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 64 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, and the best gaming monitors.
The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best ultrawide gaming monitor that we've tested so far. It is a great gaming monitor with decent overall picture quality, excellent motion handling, and outstanding low input lag. The large, 34" curved screen delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience, and the 3440x1440 native resolution allows you to see more of the finer details in your favorite PC games.
This monitor has an excellent response time, delivering crystal clear motion with very little blur trail. It has an excellent 120Hz refresh rate and supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology, but only over DisplayPort. The backlight is completely flicker-free, which is great, but it doesn't support NVIDIA's Ultra Low Motion Blur feature, which is NVIDIA's black frame insertion feature.
Unfortunately, like the majority of IPS screens, this monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room. Overall, though, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you like the great gaming experience and form factor of the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, but would prefer a monitor that looks better in a dark room, check out the Acer Z35P instead. This 35" VA monitor delivers nearly identical gaming performance to the Dell but produces much deeper blacks for late night gaming in a dark room. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of viewing angles, as the Z35P is best enjoyed from directly in front, so it isn't an ideal choice for split-screen gaming.
If you want an even more immersive gaming experience than the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, the Samsung CHG90 is the best Super Ultrawide Gaming monitor that we've tested so far. This massive 49" curved monitor is the equivalent of two 16:9 monitors placed side-by-side and, combined with the curved design, delivers an incredibly immersive gaming experience.
This monitor has a 144Hz refresh rate, a bit better than the AW3418DW's 120Hz refresh rate, and it supports AMD's FreeSync instead of NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. This makes it a slightly more versatile choice, as FreeSync on this monitor also works with NVIDIA's new Adaptive Sync drivers, as long as you have a recent 10- or 20- series NVIDIA graphics card.
Unlike the AW3418DW, this monitor uses a VA panel and looks better in a dark room. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of viewing angles, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front. Overall, though, the CHG90 is a great gaming monitor that should please most people, if you have space for it.
The Samsung CHG90 is a great gaming monitor, but if you find the native resolution too low, the Dell U4919DW is a better choice. This is a very good gaming monitor, with an excellent 5120x1440 screen and a similar form factor to the Samsung. Unfortunately, it is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any variable refresh rate technologies like FreeSync or G-SYNC, so it is best suited for casual gaming. This monitor doesn't look as good as the Samsung in a dark room, but the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, making it a better choice for split-screen gaming.
If the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is too expensive, the LG 34UC79G-B is the best budget ultrawide gaming monitor 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 is a great ultrawide gaming monitor that should please most people.
If you like the LG 34UC79G-B but would prefer a smaller monitor, check out the LG 29UM69G-B instead. The smaller version takes up a lot less space, but has the same 2560x1080 resolution and delivers a good overall gaming experience. The 75Hz refresh rate isn't as good as the larger model, and the unit we tested had some issues with black uniformity, but this varies between units. The smaller model also has different inputs, losing one HDMI port but gaining a USB-C port with DisplayPort Alt Mode, which is great for Mac owners.
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.