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 95 monitors so far, and below you'll find our picks for the best curved monitors that are available for purchase in 2020. 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 CHG70. The 1440p monitor has good out-of-box color accuracy and it has a wide color gamut for HDR content. Gamers will appreciate the incredibly low input lag, fantastic response time, and the support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
This monitor also has a good contrast ratio, and although the black uniformity is bad, there's a local dimming feature to help darken parts of the screen during dark scenes. It still may not be the best monitor for dark room viewing, but in bright rooms, it handles reflections well and can get fairly bright to help combat glare. Unfortunately, as is the case with most VA panels, the viewing angles are disappointing, and it has a limited swivel range, so it's probably not a good monitor if you need to share your screen with others. However, the gray uniformity is excellent, so uniform colors, such as those on web pages, will look great.
The large screen provides plenty of real estate and it's available in 27 and 32 inch models. Overall, this is the best curved monitor we've tested so far.
If you need a larger monitor than the Samsung CHG70, check out the LG 34UC79G-B. You won't get the Samsung's dark room performance, and there's no support for HDR. On the upside, the LG is significantly larger than the Samsung and is more comfortable to game or work on, and maintains an accurate image on the sides when you sit up close thanks to its IPS panel. Unfortunately, despite its larger size, its resolution is only 2560x1080, which might be a deal-breaker for some.
For the best curved monitor, get the Samsung; otherwise, the LG is a great alternative for those who prefer the comfort of larger pixels and don't mind scrolling more often.
The best curved ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the LG 34GK950F-B. The decent picture quality, the outstanding motion handling, the exceptionally low input lag, the 21:9 aspect ratio, and the 1800R curve immerse you into an impressive gaming experience. This monitor can get bright enough for most rooms, and thanks to its wide viewing angles you can sit as close as you like and the image will remain accurate at the sides. Fast-moving content has almost no blur thanks to the fast response time and the backlight is flicker-free. Finally, the monitor supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and is compatible with NVIDIA's new Adaptive Sync drivers over DisplayPort when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card.
Unfortunately, just like most IPS monitors, blacks look gray in a dark room due to the low contrast ratio and there's some backlight bleed, which will be noticeable in dark scenes.
Overall, this is an impressive curved ultrawide gaming monitor.
Although the LG 34GK950F-B works with recent NVIDIA graphics cards, if you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA card, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R is the best G-SYNC alternative. It has a slightly lower refresh rate than the LG and it doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature, but overall it delivers a great overall gaming experience. This monitor has an excellent response time, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
Overall, the LG is the best curved ultrawide monitor for gaming, but if you want the most out of your NVIDIA card and don't need the black frame insertion feature, the Dell is the best G-SYNC alternative.
If you want an even wider curved screen, then consider the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. Its 120Hz refresh rate doesn't match up to the 144Hz on the LG 34GK950F-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 will enjoy the outstanding 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 very good 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.
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. On the upside, it has low input lag and supports FreeSync, even when connected to an NVIDIA graphics card, thanks to NVIDIA's Adaptive Sync drivers, making it a good budget monitor for gaming.
While its 1080p resolution and 72Hz refresh rate may not please more demanding users, it's a satisfactory curved monitor for those on a budget and provides excellent value for the price.
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.
03/09/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.