Curved gaming monitors offer a more immersive gaming experience. Like all monitors, they are available in many shapes and sizes, but they are 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 VRR technology.
We've reviewed 19 curved gaming monitors, and below are our picks for the best ones available for purchase in 2019. For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best 4k gaming monitors.
The Samsung C27HG70 is the best curved gaming monitor that we've tested so far. This 27 inch, 1440p monitor delivers an excellent gaming experience, with a fast response time, outstanding low input lag, and a high refresh rate. It also supports FreeSync, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card, ensuring you're always getting a great, nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.
This monitor uses a VA panel, so it's a great choice for late-night gaming in a dark room, as it has a very good contrast ratio. Unfortunately, this also results in an image that degrades rapidly when viewed from the side, although the 1800R curved screen helps maintain uniformity when sitting directly in front.
This monitor is also available in a 32" size, and we expect the larger model to perform very similarly to the 27" model we tested.
If you want the largest curved monitor available, check out the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. This massive 49 inch display is the equivalent of two 27", 1440p monitors placed side-by-side. It has the same curve radius as the Samsung CHG70, but the larger size results in an incredibly immersive gaming experience, as well as making it easier to multitask. The large screen means you'll have to turn your head to see the entire user interface in some games though, which isn't ideal.
Overall, the Samsung CHG70 is the best curved monitor for most people, but if you want something even larger and don't mind having to move your head a little to see UI, the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9 might be a better choice.
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor we've tested so far. It's a great gaming monitor, with an excellent response time, delivering clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. There's also an optional black frame insertion feature, which can further improve the appearance of motion. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
The ultrawide aspect ratio of this monitor delivers a more immersive gaming experience, but it isn't ideal for all games, as it can be difficult to see the entire user interface without looking around. This monitor delivers decent picture quality, with great peak brightness in SDR, wide viewing angles, and great reflection handling. It supports HDR, but this doesn't add much.
Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B is a great curved gaming monitor that should please most people. It doesn't look as good in a dark room, but has great gaming performance and decent picture quality.
If you want to get the most from your NVIDIA graphics card, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best G-SYNC curved gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It has a high resolution, excellent motion handling, and wide viewing angles. This monitor delivers a great overall gaming experience with an excellent response time, slightly faster than the Samsung CHG70, but with a slightly slower refresh rate.
Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B is a bit better for most gamers, but if you want a true G-SYNC compatible monitor and don't mind compromising a bit on refresh rate, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is great alternative.
If you play a lot at night in a dark room, the Acer Predator Z35P is a good dark room alternative to the LG 34GK950F-B. It has a slightly slower response time, but it has a great 100Hz refresh rate and it supports G-SYNC for a nearly tear-free gaming experience. This monitor has a much better native contrast ratio than the LG, for better dark scene viewing. Unfortunately, this also means that it has a worse viewing angle, and is best enjoyed from directly in front.
Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide curved ultrawide gaming monitor for most people, but if you game in a dark room and don't care about viewing angles, the Acer Predator Z35P might be a better choice.
If you want a lower resolution curved gaming monitor, the LG 34UC79G-B is the best 1080p curved gaming monitor we've reviewed so far. It's basically a stretched 1080p monitor, with a slightly wider screen than normal. It's a good monitor for most uses, with very good gaming performance.
This monitor is great for gaming on older PCs, or if you simply want the smoothest gaming experience possible. It has excellent motion handling, including a very fast response time and excellent 144Hz refresh rate. Plus, it supports AMD FreeSync for a tear-free gaming experience. Like most gaming monitors, it has excellent low input lag, even if you're playing a game that's locked at 60Hz.
Unfortunately, the LG 34UC79G-B isn't very bright and may have a tough time overcoming glare in a bright room. It also doesn't look as good in a dark room, as despite the decent contrast ratio, there is notable backlight bleed and poor black uniformity. Overall, it will keep most gamers happy.
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.