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The 6 Best Ultrawide Monitors - Winter 2022 Reviews

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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 220 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 For Office: LG 38WN95C-W

    7.9
    Office
    Size 38"
    Resolution 3840x1600
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    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 that makes it easier to work with multiple windows open side-by-side. It also has great connectivity and support for picture-by-picture mode, so you can see and work with two sources at once, great if you're working from home and have separate work and personal computers.

    It looks great in most viewing environments, and it can easily overcome glare, great for bright office settings. The image remains accurate at an angle, so you can easily share your screen with someone else. It's great for work that requires accurate colors, as it's very accurate out of the box, and it has an excellent SDR color gamut, with complete coverage of the standard sRGB color space. It also has fantastic gradient handling, with almost no noticeable banding in areas of similar colors.

    Unfortunately, it's not good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity. It's also hard to find at the moment, but if you can find it, it's a great monitor for pretty much anything, and it should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Best FreeSync Ultrawide Gaming Monitor: Gigabyte M34WQ

    8.5
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The Gigabyte M34WQ is the best ultrawide monitor we've tested for gaming with native FreeSync support. It's a versatile option with features for both gaming and office work, and it's a great choice overall. The native FreeSync support helps reduce screen tearing, and it's also G-SYNC compatible with NVIDIA graphics cards.

    The 144Hz refresh rate helps deliver an excellent gaming performance, and it has a quick response time at its max refresh rate for smooth motion. It also has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and you won't notice any delay. The wide viewing angles make it a great choice for co-op gaming, and its stand offers swivel, height, and tilt adjustments, meaning you can place the screen in an ideal viewing position.

    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. It has a few extra features like Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture modes and a USB-C input, so you can connect a device like a laptop and reply to messages while you're also gaming. Overall, it's one of the best ultrawide monitors we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Super Ultrawide Alternative: Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you prefer something with an even wider aspect ratio, check out the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It has a slower response time than the Gigabyte M34WQ, and its VA panel has worse viewing angles, but that means it's much better for dark room gaming. It's one of the best monitors on the market for dark room gaming, with a great native contrast ratio, and its good Mini LED local dimming feature helps it display deep blacks with minimal blooming in dark scenes. The 5120x1440 resolution and 32:9 aspect ratio is the equivalent of placing two 27 inch 1440p monitors side-by-side. Combined with its aggressive 1000R curve radius, it delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience. It's also great for HDR gaming, but you need to make sure you update it to the latest firmware; otherwise, there are issues with its HDR performance.

    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, look into the Samsung.

    See our review

  4. Best Ultrawide G-SYNC Gaming Monitor: LG 34GP950G-B

    8.4
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    180 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    G-SYNC

    The best ultrawide monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've tested is the LG 34GP950-B. It has native support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC ULTIMATE variable refresh rate technology, which ensures a consistent gaming experience, even when your computer can't quite keep up with the action in your favorite game. 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. 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 low contrast, meaning blacks look gray, but it has wide viewing angles instead. Overall, it's the best ultrawide monitor with native G-SYNC support.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Ultrawide Monitor: Acer Nitro XV340CK

    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    7.8
    Office
    8.4
    Gaming
    7.7
    Multimedia
    7.8
    Media Creation
    6.7
    HDR Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you're on a budget, then the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx is the best ultrawide monitor 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

  6. Dark Room Alternative: ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B

    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you tend to game in a dark room and prefer something for your usage, then check out the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B. It has a VA panel instead of the IPS panel on the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx, meaning you won't get those wide viewing angles, but it has a high native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks. It has great gaming features with a 165Hz refresh rate and native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and it has low input lag. It has an excellent response time, but like most VA panel monitors, there's black smearing with fast-moving objects. Also, users have reported an issue with flickering with VRR enabled, but we didn't notice that.

    If you're on a budget and want the best ultrawide monitor, the Acer offers good value for its price and performance, but if you prefer something with a VA panel for a better contrast ratio, then check out the ASUS.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Dell S3422DWG: The Dell S3422DWG has a VA panel like the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B, so it has good dark room performance, but it has a lower refresh rate and costs slightly more. See our review
  • 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 LG 38WN95C-W, but it's also 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's not as versatile as the Gigabyte M34WQ because it doesn't have as many features. 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 Gigabyte M34WQ, but it costs a lot more and is not worth the price increase. See our review
  • Samsung LC34G55TWWNXZA: The Samsung Odyssey G5 LC34G55T is an entry-level ultrawide gaming monitor, but it costs more than the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B for worse overall performance, so it's not worth it. See our review
  • Dell AW3821DW: The Dell Alienware AW3821DW is a great G-SYNC gaming monitor with a 38 inch screen like the LG 38GP950G-B, but it's hard to find. See our review

Recent Updates

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

All Reviews

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.

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