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The 5 Best Curved Gaming Monitors - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Curved Gaming Monitors

Curved gaming monitors offer a more immersive gaming experience compared to flat monitors. They do this by bringing the sides of the screen more within your field of view. The radius on curved monitors tells you how aggressive the curve is; a higher number like 1900R means a more subtle curve, while a lower number like 1000R means it has an aggressive curve. Curved monitors are usually ultrawide screens with VA panels, but there are also 27 and 32-inch curved models available, so choosing the right curved monitor depends on your needs and budget.

We've bought and tested more than 260 monitors, and below are our picks for the best curved monitors that you can get for gaming. For more options, see our recommendations for the best curved monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.

  1. Best Curved Gaming Monitor

    The best curved gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's a unique monitor in terms of panel technology because it's the first to use a QD-OLED panel, meaning it delivers perfect black levels in dark rooms like an OLED and delivers a wide range of colors thanks to its quantum dot technology. It means the picture quality is remarkable, and it's outstanding if you like playing HDR games. Highlights pop and colors look vivid, and the 21:9 aspect ratio and 1800R curve deliver an immersive gaming experience as you can see more of your game at once.

    On top of its fantastic picture quality, it's also excellent for gaming as it has a 175Hz refresh rate and it offers a near-instantaneous response time, meaning there's no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Even though its input lag isn't as good as other gaming monitors, it's still low enough for a responsive gaming experience. It also has native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which is great if you want to take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card. There's even an AW3423DWF variant with FreeSync support that costs less, if that's what you prefer.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you want a high-end gaming monitor but don't want the ultrawide screen or the QD-OLED panel of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, then look into the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75. It's different from the Dell because it has a 4k, 32-inch screen, and while it doesn't deliver the same perfect black levels as the Dell, it still has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks. It also has a Mini LED local dimming feature that further improves the picture quality in dark scenes with minimal blooming, which is great if you want to use it for dark room gaming.

    It has an excellent response time across its entire refresh rate range, and it has a backlight strobing feature to further reduce persistence blur. It has a 165Hz refresh rate and native FreeSync VRR support to reduce screen tearing with AMD graphics cards. It doesn't have native G-SYNC VRR support like the Dell, but it's still G-SYNC compatible if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. Lastly, it's great for console gaming as it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that lets you take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, like for 4k @ 120Hz gaming.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you want something in the mid-range price category for cheaper, then check out the Gigabyte M32UC. It has some similar features to the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 with a 4k, 32-inch screen for an immersive gaming experience with sharp images full of details, and it has a more subtle 1500R curve compared to 1000R on the Samsung. However, its picture quality isn't as good as on the Samsung because it doesn't feature Mini LED backlighting, so while it has a high native contrast ratio, it isn't further improved. Also, highlights don't pop as much in HDR because of the lack of local dimming, as small objects don't stand out against dark backgrounds.

    Besides the step-down in picture quality, it still offers excellent gaming performance as it has low input lag, and motion looks smooth thanks to its quick response time at 120Hz, but it's slower at 60Hz, leading to some motion blur with fast-moving content. Like the Samsung monitor, it can take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X thanks to its HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and its VRR support works with both consoles for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you want a curved gaming monitor and you're on a budget, there are a few good options. The AOC CU34G2X is an entry-level ultrawide monitor with an aggressive 1500R curve that doesn't deliver the same sharp images as the Gigabyte M32UC or the great picture quality of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW; however, it does its job as a low-cost gaming monitor. It delivers great gaming performance with a 144Hz refresh rate and both FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It also supports Low Framerate Compensation for the VRR to continue working at low frame rates.

    While its motion handling isn't the best, as you'll see black smearing with fast-moving objects, the overall response time is still good, and there isn't much motion blur either. It also has low input lag, which remains low no matter what frame rate you're gaming at. If you don't like the ultrawide format, you can also consider a budget monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio like the Dell S2722DGM, but that isn't as good for gaming as the AOC because it has worse motion handling.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you're looking for a simple and cheap curved gaming monitor, you can find smaller monitors than the AOC CU34G2X, like the AOC CQ27G2. It doesn't provide the same immersive gaming experience as the CU34G2X due to its smaller screen, but with a 1440p resolution, it still delivers good image clarity. It's a rather basic monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and good gaming performance. It has native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing and has low input lag for a responsive feel. However, its motion handling is worse than the CU34G2X because there's black smearing, but that's normal for cheap, entry-level curved displays that use VA panels.

    It looks good in dark rooms thanks to its high native contrast ratio, but it doesn't have a local dimming feature to further improve it, and there's some backlight bleed. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, so you'll be limited to SDR gaming. It doesn't get very bright either, so you'll need to use it in a dim or dark room, but it performs better in the dark anyway.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a high-end super ultrawide display with a 5120x1440 resolution and 32:9 aspect ratio if that's what you prefer over the 34-inch screen of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. However, it's expensive and doesn't deliver perfect blacks like the Dell. See our review
  • Dell S3422DWG: The Dell S3422DWG costs less than most ultrawide displays and has great picture quality, even better than the AOC CU34G2X. However, if you're on a true budget, go for the AOC, as it's cheaper. See our review
  • LG 34GP950G-B: The LG 34GP950G-B is a 34-inch ultrawide monitor like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW as it has native G-SYNC support, and it's a cheaper alternative if you want to save some money, but its picture quality isn't as good. See our review
  • Samsung LS32BG852NNXGO: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 is a higher-end monitor compared to the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 with a higher 240Hz refresh rate, and you can get it if you want to future-proof your monitor, but it also costs a lot more. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 03, 2023: Replaced the LG 34GP950G-B with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 to be consistent with other articles; replaced the MSI Optix G27C6 with the AOC CQ27G2 because the MSI is hard to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Oct 28, 2022: Removed the Samsung Odyssey G7 and renamed the Gigabyte M32UC as 'Best Mid-Range Monitor' for consistency with other articles; replaced the Dell S3422DWG and the Dell S2721HGF with the AOC CU34G2X and the MSI Optix G27C6 because they're each cheaper; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Aug 12, 2022: Restructured article to reflect how people are looking for curved gaming monitors; added the Dell AW3423DW as the 'Best Curved Gaming Monitor'; renamed the LG 34GP950G-B, Samsung Odyssey G7, Dell S3422DWG, and the Dell S2721HGF, to the 'Best Upper Mid-Range', 'Best Mid-Range', 'Best Budget', and 'Best Cheap' categories respectively; added the Gigabyte M32UC and moved the Dell S2722DGM and Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 to Notable Mentions.

  4. Apr 08, 2022: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Dell S3422DWG, as it's more versatile overall and cheaper. Restructured the article, moving the Dell S2722DGM and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 to their own categories. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

  5. Feb 18, 2022: Renamed the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T to 'Best Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor' to reflect user needs and updated text for clarity; added the Dell S3422DWG, HP OMEN 27c, Gigabyte M34WQC, and the Dell S3222DGM to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best curved gaming 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 curved 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.