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 34K950F-B. It's a very good gaming monitor with excellent response time and an extremely low input lag, even with FreeSync enabled. There's very little blur trail with clear motion. The backlight is flicker-free, but it has a black frame insertion option to deal with motion blur. The monitor has an amazing refresh rate over DisplayPort, but it decreases with an HDMI input. In addition, the LG supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology.
With an IPS panel, the horizontal viewing angles are excellent, but unfortunately the trade-off for having an IPS monitor is the lack of good native contrast. The black uniformity is poor, so this isn't a good monitor for gaming in dark rooms. However, the SDR color gamut is excellent and the HDR color gamut is good for most games.
This is a good ultrawide gaming monitor that most gamers will be happy with.
If you want the most from your NVIDIA card, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R is the best G-SYNC alternative. Even though the LG 34GK950F-B 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 do most of your gaming at night and find that blacks on the LG 34GK950F-B look more like gray, then check out the Acer Predator Z35P. You won't get the LG's high refresh rate and the image degrades on the sides when you sit up close. On the upside, it delivers deep blacks in a dark room, great for night gaming, and supports G-SYNC so you can enjoy an almost tear-free gaming experience provided you have a compatible NVIDIA card.
If you want the best ultrawide gaming monitor, the LG is the way to go, but for those who enjoy gaming in the dark, the Acer is a great choice.
The best super ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. The input lag is extremely low, so gamers will be able to see their actions onscreen almost as quickly as they press their controllers. It also has outstanding response time and the motion blur is minimal. There's no image flicker on this super ultrawide gaming monitor, which could give you less eye strain, but it doesn't have black frame insertion either to reduce motion blur.
With a VA panel, it performs much better for native contrast in comparison to other gaming monitors with IPS panels. It would be a good monitor to game with at night if the black uniformity and local dimming weren't bad. Unfortunately, the monitor has bad viewing angles, so co-op gaming might not look so good with it. However, it has good reflection handling, and there shouldn't be any issues with it in a bright room.
The 5120x1440 resolution, combined with low input lag and great response time, makes this a good super ultrawide gaming monitor.
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. This monitor 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 the monitor 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 of the monitor 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. This monitor 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.
04/21/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
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.