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 are not all created equal.
We've reviewed 68 monitors so far and below are our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors to buy in 2019. See our recommendations for the best large monitors, the best monitors for photo editing, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
The Dell U3818DW is the best ultrawide monitor that we've tested so far. The 38", 3840x1600 resolution is excellent for multitasking, and it supports both Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture; this is great if you usually work on two computers, as you can see both screens at once. This monitor even has a unique set of connections that allows you to control both at once, with a single keyboard and mouse.
This monitor has a sleek look with a compact stand that can easily be adjusted to an ideal viewing position. It delivers decent picture quality and has very good viewing angles, perfect for sharing your work with someone nearby. This monitor also has decent motion handling, with a great response time, but doesn't support any advanced gaming features, and has a limited 60Hz refresh rate.
Unfortunately, this monitor has noticeable motion smearing, which may be distracting when playing games or watching movies, and it can't produce deep blacks for dark room viewing. Overall, though, it is a good monitor for most uses, and a truly great ultrawide office monitor.
If you like the versatility of the Dell U3818DW but would prefer an even larger monitor, check out the Dell U4919DW. Overall, this monitor is very similar to the smaller Dell, but with a much larger, and much more immersive, 49", 5120x1440 screen. This provides a massive amount of screen real estate, which is great for multitasking. The stand is understandably a bit less versatile, but other than that these two monitors are extremely similar.
If you want better gaming performance than the Dell U3818DW, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best ultrawide gaming monitor that we've tested so far. This is a great gaming monitor, with wide viewing angles, an excellent 3440x1440 resolution, and a fast 100Hz refresh rate that delivers clear motion with little blur thanks to the excellent native response time.
This monitor also supports NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, ensuring a consistently tear-free gaming experience. It doesn't have as many inputs as the U3818DW, and doesn't support Picture-in-Picture or Picture-beside-Picture modes, which may be disappointing if you're looking for a more versatile monitor for a home office.
Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS monitors, this monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room due to the poor black uniformity. Overall, though, it is the best widescreen monitor for gaming.
If you like the Dell AW3418DW, but like to play games in a dark room, the Acer Predator Z35P is the best dark room alternative we've tested so far. This is a great gaming monitor, with a fast response time, extremely low input lag, and support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. It looks much better in a dark room, thanks to the good native contrast ratio. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look as good when viewed at an angle, so it isn't as good as the Dell if you share your screen.
If you're looking for a great gaming monitor that works with FreeSync support, check out the LG 34UC79G-B. This 34" ultrawide monitor delivers great gaming performance, thanks to the fast 144Hz refresh rate, optional black frame insertion feature, and low input lag. It supports FreeSync, which is great, and is even compatible with NVIDIA's new Adaptive Sync feature, but only over DisplayPort.
This monitor has great wide viewing angles, perfect for side-by-side co-op games, and it has a great selection of inputs, so you can easily hook up your PC and a console or two and keep your controllers charged with the included USB hub.
Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has poor black uniformity. It also can't get very bright, so room choice is an important consideration before choosing this monitor. Overall, though, it is a good ultrawide gaming monitor that should please most people.
If the LG 34UC79G-B is still too expensive for you, get the LG 29UM69G-B; it is the best budget ultrawide monitor. Visually, this monitor is very similar to the more expensive LG, but with a smaller, 29" screen. Under the hood, it is a little more limited, as it has a maximum 75Hz refresh rate and isn't curved. The stand is worse, and the height can't be adjusted. Unfortunately, it has horrible black uniformity and isn't a good choice for dark room viewing.
Overall, while it isn't a great ultrawide monitor, it is very cheap. If you want a large screen for occasional office work in a decently lit room, this monitor is an okay choice.
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.