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The 5 Best Curved Gaming Monitors - Fall 2018
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Best Curved Gaming Monitors
53 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. Like all 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 53 monitors and below are our picks for the best curved gaming monitors available for purchase in 2018. For more options, see our recommendations for the best 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 VA LCD monitor with a high refresh rate and FreeSync support. It also has a wide color gamut and supports HDR, great for playing HDR games or watching UHD Blu-Rays. The CHG70 produces decent picture quality and has decent dark room performance thanks to the very good native contrast ratio. It can also get bright enough for almost any room.

    It is great for gaming thanks to the fast response time, 144 Hz refresh rate, and excellent low input lag. It supports a QHD resolution (2560x1440), which is great, as decent 1440p performance is more easily achievable without an expensive gaming rig. It also has a somewhat aggressive 1800R curve, which delivers a more immersive gaming experience.

    Overall, the CHG70 is a great curved gaming monitor that should please most people. It's available in two sizes: 27" and 32", and unlike most monitors, we expect our review to be mostly valid for both sizes. Unfortunately, since the CHG70 has a VA panel, the image loses accuracy when viewed at an angle.

    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 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. The CHG90 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 Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best G-SYNC curved gaming monitor that we've reviewed so far. It is a great IPS gaming monitor with wide viewing angles, a high-resolution screen, and excellent motion handling. It delivers decent picture quality, with wide viewing angles and decent peak brightness. It has a 3440x1440 native resolution, which is great for gaming or even for mixed usage, as it provides an immersive gaming experience and large screen real-estate that is great for multitasking.

    The AW3418DW has great gaming performance. It has an extremely fast response time, so fast moving objects look great and have no blur trail, and the backlight is completely flicker-free. It has a 100 Hz native refresh rate, which is great, and it can be easily overclocked to 120 Hz, for an even smoother gaming experience. It also supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate, great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card. It also has extremely low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience. 

    Unfortunately, it doesn't look great if you are planning late night gaming sessions in a dark room, and it also can't get very bright to overcome glare in a bright room. Overall though, it is a very good monitor that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper 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're looking for a cheaper alternative than the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, check out the Acer Z35P. It is a good VA monitor with a fast refresh rate and NVIDIA G-SYNC support. Overall, it offers very similar gaming performance to the AW3418DW, but it has slightly worse motion handling, and unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It has a slightly larger 35" screen, but it displays the same resolution as the AW3418DW.

    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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • ASUS ROG 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 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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