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The 5 Best Curved Gaming Monitors - Spring 2019
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Best Curved Gaming Monitors
64 Monitors Tested
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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 60 Hz budget monitors to the most advanced 144 Hz gaming monitors with either AMD FreeSync or NVIDIA G-SYNC VRR technology.

We've reviewed 64 monitors and below are our picks for the best curved gaming monitors available for purchase in 2019. For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors, the best 4k gaming monitors, and the best PC gaming monitors.

  1. Best Curved Gaming Monitor: Samsung CHG70

    Size : 27 "
    Resolution : 2560x1440
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    The Samsung CHG70 is the best curved gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It is a very good 27" monitor with excellent gaming performance. The 1440p resolution and curved screen deliver a more immersive gaming experience, and it is great for PC gamers and Xbox One gamers.

    Even more serious gamers should be pleased with the CHG70. It has an excellent high refresh rate, extremely fast response time, and a flicker-free backlight. It supports FreeSync 2, and has an extremely wide VRR range, ensuring a consistently tear-free gaming experience. It also supports HDR, has decent peak brightness in HDR, and can display a wide color gamut.

    Unfortunately, the CHG70 doesn't look as good in a dark room, and it has narrow viewing angles, so it isn't well suited for co-op gaming. Overall, though, it is an excellent gaming monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Larger Alternative: Samsung C49HG90

    Size : 49 "
    Resolution : 3840x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    If you would prefer something significantly larger than the Samsung CHG70, check out the Samsung CHG90. This massive 49" monitor is basically two 1920x1080 screens together, providing an extremely immersive gaming experience. It isn't as good for gaming as the CHG70, but it still has a fast 144 Hz refresh rate, FreeSync support, and excellent motion handling. Unfortunately, the stand isn't as adjustable, mainly due to the oversized screen. Also, although it handles motion well, the backlight uses PWM dimming, so there is some flicker, but it is at a high frequency and we don't expect most people to notice.

    See our review

  3. Best G-SYNC Curved Gaming Monitor: Dell AW3418DW

    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate : 100 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    The best G-SYNC curved gaming monitor that we've reviewed so far is the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. It has a high 3440x1440 resolution, excellent motion handling, and wide viewing angles due to its IPS panel. It has a decent picture quality and is more suitable for a dim room as it can't get very bright. It has a mild curve that, along with its large size and resolution, deliver an immersive gaming experience, but can also serve your multitasking needs as you can easily open two full-size windows side-by-side.  

    The Alienware AW3418DW has an impressive gaming performance. Fast moving content looks crisp due to the extremely fast response time. The 100 Hz native refresh rate can be easily overclocked to 120 Hz, so you can enjoy a fluid gaming experience. It has an extremely low input lag that makes it very responsive to your actions. It also supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate to ensure tear-free gaming, provided you have an NVIDIA graphics card.

    Unfortunately, blacks tend to look gray in a very dark room, due to the inherent low native contrast ratio of IPS panels. Overall, however, it is a good versatile monitor that apart from gaming will also do well in other uses.

    See our review

  4. Dark Room Alternative: Acer Predator Z35P

    Size : 35 "
    Resolution : 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate : 100 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    G-Sync

    If you like the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, but would prefer a monitor that would perform well in your dark room, then check out the Acer Predator Z35P. It has the same 3440x1440 high resolution, it is just slightly larger, and delivers the same great gaming performance. Due to the VA panel, the Z35P delivers deep blacks in a dark room and that means improved picture quality over the AW3418DW, but at the same time the viewing angles are not as good and the image degrades when viewed at an angle. Response time, input lag, and refresh rate are all excellent and all contribute to an immersive gaming experience.

    See our review

  5. Best 1080p Curved Gaming Monitor: LG 34UC79G-B

    Size : 34 "
    Resolution : 2560x1080
    Refresh Rate : 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    What it is: Type of LCD technology used by the monitor.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different viewing angle properties.
    :
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    What it is: Feature that allows the monitor to synchronize its refresh rate with the input device's output and reduces stuttering and screen tearing.
    When it matters: Almost every usage, but is most noticeable in gaming where constant fluctuation in framerate cause distracting artifacts.
    :
    FreeSync

    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 is basically a stretched 1080p monitor, with a slightly wider screen than normal. It is a good monitor for most uses, with very good gaming performance. 

    The 34UC79G 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 144 Hz 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 are playing a game that is locked at 60 Hz.

    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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG Swift PG348Q: A great gaming monitor, but the Dell AW3418DW is a bit better for the same price. See our review
  • Dell U3818DW: A good gaming monitor, but no VRR support, so the smaller AW3418DW is better. See our review
  • Dell U3417W: Good gaming monitor, but again, the AW3418DW is much better and worth the extra investment. See our review
  • Samsung C34F791/CF791: A good gaming monitor, but not very good for serious gaming due to the high input lag. See our review

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.

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