Ultrawide monitors deliver a much more immersive gaming experience than standard 16:9 monitors. Although not quite as immersive as VR headsets, ultrawide monitors allow you to see more of your surroundings without constantly having to pan around, and are extremely well-suited for first-person games.
We've reviewed over 10 ultrawide monitors so far and below are our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors to buy. See our recommendations for the best large monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, the best 144Hz monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far is the LG 34GN850-B. This is a 34 inch screen that features a curved IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio. Its 1440p resolution helps deliver sharp images and text, making it a good choice for immersive RPGs or productivity tasks. Its IPS panel has decent viewing angles and the screen's curvature also helps with visibility on the sides. Although it has great peak brightness, it's best suited for a moderately-lit room, as its reflection handling is only decent and it may struggle to overcome glare. Unfortunately, it doesn't perform well in dark rooms either, mainly due to its low contrast ratio.
What this monitor does very well is motion handling. It has a fast response time and a 144Hz refresh rate that result in very little motion blur, and its refresh rate can also be overclocked up to 160Hz, making motion look even smoother. To reduce screen tearing, it supports FreeSync natively, and it's certified to be compatible with G-SYNC as well. Input lag is amazingly low, so every move feels responsive, and it remains low even if you play at 60Hz, which is great for console gamers.
On top of its impressive gaming performance, this monitor supports HDR. It delivers a pretty decent experience, although bright highlights only stand out if you're gaming in a dark environment. It comes with a pair of USB 3.0 ports on the back to charge your mobile devices, and the backlight is flicker-free, which can be helpful in reducing eye strain. This monitor may not have the most extra features, but most gamers should be more than happy with its overall performance.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and you prefer native G-SYNC support, then check out the Dell Alienware AW3418DW. It has largely the same configuration as the LG 34GN850-B, such as its 34 inch curved screen, 21:9 aspect ratio, and 1440p resolution. That said, there are a few notable differences; it has a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz and it supports G-SYNC natively. Response time and input lag are just as good, but unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright and its IPS panel also suffers from a low contrast ratio, so it's best used in an averagely-lit room. Also, it doesn't support HDR, which is rather disappointing.
Overall, the LG is a better choice due to its superior performance and HDR support. However, if you prefer a native G-SYNC monitor, the Dell is also a very good choice, although you would have to compromise on a few things.
If you tend to game in a dark room, then you should check out a VA panel monitor, such as the Acer Predator Z35P. At 35 inches, it's just slightly bigger than the LG 34GN850-B and the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, but it has a VA panel that can produce deeper blacks for a great dark room gaming experience. Its response time is excellent, it has a 100Hz refresh rate that can be overclocked up to 120Hz, and it supports G-SYNC natively. Its viewing angles are sub-par, which is expected of most VA panels; however, the screen has a more aggressive curve to compensate, so you shouldn't have any issues seeing the sides. Also, it has a lower peak brightness that can be problematic if you want to game in a bright room and it doesn't support HDR.
Overall, the LG has better gaming performance due to its faster response time and higher refresh rate, but if dark room performance is important to you and you want native G-SYNC support, then go with the Acer.
The best super ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. It has a massive 49 inch screen, with a 32:9 aspect ratio that spans nearly your entire field of view, delivering a stunning and immersive gaming experience. It's basically the same as running two 27 inch 16:9 monitors side-by-side, but without any distracting bezels in between. Images and text look sharp thanks to its 1440p resolution, and it has an excellent peak brightness that makes it suitable for use in any lighting conditions. Like most VA panels, it has sub-par viewing angles; however, the screen's curvature makes it easier to see the sides.
This monitor has a great response time and a 120Hz refresh rate that makes motion look incredibly smooth. It supports FreeSync to help minimize screen tearing; however, it isn't compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Input lag is extremely low and only rises a bit when playing with 10-bit HDR. Although it only supports HDR10, it delivers an experience that's far above most HDR-capable monitors that we've reviewed. It can display a wide color gamut and it gets very bright, enough to make highlights pop in HDR movies.
There are four USB ports that you can use to charge your mobile devices and some LED lighting on the back. There's a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources at once, which can be a useful feature for streamers using a separate computer to stream. All in all, it's a great super ultrawide gaming monitor that should satisfy most gamers, provided that you have enough desk space.
The best budget ultrawide gaming monitor that we've tested so far is the LG 34UC79G-B. Like most ultrawide monitors, it has a 21:9 aspect ratio, which is great for an immersive gaming experience. However, its resolution gets a bit of a downgrade, as it has a 1080p panel. Motion handling is excellent and it has a black frame insertion feature to help reduce the appearance of motion blur. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate and native FreeSync support, and it's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well.
Gaming on this monitor feels incredibly responsive thanks to its low input lag. Its IPS panel has wide viewing angles and it can get decently bright, enough to overcome glare in bright rooms. Like most IPS monitors, its contrast ratio is quite low, and black uniformity is poor, making blacks look gray in dark environments. Its gray uniformity is great, though, with almost no sign of dirty screen effect.
The overall build quality is good and the stand supports it well, but due to its aspect ratio, it can't rotate to portrait mode and it also lacks swivel adjustment. There are USB ports on the back for charging mobile devices and the backlight is flicker-free, which can be helpful if you tend to game for long stretches at a time. On the whole, this is a great ultrawide gaming monitor at a budget price, as long as you don't mind the 1080p resolution.
If you don't have the desk space to accommodate a 34 inch monitor like the LG 34UC79G-B, then check out the LG 29UM69G-B. It has a smaller 29 inch screen size, which is perfect for small dorm rooms or home offices. It has an IPS panel and a 1080p resolution, but its maximum refresh rate drops to 75Hz. Luckily, there's still support for FreeSync and its response time is just as good, so you get a clear image with very little motion blur. This monitor has a USB-C port on the back that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, allowing you to display an image from a compatible device like a MacBook Pro and charge it at the same time with a single cable.
For the best gaming performance, go with the 34UC79G-B, as its higher refresh rate provides smoother gameplay, but if you don't have space for it, then the 29UM69G-B is a decent option.
08/04/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
06/05/2020: Replaced LG 34GK950F-B with LG 34GN850-B.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best ultrawide 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 ultrawide 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.