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Here Are The Best 1440p Monitors Of 2018 & Beyond 

It wasn’t too long ago that computers monitors were huge, space-consuming monitors that ran on CRT (cathode-ray tube) technology, and the same was with any display, really, including home television sets. LCDs took center stage by providing display options that were so much thinner and far more energy-efficient and later LED technology excited the world with performance and efficiency, even more, taking the world by storm also though both technologies come with their own significant drawbacks like slower response times and lower refresh rates. But those days are far behind us, and 2018 is a great year to buy the top of the line best 1440p monitors. 

 

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If you’re new to the scene or a budding hardware enthusiast delving into the realm of high-performance gaming monitors, then let us brief you on what exactly is 1440p. 1440p is a high-definition resolution that is the shortened form of 2560×1440 pixel resolution at 16:9 aspect ratio and often called Quad HD or QHD (sometimes WQHD), as opposed to FHD (1920×1080 or 1080p) and HD (1280×720 or 720p). 1440p affords larger screens with more real-estate the higher pixel-density that they require to display a crisper, clearer picture over the industry-standard FHD displays used in most systems. With 1080p resolutions catering to most computing needs, 1440p serves a specific niche: gaming. Most of the 1440p monitors available on the market today are tailored and marketed towards gamers looking to amp their gaming experience with higher resolution. 

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But why should you consider 1440p? First of all, the higher resolution and higher pixel density at 1440p resolution is a significant improvement over Full HD resolution and provides a much clearer and much crisper image with better details, too. While the advantage is slightly less noticeable on smaller screens, Full HD resolution often takes a significant hit in picture quality and level of detail when offered on large screens – less pixel density, less detail. But on larger screens, 1440p resolution shines by providing greater pixel density so that every inch of your display is saturated to the brim with detail-giving, vibrancy-adding pixels. With that said, the highest resolution and most exceptional level of detail available on the market today is 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160), but higher resolution screens need to be powered by higher-performance graphics processors. 1080p is industry-standard because it’s an excellent resolution that delivers excellent detail without being too hard on the GPU, but if you’re looking for an even better visual experience on a big screen and have the graphics hardware to back it up, 1440p is the resolution of choice when it comes to high-end gaming. 

That said, the best 1440p gaming monitors, especially the ones we selected on this list, are high-performance beasts that cost quite a pretty penny. If you’re in the market for a budget gaming monitor, check out our list of 2018’s best gaming monitors under $200. 

But if you’re willing to pay a premium for superior resolution and display on a larger screen that’ll settle all of your screen real estate problems, here are the best 1440p monitors of 2018. 

What We Measure 

When you’re in the market for a mid-range to high-end gaming monitor that comes explicitly with 1440p resolution, you probably already know what to look for in your prized display, as well you should. But, just in case you don’t, here’s what we considered when we came up with this list of the best 1440p gaming monitors of 2018, and beyond. 

Style & Design 

For gamers and non-gamers alike, the best 1440p monitors of 2018 should come with great style and functional design. Some of the things to look out for are thinner bezels that are unobtrusive to viewing and a sleek look on a large monitor that’ll compliment your workstation or battle station, not cramp its style. 

Refresh Rate 

Refresh rates dictate how smooth a visual experience you can get on your choice of the best 1440p monitor of 2018. Higher refresh rate means more fluid gameplay, less screen tearing, and an overall better visual experience. Consider the refresh rate when making your decision so that nothing gets in the way of the 1440p Quad HD experience. 

Response Times 

A factor that’s most important to competitive gamers, response time 0o9iVN b3refers to time it takes for a single pixel to change from black to white, vice versa, or to and from different shades of gray. Low response times (1ms-2ms) are better, and higher response times (4ms-5ms) may create visual artifacts and ghosting when there’s a lot of things going on in your display (like when you’re playing fast-paced, competitive video games). However, non-gamers typically don’t have to worry about response times as the benefits don’t seem at much better unless you’re in the pro or competitive gaming scene. 

VRR Technology 

VRR, or variable refresh rate technology, also known as adaptive sync, is a feature sought for in gaming monitors that allows the display to synchronize its refresh rate to the FPS output of your graphics processor. VRR eliminates artifacts and screen tearing entirely by making sure that your display and GPU are working in perfect harmony. The two types of VRR available on the best  1440p monitors of 2018 are Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync, which are only compatible with Nvidia GPUs and AMD GPUs respectively. 

Categories 

We’ve organized this list in such a way that the best 1440p monitors of 2018 listed here each cater to different needs, and therefore, each win in a certain category. The categories we chose are the best 1440p monitor with Nvidia G-Sync technology, the best 1440p monitor with AMD FreeSync technology, the best 1440 monitor for competitive gaming, the best curved 1440p monitor, and the best 1440p monitor in ultra wide. Full disclosure, ASUS-brand gaming monitors dominate this list and wins every single category bar-none – a result that we couldn’t help but see coming considering that ASUS monitors power the most significant gaming events and world championships around the world, because of their sleek design and powerful features to satisfy even the most discerning gamer. However, we did run into other great models that, while they didn’t outperform the ASUS machines, still delivered excellent value and performance, enough so to deserve an honorable mention. 

Our Picks for the Best 1440p Monitors of 2018 & Beyond 

 

Best G-Sync: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q  

The best 1440p monitor with G-Sync capability is the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. This monitor comes with all the best specifications to ensure the smoothest visual experience, and high-end gaming feel with the top-of-the-line performance you can expect from ASUS. 

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The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is the best 1440p monitor of 2018 if you’re packing a Nvidia GeForce GTX GPU that can make the most of the PG279Q’s Nvidia G-Sync Technology. With the standard 16:9 2560x1440p QHD resolution, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q delivers best-in-class clarity and detail, and with its 27-inch IPS Panel, you’ll be getting 100% sRGB color accuracy for better colors and a more vibrant picture with the advantage of wider viewing angles at 178 degrees. Enjoy the smoothest visual experience on the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q with its 144Hz refresh rate (overclockable to 165Hz) and only 4ms response time. 

Apart from the incredible specs you get on the ASUS ROG Swift PG79Q, our pick for the best 1440p monitor with G-Sync technology of 2018 also looks undeniably sleek and powerful, with an ultra-thin bezel that allows for an almost frameless visual experience. 

The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q offers the best connectivity on a 1440p monitor, with a latest-tech DisplayPort, one HDMI Port, two USB ports, and two 2W built-in speakers in addition to an audio output jack for headphones or speakers. 

Ergonomics-wise, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is king. Featuring lots of adjustment and setup options including VESA mounting, height adjustment, vertical and horizontal tilt, rotation, and swivel. The ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q also offers a gamer-friendly OSD (on-screen display) menu that’s navigable with a joystick controller instead of just hardware buttons and comes fully calibrated for a maximum visual experience. 

At $800 list price, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is a pricey monitor, but with its high-end specs and plethora of excellent features, this 1440p monitor is worthy of its price tag and delivers excellent bang-for-buck value. 

ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q Specifications: 

Resolution: 2560×1440 QHD
Panel Size: 27” IPS Panel
Refresh Rate: 144Hz (OC 165Hz)
Response Time: 4ms
VRR Technology: Nvidia G-Sync
Retail Price: $800 

 

Best FreeSync: ASUS MG279Q 

The best FreeSync-capable 1440p monitor of 2018, by our standards, is the ASUS MG279Q. The ASUS MG279Q is a high-end gaming monitor that delivers on the ASUS brand promise of smooth and elegant visuals to facilitate better viewing and better gaming. 

The ASUS MG279Q is the best 1440p monitor of 2018 for users with AMD graphics cards that can make use of the MG279Q’s AMD FreeSync technology. The 16:9 aspect ratio and 2560×1440 QHD resolution on the ASUS MG279Q’s 27-inch IPS Panel delivers unprecedented clarity and detail, on a large screen size that boasts top-of-the-line color processing and reproduction. With its 178-degree viewing angle, you can enjoy an unlimited and smooth visual experience at 144Hz refresh rate and 4ms response time. With variable AMD FreeSync technology, eliminate screen tearing and graphics artifacts for good on the ASUS MG279Q. 

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The ASUS MG279Q is an attractive piece of hardware, featuring thin bezels that don’t get in the way of your visual experience. With patented ASUS Eye Care technology, the ASUS MG279Q is not just a pleasure to look at, but it also reduces fatigue and eye strain with flicker-free backlights and unobtrusive blue light filtering.  

Gamers will appreciate the ASUS MG279Q for its additional gamer-centric features, including pre-calibrated picture settings, cooling vents, and the ability to place on-screen timers, FPS counters, and custom crosshairs. Connectivity on the ASUS MG279Q is an added premium, featuring a mini DisplayPort, a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI ports with MHL capability, and dual USB 3.0 ports. 

The ASUS MG279Q also features the best in ergonomics, with full tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustment to cater to any viewing position you find comfortable.  

For the specs, you’re getting and the features that it offers, the ASUS MG279Q comes at an extremely attractive price tag of only $549. Top-of-the-line and one of the best 1440p monitors of 2018, the ASUS MG279Q is the best option for gamers and non-gamers alike who can make use of its AMD FreeSync technology.  

ASUS MG279Q Specifications: 

Resolution: 2560×1440 QHD
Panel Size: 27” IPS Panel
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Response Time: 4ms
VRR Technology: AMD FreeSync
Retail Price: $549 

Best Competitive: ASUS PG278QR 

Competitive gamers stop at nothing to give them a competitive edge in gaming, and for all extents and purposes, the ASUS PG278QR delivers the maximum competitive gaming experience out of all our top picks for the best 1440p monitor of 2018. 

Hard-core gamers in the competitive or professional scene, who can make use of the ASUS PG278QR’s Nvidia G-Sync Technology, look no further. The ASUS PG278QR is the best 1440p monitor of 2018 for competitive and fast-paced gaming. The AUS PG278QR features exceptionally detailed visuals on its crisp 27-inch display with 2560×1440 QHD resolution. The TN Panel on the ASUS PG278QR compromises very little regarding color and image quality but delivers the highest-end competitive gaming experience with a 144Hz refresh rate that’s overclockable to 165Hz and an incredible 1ms response time that gives you the absolute smoothest and most visually-striking competitive gaming experience. Whether you’re playing fast-paced first-person shooters or real-time strategy games that max out your actions per minute, the ASUS PG278QR is a competitive gaming monitor that ensures you never miss an opportunity. Combine these specs with Nvidia G-Sync Technology, and prepare yourself for an unprecedented visual experience that is free from screen-tearing and artifacts. 

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To cater to even more gaming needs, the ASUS PG278QR comes with the bleeding-edge in gamer-centric features, including the overclocked refresh rates and ASUS’ propriety GamePlus software which allows users to make the most of their screen by providing overlay images for crosshairs and on-screen timers. And with its smart cooling design and intuitive on-screen display menu navigation, the ASUS PG278QR is a gaming monitor that knows how to keep up with your most intensive gaming needs. 

The ASUS PG278QR may pack the performance of a beast, but in no way does it look beastly. The ASUS PG278QR comes in a sleek, well-designed package that features ultra-thin bezels that allow for a premium, frameless feel. Cable management is built-in on the ASUS PG278QR, so you won’t have to worry about wildcard cables getting out of control when you connect to its DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0 Upstream port, or either of its two USB 3.0 downstream ports. 

Ergonomics on the ASUS PG278QR is excellent as well, featuring adjustment options in which ASUS takes pride. The ASUS PG278QR is adjustable via a swivel, height adjustment, tilt, and pivot, so you can view your display any way you want and at maximum comfort. 

The $699 MSRP price tag on the ASUS PG278QR may be a bit on the high side, but for the competitive gamers that it is tailored for, the ASUS PG278QR delivers the best quality and deserves its title of the best 1440p monitor of 2018 for competitive gaming. 

ASUS PG278QR Specifications: 

Resolution: 2560×1440 QHD
Panel Size: 27” TN Panel
Refresh Rate: 144Hz (OC 165Hz)
Response Time: 1ms
VRR Technology: Nvidia G-Sync
Retail Price: $699 

Best Curved & Best Ultrawide: ASUS PG348QR 

For unprecedented immersion or crazy amounts of screen real estate, you may want to get a curved or an ultrawide 1440p monitor so you can make the most of the QHD capabilities of your screen. With the ASUS PG348QR, you can get both. We present to you a top-notch 1440p monitor that bags the titles of both the Best Curved 1440p Monitor and the Best Ultrawide: the ASUS PG348QR. 

The ASUS PG348QR is for gamers and non-gamers who want to enhance their gaming or overall visual experience with a curved screen. Gamers will also appreciate the Ultrawide capabilities that redefine and revolutionize their gaming experience with a higher field of view that is both natural and intuitive. Non-gamers can also make use of the extra screen real-estate an Ultrawide monitor provides, maximizing productivity and multitasking by making use of every single pixel-dense inch of the ASUS PG348QR. 

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The ASUS PG348QR delivers a visually-striking picture on its 34″ IPS Panel that offers a 21:9 aspect ratio 3440×1440 ultrawide QHD resolution for vivid, accurate colors further enriched by ASUS 10-bit color capability. The ASUS PG348QR provides unprecedented versatility with 178-degree viewing angles on its 34-inch display, and despite the level of detail and screen size, compromise nothing regarding smooth gameplay and visuals with the 60Hz refresh rate that’s overclockable to 100Hz, and response time of 5ms. Further enhance the visual experience on the ASUS PG348QR by activating its Nvidia G-Sync Technology to eliminate screen tearing and visual artifacts, provided you have a Nvidia GeForce GPU that can make use of it. 

The ASUS PG348QR is designed and built like the high-end piece of hardware that it is, featuring built-in LEDs for new atmospheric feel, and two color schemes to make sure that it fits in on your desk or tabletop. The thin bezels on this ultrawide monitor allow for a groundbreaking cinematic feel that takes nothing away from your visual experience. The intelligent cooling vent design on the ASUS PG348QR lets it keep up with you even on the longest of gaming marathons. 

The ASUS PG348QR is one of ASUS’s flagship curved ultrawides, so expect the best of the best features including ASUS’ propriety GamePlus technology that allows for on-screen crosshairs and timers, as well as ASUS-exclusive technologiesfor general enhancements such as Ultra-low Blue Light, and ASUS Eye Care for flicker-free viewing that makes it even more comfortable on the eyes. 

Connectivity on the ASUS PG348QR is excellent, featuring an HDMI port, a DisplayPort 1.2, an audio output jack for headphones or speakers, one USB 3.0 upstream port and one USB 3.0 port as well as two built-in 2W speakers. The ergonomics on this machine are the best on a curved Ultrawide monitor, featuring VESA mounting capability, height adjustment, swivel, and tilt.  

The $1299 list price on the on the ASUS PG348QR is about as expensive as it can get for a 1440p resolution monitor, but for the premium curved Ultrawide experience and uncompromising smoothness, the price tag is well worth it for one of the best 1440p monitors of 2018, and our top pick f for the best curved Ultrawide. However, if you want to hear even more good news, the ASUS PG348QR is, at the time of writing, available on sale for under $1000, and as low as $906 on Amazon. 

ASUS PG348QR Specifications: 

Resolution: 3440×1440 QHD
Panel Size: 34” IPS Panel
Refresh Rate: 60Hz (OC 100Hz)
Response Time: 5ms
VRR Technology: Nvidia G-Sync
Retail Price: $1,299 

ASUS dominated the field when it came to the best 1440p monitors of 2018. The monitors that won their respective categories all came with ASUS’ promise of high-end quality and performance, and every single one of them delivered on that promise, and then some. However, of the monitors we evaluated for this list of the best 1440p monitors of 2018, the next two monitors performed well enough to at least deserve an honorable mention. 

Runner-Up: Acer Predator XB271HU 

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The Acer Predator XB271HU is neck-and-neck with the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q, featuring the same excellent visuals and smooth, vibrant image quality for the same price and with the same specifications as the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q. While it offers better connectivity than the ASUS PG279Q, with two more USB 3.0 ports than the latter, the Acer Predator XB271HU lost by a hair because of the ASUS ROG Swift’s better ergonomics and superior propriety software. 

Predator XB271HU Specifications: 

Resolution: 2560×1440 QHD
Panel Size: 27” IPS Panel
Refresh Rate: 144Hz (OC 165Hz)
Response Time: 4ms
VRR Technology: Nvidia G-Sync
Retail Price: $799 

Runner-Up: Dell S2716DGR 

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Packing about as much power and competitive performance as the ASUS PG278QR, the Dell S2716DGR is an excellent alternative that offers great performance and a lot of luxury features that should attract gamers and non-gamers alike. 

Dell S2716DGR Specifications: 

Resolution: 2560×1440 QHD
Panel Size: 27” TN Panel
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Response Time: 1ms
VRR Technology: Nvidia G-Sync
Retail Price: $799 

 

 

 

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