If competitive gaming is your cup of tea, a gaming monitor with just a 144Hz refresh rate may not be enough. In such cases, a gaming monitor with a 240Hz refresh rate may just be what you need, especially if you want to make your split-second decisions count. Apart from delivering a blur-free experience, these gaming monitors bring you a smooth gaming experience.
Unlike popular belief, 240Hz gaming monitors are available in both the affordable segment as well as in the premium segment. Of course, you will have to trade features such as HDR and the looks in the former.
Nevertheless, if you are looking for some good 240Hz gaming monitors, here are our recommendations. But first,
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1. VIEWSONIC XG2530 GAMING MONITOR
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel: TN | Screen Size: 25-inch
- Ports: 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2a, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x a 3.5mm audio output
The best part is that the pixel responsiveness goes hand in hand with the high refresh rate. When linked to a compatible GPU, the refresh rate switches dynamically between 48 – 240Hz. The blur is minimum when used at the highest settings.
Even though it has a decent-enough price tag, the ViewSonic XG2530 boasts of a colorful display. It displays 99% of the sRGB color space, which makes its presence felt when you play games like Call of Duty (see the best Call of Duty wallpapers) or Battlefield F1.
But for a gaming monitor, the ViewSonic XG2530 is not really a looker. Sure, you will find the usual quirks like the red accents on the stand. However, that’s about it. The bottom line is if you want a decent 240Hz monitor with decent performance, this one makes the cut.
2. ASUS TUF VG279QM GAMING MONITOR
- Resolution: 1920×1080 | Panel: IPS | Screen Size: 27-inch
- Ports: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1 x 3.5mm audio out
This one has all the features to define it as an excellent gaming monitor. Apart from the buttery smooth performance, it brings a low input lag and black frame insertion feature to the table to sweeten the deal.
Like the monitor above, this one can display 99% of the sRGB gamut, and though the out-of-the-box calibration is not quite up to the mark, you can set it right to get the most out of the IPS panels. When calibrated, this one delivers accurate images.
Another advantage that you get with this one is the low input lag. This one has 2ms of delay, which is a huge plus.
Lastly, the ASUS VG279QM supports DisplayHDR 400 certificate. However, do note that the peak brightness is not really meant for HDR content.
3. ALIENWARE AW2518HF GAMING MONITOR
- Resolution: 1920×1080 | Panel: TN | Screen Size: 24.5-inch
- Ports: 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5mm audio out
The latter means you will be able to eliminate screen stutter and ghosting when this monitor is paired to a compatible AMD GPU. The good part is that you will be able to take advantage of Adaptive FreeSync when you connect to an NVIDIA GPU as well. The only thing you need to keep in mind is to pair it with a GTX 10-series (or newer) GPU.
At the same time, this one brings in a high contrast ratio of 1000:1. The colors are vivid. However, the TN panel translates into lower viewing angles.
But the thing that stands out the most is the design of this 240Hz gaming monitor. It looks every bit modern and trendy, thanks to its futuristic & sharp looks, especially the stand. All you need is a tastefully done gaming desk, complete with LED lights, and you’re good to go.
4. BENQ ZOWIE XL2740 GAMING MONITOR
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Panel: TN | Screen Size: 27-inch
- Ports: 2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 1 x 3.5 audio out
But those are not the only things that are notable in this 240Hz gaming display. A TN panel means you will get your share of deep black images and quick response time, and this one is no different. Though the screen is not one of the main strengths of this monitor, it does offer decent image quality and an ‘almost’ accurate color reproduction.
It tries to make up for this by offering top-notch performance. Though a 240Hz refresh rate means you will have fewer screen ghosting, you still get G-Sync compatibility with this one. So yeah, if you pair it with an NVIDIA GPU (GeForce 10 series or higher), you will get your share of buttery smooth performance.
In short, if you want a premium gaming experience without spending upwards of $600, this is the one for you.
5. ASUS ROG STRIX XG248Q GAMING MONITOR
- Resolution: 1920×1080 | Panel: TN | Screen Size: 23.8-inch
- Ports: 2x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort, 1 x USB 3.0 passthrough, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x 3.5mm audio out
The only limitation is that G-Sync is supported over DisplayPort, while FreeSync is supported over both HDMI and DisplayPort.
Unlike most monitors in this list, you get an IPS panel. Here, you will have to trade response time for a wider viewing angle and vivid colors. Asus advertisers a minimum response time of 1ms theoretically. However, in real life, it extends up to 8ms.
Being a gaming monitor in the truest sense, the ASUS ROG STRIX XG248Q brings you sharp looks. And if that was not enough, it also brings you customizable RGB lights on the back. And if you are up for it, you also get a projector for the Asus logo.
6. SAMSUNG ODYSSEY G7 GAMING MONITOR
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Panel: VA | Size: 32-inch
- Ports: 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5mm audio output
Unlike the standard 27-inch gaming monitors, this one measures 32-inches, thereby giving you enough screen real estate to play your games. As you may have guessed, you get both FreeSync and G-Sync advantage.
The response time is fast and quick, and the accurate color and high contrast ratio mean you get an excellent image quality. In fact, the nearly accurate color gamut means it’s a charm to play your favorite games on this curved gaming monitor.
However, at $799, the Odyssey G7 is not cheap and is considered one of the premium monitors. The best part is that it’s designed not just for gaming but also for casual work. You can easily use the wide screen to get your work done.
It’s not without its limitations. The Odyssey G7 doesn’t get too bright, which in turn affects HDR content.
HEY, BUTTERY SMOOTH PERFORMANCE
Sadly, it’s not just the monitor that plays a key part when it comes to buttery smooth gaming. The GPU also plays its part in keeping things running at the highest speed possible. While having G-Sync normally doesn’t stand out much in monitors with blazing refresh rate, it does play its part in lowering the fps (frames per second).