Large monitors are great for work and gaming. They offer more room to multitask, making it easier to see more of your project at once or place multiple windows side-by-side, and they also deliver a more immersive gaming experience. Ultrawide monitors in this size category are available in 34, 38, 40, and 49-inch screen sizes, meaning you can get the right size for your needs. There are also 42 and 48-inch OLED monitors that are like small TVs, but only get those if you have the space and prefer a 16:9 aspect ratio.
We've bought and tested over 270 monitors, and below you'll find our picks for the best 34 to 49-inch monitors available. See our recommendations for the best ultrawide monitors, the best ultrawide gaming monitors, and or if you want something smaller, the best 32-inch monitors.
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is the best monitor with a 49-inch screen that we've tested. Monitors of this size are known as super ultrawide displays because they have a 32:9 aspect ratio. With a 5120x1440 resolution, it's the equivalent of placing two 27-inch, 1440p monitors side-by-side. It's great if you have a multi-monitor setup and don't want to see distracting bezels in between the displays, like when you place a window in the center. While it has an aggressive 1000R curve, it helps bring the edges of the screen within your field of vision so that they don't look washed out when you're sitting in the center.
It uses Mini LED backlighting technology, letting it get bright and make highlights pop in HDR. It also results in a good local dimming feature, meaning it displays deep blacks, so it's a very good choice for watching movies in dark rooms and delivers stunning picture quality. Lastly, it's an excellent gaming monitor because it has a 240Hz refresh rate with a fast response time and low input lag for a responsive feel.
If you want a 49-inch monitor strictly for work, you can save some money by getting the LG 49WL95C-W. It doesn't have any gaming features like the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, meaning it's only a good option if you're going to use it for work. It doesn't get as bright as the Samsung either, so glare can be an issue in rooms with strong light sources, like if you need to place it opposite a bright window, but it has great reflection handling for rooms with moderate amounts of light. Besides that, it has a 5120x1440 resolution, and the text clarity is decent. It also has a subtle 3800R curve, which is enough to bring the edges of the screen within your field of vision, but it isn't aggressive either.
Its extra features to improve your productivity workflow make this monitor good for office use. It has one USB-C input that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode with 85W of power delivery, which is great if you need to connect a laptop and charge it. It also has two USB-A ports that make it easy to connect your peripherals, like your keyboard and mouse.
If you find the 49-inch screen too big, something with a 38-inch screen is a good alternative, like the LG 38WN95C-W. Although it's uncommon in size, a 38-inch monitor is good if you don't want a super ultrawide monitor but still want something bigger than 34 inches while maintaining a 21:9 aspect ratio. It's very similar in features to the LG 49WL95C-W but has a 3840x1600 resolution. This results in a similar pixel density, and the text clarity is a bit better on the 38WN95C-W. However, with a smaller screen, there's less space to view all your work at once.
It has a USB-C input that supports Thunderbolt 3, allowing you to display an image from a source like your laptop and charge it using a single cable. There are two USB 3.0 inputs to charge your devices during work. It also has a Picture-by-Picture mode, meaning you can display images from two sources, which is great for productivity. It even gets brighter than the 49WL95C-W, meaning it's a better choice if you want to use it in a well-lit room.
While 38-inch and 49-inch monitors offer the most screen space, there are plenty more options with a 34-inch screen size. If you're interested in that, the Dell Alienware AW3423DW is a great option. Although it has a smaller screen and lower resolution than the LG 38WN95C-W, it delivers better overall picture quality thanks to its QD-OLED panel. This type of panel displays perfect blacks, resulting in deep black levels when using it in a dark room. It also displays a wide range of colors for a vivid HDR experience.
If you're looking for the best 34-inch gaming monitor, you'll be happy to know it provides excellent gaming performance. Motion looks extremely smooth, thanks to its near-instantaneous response time. It has a fast 175Hz refresh rate with native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, which is ideal if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is nearly the same monitor, with its native FreeSync support, which is great if you have an AMD graphics card, so choosing one over the other comes down to which graphics card you have. However, OLEDs are prone to burn-in, so these monitors perform best for gaming and not general work use.
If you're looking for something cheaper, the Gigabyte M34WQ is a good alternative in the mid-range price category, and you can sometimes find it on sale. It's different from the Dell Alienware AW3423DW because it doesn't have a QD-OLED panel that delivers perfect blacks, so the picture quality is worse overall. It also has a slower response time and a lower 144Hz refresh rate. It means it isn't as good for gaming as the Dell, but it's still a great gaming option. However, it has more productivity features like a built-in USB hub with a USB-C input that can deliver up to 15W of power, which isn't enough to charge a laptop while you're using it.
It has a built-in KVM switch, letting you control and display two sources with a single set of keyboard and mouse. It's especially helpful if you're working from home and want to use your monitor with a work and a personal computer. The monitor also has wide viewing angles and good ergonomics, which is great if you want to share your screen with someone sitting next to you, as they'll see a consistent image from the sides. It doesn't have the risk of burn-in like on the Dell, which is great.
If you want a 34-inch monitor and are on a budget, consider the AOC CU34G2X. While it also has a 3440x1440 resolution and 144Hz refresh rate like the Gigabyte M34WQ, the trade-off for getting something cheaper is that it has fewer productivity features than the Gigabyte, as it lacks a USB-C input and a KVM switch. However, it still has four USB ports, which are great if you want to connect your peripherals or charge your devices. It also has great ergonomics for an ultrawide monitor, as you can easily adjust it.
It has good picture quality for a budget monitor because it displays deep blacks and has good color accuracy, making images look life-like. In terms of its gaming performance, it's good overall with VRR support and low input lag, but it has issues with motion handling as there's black smearing with fast-moving objects. If that's important to you, the Dell S3422DWG has better motion handling but also costs more, so if you're on a tighter budget, it's better to stick with the AOC.
Apr 17, 2023: Removed the LG 34GP950G-B because it's expensive and added the LG 49WL95C-W as 'Best 49-Inch Office Monitor'; added the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8/G85SB S34BG85 and LG 45GR95QE-B to Notable Mentions.
Feb 13, 2023: Replaced the Dell S3422DWG with the AOC CU34G2X because you can often find it for cheaper.
Dec 15, 2022: Replaced the AOC CU34G2X with the Dell S3422DWG for consistency with other articles and restructured the order of the picks to move from the 49-inch category down to the 34-inch category.
Oct 18, 2022: Renamed the Dell Alienware AW3423DW as the 'Best 34-Inch Monitor' for consistency with other articles and renamed the Gigabyte M34WQ as the 'Best Mid-Range'; added the LG 34GP950G-B; replaced the Dell S3422DWG with the cheaper AOC CU34G2X for consistency; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Jul 18, 2022: Added the Dell Alienware AW3423DW as the 'Best 34-Inch Gaming Monitor' and renamed the Dell S3422DWG as the 'Best 34-Inch Budget Monitor'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best monitors with a 34-inch and bigger screen 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 the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our reviews of 34-inch-plus monitors. 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.