WQHD monitors (also called 1440p or 2K) are now increasingly replacing FullHD as the standard resolution for gaming and it is not difficult to see why they are becoming so popular.
WQHD monitors offer a noticeable improvement in graphics for gaming in 1440p without the hardware being stressed nearly as much as with 4K resolutions.
So if you have one of the best mid-range graphics cards, your PC is almost certainly QHD capable. And if you’re thinking of jumping from 1080p to 1440p, now is the perfect time!
In this article we present you the best 1440p monitors that you can buy right now. In addition, we explain their advantages and disadvantages as well as the general reasons why you should opt for a WQHD monitor instead of a 1080p or 2160p monitor in the purchase advice.
Let’s dive right in!
1. BenQ EX3203R
- Panoramic entertainment: immerse yourself in Gaming on the…
- 144Hz refresh rate: high refresh rate of 144Hz offers…
- Display HDR 400 VESA Certified: offers greater brightness…
- Free Sync 2: empowered by AMD Free Sync 2 technology to…
- Connectivity: USB-C enables SuperSpeed USB data transfer and…
It starts with our “savings tip”, the BenQ EX3203R, which gives you a good introduction to 1440p gaming.
The 27 inch TN display unfortunately only offers 72% NTSC color coverage. However, you get full ergonomics here, especially since you can rotate the screen sideways or 90°, tilt it and of course adjust the height.
In addition, there is the fast 1ms response time, built-in loudspeakers (clearly nothing special, but still practical as an interim solution) and a solid brightness of 350cd. Due to the TN panel, there are no glorious contrasts, as usual, and the black values leave a lot to be desired.
At the current price there are few alternatives in this price range if you really want a “cheaper” WQHD monitor. Unfortunately, WQHD monitors are still quite expensive, so this is arguably the best option right now.
2. AOC Gaming CQ32G1
- 32″ Class, 31. 5″ Viewable AOC Gaming monitor with 2560×1440…
- 1800R curved monitor wrapping around you for an immersive…
- Rapid 1ms (MPRT) response and 144Hz refresh rate with AMD…
- 3-Sided frameless design with ultra-narrow borders for the…
- 80, 000, 000: 1 Smart contrast ratio
The AOC CQ32G1 is an ingenious WQHD gaming monitor and is represented in our general gaming monitor purchase advice for good reason. You get an extremely good overall package consisting of a fast 144hz refresh rate in combination with a 4ms response time, solid brightness and first-class color and contrast values.
With this abundance of features, the AOC CQ32G1 is a value for money blast that we would recommend to everyone. At this price you will not find a comparable 32 inch monitor with WQHD resolution and a good VA panel.
However, the CQ32G1 has a few limitations for the low price. The stable base of the monitor can be tilted from -4 to 21.5 degrees, but cannot be turned or swiveled and is also not height adjustable. If that’s a real problem for you, you can replace the base with a VESA mount (100 x 100 mm) on the back.
Aside from these minor annoyances, the CQ32G1 is impressive. The onscreen display has numerous customizable options and is well arranged. The 1800R curvature of the panel and a three-sided borderless design ensure better immersion.
We think that when it comes to gaming monitors, a 27-inch 1440p display is usually the sweet spot – big enough to immerse yourself in, but at a reasonable price. And that’s exactly why this model from AOC really delivers everything you need.
3. AOC AG271QX
Although TN panels are often valued by serious gamers for their incredible response time, they tend to suffer from poor viewing angle stability and contrast ratio. Thanks to the support of FreeSync, G-SYNC compatibility, refresh rate of 144 Hz and excellent input delay, you get a good compromise with the AOC AGON AG271QX.
Due to the properties just mentioned, the AOC AG271QX is a good 2560×1440 gaming monitor for everyone who is looking for maximum responsiveness and minimum input lag. Because of the fast response time and the support of FreeSync, the motion handling is excellent. This model is therefore ideal for fast games such as shooters, racers or sports games.
Unfortunately, the image quality is rather below average due to the low contrast, and close up the edges of the screen lose accuracy due to the narrow viewing angle.
In contrast, the quality of workmanship is very good thanks to the use of metal parts on the stand. It is also convincing in terms of ergonomics: the height of the monitor can be easily adjusted and a marker makes it possible to memorize a certain easy height. The monitor can be rotated, tilted and swiveled sideways to portrait format.
For everyone who absolutely wants a TN panel for their WQHD monitor, this model from AOC is a very good choice.
4. Samsung C32HG70
- Quantum dot and aspect ratio 16:9
- 1 billion color support. Operation Conditions Temperature 50…
- QHD resolution, Temperature 50 – 104 °F
- Refresh rate 144Hz. Product dimensions with stand 28.51 x…
- Response time 1M/s.Brightness:350cd/m2 (Typ.), 300cd/m2…
The Samsung CHG70 is a very good VA LCD monitor with above-average picture quality. It has a high contrast ratio and supports both HDR and wider color gamut. Thanks to the high refresh rate of 144 Hz, the low input delay and the FreeSync support, it is particularly suitable for gaming.
Particularly fast movements look excellent on the Samsung CHG70, because the overall package is convincing: Flicker-free background lighting, fast response time, high native refresh rate, AMD FreeSync 2 technology and optional Black Frame insertion modes. While many monitors have faster response times, very few can beat the overall package of the CHG70.
In addition, it is quite versatile and has a decent, flexible stand (height-adjustable, tiltable and swiveling). Only the narrow perspective clouds the overall picture a bit, but you can’t have everything.
For use in a dark room or environment, the VA panel used is an excellent choice. Thanks to the very good contrast ratio, the monitor can display deep black, which is particularly important for dark multimedia content or dark games such as Doom or other horror games.
HDR content also runs smoothly here, as the C32HG70 has a decent HDR peak brightness and very good coverage of the HDR color gamut. The only thing missing would be a better local dimming function, as the implementation is not the bringer.
All in all, a super WQHD monitor with a great VA panel for everyone who loves rich contrast – all for a mid-range price.
5. Gigabyte AORUS FI27Q
- 27” 2560×1440 QHD Display with 165Hz Refresh Rate, 1 ms…
- NVIDIA G-SYNC Compatible for smooth Variable Refresh Rate…
- Successor to Our Legendary AD27Q Monitor
- Tactical Display with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC 2.0)
- Exclusive AORUS Features – Game Assist, OSD Sidekick and…
The Gigabyte Aorus FI27Q is one of the best WQHD monitors that you can currently buy. Fans of IPS panels in particular get their money’s worth here, because the FI27Q provides you with sensationally rich colors in combination with all desirable gaming features such as 144 Hz and a low response time.
The IPS panel used here provides a lively and varied picture with an overall good balance. Color rendering is undoubtedly the main strength of this monitor. The IPS panel scores with a generous color range and strong color consistency. A light matte screen surface with a smooth finish keeps the image free of obvious graininess and improves the clarity of details.
In addition, there are things like active noise suppression through three integrated microphones, whereby ambient noise for your friends in Teamspeak or Discord is masked out. Wide viewing angles are of course also given by the IPS panel, ideal for watching films from the couch or playing on the LAN.
In addition, the robust stand offers full ergonomic flexibility and high-quality workmanship, while the screen itself adopts the now popular two-stage bezel design. An extensive OSD as well as the OSD Sidekick and RGB Fusion 2.0 software offer you additional setting options.
Unfortunately, the Aorus FI27Q’s HDR performance is not really convincing (especially with nVidia GPUs), but the feature is still welcome. In addition, the usual problems like IPS glow can sometimes occur, but that depends on the model you have purchased.
Overall, however, it is a great monitor for almost every scenario and therefore currently our comparison winner.
You will find a cheaper alternative with the recently introduced Samsung CHG70, which offers you better contrast values, but fewer features and a slightly worse all-round performance.
6. Asus ROG Swift PG279Q
- 27 inch WQHD (2560×1440) IPS panel with 165Hz refresh rate…
- Thin bezel design brings out the best balance of screen size…
- NVIDIA G SYNC technology removes stutter and screen tearing…
- ASUS Eye Care technology enables low blue light mode and…
- Flexible connectivity options with DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4…
If you like the Gigabyte Aorus AD27QD but are looking for a monitor that natively supports G-SYNC, the ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q is the best alternative for you. It’s almost as good as Gigabyte’s model, but the lack of HDR support and lower peak brightness could disappoint you. However, it can be overclocked beyond the native refresh rate of 144 Hz (up to 165 Hz) in order to display fast movements a little better (but only works via the display port).
Overall, the Aorus is a bit more versatile on top of that, making it a better choice for most of you. However, if you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics card, the Asus PG279Q is the best G-SYNC alternative.
With its 1440p IPS panel, it naturally comes up with good image quality: it can produce bright and saturated colors in most hues. However, like most IPS monitors, the contrast ratio is low and the monitor cannot display deep blacks in a dark room. Despite a decent SDR peak brightness, it is better suited for a medium-bright room.
It also has the typical wide viewing angles of IPS panels (so that the sides of the screen remain sharp when viewed from close up), excellent gray uniformity and first-class color accuracy. Unfortunately the monitor does not support HDR. Oh yes: All ergonomic setting options are also available here.
With a very fast pixel response time, an extremely low input delay and G-Sync, even fast movements are displayed cleanly and without distortion. These features in particular make it an excellent WQHD gaming monitor (which unfortunately has a steep price).
7. LG 34GK950F-B
- 34 inches WQHD (3440 X 1440) Nano IPS ultra wide display
- VESA displayed 400
- Radeon free sync 2 technology with 144 Hertz
- 4 Side virtually borderless design
- Height/Swivel/Tilt adjustable stand
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best UWQHD 1440p monitor you can get on the market. Designed primarily for gamers, it offers a refresh rate of 144 Hz, FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility, an excellent response time and low input delay.
But that doesn’t mean it can’t be used as an office monitor and multitasking powerhouse. The flicker-free backlight reduces eye strain, and while it lacks some advanced features like picture-in-picture or picture-by-picture, this model still has plenty of screen space to do your stuff.
There is nothing to complain about in terms of workmanship and all ergonomic setting functions are available.
The IPS panel used by LG offers excellent viewing angles, excellent color gradients, even gray levels and good color accuracy. In addition, there is a very good peak brightness in SDR and good reflection behavior (no problem with reflections in bright rooms). Despite HDR support, you have to make compromises here too – you usually only get a “real” HDR experience on TV.
We would not recommend it for very dark rooms due to the average contrast ratio and the poor black uniformity. Overall, though, it’s a great 1440p monitor for almost any purpose.
WQHD Monitors: Things to keep in mind
One of the biggest upgrades you can get to your gaming experience these days is buying a new WQHD monitor. This upgrade gets all the better when you spend a little more on a model with G-Sync or FreeSync.
But many of you are still not sure. Are WQHD monitors worth the price? Do games even support these monitors? What FPS can you achieve? We answer all of these questions in this buying guide.
Who Should Get a 1440p WQHD Monitor?
Before you spend your budget on a new WQHD monitor, you should pay attention to the following points:
- Your gaming PC must be able to support this: If your system is older and does not have the right graphics card, we recommend upgrading your graphics card first instead of having a below-average performance with a new high-resolution monitor. If your PC is generally less powerful, you may want to build a new one (or buy it ready-made) before looking at monitors. Because it can be extremely frustrating when you can’t play your favorite games on your new 1440p monitor.
- The upgrade has to be worth it: The monitor you are currently using is just shoddy. And you’ve wanted to upgrade for a while anyway. If you have a budget of US$300 anyway, you should make the jump to WQHD instead of buying a brand new 1080p monitor. The prices on 1440p are down enough to offer decent value for money. If you’ve recently bought a new 1080p monitor anyway, it’s not worth spending the money on a 1440p.
- You’re not overly obsessed with monitor performance (or you can just afford it): if you’re active at the eSports level, you may not want to risk any performance issues. In particular, FPS and MOBA players should gamble on monitors with 120 Hz and more with a response time of no more than 5 ms. With a 1080p monitor, you get this much cheaper.
- You often use your PC for other tasks outside of gaming: Whether working, watching films, graphic design or surfing the Internet – all these things are even more pleasant on a 1440p monitor. Text is easier to read and more screen space is always welcome for multitaskers. Therefore, the same applies here – it must be worthwhile. A cheap FullHD monitor is often enough for pure gaming.
Pixel density & resolutions: FullHD vs. WQHD vs. 4K
Don’t get us wrong. You definitely need a good gaming PC to get decent FPS on a 1440p monitor at maximum settings. But it’s a lot more doable than you might think.
1440p is the shortened name for displays with a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Do the math:
2560 multiplied by 1440 gives 3,686,400 million pixels. Compared to the 8,294,400 million pixels of 4K screens, it doesn’t seem that astronomical. Yes, you need a decent system, but you don’t have to pay US$3000.
Remember, if you already have a high quality 1080p monitor, the difference won’t knock your socks off. Yet it will be perceptible.
As you can see in the graphic: 1080p displays are 2,073,600 pixels (1920 multiplied by 1080). So if you go from FullHD to WQHD (or Quad HD) there are about 1.5 million more pixels on top.
Which graphics card do I need for WQHD / 2K & what is the visual benefit?
To achieve a pixel count of 1440p, you need at least an NVIDIA RTX 2060 (Super), RX 5700 or Vega 56, ideally a graphics card with at least 6GB VRAM. This point is extremely important, especially for die-hard performance freaks who rely on an almost perfect performance for reactions within seconds. Sure, it goes under, but you won’t be happy with it in the long run.
Why do you need a crisp graphics card?
1440p monitors have a higher pixel density than older monitors. A new 27-inch monitor typically has a pixel pitch of around 110 PPI (pixels per inch). That’s more than a 27-inch 1080p with ~ 80 PPI pixel spacing. It’s interesting to note that a 50-inch 1080p TV has ~ 45 PPI. Of course, most people sit quite a long way from their TVs so that the lower number of pixels is not really noticed.
Conversely, monitor users sit an average of 50cm away from their screens. Because of this, a jump in the number of pixels makes everything a lot nicer. Apart from games, browser content, the desktop and text also appear much sharper.
Many of the visual improvements you will notice also depend on the size of the WQHD monitors. For example, if you have a 23-inch 1080p monitor and are upgrading to a 27-inch 1440p monitor, that means a jump from 95 to 109 PPI (about 15% more). Compare that to a 27-inch 1080p monitor at 82 PPI to a 27-inch 1440p monitor at 109 PPI (about 33% more).
1920 x 1080p = 2,073,600 pixels compared to 2560 x 1440p = 3,686,400 pixels. This corresponds to an increase of 78%.
If FPS are extremely important to you, check whether your system can handle the 1440p.
As an aside, we would like to mention that your FPS rate is nowhere near as important if you are not playing esports titles. The main reason most pro gamers still use 1080p gaming monitors is because they don’t want to sacrifice performance. It is not worth making things look nicer if you don’t have optimal performance at eSports level. Most 1080p gaming monitors have extremely low response times and high refresh rates.
If you want these types of gaming specs on a 1440p monitor, you will be spending a lot more on it.
A few thoughts on 2K vs. 4K
So we have convinced you that 2K monitors can be worthwhile. But how does it look in comparison with 4K?
Unlike their big 4K brothers, 1440p monitors had a chance of falling in price. As you can imagine, you always pay an extra charge for state-of-the-art technologies like 4K or 8K.
Not only are you paying higher costs for the 4K monitor itself, but you are also paying an arm and a leg for a 4K system (the latest and greatest graphics cards and CPUs are far from cheap).
So keep in mind that if you just throw more pixels into your setup, your image won’t look miraculously better. In addition, many players still don’t really support 4K. Before 4K makes sense, the render quality must improve through new and improved game engines and new real-time graphics technologies. And the prices should fall too.
How much the visual quality of your system is improved by a monitor upgrade depends on which games you play. While most games – including most in development – support 1440p resolution, 4K resolution does not yet. It will take some time for gaming technology to work seamlessly with pixel-rich 4K resolutions (and more).
In addition to these restrictions, you should consider the hardware requirements, especially with 4K. As seen above, 8,294,400 million pixels are displayed here. That’s right: 4K displays have a ton of pixels. And the more pixels, the higher the load on your graphics card.
Suffice it to say: You won’t be running a 4K monitor with an integrated APU graphics card. That little integrated GPU will likely blow itself up (and take your processor with it) once you change the resolution to 4K.
Advantages of 1440p monitors over 4K:
- More games support 1440p resolutions
- You don’t need a monster system to maintain a decent frame rate (FPS)
- The monitor itself costs significantly less
- There are more choices of monitors with G-Sync or FreeSync integration
2K or 4K monitor?
For a 4K monitor, you need a monster system that many of you won’t have. In terms of price performance, 4K is not yet worthwhile. Therefore, we definitely recommend 2K monitors. At the moment it is simply the “sweet spot” in the middle.
Our Picks: The Best WQHD Monitors
Last product update on 2021-04-10 | Source: Amazon Affiliate