Upgrading your gaming rig to keep up with the competition is more challenging than it’s ever been. There are more manufacturers, better specs, and higher prices than ever. One of our favorite places to start is with a crisp, responsive new monitor. We’re not talking about a 120Hz display or anything like that; instead, these are our picks for the best 144Hz monitors available right now.
Just remember, these high refresh rate monitors are primarily for gamers. If you want a great professional monitor or you want more real estate, be sure to check out a few of our other guides. Now, let’s find you that new monitor, shall we?
The best 144Hz monitors:
Editor’s note: We’ll be sure to keep this list of the best 144Hz monitors updated as we find new options.
Samsung Odyssey G5 27-inch
Samsung is well-known for its brilliant displays, so it follows that the Odyssey G5 packs a serious punch. This curved gaming monitor cracks our list of the best 144Hz options for its cutting-edge design as well as its 27-inch size. You can take full advantage of the extra real estate while you’re in-game, or you can always multitask with ease.
If Samsung’s Odyssey G5 was simply a curved display with a fast refresh rate, it might not have made the cut. However, the addition of a 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync Premium technology, and a QHD resolution help round out the spec sheet. Samsung even says that the Odyssey G5’s 1000R display is carefully designed to mirror the human eye’s lens for optimal comfort.
Dell’s S2421HGF certainly isn’t as big as the Odyssey G5, and its name is quite the mouthful, but it’s an impressive 144Hz monitor for just under $200. You’ll get a solid 24-inch screen for your money, and the bezels are thin enough to ensure that you can connect a few monitors for a seamless experience. This Dell monitor even keeps the gaming cues to a minimum if you want to use it for everyday work.
As for the crucial specs, Dell came to play thanks to AMD FreeSync Premium and a 1ms response time. If you’re a gamer of many talents, you can also swap between three unique profiles that you fine-tune to your gaming interests. Dell landed the perfect mix of value and performance with the S2421HGF, now if they could simplify the name.
It’s tough to choose just one Asus VG monitor, but the line absolutely deserves to be on our list. You can grab the perfect size for your setup — anywhere from 24.5-inches up to 32-inches. Each one packs at least a 144hz refresh rate, but some of the top options reach as high as 280Hz. Asus took things a step further with response times as low as 0.5ms and optional 2K displays.
The VG278QR might be the most adjustable monitor on this list, too. You can control everything from the height to the tilt, swivel, and pivot to ensure that the monitor fits perfectly within your battle station. Nvidia G-Sync caps it all off, and the monitor comes in well under $300.
LG 27GL83A-B 144Hz monitor
This LG UltraGear monitor keeps the screen size cranked to the max with almost no bezels to speak of. You could go as large as a 38-inch display if you really wanted to — just be ready to pay dearly for it. No matter which way you go, you’ll get 99% sRGB color accuracy with a lightning-fast 1ms response time and Nvidia G-Sync.
LG’s UltraGear monitor is one of our favorite 144Hz options, and it’s made that much better with the extra built-in HDMI port. You can connect separate devices to the two ports, or you can always tap into a DisplayPort option for maximum flexibility. Our preferred version comes with a flat display, though the higher-end selections offer curved options alongside the larger displays.
Even though Gigabyte may not be as well known as some of the other options on this list, the G27Q is easily worth the cost of admission. It builds on the Aero line’s impressive display technology, and everything just looks better on a 27-inch form factor. You can grab the G27Q with either a Full HD or a Quad HD display, and this beast is ready for either Nvidia G-Sync or AMD FreeSync.
Gigabyte designed the G27Q for wide viewing angles of up to 178 degrees, and the monitor manages up to 16.7 million colors for premium picture quality. The bezels are skinny on three sides, so don’t be afraid to grab a pair of monitors for even better results.
Lenovo G25-10 144Hz monitor
The Lenovo Legion family is one of the top options in gaming, and the G25-10 is a perfect complement to your battle station. You can’t go wrong with a Full HD display, and the 24.5-inch display is a good size for most desks. Many gamers rely on a multi-monitor setup anyway, so you could always grab two for a more complete experience.
Lenovo’s 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and port selection are standard for most monitors on this list, but this is another value pick. After all, the more you save on monitors, the more you can spend on your rig itself.
HP Omen 27i
HP’s Omen brand is another fan favorite, especially since its 2020 redesign. It’s slimmed down on a few of the gaming design cues in favor of a do-it-all style. The redesign extended to the monitors, and the 27i might happen to be one of the most stylish on this list. The branding is at a minimum, which lets the QHD resolution speak for itself.
See also: The best HP laptops to buy in 2021
One key gaming element absent from most monitors on this list is RGB lighting. While the Omen 27i doesn’t exactly jump into the deep end, it does feature a lit diamond on the back of the display. You can’t go completely wild with colors, but it should add an otherworldly glow as you rock through your favorite games.
BenQ ZOWIE XL2411P
The last pick on our list of the best 144Hz monitors comes over from BenQ. You might not immediately recognize the ZOWIE brand, but this is a solid monitor, and we can’t help but appreciate that it’s always on sale. It doesn’t sport the slimmest bezels around, but the rest of the spec sheet is up to par. You can even craft custom profiles for each of your favorite games and swap between lighting modes with the touch of a hotkey.
Both 24-inch and 27-inch sizes are available, and the 144Hz is standard across all PC games. If you’re a console gamer, just beware that the ZOWIE is limited to 120Hz on PS5 and 60Hz on the Xbox Series S or X.