Curved monitors have just started to catch on, despite being widely available for a few years. As monitors have grown in size, it's become more and more difficult to maintain an accurate image across the entire screen when sitting up close. Curved monitors were one of the solutions monitor manufacturers came up with: a gentle curve brings the edges of the screen into your field of view, so the image remains accurate and uniform even if you're sitting close to a large screen.
We've reviewed over 110 monitors so far, and below you'll find our picks for the best curved monitors that are available for purchase. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The best curved monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung C27HG70. It has a large 27 inch screen that provides an immersive gaming experience as well as plenty of space to work. Its 1440p resolution delivers a detailed image and it has a 144Hz refresh rate that makes motion look incredibly smooth. Its build quality is great and it has good ergonomics, with an arm-like stand that's easily adjustable.
This monitor uses a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio, able to produce deep and inky blacks. It can get bright enough for use in any type of room setting and it has a matte coating that handles reflections well. Response time is excellent; however, it's recommended to play at the monitor's maximum refresh rate, as its response time when playing at 60Hz is noticeably worse. On the plus side, it has support for FreeSync and it's compatible with recent NVIDIA graphics cards too. As expected, it has an exceptionally low input lag, even with VRR and HDR enabled.
The viewing angles are mediocre, which is expected of a VA panel, although the screen's light curve can help with visibility. It has great color accuracy out of the box and it can display a wide color gamut for a decent HDR experience. If you're into curved monitors, this is the best one we've tested so far.
If you find the Samsung CHG70 still too small, then take a look at the LG 34UC79G-B. This monitor has a 34 inch screen and a 21:9 aspect ratio, which is great for having multiple windows opened at the same time. It sports an IPS panel that has significantly better viewing angles, so the image remains accurate on the sides even if you sit up close. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform as well in dark rooms due to its low contrast ratio, and it also has rather bad black uniformity, with severe backlight bleed that's quite visible in the dark. Furthermore, the resolution gets downgraded to 1080p, which may be disappointing for some. Thankfully, it has a 144Hz refresh rate as well as FreeSync support, and those with an NVIDIA graphics card can take advantage of it.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice due to its higher resolution, dark room performance, and HDR support; however, if you need the extra screen real estate, then the LG is a better choice.
The best curved monitor with an ultrawide screen for gaming is the LG 34GN850-B. It's an impressive gaming monitor with a high refresh rate and 1440p resolution, giving you an immersive gaming experience.
This monitor has an exceptional response time at its max refresh rate of 160Hz, even better than some 240Hz monitor. Motion looks incredibly clear and the response time is also excellent at 60Hz, which is ideal for console gamers. Sadly, it doesn't have a black frame insertion feature, but this shouldn't be an issue since motion is already so smooth. It has native FreeSync support and NVIDIA certifies it as G-SYNC compatible. It has an incredibly low input lag, and even though the input lag at 60Hz is just a bit higher than some other monitors, this shouldn't be much of an issue.
Unfortunately, it has limited ergonomics and because it has an IPS panel, it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks don't look black when viewed in the dark. On the upside, it has good picture quality with great peak brightness, wide viewing angles, great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and a good wide color gamut for HDR content. On the whole, this is a great ultrawide curved gaming monitor.
If you prefer a monitor with native G-SYNC support to get the most out of your NVIDIA graphics cards, consider the Dell Alienware AW3420DW. It doesn't support HDR and the overall picture quality isn't as good as the LG 34GN850-B, but it's still a great gaming monitor with a 120Hz refresh rate. The response time is excellent and even at 60Hz, the response time is great, resulting in clear motion. Like the LG, it also doesn't have a black frame insertion feature, but this shouldn't be a problem for most people. The input lag is really low and the 1440p resolution helps deliver an immersive gaming experience. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio, it doesn't get very bright, and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is just okay.
Overall, if you want the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor, you can't go wrong with the LG, but if you prefer a monitor with native G-SYNC support, check out the Dell.
If you want an even wider curved screen, then consider the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. Its 120Hz refresh rate doesn't match up to the 164Hz on the LG 34GN850-B, but the 49 inch screen gives you an immersive gaming experience. Unlike the LG and the Dell, this Samsung uses a VA panel, so its contrast ratio is better than the other two, but like most VA monitors, the viewing angles are poor. Gamers should enjoy the great response time, resulting in little motion blur, and the input lag is also incredibly low at the native refresh rate and in FreeSync mode. The peak brightness is excellent and it handles reflections well if you game in a bright room.
If you're looking for the best curved ultrawide gaming monitor, check out the LG. If you want even more screen real estate, then consider the Samsung.
The best budget curved monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung CF398. This 27 inch VA monitor delivers decent picture quality and has a very good contrast ratio which helps it perform quite well in dark rooms. While its viewing angles are mediocre, it has a fairly aggressive 1800R curve to help compensate for this.
It's a good choice for gaming, even though the refresh rate of 60Hz is a bit limiting. It has excellent motion handling, low input lag, and supports FreeSync, even when connected to an NVIDIA graphics card, thanks to NVIDIA's Adaptive Sync drivers. FreeSync VRR also increases the refresh rate to 72Hz without overclocking.
Unfortunately, this monitor can't get very bright and has a hard time overcoming glare in bright rooms. Its ergonomics are also quite poor and its fixed stand only allows tilt, making it tough to find an ideal viewing position. Overall, it's a satisfactory curved monitor for those on a budget and provides excellent value for the price.
07/07/2020: Replaced the 34GK950F-B with the 34GN850-B and the Alienware AW3418DW with the AW3420DW.
05/08/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best curved monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our curved monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.