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 25 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 curved monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 4k gaming monitors.
The best curved gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung CHG70. This 1440p VA monitor is available in 27 and 32 inch models, so you can choose the one that suits your needs. Gamers will love the great response time at its max refresh rate, but unfortunately, the response time at 60Hz is bad and motion doesn't look clear. However, there's a black frame insertion (BFI) feature to help reduce motion blur.
With support for FreeSync VRR technology, it has a wide range of refresh rates, and its incredibly low input lag is also one of the best on any monitor we've tested so far. This monitor has very good out-of-box color accuracy and supports a wide color gamut for HDR gaming. Unfortunately, the black uniformity is poor and there's obvious blacklight bleed when the local dimming feature is turned off, but it still has a good contrast ratio that displays deep black if you game in the dark.
Overall, most gamers will be pleased with this monitor thanks to its response time, refresh rate, and input lag, and it's the best curved gaming monitor we've tested so far.
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 prefer gaming in a dark room, then consider the Acer Predator Z35P. The VA panel doesn't have the same good viewing angles as on the IPS panel of the LG 34GK950F-B, but instead, it has a better contrast ratio. Although the black uniformity on the Acer is still poor, the native contrast will help deliver deep blacks when gaming in a dark environment. Its native refresh rate of 100Hz might disappoint some more serious gamers, but its overclock feature allows you to boost it up to 120Hz. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any HDR content, but gamers will enjoy the amazing response time and input lag on this monitor.
If you're looking for the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor, consider the LG, but if you plan on gaming in a dark room, look into the Acer.
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.
03/10/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.