Best 240Hz monitors in 2023: fast-refresh screens for gamers and content creators

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The best 240Hz monitors are the ultimate in gaming displays, offering faster refresh rates for smoother visuals and reduced ghosting, motion blur, and latency. That makes for crisper and sharper individual frames and buttery-smooth visuals overall, to give you a more responsive and immersive gaming experience. So if you're serious about your PC gaming, if you design and develop games yourself, or you stream games on Twitch, they're well worth investigating.

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That said, they're not necessarily the best choice for every gamer. Competitive gamers will benefit most from faster refresh rates, which help give you a winning edge. And more generally, gamers with a penchant for fast-paced games will benefit from smoother, more realistic action, as will game designers who are working on such games.

Those who enjoy narrative-driven or adventure games, however, will benefit less. And a 240Hz refresh rate also won’t make much difference if you’re mostly performing productivity tasks. Panel size, color coverage, and response time are also things to consider when choosing whether a 240Hz monitor is right for you.

To help you choose, we've scoured the marketplace for the best 240Hz monitors for every user, need, and budget. Here are our top picks.

The best 240Hz monitors

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1. Samsung Odyssey G7

The best 240Hz monitor for most people

Specifications

Size: 32 inches
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 2,500:1
Color support: 125% sRGB, DCI-P3 95%
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 600

Reasons to buy

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Large display
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G-Sync and FreeSync for gamers
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Great color coverage for designers

Reasons to avoid

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Needs some calibration before use

We reckon the Samsung Odyssey G is the best 240Hz monitor for value today. It delivers a fantastic and speedy gaming performance with its 240Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and G-Sync and FreeSync built-in. 

It also boasts a luxurious design, and comes with 125% sRGB color gamut, which should be more than sufficient for video game designers and game streamers looking to color correct their content. Everyone, meanwhile, will benefit from that above-average contrast ratio of 2,500:1, which preserves more details in those areas where there are bright highlights and very dark shadows.

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2. Alienware AW2721D

The best mid-sized 240Hz monitor

Specifications

Size: 27 inches
Resolution: 2560 x 1440
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Color support: DCI-P3 98%
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 600

Reasons to buy

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1440p resolution
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Vivid colors
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Strong P3 coverage

Reasons to avoid

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Average contrast ratio
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Missing USB-C connectivity

Want something more compact than a 32-incher? The 27-inch Alienware AW2721D is another great all-rounder at a mid-range price, offering a good balance of features, performance and price point. 

For a sub-$700/£700 price of entry, you’re getting that 240Hz goodness with a 1440p resolution, DisplayHDR 600 and Nvidia G-Sync technology. However, it’s the 98% DCI-P3 color gamut and 450 nits of typical brightness that content creators will appreciate the most. 

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3. Samsung C27RG5

The best 240Hz monitor for budget-buyers

Specifications

Size: 27 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Response time: 4ms
Contrast ratio: 3,000:1
Color support: 72% NTSC 1976
HDR: none

Reasons to buy

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Affordable
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Great contrast 
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Strong color accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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4ms response time relatively slow

Priced at under $400 in the US and below £300 in the UK, the 24-inch Samsung C27RG5 is an excellent option for budget-minded gamers looking to up their monitor’s refresh rate game. It’s an older VA panel and tops at 1080p resolution, but it won’t look dated, especially if speed is more important than resolution. 

The contrast ratio is great at 3,000:1, so even though there is no HDR support, you’re still getting a lot of details in the brightest and darkest areas of the PC games you’re tackling. Plus, it comes with Nvidia G-Sync for a smoother experience and a 1500R curvature for a deeper immersion. We wouldn’t use this for any creative professional work, but it’s great for gaming.

Samsung Odyssey Neo G8, one of the best 240Hz monitors

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4. Samsung Odyssey Neo G8

The best 240Hz monitor with 4K

Specifications

Size: 32 inches
Resolution: 3,840 x 2,160
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Color support: sRGB 99.5%
HDR: Quantum HDR 2000

Reasons to buy

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4K resolution
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Large screen

Reasons to avoid

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No USB-C

Until recently, having a high refresh rate on your monitor meant compromising on resolution. But last summer Samsung changed all that with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8, a 32-inch screen which offers both 240Hz and 4K resolution. It also boasts a 1,196 Quantum Mini LEDs, which are brighter and more versatile than conventional backlighting systems. These come close to the kind of picture provided by OLED technology, with up to 2,000 nits of brightness, and 1ms response times.

Of course, this monitor is pretty expensive, plus you'll need a powerful gaming card to run AAA games at 4K. Also note that while there are two HDMI 2.1 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4 port and two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, there's no USB-C.

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5. Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

The best 240Hz monitor with a huge screen

Specifications

Size: 49 inches
Resolution: 5120 x 1440
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000,000:1
Color support: sRGB 125%, Adobe RGB 92%, DCI-P3 95%
HDR: Quantum HDR2000

Reasons to buy

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Massive screen width
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Impressive contrast ratio 
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Super color coverage

Reasons to avoid

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Huge width not for everyone

If you want a monitor that’s an absolute behemoth in size and features, the Samsung Odyssey Neo N9 is the dream. This 49-inch panel with an 32:9 ultrawide ratio give you massive screen real estate to play video games, create content, and multitask.

There’s a lot to love here – its 125% sRGB, 92% Adobe RGB and 95% DCI-P3 color coverage, Quantum HDR2000, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 1000R curvature make it a magnificent beast. Of course, it comes with a behemoth price tag as well. But, if you’ve got the funds, it's worth the splurge.

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6. Asus TUF Gaming VG259QM

The best 240Hz monitor with a small screen

Specifications

Size: 24.5 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Color support: 99% sRGB
HDR: VESA DisplayHDR 400

Reasons to buy

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Adaptive-Sync and Asus’ ELMB can run simultaneously
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Great built quality

Reasons to avoid

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HDR doesn’t make a big difference

Want a smaller screen? The 24.5-inch Asus TUF Gaming VG259QM is a terrific 240Hz monitor for gaming. It’s affordable, and 99% sRGB color gamut, 1ms response time, 400 nits of brightness and DisplayHDR 400. Competitive gamers, meanwhile, will appreciate the fact that it comes with Adaptive-Sync and Asus’ ELMB and Extreme Low Motion Blur technology, which it can run simultaneously to minimize ghosting and tearing considerably. 

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7. Alienware AW2521HFL

Another good option for a smaller setup

Specifications

Size: 25 inches
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 1,000:1
Color support: sRGB 99%
HDR: none

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous Alienware design
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RGB lighting
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Budget price on an IPS 240Hz panel
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Great, vivid color coverage

Reasons to avoid

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Contrast ratio is nothing special

The Alienware AW2521HFL is a great option if you’re looking for an IPS panel that offers viewing angles and color representation superior to a VA panel. In terms of resolutionb, this one is limited to 1080p. But its 99% sRGB color gamut and a 400-nit brightness mean you’re getting vivid colors in its 25-inch panel. It also comes with a few extras, including a USB hub with four USB downstream ports and that stunning Alienware design. Its smaller panel also means it’s a great option for folks with a smaller gaming setup.

How we test monitors

We evaluate a monitor with particular attention given to its core image quality, including brightness, contrast, color vibrancy and accuracy. While this can - and will - be assessed by the experienced eye of our professional reviewer, some manufacturer screen specs can only be definitively judged by an 'electronic eye' - a monitor calibrator. Where possible, a calibration device will be placed on the screen to verify its advertised color space coverage, brightness output and consistency, and factory color calibration accuracy. Beyond image quality, we'll also scrutinise the monitor's display and data ports to ensure acceptable connectivity, and will give a thorough assessment of build quality, including the range of ergonomic adjustment in its stand. Only then will we determine if a screen is worthy of use by a discerning imaging or video enthusiast.

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Michelle Rae Uy

Michelle is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles, California. She regularly writes for Fodor's Travel, Steve's Digicams, Thrillist and Techlicious, and is currently a freelance SEO and Production Editor for TechRadar.

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