The 1440P v 4K Debate: Diving Beyond HD

Lindsay Hayes

1440 P and 4K are both killer resolutions, but you will get a sharper picture from a 4K screen. It has way more pixels than 1440 P screens do, so this isn't a surprise.

My sister wanted to buy a new monitor and was looking for something that was really sharp. She had her mind set between a 1440p monitor, and a 4K one, but didn't know which of the two was the better option. So, I told her everything she needed to know about them and thought about doing this for you too.


Is 1440P Better Than 4K?

When it comes to picture quality, 4K is way better than 1440 P (also known as Quad HD). It comes with either 4096 x 2160 pixels (Cinema 4K), or 3840 x 2160 pixels (TV 4K), while 1440 P only comes with 2560 x 1440 pixels. This translates to 4k screens being sharper and more detailed.

To break it down further, the pixel density for the 4K picture quality is around 8 million, while you only get around 3.6 million on 1440 P screen resolutions.

Black Flat Screen Monitor with Keyboard and Headset

But the thing is, even though the 4K visual quality is stunning, you'll need a powerful graphics card to work a 4K computer screen. So it might not be ideal for gaming if you are on a budget. So, while 4k is great for television streaming, I think that 1440 P image quality takes the cake for the optimal resolution for games.

Of course, they're both sharper compared to a regular 1080 P screen. In fact, 4K is called '4k' because it has almost 4 times as many pixels compared to the 1080 P screen resolution.

Is There a Resolution Higher Than 4K?

Yes, there is a resolution higher than 4K. You can get an 8K pixel screen if you really want - it comes with 7680 x 4320 pixels, so it's insanely sharp. As you can imagine, though, you need some intense computing power to work it. So, there's not much content available in 8k, actually.

But this might change with time - I definitely think that television studios and game studios might produce more content in it in the future.

Considering that 8K has more pixels than 4K, it shouldn't surprise you that a lower resolution like 1440 P does not come close to it.

What are the Best 4K and 1440 P Monitors?

Since we touched on the difference between 4K and 1440 P, I thought about running through some of the best 4K and 1440 P monitors that are on the market.

4K Monitors


The Samsung S80A is one of the best 4K monitors out there. It's 27 inches, so you'll have more than enough screen real estate to enjoy the 4K resolution that you get. As it's 4K resolution, you can expect a very sharp screen to watch movies and game on.

Since the S80A is capable of HDR10, you get some really vivid colors too. It also has an IPS panel, which also adds to how vivid its screen is.

When it comes to the refresh rate, it is 60 Hz. This is not the best, but the 60 Hz is fine, especially when you consider that you'll need a really powerful graphics to try and play 4K video at a higher refresh rate.

There are also built-in speakers in it, which are quite loud. Plus, the Samsung S80A has a fully adjustable stand that lets you turn it anyway that you want.

I think that the S80A is ultra-thin and sleek too. So, you get a chic-looking display for your setup. Its overall dimensions are 7.73 x 24.23 x 21.72 inches, if you're wondering.

And lastly, you get a few different ports with it - they include an HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB-C port.

2. Samsung UJ59

The second best 4K monitor that I have to mention is the Samsung UJ59. It has a 4K resolution, so you can once again expect some superb sharpness from it. Now, it's quite big too, as it's 32 inches. So, you'll really be able to enjoy the crisp great pixel density that you get.

Also, the UJ59 has a special Flicker-Free feature. Essentially, you don't have to worry about your eyes getting tired with.

Speaking of special features, the Samsung UJ59 has AMD FreeSync built-in. - your frame rate will be super smooth because of it.

Just like the S80A, the UJ59 also has a 60 HZ refresh rate. Although it's somewhat decent, it is not the best. I've touched on some monitors on my list that are a whopping 170 HZ: you'll get an ultra-buttery gaming experience out of them.

1440 P/ Quad HD Monitors

1. Acer Nitro XV272U

The Nitro XV272U is one of the smoothest monitors on this list - its screen is 170 Hz. The fact that it uses AMD FreeSync technology on top of the high refresh rate makes its display extra buttery.

Not only is it sharp because of the 1440 P resolution, but it also is 95% DCI-P3, so it has a wide color gamut. I also have to mention that you get 2 really loud speakers on it, which you might appreciate.

I think it's a really nice gaming monitor because of its aspect ratio - just take a look at its screen: it's almost all display with very few bezels. Plus, it's quite sleek. Its dimensions are only 24.2 x 9.2 x 18 inches.

You don't have to worry about straining your neck trying to use it, as its screen is super ergonomic. You can tilt it up to 25 degrees.


The KOORUI is 1440 P and is 27 inches large. So, you get a large enough screen to enjoy the sharp screen resolution that you get.

It's super smooth, as it's 144 Hz on it. Considering that it also has the FreeSync technology built into it, this makes it even smoother to use.

Not only is it sharp, but it's also really colorful. It has DCI-P3 technology built-in, so you get an impressive color gamut for whatever you're watching or playing.

You can connect all kinds of devices to it as well. It has both HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity.

The monitor is sleek as well. Its dimensions are 30.78 x 6.22 x 18.03 inches, so it's thin. It's also strong, as it was made from durable parts.

Is 27 Inch Enough for 4K?

Yes, a 27-inch screen is big enough for the 4K image quality. In fact, I think that the screen size is more than enough screen real estate for the 1440 P resolution too.

Now, if you're someone who does a lot of video editing or photo editing, you might want to invest in a dual monitor setup with two 27-inch screens.

What Resolution is Best for Gaming?

When it comes to gaming experience, I think that 1440 P is the perfect resolution. It's super sharp compared to 720 P and 1080 P, while not as taxing as higher resolution options, like the 4K visual quality. Of course, your personal preference will determine what'll work for you the best.

Multiple Screens and Headset Setup

Is Ultra HD the Same as 4K?

4K is a resolution that tells you that the picture you're looking at was made from approximately 4000 pixels horizontally. This can range from 3840 x 2160 to 4096 x 3112 pixels, as mentioned earlier. In essence, it's more detailed compared to older resolutions, like 1440 P and 1080 P (Full HD).

On the other hand, Ultra High Definition, or UHD, is a term reserved for displays that have a native resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels alone.

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Final Thoughts

When it comes to 1440P vs 4K, you get really sharp visual experience out of the two. But in terms of quality, the 4K resolution is superior, as it's sharper and more crisp.

However, as 4K is a much higher resolution, you'll need a high-resolution graphics card to run it. So, personally, I think it is better to go for a 1440 P screen, as it requires less processing power despite still being super crisp.

At the of the day, the two picture qualities are still leagues ahead of 1080 P and 720 P. Hopefully you found everything that was run through useful, and know which of the two to get now.

Lindsay Hayes

Hi, I’m Lindsay, a techie from Kansas City. That’s right; I’m a born and bred Midwesterner. I learned to take electronics apart at my dad’s GameStop way back when, and I haven’t stopped since. I spend most of my time checking out new gadgets.
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