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Best Overall: ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q at Amazon
"Superb picture quality, premium gaming-centric features, and an aesthetically pleasing design."
Runner-up, Best Overall: Acer Predator XB271HU at Amazon
"The display has built-in technology to reduce screen flickering and mitigate eye strain."
Best Budget: BenQ GL2706PQ at Amazon
"Solid picture quality and pretty good performance at about half the price of our top choices on this list."
Best for Immersion: MSI Optix MAG27CQ at Amazon
"A premium experience that can handle intense movements and shifts in color without degrading the picture quality."
Best Professional Look: Dell S2719DGF at Amazon
"Though it can only tilt up and down, the S2719DGF has ports and slots for days."
Best Ultrawide: ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q at Amazon
"Smart cable management keeps your DisplayPort, HDMI, USB, and headphone cables out of the way."
Best Curved: ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ at Amazon
"The XG3VQ comes with GamePlus and GameVisual buttons and the OSD joystick."
Best Budget 24-inch: AOC Agon AG241QX at Amazon
"One of the biggest benefits of the AG241QX is its input hub, located on the right, back, side of the display."
A 1440p monitor that practically shouts it from the rooftops that you’re a gamer, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q has superb picture quality, premium gaming-centric features, and an aesthetically pleasing design. Starting with the design, the 27-inch PG279Q is angular, on both the base and chassis. The base has a lighted ring and a Republic of Gamers logo emblazoned in the lower right hand corner. The matte finish and slim bezels give it a professional look, though.
The PG279Q is stunning thanks to IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology that consistently delivers vivid, crisp colors across the full sRGB palette. Equipped with Nvidia’s G-Sync, the PG279Q is built for enthusiasts who want a smooth, gorgeous playing experience, particularly in competitive settings. The 165Hz refresh rate and near-instantaneous response times net you even better visual performance out of intensive games benefitting from high frame rates (such as first-person shooters like Apex Legends).
Tinkering with the display settings is made easy thanks to a small joystick on the back of the display, right above where you’ll also find GamePlus and GameVisual hotkeys. GameVisual is a series of pre-set display modes separated by genre, and GamePlus can track framerate and render crosshairs on-screen to help you in-game. The PG279Q also has a pair of built-in speakers.
While cable management is made easy thanks to the open compartment in the stand, the PG279Q only has an HDMI, DisplayPort, and two USB 3.0 hubs. If you’re planning on gaming with more than one device, you’ll need an HDMI switcher or constantly change plugs. The versatile display can be pivoted, tilted up and down, swiveled right and left, and adjusted by height.
The Acer Predator XB271HU is glaringly similar to the ASUS Rog Swift PG279Q, albeit with a sleek design that takes up less space at the expense of its gamer-centric look. Although, depending on your sense of style, that might be a good thing. Some would call it understated.
Like the ROG Swift, the Predator offers beautiful 1440p resolution visuals thanks to IPS technology. The 144Hz XB271HU is also equipped with G-Sync and Nvidia’s Ultra Low Motion tech, which keep gameplay smooth when objects are moving fast. Refresh rates can overclock to 165Hz, provided your GPU is capable of rendering that many frames per second.
The display has built-in technology to reduce screen flickering and mitigate eye strain. On-board two-watt speakers deliver game audio without needing to buy external speakers. It’s also limited in terms of inputs, with only a DisplayPort and HDMI to speak of. As for the stand, its range of motion is superb, with tilting, swiveling, and height adjustment that can be done in a matter of seconds.
While we're partial to the ROG Swift, the Predator has basically the same features and a smaller form factor.
For 1440p on a budget, the BenQ GL2706PQ offers solid picture quality and pretty good performance at about half the price of our top choices on this list. This BenQ 27-inch monitor uses Zeroflicker and Low Blue Light technology to reduce eye strain and has a 1ms input response time to combat screen tearing.
As it is a budget 1440p monitor, you aren’t getting premium refresh rates here. Topping out at 75Hz, the GL2706PQ can deliver a smooth 60 frames per second gaming experience without a problem. But for those who want to push their triple-A games to the max, the BenQ is somewhat limiting. On the other hand, 60 frames per second (fps) is still the industry standard for console gamers. So, it’s not a huge deal, especially at this price point.
The GL2706PQ has built-in speakers, and the stand can fully swivel, tilt, and pivot. You can also adjust its height. The BenQ is also friendlier with inputs, as it features HDMI, DisplayPort, and DVI-DL.
Want to add a little curvature to your gaming sessions without spending a ton? The MSI Optix MAG27CG has sterling picture quality, a nice set of features, and a 27-inch display that will feel larger thanks to its prominent curve.
The MAG27CQ uses AMD FreeSync to offer adaptive refresh rates up to 144Hz and a 1ms input response time. Essentially, you’re getting a premium experience that can handle intense movements and shifts in color without degrading the picture quality. The chassis has MSI’s distinct angular design that howls, "Video games, I like those!" The frameless design cuts down on bezels to make the best use of the MAG27CQ’s real estate.
The display can be swiveled, pivoted, tilted, and adjusted by height. Meanwhile, its OSD settings are easy to use, so you can tweak quickly until you find the right settings for you. Curved monitors aren’t for everyone, but there’s no denying they provide a distinct, closer-to-the-game experience that could be right for you.
Dell doesn’t make gaming monitors with the same garish aesthetics as some of the more gaming-specific manufacturers, but the internals are what matter, right? For an affordable price, the S2719DGF 27-inch monitor has a sublime picture quality.
This 1440p display can overclock up to 155Hz (via DisplayPort) and has 1ms input response times. That’s really solid, especially when you consider the price. It supports AMD FreeSync for its adaptive refresh rate, communicating with your graphics card to keeping picture performance smooth.
Though it can only tilt up and down, the S2719DGF has ports and slots for days, snugly located in a cutout on the back of the base. Get ready for this: HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, Audio out, a trio of USB ports, and a headphone jack. The S2719DGF may look a monitor meant for a business setting, but you can still get down to gaming business and play some Fortnite or Apex Legends on this stellar display.
Ultrawide monitors can be great for multi-tasking with two or three windows open at once. They can also be pretty awesome for gaming, too. We’re back to the ROG Swift line with our pick for the best ultrawide, 1440p gaming monitor.
With a stunning 3440 x 1440-pixel resolution display with an IPS panel, this ROG Swift offers a seriously awesome gaming experience at a premium price. It’s also curved, which makes it feel even wider, if you can imagine that. The effect it has while gaming can aptly be described as cinematic, drawing your eyes in on the action on-screen, including your peripheral vision.
Powered by Nvidia G-Sync, the ROG Swift can reach 100 frames per second with quick input response times to prevent screen tearing. The PG348Q has all the goodies included in our top pick, including Eye Care tech, GameVisual, and GamePlus hotkeys, along with the OSD navigational joystick. Smart cable management keeps your DisplayPort, HDMI, USB, and headphone cables out of the way, and two-watt speakers bring decent game audio.
The chassis features ASUS’s alluring mix of angles and curves, and the display can be swiveled, tilted, and adjusted by height — though not as much as other monitors on this list simply due to the ultrawide form factor.
When shopping for a new gaming monitor, one of the most important decisions you need make is: Curve or no curve? If you opt for the former, the ASUS ROG Strix XG32VQ is a tempting option that we see as a cut above the rest. Robust features, outstanding picture, alluring form factor and design, the XG32VQ is a mouthwatering 31.5-inch display.
Couple 144Hz refresh rates with FreeSync technology and lightning-fast input response times, and you have yourself a large monitor capable of consistently delivering great visuals without hiccups. Like other ROG monitors, the XG3VQ comes with GamePlus and GameVisual buttons and the OSD joystick, along with smart cable management storage. This ROG Strix also has Aura Sync RGB, which creates a lighted ring where the stand meets the chassis and also projects LED to the surface of your desk.
The ROG Strix display can be swiveled, tilted, and adjusted by height to satisfy your viewing needs, and built-in eye strain defenses keep the good gaming times rolling deep into the night without causing unnatural fatigue. The XG32VQ is a beautiful 1440p monitor that feels even larger than its already spacious 31.5 inches, thanks to its stylish curvature.
If you like the look of a smaller monitor, the AOC Agon AG241QX offers pretty visuals across its 24-inch display. Available for a decent bargain, the AG241QX is worth a look if you’re in the market for a 1440p monitor to fit your gaming needs.
The AG241QX doesn’t even make that many concessions. Sure, the picture quality isn’t as impressive as IPS panel displays, but the AG241QX still permits 144Hz refresh rates and 1ms input response times. Additionally, it’s fitted with Nvidia G-Sync to coordinate adaptive refresh rates.
One of the biggest benefits of the AG241QX is its input hub, located on the right, back, side of the display. The hub contains four USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, VGA, and an HDMI-MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link). The display has built-in speakers, a headphone stand, and can be pivoted, swiveled, and tilted to fit your viewing preferences.
The AG241QX also comes with a neat little “QuickSwitch” controller, letting you access display settings and painlessly cycle through customized game modes.