The 6 Best Curved Gaming Monitors - Fall 2021 Reviews

Updated
Best Curved Gaming Monitors
221 Monitors Tested
  • Store-bought monitors; no cherry-picked units
  • Easily comparable results
  • No ads; unbiased reviews
  • Supported directly by you via insider access and when you purchase through our affiliate links
Learn more about our approach to product reviews here.

Curved gaming monitors offer a more immersive gaming experience. Like all monitors, they're available in many shapes and sizes, but they're usually larger high-resolution screens. As is common with monitors, they vary greatly in performance, from basic 60Hz budget monitors to the most advanced 144Hz gaming monitors with either AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) technology.

We've tested more than 200 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.


  1. Best Curved Gaming Monitor: Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA

    8.8
    Gaming
    Size 32"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best curved gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA, otherwise known as the Odyssey G7. It's a 1440p model that's available in a 27 inch and 32 inch size. It has a pretty aggressive 1000R curve to provide a more immersive gaming experience, but it also takes up a fair amount of desk space. It's well suited for bright and dark rooms as it can overcome glare easily and display deep blacks. Like most VA panels, the viewing angles are mediocre, so it isn't the best option for sharing content or playing co-op games.

    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 60fps console gaming. It supports a wide color gamut and gets reasonably bright in HDR, but unfortunately, the local dimming is edge-lit and performs terribly.

    There's a USB hub with two USB 3.0 and a USB-B upstream port so that 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. One thing to keep in mind is that while the 32 inch version feels more immersive, its lower pixel density means that images and text don't look as sharp as the smaller model. All in all, this is an excellent curved gaming monitor that casual and serious gamers should be happy with.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Dell S2722DGM

    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    165 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you're shopping on a tighter budget, check out the Dell S2722DGM. It's also a 1440p monitor like the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T, but it's only available in a 27 inch size, and it has a less aggressive 1500R curve. It has an excellent response time, a 165Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility. The VA panel has some downsides, though, as there's noticeable black smearing in dark scenes, and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It doesn't support HDR, and it has no USB ports. Also, its ergonomics are worse because it doesn't swivel or rotate to portrait mode.

    Overall, the Samsung is a better gaming monitor because it has faster response time and refresh rate. However, the Dell is a good alternative if you find it too expensive.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor: LG 34GP83A-B

    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The LG 34GP83A-B is the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor that we've tested. It delivers a great gaming experience, with a high refresh rate and exceptional response time, as well as Adaptive Sync variable refresh rate (VRR) support for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. It also has outstanding low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. The 34 inch display and 21:9 aspect ratio deliver a more immersive gaming experience, especially when playing open-world games like The Witcher 3 or Grand Theft Auto V.

    When you're not gaming, this is also a very versatile monitor for other uses. It has great connectivity, including a USB hub, DisplayPort, and two HDMI ports. It has good text clarity, decent viewing angles, great gray uniformity, and impressive gradient handling. Although it has great peak brightness in SDR, its reflection handling is just okay, so glare might still be an issue.

    This monitor isn't the best if you're in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and no local dimming feature. It also has limited ergonomics, but this isn't uncommon for ultrawide monitors. Overall, it's a great gaming monitor that should please even the most demanding gamers.

    See our review

  4. Super Ultrawide Alternative: Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    240 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want an even wider format screen than the 21:9 aspect ratio of the LG 34GP83A-B, check out the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. This impressive monitor has a 49 inch screen with a 32:9 aspect ratio, resulting in a far more immersive gaming experience. The 5120x1440 screen is the equivalent of two 27 inch 1440p displays side by side, making it a great choice for multitasking as well. It's impressively bright, with a new Mini LED backlight, and it has a good response time and low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Unfortunately, despite the fast refresh rate, motion isn't as clear as most high-end gaming monitors, as there's some noticeable overshoot.

    Overall, if you want the best ultrawide gaming monitor, go with the LG, as it has much better motion handling. If you want a more immersive gaming experience, the Samsung is a good alternative.

    See our review

  5. Best G-SYNC Curved Gaming Monitor: LG 34GP950G-B

    8.4
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    180 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    G-SYNC

    The LG 34GP950G-B is the best curved gaming monitor with native G-SYNC support that we've tested. It's an impressive gaming monitor with an outstanding response time, low input lag, and of course, native G-SYNC support. It's also compatible with FreeSync technology, great if you also have an AMD PC or want to game on an Xbox. It's also a good choice for console gamers, with a superb response time at 60Hz, but it doesn't support HDMI 2.1 for PS5 or Xbox Series S|X gamers.

    The IPS panel delivers wide viewing angles, great for co-op gaming. Visibility shouldn't be an issue, as it has great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling, so it can easily overcome glare in most rooms. It supports HDR, and it has very good peak brightness in HDR and a wide color gamut, so it's a good choice overall for HDR gaming.

    Unfortunately, like most IPS monitors, it's not a great choice for a dark room, as it has low contrast and mediocre black uniformity. It has a local dimming feature, but sadly, it's terrible. Despite these limits, it's a great monitor overall, and it's the best curved G-SYNC gaming monitor we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best 1080p Curved Gaming Monitor: Dell S2721HGF

    8.1
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 1920x1080
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    Adaptive Sync

    The best 1080p curved gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell S2721HGF. It sports a 27 inch VA panel that produces deep blacks, making it a great option for gaming in the dark. It gets reasonably bright, but it might struggle to overcome intense glare from direct sunlight. Despite having a VA panel, the viewing angles are decent, good enough for sharing content casually or playing co-op games.

    It has excellent response time, resulting in only a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It has low input lag, a 144Hz refresh rate, and VRR support to deliver a smooth and nearly tear-free gaming experience. Regarding its VRR support, it's native FreeSync and certified G-SYNC compatible. It has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can help improve clarity; however, it can't be used simultaneously with VRR and only works within a narrow frequency range.

    Unfortunately, there's no HDR support. There's significant backlight bleed, but uniformity varies between individual units, so your experience may differ. You can only adjust the height and tilt of the stand, so it might be hard to place the screen at your optimal viewing position. You can add a virtual crosshair and frame rate counter on the screen, and there's also a feature that can help you align monitors in a multi-monitor setup. Overall, it's a great 1080p curved gaming monitor that should meet most people's needs.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung LC49G95TSSNXZA: The Samsung Odyssey G9 is an impressive gaming monitor and a great choice if you want to go super ultrawide. However, the replacement Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a much better choice, thanks to the new Mini LED backlight. See our review
  • AOC CQ27G1: The AOC CQ27G1 is a great gaming monitor. However, it has a low peak brightness, which means that it might have issues with glare in well-lit environments. Also, it doesn't support HDR. See our review
  • Samsung C27HG70: The Samsung CHG70 is a good and cheaper alternative to the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T if you don't think you can use the G7's 240Hz refresh rate. However, it has a slower response time. See our review
  • Dell AW3821DW: The Dell Alienware AW3821DW is a good alternative to the LG 34GP950G-B, but it has a lower refresh rate of 144Hz and a slower response time. See our review
  • MSI G27C5: The MSI Optix G27C5 is a budget-friendly 27 inch monitor with a 1080p resolution. It has a VA panel and a high contrast ratio like the Dell S2721HGF, but it has worse ergonomics and a slower response time. See our review
  • LG 38GN950-B: The LG 38GN950-B is a great ultrawide monitor with a 38 inch screen, but it's significantly more expensive than the LG 34GP83A-B. See our review
  • LG 34GN850-B: The LG 34GN850-B is as good as the LG 34GP83A-B, but quite a bit more expensive. See our review
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B: The ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B is an excellent gaming monitor. However, many users have reported a flickering issue when G-SYNC compatibility is enabled, as well as visible green/purple artifacts in fast-moving scenes. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Aug 24, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced Gigabyte G27QC with the Dell S2722DGM.

  3. Jun 25, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GN850-B with the LG 34GP83A-B, as it's cheaper but just as good.

  4. Apr 28, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.

  5. Mar 02, 2021: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.

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.

Discussions