Curved monitors have just started to catch on, despite being widely available for a few years. As monitors have grown in size, it has 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 are sitting close to a large screen.
We've reviewed 12 curved monitors so far and below you'll find our picks for the best 5 that are available for purchase in 2018. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors.
The Samsung C27HG70 is the best curved monitor that we have reviewed so far. Gamers will love the extremely fast response time, PWM flicker-free backlight with optional BFI, and lightning fast refresh rate with FreeSync support. It has excellent low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming and PC experience.
It has a sharp 1440p resolution and supports HDR, which is a nice touch, and has a full array local dimming feature, although this doesn't add much as it isn't very good. Dark room performance is a bit better than average, as the monitor has a very good native contrast ratio, but poor black uniformity.
Unfortunately, the VA type panel limits the CHG70's viewing angles, compared with the more common IPS panels used in most popular monitors. Overall, it is a very good monitor that should please most users, and it is also available in a 32" size.
If you prefer a larger screen, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best curved ultrawide monitor that we have reviewed so far. This 34" curved monitor delivers a truly immersive experience, with wide viewing angles, a fast 100 Hz refresh rate, and Nvidia G-Sync support.
The 34", 3440x1440 screen is outstanding for multitasking, as it allows you to place two nearly full-sized windows open side-by-side. This monitor is great for gaming, with an extremely fast response time, slightly better than the CHG70, and a flicker-free backlight. It also has excellent low input lag, great for a responsive gaming experience where every millisecond matters.
The Samsung CHG70 is better at displaying colors, with better gradient performance and HDR support. But overall, the AW3418DW is a very good ultrawide monitor with great gaming performance and a wide aspect ratio, great for office use.
If you like the Dell Alienware AW3418DW but would prefer something even larger, check out the Dell U3818DW. Whereas the AW3418DW is better for gaming due to G-Sync support and a faster refresh rate, the U3818DW is better suited for office use with the larger, higher resolution screen. The U3818DW also has a slightly more subtle curve, and it has a unique connection system that allows you to connect and control two computers at once, even with only one keyboard and mouse.
If you want a curved monitor and don't need the best picture quality or additional features, the MSI Optix G27C is the best budget curved monitor that we have reviewed so far. It has a standard 1080p resolution and 27" screen, great if you have an older PC and can't run the latest games at higher resolutions. It supports FreeSync and has a very fast 144 Hz refresh rate.
Images look great on the MSI, as it has an excellent color gamut and one of the best color volumes we've measured on any monitor. It also has excellent color volume and good gradient handling. Motion on the G27C isn't quite as good as on more expensive models like the Dell AW3418DW, but the backlight is flicker-free and it has excellent low input lag.
Unfortunately, it has a VA panel, which although it delivers one of the best contrast ratios we have measured on a monitor, it has poor viewing angles and bad black uniformity, so it isn't a great choice for a dark room.
If you want a larger curved monitor on a budget, check out the LG 34UC79G-B. It has a gentle curve but has good viewing angles so this shouldn't cause any issues. The LG has a higher native resolution than the Optix, so the image has a bit more detail and it is easier to multitask. Gamers will love the FreeSync support, great if you have an AMD graphics card, and it has a wider VRR range thanks to the higher 144 Hz refresh rate. It has an excellent backlight, that is normally flicker-free, but has the option to add flicker if you want to improve motion blur. Overall, it is a decent monitor that should please most people.
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.