The desire to reach new levels of productivity has led to the advent of a new class of monitor: 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 as well, as they deliver a more immersive gaming experience. Like anything else, ultrawide monitors aren't all created equal.
We've reviewed more than 100 monitors so far and below are our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors to buy in 2020. See our recommendations for the best large monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, the best monitors for coding, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
The best ultrawide monitor we've tested so far is the Dell U3818DW. It's a curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a great 3840x1600 resolution that allows it to display most of your work or gaming arena, minimizing the need for scrolling. The monitor supports both Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, which is great for multitasking using two PCs. Its ergonomics, considering the size, allow you to position the monitor comfortably by letting you adjust the height and swivel to your liking. This monitor has a decent overall picture quality and the image remains accurate even when you sit up close so you can immerse yourself into your gaming. It's more suitable for most bright rooms, as it can handle reflections well and can get decently bright to fight glare.
This is a flicker-free monitor with a great response time that displays fast-moving content with only little blur and a very low input lag that'll please most gamers. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and blacks look gray when in a dark room, like with most IPS monitors. Also, the monitor lacks support for any variable refresh rate technology, which might be disappointing to some demanding gamers.
Overall, however, this is the best ultrawide monitor and delivers good performance in most uses.
If you prefer having an even wider monitor, then check out the 49 inch Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. It doesn't have good viewing angles like the Dell U3818DW, but the massive 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120x1440 resolution allows for plenty of screen real estate to work with. The VA panel gives it a decent contrast ratio with a local dimming feature that further deepens any blacks. It has an excellent SDR color gamut with great coverage of the Adobe RGB color space used in photo editing, and it supports a wide color gamut for HDR content. Unfortunately, the stand doesn't allow for a wide range of tilt or swivel adjustments, but on the upside, this monitor can get bright to combat glare in most brightly-lit rooms like an office environment.
If you're looking for the best ultrawide monitor, look into the Dell, but if you want an even bigger screen, consider the Samsung.
The best ultrawide G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R. It's a very good gaming monitor, and although the native refresh rate of 100Hz might be a bit low for some serious gamers, it can be overclocked to 120Hz. The G-SYNC support allows the monitor to have a wide range of refresh rates, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Gamers will appreciate the incredibly low input lag and the excellent response time, producing clear motion, but unfortunately there's no black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur.
This monitor has a 34 inch, 3440x1440 resolution screen with good viewing angles, so you can share your screen with others or sit up close without losing image accuracy. Unfortunately, as is the case with most IPS panels, the contrast ratio is mediocre so blacks look closer to gray in dark rooms. It doesn't support HDR content, but still has an excellent SDR color gamut and it can display a wide range of colors in the sRGB color space used in most content.
Overall, this is a great gaming monitor, making it the best ultrawide G-SYNC monitor we've tested so far.
If you usually play games at night with the lights out, then check out the Acer Predator Z35P. You won't get the wide viewing angles found on the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R, but on the upside, you'll be getting a good 35 inch monitor that'll keep you happy in most uses. It delivers a decent overall picture quality, with deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high contrast ratio.
If you sit straight in front and usually game in a dark room, get the Acer. Otherwise, get the Dell, which is a better overall monitor.
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best FreeSync ultrawide gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It has all the features of a great gaming monitor without the price premium of a G-SYNC variant. Excellent motion handling, excellent response time, outstanding low input lag, and the optional black frame insertion all contribute to a great gaming experience, where fast-moving objects are clear with minimal blur.
Like most IPS monitors, viewing angles are good; great for co-op gaming or if you like to sit close to the monitor. It has very good peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare in a bright room shouldn't be an issue. HDR support is also present but doesn't improve the image quality all that much. LG also provides a decent selection of ports, including a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and a USB 3.0 hub. The monitor sports a somewhat overused color scheme of red on black typical of gaming monitors; however, the red accents are mostly on the back and are fairly subtle.
Unfortunately, this monitor isn't a great choice for gaming in a dark room, though. The low contrast ratio causes blacks to look gray, and it has bad black uniformity. Overall, it's a great gaming monitor and is the best FreeSync ultrawide gaming monitor.
If you find the LG 34GK950F-B too expensive for you, get the LG 34UC79G-B. Despite the cheaper price, this monitor still delivers a great overall gaming experience, with excellent motion handling and outstanding low input lag. It also supports FreeSync for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It has a lower native resolution than the other LG, though, as well as slightly worse reflection handling.
Overall, the 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested so far, but if you want something cheaper and don't mind compromising on reflection handling, the 34UC79G-B is a great alternative.
03/13/2020: Updated text for clarity, added Philips Momentum and Samsung CHG90 to notable mentions.
01/15/2020: Updated some text to enhance clarity.
11/11/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best widescreen 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 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.