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. 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 76 monitors and below are our picks for the best curved gaming monitors available for purchase in 2019. For more options, see our recommendations for the best gaming monitors and the best 4k gaming monitors.
The Samsung C27HG70 is the best curved gaming monitor that we've tested so far. This 27 inch, 1440p monitor delivers an excellent gaming experience, with a fast response time, outstanding low input lag, and a high refresh rate. It also supports FreeSync, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card, ensuring you are always getting a great, nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.
This monitor uses a VA panel, so it's a great choice for late night gaming in a dark room, as it has a very good contrast ratio. Unfortunately, this also results in an image that degrades rapidly when viewed from the side, although the 1800R curved screen helps maintain uniformity when sitting directly in front.
This monitor is also available in a 32" size, and we expect the larger model to perform very similarly to the 27" model we tested.
If you want the ultimate curved monitor, check out the Samsung C49HG90. This massive 49" monitor is the equivalent of two 27", 1920x1080 monitors placed side-by-side. The curved screen delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience. Like the Samsung CHG70, this monitor has a fast response time, high refresh rate, and extremely low input lag. It also supports FreeSync, which is great. Unfortunately, the backlight isn't flicker-free, which may bother some people.
If you want to get the most from your NVIDIA graphics card, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best curved G-SYNC 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.
The 3440x1440 wide format curved screen delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience. The 21:9 aspect ratio isn't supported by all games, though, and isn't ideal for consoles that can only display in 16:9. This monitor has a few useful features, including a built-in USB hub and an RGB bias lighting feature that can be controlled by your computer itself and adjusts automatically with some games.
Unfortunately, it can't get very bright, and doesn't look as good in a dark room due to its poor black uniformity. Overall, though, this is a very good monitor for most uses, and it delivers a great gaming experience.
If you play a lot at night in a dark room, the Acer Predator Z35P is a good dark room alternative to the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. It has a slightly slower response time than the Dell, but it has the same 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 Dell, for better dark scene viewing. Unfortunately, this also means that it has a worse viewing angle, and is best enjoyed from directly in front.
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, 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. 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.