Ultrawide monitors deliver a much more immersive gaming experience than standard 16:9 monitors. The 21:9 aspect ratio offers more horizontal screen space, so you can open multiple windows side-by-side or see more of your game at once. Although not quite as immersive as VR headsets, ultrawide monitors allow you to see more of your surroundings in games without constantly having to pan around, and they're extremely well-suited for first-person games.
We've tested over 20 ultrawide monitors, 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, and the best 144Hz monitors.
The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the Gigabyte M34WQ. It's a versatile monitor with a 3440x1440 resolution and 34 inch screen, so text looks sharp thanks to the high pixel density. It has many gaming features that should please most people, like a USB hub that includes a USB-C port. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles and, combined with its wide swivel range, it's a great choice for co-op gaming.
It has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, and even though it's not certified by NVIDIA, we confirmed that G-SYNC compatibility works with NVIDIA graphics cards. The 144Hz refresh rate helps deliver a smooth gaming experience as motion looks good thanks to the quick response time, and it has low input lag. This monitor also has a backlight strobing feature to reduce motion blur, but it doesn't work below 85Hz.
Although it supports HDR10 and displays a wide color gamut, it doesn't deliver a good HDR experience because it has a low contrast ratio and lacks a local dimming feature to display deep blacks. Also, it has low HDR peak brightness, so highlights don't stand out the way they should. If this isn't an issue for you, it's one of the best widescreen gaming monitors we've tested.
If you want to enjoy the latest games in HDR, check out the Dell S3422DWG. It has a slightly slower response time than the Gigabyte M34WQ, so it's not quite as versatile, but it's a great choice for gaming in a dark room. It has good contrast, so blacks look deep and uniform in the dark, and it's surprisingly bright in HDR, significantly exceeding the requirements for its VESA DisplayHDR 400 certification. It also has a good HDR color gamut, with excellent coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content, so your favorite games look vivid and lifelike. It also delivers a great gaming experience with low input lag, FreeSync support, and a fast refresh rate.
Overall the Gigabyte is the best choice for most gamers, as it has a faster response time with less smearing behind dark objects, but if you're in a dark room and want to enjoy your favorite games in HDR, the Dell is a great choice.
The LG 34GP950-B is the best ultrawide G-SYNC gaming monitor that we've tested. If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and want to take full advantage of it, the native G-SYNC support helps deliver a tear-free gaming experience. Even if you have another PC with an AMD graphics card, we confirmed that FreeSync works over DisplayPort connections, but not HDMI.
It has a native 144Hz refresh rate which you can overclock to 180Hz for an even smoother gaming experience. Motion looks fantastic at both its max refresh rate and at 60Hz because it has a remarkable response time, but there's no optional backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur. Still, motion looks smooth enough even without backlight strobing. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare, and it has decent reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be much of an issue.
Unfortunately, it has limited ergonomics because you can't swivel its stand. Also, its IPS panel has a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. It has wide viewing angles if you want to use it for co-op gaming. Overall, it's one of the best ultrawide gaming monitors we've tested with native G-SYNC support.
If you want a super ultrawide option, look into the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. It's an excellent gaming monitor that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms. The super ultrawide format is even bigger because it has a 32:9 aspect ratio with a 5120x1440 resolution, so it's the equivalent of placing two 27 inch, 1440p monitors side-by-side.
It's unique because it's one of the few monitors to use Mini LED backlighting, allowing greater control over the local dimming, which performs well, and there's minimal blooming around bright objects. It also has a high native contrast ratio and excellent peak brightness, so it delivers a great HDR gaming performance, but you need to make sure it's updated to the latest firmware for it to work properly. In terms of gaming features, it has native FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and a 240Hz refresh rate.
Sadly, with its VA panel and narrow viewing angles, the image looks washed out if you sit too close. The aggressively curved screen helps reduce this issue, but the image doesn't remain accurate when viewing from the sides. It also has flickering issues with low-frame-rate content, but that won't be an issue if you play high-frame-rate games. All in all, it's the best widescreen gaming monitor in a super ultrawide format.
The Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx is the best budget ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested. It's a great monitor for gaming, with an excellent response time at the max refresh rate, resulting in very clear motion with a short blur trail behind fast-moving objects. It also has exceptionally low input lag, and it supports both FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source.
Despite the budget price, it has a very good stand, so you can easily place it in an ideal viewing position. It has good visibility in bright rooms, with okay peak brightness in SDR but very good reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue. It also has an excellent SDR color gamut, decent color accuracy out of the box, and superb gradient handling, so your games look great.
Unfortunately, although it supports HDR, it delivers a disappointing HDR experience, as it has low contrast, low peak brightness in HDR, and a very narrow color gamut in HDR. As long as you stick to SDR, it's a very good monitor.
Apr 04, 2022: Replaced the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B with the Dell S3422DWG and renamed the category to 'HDR Alternative'; added the Acer Nitro XV340CK Pbmiipphzx as the 'Best Budget Ultrawide'.
Feb 08, 2022: Moved the LG 34GP950G-B to its own 'Best G-SYNC' category for consistency with other recommendations; moved the ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B to 'Dark Room Alternative' to the Gigabyte M34WQ and renamed to 'Best FreeSync'; replaced the Acer Nitro XV340CK with the Dell S3422DWG due to low availability.
Dec 10, 2021: Replaced the LG 34GP83A-B with the Gigabyte M34WQ due to availability and consistency with other recommendations; replaced the Samsung Odyssey G9 with the newer Odyssey Neo G9; added the 34GP83A-B, Odyssey G9, LG 38GL950G-B, and the Gigabyte G34WQC to Notable Mentions.
Oct 12, 2021: Replaced LG 38GL950G-B with LG 34GP950G-B. Replaced Gigabyte G34WQC with ASUS TUF Gaming VG34VQL1B. Added Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 to Notable Mentions.
Aug 13, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. Replaced LG 34GN850-B with LG 34GP83A-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.