Using 1440p (QHD) displays with Windows 10 allows you to be far more productive than older 1080p (Full HD) monitors. The Dell UltraSharp U2715H is a stunning display with fantastic color reproduction and is our top pick.

Our pick

Dell UltraSharp U2715H

Dell U2715H is a solid 1440p display.

This Dell monitor is not only an affordable display, but it's also a solid workhorse thanks to its 2560 x 1440 resolution. Match this with reliable color reproduction, thin bezel, IPS technology, attractive aesthetics, good connectivity, and VESA mount support, and you have a screen that's well worth investing in.

Who should buy this monitor

PC owners who have grown tired of being restricted to the resolution of 1920 x 1080, this Dell U2414H is an excellent upgrade. Not only do you have great colors to work with, but it's also quite the capable panel for some gaming too.

Is it a good time to buy this monitor?

Newer monitor models are released every few years though certain lines can go without a new release for many years, depending on demand and newer technologies being available. This Dell panel is a great purchase regardless.

Reasons to buy

  • Great color reproduction.
  • IPS panel technology.
  • VESA mount support.
  • Multiple input ports.
  • Dell will replace if dead pixels are found.

Reasons not to buy

  • No synchronization technology.
  • 60Hz refresh rate.

Dell UltraSharp U2715H is the best 1440p monitor

There are a number of trustworthy 1440p panels available, depending on what you're after. Some screens support AMD FreeSync, others that go with NVIDIA's G-SYNC, but our best option here is a display that can be used for both work and play, all without destroying the budget on a new PC build. The U2715H has been around for some time but still holds up against the competition and newer models.

Dell didn't add any cool features but instead focused on making a fine panel.

Unfortunately, because it's priced aggressively, Dell has not included support for synchronization technologies, but that's okay when you're not looking to pay out much for said features that can increase pricing considerably. The U2715H's aesthetics are clean and pleasing to look at, ideal for something you'll be staring at for hours at a time. The stand itself is more than adequate to support the weight of the monitor, and the option for VESA mounting ensures you're able to fit the display into the work environment.

When it comes to the visual experience, Dell has opted for an LG IPS panel and everything works to a high standard even prior to calibration. For connectivity, the U2715H offers 2 HDMI, 1 Mini DisplayPort, 1 DisplayPort (version 1.2) and 1 DisplayPort out (MST) so you'll be able to not only hook up a Windows PC (or Mac, depending on which team you support) and game console. There are even 5 USB 3.0 ports to connect a bunch of devices.

Alternatives to the Dell UltraSharp U2715H

Dell's UltraSharp U2715H is a great screen and is one we'd recommend to anyone looking to enter the QHD 1440p marketplace. Though should you be on the hunt for something with a specific feature, be sure to check out our other recommendations.

Runner-up

AOC Agon AG271QX

A gorgeous display with handy features.

AOC is pushing into the gaming sphere with new Agon monitors, and the company's 27-inch model is a stunning option for anyone looking for a new display. The QHD resolution combined with a 144Hz refresh rate results in butter smooth gameplay and media consumption.

AOC's gaming line sports some seriously good-looking monitors, packing the same display quality we've come to expect from the brand in aggressively designed panels. If you need to do more gaming than our Dell pick would allow for, this AG271QX has you covered with FreeSync, an enhanced refresh rate, and more.

Value pick

Acer G257HU

Ideal for those on a budget.

The 1440p resolution of the Acer G257HU allows for gaming with higher fidelity, as well as increased workloads during the day. It's not the most advanced screen on the market, but it'll get the job done without question.

This display isn't the cheapest on the market, but it's one that is worth every penny and remains far more affordable than all other options here. Sporting a resolution of 2560 x 1440, this Acer monitor will let you get much more done without having to spend more on features you may not use.

G-SYNC

ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278QR

Check out this monitor for tear-free gameplay.

1440p resolution? Check. 165Hz refresh rate? Check. 1ms response time. You got it. Support for NVIDIA G-SYNC technology? Game on. As well as being a stellar display, the unit sports dual USB 3.0 ports and can connect to devices using various options.

Own an NVIDIA GPU? This is the monitor for you. ASUS has included NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology, which allows the monitor and your GPU to communicate with one another directly, allowing for a synchronized output, matching the refresh rate of the display with your current frame rate. This makes for a vastly smoother visual experience.

FreeSync

ASUS MG278Q

A worthwhile investment for any AMD gamer.

Our second ASUS monitor is yet another entry for gamers (the 1440p resolution is a sweet spot for many in-game), but this time around we're looking at a display with support for AMD's FreeSync technology.

AMD GPU owners shouldn't feel left out when it comes to gaming monitors as the company supports FreeSync, which does something very similar to NVIDIA G-SYNC, synchronizing everything sent to your display for smoother gaming. It also helps the ASUS MG278Q is a very good display overall.

Curved pick

Samsung CF791

Curved and 1440p.

This ultra-wide 21:9 Samsung CF791 panel is the perfect size for those who desire more screen real estate to get more work done. As well as offering more space to fit more windows, this widescreen monitor with its 4ms response time is also a fairly solid option for gaming, thanks in part to the 100Hz refresh rate.

When you want something a little different, Samsung's CF791 may be just what you're looking for. It's a curved display, which will appear to wrap around you ever so slightly. And being from Samsung, the panel itself is excellent, allowing for some great color reproduction.

Bottom line

We'd recommend those seeking a new monitor for gaming and/or work to invest in a 1440p panel. Dell's UltraSharp U2715H offers IPS technology, solid colors, great clarity, and connectivity in an affordable package.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

Daniel Rubino is executive editor of Windows Central. He has been covering Microsoft since 2009 back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Surface, HoloLens, Xbox, and future computing visions. Follow him on Twitter: @daniel_rubino.

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