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The 5 Best Curved Gaming Monitors - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Curved Gaming Monitors

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 vision so that the image doesn't look washed out at the edges. While most curved gaming monitors are ultrawide displays with more horizontal screen space, there are some basic 27 and 32-inch curved monitors too. The radius on curved monitors tells you how aggressive the curve is; a higher number like 2500R means a more subtle curve, while a lower number like 1000R means it has an aggressive curve.

We've bought and tested more than 270 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.

  1. Best Curved Gaming Monitor

    The best curved gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It uses a QD-OLED panel that delivers perfect black levels in dark rooms and offers a wide range of colors thanks to its quantum dot technology. This means the picture quality is outstanding as highlights pop and colors look vivid. The 21:9 aspect ratio and 1800R curve also deliver an immersive gaming experience as you can see more of your game at once.

    On top of its fantastic picture quality, it's excellent for gaming as it has a 175Hz refresh rate and a near-instantaneous response time, meaning there's no blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has native G-SYNC variable refresh rate (VRR) support, which is great if you want to take full advantage of your NVIDIA graphics card. You can even find the Dell Alienware AW3423DWF available for cheaper, and because it has native FreeSync VRR support instead, it's a good alternative if you don't have an NVIDIA graphics card.

    It's important to remember that OLEDs like the AW3423DW and AW3423DWF are prone to burn-in with constant exposure to the same static elements over time. While it isn't a problem for most gamers, if it concerns you or you don't like the ultrawide aspect ratio, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 S32BG85 and the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 are both excellent 4k monitors with curved 32-inch screens. They have Mini LED backlighting to get brighter than the Dell monitors, but they don't deliver the same perfect blacks. However, the Samsungs are better for console gaming thanks to their HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so choosing which monitor you want depends on what type of games you play.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you want to spend a bit less while maintaining great gaming performance, something in the upper mid-range category, like the LG 34GP950G-B, is an excellent choice. You lose out on the fantastic picture quality of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW as blacks look gray in the dark, but that's the trade-off of getting a cheaper display. 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. Images also look sharp thanks to the 3440x1440 resolution, resulting in good image clarity.

    It's great for gaming as it has a 144Hz native refresh rate that you can overclock to 180Hz. It has a very quick response time at any refresh rate you're gaming at for minimal motion blur, and it has low input lag for a responsive feel. While it doesn't deliver the same remarkable HDR gaming experience as the Dell, it still displays a wide range of colors in HDR and gets bright enough to make some highlights stand out for a decent enough HDR experience.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you find the LG 34GP950G-B too big or want something in the mid-range category, check out a 16:9 curved monitor like the Gigabyte M32UC. While it has worse motion handling than the LG and more smearing with fast-moving objects, it still offers an excellent gaming experience and is versatile for different types of gamers. With HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on both its HDMI ports, you can take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, and its 4k resolution also helps deliver sharp images. Even if you want to use it for PC gaming, it has a max refresh rate of 160Hz.

    Its overall picture quality isn't special, but it still delivers deep blacks in dark rooms. However, it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve the picture quality in dark scenes. Also, it has decent HDR peak brightness if you want some highlights to pop in some HDR games. It even gets bright in SDR, easily enough to fight glare, and has good reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room.

    See our review

  4. Best Lower Mid-Range Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you don't want to spend lots of money but don't necessarily need a budget monitor, a lower mid-range option like the Dell S3422DWG is a good alternative. It's different from the Gigabyte M32UC because it has an ultrawide format with a 34-inch screen and 3440x1440 resolution, and it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth to take full advantage of current-gen gaming consoles. This also means that images aren't as sharp, and because of its ultrawide format, it's more of a cheaper alternative to the LG 34GP950G-B. Still, for a lower-cost monitor, it offers great gaming performance, and the ultrawide screen provides an immersive experience.

    It features a native 144Hz refresh rate with FreeSync VRR support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It also has low input lag for a responsive feel, and while it has visible smearing with fast-moving objects, the overall response time is still good. It also has a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, but like most monitors, it doesn't work simultaneously with VRR and is only available in a limited range.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Curved Gaming Monitor

    If you're looking for a curved gaming monitor on a budget, some low-cost 27-inch curved monitors are still good for gaming, like the Dell S2722DGM. It has a 1440p resolution like the Dell S3422DWG, but with a 16:9 aspect ratio, so you don't get the same immersive gaming experience as there's less horizontal screen space. Luckily, it has a slightly higher 165Hz max refresh rate and has the same native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility, reducing screen tearing no matter which graphics card you have.

    Its main downside is that its response time is just okay across its entire refresh rate range, so there's visible blur with fast-moving objects. However, this is what you can expect for lower-cost displays, and at least it has low input lag for a responsive feel. Its VA panel has a somewhat aggressive 1500R curve to help bring the edges within your field of vision, which is helpful because it has narrow viewing angles. It also displays deep blacks for a good dark room gaming experience, and its black uniformity isn't bad.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung LS34BG850SNXZA: The Samsung LS34BG850SNXZA has the same QD-OLED panel as the Dell Alienware AW3423DW and offers nearly the same performance, but considering it costs more, it isn't worth getting unless you can find it on sale. See our review
  • AOC CU34G2X: The AOC CU34G2X is comparable to the Dell S3422DWG because it's a budget-friendly ultrawide monitor. However, it tends to cost more and has worse motion handling. See our review
  • Samsung Odyssey Neo G9: The Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a high-end super ultrawide display with a 5120x1440 resolution and 32:9 aspect ratio if that's what you prefer over the 34-inch screen of the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. However, it's expensive and doesn't deliver perfect blacks like the Dell. See our review
  • AOC CQ27G2: The AOC CQ27G2 is a budget-friendly display that's similar to the Dell S2722DGM and good for gaming, but it can be harder to find. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 02, 2023: Verified that the monitors are still available to buy and clarified text throughout; added the Samsung Odyssey OLED G8 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 03, 2023: Replaced the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 with the LG 34GP950G-B because the Samsung has gone up in price and it's closer to the Dell Alienware AW3423DW in cost; replaced the AOC CU34G2X and the AOC CQ27G2 with the Dell S3422DWG and the Dell S2722DGM due to better availability and renamed to 'Best Lower-Mid Range' and 'Best Budget' monitors; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  3. Jan 03, 2023: Replaced the LG 34GP950G-B with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G7 S32BG75 to be consistent with other articles; replaced the MSI Optix G27C6 with the AOC CQ27G2 because the MSI is hard to find; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Oct 28, 2022: Removed the Samsung Odyssey G7 and renamed the Gigabyte M32UC as 'Best Mid-Range Monitor' for consistency with other articles; replaced the Dell S3422DWG and the Dell S2721HGF with the AOC CU34G2X and the MSI Optix G27C6 because they're each cheaper; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  5. 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.

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.