Gaming has never been bigger as it is right now. Every day, thousands of people wake up and power up their PCs to play their favorite games. The fact that PC components are more affordable these days also helps the community to grow in size. However, with more people playing online games, this means competitiveness is on the rise as well.
Sure, you need great skills and practice to excel, but some of the time, the right equipment can help if you are willing to spend the money. This is where 240Hz monitors prove their worth, as they are excellent for competitive gaming because of their high refresh rate.
Sure, 144Hz is more than enough for most people, but if you want that slight competitive edge 240Hz can be really helpful. That’s why we’ll be looking at some of the best 240Hz monitors for competitive gaming in 2021. Let’s cut to the chase straight away.
LG has been on a roll the past couple of years. They have been making amazing TVs for both gaming and viewing high-quality content. They definitely know a thing or two about making great displays, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise seeing their UltraGear monitors doing so well.
The UltraGear 27GN750-B is a 240Hz gaming monitor that is hard to top. It seems to have it all, the high refresh rate, a gorgeous IPS panel, great viewing angles, and amazing colors. It also features G-sync compatibility, and it works with both AMD and Nvidia GPUs to prevent screen tearing. As you probably know, Nvidia extended made most of their graphics compatible with freesync.
The base of the monitor is quite sturdy, and the slim bezels help to give it a clean modern look. The base supports height, tilt, and pivot so you can adjust the monitor to your liking. Metal isn’t anywhere to be found in the construction, but that’s quite rare for most gaming monitors under $500 anyway.
For gaming, this 240Hz Ultragear monitor is a dream come true. Gamers who appreciate a bigger screen will like the ability to game at a high refresh rate on a 27″ monitor. The 1ms response time on this monitor is no joke at all. The motion blur isn’t too bad either, considering this is an IPS monitor.
That’s not all, this monitor has surprisingly incredible color accuracy and without any backlight bleed at all. I wouldn’t do professional photo editing on this myself, but it’s good enough for it. Games look absolutely stunning and vibrant. Overall, this is the best 240Hz monitor on the market, and it will be hard to beat for some time.
The Acer Nitro XV273 is another great monitor for competitive gamers, and it’s very versatile as well. This 27-inch monitor has a 1920 x 1080 resolution, with good color reproduction. It has an IPS panel, which is still a bit of a rare occurrence in 240Hz monitors. But before we get into the gaming performance let’s talk about design.
Design is a department where the Nitro XV273 doesn’t exactly color me impressed. That’s not to say it’s bad, but it does look a bit generic. It does have slim bezels and a sturdy base, however. No complaints in the construction department either, this is an exceptionally solid feeling monitor. However, the base looks out of place, had it been black it would have matched the monitor better.
Apart from that extremely minor design complaint, there are little to no flaws with this monitor. It’s an IPS panel so the viewing angles are excellent, and color reproduction is quite good out of the box. It’s quite vibrant and saturated, which is good for gaming. However, some units aren’t properly calibrated, so you might have to fine-tune things there. Still that process deosn’t take long, so not a major issue.
As for gaming, this monitor is just as good as any TN panel. The motion blur is hardly noticeable during mid-game and the adaptive sync for both Gsync and Freesync work really well. The 1ms response time also helps to prevent ghosting. IPS monitors have caught up in terms of responsiveness and fluidity.
Had the Nitro XV273 had a bit of a wider color gamut to support HDR, it would have gotten the top spot no problem. Still, most gamers won’t care about that.
This monitor is widely used by a lot of professional gamers. You’ll often see this monitor being used in tournaments, so it’s no wonder that this is the choice for gamers who want to go pro. However, it is for a far more specific customer than you might initially think.
First off, let’s talk about design. This Zowie monitor uses the same look that we have gotten used to at this point, I can’t say if it’s good or bad, but I’ve seen this monitor so many times that I appreciate it. It has anti-glare coating that doesn’t affect the responsiveness of the monitor in any way.
This monitor also includes a control module so that you can quickly switch between profiles. They call it the “S-switch”. I am unsure of how many people would take advantage of this, but it’s a nice bonus. They even have a removable shield, this helps to prevent sunlight from causing glare on the screen. It also has full height, tilt, and swivel adjustment.
The monitor is exceptionally responsive, but I don’t need to tell you this. The 240Hz refresh rate, the 1ms response time, and the Dynamic Accuracy technology speak for itself. Dynamic Accuracy is a great alternative to Freesync and Gsync and does an even better job at handling motion blur. If you need pixel-perfect responsiveness, this is the monitor to go for.
However, it is quite expensive, and for this price, you can easily find a 144Hz 1440p IPS monitor. I acknowledge that a lot of people would take even the slightest competitive edge over color accuracy, so for those people, more power to you.
There are a lot of people who might be skeptical of buying a 1080p 240Hz monitor at 27-inches. Those same people also don’t want a smaller monitor like a fast 24-inch display. For the people who want 1440p, 240Hz, and great color reproduction all in one package in a 27-inch monitor, this is the one. However, it’s not without its flaws.
The HP Omen X definitely looks the part, no doubt about that. With a unique angled base and thin angled lines all over, this monitor is anything but subtle. It plays perfectly into that aggressive aesthetic we’ve seen many times before. However, just because it looks good, doesn’t mean it is designed well.
The navigation buttons are located at the back, and for a monitor of this size, they are hard to reach. The RGB lighting is also a bit dull, for those who care. However, the standout omission to me was the lack of any adjustment to tilt or swivel. You can adjust the height, but that’s pretty much it.
No complaints on the performance part though. With Freesync 2 support, this monitor works great with AMD and Nvidia GPUs. The 240Hz refresh rate is buttery smooth, and the 1ms response time makes things even better. The monitor is also quite sharp because of the QHD resolution. It even supports DCI-P3 color gamut, so it works fine with HDR.
It’s doesn’t have perfect HDR 10 support, but very few monitors fully support it anyway. The colors are spot-on, almost reaching IPS levels of accuracy (emphasis on almost). However, the matte coating on the screen is a bit strange and inconsistent. It has a certain graininess to it, which is disappointing.
Overall, this is a great 27″ 1440p monitor, but 1440p at 240Hz will require a lot of horsepower, and with the few design flaws, the price might be a tough pill to swallow for some.
Not everyone has the cash to spend almost half a grand on a premium 240Hz monitor. Eventually, prices will start to come down as more 240Hz monitors emerge slowly. We have seen the same trend with 144Hz before. Till then, if you absolutely must have the cheapest 240Hz monitor, the MSI Optix MAG251RX is a decent choice. However, be prepared for a few tradeoffs.
For a monitor on a budget, this MSI Optix display doesn’t look or feel cheap at all. The build quality is reminiscent of older ROG Swift monitors, as the base definitely resembles that look. There is no flashy RGB lighting unlike those expensive monitors, but it doesn’t matter at this price.
This monitor features an IPS panel, which is a major surprise at this price point. The viewing angles are excellent, and it’s hard to believe that this cheap IPS panel also has a 1ms response time.
The colors are decent enough, much better than any TN panel at this price range. However, if you’re coming from an IPS panel with near-perfect color reproduction, the difference is noticeable.
Apart from that, gaming is incredibly fast and fluid. It’s amazing that you can get a 240Hz IPS panel at this price point, with Gsync support, mind you. There have been some reports of quality control issues, as a few panels have been reported to have washed out colors.
However, if you are willing to roll the dice and don’t mind dealing with customer support, you could be getting an exceptional monitor that won’t leave a dent in your wallet.