Curved gaming monitors offer a more immersive gaming experience compared to flat monitors. They do this by bringing the sides of the screen more within your field of view. The radius on curved monitors tells you how aggressive the curve is; a higher number means a more subtle curve, while a lower number like 1000R means it has an aggressive curve. Curved monitors are usually ultrawide screens with VA panels, and choosing the right curved monitor for your gaming setup all depends on your needs and budget. If you're a competitive esports gamer, you'll want the best of the best, but if you're just getting into PC gaming, a budget option will do the trick.
We've bought and tested more than 240 monitors, and below are our picks for the best curved monitors that you can get for gaming. For more options, see our recommendations for the best curved monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best ultrawide gaming monitors.
The best curved gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. Although there's limited availability for this monitor through retailers, it's readily available through Dell's website. It's a unique monitor in terms of panel technology because it's the first to use a QD-OLED panel, meaning it delivers perfect black levels in dark rooms like an OLED and delivers a wide range of colors thanks to its quantum dot technology. This means that the picture quality is remarkable, and it's outstanding if you like playing HDR games. Highlights pop and colors look vivid, and the 21:9 aspect ratio and 1800R curve deliver an immersive gaming experience as you can see more of your game at once.
On top of its fantastic picture quality, it's also excellent for gaming as it has a fast 175Hz refresh rate and its OLED panel offers a near-instantaneous response time, meaning there's no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. Even though its input lag isn't as good as other gaming monitors, it's still low enough for a responsive gaming experience. It also has native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which is great if you have an NVIDIA graphics card as you can take full advantage of it.
If you want to spend a bit less while maintaining great gaming performance, then something in the upper mid-range category like the LG 34GP950G-B is an excellent choice for you. While you lose out on the fantastic picture quality of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, gaming is still great as it has the same native G-SYNC support and 21:9 aspect ratio, with a slightly more subtle 1900R curve. It has a 144Hz native refresh rate that you can overclock to 180Hz, and if you have an AMD graphics card, FreeSync VRR also works. It has a quick response time at any refresh rate you're gaming at, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel.
It has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so visibility isn't an issue in bright rooms if that's where you have your gaming setup. If you game in a dark room, it isn't as good as the Dell as it has a low contrast that makes blacks look gray, but that's the trade-off of getting a cheaper monitor. Although it lacks a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, it has a flicker-free backlight that reduces eye strain during long gaming sessions.
While the Dell Alienware AW3423DW and the LG 34GP950G-B are both ultrawide curved monitors, you can find standard monitors in the mid-range category for cheaper. If that's what you're interested in, the Samsung LC32G75TQSNXZA is an excellent choice. It's a 1440p model available in 27 and 32-inch screen sizes with a 16:9 aspect ratio, and it has a pretty aggressive 1000R curve to bring the edges of the screen within your field of vision. It's well suited for bright and dark rooms as it can overcome glare easily and display deep blacks, but its HDR experience isn't as good as on the Dell because it has a terrible local dimming feature.
It has a 240Hz refresh rate, VRR support, and an excellent response time at any frame rate, resulting in smooth and responsive gameplay. It has low input lag, so your on-screen actions feel responsive too. However, there are some issues with its VRR support that causes flicker, and there are bugs in the firmware, but this doesn't affect all games, and if it doesn't bother you, it's an excellent curved gaming monitor you can get in the mid-range price range.
You can still save money and find a good curved gaming monitor if you're on a budget. The Dell S3422DWG is a versatile ultrawide option with a 34-inch screen and 3440x1440 resolution, and it has a 1800R curve to bring the edges of the screen within your field of vision. It's a great gaming monitor with incredibly low input lag and a good response time at the max refresh rate. It supports FreeSync VRR technology if the frame rate of your game drops, and it has a maximum refresh rate of 144Hz. It also has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur with fast-moving objects.
While you don't get the same picture quality as on the Dell Alienware AW3423DW, it's still good for dark and bright rooms. Visibility isn't a problem because it gets bright enough to fight glare and has good reflection handling, and in dark rooms, it displays deep blacks with excellent black uniformity, but the black levels aren't the same as on the AW3423DW. Still, it's a good monitor for what you're paying for, and it even has good HDR brightness that makes some highlights pop.
If you find the Dell S3422DWG too expensive or don't need the ultrawide display, you can still find something cheaper with the Dell S2721HGF. It's a rather basic monitor with a 1500R curve and a 1080p resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Although the lower resolution compared to the other monitors in this recommendation doesn't help achieve sharp images, it's less taxing on your graphics card and is one of the trade-offs you have to make for a cheap display. Besides the lower resolution, it's still great for gaming and has most features you would want in a gaming monitor.
Looking at its gaming performance, it's great as it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience and a quick overall response time at its max refresh rate. As is normal for cheaper VA panels, there's black smearing with dark objects. Still, the 144Hz refresh rate, native FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility make it a great choice for gaming. While it doesn't have a local dimming feature and doesn't support HDR, its dark room performance is still good enough if you don't need the best performance as it has a great native contrast for deep blacks.
Gaming with the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X requires a different type of monitor than one for PC gaming as the consoles support 4k gaming, and they don't support ultrawide formats, so it isn't ideal to use something like the Dell Alienware AW3423DW with the consoles. If you're looking for a curved monitor for gaming on the PS5 or Xbox Series X, we recommend the Gigabyte M32UC. It has a 32-inch screen with a high 4k resolution and has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth that allows you to play 4k games up to 120 fps from either console without issue. Its VRR support also works with both the PS5 and Xbox for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
It has low input lag, and motion looks smooth as it has a quick response time at 120Hz, but it's slower at 60Hz, leading to some motion blur with fast-moving content in 60 fps games. Its overall picture quality isn't anything special, but it still delivers deep blacks in dark rooms and has decent HDR peak brightness if your games are in HDR and you want some highlights to pop. It also gets bright in SDR, easily enough to fight glare, and it has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room.
Aug 12, 2022: Restructured article to reflect how people are looking for curved gaming monitors; added the Dell AW3423DW as the 'Best Curved Gaming Monitor'; renamed the LG 34GP950G-B, Samsung Odyssey G7, Dell S3422DWG, and the Dell S2721HGF, to the 'Best Upper Mid-Range', 'Best Mid-Range', 'Best Budget', and 'Best Cheap' categories respectively; added the Gigabyte M32UC and moved the Dell S2722DGM and Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 to Notable Mentions.
Apr 08, 2022: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Dell S3422DWG, as it's more versatile overall and cheaper. Restructured the article, moving the Dell S2722DGM and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 to their own categories. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Feb 18, 2022: Renamed the Samsung Odyssey G7 LC32G75T to 'Best Curved FreeSync Gaming Monitor' to reflect user needs and updated text for clarity; added the Dell S3422DWG, HP OMEN 27c, Gigabyte M34WQC, and the Dell S3222DGM to Notable Mentions.
Dec 21, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy, refreshed the text throughout, and removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.
Oct 22, 2021: Removed the Gigabyte G34WQC, as it's hard to find, and added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 as the 'Super Ultrawide Alternative'. Replaced the LG 38GL950G-B with the LG 34GP950G-B, as it's just as good but cheaper.
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.