hz, but this resolution has half the pixels of a 4k monitor, and there plenty of 4k 144hz displays on the market. As long as you have a mid to high-range setup, you should be able to run an array of titles here.

To top off the gaming features is built-in support for AMD Freesync 2, which is one of the best technologies available to minimize common monitor issues such as ghosting on high-end displays.

Then there is the build quality; this Samsung 1080p ultrawide display is gorgeous, with a sturdy, well-built frame. It’s worth mentioning that it doesn’t have speakers, but we think you’ll want a real audiophile solution for gaming/general use to appreciate how immersive/productive this display can be anyway.

Last but not least, this is a curved super ultrawide monitor. On top of everything else this display has going for it, its 1800R curvature offers an additional layer of immersion.

Between all the great features we’ve discussed, you probably realize why we rate this screen so highly.

If you have the budget, this is an incredible choice, and the best 1080p ultrawide monitor on the market; something truly special that will last you a long time.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

While the top 4 picks are our absolute favorite options for gaming, media, and general/business use alike, we wanted to provide a few more quick-fire picks in case any of our readers have very specific requirements/briefly explain why we may not have chosen them above the top 4.

34″ 1080p Ultrawide Alternative: Spectre C345W-2560UN

While we think the main Spectre monitor we’ve recommended is the better choice value-wise, this is a great option if you happen to find it at a discount/if the top Spectre choice is out of stock and you want something of similar quality.

Second Cheapest IPS 1080p Ultrawide Monitor: LG 34WL600-B

If you like the look of out budget 1080p ultrawide display pick but want something with a better design/picture quality, this LG monitor is a great pick “in-between” our top cheap and high-end IPS choices. We’d just say it will usually be worth picking up the top Spectre or LG displays if possible over this.

Mid-Range 1080p Ultrawide IPS Monitor: Philips 342E2E

Operating in a similar space to the LG pick directly above, this is a good middle-ground pick for users focussed on a business/general use display (while we prefer our main picks, it would be decent on a discount).

Best 200Hz 1080p Ultrawide Monitor: MSI Optix MAG301CR

Our last pick is an MSI gaming monitor with a superb refresh rate; the main reasons we don’t rate this as highly as our top pick is its significantly larger price-range and user-reports of ghosting. We’d say this is only worth considering if you’re after a very high refresh-rate monitor and the other viable picks are not available.

1080p vs 1440p Ultrawide Resolution

Before we wrap up, we wanted to address the common question on the differences between 1080p and 1440p for ultrawide. Some users seem to think that 2560 x 1080 resolution is “not good enough” for ultrawide monitors. This simply isn’t true.

Of course, if you have the extra budget and a semi-powerful PC, 1440p ultrawide is a marvel to behold. But there is nothing wrong with 1080p, UWFHD monitors are still far superior and more immersive than their 16:9 counterparts and you can still expect a crisp image with full HD, making them a perfect budget ultrawide option; not to mention our Samsung monitor choice proves that this form factor has some incredible premium options too.

If your budget is more in-line with the cost of 1080p ultrawide, don’t fret! We think you’ll love the options above, with the top picks selected with a balance of the picture, high refresh rate, and build quality in mind, you can expect them to be excellent options for gaming, media, or general use.

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The 5 Best 1440p 144hz Ultrawide Monitors in 2021

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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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The 5 Highest Hz Monitors of 2021

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The 5 Highest Hz Monitors of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Jan 17, 2021

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If you’re into competitive gaming or looking for the best monitor possible for immersive titles, you’ll know how wonderful playing on a high hertz gaming monitor can be.

Thankfully, there have recently been a few exceptional products to take high hz displays well beyond the usual 60-144hz + 1080p.

Which is why today’s feature will guide you through the highest refresh rate monitors worth buying for different resolutions and budgets.

Top Picks

Highest Hz Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift 360Hz PG259QN 24.5”

Usually, on our top monitor features, there is a close battle for the top choice.

But in the category of the highest hz gaming monitor? There is a clear winner.

With an incredible 360hz, this ASUS display is unrivaled by nearly every other option.

Not only is this the highest hz 1080p monitor available on the market, but it’s as good an offering as we could hope for with plenty of other decent specs elevating the screen’s quality. We wouldn’t be surprised if it remains the best 360hz monitor available even when more options begin to emerge in the next year or two.

To start, the PG259QN runs on an IPS panel, which is great to see when many of the other highest refresh rate displays have chosen TN/VA. ASUS has also negated the usual main downside of IPS with a 1ms response time (between 360hz and the incredibly low latency, we easily rank this the best monitor for esports/competitive gaming).

Working alongside the IPS panel is a 1000:1 contrast ratio, G-sync, and HDR10 capability; we love that this gaming monitor hasn’t sacrificed picture quality for the highest refresh rate (you’re getting the best of both worlds).

Finally, with decent, sturdy adjustment options, thin bezels, and a beautiful design, the PG259QN feels like a premium gaming monitor should; with no notable complaints from us on its build quality.

360hz vs 240hz Monitors

But let’s talk about 360hz for a moment.

A refresh rate 50% higher than the next common high refresh rate option (240hz), even at these incredibly high rates, 360fps will still provide a measurable improvement over 240fps for serious gamers.

That’s not to say 240hz isn’t still a very capable refresh rate for all types of games, which is why we have covered options below if you’d like a screen with a higher resolution.

But there’s no denying 360hz is very compelling, and for competitive gaming, is going to provide that additional edge that is oh-so-important in key reactionary moments.

We’re a long way away from ever seeing things like 480hz, 500hz, and 1000hz monitors being available on the market, so expect 360hz to be king for a long time.

If you’re very serious about getting the smoothest gameplay experience possible, then know this isn’t just the highest refresh rate monitor ever, but a display that excels in picture and build quality to match its incredible 360hz capability. 

Highest Hz 4K Monitor: LG 27GN950-B 27 Inch UHD

Now, as much as we rate our top 360hz choice for the highest hz gaming monitor available, if you’re focussed on immersive titles as much as you are on competitive gaming, then you will likely want to consider our next 2 choices.

This LG monitor offers an incredible UHD + 144hz comboWhile nowhere near as smooth as 360hz, running games at 2160p with a high refresh rate is an entirely new experience in itself.

Similar to our top pick, we love that LG has managed to base this model on an IPS panel with 1ms response time. Taking the display further, this model also has an impressive DCI-P3 98% color gamut & VESA DisplayHDR 600. Between all these specs, you can expect fantastic blacks & colors, and when tied with the resolution and refresh rate? Well, few monitors are going to produce better output, especially at its respectable price-point.

This is also G-sync / AMD FreeSync compatible monitor, with a striking design and beautiful build quality. Two design areas specifically stand out:

  1. The incredible screen-to-body ratio, with some of the thinnest bezels of a premium display we’ve seen. This choice would make a fantastic high refresh rate monitor for a dual display setup.
  2. The RGB Sphere Lighting 2.0 included on the back of the unit; this will output colorful lighting onto the wall behind your monitor which can be customized to blend into what you’re seeing on screen. It sounds gimmicky, but if you see this effect in person with its thin-bezels, you’d be surprised at how much extra immersion it can add.

Ranking at the top of our 4k 144hz display feature, there’s so much to love about this LG model. At its decent price-point, it’s easily the best choice for someone after the highest refresh rate 4k monitor for gaming and more.

Highest Hz 1440p Monitor: Acer Nitro XV272U Xbmiipruzx 27″

Last but not least out of our top 3 highest refresh rate gaming monitor picks is what you could call a “compromise” between the two choices above.

If you want the joys of very high refresh rates but also want a resolution that notably improves graphical capability beyond full HD, this is easily the best pick on the market for you.

At a stunning 240hz + 1440p, the Xbmiipruzx feels like the best of both worlds and is the top choice on our review feature looking at monitors in this category.

Boasting an IPS panel that takes response time even further with 0.5-1ms response time with agile-splendor technology, this is one of the lowest latency monitors out of the premium choices on the market. 

Tied with these specs is a 99% Adobe RGB color gamut and HDR400. Alongside its IPS panel, there’s plenty of capability here for a gorgeous, bright picture (alongside the ability to use AMD Freesync / Nvidia G-Sync to reduce stuttering/screen-tearing).

Now, this list is about the highest hz monitors after all, and while the standard ceiling for 1440p is 240hz (which there are a few great options for), the Xbiipruzx takes this a step further with the ability to overclock to up to 270hz with DisplayPort or USB Type-C. You don’t need this overclocking for the monitor to be incredibly capable of smooth gameplay, but it’s a nice bonus for those extra focussed on building the highest FPS monitor for their setup. 

There are no complaints from us on the build quality either. With a sturdy, adjustable frame and beautifully thin bezels, the monitor is perfect for a multi-screen setup if desired.

The only thing we don’t like about this monitor is the model name (who knows what Acer was thinking with that eyesore!) but you know a model is good when the name is our biggest complaint.

While it is an expensive choice, we see many monitors well above this price-point that don’t match the well-balanced nature of this Acer display’s specs.

If you’re looking for the highest refresh rate 1440p monitor that is worth buying today at a mid-range price point, you’ve found it.

Highest Hz Budget Monitor: Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx 24.5″

Now, if your budget allows, we would definitely recommend the above 3 picks for someone after the highest hz monitor for esports/gaming.

That said, our last two picks are great options if your wallet demands something closer to the $150-300 range.

The Acer XF250Q still boasts a fantastic 240hz refresh rate and is a superb option for someone after an esports monitor.

One of the cheapest 240hz displays on the market, the model still has a lot going for it; with 1ms response time and AMD Freesync compatibility.

In addition, we like that this budget high refresh rate choice is still well built (even including vertical orientation options) and is from one of the best monitor brands in the business.

So, where does this choice lack compare to our top picks? Well, of course, the main loss in this category is at 1080p, there is a superior 360hz display available which will be a significant increase for serious gamers. And if you’re happy with 240hz, then the 1440p 240hz options available are notably better.

This isn’t just true in terms of resolution/refresh rate, our top 3 picks also have IPS panels, very high-nits, and great color accuracy. This Acer XF250Q model isn’t bad in these areas (certainly superior to similarly price picks), but it runs on a TN panel and will not give the same premium picture you can expect from our top picks.

With all that said, if this price-point is the furthest your wallet can stretch, then know we included this great option for a reason, it is easily the best choice for those after the highest refresh rate monitor on a budget.

Highest Hz Monitor under $200: LG UltraGear 24GL600F-B

To round off our list, we wanted to include another commendable budget pick for those after the highest refresh rate monitor at a very low price.

This LG offering strikes an incredible balance; not much more expensive than the cheapest 60hz monitors we would recommend, it somehow manages to run 1080p 144hz with a 1ms response time.

This really is very impressive for the price-point. Of course, don’t expect gameplay close to as smooth/sharp as the picks above, but we’re still floored by what they’ve managed to pack in here.

Running on a TN panel (as you’d expect at this price-point) the monitor still has serviceable colors/brightness and is Radeon Freesync compatible.

The build quality is decent for the budget too, with some decent adjustability. The screen-to-body ratio isn’t quite as nice as our other picks, but really at this price-point, we’d be amazed if it was!

While we’d love to recommend our top picks to everybody after the best monitor for gaming and esports, we appreciate that isn’t feasible for every budget.

Luckily for those tight wallets, LG’s option here is not just the highest Hz monitor available at this budget, but we’d argue it’s the best gaming monitor under $200 in any category.

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The 8 Best 4k 144hz Monitors of 2021

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The 8 Best 4K 144Hz Monitors of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Dec 23, 2020

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4k & 144Hz together in one monitor? Between these and the new 1440p 240hz choices, the next generation of displays is mouth-watering.

Which is why today’s feature will take you through the best 144hz UHD monitors for gaming and more, with several different budgets in mind.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best 4k 144Hz Monitor: LG 27GN950-B 27 Inch UHD

Standing confidently as our overall best pick, this 4k high refresh rate monitor stands tall amongst the market options, with a fantastic sweet spot between specs and value.

Perhaps the most impressive part of our top choice is how LG has managed to make this an IPS panel with a 1ms response time. Usually, the tradeoff for IPS (which typically gives better picture quality over equivalent VA/TN panels) is higher latency. Having both low response time and IPS is usually reserved for the premium models, but the 27GN is one of the cheap 4K 144Hz display options on the list!

The specs also boast a DCI-P3 98% color gamut (an impressive offering for the price-point with all the other features) and VESA DisplayHDR 600. Between these two factors and the IPS panel, the picture quality on this LG gaming monitor is mind-blowing and will be enjoyable even if you’re running games at less than 144 FPS (you can expect movies and general use to look great on here too).

With full G-Sync / AMD Free Sync compatibility you can still enjoy the extra smoothness these software add-ons offer even on such a high res 144HZ monitor.

The design and build quality of this monitor is excellent too. Adjusting the unit feels sturdy and secure, with VESA screws for wall mounting if desired.

Our favorite elements of the build, however, are the thin bezels and RGB sphere lighting 2.0 on the back. This lighting means that colors are outputted on the wall behind your monitor and are designed to blend into the sound and/or visuals on your screen. This sounds gimmicky but tied in with the fantastic screen-to-body ratio, the extra light feels immersive, and the tiny bezels mean this pick works fantastically in a dual monitor setup.

This isn’t just the best 27-inch 4k 144Hz monitor, but in our opinion, the best overall choice for people in the market today (the fact that this is on the cheaper end of the choices is a complete marvel),

Best Cheap 4K 144Hz Monitor: VIOTEK GFI27QXA 27-Inch

Although we think the LG pick offers fantastic value, we appreciate that such high-end monitor options may not be flattering to many reader budgets.

Luckily, the cheapest 4K 144HZ gaming monitor going is still a great offering that doesn’t feel like you’re “cheaping out” on a budget pick.

Boasting an IPS panel, a 122% sRGB color gamut, 1M:1 DCR, this display is still going to provide fantastic colors, whites, and blacks you’ll want while gaming or watching media (the picture won’t look quite as good as the LG pick, but it will still be fantastic when you consider the dramatic price reduction).

The build quality is great here too. With a sturdy stand, fairly thin bezels, and plenty of movement options, this is another area that doesn’t feel compromised on in the lesser price.

So with all that said, you may be wondering why we didn’t give this the overall top quick. Well, there’s a couple of things to point out:

  • The response time is a tad misleading. It is listed officially as 1ms, but documentation with the monitor talks of a 3ms latency. This is likely due to 1ms being the refresh rate under “optimum conditions” but we would recommend assuming that you’ll be playing with 3ms (still very low for a budget IPS display).
  • You may have noticed that this is officially a 120Hz 4k monitor overclocked to 144Hz. For the most part, this is an ideal option as it saves price, but a minority of users report some problems with very slightly visual stuttering on 144Hz where they have to turn back to 120Hz to remove. But for most gamers, this works fine, and there is a 3-year U.S company warranty if any concerns arise.

We should state that neither of these should be dealbreakers and this VIOTEK offering still manages low latency, great colors/blacks, and a superb build quality alongside its high refresh rate and 3840×2160 resolution.

This choice is easily the best budget 4k 144Hz monitor available today.

Best Large 4K 144Hz Monitor: ASUS ROG Swift PG43UQ 43”

Now, for those after a larger gaming experience, this ASUS 144HZ 4K monitor comes in at a whopping 43-inches. Perfect for someone who wants to use a gaming monitor as a TV or for a massive main monitor (I’ve previously had a similar setup where you effectively use one screen as a “dual display” when not gaming, it can work really well.

This ROG Swift model comes with a fantastic HDR1000 rating and 90% DCI-P3 color gamut. Both specs are great, but the HDR 1000, in particular, is awesome.  You can expect this to have some of the best whites and blacks of any high end LED gaming monitor.

Another Freesync / G-sync 4k display, this ASUS screen also features GameFast Input Technology that results in an effective 1ms response time (we really appreciate how they haven’t compromised on latency when many larger monitor offerings do).

This display is beautiful and well built, with its 4K 144Hz functionality being fully enabled with a GPU by only 1 DisplayPort 1.4 input. The bezels are a tad larger than most of the other picks. But at this size? It’s not really a surprise, and they’re still thin compared to many other monitor choices.

ASUS has really nicely filled that large monitor gap in this market by creating the PG43UQ. If you’re looking for a huge 4K 144Hz monitor, this is definitely your best option.

Runner-Up Best 4K 144Hz Monitor: Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ 27″

We wanted to highlight another great all-rounder pick, as we appreciate that 144Hz UHD monitors are sometimes low in stock and our LG choice may not be available when you’re looking to buy.

ASUS has a monitor in the 27-inch range that is, in some ways, even more compelling than the LG 4k 144Hz display.

Another IPS panel, this ASUS SWIFT screen has a wonderful HDR1000 rating and 97% DCI P3 color gamut. With these specs (especially the impressive high dynamic range), you can expect fantastic whites, blacks, and colors that even slightly surpass the top LG monitor.

The PG27UQ is also one of the nicest builds on the list. With an incredibly sturdy durable design, ASUS answers LG’s backlighting options with its own take: an ARGB ASUS logo on the back (and a customizable logo shining from the bottom of the display). We always rate ASUS’s addressable RGB lighting as it tends to go nicely with their Aura Sync software to give a user a unique look, so you can expect this monitor to look great in the dark.

The reason we would pick the LG monitor over this one is that the ASUS ROG Swift, unfortunately, runs at 4ms as opposed to 1ms. Now, if you’re not buying a monitor for gaming, this won’t be a problem. But we expect many readers looking at a UHD high refresh rate monitor will be after something with as low latency as possible for inputs.

If low latency isn’t a high priority for you then this ASUS monitor does offer a better picture, the only other con we’d point out on this choice is a minority of users complaining about loud fan noise. Most seem to be fine with this, but if achieving an ultra-quiet setup is your plan, bear this in mind.

With one of the nicest builds and picture qualities on the list, the PG27UQ is our top 4k 144HZ monitor pick for the average user if our LG option isn’t available.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

While the top 4 picks are what we’d primarily steer you towards when looking for the best 4K 144Hz monitors for gaming or media, there are some other great options and similar alternatives (e.g. 120Hz 4K monitors). We’ve displayed the best below for those with more unique requirements.

Best OLED 4K Gaming Monitor: Alienware AW5520QF

Quite possibly the best gaming monitor on the market today. This Alienware display will have, by far, the best picture quality on the list with its OLED screen. The fact that it runs at 120Hz alongside that is simply wonderful.

So why don’t we rate it for most users? We think you’ll see why after looking at the price! But by all means, if you have the budget for the most powerful setup possible, this is perfect for you.

Second Best Budget 4K 144Hz Monitor: Acer Predator XB3-27″

If you are after a cheap 4k 144Hz gaming monitor but wanted something from a more reputable monitor manufacturer, then this refurbished Acer model is perfect for you. 

Best WQHD 120Hz Monitor: Alienware AW3420DW

While not 4K or 144Hz, WQHD is very impressive and significantly higher-res than traditional 1440p. We think someone in the market for a premium screen for gaming will really appreciate the level of immersion an ultrawide high refresh rate monitor can offer.

Worth Mentioning: Nixeus NX-EDG274K

Another 144Hz 4K monitor option in the mid-range price, this Nixeus offering is decent, but we don’t rank it as much as our top LG pick (which is in the same price range) due to its slower response time (4ms) and coming from a less known monitor brand. That said, if you catch it on a good sale, this would make a great budget 4K 144HZ gaming monitor pick.

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The 5 Best Gaming PC Bundles of 2021 (With or Without Monitors)

Kaelum Ross

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Dec 17, 2020

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If you’re new to gaming, buying a gift set for someone, or simply want a new personal setup, there are some really great offerings out there for a pre-built PC gaming bundle.

So, today’s feature is here to take you through the best Gaming PC packages available on the market today with consideration for several different budgets.

We’ve separated the monitor picks from the main PC/peripherals bundles because 1. we know some of you may not need a new display and 2. monitors are nearly always better value when bought independently (plus if one is out of stock, there are other options available on this list as back-up).

All of the PCs below come with a mouse and keyboard, but we’ve listed some alternatives at the bottom of the article too should you want other options.

Top Picks

 

Overall Best Gaming PC Bundle under $1200: Skytech Shiva RTX 2060 & Sceptre E255B-1658A

Ranking as the best gaming desktop on another What in Tech feature, this Skytech Shiva model ticks all the right boxes we think a mid-range buyer will be looking for at this modest budget.

Lead by an RTX 2060, your gaming setup will have a superb GPU capable of managing decent settings and framerates for all current titles (including Cyberpunk 2077/Red Dead Redemption 2) and will undoubtedly be capable of playing games well for the next few years.

If you’re a fan of esports like Fornite, CS: GO & Overwatch (or slightly older titles like Minecraft & Fallout 4) you have a fantastic capability to run 144 fps with these games alongside the included monitor.

Working with the RTX 2060 is a Ryzen 5 2600 CPU, 16GB DDR4 RAM & a 500GB SSD. These are decent specs to ensure you get the most out of your graphics card (the processor isn’t from a particularly new AMD iteration but still performs well in the context of the rest of the build and this PC bundle will be more than capable of business and personal use too if required).

All housed in an InWin 101 case (from one of the best chassis manufacturers in the business) with 3 attractive RGB fans, the cooling is decent and the full setup looks fantastic (especially when powered on, stock photos never do these machines justice!).

Alongside the Skytech Shiva is an included RGB gaming keyboard and mouse. While these won’t be the same quality as say, a Logitech or Corsair product, they add excellent value for a gaming setup and are actually favored quite well by the users who have bought this package.

Tied to this gaming PC bundle is the fantastic Sceptre E255B-1658A 144hz screen (don’t worry, the display is a lot better than the model name!).

While you can purchase a cheaper 60hz 1080p screen if desired (like the monitor in our pick directly below), we think that if you’re purchasing the Shiva RTX 2060 edition, having a monitor with a high refresh rate will make your gaming experience so much better. With a 1ms response time and a TN panel, the monitor will be perfect for esports and competitive gaming (25″ is a good size for the price too).

All in all, we think this set represents a sweet spot for most gamers. Yes, we’ve included some more expensive options below that would be fantastic if you can stretch further. But if this is where your budget sits, know that we comfortably rank this as the best gaming PC package at its price.

Best Cheap Gaming PC Bundle under $800: iBUYPOWER Trace 4 9310 & Acer SB220Q

While we would push our readers to at least go for our top choice in terms of the price range for a gaming PC package, we appreciate some of you will be looking for cheaper options.

Our favorite one for those around the $800 point is this iBUYPOWER / Acer combo. Lead by an AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB graphics card, you still have a lot of power here to play games at 1080p with good settings (including Cyberpunk 2077, benchmarks suggest similar systems can achieve 50-60fps with medium settings) and a computer that will continue to do so for a good amount of time in the future.

With a Ryzen 5 3600, this pick (surprisingly) has a better CPU than our top pick! This won’t make up for the inferior GPU when it comes to gaming but is an impressive value add for business and general use.

With 8GB of DDR4 RAM, you have enough for now. But in the future, we would definitely recommend upgrading to 16GB (don’t worry, even if you didn’t want to build a PC, adding extra RAM is one of the easiest parts to install).

Similarly, with a 240GB SSD, you’ll have space enough to get you running with your OS, favorite software, and games; but if you’re playing larger file-size games (e.g. the new COD), you will want to add another HDD/SSD at some point (again, this is a very easy process to upgrade).

With an attractive RGB case and a decent provision of cooling, everything else about this gaming computer bundle checks out. Including the added LED gaming keyboard and mouse which are great for a budget setup.

Alongside this bundle, we recommend the Acer SB220Q monitor. This is one of the cheapest Full HD monitors that still offers a decent picture for gaming (with an IPS panel and 4ms response time, the colors and low input lag are great for gaming at this price range). 

We love that even at its low cost, the Acer monitor still has a solid build quality; with good tilt/maneuver options (many more expensive monitors don’t include such features!).

Overall, if you can’t stretch to our top pick and want the best budget gaming PC package at an incredibly low $800 price range, you’ve found it!

 

Best RTX 3070 Gaming PC Bundle under $2000: Skytech Azure RTX 3070 & LG 32GK650F-B

Now, for those with a decent mid-range budget that want something notably powerful, this Skytech Azure model is a beast of a pre-built gaming desktop bundle.

While our top pick is a great offering, the Azure is a huge increase in capability if you can afford it. The RTX 3070 is one of the most sought after GPUs on the market right now (with many companies completely out of stock). Between this GPU and the Azure’s other improved specs, you can expect around a 50% increase in performance across gaming and general use (this is huge because usually diminishing returns kick in when you purchase a more expensive PC, but not here).

Working alongside the RTX 3070 is a Ryzen 5 3600 CPU, 16GB DDR4 3000MHz RAM, and a 1TB NVMe SSD (the storage, in particular, is a great addition, with enough space on ultra-fast NVMe for your OS, favorite files/software and games). And like our top pick, you have the option to add more RAM/storage in the future easily if needed (but you likely won’t require this for a long time).

With these specs, you have fantastic capability for a 1440p 144hz gaming PC setup. With esports and mid-range games like GTA V, WoW, and Apex Legends capable of running at these high resolutions/framerates (and for newer games, while you may not hit 1440p 144hz with max settings, you’ll still have excellent performance and one of the best raytracing gaming PCs/something that is decently future-proofed for the next several years).

All of this capability housed in another beautiful InWin PC case with decent cooling and a gorgeous aesthetic. The included RGB gaming mouse and keyboard will be great for most users (and if you fancy something more fancy for the price range, we’ve included an independent mouse/keyboard pick at the bottom of the article, but give the included ones a try first).

So, to go alongside this powerful RTX 3070 gaming package, we’ve chosen the LG 32GK650F-B 1440p 144hz monitor.

If you’re tight on budget, you could pick up the 144hz 1080p monitor from our top pick, but we really think that having a QHD resolution alongside a high refresh rate is what will make this setup extra special. With a huge 31.5″ screen, fantastic 1ms response time, and a decent picture, this LG monitor will serve well for either immersive gaming, or someone focussed on a high-paced competitive e-sport that demands fast reaction time.

The RTX 3070 is an amazing card and we’re pumped to see a setup at this price that doesn’t skimp in any area significantly. This feels like a complete gaming PC bundle for someone serious about a long-lasting system.

Most Powerful RTX 3080 Gaming PC Bundle: Skytech Blaze 3.0 & Dell S-Series S2719DGF

Our next pick is for those after the best high-end gaming PC package available today (technically you can get more powerful, but the PCs begin to have major diminishing returns for the price, this is the most powerful we recommend).

The Skytech Blaze 3.0, previously featured on What in Tech, is a seriously powerful gaming computer package. 

At the forefront of this PC’s great specs is the monstrous RTX 3080 GPU. This is one of the best gaming graphics cards on the market today (and like the 3070, is hard to get a hold of for many retailers right now).

Alongside the GPU is a Ryzen 7 3700X CPU, 16GB 3600 MHz RAM & a Gen4 1TB SSD. All of these are great specs to work alongside an RTX 3080 (some users may expect 32GB RAM, but 16GB RAM at a high speed like 3600MHz will undoubtedly be more effective for a long time, more size is really overkill right now for gaming).

With this system, you can expect to achieve excellent settings and framerate in any game and that will last well into the future. This is one of the best pre-built gaming PC bundle for 4k or high-refresh-rate 1440p.

With a well-ventilated Phanteks case (another one of the top PC case brands), the system looks fantastic and also includes some addressable RGB lighting (ARGB means you can control the rhythm/animation of individual LED lights if you want something very unique/personal).

Included in the package is an RGB gaming keyboard and mouse. We will say at this price-point, although this kit will be perfectly serviceable (and we recommend trying it before judging), we expect some users would prefer the Corsair/Logitech combo we’ve included at the bottom of this page.

To work alongside this powerful pre-built RTX 3080 gaming PC setup we recommend the Dell S-Series S2719DGF as a suitable premium monitor to take advantage of a high refresh rate and 1440p gaming.

This is a gorgeous monitor with a 1ms response time, 350-nits & up to 155hz (overclocked, 144hz by default). Even with a VA panel, the display looks sharp and is fantastic for high-end gaming.

Appreciating that some gamers will want to be playing at 2160p, there is a couple of 4K monitors you can go for. Either this Philips screen for a more reasonable budget or this impressive VIOTEK display for 4k & 120hz. These will also be great choices; or if you want an even higher refresh rate, you can check our other feature on the incredible emerging 1440p 240hz monitors.

Overall, if you’re looking to have one of the most powerful pre-built gaming PC bundles possible with the capability to last many years into the future, we highly recommend the Blaze 3.0 to serve you.

Cheapest Gaming PC Bundle under $650: iBUYPOWER Mini 9300 & ViewSonic VS2210-H

Now while we would push you towards the mid-range options further above if you can stretch your budget, we appreciate some readers will be looking for the cheapest pre-built gaming PC bundle possible (that we can still actually recommend to play some games).

If that sounds like you, the iBUYPOWER Mini 9300 is your best option and would be a good gaming PC bundle for kids/beginners too.

Quick note: we’re reviewing this PC based on a price of $550. If it fluctuates well above that, it is probably instead worth waiting to save for our more expensive picks.

Featured previously on What in Tech, the Mini 9300 is a decent package for the price. With a Ryzen 3100 CPU, RX 550 GPU & 8GB RAM. you still have a budget PC here capable enough to decently play Fortnite, Overwatch, CS: GO, Minecraft, and other older titles (with some framerate or setting compromises). We wouldn’t recommend this PC if you’re trying to play the likes of Cyberpunk 2077 or Red Dead Redemption 2 however.

On top of light gaming, this machine will still be fine for personal use, business use, and internet browsing/Netflix.

Perhaps the biggest bottleneck of the system is the small 240GB SSD. However, you can easily add another drive at a later date (and because you’re not looking to play the latest intensive games, you’ll be OK for a while with game storage).

It’s still nice that despite the very budget price point, iBUYPOWER has opted for an SSD instead of a slower hard drive (meaning your games and operating system will load nice and quickly).

Even with the price so low, you’re still getting a wi-fi enabled motherboard, Windows 10, and an RGB gaming keyboard and mouse that will be more than enough for an ultra-cheap gaming PC bundle.

We like also that the Mini 9300, as the name would imply, comes in a smaller form factor and isn’t oversized for a budget gaming computer package (and with its nice included LED lighting, looks great).

To compliment the Mini 9300, we think the best monitor for you would be the ViewSonic VS2210-H.

This is the cheapest 1080p IPS monitor right now. Yes, while you could go cheaper and get a 720p monitor, we really don’t recommend this. These monitors are only a little cheaper and look significantly worse in gaming and general use.

The ViewSonic, for its low budget, has an impressive picture. And with the Mini 9300’s ability to play older games on FHD, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this package’s ability to achieve a nice quality image for mid-range titles.

All in all, while it’d be great if you can budget for our other picks, we understand that isn’t always possible. And for playing older games, the Mini 9300 still has a lot going for it. This is easily the best super-cheap pre-built gaming PC package we’d recommend.

Alternative Gaming PC Accessory Combos

The above pre-built gaming PC combos all come with gaming mice and keyboards, but if you were looking at this list specifically for just accessories, we’ve included some extra options below.

Additionally, the final option is for those who may want something a little more premium when purchasing the above setups.

Best Gaming Accessories Bundle with Headphones: Orzly 4 in 1 Package

Coming in at a super impressive price-point is this Orzly bundle that includes a well-received pair of budget headphones (you’re, of course, not going to get what you can expect from an audiophile pair, but still great for a cheap gaming package).

Cheapest Gaming Accessories Bundle without Headphones: Havit Package

What’s extra impressive about this Havit keyboard/mouse combo is that the keyboard has enough tactile feedback to be considered mechanical (don’t expect a $100 mechanical keyboard feel of course, but certainly better than we’d expect for a budget gaming rig!).

Best High-End Gaming Accessory Package: Logitech G502 + SteelSeries Apex 5 + Corsair MM300

Now, if you’re purchasing one of the more expensive gaming PCs and want a premium mouse, keyboard, and mouse pad combo, we highly recommend buying the pieces separately as opposed to one Amazon listing.

These 3 are our top recommendations for each accessory, with value in mind (yes these are more expensive, but they’re not simply overpriced for no reason).

The G502 feels like the perfect answer to a gaming mouse. With great DPI settings, precision, ergonomics, and aesthetic, it has everything we think you’ll need at a reasonable price.

The Apex 5 is a beautiful RGB gaming keyboard with great hybrid blue switches that will feel great and tactile for gaming.

And to sit underneath is the Corsair MM300. We’ll be clear, you can just as easily pick up an ultra-cheap mouse pad and it will work nearly as well. But for a top-quality smooth surface, the MM300 is great (we like pads that sit under the keyboard too for presentation).

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The 8 Best 1440p 240hz Monitors of 2021

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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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