Curved monitors are gaining popularity, as some of the top gaming monitors have aggressive curves. One reason is that, as monitors have grown in size, it has become hard 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, meaning the image remains accurate and uniform even if you're sitting close to a large screen. There are different types of curves, from subtle to aggressive, and a monitor's curve is defined by the radius of the curve if it formed a complete circle; a 1000R curve is more aggressive than a 1800R curve.
We've tested over 225 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best curved monitors that are available for purchase. Also, check out our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The best curved FreeSync monitor we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. It's an amazing gaming monitor overall, with a high 240Hz refresh rate and an outstanding response time that results in clear motion with very little blur. It has incredibly low input lag, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC compatible variable refresh rate (VRR) technology, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
It’s available either in a 27 or 32 inch size and performs very well for a wide variety of uses. We tested the 32 inch model, and the 27 inch version should perform the same. It has very good picture quality thanks to its 1440p resolution, with good out-of-the-box color accuracy and an outstanding SDR color gamut. It also feels very well-built, but its aggressive 1000R curve might take you some time to get used to.
Unfortunately, the viewing angles are pretty narrow, so you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing from the side. There are some issues while gaming, like flickering with VRR enabled and VRR not working with the refresh rate set to 60Hz, but these problems depend on the content, so you might not experience it. It has high peak brightness and good reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. If you like curved monitors, this is the best one for gaming that we’ve tested.
The LG 34GP950G-B is the best curved ultrawide monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've tested. It's an impressive gaming monitor with an incredibly fast response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in very clear motion. It has outstanding low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, and it natively supports G-SYNC, ensuring you get a tear-free gaming experience and a visually consistent gaming experience, even when your computer's frame rate can't quite keep up.
The curved screen and 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio deliver an incredibly immersive gaming experience. The wider field of view makes it easier to see what's going on around you in-game, and the relatively gentle 1900R curve radius brings the sides of the screen back within your field of vision. The curve also ensures that the sides of the screen remain accurate.
However, it's not as good of a monitor for gaming in a dark room, as it has low contrast and a bad local dimming feature. It looks great in bright rooms, though, with very high peak brightness, so as long as you're in a room with a bit of light, it's a great choice.
The best curved ultrawide gaming monitor is the Dell S3422DWG. It's a very good monitor, with a large 34 inch screen and a gentle 1800R curve. The 21:9 aspect ratio is great for multitasking, as you can comfortably work with multiple windows open, and it delivers a more immersive gaming experience. It also has a few useful features, including a built-in USB hub, meaning you can easily charge your phone or computer accessories by plugging them into the monitor instead of reaching behind your computer.
It's also one of the best monitors for HDR, as it has a high native contrast ratio, so blacks are deep and uniform, and highlights are bright enough to stand out in games. It also has a good HDR color gamut, with excellent coverage of the most commonly-used DCI-P3 color space, so HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It also has incredible gradient handling, with very little noticeable banding in areas of similar color.
Unfortunately, there's some noticeable smearing behind dark objects, but it doesn't have much of an impact when gaming. Overall, it's a good monitor for most uses and is the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor that we've tested.
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is the best curved super ultrawide monitor we've tested. It's a high-end monitor with many features and excellent gaming performance. It has an extremely aggressive 1000R curve, which delivers a far more immersive gaming experience, but it can take some time to get used to. The 5120x1440 screen and 32:9 aspect ratio is the equivalent of placing two 27 inch, 1440p monitors next to each other, providing you enough space to multitask or play atmospheric games.
It has a 240Hz refresh rate that you can achieve using a DisplayPort connection. It supports FreeSync natively, and it's certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible. You can also reach 144Hz over HDMI with an HDMI 2.1 source. Input lag is low, especially if you're playing at its max refresh rate. It has a quick response time, but there's significant overshoot, which causes some motion artifacts. The stand-out feature of this monitor is the Mini LED backlighting, providing greater control over the full-array local dimming feature and allowing it to get very bright.
Unfortunately, unless you update it to the latest firmware, there are HDR issues when content looks over-brightened. However, a firmware update fixes that. Its VA panel has a great native contrast ratio, and the good local dimming feature helps further deepen any blacks, better than most monitors we've tested. If the HDR issues don't bother you, it's one of the best curved monitors we've tested.
The best curved office monitor that we've tested is the LG 38WN95C-W. It's a great overall monitor with a few office-friendly features, and it has a large 38 inch screen that makes it easy to open multiple windows side-by-side. It has a 3840x1600 resolution, which is higher than other ultrawide 3440x1440 monitors, text looks sharp, and images are crisp. The stand doesn't offer the most ergonomic adjustments, but you can swivel and tilt it a bit.
It's easy to connect multiple devices because it has a DisplayPort input, two HDMI ports, and a USB-C slot. The USB-C input supports Thunderbolt 3, which allows you to display an image from a compatible device like a laptop and charge it at the same time. The monitor also has a Picture-by-Picture mode so you can display images from two sources at once. If you need to share your screen with someone next to you, it has wide viewing angles, and the 2300R curve is subtle, so the image remains accurate when viewed from the side.
HDR content also looks decent because it displays a wide color gamut and has great HDR peak brightness, but its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature doesn't do much to improve the picture quality in dark scenes. If that isn't an issue for you, it's one of the best office monitors with a curved screen.
The best 1080p curved monitor that we've tested is the Dell S2721HGF. It's designed as a gaming monitor, and it's great for this use. It has a black design with a gaming-oriented style that should look nice in your setup, and at 27 inches, it doesn't take up a lot of space. It has a 1500R curve, which isn't too aggressive, nor is it too subtle.
It has a 144Hz native refresh rate with FreeSync VRR support, and it's certified as being G-SYNC compatible to reduce screen tearing. Gaming feels responsive thanks to its low input lag. It has a quick response time at its max refresh rate, but like with other VA panel monitors, the response time in dark transitions is slow, leading to black smearing. Speaking of its VA panel, it displays deep blacks, but there's no local dimming feature. Even in a bright room, visibility won't be too much of a problem as it has very good reflection handling and high peak brightness.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles and limited ergonomics as you can't swivel it, so it's not an ideal choice for co-op gaming. Also, it doesn't support HDR at all, but that's somewhat normal for a low-cost monitor. The 1080p resolution may seem low to some, but as it's limited to HDMI 1.4 bandwidth, the lower resolution helps limit bandwidth. All in all, it's the best curved gaming monitor if you're on a budget.
Apr 08, 2022: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Dell S3422DWG, as it's more versatile overall and cheaper. Restructured the article, moving the LG 34GP950G-B to its own category, and removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Feb 07, 2022: Replaced the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B with the LG 38WN95C-W as the 'Best Office Monitor' because the LG has more features; replaced the ASUS TUF VG32VQ with the Dell S2721HGF as the 'Best Budget' for consistency with other recommendations; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Dec 09, 2021: Replaced the Dell U4021QW with the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B, and replaced the Gigabyte G27QC with the ASUS TUF VG32VQ. Refreshed the Notable Mentions to remove some out-of-date picks, and added the Gigabyte M34WQ.
Oct 13, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Odyssey G9 with the newer Odyssey Neo G9 because it has Mini LED backlighting and improved local dimming; replaced the LG 38GL950G-B with the 34GP950G-B because it's cheaper; added the Dell S3422DWG and Dell S3221QS to Notable Mentions.
Aug 17, 2021: Added the Dell UltraSharp U4021QW as the 'Best Curved Office Monitor' and refreshed the text.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best curved monitors currently available. They're 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.