Best 144Hz Gaming Monitors (2020)

We heavily researched the market for the best 144Hz gaming monitors, and compared screens from Asus, Acer & LG. Our top pick in terms of price to performance is the Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ, see our review below for the best 144Hz monitors for gaming and our top choice for a budget 144Hz monitor.

If you’re an FPS gamer, see our review of the best 240Hz monitors for gaming.

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Top Pick
ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q 24.5” Gaming Monitor Full HD 1080p 1ms 240Hz DP HDMI Eye Care G-SYNC Esports
ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q 24.5” Gaming Monitor Full HD 1080P 240Hz 1ms Eye Care G-Sync Compatible Adaptive Sync Esports with DP Dual HDMI
BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 24.5 inch 240Hz Gaming Monitor with G-Sync Compatible/  Adaptive Sync  | 1080p 1ms | Black Equalizer for Competitive Edge | S-Switch for Custom Display Profiles | Shield
Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor - AW2518Hf, Full HD @ Native 240 Hz, 16: 9, 1ms response time, DP, HDMI 2.0A, USB 3.0, AMD Freesync, Tilt, Swivel, Height-Adjustable
Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx 24.5" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Zero Frame TN Gaming AMD FreeSync Compatible Monitor - 1ms | 240Hz Refresh (Display, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4 ports)
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ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q
ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q
BenQ ZOWIE XL2540
Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor
Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx
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24.5″
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24.5″
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TN
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TN
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Up to 1080p
Up to 1080p
Up to 1080p
1080p
1080p
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1ms
1ms
1ms
1ms
1ms
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G-Sync
G-Sync
G-Sync
AMD FreeSync
AMD FreeSync
Top Pick
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ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q 24.5” Gaming Monitor Full HD 1080p 1ms 240Hz DP HDMI Eye Care G-SYNC Esports
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ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q
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Screen Size
24.5″
Panel Type
TN
Max Resolution
Up to 1080p
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/FreeSync
G-Sync
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ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q 24.5” Gaming Monitor Full HD 1080P 240Hz 1ms Eye Care G-Sync Compatible Adaptive Sync Esports with DP Dual HDMI
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ASUS ROG Strix XG258Q
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Screen Size
24.5″
Panel Type
TN
Max Resolution
Up to 1080p
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/FreeSync
G-Sync
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BenQ ZOWIE XL2540 24.5 inch 240Hz Gaming Monitor with G-Sync Compatible/  Adaptive Sync  | 1080p 1ms | Black Equalizer for Competitive Edge | S-Switch for Custom Display Profiles | Shield
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BenQ ZOWIE XL2540
Prime
Screen Size
24.5″
Panel Type
TN
Max Resolution
Up to 1080p
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/FreeSync
G-Sync
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Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor - AW2518Hf, Full HD @ Native 240 Hz, 16: 9, 1ms response time, DP, HDMI 2.0A, USB 3.0, AMD Freesync, Tilt, Swivel, Height-Adjustable
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Alienware 25 Gaming Monitor
Prime
Screen Size
25″
Panel Type
TN
Max Resolution
1080p
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/FreeSync
AMD FreeSync
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Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx 24.5" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Zero Frame TN Gaming AMD FreeSync Compatible Monitor - 1ms | 240Hz Refresh (Display, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4 ports)
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Acer XF250Q Cbmiiprx
Prime
Screen Size
24.5″
Panel Type
TN
Max Resolution
1080p
Response Time
1ms
G-Sync/FreeSync
AMD FreeSync

Best Overall

The Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ is, without question, the best overall gaming monitor available and overclock’s to 160hz!

Pros:
  • 144Hz, capable of 160Hz overclocked
  • Supports Nvidia G-Sync
  • Fast, low input lag IPS display
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • G-Sync only
  • ROG detailing is not for everyone (but, you can turn off the logo lighting)

The Asus ROG Swift PG279QZ is, without question, the best overall gaming monitor available and overclock’s to 160hz! It really is the only monitor for gamers without compromise. For years now, in fact ever since gamers moved from CRT to LCD back in the day, we have sacrificed color depth and accuracy refresh and and input lag on every display purchase we have made. But Asus have changed that, with the PG279QZ’s low input lag (160hz, 4ms), IPS 27″ panel, providing both color accuracy and a fast enough display to game on without compromise.

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Best UltraWide Gaming Monitor

A truly awesome display, needs to be seen in the flesh to appreciate the awesomeness of the displays immersion, and in our opinion the Asus PG348Q is the best 100Hz UltraWide gaming monitor available.

Pros:
  • 34" curved Ultrawide display
  • 100Hz, 5ms pixel response time with G-Sync
  • Thin bezzles, looks amazing
Cons:
  • Pricey, but worth it when you see it on your desk!
  • 3440x1440 will likely requre multiple GPU's for higher FPS
  • Design might not be for everyone

While it sits on the higher end of the price spectrum, the ASUS Republic of Gamers Swift PG348Q UltraWide monitor has a screen that is simply incredible winning our award for the best UltraWide gaming monitor 2018. Its massive 34″ size, 100Hz refresh rate and low latency coupled with an IPS display makes this monitor truly epic in and out of the game.

Features Overview

This gaming screen is 34 inches diagonal, with a 21:9 ultra-wide aspect ratio. These specs alone will benefit any game, no matter the style. The wider ratio means better views and vantage points for racing and first person shooter games, as well as more accommodation in MMORPGs and similar games. The benefits of a wider screen with crisp images outweigh the benefits of a taller screen with common aspect ratios.

The PG348Q won our award for the best gaming monitor in our top 5 round up review of the market for 2019. The display utilizes Nvidia Gsync, which keeps the screen from sputtering because it matches the GPU’s frame rate with the refresh rate of the monitor itself, so the two are always on the same level. This Asus model typically runs at a refresh rate of about 100 HZ, which is more than enough, although some other screens offer up to 144 Hz. Its response time also sits at around 5 ms, so it is quick. Gsync only works with DisplayPort, though, and will not be as crisp on a simple HDMI input.

The IPS panel featured in this ASUS screen is truly remarkable. It is a true 10-bit screen, and it can render over a billion different colors, making sharp and clear images. The size and scope of this IPS panel make it capable of displaying 100% of the colors in the sRGB spectrum. The panel is also 1440p, and it is an amazing piece of technology for gamers everywhere.

Build Quality

​The design is incredible, but in a way, that makes it truly one of a kind and futuristic-ally stylish. Its finished in a gunmetal gray with rusty orange indentations and accents, which is not a color scheme typically associated with gaming set ups. However, Asus always tries to break the mold with their designs, and this is no different. Even the stand, with its long three prongs that jut out a bit farther from the screen and curve inward, creates an overall futuristic, ostentatious effect that is still weirdly attractive.

The 34” screen also has a slight curve, but not enough that it ruins the color quality around the edges, as some curved screens can do. The screen itself is LCD, but the bottom edge of the screen features an LED projection of the ROG logo for dedicated gamers.

The screen, because it is on the larger size for a gaming monitor, has a heftier weight than most of its competitors. It weighs 11.1 kilograms, or about 34 pounds, far outweighing the competition and making it less than portable – though you probably wouldn’t need to transport a screen from your home all that often anyhow. However, its lengthy legs on its stand also make it incredibly bulky to carry or even set up. From front to back, the legs measure 297 millimeters, which is nearly a foot in length. It is also much wider and taller than other screens, so you would need plenty of set up room. Despite this, though, its wide screen and attractive design make it a great gaming investment.

Design

​We’ve already mentioned the lengthy curved stand legs, the curvature of the screen, and the gunmetal gray finish with deep orange accents in this ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q review, but these are not the only aspects of the design that make this screen both quirky and attractive for gamers. Despite its height and width—both of which far outshine its immediate competition—its cool stand also has height adjustment of 115mm and even has about 25 degrees of tilt, making it far more versatile than you would expect from such a large screen and stand.

It features both a DisplayPort outlet and an HDMI outlet, though they may be somewhat difficult to locate at first. If you are intending the screen to be rather stationary and used for only one or two devices, the difficulty of locating the ports will not be much of an issue. The ports are on the underside of the screen and covered by a plastic shroud, which is removable.

Performance

We’ve already mentioned the lengthy curved stand legs, the curvature of the screen, and the gunmetal gray finish with deep orange accents in this ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q review, but these are not the only aspects of the design that make this screen both quirky and attractive for gamers. Despite its height and width—both of which far outshine its immediate competition—its cool stand also has height adjustment of 115mm and even has about 25 degrees of tilt, making it far more versatile than you would expect from such a large screen and stand.

It features both a DisplayPort outlet and an HDMI outlet, though they may be somewhat difficult to locate at first. If you are intending the screen to be rather stationary and used for only one or two devices, the difficulty of locating the ports will not be much of an issue. The ports are on the underside of the screen and covered by a plastic shroud, which is removable.

Conclusion

This awesome display comes with a hefty price tag, but if you are willing to make the investment, it does have features that far outweigh its competitors, like Samsung. However, if the wider screen and flexibility of the panel are of no interest to you, something in a lower price range may be just what you need. However, for some crystal-clear gaming and an adaptable screen, this model is worth its price.

 

Best Gaming Monitor Under $300

The Asus VG248Q is easily the best gaming monitor under 300 dollars. Despite the VG248QE being several years old now (I have owned one since 2013) the monitor is still the cheapest 144Hz ​monitor for gaming available in 2019 and has insanely low input lag.

Pros:
  • Extremely fast, low input lag
  • Nvidia Lightboost capable using BlurBusters hack
  • Good design, subtle, with thin bezels
Cons:
  • TN panel, awful washed out colors with bad accuracy
  • No VVR (G-Sync / FreeSync)
  • Only a 24" 1080p (1920x1080) display

The monitors panel is extremely fast with a refresh rate of 144Hz and a pixel response rate of 1ms, which in our opinion makes it the best cheap gaming monitor on the market. The trade of being the TN panel provides awful color accuracy and washed out colors. The author currently owns two VG248Q’s and while they are pretty much the fastest gaming monitor available for first person shooters, be mindful of the fact the colors are extremely washed out. If you are not a professional gamer and are also planning on using the monitor for creative / design or even day to day use we would strongly recommend you purchase one of the IPS screens reviewed on this page.

Features Overview

One of Asus’ most popular and best-selling gaming screens is the Asus VG248Q. This monitor can be purchased from most online sites for $279.99 or less. That price is quite respectable and reasonable as far as quality gaming displays go. The inexpensive price coupled with the device’s many impressive features make it a tempting buy for many gamers. Hopefully, this Asus VG248Q 144Hz review will give you a little bit more insight into this device and help you determine if it is the right monitor for your gaming endeavors.

Build Quality

For being a very light monitor weighing in at just 12.3 pounds, the Asus VG248Q 144Hz monitor is still sturdy and stable. The balance in weight and durability, along with a sleek design are some of the features that Asus products are known for, and the VG248Q 144Hz is no different.

Design

This monitor’s design is simple yet effective. Its glossy black coloration is uncomplicated yet sophisticated. The stand allows for complete mobility, offering swivel, pivot, rotation, tilt, and height adjustment capabilities. It allows the user to achieve the perfect configuration for their desired style of gameplay. Its fairly compact screen makes it perfect for small desk spaces or for desks that need to house several screens. It is also very easy to install and connect to your computer, so you’ll be up and playing in no time. The design of this monitor is practical, user-friendly and classy at the same time.

Performance

The performance of the VG248Q 144Hz overall is respectable, but not overwhelmingly outstanding. The color accuracy is merely decent, and it has narrow viewing angles that can disrupt the color even more. The most impressive features of this device are its mind-blowingly quick response time and refresh rate and input lag. They are both unprecedented and create an unforgettable gaming experience with absolutely no lag or choppiness whatsoever. These features can completely revolutionize your gameplay and take it to a whole new level. This device is also compatible with 3D gaming, including the Nvidia 3D Vision 2. If additional equipment is purchased, this monitor allows gamers many more options than previous models could.

Conclusion

The Asus VG248Q is a solid, reliable monitor that makes for some very satisfying gameplay. If you want a respectable, inexpensive monitor that features some of the most impressive features on the market today, then this device is perfect for you. Honestly, getting a 144Hz monitor for less than $300 is almost unheard of and should not be overlooked. The major cons that gamers talk about don’t outweigh the extreme benefits. Most of them can be easily fixed or learned to live with. There is a reason that this monitor is one of the most commonly purchased gaming devices out there. If you want to add a great monitor to your gaming collection without breaking the bank, then this monitor is definitely the one.

If you are on a budget and looking for a cheap 144hz gaming monitor, and intend to use it solely for gaming we recommend the Asus VG248Q monitor.

Top 4K Gaming Monitor

The best 4K ​monitor for gaming on the market boasting, 32″ 60Hz 4K IPS display.

Pros:
  • Large enough display to benefit from 4K
  • IPS display, excellent color depth and accuracy
  • Fast for a 4K panel, 4ms pixel response and 60Hz 4K IPS UHD
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • 60Hz
  • 4K gaming requires some horse power to push even 60 FPS consistently

High-end 4K gaming monitors require some serious horse power to drive them, and the Acer predator XB321HK is a 4K UHD IPS display capable of 60Hz. But, even a GTX 1080 won’t give you a constant, smooth 60 FPS gaming experience. If you want to drive this monitor at a 60 FPS+ you’ll need multiple Nvidia 1080 GTX’s, that said G-Sync will help you out when the frames drop and prevent screen tearing.

FreeSync Montor

The MG279Q uses an IPS panel so you can expect the usual awesome color depth, accuracy and view-able angles the IPS panels provide. If you’re an AMD user looking for the best FreeSync monitor for gaming then we highly recommend the Asus MG279Q.

Pros:
  • Excellent value
  • 144Hz, QHD, IPS panel
  • Supports AMD FreeSync
Cons:
  • 90Hz upper limit on G-Sync (VVR)
  • Slightly higher than advertised input lag
  • No ULMB

The monitor supports up to 144hz refresh, but it should be noted that the display only support FreeSync (VRR) from 75-90hz. The monitor will still operate at higher Hz but the rate will only be variably adjusted using FreeSync between 75-90Hz, therefore it’s unlikely this will effect a lot of gamers (lower end is where you need VRR).

The development of innovative gaming displays has increasingly grown over the past few years. The market has been expanding due to the forever-growing popularity of video games and the constantly evolving world of technology. The gaming market has recently welcomed the arrival of high-quality and industry-grade screens. These monitors can produce higher resolutions than 4K. However, some of these monitors can get expensive really fast. Fortunately for those of you who don’t have a ton of money to dish out, there are more affordable monitors available that still maintain the same quality. Take the ASUS MG279Q WQHD for example. It is one of the leading gaming screens on the market today and is under one thousand dollars.

Do you enjoy playing video games on a crisp and clear screen? There is nothing like that real-life effect when you’re playing your favorite game. The ASUS MG279Q WQHD prides itself on delivering the ultimate display with its WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display and IPS technology that gives wide-viewing angles and vivid visuals. You won’t believe what you are getting for the small price you will pay—this gaming display is hard to beat. Now this ASUS MG279Q WQHD review can hype up the device all we want but that’s just all talk. Let’s get down to the underlying facts that make this monitor worth purchasing.

The ASUS MG279Q WQHD is not messing around when it comes to quality game time. This screen has been specifically designed to deliver a premium user experience. Hours can go by playing your favorite games, and Asus wants you to stay as comfortable as possible throughout the gameplay. Not only that, they want users to feel fully immersed in the game. Be prepared to be impressed by all its specification. For a more affordable screen, gamers are still getting optimum advantages, settings, and design:

Features Overview

  • 27-inch screen
  • WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display
  • ISP technology
  • ASUS eye care technology; TUV certified Flicker free and blue light filter
  • Ergonomically-designed stand with easy and adjustable angles, and a wall-mount capability
  • 144Hz refresh rate and Adaptive-Sync technology for seamless visuals
  • ASUS rapid replacement: 3 years warranty, and 2-way free shipping

The box includes the following:

  • Mini-DP to DP cable
  • Power cord, DP cable
  • Quickstart guide
  • HDMI cable
  • MHL cable
  • Support CD
  • Warranty card

Build Quality

Due to its sleek design and slim build, the ASUS MG279Q WQHD will be easy to setup and mount if needed. It will also easily fit in any space, making every room look complete.

The screen weighs approximately 16.1 pounds with a dimension of 29.7 x 8.9 x 17.8 inches. The screen is black all around, with an all black stand. The screen is sleek and thin, giving you the feel of watching your game on a movie theater screen. In addition, its long stand allows gamers to adjust it to any position desired.

If you are worried about hanging it up and it falling, you won’t need to worry about the ASUS MG279Q WQHD. It comes with an extremely durable wall-mount capability, and the weight of the screen isn’t heavy enough to worry about. The beauty of its build is you can easily move it from room to room with no issues.

Design

The ASUS MG279Q WQHD is straightforward when it comes to its design and technology. It will not fail to impress, especially for a gaming panel that is affordable. Gamers will highly enjoy the Adaptive Sync technology, which provides a smooth gameplay. Players will also have the privilege of getting their eyes protected without even realizing it, allowing them to play for long hours with no harm.

Performance

The designers of the ASUS MG279Q WQHD clearly understand that compromised equipment can seriously harm your shot at victory. Their premium MG279Q is designed to remove the option of visually ruining your game. This screen is the full package, enhanced with the high speed of a TN panel and producing visuals that are life-like from an IPS panel. It combines the best of the TN and IPS worlds, ensuring a victory is purely the outcome of your own skill.

The ASUS MG279Q WQHD comes with exclusive technologies for the buyer. As if the WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display wasn’t enough, players will also get the advantage of its Game Plus, Game Visual technology, Advanced Connectivity, and eye care technologies. Their specially designed Game Plus technology involves adding timers and crosshair overlay to the game, so players can ensure a raid operates smoothly. The Game Visual technology is specifically tailored to each available game genre in order to enhance the visuals and ensure players to have the best gaming experience. Their Advanced Connectivity involves the DisplayPort 1.2a, which enables FreeSync and Quad HD. In addition, it has dual HDMI and USB 3.0 ports that allow players to plug any peripherals of their choice.

Lastly, the ASUS MG279Q WQHD is designed with a special ultra-low blue light that has a flicker-free technology in order to protect the eyes, so gamers can comfortably play marathons.

Conclusion

Overall, for the price of the ASUS MG279Q WQHD, gamers are receiving a sweet deal. Most game monitors cost over a grand and deliver similar qualities. At first glance, the sleek appearance and size will impress any gamer. More importantly, it’s WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution display will provide you a truly immersive and real-life feel. This monitor’s technology on its own will give gamers the experience they have always dreamt of. If you are a serious gamer, the ASUS MG279Q WQHD is worth the investment.

 

What Would we Buy?

What a question, I would personally go for the Asus PG348Q UltraWide, but I am in love with the UltraWide format (both in and out of game). If you’re a hardcore FPS player you might want to consider the Asus PG279QZ as it’s insanely fast and not as wide, which CS GO players often complain about due to having to glance slightly longer to the left to see the radar (and end up dead). And finally if you’re on a budget and need an uber fast display I would grab the Asus VG248QE, in fact I used to own one for years and yes the colors are washed out, but if you’re only gaming with the display is it far far less noticeable. If you’re a AMD fan and after a FreeSync display I’d grab the Asus MG279Q,  and for a decent 4k 60Hz display (which won’t cost you over $1000) I’d go for the Acer predator XB321HK.

While I’m at it, all the monitors mentioned in this article – with the exception of the MG279Q – may cause eyestrain after prolong gaming sessions. To combat macular deterioration, I highly recommend checking out the #Best Gaming Glasses# .

Anyway, let me know what gaming monitors you guys are using in the comments, and of course, you don’t need me to tell you to slaughter me in the comments if you disagree with my choices 🙂

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.