Our Top 5 Picks of The Best 1440p Monitors of September 2016!
While until the release of the newer-gen graphics cards under $300 such as the RX 480 and the GTX 1060, many of the similarly-priced cards such as the GTX 960, GTX 970 and R9 390 were good 1080p performers, but nothing beyond that.
Fast forward to today and we have the $249 RX 480 (8GB) and the $250 GTX 1060 (6GB) that can both handle almost any modern game you throw at it on high/max settings at 1440p. With that in mind, we think it’s safe to say that the common resolution for gaming will slowly shift from 1080p from 1440p since even the monitors that support the resolution are getting cheaper. So, without any further ado, here are the best 1440p monitors of September 2016:
People who are looking to have dual-monitor setups or are just a fan of very thin bezels will enjoy the sleek design of the Acer G257HU which also has a matte layer on the screen to prevent those ugly fingerprints that always ruin the look. However, if you are looking for a monitor with a good speaker combo, it’s not the one for you as the speakers have low volume, distortion when you turn them up and basically are below average in quality, as it is with almost every monitor speakers.
What the G257HU does excel at is what it’s supposed to do: display content. The IPS display is very color accurate and gets extremely bright, while the 25-inch of screen size instead of the typical 27-inches used in other 1440p monitors serve as the cherry on the cake. This slightly lower screen real estate allows for a higher ppi (pixels per inch), making the image and gameplay look better at a minimal but still noticeable amount.
It offers DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs making it more flexible than other monitors, and a 4ms response time which is above a general 1080p monitor but still isn’t quite there with the high-end gaming monitors. What really bummed us out was the fact that it doesn’t have VESA mounts or tilt/height adjustment. But if you can live without those features, then it’s a good choice, especially considering that it’s price is just ~$260.
We know it seems crazy to even consider adding a ~$700 1440p monitor when there are already 4K panels available for even a lesser price tag at the same time. But, after you check that the PG278Q has G-sync to reduce screen tearing, ULMB and the best features you can expect from a 1440p monitor, it’s obvious that the cost is somewhat justified.
For starters, it uses a TN panel, which is although infamous for it’s inaccurate color reproduction and poor viewing angles, produces some pretty respectable refresh rates (144Hz) and response times (1ms). But this doesn’t mean that you have to live with those drawbacks as Asus has applied some tweaks and improvements to the panel to allow slightly better viewing angles in comparison to a traditional TN panel, but don’t expect it to be useful for productivity and content creating applications.
It also has all the goodness you can expect from a high end monitor from height and tilt adjustment to vesa mounting. Needless to say that you can also expect no horizontal tearing if you have a compatible Nvidia graphics card (660Ti and later) thanks to gsync. All in all, if you want the best of the best monitor features in a 1440p monitor, this is the one for you.
If you are looking for a budget 1440p gaming monitor, you’ll often find yourself stranded between a multitude of different monitors that will only have a price difference of $10-30 from each other. If that’s the case with you and you want something even cheaper, you can leave all of your typical options aside and simply go for the Pixio PX274 monitors, a 27” 60Hz 1440p monitor that only costs ~$220 right now.
We know, it sounds like something that came right out of a Chinese company, but surprisingly that’s not the case, that’s the monitor (get it?). Anyway, Pixio is actually a Korean company that has made some pretty respectable monitors that has now entered the US market and has managed to keep its prices low by not dealing with any of the middle men when it comes to manufacturing and sending out components.
As for the monitor itself, it does have a very color accurate screen, a good response time of 4ms and has all the three standard ports available in most graphics cards (DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort). Though the bezels are thicker than the rest and a frankly ugly logo in the middle of the lower bezel, they are still minimal drawbacks which don’t affect your gaming experience to a very huge extent, thus making it worthy in the list of the best 1440p monitors of September 2016.
The most common problems among 1440p monitors is the fact that the maximum size of the monitor is 27 inches and those looking for even higher sizes such as a 32” monitor will have to pay the extra premium because of the added features that OEMs include in those monitors. But, HP had finally decided to break the monotony with its 32 inch 1440p monitor at ~$350 to keep your wallet heavy and a new monitor on your hands.
Though HP hasn’t revealed the type of panel used in the monitor (just manufacturer things), one thing is for sure that it’s most certainly not a TN panel as the monitor has good color accuracy and viewing angles plus a 7ms response time and a 60Hz refresh rate. It looks good and will be great for both 1440p gaming and some content creation. However, you’d have to turn to a TN or a premium IPS LCD panel if you aim on a higher refresh rate from your monitor for 120 or 144Hz gaming.
It has two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort and 2 USB 2.0 ports as well. It’s not height adjustable but you can adjust the tilt to a fair extent. In a nutshell, you should get one of these if your graphics card is capable of handling 1440p games at max settings so that the AA and AF filters can compensate for the more pixels spread out on the larger screen real estate.
Let’s face it, despite it’s usability and the fact that it works well, G-sync is still not very practical for those looking for a budget monitor because of it’s higher price for the included hardware inside the monitor. However, freesync works a bit differently, and rather relies on your graphics card to do the same work, thus making it easier for those with a current-gen graphics card with enough horsepower to spare. Thus, if you’re looking for a freesync monitor with the same goodness of a 1440p IPS LCD display, then the Pixio PX277 is right up your alley.
It features a single but noticeable difference in the specs from it’s non-freesync counterpart: the 144Hz refresh rate. And we’re talking about great, color accurate and LCD 144Hz, not the TN panel. This also obviously means that it comes with the appropriate ports that are needed to display content at 144Hz such as DisplayPort 1.2 and MiniDisplayPort 1.2.
When you combine all of this at a good price tag of ~$390, you know that it’s one of the better monitors out there if brand isn’t all that important to you and you just want a monitor that works.
So, did you like our list of the best 1440p monitors of September 2016? Or do you have a better option in mind? Let us know in the comment section below!