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The 5 Best Ultrawide Monitors - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best Ultrawide Monitors

The desire to reach new productivity levels has led to the advent of a new class of monitors: ultrawide. These large, widescreen monitors offer the ultimate in office productivity, allowing you to place two or more full-screen windows side-by-side without the need for a multi-monitor setup. These ultrawide monitors have become popular with gamers and deliver a more immersive gaming experience. Ultrawide monitors aren't all created equal, so finding the best monitor with an ultrawide aspect ratio for your needs depends on personal preference.

We've tested more than 225 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors to buy. See our picks for the best large monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.


  1. Best Ultrawide Monitor

    The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best monitor with an ultrawide screen we've tested. It's a versatile option with great extra features for both gaming and office work. The wide viewing angles make it easy to share your screen with someone else, and its stand offers swivel, height, and tilt adjustments, meaning you can easily place the screen in an ideal viewing position. Visibility isn't an issue in bright rooms, thanks to its great peak brightness and impressive reflection handling.

    It has a great selection of additional features, including a built-in keyboard video and mouse switch (KVM). It's a great addition if you're currently working from home and have a work and personal computer on the same desk, as you can display and control both sources at once with a single monitor, keyboard, and mouse. It also has a built-in USB hub, meaning you can leave your mouse and keyboard connected to the monitor, and it supports USB-C, which is great if you have a recent MacBook.

    Unfortunately, its dark room performance leaves a lot to be desired. It has a low contrast ratio that makes blacks look gray, and while it displays a wide color gamut, it doesn't get bright in HDR. Colors are oversaturated out of the box, so it's not ideal if your work requires accurate colors. Despite these limitations, it's a great monitor overall.

    See our review

  2. Best Ultrawide HDR Gaming Monitor

    The Dell S3422DWG is the best ultrawide HDR gaming monitor we've tested. It delivers a great gaming experience, with a good response time at the max refresh rate, low input lag, and a fast refresh rate. Its ultrawide, 21:9 aspect ratio and gently curved screen deliver an incredibly immersive gaming experience. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which helps reduce screen tearing.

    It's one of the best monitors on the market for HDR. It has a high native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity, and it can display a wide color gamut, so HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It's bright enough in HDR for small highlights to stand out when gaming, but sadly, it lacks a local dimming feature to help small highlights stand out even more.

    Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it's not the best choice for co-op gaming on the same screen. Although it natively supports FreeSync, it also works with NVIDIA graphics card and the G-SYNC Compatible mode. Sadly, there's some distracting flicker with G-SYNC when the framerate drops below 60fps. Overall, it's a very good monitor for most uses, and it's the best widescreen monitor for gaming that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

    The LG 34GP950G-B is the best ultrawide G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested. It's an impressive gaming monitor with an outstanding response time, resulting in crystal-clear motion at any refresh rate. Thanks to its built-in G-SYNC module, it supports variable overdrive when used with an NVIDIA graphics card, resulting in a visually consistent, tear-free gaming experience. Of course, like all good gaming monitors, it also has low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience.

    It looks great in brighter viewing environments, as it has impressive peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue. The 21:9 aspect ratio and gently curved screen deliver an extremely immersive gaming experience, and it has wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for co-op gaming.

    Unfortunately, it's not a good choice for a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray and cloudy in the dark. As long as there's some ambient light, it's a great monitor overall.

    See our review

  4. Best Super Ultrawide Monitor

    The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is the best super ultrawide monitor we've tested. This massive 49 inch display is the equivalent of two 27 inch, 1440p displays placed side-by-side. Combined with its aggressive 1000R curve, this delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience, filling your entire field of view and making it feel like you're in the game. It's also impressive for multitasking and office use, as you can comfortably work with many windows open at once.

    It uses a Mini LED backlight, allowing for much higher peak brightness than other monitors and much finer control of the backlight zones. It results in the best local dimming feature of any monitor we've tested. It has incredibly low input lag, a fast refresh rate, and a good response time, resulting in an excellent gaming experience. It's also one of the best HDR displays on the market, thanks to its excellent peak brightness in HDR, wide color gamut, and great contrast ratio.

    Unfortunately, the large format of this screen isn't ideal, as it makes it difficult to share your screen with someone else. The aggressive curve isn't ideal for content creators, either, as it warps straight lines. Despite these few flaws, it's an impressive monitor overall.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Ultrawide Monitor

    The Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx is the best monitor with an ultrawide aspect ratio in the budget category we've tested. It's a very good monitor, with a large, high-resolution screen, a fast refresh rate, and a few great gaming features. It has surprisingly good ergonomics, so you can easily adjust it to an ideal viewing position, and it's bright enough to overcome glare in moderately lit rooms. It also has great connectivity, including a built-in USB hub, and it supports both picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture modes.

    It's great for gaming, with an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in very clear motion with almost no noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. It also has exceptionally low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which helps reduce screen tearing in some games.

    Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it displays HDR content poorly, with a very low peak brightness and a bad HDR color gamut. It's also not a great choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast, so blacks look gray in a dark room. These limitations are expected from a budget monitor, though, and overall, it's a very good display.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell UltraSharp U4021QW: The Dell UltraSharp U4021QW is a great ultrawide monitor with a 5k resolution. It has a larger screen and higher resolution than the Gigabyte M34WQ, but it's also significantly more expensive, and it's harder to find. See our review
  • LG 34GP83A-B: The LG 34GP83A-B is a great ultrawide FreeSync gaming monitor, but it has much worse reflection handling than the Dell S3422DWG, and it's not as feature-rich. See our review
  • Gigabyte G34WQC: The Gigabyte G34WQC is a cheaper version of the Gigabyte M34WQ with a VA panel instead of IPS, so it has better dark room performance. However, it also has fewer features, and the M34WQ is better. See our review
  • LG 38GN950-B: The LG 38GN950-B is a great gaming monitor with a bigger 38 inch screen than the Dell S3422DWG, but it costs a lot more and is not worth the price increase. See our review
  • Dell AW3821DW: The Dell Alienware AW3821DW is a great G-SYNC gaming monitor with a 38 inch screen, but it's hard to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 06, 2022: Moved the LG 34GP950G-B to its own category as the 'Best Ultrawide G-SYNC Gaming Monitor'. Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  2. Mar 09, 2022: Replaced the LG 38WN95C-W with the Gigabyte M34WQ as 'Best Ultrawide Office Monitor'. Moved the Dell S3422DWG to the 'Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitor' and moved the LG 34GP950G-B to 'G-SYNC Alternative'. Moved the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 to 'Best Super Ultrawide Monitor'.

  3. Jan 11, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

  4. Dec 10, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Gigabyte M34WQ and the Dell S3422DWG with the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B to be consistent with other recommendations; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. Nov 10, 2021: Added the Dell S3422DWG as 'Dark Room Alternative' in the budget category because it's great for gaming; added the Samsung Odyssey G5 LC34G55T to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors with an ultrawide aspect ratio 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 ultrawide 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.

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