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're sitting close to a large screen.
We've tested over 130 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best curved monitors that are available for purchase. Also, make sure to check out our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The best curved monitor that we've tested 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.
It uses a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio to produce deep and inky blacks. It can get bright enough for use in any room setting and has a matte coating that handles reflections well. Response time is excellent; however, it's recommended to play at its 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. 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.
If you prefer a monitor whose 144Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 165Hz, the Dell S3220DGF is a great choice. It has a slower response time at its max refresh rate than the Samsung CHG70, but instead, its response at 60Hz is much quicker, resulting in less motion blur. It has native FreeSync support, and it has a really low input lag. Like any model with a VA panel, it displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark, and it performs fairly well in bright rooms too because it has decent brightness and reflection handling. HDR content looks alright too because it gets fairly bright, and it displays a wide color gamut. Sadly, it doesn't have a Black Frame Insertion feature to clear up motion blur. On the upside, it's a good choice for content creators because it has great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space.
All in all, the Samsung is the best curved monitor that we've tested, but if you want something with a 165Hz max refresh rate, check out the Dell.
The best curved monitor with an ultrawide screen for gaming is the LG 34GN850-B. It's an impressive gaming model with a high refresh rate and 1440p resolution, giving you an immersive gaming experience. It has a decent build quality, but its ergonomics are poor, as it lacks swivel adjustment. It can't rotate to portrait mode either, although that's expected due to its ultrawide format. It gets pretty bright, so you shouldn't have any visibility issues in well-lit environments.
It has exceptional response time at its max refresh rate of 160Hz, even better than some 240Hz monitors. Motion looks incredibly clear, and the response time is also excellent at 60Hz, making it a good choice for console gaming. It has native FreeSync support and is certified as G-SYNC compatible. It has an incredibly low input lag, and even though it's a bit higher when playing at 60Hz compared to others, it shouldn't be an issue for most people.
Unfortunately, its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look grayish in the dark. On the upside, it has wide viewing angles, great color accuracy, and superb gradient handling. It has two USB 3.0 ports to charge your mobile devices and supports HDR. 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 model with a 120Hz refresh rate. The response time is excellent, and even at 60Hz, the response time is great, resulting in clear motion. It 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 something with native G-SYNC support, check out the Dell.
The best curved monitor with a super ultrawide screen that we've tested is the Samsung C49RG9. It's a well-rounded model with a 49 inch screen that's the equivalent of placing two 27 inch monitors side-by-side. It has a 32:9 aspect ratio and a 5120x1440 resolution, which is ideal for multitasking as you can open many windows at once.
It performs well both in bright and dark rooms. With its VA panel, it has a decent contrast ratio, and its local dimming feature improves it a bit, although local dimming isn't very effective at zone transitions because it only has about ten dimming zones. It gets extremely bright, easily enough to combat glare, and it has good reflection handling, so it performs well even in the brightest of rooms. Gamers should enjoy its 120Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, low input lag, and quick response time that remains fast even when playing at 60Hz.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, so the screen's left and right edges may appear darker. The curved screen helps with that issue, but it isn't perfect. Fortunately, HDR looks great because it has great coverage of the commonly-used DCI P3 color space, and it gets bright enough to truly bring out highlights. All in all, this is one of the best curved monitors if you're looking for a super ultrawide.
The best budget curved monitor we've tested is the AOC CQ27G2. It's an overall decent model that delivers great gaming performance at an affordable price. It has a good build quality and a design that isn't overly gamer-oriented, so it shouldn't stick out in a professional work environment. Its VA panel has poor viewing angles, but the screen's curvature helps maintain image accuracy at the sides. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, making it a better fit for a dark to moderately-lit room.
Its great motion handling is well-suited for fast-paced games. Motion blur is minimal thanks to its quick response time and Black Frame Insertion feature, and it has a 144Hz refresh rate and low input lag to provide incredible responsiveness. It has native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience. There's no HDR support, although it's somewhat expected of a monitor in this price range.
There aren't many extra features. You can make objects more visible in dark scenes with its Shadow Boost feature and add a virtual crosshair for shooter games. The backlight is flicker-free, which is great for helping reduce eye strain. All in all, it's a good, wallet-friendly choice for those shopping on a tight budget.
11/03/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
09/04/2020: Replaced the LG 34UC79G-B with the Dell S3220DGF; replaced the Samsung CF398 with the AOC CQ27G2; moved the Samsung C49RG9 to a main pick.
07/07/2020: Replaced the 34GK950F-B with the 34GN850-B and the Alienware AW3418DW with the AW3420DW.
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.