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 a 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 a good native contrast. The black uniformity is poor, so this isn't a good monitor to game with 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 computer 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. 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 Alienware AW3418DW/1900R, but instead offers a faster refresh rate, which is great if you prefer smooth motion over a more detailed image. While 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, this monitor 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 the size of the LG 34UC79G-B is more than you can accommodate on your desk but you still want a budget ultrawide gaming monitor, then get the LG 29UM69G-B. It's noticeably smaller than the other LG, so details on the screen are more crammed, though still just as clear. The refresh rate isn't as high, the black uniformity is bad, and the input lag is a little higher on the smaller LG. Despite all that, however, the monitor still delivers a good gaming experience, mainly due to its excellent response time, FreeSync support, and wide viewing angles.
The best budget ultrawide gaming monitor is the 34UC79G-B. However, for those with limited space, the 29UM69G-B is a budget-friendly 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.
02/21/2019: Made minor changes to text for clarity.