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. Like anything else, ultrawide monitors aren't all created equal.
We've tested more than 195 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, the best monitors for coding, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
The LG 38WN95C-W is the best ultrawide monitor for office use that we've tested. It's a very good office monitor, with a large, high-resolution screen that's great for multitasking. It has great peak brightness, but sadly, it has just okay reflection handling, so direct sunlight might still be an issue. 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.
This is a very good monitor even 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, and 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.
When you're not working, this is also a great monitor for gaming and a very good monitor for watching videos. It's not as good in a dark room, though, as it has a low contrast ratio and mediocre black uniformity. Overall, though, it's a great monitor for pretty much anything, and it should please most people.
The LG 34GP83A-B is the best ultrawide monitor with native FreeSync support we've tested. It's a 34 inch model with a 21:9 aspect ratio that gives you a wider field of view for a more immersive gaming experience. It uses an IPS panel with decent viewing angles, and it provides good visibility in most lighting conditions. The stand allows for height and tilt adjustments, but it doesn't swivel at all, and it can't rotate to portrait mode due to its format.
It has incredible motion handling. It has a 144Hz refresh rate that you can overclock up to 160Hz as well as exceptionally fast response times, resulting in smooth motion with almost no blur trail. It also supports FreeSync and is certified as G-SYNC compatible to minimize screen tearing. It can display a wide color gamut for HDR content, but it has a low contrast ratio, no local dimming, and its HDR brightness is okay at best, making the overall HDR experience rather underwhelming.
There's a USB hub with two USB 3.0 and a USB-C upstream port, which means you can plug your peripherals directly into the monitor. The backlight is flicker-free, and there's also a blue light filter to provide a more comfortable viewing experience at night. All things considered, this is a great monitor that should please casual and serious gamers alike.
If you want a bigger monitor than the LG 34GP83A-B, check out the Samsung Odyssey G9. It has a 49 inch screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio, giving you an even wider field of view for an incredibly immersive gaming experience. It has a 240Hz refresh rate and good response times, but you need a graphics card that supports Display Stream Compression to achieve the full 240Hz. It uses a VA panel with a decent contrast ratio, and it can deliver a pretty good HDR experience thanks to its wide gamut support and high peak brightness. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best option for playing co-op.
For most people, the LG should be big enough, and even though it has a lower refresh rate, it has much better response times. However, if you want a super ultrawide for the best immersion, then go with the Samsung.
The LG 38GL950G-B is the best ultrawide monitor with native G-SYNC support we've tested. It's a great gaming monitor, with a high refresh rate, outstanding response time, and of course low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience. The 38 inch high-resolution screen and 21:9 aspect ratio delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience but is pretty taxing on computer resources, so you'll definitely want a recent high-end NVIDIA graphics card to get the most out of it.
It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be too much of an issue. Thanks to the IPS panel, it has wide viewing angles, great for sharing the screen with someone else, and has excellent colors, with perfect coverage of the sRGB color space used by most games. It also supports HDR, but this doesn't add that much, as it's not bright enough for a true cinematic HDR experience.
Unfortunately, due to the low contrast ratio, the LG isn't as good for dark room viewing. The stand also has limited ergonomics, but this is somewhat normal for monitors of this size. Overall, it's a great monitor for pretty much any usage, and it delivers a great gaming experience.
The best budget ultrawide monitor we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx. Like most 34 inch ultrawides, it has a 3440 x 1440 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's best suited for a moderately lit room because even though it has good reflection handling, it doesn't get very bright, so glare might be an issue.
It has a 144Hz refresh rate and excellent response times, 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 Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity, but it isn't usable while VRR is active and might cause some image duplication.
Despite its budget price, there are quite a few 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. 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. Nevertheless, it's a great ultrawide gaming monitor that won't break the bank.
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.
Feb 19, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 with Dell U4919DW, replaced Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx with LG 34GN850-B, replaced Dell Alienware AW3420DW with LG 38GL950G-B.
Dec 22, 2020: 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'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.