Curved gaming monitors offer a more immersive gaming experience compared to standard flat monitors. They do this by bringing the sides of the screen more within your field of view. Like all monitors, they're available in many shapes and sizes, but they're usually larger high-resolution screens and tend to have VA panels. As is common with monitors, they vary greatly in performance, from basic 60Hz budget monitors to the most advanced gaming monitors with fast refresh rates and either AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technology.
We've tested more than 225 monitors, and below are our picks for the best curved gaming monitors available for purchase. For more options, see our recommendations for the best curved monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 4k gaming monitors.
The best curved FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA. It's a 1440p model available in a 27 inch and 32 inch size, and we expect the 27 inch model to perform like the 32 inch version we tested, but images should look sharper on the smaller model due to the increased pixel density. It has a pretty aggressive 1000R curve to provide a more immersive gaming experience. It's well suited for bright and dark rooms as it can overcome glare easily and display deep blacks.
It delivers an amazing gaming experience. It has an exceptional response time, a 240Hz refresh rate, and VRR support, resulting in smooth and responsive gameplay. The response time is just as good at 60Hz, making it a great choice for 60 fps console gaming. It displays a wide color gamut and gets reasonably bright in HDR, but unfortunately, the local dimming is edge-lit and performs terribly.
Sadly, like most VA panels, the viewing angles are mediocre, meaning it isn't the best option for sharing content or playing co-op games. There's a USB hub with two USB 3.0 and a USB-B upstream port so you can plug your peripherals into the monitor for a cleaner setup. It also has a Picture-in-Picture mode and customizable RGB bias lighting on the back. Overall, it's the best curved gaming monitor that casual and serious gamers should be happy with.
The best budget curved FreeSync gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell S2722DGM. It's significantly cheaper than the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, but it still delivers a great gaming experience. It has an excellent response time at the max refresh rate and incredibly low input lag, ensuring your actions are in-sync with what you see on screen. It has a standard 16:9 aspect ratio but a fairly aggressive 1500R curve radius, which helps it deliver a more immersive gaming experience than flat monitors.
It's a great choice for any viewing environment. It has a very good contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room. It also has great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so you don't have to worry about glare if you're in a bright room. Unlike most Dell monitors, the stand has pretty basic ergonomics. However, it can be VESA mounted if you need a bit more flexibility when placing your monitor, or if you're looking for a multi-monitor setup.
Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The curve helps compensate for this by bringing the sides of the screen into your field of view, but it's still not a good choice for co-op gaming. Despite these limitations, it's a good monitor overall and is the best budget curved FreeSync gaming monitor that we've tested.
The LG 34GP950G-B is the best curved G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested. It's an impressive gaming monitor with incredible motion handling at any refresh rate and has native support for NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, ensuring a visually consistent gaming experience with your NVIDIA graphics card even when your frame rate drops. It has outstanding low input lag, resulting in a very responsive gaming experience.
It has a 144Hz native refresh rate that you can overclock to 180Hz, and if you also have an AMD graphics card, we confirmed that FreeSync VRR also works. The ultrawide, high-resolution screen and 1900R curve radius deliver a very sharp, immersive gaming experience that's great for games like open-world RPGs. It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so visibility isn't an issue in bright rooms. It also supports HDR, and it has a great color gamut and very good peak brightness in HDR.
Sadly, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has low contrast that makes blacks look gray. It has an edge-lit local dimming feature, but it performs terribly and causes blooming around bright objects. It also lacks a backlight-strobing feature, commonly known as black frame insertion, which might disappoint some gamers, but motion looks smooth even without it. Overall, it's an impressive monitor that should please most people.
The Dell S3422DWG is the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor that we've tested. It's a great gaming monitor with incredibly low input lag and a good response time at the max refresh rate. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, which helps reduce tearing when your computer's framerate drops. It has a gentle curve that's not too distracting but combined with its 21:9 aspect ratio, it helps deliver a more immersive gaming experience, with a much wider field of view than traditional 16:9 flat screens.
It's one of the best monitors on the market for HDR gaming. It has a good contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks in bright scenes, which is great if you're in a dark room, and has good peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights stand out in games. It also has a good HDR color gamut, with excellent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content, including almost all games that support HDR.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best choice for co-op gaming, as anyone sitting off-center will see a degraded image. There's also some noticeable smearing in dark scenes, but it's not noticeable when gaming. Overall, it's a very good monitor, and it's a great choice for gaming.
The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is the best super ultrawide curved gaming monitor that we've tested. It's a high-end monitor with excellent gaming performance and a unique Mini LED backlight. It has an extremely aggressive 1000R curve, which delivers a far more immersive gaming experience, but it can take some time to get used to. The 5120x1440 screen and 32:9 aspect ratio is the equivalent of placing two 27 inch, 1440p monitors next to each other, providing you enough space to multitask or play atmospheric games.
It supports FreeSync natively, and it's certified by NVIDIA to be G-SYNC compatible, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. Input lag is incredibly low, and it has a quick response time, resulting in very clear motion, but there's some noticeable inverse ghosting behind fast-moving objects. The stand-out feature of this monitor is the Mini LED backlighting, providing greater control over the full-array local dimming feature and allowing it to get very bright.
Unfortunately, unless you update it to the latest firmware, there are HDR issues when content looks over-brightened, but a firmware update fixes that. Its VA panel has a great native contrast ratio, and the good local dimming feature helps further deepen any blacks, better than most monitors we've tested. If the HDR issues don't bother you, it's one of the best gaming monitors on the market.
The Dell S2721HGF is the best 1080p curved gaming monitor that we've tested. Although the lower resolution doesn't help achieve sharp images like a 1440p monitor, it's less taxing on your graphics card and allows you to achieve higher frame rates. It has a 144Hz refresh rate with native FreeSync support, and NVIDIA certifies it as G-SYNC compatible to reduce screen tearing.
Like other curved screens, it has a VA panel with a great native contrast ratio, but it lacks a local dimming feature. It also performs well in bright rooms because it has very good reflection handling and good peak brightness, but we don't suggest placing it opposite a window with direct sunlight. Looking at its gaming performance, it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and it has a quick overall response time at its max refresh rate, but as expected with VA panels, there's black smearing with dark objects.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, so you're limited to playing games in SDR. Also, it has a slower response time at 60Hz, so it's not ideal for playing 1080p games from consoles, and there's more motion blur. On the plus side, our unit has great out-of-the-box accuracy, and it displays an excellent SDR color gamut, but we don't suggest using it for any photo editing on the size. Besides that, it's one of the better curved gaming monitors we've tested.
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.
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.
Dec 21, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy, refreshed the text throughout, and removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Oct 22, 2021: Removed the Gigabyte G34WQC, as it's hard to find, and added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 as the 'Super Ultrawide Alternative'. Replaced the LG 38GL950G-B with the LG 34GP950G-B, as it's just as good but cheaper.
Aug 24, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Gigabyte G27QC with the Dell S2722DGM.
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.