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 2019. 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.
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor we've tested so far. It's a great gaming monitor, with an excellent response time, delivering clear motion with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. There's also an optional black frame insertion feature, which can further improve the appearance of motion. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, delivering a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
The ultrawide aspect ratio of this monitor delivers a more immersive gaming experience, but it isn't ideal for all games, as it can be difficult to see the entire user interface without looking around. This monitor delivers decent picture quality, with great peak brightness in SDR, wide viewing angles, and great reflection handling. It supports HDR, but this doesn't add much.
Overall, this is a great curved gaming monitor that should please most people. It doesn't look as good in a dark room, but has great gaming performance and decent picture quality.
If you like the LG 34GK950F-B but want to get the most from your NVIDIA graphics card, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best G-SYNC curved gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It has a high resolution, excellent motion handling, and wide viewing angles. This monitor delivers a great overall gaming experience with an excellent response time, slightly faster than the Samsung CHG70, but with a slightly slower refresh rate.
Overall, the LG is a bit better for most gamers, but if you want a true G-SYNC compatible monitor and don't mind compromising a bit on refresh rate, the Dell is great alternative.
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 a worse viewing angle and is best enjoyed from directly in front.
Overall, the LG is the best ultrawide 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 is 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.
11/06/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.