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 68 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. This 34" monitor delivers a great gaming experience, thanks to its excellent response time that delivers clear motion, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It has a fast refresh rate as well, and it supports NVIDIA's G-SYNC variable refresh rate technology. It has excellent low input lag, so you're able to respond quickly and accurately to what's happening on-screen.
This monitor also has a few useful features for gamers. It has a built-in USB hub, so you can charge your controllers or connect wired controllers to the monitor, great if they have short cables. This monitor also has an RGB lighting system, which is great if you're playing in a dark room.
Unfortunately, the Dell AW3418DW can't get very bright, and like most IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, which makes it a bit less versatile. Overall, though, it's a very good ultrawide monitor with great gaming performance that should please most people.
If you want something that looks better in a dark room than the Dell Alienware AW3418DW, check out the Acer Predator Z35P instead. This monitor uses a VA panel and has a much better contrast ratio, which is great for gaming late at night in a dark room. Unfortunately, this also results in worse viewing angles, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front. This monitor also has a slightly slower response time, but otherwise has the same great gaming features as the Dell, including low input lag, a fast refresh rate, and G-SYNC support.
If you want the most immersive gaming experience possible, the Samsung CHG90 is the best super ultrawide gaming monitor that we've tested so far. This massive 49" monitor is the equivalent of two 27", 1920x1080 monitors stuck together, giving an extremely immersive gaming experience.
This monitor delivers a great gaming experience thanks to the excellent response time, fast refresh rate, and extremely low input lag. It also supports FreeSync, even when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card, which is great. When you're not gaming, this is a good monitor as your daily driver. The wide screen is great for multitasking, and it delivers decent picture quality with very good peak brightness.
Unfortunately, the vertical resolution is still only 1080p, which isn't ideal for some games, and the backlight uses PWM to dim, which may bother some people. Overall, though, this is a great gaming monitor that should please most people.
If the low vertical resolution of the Samsung CHG90 bothers you, check out the Dell U4919DW instead. Although it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, which may be limiting for some gamers, this monitor has a higher native resolution and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle. It doesn't support FreeSync, which is a bit disappointing. It does come with some useful additions, however, including a USB-C port that supports power delivery, which is great for MacBook Pro owners. It also has 5 USB 3.0 ports.
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's 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.