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The 6 Best Curved Gaming Monitors - Summer 2020
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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 110 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.


  1. Best Curved Gaming Monitor: Samsung CHG70

    8.2
    Gaming
    Size 27"
    Resolution 2560x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    144 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    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 excellent 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. It 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 very good contrast ratio that displays deep blacks if you game in the dark. Overall, most gamers will be pleased with this monitor thanks to its fast response time, high refresh rate, and low input lag, making it the best curved gaming monitor we've tested so far.

    See our review

  2. Larger Alternative: Samsung C49RG9

    Size 49"
    Resolution 5120x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    120 Hz
    Pixel Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    If you want to be fully immersed in your games or do a lot of multi-tasking, consider 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 inch screen which is the equivalent of two 27 inch, 1440p monitors side-by-side. It has great gaming performance with great response time, 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 and it has narrow viewing angles.

    If you want a great curved gaming monitor with a more traditional aspect ratio, look into 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, consider the C49RG9.

    See our review

  3. Best Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor: LG 34GN850-B

    8.3
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    160 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    FreeSync

    The best curved gaming monitor with an ultrawide screen 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 we've seen on a monitor so far, as it even competes 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. This monitor is 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.

    See our review

  4. G-SYNC Alternative: Dell AW3420DW

    Size 34"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Max Refresh Rate
    120 Hz
    Pixel Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    G-SYNC

    If you want a monitor with native G-SYNC support to take advantage of your NVIDIA graphics cards, then the Dell Alienware AW3420DW is a good alternative. It doesn't support HDR like the LG 34GN850-B, but it's also 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 if you want native G-SYNC support, the Dell is a great choice.

    See our review

  5. Dark Room Alternative: Acer Predator Z35P

    Size 35"
    Resolution 3440x1440
    Refresh Rate 100 Hz
    LCD Type
    VA
    Variable Refresh Rate
    G-Sync

    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 34GN850-B, but instead, it has a better contrast ratio. Although the black uniformity on the Acer 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.

    See our review

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

    8.1
    Gaming
    Size 34"
    Resolution 2560x1080
    Refresh Rate 144 Hz
    LCD Type
    IPS
    Variable Refresh Rate
    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's basically a stretched 1080p monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, 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 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, 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'll keep most gamers happy.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG 34GK950F: The 34GK950F-B is older than the 34GN850-B with a lower refresh rate of 144Hz. See our review
  • ASUS TUF VG32VQ: The ASUS is similar to the Samsung, but the CHG70 is better overall. See our review
  • AOC CQ27G1: The AOC CQ27G1 is a great gaming monitor, but it has a low peak brightness and doesn't support HDR. See our review
  • Dell S3220DGF: The Dell S3220DGF is a very good gaming monitor, but its response time is slightly slower, leading to a bit more motion blur. See our review

Recent Updates

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.

03/10/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.

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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