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 110 monitors so far, 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, the best monitors for coding, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
The best ultrawide monitor we've tested so far is the Dell U3818DW. Not only does this monitor provide ample screen space for multitasking, but it also comes with great features to help keep your workstation clean. It has a 38 inch screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, which allows you to have multiple windows opened side-by-side. Its IPS panel has great viewing angles and the screen is slightly curved to further improve visibility on the sides. It can't rotate to portrait mode due to its ultrawide format, but it offers a good amount of height, tilt, and swivel adjustments. Its peak brightness is decent, so visibility shouldn't be an issue unless you're in a very bright room.
Out-of-the-box, this monitor has excellent color accuracy. It has full coverage of the sRGB color space, but its Adobe RGB coverage isn't quite good enough for professional work. Its 10-bit panel has exceptional gradient handling and there are no signs of color bleed at all. Unfortunately, its slow response time results in visible motion blur in fast-moving scenes, and the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. Also, it doesn't support any VRR technology, which might be disappointing for those looking to do some gaming on the side.
There's a total of four USB 3.0 ports and a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt mode. This allows you to display an image from a compatible device and charge the device at the same time with a single cable. There's also a PIcture-in-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources at once, which eliminates the need for a second monitor. It comes with integrated speakers and the backlight is flicker-free. On the whole, although it isn't well-suited for gaming, this is a good ultrawide monitor that should fit well in any office setting.
If you find the Dell U3818DW still too small, then check out the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. It has a massive 49 inch screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio. This comes out to the same as two 27 inch 16:9 monitors placed side-by-side, but without any bezels in between. This monitor uses a VA panel that has narrower viewing angles; however, the screen is also curved to make it easier to see the sides. It has much better coverage of the Adobe RGB color space, and it can display a wide color gamut to deliver a great HDR experience. It has a high peak brightness that makes it suitable for any lighting conditions and it has very good reflection handling. Response time is fast, it has a 120Hz refresh rate, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, making it a good option for gaming. It has a Picture-in-Picture mode as well, which is a great feature for those working on two computers at once.
For most people, the Dell is big enough and is a better choice, as its IPS panel has better viewing angles, and it has USB-C connectivity. However, if you need even more screen real estate, the Samsung is a good alternative that can also double as your gaming monitor.
The best ultrawide G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R. This is an IPS monitor with a curved screen, wide viewing angles, and an excellent build quality that feels very sturdy.
This monitor has a 100Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked to 120Hz, and it has native G-SYNC support to reduce screen tearing. Images look detailed thanks to its 1440p resolution, and its fast response time results in very little blur trail in fast-moving scenes. There are four USB 3.0 ports on this monitor to plug in other peripherals or to charge your mobile devices. There are also some extra features that can be useful for some, such as a frame rate counter overlay and a display alignment tool to help with multi-monitor setups.
Like most IPS panels, this monitor's contrast ratio is low and has poor black uniformity, which is disappointing for those who like to game in the dark. However, it does have great reflection handling, and it can get bright enough to fight glare in most well-lit rooms. It has decent color accuracy out of the box, but unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR. Overall, this is the best ultrawide G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested so far.
If you're looking for a G-SYNC monitor with better dark room performance, the Acer Predator Z35P is a good choice. Besides not having the good viewing angles found on the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R, its motion handling is also worse, but fast-moving objects still look good. It's able to produce deeper blacks with its VA panel, it has more accurate out-of-box colors, and it has a slightly better SDR color gamut and color volume. It also has built-in speakers and good gaming features like three types of crosshairs that can be added and a dark boost to see others hiding in shadows. Like the Dell, the Acer doesn't support HDR.
If you're looking for the best G-SYNC ultrawide gaming monitor, then look into the Dell, but if you want something with a VA panel for better dark room performance, check out the Acer.
The best FreeSync ultrawide gaming monitor we've reviewed so far is the LG 34GN850-B. This is a 34 inch monitor from LG's line of UltraGear gaming monitors, with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 1440p resolution. It features a curved IPS panel, mounted on a decently-built, albeit full plastic frame. Due to the monitor's format and curvature, it can't rotate to portrait mode, and the lack of swivel adjustment is a bit disappointing. It gets bright enough for a moderately-lit room but struggles to overcome glare in very bright environments. It's not the best choice for dark rooms, as its low contrast ratio makes blacks look gray, which is typical of most IPS panels.
What makes this monitor stand out is its superb motion handling. It has a 144Hz refresh rate than can be overclocked to 160Hz, and its lightning-fast response time results in very little motion blur. It supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing and is also certified to be G-SYNC compatible. It delivers a decent HDR experience, and it even comes with a well-calibrated sRGB mode, which is great for those who care about accurate color reproduction.
There are a couple of extra features that can be useful for some, such as the ability to put a crosshair on the screen for shooter games, and a black stabilizer feature to help you see objects in dark scenes. Also, it has a flicker-free backlight that can help reduce eye strain during those long gaming sessions. All in all, this is a great gaming monitor that should satisfy most gamers.
If you find the LG 34GN850-B a tad too expensive, then take a look at the LG 34UC79G-B. Of course, there are a few compromises with this monitor, such as its lower 1080p resolution, the lack of HDR support, and its significantly lower peak brightness. Otherwise, you're still getting a monitor with a 144H refresh rate, excellent response time, and FreeSync support. Additionally, its IPS panel has wide viewing angles, the backlight is flicker-free, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature that can help improve motion clarity.
For the best gaming experience, the 34GN850-B performs better overall and has more features. However, if you're on a tight budget, the 34UC79G-B is also a very good choice, as long as you're okay with a few compromises.
08/04/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
06/05/2020: Replaced LG 34GK950F-B with LG 34GN850-B.
03/13/2020: Added Philips Momentum and Samsung CHG90 to notable mentions.
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 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.