Curved gaming monitors offer a more immersive gaming experience. Like all monitors, they're 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 25 curved gaming monitors, and below are our picks for the best ones available for purchase. For more options, see our recommendations for the best curved monitors, the best gaming monitors, and the best 4k gaming monitors.
The best curved gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung CHG70. This 1440p VA monitor is available in 27 and 32 inch models, so you can choose the one that suits your needs. Gamers will love the great response time at its max refresh rate, but unfortunately, the response time at 60Hz is bad and motion doesn't look clear. However, there's a black frame insertion (BFI) feature to help reduce motion blur.
With support for FreeSync VRR technology, it has a wide range of refresh rates, and its incredibly low input lag is also one of the best on any monitor we've tested so far. This monitor has very good out-of-box color accuracy and supports a wide color gamut for HDR gaming. Unfortunately, the black uniformity is poor and there's obvious blacklight bleed when the local dimming feature is turned off, but it still has a good contrast ratio that displays deep blacks if you game in the dark.
Overall, most gamers will be pleased with this monitor thanks to its response time, refresh rate, and input lag, and it's the best curved gaming monitor we've tested so far.
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 best ultrawide curved gaming monitor we've tested so far is the LG 34GK950F-B. This is a large 34 inch ultrawide monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 1440p resolution. It has a 144Hz IPS panel that delivers smooth motion and provides excellent viewing angles, so the image looks good on the sides even if you sit up close. It has a good peak brightness that's suitable for most well-lit rooms, and its reflection handling is not bad, although it may struggle a bit in very bright environments.
Gray uniformity on this monitor is excellent, with no signs of dirty screen effect; however, the same can't be said of its black uniformity, as there's significant backlight bleed that's rather distracting. Additionally, like most IPS panels, its sub-par contrast ratio makes it less ideal for gaming in the dark, as blacks tend to look more like gray. On the bright side, it has an outstanding response time and superb input lag, and it even comes with FreeSync support as well as G-SYNC compatibility for a nearly tear-free gaming experience.
This monitor can deliver a decent HDR experience thanks to its wide color gamut and HDR peak brightness. It has a USB 3.0 hub on the back so you can charge your mobile devices, and the backlight is flicker-free, which is great for those long gaming sessions. On the whole, this is an impressive gaming monitor that should satisfy casual and serious gamers alike.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and you prefer native G-SYNC support, then consider the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R. It has a lot in common with the LG 34GK950F-B, as it has the same 34 inch screen size, 21:9 aspect ratio, and 1440p resolution. It also sports an IPS panel with good viewing angles, and like the LG, it doesn't perform all that well in dark rooms. However, it has a significantly better build quality that feels very sturdy, and it's much better at handling reflections in bright rooms. There are some minor trade-offs, such as its lack of HDR support and its 100Hz refresh, albeit it can be overclocked to 120Hz. Last but not least, it comes with some extra features that can be useful for some, like a frame rate counter overlay, an onscreen timer, and even some RGB lighting on the back of the monitor to set the mood.
For most people, the LG is a better choice as it offers more features and has better overall performance, but if you want native G-SYNC support, then go with the Dell.
If you prefer gaming in a dark room, then consider the Acer Predator Z35P. The VA panel doesn't have the same good viewing angles as on the IPS panel of the LG 34GK950F-B, but instead, it has a better contrast ratio. Although the black uniformity on the Acer is still poor, the native contrast will help deliver deep blacks when gaming in a dark environment. Its native refresh rate of 100Hz might disappoint some more serious gamers, but its overclock feature allows you to boost it up to 120Hz. Unfortunately, it doesn't support any HDR content, but gamers will enjoy the amazing response time and input lag on this monitor.
If you're looking for the best ultrawide curved gaming monitor, consider the LG, but if you plan on gaming in a dark room, look into the Acer.
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 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's notable backlight bleed and poor black uniformity. Overall, it'll keep most gamers happy.
05/08/2020: Added AOC CQ27G1 and Dell S3220DGF as notable mentions.
03/10/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
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.