If you want an immersive gaming experience, you should look at some ultrawide and curved gaming monitors. Unlike the last few years, this genre has added several models to premium and expensive monitors. You also get a nice crop of affordable monitors that deliver a great performance. Add features like a high refresh rate, FreeSync support, low response rate, and of course, a compatible graphics card, and you have the perfect recipe with you.
Apart from delivering an immersive gaming experience, ultrawide curved monitors are slick and look super cool. The best part is that you do not have to turn to look at your second monitor to see what's happening on screen. The curved display takes care of it.
So here is our list of hand-picked ultrawide curved gaming monitors for the gamer in you. But first, have a look at these,
Alienware is no stranger to exciting gaming peripherals, and the AW3420DW is no exception. This one is a new addition in the company's ultrawide lineup, and it packs a punch. For one, you get a 120Hz refresh rate, which means smoother gameplay, and the low response rate and the fast response rate adds to it. Secondly, it has an immersive 1900R curvature and boasts of a futuristic design.
However, it's a G-Sync compatible monitor meaning it will help your case if you have an NVIDIA graphics card.
It also comes with RGB lighting, and the best part is that you can control the lighting through the dedicated software on your PC. Connectivity-wise, it packs an ample amount of ports, including DisplayPort and HDMI connectors and a duo of USB-A ports to connect your wired gaming peripherals. However, do note that the HDMI and DisplayPort connectors are a generation old.
The good news is that the Alienware AW3420DW can also double up as your regular home-office monitor. The widescreen means you will be able to open a couple of windows side-by-side and the curved display will give you an enveloping experience. For the record, the Alienware AW3420DW means offers 98% DCI-P3 color gamut support to means richer colors, be it while gaming or watching online content.
Alternatively, you can also check out the Acer Nitro XV340CK.
The LG 34GN850-B is the one for you if you want a huge real estate to play your favorite games. Yes, this gaming monitor measures 34-inch and has a 1900R curvature, which translates into an immersive gaming experience. Since it's a premium monitor, here you do not have to worry about bends on the screen where the screen curves. Instead, it presents a consistent and even curve, which is a big plus.
At the same time, this one has several nifty features up its sleeves. For one, it bundles an almost bezel-less and sharp look. Secondly, it bundles a refresh rate of 144Hz, which you can further push to 160Hz. Cool, right? And the story doesn't end there. The 34GN850-B still maintains an excellent response time when the refresh rate is cranked up.
Picture-wise, you can expect a clear and crisp picture. It displays 98% of the DCI-P3 color space. The HDR enthusiasts will have to settle with an HDR400 certification. Since it won't have many dedicated lighting zones, the HDR experience would be somewhat underwhelming in darker rooms.
The gamer in you will be amazed to learn that this monitor supports both AMD FreeSync and NVIDIA G-Sync. This itself makes it future-proof as you can switch between GPUs without switching to a new monitor.
Needless to say, it has some limitations. For one, the monitor stand is quite large and tends to push the monitor forward. It gives you an immersive experience as the display curves gently around your vision, but it's not a comfortable position and is not suitable for long gaming sessions.
The AOC CU34G2X is the perfect middle ground between premium gaming monitors and affordable monitors. This brings a 144Hz refresh rate to the table and AMD FreeSync support and delivers an enjoyable gaming experience. Surprisingly, it packs a VA panel, which means punchy colors and faster response time, delivering a great image quality.
Another plus point is that it packs HDR10, which means better contrast and color. This is especially important if you are someone who loves playing in dark rooms or low-lit environments.
Other than that, the response time varies between 48-144Hz, thanks to the AMD FreeSync support. However, note that it kicks into action when you connect a compatible cable to the DisplayPort 1.4 port of your GPU. If your GPU has older HDMI or DisplayPort connectors, you will have settle with a lower refresh rate.
But at the end of the day, the AOC CU34G2X is not perfect. The use of the VA panel brings a little pixel smearing and ghosting. You can avert this by cranking down the Overdrive mode. Again, if you play low-intensity games, you shouldn't bother much about the smearing.
4. Viotek GNV34CB Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor
Resolution: 3440 x 1440 pixels (34-inch)
Refresh Rate: 144Hz
Ports: 2 x DisplayPort 1.4, 2 x HDMI 2.0, 3.5mm Audio Out
If you want a monitor that is affordable and yet delivers impressive results, you can't go wrong with the Viotek GNV34CB. This one has a refresh rate of 144Hz and supports both FreeSync and GSync, even though it's not a G-Sync certified gaming monitor. The image quality is crisp and sharp and the VA panel does its best to deliver an undistorted and high contrast picture. Unlike the ones above, this one has a tighter curvature of 1500R. But thankfully, the picture remains undistorted and appears even.
Since it's a FreeSync monitor, the frame rate effortlessly switches between low and high as per the demands of the game. This one can go low as 48Hz and as high as 144Hz. And yes, it has settings in place to prevent screen tearing and screen blur.
If you are looking for a super affordable ultrawide curved monitor, then you can't go wrong with the Sceptre C305B-200UN. This one is priced at less than $300 and bears plenty of nifty features. For one, this VA panel monitor brings you a maximum refresh rate of 200Hz. And if that was not the reason enough, this monitor also supports AMD FreeSync, meaning smoother gameplay, and the refresh rate can dip as far as 48Hz when the situation demands.
Quite naturally, specs-wise, you will have to compromise a little. For one, it's not a 4K monitor. Plus, at the maximum refresh rate, there is a bit of pixel smearing. On the upside, the texts appear crisp and clear and do not need scaling.
The looks are pretty sharp considering the price, and the almost frame-less design adds to its looks. However, note that it's nearly bezel-less and not completely frameless, thanks to the black border around the screen. The stand is sturdy, but you won't find many options apart from tilting the stand when it comes to ergonomics. The good news is you can mount it on a gaming monitor mount like the VIVO Stand V001 if you want more mobility.
The C305B-200UN packs an ample number of ports as noted above. Out of the video ports, do note that the HDMI 2.0 ports support up to 2560×1080 pixel resolution at 165Hz, while the older HDMI ports can barely pull a refresh rate of 75Hz in Quad HD.
Nevertheless, it's a good gaming monitor for the price. Its user base has praised this monitor for its healthy price-to-performance ratio on Amazon. It has an average rating of 4.5-stars out of 5.
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Even though there are quite a few ultrawide curved monitors in the affordable section, the issue is that some of the curved-screen tend to have a clear bend, and this reduces the overall experience. Other than that, do check if the video connectors on the monitor match against the ones on your GPU.
Okay, we know we said ultrawide, but how about you extend it a little more? If this sounds exciting, you should certainly check out the Samsung CRG9. This one is a super ultrawide gaming monitor. And well, it's a unique monitor and measures a whopping 49-inches. Yes, it's that big. It supports FreeSync (but not NVIDIA's G-Sync) and packs a refresh rate of 120 Hz.