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 15 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 LG 34GK950F-B is the best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far. It has outstanding motion handling, thanks to the great response time, resulting in extremely clear motion with almost no blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a flicker-free backlight and incorporates an optional black frame insertion feature to help motion look crisper. The input lag is remarkably low, for a responsive gaming experience, and it supports FreeSync, for nearly tear-free gaming.
The overall picture quality is decent, but due to the IPS panel it can't deliver deep blacks in a dark room. It has very good peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in most viewing environments. This monitor supports HDR, and it can display a wide color gamut, but it can't get bright enough in HDR to deliver small highlights that pop.
Overall, this is a great monitor, delivering an impressive gaming experience that should please even the most demanding gamers.
If you want the most from your NVIDIA card, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW/1900R is the best G-SYNC alternative to the LG 34GK950F-B. Even though the LG 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.
If you want the most immersive gaming experience possible without a VR headset, check out the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. This massive 49 inch monitor delivers an impressive gaming experience, with an outstanding response time, excellent low input lag, and FreeSync variable refresh rate support.
This monitor delivers decent overall picture quality. It has a decent contrast ratio, excellent peak brightness, and it supports HDR. It has excellent uniformity, and there's very little banding in areas of similar color. This monitor has a higher native resolution than its predecessor, the Samsung C49HG90/CHG90, letting you see more fine details in your favorite games.
Unfortunately, this monitor has narrow viewing angles, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front at a comfortable distance. If you sit close to the screen, the edges appear non-uniform.
The LG 34UC79G-B is the best ultrawide monitor for gaming in the budget category 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 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 LG 34UC79G-B. However, for those with limited space, the LG 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.
12/23/2019: Made minor changes to text for clarity.
10/24/2019: Verified the picks for accuracy, and updated the text.