For a twitch gamer, there’s nothing better than being able to respond faster than your enemy, and essentially it’s just about having the fastest refresh rate possible so you’re not giving up any performance at all. So if you want maximum twitchiness in a monitor, you need a 240Hz panel and below you’ll find the very best gaming monitors designed for just that.
TL;DR – These are the Best 240Hz Gaming Monitors:
1. Gigabyte Aorus KD25F Tactical Gaming Monitor
Best 240Hz Gaming Monitor
The Gigabyte Aorus KD25F Tactical Gaming Monitor (read our review) pretty much offers the best of everything you can get in a 240Hz gaming monitor and then some. Of course, it offers the highest refresh rate available to gaming monitors today, but its also features a 0.5ms response time, so it can react as quickly as you do.
Despite using a TN panel, this 24.5-inch monitor also supports HDR with a 400-nit peak brightness and can display 100% of the sRGB color gamut—just don’t look at it from any extreme angles. Lastly, this 240Hz gaming supports both FreeSync and G-Sync, so you’ll get a perfectly smooth, tear-free gaming experience no matter which graphics card you’re playing with.
2. Acer Nitro XF252Q
Best Budget 240Hz Gaming Monitor
The Acer Nitro XF252Q (read our review) gives you almost all the best qualities of a modern 240Hz gaming monitor for a $350 price tag that makes it cheaper than the majority of the first-generation high-refresh rate displays. This 24.5 inch display offers up a Full HD resolution picture that’s HDR-ready, so it offers a bit more color and brightness than the usual TN panels these 240Hz monitors utilize. Additionally, you can reduce response time to as little as 0.3ms to get the absolute most responsive experience possible.
You’ll also find AMD FreeSync support on this monitor, allowing you to enjoy tear-free gaming as you’re the camera whipping around in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or any modern first-person shooter. The Acer Nitro XF252Q is one of the cheapest 240Hz monitors available and you get a lot of features while you’re saving money, so don’t miss your chance to get this display.
3. Pixio PX5 Hayabusa
Ultra Cheap 240Hz Gaming Monitor
240Hz gaming monitors might be at the pinnacle of speedy gaming monitors, but they don’t have to be all that pricey. Just like most technology aimed at aspiring Esports stars, high-refresh rate displays can be really cheap and the Pixio PX5 Hayabusa (read our review) is one such option that only costs $299. At that price, you’re only spending a little over a dollar per hertz.
For that low cost, you also get a 25-inch Full HD TN panel with a 1ms response time, 400-bit peak brightness, plus support for HDR and FreeSync. The Pixio PX5 Hayabusa is not on the list of G-Sync compatible gaming monitors, but we had no weird glitches pop up while testing it with an Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti. Overall, this display is just as good as almost any 240Hz gaming monitor, but at a much lower price.
4. Acer Predator XN253Q
Best G-Sync 240Hz Monitor
The Acer Predator XN253Q is a bit more visually subdued than most other 240Hz gaming monitors, having eschewed the red accents for a silver and black design. But don’t take that to mean it’s a blah monitor.
The XB252Q is still a full-on 240Hz gaming display, with a 1ms response time, 400-nit peak brightness, and G-Sync anti-tearing capabilities. You can also put this gaming monitor into overdrive mode to further reduce its response time to just 0.4ms.
5. Viewsonic Elite XG270
Best FreeSync 240Hz Gaming Monitor
If you want a 240Hz monitor that’s fast and beautiful you should check out the Viewsonic Elite XG270. It’s one of the first high-refresh rate displays to utilize a Fast IPS panel, which grants rich colors and 400 nits of peak brightness that in turn make this screen HDR10-capable. You also get the wide-viewing angles you might expect of any IPS panel, plus a 1ms response time that you might have not expected.
It also comes with FreeSync 2 to take care of any screen tearing. Add in Viewsonic’s Elite display controller, a mouse bungee, and a headphone hook, and this is a great monitor to put in the center of your Esports battlestation.
6. Asus ROG Strix XG258Q
Best G-Sync Compatible 240Hz Gaming Monitor
If you use a gaming monitor to play with a mix of Nvidia- and AMD- powered gaming PCs or gaming laptops, but you always want to ensure you have a tear-free gaming experience, the Asus ROG Strix XG258Q is your best option here. It’s a FreeSync gaming monitor by design, but it’s also a certified G-sync compatible gaming monitor.
Aside from its universal compatibility with either AMD or Nvidia’s implementation of variable refresh rate technology, the Asus ROG Strix XG258Q is one solid gaming display for competitive gaming. It has a 1ms response time along with Asus’ gaming-focused features such as Extreme Low Motion Blur technology and a flicker-free backlight.
7. HP Omen X 27
Best QHD 240Hz Gaming Monitor
Up until now all 240Hz monitors have sacrificed sharpness for speed and limited themselves to a Full HD resolution. However, the HP Omen X 27 proves you can truly have your cake and eat it too as this monitor offers up a QHD resolution and 240Hz refresh rate. Not only does this display deliver 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, you also get a 27-inch screen that’s larger than most high-refresh rate displays that are usually only 25-inches in size.
Beyond giving you a bigger, sharper picture, the HP Omen X 27 also boasts a 400 nit peak brightness and AMD FreeSync 2 for a tear-free experience that’s also HDR capable. Amazingly, this monitor does this all with a TN panel that renders vivid and accurate colors (with some calibration that is) too.
8. MSI Oculux NXG252R
Most Responsive 240Hz Gaming Monitor
The fastest gaming monitors have been sitting pretty with 1ms response times for a very long time, but the MSI Oculux NXG252R was one of the first gaming monitors to cross this rubicon and wow is it fast at 0.5ms.
A 0.5ms response time might not seem that much faster than 1ms, but that half millisecond difference can mean everything when you need to line up a shot or dodge a grenade faster than your opponents can. The MSI Oculux NXG252R is also one of the few 240Hz gaming monitors designed to work natively with G-Sync, so it’s a sure buy for those running an Nvidia GPU.
9. Alienware 25 Gaming
Best Looking 240Hz Monitor
For about the same price as the XG2530, you can get Alienware’s first foray into the monitor world, and it looks just as “modern” and cool as you’d expect from the extraterrestrial corporation. Aesthetically, the Alienware 25 Gaming (read our review) is striking, with a tripod-style base, razor-thin bezels around the sides, and LED lighting on the back of the chassis that reflects off the walls of your gaming area for a very cool effect.
This 1080p monitor also has a built-in USB hub for peripherals too so it’s not just relying on its refresh rate alone to stand out. A G-Sync model is also available.
What to look for in a 240Hz Gaming Monitor
Before you plunk down your hard-earned cash, there are a few things about 240Hz gaming monitors to keep in mind. First, as refresh rate goes up there are diminishing returns on what we’re able to perceive. While there’s a pretty significant difference in what you can see and/or perceive onscreen between 60Hz and 144Hz monitors, the perceptible difference between 144Hz and 240Hz monitors is much less—to the point where some people might not see or feel it at all. If you have a 144Hz monitor now, you are probably better off saving your money, in other words.
Also, at the moment all 240Hz monitors use TN panels, bringing with them the deficiencies of that technology—namely color accuracy and viewing angles. All currently available monitors are also limited to 27-inches and 1080p, so the increase of processing power needed for higher resolutions isn’t an issue, but you will need to be hitting 200+ frames per second, so you will need a very powerful video card (like an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super) to keep those frame rate numbers up.