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 VRR technology.
We've reviewed more than 120 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.
The best curved gaming monitor that we've tested so far is the Samsung CHG70. It's a 1440p monitor that comes in two sizes, a 27 inch and a 32 inch. It has a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio and a stand that provides good ergonomic adjustments. It handles reflections well, and even though the screen's brightness varies a lot depending on the scene, it's bright enough to overcome glare in most lighting conditions. It has a VA panel that can produce deep blacks, but it comes at the expense of narrow viewing angles, making it less ideal for sharing content or playing co-op games.
This monitor has excellent motion handling. It has a fast response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature that helps reduce motion blur, and a 144Hz refresh rate that makes your gaming experience feel smooth and responsive. However, performance is much worse if you play at 60Hz, as the response time is a lot slower, and there's a significant amount of overshoot causing artifacts, so it isn't the best option for console gaming. It supports FreeSync natively to minimize screen tearing and is compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well.
There's HDR support, but unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights stand out the way they should and lacks local dimming. There isn't much feature-wise, as you only get two USB ports and an 'eye-saver mode,' which is a blue light filter to help reduce eye strain. Lastly, if you're bothered by backlight flickering, you should know that the 27 inch variant has a flicker-free backlight, but not the 32 inch. Overall, while it isn't the most feature-rich monitor, its great performance should satisfy most gamers.
If you're looking for an even bigger monitor than the Samsung CHG70, check out the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. It's a super ultrawide monitor with a 49 inch screen and a 32:9 aspect ratio. It's the equivalent of two 16:9 monitors placed side-by-side, without any distracting bezels in between. It has a VA panel that produces deep blacks and a much higher peak brightness to deliver a great HDR experience. It has a fast response time, a 120Hz refresh rate, and native FreeSync support. There's a Picture-by-Picture mode that lets you display two input sources at once, which can be helpful for multitaskers or streamers using separate computers. In addition to its four USB ports, it has an upstream port that acts like a KVM switch, allowing you to use one input device to control both computers.
For most people, the CHG70 is a better choice due to its superior motion handling, and its lower pixel count makes it easier to achieve a higher frame rate for a smoother gaming experience. However, if you want a monitor big enough to span your entire field of view, go with the CRG9.
The best curved gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen that we've tested so far is the LG 34GN850-B. It has a 1440p resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, giving you a more immersive gaming experience than standard 16:9 monitors. It's an impressive gaming monitor thanks to its high 160Hz refresh rate and FreeSync VRR support.
It has one of the best response times at its max refresh rate that we've seen on a monitor so far, even competing with 240Hz monitors. The response time at 60Hz is also excellent, so even though it doesn't have a black frame insertion to improve the appearance of motion, you won't need it. The input lag is incredibly low, and it's also certified to be G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. It's also decent for HDR gaming, as it displays a good wide color gamut for HDR content.
Unfortunately, it's not ideal for dark room gaming because its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio, and there's some visible backlight bleed. However, it's good to use in bright rooms as it has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. Overall, this monitor is a good choice for gaming with an ultrawide curved screen.
If you want a monitor with native G-SYNC support to take advantage of your NVIDIA graphics cards, the Dell Alienware AW3420DW is a good alternative. It doesn't support HDR like the LG 34GN850-B, but it's a great gaming monitor with its fast response time. Motion looks very clear when playing at its max refresh rate of 120Hz or at 60Hz, and the input lag is also very low. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, it has mediocre reflection handling, the contrast ratio is low, and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is just okay. On the upside, it has fairly wide viewing angles, and it has better ergonomics than the LG, so you can place it how you like.
Overall, the best curved gaming monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio is the LG, but the Dell is a great choice if you want native G-SYNC support.
If you prefer gaming in a dark room, consider the Acer Predator Z35P. The VA panel doesn't have the same good viewing angles as on the IPS panel of the LG 34GN850-B, but instead, it has a better contrast ratio. Although the black uniformity is still poor, the native contrast helps 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 really 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 21:9 aspect ratio, with a slightly wider screen than normal. It's good for most uses, with very good gaming performance.
It's great for gaming on older PCs, or if you simply want the smoothest gaming experience possible. It has excellent motion handling, including very fast response time, and an excellent 144Hz refresh rate. Plus, it supports AMD's FreeSync VRR 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, it 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, if you're a gamer looking for a 1080p curved gaming monitor, this is the best option that we've tested.
09/04/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
07/07/2020: Replaced the 34GK950F-B with the 34GN850-B and the Alienware AW3418DW with the AW3420DW.
05/08/2020: Added AOC CQ27G1 and Dell S3220DGF as notable mentions.
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 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.