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When it comes to gaming monitors, getting a 1440p 240Hz model is a great way to get a competitive advantage in eSports titles without sacrificing resolution. Sure, 4K is crisper, but it also requires a beastly GPU to reach the max refresh rate of the best 4K gaming monitors. Further, as of recently, you aren’t limited to TN panels since we’ve received a couple of 1440p 240Hz IPS monitors that come with great image quality. And let’s not forget the Samsung Odyssey G7 that, despite featuring a VA panel, has excellent colors, incredible motion clarity, and a bunch of extra features.
But what are the best 1440p 240Hz monitors? Find out below. Before we start, do note that this category doesn’t include any proper budget model. Combining 1440p resolution and 240Hz refresh rate is still quite an expensive endeavor for manufacturers, and we’ll have to wait a bit before we see a proper budget monitor in this category. The closest to a budget 1440p 240Hz monitor is the HP Omen X27. Also, remember that all IPS panels show some extent of IPS glow. Finally, if you have a noticeable backlight bleed, don’t return the monitor right away. Use it for a couple of weeks and allow the panel to breathe and for the pressure between the layers to ease. If the issue persists after a couple of weeks, it’s time for a replacement.
When ASUS released the ROG Swift PG279QM, it quickly became the new ruler of the 1440p 240Hz market. While not having as fast a response time as the Odyssey G7, the PG279QM beats it in every other area. First of all, this monitor isn’t slow. It’s just behind the G7 when it comes to response time. Overall, it’s one of the fastest IPS monitors on the market.
Next, its color quality is sublime, with great out-of-the-box factory calibration and 96% DCI-P3 coverage. In other words, you can do professional photo and video editing on this monitor without issues. Also, you can use the Esports overdrive mode across the refresh rate range thanks to the G-Sync ultimate support.
This is another plus since a lot of VRR monitors don’t have one overdrive mode usable across the entire refresh range. The cherry on the top is the fact you can use AMD cards with this monitor since it also comes with full FreeSync support.
Wide gamut coverage is accompanied by an excellent sRGB mode that allows users to enjoy regular (non-HDR) content without oversaturated colors. This is a huge plus since most wide gamut monitors come without an sRGB mode or with one that doesn’t allow any adjustment from the user. IPS panel translates into excellent viewing angles but also an average contrast (about 1000:1).
Max brightness is pretty good but not among the best, with a value of about 380 nits. That said, 380 nits should be enough for using the monitor in brightly lit rooms, even when the sun directly hits the panel. The HDR support is basic, and like on most other gaming monitors, it’s better to just use the monitor in the SDR mode.
Overall, the PG279QM is a superb gaming monitor that’s perfect for gaming and professional color-critical work. It also has excellent response time and great build quality. Its biggest downside is a pretty steep price.
Samsung Odyssey G7: Best curved 1440p 240Hz monitor
The Odyssey G7 from Samsung is one of the best 1440p 240Hz gaming monitors on the market, despite a flurry of issues reported by users. Flickering issues have been resolved with a firmware update, but there’s still a chance you’ll get a unit with other issues. That said, most PC monitors these days (including all three IPS picks) suffer from relatively poor QC. Purchasing any model featured on this list also includes an involuntary panel lottery entry.
G7 has superb performance across the board. Response time is unbelievable for a VA panel, and the monitor doesn’t suffer from poor response times when gaming at lower refresh rates (60-120Hz).
Colors are great and accurate, gamut coverage is a tiny bit behind our IPS picks, out-of-the-box accuracy is more than decent, and contrast is superior compared to every other monitor on this list, sans the Odyssey G9.
Max brightness is about 600 nits, with HDR performance being better than on most other 1440p, 240Hz models. The G7 also supports FreeSync and is G-Sync compatible. Another good thing about this model is that it’s available both in 27 and 32-inch versions.
The only major downside compared to the IPS panels are narrow viewing angles. Now, the extreme curvature of the panel will be a huge downside for some users, but if you don’t mind it, this is an excellent choice. Especially if you play games in the 60-144Hz range.
When it comes to the best TN 1440p 240Hz monitor, the HP Omen X27 is it. It has excellent colors for a TN display, covering 100 percent of the sRGB color spectrum and about 75 percent of the DCI P3 spectrum. Great for gaming, solid for content creation. The contrast is average, hovering around 800:1. Max brightness is about 300 nits for both SDR and HDR. Not great, but bright enough for well-lit rooms.
Response time is excellent across the board, especially when playing in the 60-144Hz range. The Omen X27 is FreeSync and G-Sync compatible. As for the downsides, ergonomics aren’t great, color performance is behind most other picks, and viewing angles are below par.
This is normal for a TN panel, but still, it’s behind our other picks. The good news is that, while the Omen X27 isn’t a proper budget model, it’s the closest you’ll find to a budget 1440p 240Hz monitor.
Overall, this is a great high refresh rate gaming monitor. The inclusion of a TN panel hurts it when compared to both IPS displays and the G7 and G9 models that use a VA panel. However, for gaming, this is a pretty solid choice.
Alienware AW2721D: Second best 1440p 240Hz gaming monitor
The Alienware AW2721D is another member of the 1440p 240Hz IPS family of monitors. This one comes with great response times across the board, a wide color gamut with accurate and lively colors, and G-Sync ultimate branding. That means the inclusion of a hardware G-Sync module and a fan on the back that isn’t too loud, mind you.
Do note that this monitor does not come with the sRGB display mode meaning colors will be oversaturated when watching most media content as well as when playing games in SDR. Also, the 10-bit color is only supported in the 144Hz mode. At 240Hz, you get 8-bit color due to the lack of the DSC feature. The contrast ratio is very close to 1000:1. In other words, decent and in line with most other IPS monitors.
HDR performance is solid for a PC monitor, with the HDR600 spec, 32 local dimming zones, and max HDR brightness of 750 nits. Max SDR brightness is higher than 500 nits, which is an excellent result.
Design is a subjective thing, but for us, this is a slick-looking monitor. In fact, the Alienware looks better than most other models on this list. Overall, this is a very capable gaming monitor, and it should be on your shortlist if you don’t mind oversaturated colors.
The Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q-X is definitely one of the best 1440p 240Hz gaming monitors, and we had to put one IPS model as an honorable mention. In other words, while not the absolute best pick, this is still an excellent choice if you can’t find one of the other models shown on this list.
Response time is excellent in the 144-240Hz range. However, we’re not recommending gamers to buy this one if they plan on playing demanding single-player titles that run in the 60-120Hz range. If you’re mostly a single-player type of gamer, get the Alienware or the Odyssey G7. They both have excellent response times across the board.
When it comes to color performance, it’s great. In line with other IPS panels and the G7 and G9. It’s great for gaming and good enough for content creation. You also get the clamped sRGB mode. On the flip side, the panel is BGR instead of RGB, meaning the text won’t be as crisp as on RGB panels. Also, the monitor doesn’t support true 10-bit color@240Hz, only 8-bit.
Max brightness is pretty good at about 440 nits, with the contrast hovering around 1000:1 value. In other words, pretty average contrast, in line with other IPS displays in combination with great maximum brightness. Finally, the design is great until you see the back of the monitor. But since you’re mostly looking at the actual display, we don’t mind it.
Overall, the Aorus FI27Q-X is another strong contender in the 1440p 240Hz IPS market. We don’t recommend it for users who prefer playing single-player games at lower refresh rates. Everyone else should definitely consider purchasing it.
Samsung Odyssey G9: Best 1440p 240Hz ultrawide monitor
In short, the Odyssey G9 is a super ultrawide version of the Odyssey G7. The monitor has excellent colors, great response times across the board, FreeSync and G-Sync support, as well as great contrast and colors.
It’s not for everyone, and it’s quite expensive, but if you want the best 1440p 240Hz ultrawide, this is the only monitor that ticks all boxes, even though it’s not a regular, 21:9 ultrawide. Oh, and due to the quite demanding resolution, we recommend pairing this monitor with the RTX 3080 or the RX 6800 XT.
If you’re a regular gamer who wants a 1440p 240Hz monitor but don’t want to pay the premium price, just get one of the many 1440p 165Hz models. You won’t notice the difference when gaming, even when playing esports titles.
But if you’re a semi-pro esports player in need of a relatively affordable 240Hz monitor but don’t have the money for a 1440p model, get the BenQ Zowie XL2546K.
This monitor has insanely low response times with ULMB (called DyAC+ here), surprisingly good color performance (it’s a TN panel, after all), and great ergonomy. The most important thing here is image clarity. The DyAC+ tech is seriously capable, offering unmatched image clarity with virtually zero blur.
The downside is that, like with many other monitors, you cannot use ULMB in combination with VRR, but if you’re playing esports titles, chances are you won’t notice screen tearing when running games in 240fps. For single-player titles (if you play any), just turn off the DyAC+ setting.
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