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 15 ultrawide monitors so far and below are our recommendations for the best ultrawide gaming monitors to buy in 2019. See our recommendations for the best large monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, the best 144Hz monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far. It has outstanding motion handling, with an impressive response time, resulting in extremely clear motion with almost no blur behind fast-moving objects. The backlight is flicker-free, but there's an optional black frame insertion feature to further clear up motion. It has outstanding low input lag, for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync, for nearly tear-free gaming.
This monitor has decent picture quality, but as expected, due to the IPS panel it doesn't look as good in a dark room. It has very good peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most viewing environments. This monitor supports HDR, and it can display a wide color gamut, but it can't get bright enough in HDR for small highlights in some scenes to really stand out.
Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B is a great monitor, delivering an impressive gaming experience that should please even the most demanding gamers.
If you want the most from your NVIDIA card, the Alienware AW3418DW is the best G-SYNC alternative to the LG 34GK950F-B. Even though the LG supports FreeSync on recent NVIDIA graphics cards, the best gaming experience with an NVIDIA graphics card is still reserved for monitors with the full NVIDIA G-SYNC hardware, like this one. It isn't quite as good as the LG, as it has a slower refresh rate and no optional black frame insertion feature, but it's still a great gaming monitor that should please most gamers.
Overall, the LG is the best ultrawide gaming monitor for most people, but if you have an NVIDIA graphics card and you want to get the most out of it, the Dell is the best G-SYNC alternative.
If you often play games late at night, the Acer Predator Z35P looks better in a dark room, as it has a much higher contrast ratio than the LG 34GK950F-B. This monitor isn't quite as good as the LG, though, as it has a lower refresh rate and worse viewing angles. It supports G-SYNC, instead of FreeSync like the LG, which is great for gamers that want the most out of their NVIDIA graphics card, but it doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature.
Overall, although the LG is the best ultrawide gaming monitor for most people, if you're in a dark room the Acer might be a better choice.
If you want the most immersive gaming experience possible without a VR headset, check out the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. This massive 49 inch monitor delivers an impressive gaming experience, with an outstanding response time, excellent low input lag, and FreeSync variable refresh rate support.
This monitor delivers decent overall picture quality. It has a decent contrast ratio, excellent peak brightness, and it supports HDR. It has excellent uniformity, and there is very little banding in areas of similar color. This monitor has a higher native resolution than its predecessor, the Samsung CHG90, allowing you to see more fine details in your favorite games.
Unfortunately, this monitor has narrow viewing angles, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front at a comfortable distance. If you sit close to the screen, the edges appear non-uniform.
The LG 34UC79G-B is the best ultrawide monitor for gaming in the budget category that we've tested so far. This monitor delivers a great overall gaming experience with decent overall picture quality, outstanding motion handling, and excellent low input lag.
This monitor has a lower resolution screen than the Dell, but instead offers a faster refresh rate, which is great if you prefer smooth motion over a more detailed image. Whereas the Dell supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, the LG supports AMD's FreeSync VRR, making it a bit more versatile as FreeSync on this monitor also works with recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics cards.
Unfortunately, like the Dell, the LG 34UC69G-B doesn't look as good in a dark room, and it can't get very bright, which may be an issue if you have a lot of natural light. Overall, though, it's a great ultrawide gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you want a budget-friendly ultrawide monitor but don't have a lot of space, the LG 29UM69G-B is the best smaller alternative to the LG 34UC79G-B. It isn't as good as the larger model, as it has a slower refresh rate, terrible black uniformity, and slightly higher input lag, but it still delivers a good all-around gaming experience. It has an excellent response time, wide viewing angles, and it supports FreeSync.
Overall, although the LG 34UC79G-B is a much better gaming monitor, if you have limited space, the LG 29UM69G-B is a good alternative.
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.
10/24/2019: Verified the picks for accuracy, and updated the text.