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 ultrawide monitor for your needs depends on personal preference.
We've tested more than 210 monitors, and below are our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors to buy. See our recommendations for the best large monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
The LG 38WN95C-W is the best ultrawide monitor for office use we've tested; it's very good for office use, with a large, high-resolution screen great for multitasking. It has great connectivity, with a single DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and a USB-C port. The USB-C port supports Thunderbolt 3, supporting higher power delivery and more bandwidth than the more common DisplayPort Alt Mode support found on most USB-C monitors.
It's a very good monitor, especially if your work requires accurate colors or a wide color gamut. It has exceptional gradient handling and excellent gray uniformity, so you don't have to worry about banding. It has perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used by most current web and desktop content and excellent coverage of the wider Adobe RGB color space.
It has great peak brightness, but sadly, it has just okay reflection handling, so direct sunlight might still be an issue. When you're not working, this is also a great monitor for gaming and a very good monitor for watching videos. However, it's not as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity. Overall, it's a great monitor for pretty much anything, and it should please most people.
The best ultrawide monitor we've tested with native FreeSync support for gaming is the LG 34GP83A-B. It's a rather simple gaming monitor with great gaming performance that rivals more expensive options, providing good value for its price. It's fairly well-built, and the 34 inch screen has a slight curve, bringing the edges more within your field of view.
Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides, making it a great choice for co-op gaming. It has native FreeSync support, and if you have an NVIDIA graphics card, it's G-SYNC compatible to reduce screen tearing. Input lag is low for a responsive gaming experience, and it has a very quick response time for smooth motion. You can overclock its 144Hz native refresh rate to 160Hz with a DisplayPort connection.
Unfortunately, its dark room performance isn't good because it has a low contrast that makes blacks look grey, and it lacks a local dimming feature. However, if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around, it gets bright enough to combat glare, but its reflection handling is just okay. The 3440x1440 resolution also helps it display clear text. Overall, it's one of the best ultrawide monitors we've tested.
If you need prefer a super ultrawide screen, then check out the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It has a slower response time than the LG 34GP83A-B, and its VA panel has worse viewing angles, but that means it's much better for dark room gaming. It has a great native contrast ratio, and its good Mini LED local dimming feature helps it display deep blacks with minimal blooming. It has a 240Hz refresh rate and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. The 5120x1440 resolution and 32:9 aspect ratio provide plenty of screen space; this is the equivalent of placing two 27 inch 1440p monitors side-by-side. Sadly, it has HDR issues that make certain games over-brightened, to the point where they're unplayable.
If you're in the market for the best widescreen monitor with native FreeSync support, you should be happy with the LG, but if you want an even larger super ultrawide monitor, then look into the Samsung.
The best ultrawide monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've tested is the LG 34GP950-B. Having variable refresh rate (VRR) support in the form of native G-SYNC is advantageous for those with NVIDIA graphics cards as you can take full advantage of them. It also works with FreeSync, and even though it has a 144Hz native refresh rate, you can overclock it to 180Hz over a DisplayPort connection.
Motion looks incredibly smooth thanks to the outstanding response time, whether you're gaming at its max refresh rate or 60Hz. It doesn't have a backlight strobing feature to improve the appearance of motion, but you shouldn't need it either. Input lag is low for a responsive gaming experience. Like the LG 34GP83A-B, it has a 34 inch screen with a 3440x1440 resolution, delivering an immersive gaming experience, and it has a slightly curved screen so that the edges are more within your field of vision.
Unfortunately, its stand doesn't offer any swivel adjustments, and you can't rotate it in portrait mode either, but that's expected from an ultrawide monitor. It has an IPS panel with a low contrast, so blacks look gray, but that means it has wide viewing angles instead. Overall, it's the best ultrawide monitor with native G-SYNC support.
The best budget ultrawide monitor we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx. Like most 34 inch ultrawides, it has a 3440x1440 resolution and a 21:9 aspect ratio. It's decently well-built, and it comes with a stand that provides a good amount of ergonomic adjustments, including a full 360-degree swivel.
It has a 144Hz refresh rate and an excellent response time, which means fast-moving content looks smooth and clear. Input lag is extremely low, and it has both native FreeSync support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. There's a backlight strobing feature to improve motion clarity, but it isn't usable while VRR is active and might cause image duplication. It's best suited for a moderately lit room since, even though it has good reflection handling, it doesn't get very bright, meaning glare might be an issue.
Unfortunately, it can't display a wide color gamut even though it supports HDR, and its mediocre contrast ratio makes blacks appear gray in the dark. Despite its budget price, there are extra features, like a USB hub with two USB 3.0 ports, a Picture-in-Picture mode, and built-in speakers. The backlight is entirely flicker-free, and there's also a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Nevertheless, it's a great ultrawide gaming monitor that won't break the bank.
Oct 13, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Odyssey G9 with the Odyssey Neo G9 because it's newer and has better local dimming; added the LG 38GN950-B.
Sep 13, 2021: Replaced the LG 38GL950G-B with the LG 34GP950G-B because it's cheaper; added the Dell S3422DWG and Gigabyte G34WQC to Notable Mentions.
Jul 21, 2021: Moved the Dell U3818DW to the Notable Mentions, as it's currently unavailable at a regular price. Moved the LG 38WN95C-W to our main office pick. Refreshed text for clarity.
Jun 18, 2021: Removed Dell U4919DW because it's out of stock. Added LG 38WN95C-W as an alternative to the Dell U3818DW with Thunderbolt 3. Replaced LG 34GN850-B with LG 34GP83A-B because it's hard to find. Removed Gigabyte G34QC and replaced with Samsung Odyssey G9 as 'Super Ultrawide Alternative'. Added Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx as 'Best Budget Ultrawide'.
Apr 20, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best widescreen 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 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.