Curved gaming monitors offer a more immersive gaming experience. Like all monitors, they are 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 VRR technology.
We've reviewed more than 20 curved gaming monitors, and below are our picks for the best ones available for purchase in 2020. For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best 4k gaming monitors.
The best curved gaming monitor that we've tested so far is the Samsung CHG70. It's a 27 inch, 1440p monitor that uses a VA panel and is great for gaming thanks to its 144Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and FreeSync support, even with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. While it's not as flashy as some other gaming monitors, it has a simple and straightforward design with some basic tilt and swivel adjustments that should satisfy most users.
Thanks to its VA panel, it has a very good contrast ratio which makes it a good choice for gaming in a dark room, though unfortunately this means that it doesn't have the best viewing angles. Luckily, its 1800R curved screen can help maintain some uniformity when sitting directly in front, so this shouldn't be an issue unless you share your screen with neighbors a lot. It supports FreeSync to help ensure a nearly tear-free gaming experience and is a great multimedia monitor as well thanks to its wide color gamut and HDR support. While this monitor does have local dimming, unfortunately it's edge-lit and has a limited number of zones, meaning its black uniformity still isn't great.
While we tested the 27" model, those who want something a bit larger can also get it in a 32" size, which we expect will perform similarly. Overall, this is a great curved gaming monitor and the best curved monitor that we've tested to date. Its simple design, great gaming features, and good ergonomics make it an excellent choice for most gamers.
If you want to be fully immersed in your games, or do a lot of multi-tasking, get the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. It takes up much more space than the Samsung CHG70, but is currently the largest curved monitor available. This ultrawide monitor sports a massive 49" screen which is the equivalent of two 27", 1440p monitors side-by-side. It has great gaming performance with excellent motion handling, extremely low input lag, and FreeSync support. It also has outstanding peak brightness and great reflection handling which makes it a good choice for use in a bright room. Unfortunately, its extremely wide screen means you may have to turn your head to see the entire interface in some games.
If you want a great curved gaming monitor with a more traditional aspect ratio, get the CHG70, but if you do a lot of multi-tasking and want an incredible amount of real estate without the need for multiple monitors, go for the C49RG9/CRG9.
If you're looking for an ultrawide gaming monitor, then the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor we've tested so far is the LG 34GK950F-B. It's an impressive 34" inch, 1800R curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio that delivers an immersive gaming experience. It has a remarkably fast response time that delivers fast-moving content with almost no blur and a very low input lag for responsive gaming sessions. It has a fast 144Hz refresh rate that helps improve the appearance of motion and supports a wide FreeSync variable refresh rate range so that you can play your graphics-demanding games with almost no tear, even when connected to a compatible NVIDIA graphics card. This monitor can handle reflections well and can get bright enough for almost any room.
Unfortunately, due to its IPS panel, this monitor isn't the best choice if you regularly game in a dark room as blacks look gray, and although it supports HDR, you don't gain much while using it in this mode.
Overall, if you're looking for an ultrawide curved gaming monitor, you can't go wrong with this one.
If you want an ultrawide gaming monitor with G-SYNC support to get the most of your NVIDIA graphics card, then check out the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R. It doesn't support HDR and it lacks a black frame insertion feature like the one found on the LG 34GK950F-B. On the upside, this monitor has great gaming performance thanks to its fast response time and low input lag. It natively supports the G-SYNC variable refresh rate to match your NVIDIA graphics card and offers you an immersive gaming experience thanks to its curved profile and ultrawide aspect ratio.
For the best curved ultrawide monitor, get the LG; otherwise, those with an NVIDIA graphics card can get the Dell as an alternative, if the lack of HDR support isn't a concern.
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 worse viewing angles and is best enjoyed from directly in front.
Overall, the LG is the best curved ultrawide gaming monitor for most people, but if you game in a dark room and don't care about viewing angles, the Acer 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, this monitor 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's 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.
01/10/2020: Minor text changes to enhance clarity.
11/06/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.