The Best Curved Monitors (2024 Reviews)

Fan of curved monitors? Check out the best curved monitors currently available in various formats: ultrawide, 4K, 144Hz, and more! All budgets available.

There was a time when curved screens were considered a passing fad, but with more and more monitors being released nowadays with steeper and steeper curvatures, they’re evidently here to stay.

While back in the day, you had to pay extra for a curved screen, that’s no longer the case; in fact, some curved monitors are more affordable than their flat-screen counterparts.

As there are numerous curved displays available, both good and bad, we narrowed down your options to only the absolute best and most cost-effective models currently available!

TypeMonitorSizeScreen CurvatureResolutionPanelRefresh RateVRR
Best Budget Curved Monitors24”1500R1920x1080VA165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
27"1800R2560x1440VA144HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
32"1500R2560x1440VA170HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
30”1800R2560x1080VA200HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
Best Mid-range Curved Monitors27”
32"
1000R2560x1440VA240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
32”1500R3840x2160VA60HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
34”1500R3440x1440VA144HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
34”1900R3440x1440IPS180HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
38"2300R3840x1600IPS144HzG-SYNC + FreeSync
32”1500R3840x2160VA160HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Unstable)
Best High-end Curved Monitors32”1000R3840x2160VA165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
32”1700R3840x2160OLED240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
Best High-end UltraWide Curved Monitors34"1800R3440x1440OLED165HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
45"Bendable3440x1440OLED240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
Best 32:9 UltraWide Curved Monitors49”1000R5120x1440VA240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
49”1000R5120x1440VA240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Compatible)
57”1000R7680x2160VA240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
49”1800R5120x1440OLED240HzFreeSync
(G-SYNC Stable)
*Recommended monitor - a review section will be added soon
best overall

Dell AW3423DWF

Dell AW3423DWF Monitor
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • True HDR viewing experience
  • 3440×1440 165Hz
premium pick

Samsung OLED G9

Samsung S49CG95
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • True HDR viewing experience
  • 5120×1440 240Hz
budget pick

Gigabyte M32QC

Gigabyte M32QC Monitor
  • High contrast ratio
  • Adjustable stand
  • 165Hz

Curved monitors allow for a wider field of view, therefore, increasing immersion for gaming, watching videos, and other use. They also help eliminate distortion at edges of the screen and provide extra depth to the picture!

Although curvature isn’t as necessary on regular 16:9 widescreen monitors as it is on ultrawide or super-ultrawide displays, it does provide a slightly more immersive viewing experience and makes the design look cooler.

Monitor curvatures range from 1000R (steep) to 3800R (subtle).

In order to ensure you’re getting the perfect curved monitor for you, make use of our reviews below and feel free to leave us a comment below if you need further assistance.

We’ve categorized our top-recommended curved monitors by three budget categories: budget ($150 – $300), mid-range ($350 – $800), and high-end ($1,000+).

You can check out all curved monitors available in our curved monitor list and filter them by screen size, resolution, panel type, resolution, and more!

If you want to view our changelogs for this particular buying guide, you can do so at the end of this article.

Best Budget Curved Monitors

In this category, we have the most affordable curved monitors available ranging from ~$150 up to $300.

Just because a monitor is cheap, it doesn’t mean that it won’t provide you with excellent picture quality and smooth performance! 

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio, wide color gamut
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 165Hz
  • Plenty of additional gaming features
  • Ergonomic and sturdy stand

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Some units affected by VRR brightness flickering

About The Monitor

The AOC C24G1A is the cheapest curved gaming monitor that offers 144Hz. In fact, it’s even cheaper than some 60Hz alternatives!

It used to sell for over $200, now it’s priced at $180 maximum, but it usually goes for just $144.99 which is a steal! 

Image Quality

Just like most curved monitors, the AOC C24G1A features a VA (Vertical Alignment) panel.

This panel technology provides a superior static contrast ratio of 3,000:1, which, in comparison to IPS and TN panels that usually max out at 1,000:1, results in much deeper blacks and brighter whites.

As a result, the details in the shadows and highlights of the picture are more vivid.

Their colors are excellent as well. While they aren’t quite as consistent as that of IPS panels, they are much better than that of any TN panel; the colors are vibrant and accurate, just not consistent enough for professional color-critical work.

The AOC C24G1A has a 120% sRGB color gamut and comes with a pre-calibrated sRGB picture preset. It supports 8-bit color depth without dithering (true 8-bit) for 16.7 million colors.

Other panel-related specifications include a 250-nit peak brightness and a 3,000:1 static contrast ratio.

The maximum brightness may seem low on paper, but it’s more than enough under normal viewing conditions.

While the viewing angles are 178° both horizontally and vertically, they aren’t quite as immaculate as that of IPS panels, so there are some minor changes in contrast when looking at the screen off-axis.

The biggest downside of VA panel monitors is the pixel response time speed.

Basically, due to its deep blacks, pixels take longer to change from blacks into brighter shades, which results in noticeable smearing of fast-moving objects.

However, this is only mildly visible in specific scenarios, mostly when dark pixels are predominant in the picture.

For non-professional FPS gaming, it will be just fine, and most gamers won’t even notice any artifacts; the AOC C24G1A is actually one of the faster VA panel displays.

With 144Hz, even moving your cursor and application windows across your desktop will feel and look smoother.

After playing some video games where you can get over 100FPS, you won’t be able to go back to 60Hz/75Hz as motion simply becomes incredibly smoother at higher refresh rates.

Features

amd freesync logo

Moving on, the AOC C24G1A supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR (variable refresh rate) range. You can also overclock the monitor to 165Hz!

FreeSync allows the monitor to change its refresh rate dynamically in synchronization with GPU’s frame rates, thus eliminating screen tearing and stuttering with virtually no input lag penalty (~1ms).

It works as long as your frame rate is within the monitor’s VRR range, but even if your FPS drops below 48, LFC kicks in and multiplies the frame rate (47FPS -> 94Hz) for smoother performance.

For FreeSync, you will need a compatible graphics card by AMD or NVIDIA (only GTX 10-series or newer).

Now, the monitor is not certified as G-SYNC compatible by NVIDIA, and some units are affected by the FreeSync brightness flickering issue in some video games/applications.

The C24G1A also has an MBR (Motion Blur Reduction) technology, which via backlight strobing reduces perceived motion blur and ghosting.

However, it sacrifices picture brightness in the process, and it can’t be active at the same time as FreeSync.

You can adjust the frequency of backlight strobing in increments of 1 (from 0 to 20) and find the perfect trade-off between picture brightness and motion clarity for you.

Other features include Shadow Control (improves visibility of objects in shadows), Game Color (color saturation presets), pre-calibrated picture modes, and a crosshair overlay.

Design & Connectivity

aoc c24g1a monitor back

The stand of the monitor is also exceptional considering its price. You get a sturdy metal stand with height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5°/20°, swivel by +/- 35°, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

While the screen has a steep 1500R curvature, it’s not particularly noticeable since it’s only a 24″ sized screen, but it does provides a little bit of extra depth and makes the monitor look sleeker.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 1.4 ports, one DisplayPort 1.2 input, VGA, and a headphone jack. All HDMI and DisplayPort inputs support 144Hz at 1920×1080, as well as AMD FreeSync. Only DisplayPort supports 165Hz.

Note that ‘G-SYNC Compatible’ only works over DisplayPort.

Alternatives

  • AOC C24G1 – older version, no wide color gamut
  • MSI G242C – same panel, tilt-only stand

Nowadays, you can also find 27″ and 32″ 1080p high refresh rate gaming monitors for under $150, but as we’ve already mentioned, we don’t recommend them due to low pixel density. If you don’t mind low PPI, check out the Acer ED270RM and the Aopen 32HC5QRS.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio, wide color gamut
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 144Hz
  • Plenty of additional gaming features

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Some units affected by VRR brightness flickering
  • Tilt-only stand

About The Monitor

The Koorui 27E6QC improves on the C24G1A by providing you with a bigger screen as well as a higher screen resolution while keeping a high contrast ratio, rich colors and most importantly, a high refresh rate.

Image Quality

With the Quad HD resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, you get the perfect pixel per inch ratio on 27″ sized screens. There’s plenty of screen space available while the details are crystal-clear without having to use any scaling!

Keep in mind that 1440p is more demanding to drive than 1080p, especially at higher frame rates, so make sure your PC rig will be able to handle it.

The Koorui 27E6QC has a high 3,000:1 contrast ratio and wide color gamut (~85% DCI-P3).

The monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range, but it’s not certified by NVIDIA as G-SYNC compatible. Some units may be affected by the FreeSync brightness flickering issue.

Other features such as MBR, custom crosshair overlays, pre-calibrated picture presets, Black Equalizer, etc. are available as well.

Design & Connectivity

Koorui 27E6QC Monitor Design

The Koorui 27E6QC has a tilt-only stand, but its screen is VESA mount compatible via the 75x75mm pattern.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, HDMI 1.4 (limited to 75Hz at 2560×1440) and a headphone jack.

Alternatives​

  • Acer XZ270UP – steeper 1500R curvature and a more ergonomic stand, but no wide color gamut support
  • Gigabyte G27QCA – 1500R, wide color gamut and ergonomic stand, but more expensive

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio, wide color gamut
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 170Hz
  • Plenty of additional gaming features
  • Height adjustable stand, USB hub, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Some units affected by VRR brightness flickering

About The Monitor

If you want a larger 1440p curved display, we highly recommend the Gigabyte M32QC.

Image Quality

On a 32″ display, 1440p gets you the same pixel density as that of a 24″ 1080p monitor – so, a bigger screen for added immersion, while the detail clarity remains the same.

The M32QC also has a bit wider 94% DCI-P3 color gamut, a higher 400-nit peak brightness, and a factory-overclockable refresh rate to 170Hz.

It also supports Aim Stabilizer Sync, which allows you to use VRR and MBR at the same time. Other features include PiP/PbP, crosshair overlays, Dashboard, various picture presets, Black Equalizer and on-screen timers.

Be sure to check out our detailed M32QC review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M32QC Monitor Design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 100mm, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility while the screen has a steep 1500R curvature.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB-C (DP Alt Mode, 18W PD), an audio line-out port for headphones or external speakers and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. There’s also a built-in KVM switch.

Alternatives​

  • Gigabyte G32QCA – an older version of this monitor without KVM and USB-C, usually goes for the same price
  • Gigabyte GS32QC – a newer version, but it has a tilt-only stand and no wide color gamut support yet it goes for the same price when the G32QCA/M32QC are on sale
  • Koorui GA01Acer EI322QURP – more affordable 32″ 1440p high refresh rate curved VA models that can be found for ~$230. They’re good options if you can’t find the Gigabyte M32QC on sale

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • FreeSync up to 200Hz
  • Ultrawide format for increased immersion

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Minor ghosting in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Some units affected by VRR brightness flickering

About The Monitor

If you’re looking for something a bit different, check out the Sceptre C305B-200UN, one of the most affordable curved gaming monitors!

Image Quality

This 30″ 21:9 ultrawide display is as tall as a regular ~24″ widescreen monitor, but it offers ~33% of extra horizontal space for a wider field of view and more immersive viewing experience.

Screen curvature on ultrawide monitors (in this case it’s 1800R) is very important as it brings the edges of the screen closer to your peripheral vision, thus eliminating image distortion, among other things.

curved monitors vs flat monitors image distortions

Additionally, the Sceptre C305B uses a VA panel for the superior 3,000:1 static contrast ratio while its peak brightness and color gamut are decent at 250-nits and ~90% sRGB, respectively.

With its 2560×1080 UWHD resolution displayed on a 29.5″ viewable screen, you get a pixel density of 94 PPI, which is roughly equivalent to 1080p on 24″ monitors in terms of detail clarity.

Plus, you get an extra horizontal workspace, which is excellent for games, 21:9 movies, productivity work, and video editing!

Another exceptional thing about this budget monitor is the rapid 200Hz refresh rate, which is overclocked from the native 144Hz.

Even though it uses a VA panel which struggles with pixel response time from dark to lighter shades, there’s only minor black smearing visible at 200Hz, and that’s only in darker scenes.

Depending on the video game and your FPS, you may want to set the monitor to 144Hz instead as you’ll get less visible smearing at lower frame rates.

Features

The Sceptre C305B-200UN supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-200Hz refresh rate and it offers stable G-SYNC performance, even though it’s not certified by NVIDIA as ‘G-SYNC Compatible’.

Other features include pre-calibrated FPS and RTS presets, Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture, and standard picture adjustment tools such as brightness, contrast, hue/saturation, and gamma.

Design & Connectivity

sceptre c305b 200un monitor back

The stand of the monitor is tilt-only, but it’s robust and you can easily detach it and mount the screen on a third-party stand using the provided 75x75mm VESA mount adapter.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0, two HDMI 1.4 ports, a headphone jack, and dual 3W built-in speakers. For 200Hz, you’ll need to use DP while HDMI 2.0 maxes out at 165Hz at 2560×1080.

Alternatives

In case you’re looking for something similar but cheaper, check out the Viotek GNV29CB with a lower 120Hz refresh rate.

If you want an affordable ultrawide curved monitor with an IPS panel, consider the Sceptre C305W-2560UN with an 85Hz refresh rate.

Best Mid-Range Curved Monitors

If you can afford something a bit pricier, you’ll find the best $350 – $800 curved monitors right here!

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and strong peak brightness
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync and MBR up to 240Hz
  • Fully ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • 1000R curvature too steep for some users
  • VRR Control option might cause micro-stuttering on some units

About The Monitor

The Samsung Odyssey G7 series (C27G75T, C32G75T) boasts a high 240Hz refresh rate and a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed combined with high contrast ratio, wide color gamut, and strong peak brightness for an excellent mixture of immersion and responsiveness.

Image Quality

With the G7 monitors, you get a very similar SDR picture quality in comparison to the Gigabyte G27/32QCA monitors mentioned above.

However, when it comes to HDR, you get a boost in peak brightness to 600-nits for punchier highlights and there are 8 dimming zones that can further improve contrast ratio, depending on the scene.

But, that’s not all!

It is when we get to the performance that the G7 models really shine. They’re the first VA monitors with a 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, allowing them to eliminate all prominent ghosting behind fast-moving objects, even in dark scenes!

The response time is not only great at 240Hz but at any other refresh rate too as the overdrive is well-optimized!

Features

The Samsung G7 supports AMD FreeSync Premium Pro with certified G-SYNC Compatibility up to 240Hz with a 60-240Hz VRR range for the 27″ model and 80-240Hz for the 32″ variant.

Other features include Samsung’s standard Aim Point crosshairs, picture presets, Black Equalizer, and MBR utilities.

For more information, visit our detailed Samsung C32G75T review.

Design & Connectivity

samsung c32g75t monitor

The Odyssey G7 monitors have aggressive 1000R screen curvature, which is supposed to match the curvature of the human eye for added immersion!

Further, the design is robust and ergonomic with up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 15° swivel, 90° rotate, -9°/13° tilt, and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 sockets, HDMI 2.0 (limited to 144Hz), a headphone jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. You will need a graphics card with DisplayPort 1.4 DSC support for 1440p 240Hz and 10-bit color.

With older GPUs, you’ll be limited to 8-bit color with 240Hz at 1440p or 144Hz at 1440p with 10-bit color.

Alternatives

The Samsung G6 models are the same as the G7 variant, but feature integrated Tizen OS with smart applications, such as Samsung TV+, Samsung Gaming Hub, Microsoft 365, Bixby voice assistant, etc. It’s also available in 27″ and 32″ versions, the Samsung S27BG65 and the Samsung S32BG65.

The Pros:

  • Incredibly vivid details thanks to 4K UHD
  • High contrast ratio and wide color gamut
  • FreeSync up to 60Hz

The Cons:

  • Tilt-only stand
  • Narrow FreeSync range
  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes

About The Monitor

Want a big 32″ monitor and 4K UHD resolution? The Philips 328E1CA is the most cost-effective such model that’s also curved, but just like with all 4K monitors at this price range, you’ll be limited to 60Hz.

Image Quality

The Philips 328E1CA features 4K Ultra HD resolution with 3840×2160 pixels, which most users find perfect for 32″ monitors as you get incredibly vivid details and plenty of screen space.

Some users prefer not to use scaling at this pixel density, while others will use at least 125% – it’s up to you.

Other panel-related specifications include a wide 120% sRGB color gamut, a 2,500:1 contrast ratio, and a 300-nit peak brightness.

It’s the perfect monitor for watching videos, productivity work, and even photo/video editing if you don’t require professional-grade color accuracy. Games will look great too – if you have a proper PC system to sustain ~60FPS at 4K.

Features

The Philips 328E1CA comes factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2 when using its sRGB preset which will restrict the saturated 120% gamut to 100% sRGB for less vibrant, but more accurate colors.

It also supports AMD FreeSync, but with a very narrow 48-60Hz VRR range which means LFC is not supported and that when your FPS drops below 48, FreeSync will not work until your frame rate recovers.

Design & Connectivity

philips 328e1ca monitor back side

While the stand of the monitor is tilt-only, you can easily detach it and mount it on a third-party stand via the 100x100mm VESA pattern.

The screen has a steep curvature of 1500R, which is quite noticeable given the 32″ size of the monitor; it provides extra depth and makes the viewing experience more immersive.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0 ports, an audio line-out port for headphones and line-in for the dual 3W built-in speakers.

Alternatives​

  • MSI MAG321CURV – A more gamer-y 32″ 4K curved monitor based on the same panel. It supports HDR, but it doesn’t even have a wide color gamut, so its HDR support is useless.
    Since it’s also more expensive, we don’t recommend it over the Philips unless you really prefer its design; It’s height-adjustable, has a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and a USB-C port with DP Alt Mode, but no Power Delivery.

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • High contrast ratio, wide color gamut
  • MBR and FreeSync up to 144Hz
  • Plenty of additional gaming features
  • Ergonomic stand

The Cons:

  • Minor smearing in fast-paced games, mainly in darker scenes
  • Some units affected with VRR brightness flickering

About The Monitor

The Gigabyte G34WQC-A is one of the best gaming monitors out there when it comes to value for the price. Although it has its downsides, the immersion it offers for the money is simply impossible to beat.

Image Quality

Based on a curved VA panel with a 4,000:1 contrast ratio, a 400-nit peak brightness, 3440×1440 resolution, and a wide 125% sRGB color gamut, the monitor offers an exceptional picture quality.

The 3440×1440 resolution is ideal for 34″ monitors as you get a pixel density of ~110 PPI meaning that you get plenty of screen space and vivid details without any scaling necessary.

Furthermore, it’s not as demanding as 4K, allowing you to reach high frame rates and enjoy smooth motion clarity.

Naturally, some black smearing will be visible in dark scenes of fast-paced games. Still, it isn’t essential unless you’re mainly a competitive FPS gamer, in which case you’d be more interested in a 240Hz monitor at this price range anyway.

All in all, you get vivid details, rich colors, and deep blacks while the big 34″ ultrawide curved screen increases your field of view in games for a more enjoyable gaming experience.

The monitor is also particularly great for productivity work, watching films, and audio/video editing.

Features

Equipped with Motion Blur Reduction (Aim Stabilizer), the monitor can further reduce perceived ghosting via backlight strobing. It also supports FreeSync with a 48-144Hz VRR range.

Unfortunately, there are some brightness flickering issues when using FreeSync with both AMD and NVIDIA cards.

This doesn’t seem to affect every unit of the monitor, and the intensity of brightness flickering will vary across different games; in some, there won’t be any issues while in others, you will simply have to disable FreeSync.

At any rate, thanks to its image quality and performance without VRR, we can let the FreeSync performance slide as you’ll most likely still be able to use it in some games.

In video games where the brightness flickering occurs too often, we suggest using MBR for less ghosting or V-Sync for no screen tearing instead.

Other features include custom crosshairs, Black Equalizer, Color Vibrance, pre-calibrated picture presets (including sRGB mode), PiP/PbP and HDR support.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte G34WQC A Monitor Design

You can adjust the height of the monitor by up to 100mm, tilt it by -5°/20°, or mount it via the 100x100mm pattern; the screen has a steep 1500R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 100Hz at 3440×1440), a headphone jack and two 2W built-in speakers.

Alternatives​

You can also find similar 34″ 3440×1440 high refresh rate curved VA models without wide color gamut at a lower price ($250 – $300):

There are a few good alternatives with a wide color gamut available as well:

All three of the above-mentioned ultrawide monitors use the same panel, so the image quality and performance will be basically identical, including the risk of getting a unit with FreeSync brightness flickering.

Therefore, you can simply choose according to your preference of the design/features or go for whichever is available/cheaper. Not sure which one to pick? Leave us a comment below!

The Pros:

  • High pixel density
  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • Quick pixel response time speed
  • VRR up to 180Hz
  • Plenty of additional gaming features
  • Ergonomic stand, USB-C 85W PD, KVM

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The Acer XR343CKP is the best value 34″ 3440×1440 high refresh rate IPS gaming monitor available.

Image Quality

Based on LG’s newer Nano IPS panel technology, the Acer XR343CKP supports a wide 98% DCI-P3 color gamut which is equivalent to 135% sRGB for even more vibrant and vivid colors!

Naturally, you can also restrict the color output to ~100% sRGB if you need more accurate colors.

The monitor supports HDR and has a peak brightness of 400-nits (550-nits for HDR), so some content may look slightly better, but since the contrast ratio is only 1,000:1 and as there’s no local dimming, HDR shouldn’t be a reason to buy this monitor.

Features

The Acer XR343CKP supports FreeSync with a 48-180Hz VRR range and stable G-SYNC performance.

Another advantage this IPS ultrawide gaming monitor has over the other models is its rapid 1ms GtG response time speed, which prevents ghosting and overshoot in fast-paced games.

Other features include custom crosshairs, pre-calibrated picture presets, Black Boost and PiP/PbP.

Design & Connectivity

Acer Nitro XR343CK Pbmiipphuzx Design

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers height adjustment up to 130mm, tilt by -5°/35°, +/- 30° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. The screen has a moderate 1900R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 100Hz), USB-C (DP 1.4 Alt Mode, 85W PD), a headphone jack, a quad-USB 3.0 hub and dual 7W integrated speakers.

Alternatives

In case the Acer XR343CKP is not available, check out the LG 34GN850 or the LG 34GP83A. They’re based on the same panel, but don’t feature USB-C or KVM yet go for a higher price.

The Pros:

  • Big screen with a high resolution
  • Vibrant and accurate colors
  • Quick response time speed
  • FreeSync up to 144Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB ports

The Cons:

  • IPS glow and mediocre contrast ratio (as expected from this panel technology)

About The Monitor

The Dell Alienware AW3821DW is essentially a beefed-up version of the Acer XR343CKP.

Image Quality

With the AW381DW, you’re not only getting a larger 38″ screen but also a higher screen resolution to back it up to maintain the ideal pixel density of ~110 PPI. This also means higher PC system requirements!

Other panel-related specifications are similar and include HDR10 support, a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio, a 450-nit peak brightness, 1ms GtG response time, and a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut.

HDR content also gets a boost in peak brightness to 600-nits for more vivid details in highlights of the picture, and there are 32 dimming zones that can push the contrast ratio a bit in certain scenes.

As there’s no DSC support, you will need to drop the color depth to 8-bit for 144Hz. For 10-bit color, you will need to lower the refresh rate to 120Hz.

Features

The Dell AW3821DW has a dedicated G-SYNC module for flawless VRR performance up to 144FPS, and you can even use VRR with AMD graphics cards over DisplayPort.

Other gaming features include various picture presets and Dark Stabilizer.

Design & Connectivity

Dell Alienware AW3821DW Monitor Design

The monitor has a 2300R curvature which nicely complements the large 38″ screen and improves the viewing and gaming experience.

You can adjust the height of the monitor up to 130mm, tilt it by -5°/21°, +/- 20° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include a single DisplayPort 1.4 input, two HDMI 2.0 ports (max 85Hz), a quad-USB 3.0 hub, a headphone jack and audio-out.

The G-SYNC module also has a cooling fan, which depending on the unit and your personal sensitivity, can be somewhat noisy.

Alternatives

  • Dell U4021QW – A 40″ 5120×2160 IPS ultrawide monitor aimed at professionals with 98% DCI-P3 gamut, sRGB mode, Delta E < 2 factory calibration and 2500R screen curvature. However, it’s limited to 60Hz and doesn’t support VRR.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features, including VRR + MBR up to 144Hz
  • High pixel density
  • Ergonomic stand, KVM

The Cons:

  • Minor ghosting behind fast-moving objects, mainly in darker scenes
  • Design lacks swivel/pivot

About The Monitor

Nowadays, you can even find a 32″ 4K high refresh rate gaming display with a curved panel for around $500 – the Gigabyte M32UC!

Image Quality

If you want both a high resolution and a high refresh rate on a curved display, the Gigabyte M32UC is for you!

It has a VA panel with a high 3,000:1 contrast ratio, a decent 350-nit peak brightness (400-nits for HDR) and a wide 93% DCI-P3 wide color gamut.

The monitor also supports Aim Stabilizer Sync for simultaneous VRR and MBR performance, and has additional useful features, such as PiP/PbP, KVM, Dashboard, Black Equalizer, Color Vibrance, crosshair overlays, on-screen timers and more.

Check out our M32UC review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Gigabyte M32UC Design

The stand of the monitor offers a good range of ergonomics, including up to 100mm height adjustment, -5°/20° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility, while the screen has a steep 1500R curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports (24 Gbps, DSC), USB-C (DP Alt Mode, 18W PD), a USB 3.0 hub (1 upstream + 3 downstream), a headphone jack, dual 2W built-in speakers and a KVM switch.

Alternatives

  • MSI G321CU – similar monitor based on the same panel, but it has a tilt-only stand and no KVM or USB ports

Best High-End Curved Monitors

Want a 16:9 curved monitor with proper HDR support? Check out the Neo G7!

The Pros:

  • 1196 dimming zones, high brightness, wide color gamut
  • High pixel density
  • Plenty of features, including VRR and MBR up to 165Hz
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • Minor blooming in some scenes
  • Some units affected by VRR brightness flickering

About The Monitor

The Samsung Neo G7 offers a proper HDR viewing experience thanks to its 1196-zone mini LED FALD (full-array local dimming) backlight!

Image Quality

These 1196 zones can dim parts of the image that are supposed to be dark without greatly affecting the areas that are supposed to remain bright, thus greatly increasing the contrast ratio.

In some demanding scenes (stars in a night sky, fireworks, subtitles, etc.), the light form a small illuminated object can bleed into the surrounding dimmed zones and create blooming. However, this is an expected drawback of this technology and most users find it tolerable considering it only occurs in some scenarios.

The Samsung Neo G7 also has a high 1000-nit peak brightness and a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage. It’s also one of the rare VA monitors with a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, resulting in no ghosting behind fast-moving objects!

VRR is supported up to 165Hz, but VRR brightness flickering can be noticed in some cases. There’s the VRR Control option that prevents brightness flickering, but it mainly replaces it with micro-stutter.

Check out our full Samsung Neo G7 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung S32BG75 Review

The stand of the monitor is prone to some wobbling, but it has full ergonomic support with up to 120mm height adjustment, +/- 15° swivel, +/- 90° pivot, -9°/13° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, two HDMI 2.1 ports with 40 Gbps and DSC, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G8 model has a higher 240Hz refresh rate, but it has scanline issues. Considering how demanding 4K UHD is for high frame rates with decent picture settings in most games, we recommend the cheaper Neo G7.

Best High-End UltraWide Curved Monitors

Here, you will find the best ultrawide curved monitors.

The Pros:

  • Instantaneous response time
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 165Hz
  • Infinite contrast ratio, wide color gamut, high peak brightness
  • Ergonomic stand, USB hub

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in

About The Monitor

The Dell Alienware AW3423DWF is the first QD-OLED gaming monitor! Thanks to its panel, it offers significantly better image quality and performance than any other monitor included in this guide yet it’s a lot cheaper than some models.

Image Quality

OLEDs have self-emissive pixels that can individually turn off for true blacks and a basically infinite contrast ratio. What’s more, there’s no backlight bleeding, glowing, or blooming!

While they cannot get as bright as some high-end LED LCDs, you still get an excellent peak brightness of 1,000-nits for small HDR highlights and a decent 250-nits peak for a 100% white window.

Further, the Dell AW3423DWF has a wide 99.3% DCI-P3 color gamut (95% Adobe RGB gamut coverage, 149% sRGB gamut size) for vibrant and saturated colors. You’ll also find dedicated sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamut clamps.

Yet another advantage of OLEDs is the instantaneous pixel response time speed for zero ghosting or overshooting behind fast-moving objects regardless of the refresh rate. When paired with a high 165Hz refresh rate, imperceptible input lag and variable refresh rate support, you get a buttery-smooth and responsive gaming performance.

The main downside is the risk of burn-in. However, Dell offers a three-year warranty that covers it, so as long as you’re careful and use the integrated pixel and panel refresher features, you’ll be fine.

Further, the 3440×1440 resolution nicely complements the 34″ screen as you get plenty of screen space and sharp details without any scaling necessary; and it’s considerably less demanding on your GPU than 4K UHD.

While the Dell AW3423DWF has regular RGB subpixels, they’re in an uncommon triangular layout, which causes some color fringing on small text, but most users won’t mind this; it’s unnoticeable in games and videos.

Check out our full Dell AW3423DWF review for more details.

Design & Connectivity

Dell AW3423DWF Review

The stand of the monitor is sturdy and offers a good range of ergonomics, including up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/21° tilt, +/- 20° swivel, +/- 5° slant and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, HDMI 2.0 (limited to 100Hz), a headphone jack, line-out and a quad-USB 3.0 hub.

Alternatives

There are 6 monitors that use the same QD-OLED panel, offering a similar image quality and performance. However, they still have some differences in features, warranty, connectivity options, price, HDR accuracy, etc. Here’s how they compare:

 Dell AW3423DWFDell AW3423DWMSI MEG342CMSI 341CQPSamsung OLED G8Philips Evnia 34M2C8600
Max. Refresh Rate165Hz (120Hz 10-bit)175Hz (144Hz 10-bit)175Hz 10-bit175Hz 10-bit175Hz 10-bit175Hz 10-bit
Ports2x DP 1.4,
1x HDMI 2.0,
4x USB
1x DP 1.4,
2x HDMI 2.0,
4x USB
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.1
1x USB-C (65W PD)
4x USB
1x DP 1.4
2x HDMI 2.1
1x USB-C,
2x USB
1x Mini-DP 1.4,
1x micro HDMI 2.1
1x USB-C (65W PD)
1x USB-C
1x DP 1.4,
2x HDMI 2.0,
1x USB-C (90W PD),
4x USB
Cooling fans121NoneNone1
HDR
(AMD GPUs)
GoodGoodGoodNot TestedBad*Bad**
HDR
(NVIDIA GPUs)
GoodGoodGoodNot TestedGoodBad**
PiP/PbPYesNoYesYesNoYes
Ambient Light SensorNoYesYesNoYesYes
Updatable FirmwareYesYesYesYesYesYes
Other Notable FeaturesN/AG-SYNC moduleKVM switchKVM SwitchTizen OSKVM Switch
Ambiglow RGB
Price (MSRP)$1,100$1,300$1,100$900$1,500$800
Burn-in Warranty (in the US)3 years3 years3 years3 yearsN/AN/A
*Limited to ~450-nits unless VRR is disabled
**HDR Game Mode reaches ~1000-nits but over-brightens the image, while True Black Mode is limited to ~450-nits and some scenes are too dark

The pricing and warranty can vary by region. Generally, we recommend going with the Dell AW3423DWF due to its price and warranty that covers burn-in.

Note that ASUS released a 34″ 3440×1440 240Hz ultrawide 800R curved monitor based on LG’s W-OLED panel, the ROG Swift PG34WCDM.

We’re also expecting more 34″ and 39″ W-OLED models, as well as monitors using Samsung’s third-gen 34″ 3440×1440 240Hz QD-OLED panel in 2024. Check out our OLED monitors article for more information.

The Pros:

  • Instantaneous response time, low input lag, VRR up to 240Hz
  • Infinite contrast ratio, wide color gamut, decent peak brightness
  • Plenty of useful features, USB hub
  • Bendable screen

The Cons:

  • Low pixel density
  • Tilt-only stand and not VESA mount compatible without an adapter
  • Expensive
  • Risk of burn-in

About The Monitor

Looking for a better 21:9 display? Check out the Corsair Xeneon Flex with a bendable screen from a steep 800R curvature to a completely flat screen.

Image Quality

The Corsair Xeneon Flex has a 45″ 3440×1440 240Hz display, which means you get a low pixel density of roughly 83 PPI (similar to that of 27″ 1920×1080 displays), so it’s not ideal for productivity work.

Since the screen is quite big, you’ll be sitting far away from it that the individual pixels won’t be really noticeable in videos and games.

The monitor uses LG’s W-OLED panel, which doesn’t have quite as good color and brightness performance as Samsung’s QD-OLED panels, but you still get amazing colors with 98% DCI-P3 gamut coverage and a decent brightness (800-nits for small highlights and 160-nits for a full white field in HDR, 190-nits in SDR).

Further, its WBGR subpixel layout causes more noticeable fringing on small text and fine details than that of the AW3423DWF, but again, this isn’t an issue in games and videos. Therefore, the Corsair Flex is mainly intended for entertainment, though you can still do basic productivity work and content creation.

Moving on, it supports VRR up to 240Hz, PiP/PbP, crosshair overlays, various picture presets, a refresh rate tracker and more.

Design & Connectivity

Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD Monitor Design

The stand is tilt-only by ~22° and while its legs are removable, the screen is not VESA mount compatible. You can get the desk clamp adapter separately though.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports, DP 1.4 with DSC, USB-C with DP Alt Mode and 30W PD, a quad-USB 3.0 hub and a headphone jack.

Alternatives

  • LG 45GR95QE – based on the same panel. However, it has a fixed 800R screen curvature that a lot of users might find too steep and its warranty doesn’t cover burn-in. LG’s model can be found for $1,500 on sale, while Corsair’s model goes for $1,600; therefore, we highly recommend the Xeneon Flex.

Best Super-UltraWide Curved Monitors

Interested in something even more exotic?

You’ll find the best 32:9 monitors available below! These monitors offer an even wider field of view in compatible games.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and pixel density
  • Wide color gamut and strong peak brightness
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Only 10 dimming zones
  • Imperfect VRR implementation
  • Some overshoot at 220 – 240FPS when VRR is enabled

About The Monitor

Samsung’s Odyssey G9 model offers the 5120×1440 resolution, DisplayHDR 1000 support, a 240Hz refresh rate and a rapid pixel response time speed of 1ms GtG!

Image Quality

The Samsung C49G95T provides an immersive viewing experience with a 1,000-nit peak brightness, a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut and a 2,500:1 static contrast ratio with 10 dimming zones.

When it comes to performance, the G9 has a high 240Hz refresh rate and a fast 1ms GtG response time speed for minimal ghosting in fast-paced games regardless of your refresh rate.

It also has certified G-SYNC Compatibility (60-240Hz VRR range) in addition to AMD’s FreeSync Premium Pro certification.

Other features include custom crosshairs, picture presets, Black Equalizer, and Picture in Picture/Picture by Picture.

Note that using Picture by Picture limits you to 120Hz via the 1006.2 or newer firmware. Previously, you were limited to only 60Hz.

For more information, check out our full Samsung G9 review.

Design & Connectivity

samsung odyssey c49g95t monitor design

Another thing that makes the G9 different from most 32:9 ultrawide displays is its steep 1000R curvature for increased immersion. The design is also eye-catching with glossy white chassis and RGB lighting at the back.

You can adjust the height of the monitor up to 120mm, tilt it by -5°/15°, swivel by +/- 15°, or VESA mount it.

Connectivity options include two DisplayPort 1.4 inputs, HDMI 2.0 (max 60Hz at 5120×1440 or 120Hz at 3840×1080), a headphone jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

For 240Hz at 5120×1440, you will need a graphics card with DisplayPort 1.4 DSC. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to 120Hz.

Alternatives

If you want a 49″ 5120×1440 144Hz super-ultrawide monitor with an IPS panel for both gaming and color-critical work, check out the LG 49WQ95C.

For office-related work, check out the AOC AG493UCX2 with a 49″ 5120×1440 165Hz VA panel sporting a more subtle 1800R curvature and extensive connectivity options, including USB-C with 65W PD and an integrated KVM switch. However, note that it’s limited to 120Hz over USB-C.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and pixel density
  • Wide color gamut and strong peak brightness
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Imperfect VRR implementation
  • Noticeable blooming in some scenes

About The Monitor

The Samsung Neo G9 is basically the G9 version with the added 2048-zone mini LED FALD (full-array local dimming) backlight for a significantly better HDR picture.

Image Quality

Thanks to its 2048 dimming zones and mini LED backlight, the Neo G9 is capable of simultaneously delivering a peak brightness of up to 1,000-nits and inky blacks, which makes for the true HDR viewing experience.

However, the local dimming solution can sometimes cause blooming in particularly demanding scenes (such as starfields) due to the light from a small illuminated zone bleeding into the surrounding dimmed zones.

Moreover, it has a 95% DCI-P3 wide color gamut for vibrant colors, a 240Hz refresh rate and a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed, with a bit better-optimized overdrive than that of the G9 for less overshoot at high FPS.

AMD FreeSync Premium Pro is supported for tear-free gameplay up to 240FPS with a 96-240Hz VRR range and LFC support. While the monitor is not officially certified by NVIDIA as ‘G-SYNC Compatible’, VRR does work with compatible GeForce cards.

Some units might exhibit brightness flickering, in which case you can enable the VRR Control option. However, this option can then add some micro-stuttering as a consequence. For most people, tearing at 240Hz/FPS or micro-stuttering won’t be too bothersome though.

Be sure to check out our full Neo G9 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 Monitor Design

The Neo G9 has a robust design with up to 120mm height adjustment, -5°/15° tilt, +/- 15° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.1 ports (limited to 144Hz), DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC, a headphone jack and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

The Pros:

  • High contrast ratio and pixel density
  • Wide color gamut and strong peak brightness
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync up to 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options; KVM

The Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Noticeable blooming in some scenes

About The Monitor

The Samsung Neo G95NC is a beefed-up version of the G95NA.

Image Quality

While the G95NA is equivalent to two 27″ 2560×1440 displays side by side, the G95NC is basically two 32″ 4K monitors stitched together!

This also means that the 7680×4320 resolution will be quite taxing on your CPU and GPU, so you’ll need a high-end system (and a few future upgrades) to do this monitor justice.

In fact, note that the RTX 40-series GPUs don’t support the maximum resolution of this monitor – they’re limited to 120Hz at 7680×2160, whereas AMD’s 7000-series cards support 240Hz.

However, even with the RTX 4090, you won’t be able to get over 120FPS at 7680×2160 with decent picture settings in most games. So, you can think of this monitor as an investment for your future GPU upgrades.

The Samsung Odyssey Neo G95NC has a 2392-zone mini LED FALD backlight, a high 1300-nit peak brightness, a wide 95% DCI-P3 color gamut, a rapid 1ms GtG pixel response time speed and VRR up to 240Hz support.

Check out our G95NC review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 57 inch Model Design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 120mm, -5°/12° tilt, +/- 15° swivel and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility. There’s also a steep 1000R screen curvature for added immersion.

Connectivity options include DisplayPort 2.1, three HDMI 2.1 ports, a headphone jack, two USB-A and two USB-B ports for the built-in KVM.

The Pros:

  • Instantaneous response time, infinite contrast ratio
  • Wide color gamut
  • Plenty of features, including VRR up to 240Hz
  • Ergonomic stand and rich connectivity options

The Cons:

  • Risk of burn-in

About The Monitor

If you’d rather have a super-ultrawide monitor with an OLED panel, you’re going to love the Samsung OLED G9. It is also quite affordable given its specs.

It is available in two versions: G95SC with built-in Smart features and G93SC without Smart features for ~$100 less.

Image Quality

The OLED G9 is based on Samsung’s QD-OLED panel with superior 99% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage and a high 1000-nit peak brightness (250-nits for a full white field).

Additionally, it has VRR support up to 240Hz, which along with other OLED’s strengths (instantaneous response time and infinite contrast ratio) ensures an immersive and responsive gaming experience.

Naturally, there’s still the risk of burn-in, but as long as you’re using the monitor sensibly, it shouldn’t be an issue.

This is Samsung’s second-gen QD-OLED panel, which has a bit better subpixel layout, so fringing on small text and fine details is even less noticeable and won’t bother most users.

Check out our full OLED G9 review for more information.

Design & Connectivity

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 Design

The stand of the monitor offers height adjustment up to 120mm, -2°/15° tilt and 100x100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include DP 1.4 with DSC, HDMI 2.1, micro-HDMI 2.1, dual 5W integrated speakers, a headphone jack, an upstream USB-C port and two downstream USB-C ports. The G95SC model also has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.

Conclusion

So, which one is your dream curved gaming monitor? Leave a comment below if you have any questions or thoughts about this buyer’s guide!

Overall, if you’re on a tight budget, you can’t go wrong with the AOC C24G1A for the money, whereas the Koorui 27E6QC, the Gigabyte M32QC and the Gigabyte G34WQC-A are ideal if you have a bit more powerful PC rig.

In case you can afford something pricier, each monitor included in this guide has its advantages and disadvantages, but the Samsung OLED G9 and the Dell AW3423DWF offer an exceptional gaming experience for the money.

Updates +

  • December 12, 2023:
    – Replaced the LG 34GP83A with the Acer XR343CKP.
  • November 16, 2023:
    – Replaced the Gigabyte G27QC with the Koorui 27E6QC and the Gigabyte G32QCA with M32QC.
    – Removed the LG 34GL750.
    – Moved the LG 34GP83A and the Dell AW3821DW to the best mid-range ($350 – $800) category.
    – Added review summaries for the Gigabyte M32UC, the Samsung Neo G7, the Corsair Xeneon Flex, the OLED G9 and the Neo G95NC.
  • November 24, 2022:
    – Replaced the Dell AW3423DWF with AW3423DWF.
  • June 16, 2022:
    – Replaced the AOC CU34G2X with the Gigabyte G34WQC-A.
  • March 23, 2022:
    – Added the Dell AW3423DW.
  • December 22, 2021:
    – Removed the Samsung CHG90 and CRG9 models. Added a review summary for the Neo G9.
  • November 25, 2021:
    – Checked up on the guide to ensure that our picks are still the best options available.
  • October 6, 2021:
    – Replaced the Gigabyte G34WQC (discontinued) with the AOC CU34G2X.
  • August 21, 2021:
    – Replaced the AOC CQ27G2 with the Gigabyte G27QC.
    – Removed the Samsung CHG70.
    – Replaced the LG 38GN950 with the Dell AW3821DW.
    – Added the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9.

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Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time managing DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.