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 they're extremely well-suited for first-person games.
We've tested over 20 ultrawide 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, the best 144Hz monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The best ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the Acer Nitro XV340CK. It's a 34 inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and surprisingly, it doesn't have a curved screen. It's decently-built and has good ergonomics for an ultrawide, with a full 360-degree swivel range. It also has decent viewing angles, making it a good option for playing co-op games. It handles reflections well but doesn't get very bright, so it's better suited for a dark to moderately-lit room.
It has excellent motion handling. It has a fast response time to deliver clear images in fast-moving scenes and a Black Frame Insertion feature to further improve motion clarity. Its 144Hz refresh rate keeps motion looking very smooth, and it supports FreeSync to minimize screen tearing. It's compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC as well, but only over a DisplayPort connection.
There's HDR support, and playing in HDR doesn't add any noticeable input lag. That said, the HDR experience is rather disappointing, as it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough. It has a pair of integrated speakers, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources simultaneously. All in all, it's an impressive gaming monitor that should satisfy most gamers.
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card and prefer a monitor that supports G-SYNC natively, consider the Dell Alienware AW3420DW. Its size and aspect ratio are the same as the Acer Nitro XV340CK, but it has a curved screen. It has an excellent refresh rate and a quick response time; however, it has a lot of overshoot. The Dell has an outstandingly low input lag, and while it's slightly higher than that the Acer, the difference shouldn't be too noticeable. Unfortunately, it doesn't support HDR, and blacks don't look as deep due to the lower contrast ratio. Also, its reflection handling is only mediocre, so you may struggle to see the screen well if you're in a bright room.
If you want a higher refresh rate, get the Acer, but if you want native G-SYNC support, which is better for NVIDIA graphic cards, go with the Dell.
If you find yourself gaming in a dark room often, check out the Acer Predator Z35P. While its lower peak brightness makes it less ideal for a bright room, it has a VA panel that can produce deep blacks, making it the better choice for dark rooms than the Acer Nitro XV340CK or the Dell Alienware AW3420DW. It has an amazing response time and an outstandingly low input lag, which should provide a fast and responsive gaming experience. It also supports G-SYNC, which prevents screen tearing, but it's only supported over DisplayPort. Unfortunately, its viewing angles are disappointing, which isn't ideal if you plan on playing co-op with someone sitting beside you.
If you want a higher refresh rate and a higher peak brightness, go with the Dell, but if you tend to game in the dark most often, the Acer might be a better choice.
The best super ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested is the Samsung C49RG9/CRG9. It has a massive 49 inch screen, with a 32:9 aspect ratio that spans nearly your entire field of view, delivering a stunning and immersive gaming experience. It's basically the same as running two 27 inch 16:9 monitors side-by-side, but without any distracting bezels in between. Images and text look sharp thanks to its 1440p resolution, and it has an excellent peak brightness that makes it suitable for use in any lighting conditions.
It has a great response time and a 120Hz refresh rate that makes motion look incredibly smooth. It supports FreeSync to help minimize screen tearing; however, it isn't compatible with NVIDIA's G-SYNC. Input lag is extremely low and only rises a bit when playing with 10-bit HDR. Although it only supports HDR10, it delivers an experience that's far above most HDR-capable monitors that we've tested. It can display a wide color gamut and gets very bright, enough to make highlights pop in HDR movies.
There are four USB ports that you can use to charge your mobile devices and some LED lighting on the back. There's a Picture-in-Picture mode that lets you display images from two input sources at once, which can be a useful feature for streamers using a separate computer to stream. All in all, it's a great super ultrawide gaming monitor that should satisfy most gamers, provided that you have enough desk space.
The best ultrawide gaming monitor in the budget category that we've tested is the Gigabyte G34WQC. This 34 inch monitor has a 21:9 aspect ratio that provides an excellent immersive gaming experience, and it's also great for multitasking with multiple windows. Thanks to its great contrast ratio, it produces deep blacks, making it an ideal option for dark rooms. It handles reflections well, and it gets bright enough to combat glare, so you shouldn't have any visibility issues in well-lit rooms.
It has an outstandingly low input lag, fast response time, and 144Hz refresh rate, delivering smooth and responsive gameplay. Also, it supports FreeSync natively to reduce screen tearing. It's compatible with G-SYNC as well, but it only works over a DisplayPort connection. It also has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity, but it causes some slight image duplication, and it can't be used while VRR is active.
Unfortunately, it has disappointingly narrow viewing angles that cause images to look washed out when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal if you plan to play co-op with someone sitting next to you. While its HDR peak brightness is consistent and decent enough for gaming, it isn't bright enough for HDR movies. Nonetheless, this monitor has many good features, and it's a great budget gaming option if you want an immersive and responsive experience.
If you find the Gigabyte G34WQC too big, then check out the LG 29UM69G-B. It's a very different monitor, as it has a 29 inch IPS panel, a 1080p resolution, and its refresh rate is limited to 75Hz. Its IPS panel does come with a few benefits, such as wider viewing angles and better accuracy out of the box. It has good response time, FreeSync support, and G-SYNC compatibility. Unfortunately, it has a low contrast ratio that makes it less ideal for dark rooms, and it doesn't get very bright, so it might have trouble fighting glare. Also, it doesn't support HDR. On the upside, it has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort Alt Mode, which lets you display an image from a compatible device and charge it at the same time.
If you can afford it, the Gigabyte is a much better choice as it's a significant step up from the LG performance-wise, and the price increase is well worth it. However, if your space is limited, the LG is a pretty decent alternative.
12/23/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/02/2020: Replaced LG 34UC79G-B with Gigabyte G34WQC.
10/02/2020: Replaced LG 34GN850-B with Acer Nitro XV340CK, replaced Dell Alienware AW3418DW with Dell Alienware AW3420DW.
08/04/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
06/05/2020: Replaced LG 34GK950F-B with LG 34GN850-B.
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.