Ultrawide monitors deliver a much more immersive gaming experience than standard 16:9 monitors. The 21:9 aspect ratio of an ultrawide 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 FPS games.
We've bought and tested over 240 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 34+ inch monitors.
The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the Dell Alienware AW3423DW. It's an excellent gaming monitor that's easiest to find directly through Dell's website and not so much through retailers. It uses new QD-OLED technology, which means it has perfect black uniformity and displays a wide range of vivid colors, delivering remarkable picture quality and a fantastic HDR experience. Gaming feels excellent on it as it has a near-instantaneous response time that results in almost no motion blur. Although its input lag is higher than some other monitors, it's still low enough for a responsive gaming experience. It also has a high 175Hz refresh rate with native G-SYNC support to reduce screen tearing.
The monitor performs best in dark rooms because it displays deep and inky blacks in the dark, but it doesn't perform so well in bright rooms as any ambient light causes the black levels to raise. However, even if you use it in a room with a few lights around, the picture quality and uniformity remain fantastic, and there isn't any distracting glare from light sources.
If you find the Dell Alienware AW3423DW too expensive and still want a great gaming monitor while spending less, then the Gigabyte M34WQ is the best mid-range ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested. While you don't get the same remarkable picture quality, it's still a great gaming monitor with a few features, and it's versatile if you also want to use it for web browsing and productivity tasks.
It has native FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing, and even though it's not certified by NVIDIA, G-SYNC compatibility works with NVIDIA graphics cards. The 144Hz refresh rate helps deliver a smooth gaming experience as motion looks excellent 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. 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.
If you're shopping for a budget-friendly display, the Dell S3422DWG is the best budget ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested. It has a 34-inch screen with a 3440x1440 resolution and is great for gaming. With a 144Hz refresh rate, it has a good response time at high frame rates, but it's slower at 60Hz, and there's black smearing around fast-moving objects, but that's normal for monitors with VA panels. It also has native FreeSync VRR support with G-SYNC compatibility.
Despite its budget price, it delivers a surprisingly decent HDR performance as it has good HDR peak brightness that makes highlights pop and displays a wide range of colors so that colors look vivid. It also has a good contrast ratio that displays deep blacks in dark rooms but lacks a local dimming feature. Still, local dimming on most monitors is terrible, and this monitor has excellent black uniformity with minimal blooming around bright objects, making it a great choice for dark-room gaming.
If you tend to play atmospheric or FPS games and want the most screen real estate possible, look into the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, the best super ultrawide monitor we've tested. With a 32:9 aspect ratio and 5120x1440 resolution, it's even bigger than typical ultrawide monitors, and it's the equivalent of placing two 27-inch, 1440p monitors next to each other. It lets you see more of your game at once, so you can react quickly to the in-game actions. It's an excellent gaming monitor that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms. 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. There's minimal blooming around bright objects, and it displays deep blacks in dark rooms.
In terms of gaming features, it has native FreeSync support, G-SYNC compatibility, and a fast 240Hz refresh rate, meaning you can play high-frame-rate games without issue. The motion handling is great no matter the frame rate you're gaming at, and it doesn't have a lot of black smearing like on other VA panel monitors. There's even a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur.
Jul 28, 2022: Restructured article to reflect user needs; added the Dell Alienware AW3423DW as the 'Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitor', renamed the Gigabyte M34WQ as the 'Best Mid-Range', and renamed the Dell S3422DWG to 'Best Budget' for consistency; moved the Acer Nitro XV340CK and removed the LG 34GP950-B.
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.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best ultrawide monitors for gaming 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.