Interested in an ultra-wide monitor?

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about ultrawide displays as well as the best deals currently available.

The ultrawide format provides you with more horizontal screen space which makes gaming and movies more immersive, work more productive, and your monitor simply looks cooler.

In the list below, you’ll find the best ultrawide monitors for gaming, work, and any other purpose.

Top 16 UltraWide Monitors For 2018

TypeMonitorSizeResolutionPanelRefresh RateVRRCurved 
Best Budget UltraWide MonitorsLG 25UM5825”2560x1080IPS60HzNoneNo
LG 29WK60029”2560x1080IPS75HzFreeSyncNo
LG 34WK65034”2560x1080IPS75HzFreeSyncNo
LG 34UC8034”3440x1440IPS75HzFreeSyncYes
Best UltraWide FreeSync Gaming MonitorsLG 34UC79G
(Editor’s Pick)
34”2560x1080IPS144HzFreeSyncYes
BenQ EX3501R35”3440x1440VA100HzFreeSyncYes
LG 34GK950F
(Editor’s Pick)
34”3440x1440IPS144HzFreeSync 2Yes
Acer XR382CQK38”3840x1600IPS75HzFreeSyncYes
Samsung CHG9049”3840x1080VA144HzFreeSync 2Yes
Best UltraWide G-SYNC Gaming MonitorsLG 34UC89G34”2560x1080IPS166HzG-SYNCYes
Acer Z3535”2560x1080VA200HzG-SYNCYes
Dell AW3418DW
(Editor’s Pick)
34”3440x1440IPS120HzG-SYNCYes
AOC AG352UCG635”3440x1440VA120HzG-SYNCYes
Best UltraWide Photo/Video Editing MonitorsDell U3419W34”3440x1440IPS60HzNoneYes
ViewSonic VP388138”3840x1600IPS60HzNoneYes
LG 34WK95U34”5120x2160IPS60HzNoneNo

As you can see, there are quite a few LG ultrawide displays in our list. That’s because LG is the main ultrawide IPS panel manufacturer; in fact, all the IPS monitors in this list feature LG’s panels while the VA panels are either made by Samsung or AU Optronics.

So, you’re getting a first-class display with any ultrawide monitor listed here, just make sure you pick the right combination of specifications for your needs and preferences.

Ultrawide monitors are available in different screen sizes, resolutions, and refresh rates in addition to differentiating by panel type and certain features; so, take note of our tips in the following reviews below to ensure you’re getting the best ultrawide monitor for you!

Best Budget UltraWide Monitors

If you’ve got a limited budget, do not despair – you can still get an excellent ultrawide monitor! In this category, you’ll find the best ultrawide monitors ranging from under $200 up to ~$500.

LG 25UM58 – Cheapest UltraWide Monitor

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About the Monitor

Want a cheap ultrawide monitor that’s reliable and worth the money? Check out the LG 25UM58-P.

Image Quality

This 25″ 21:9 monitor features an IPS panel with vibrant and precise colors covering 99% of the sRGB color space with true 8-bit depth.

It also boasts the 178-degree wide viewing angles and a quick 5ms response time speed which means that the picture won’t shift in tone when looked at skewed angles and that there’ll be no trailing of fast-moving objects.

The 2560×1080 ultrawide resolution on a 25″ screen results in an incredibly rich pixel density of 111 PPI (pixels per inch) which provides maximum details and plenty of screen space.

Features

Moving on, the LG 25UM58 offers plenty of useful features including On-Screen Control that allows you to adjust certain OSD (On-Screen Display) settings in a desktop application and Screen Split with numerous different layouts for multi-tasking.

Gaming features include pre-calibrated picture presets including two FPS modes and one RTS mode, Dynamic Action Sync which makes the monitor bypass certain image post-processing for minimal input lag, and Black Stabilizer for better visibility of objects in dark areas in video games.

You can also overclock the monitor up to 75Hz for a slight boost in motion clarity.

Design & Connectivity

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The design of this LG ultrawide monitor includes very thin bezels at the top and sides, though the tilt-only stand is not as pretty. Luckily, it’s detachable and the monitor has 75 x 75mm holes for VESA mount.

Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports and a headphones jack. Because the monitor is fairly short, you may consider buying a third-party monitor riser or stand.

Summary

The LG 25UM58 is an exceptional monitor for the money. However, note that this 25″ ultrawide monitor is as tall as a regular 20″ 16:9 widescreen monitor.

So, despite its vibrant colors and high pixel density, many users will find it to be simply too small. We suggest investing a bit extra for the following monitor.

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What We Loved

  • Inexpensive
  • High pixel density
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features

What We Didn’t Like

  • Small screen size
  • No AMD FreeSync

LG 29WK600 – Best Budget UltraWide Monitor

21x9 Monitor

About the Monitor

The LG 29WK600 29″ monitor is as tall as a regular 23″ screen which makes it a lot more appealing than the previous display. Moreover, it supports AMD FreeSync and HDR (High Dynamic Range).

Image Quality

Just like the LG 25UM58, the 29WK600 model uses an IPS panel with 99% sRGB color gamut, wide viewing angles, and quick response time.

However, since it also has the 2560×1080 resolution yet a bigger screen, it has a slightly lower pixel density – though at 96 pixels per inch, you still get a crisp and sharp image quality.

The LG 29WK600 supports HDR for compatible content and has a slightly brighter panel with a 300-nit peak luminance as opposed to 250-nits of the previously mentioned 25″ model.

While the monitor can accept the HDR10 signal, its brightness, contrast, and color gamut are really low for a noteworthy HDR viewing experience.

But since this entry-level HDR doesn’t add to the monitor’s price, it’s tolerable. Besides, some HDR content will even look slightly better.

Features

In addition to LG’s features such as Black Stabilizer, D.A.S, picture presets, On-Screen Control, and Screen Split, the LG 29WK600 also offers customizable crosshair overlays.

Moreover, it supports AMD FreeSync with a 40-75Hz dynamic refresh rate range over both HDMI and DP. So, if you have an AMD FreeSync-compatible card, you get a variable refresh rate which eliminates all screen tearing and stuttering within 40-75FPS range.

You can use the monitor with NVIDIA cards as well, but you won’t get a variable refresh rate.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 29WK600 design is tilt-only but it’s VESA mount compatible (100 x 100mm). Connectivity options include two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and two 5W MaxxAudio built-in speakers.

Summary

All in all, the LG 29WK600 is the best ultrawide monitor for productivity, gaming, and everyday use for the money.

The next monitor is the 34″ version of the LG 29WK600 which is larger but has a lower pixel density. Continue reading to find out how that affects your viewing experience.

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What We Loved

  • Excellent value for the price
  • High pixel density
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync

What We Didn’t Like

  • Tilt-only design

LG 34WK650 – Best Budget UltraWide Monitor For Gaming

Best 34 Inch Monitor

About the Monitor

The LG 34WK650 is the 34″ model of the LG 29WK600 and it features all the same specs and features.

Due to its larger screen size, it has a lower pixel density of 81 PPI which is equivalent to 1920×1080 on a 27″ screen.

So, you get notably less screen space and detail clarity. If you plan on doing a lot of work that includes reading and typing, note that the text on this screen is not as clear as on the 29″ model but somewhat smudgy and blurry.

In video games and movies, this is not as noticeable allowing you to take advantage of the big screen for a more immersive viewing experience.

Overall, the LG 34WK650 is perfect for watching movies and playing video games, and tolerable for web-surfing and even occasional editing or office-related tasks. But if you intend on using the monitor for work as well, go with the 29″ model or invest in a 3440×1440 34″ ultrawide monitor.

Unlike the LG 29WK600, the LG 34WK650 21:9 monitor has a height-adjustable stand (up to 110mm).

What We Loved

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync
  • Big 34″ screen

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density, but it’s good enough for gaming and watching movies

LG 34UC80 – Affordable 3440×1440 UltraWide Monitor For Gaming and Work

Best Curved Monitor

About the Monitor

If you want both: a large 34″ screen and a high pixel density for a crisp picture quality, the LG 34UC80 is the most affordable option and yet it offers some premium features.

Image Quality

The LG 34UC80 is based on an IPS panel with 10-bit color depth (8-bit + FRC), 99% sRGB color gamut, and 3440×1440 UWQHD screen resolution.

With a pixel density of 110 PPI, you get the perfect ratio of pixels per inch allowing you to enjoy plenty of screen space as well as maximum details with no scaling needed.

Whether you need a lot of screen real estate for work or want vivid details in video games, the LG 34UC80 delivers!

Features

The LG 34UC80 supports AMD FreeSync, but only over the DisplayPort and with a rather narrow dynamic range of 55-75Hz.

Moreover, NVIDIA users should be able to create a custom resolution and set the refresh rate to 75Hz, but the LG 34UC80 suffers from frame skipping in this scenario.

Despite these issues, the LG 34UC80 is still the best 3440×1440 60Hz (or 75Hz for AMD users) for the money as all the alternatives are limited to 60Hz anyway, and there are no 3440×1440 75Hz G-SYNC models available at all.

Other features include Screen Split, On-Screen Control, Picture in Picture and Picture by Picture modes, Black Stabilizer, and pre-optimized picture presets.

Design & Connectivity

Curved Ultrawide Monitor

The LG 34UC80 3440×1440 monitor has a 1900R screen curvature which further increases the immersion. If you’d rather have a similar but flat screen model, check out the LG 34UM88C though it’s more expensive.

Turning to the connectivity, there are two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.2, a headphones jack, and a dual USB 3.0 hub (one upstream, two downstream ports – one with fast-charging).

You can elevate the screen up to 120mm, tilt it by -5°/20°, and VESA mount it via the 100 x 100mm pattern.

Summary

In short, the LG 34UC80 is the best 34″ 1440p ultrawide monitor for office-related work and audio/video editing due to its spacious and vibrant picture quality.

It’s also great for gaming if you prefer better visuals and immersion over high refresh rates.

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What We Loved

  • Good value for the price
  • Vibrant colors and rich pixel density
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • FreeSync works over DisplayPort only
  • Narrow FreeSync range
  • Frame skipping at 75Hz with NVIDIA cards

LG 34UC79G – Best 144Hz 1080p UltraWide FreeSync Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Want a big 34-inch curved monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate that’s affordable? The LG 34UC79G-B is the best 144Hz 1080p ultrawide gaming monitor for the money.

Image Quality

Just like with the LG 34WK650, you get a pixel density of 81 pixels per inch which is fine for gaming but not practical for work.

However, there are a few more reasons why such a low resolution might even be a good thing.

First of all, if the LG 34UC79G had a higher resolution and kept the 144Hz refresh rate, it would be significantly more expensive.

Secondly, 1080p ultrawide is a lot less demanding on your CPU/GPU than 1440p ultrawide, in turn, allowing you to actually reach higher frame rates in newer games to really take advantage of high refresh rates.

Lastly, at this price range, you cannot beat the gameplay immersion the LG 34UC79G provides. You get a high refresh rate and a quick response time as well as a large curved monitor with vibrant colors.

A 144Hz refresh rate makes the display refresh the image more than twice as fast than a regular 60Hz monitor which effectively reduces input lag and increases gameplay responsiveness.

Features

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The LG 34UC79G supports AMD FreeSync over DisplayPort with a 50-144Hz dynamic refresh rate range thus supporting LFC (Low Framerate Compensation).

The LFC technology is automatically supported on all FreeSync displays with the maximum variable refresh rate range that’s at least two times the minimum (for instance, at least 37-75Hz, 72-144Hz, etc or wider than that).

It’s also possible to modify the out of the box range by using a third-party software such as CRU (Custom Resolution Utility).

In short, LFC kicks in when your FPS rate drops below the lower end of the dynamic range and makes the display’s refresh rate double or triple the frame rate in order to maintain smooth performance until your FPS rate is back within the dynamic range.

Moving on, the LG 34UC79G ultrawide curved monitor also offers the 1ms Motion Blur Reduction (MBR) technology.

This technology only works at fixed refresh rates so it cannot be used at the same time as FreeSync. Note that you can use MBR with NVIDIA cards as well.

Once enabled, the 1ms MBR technology causes backlight strobing which simulates CRT-like motion clarity with minimal ghosting and motion blur.

However, it also causes the screen to be dimmer, so it should be used only when playing fast-paced games.

Other gaming features include Black Stabilizer, D.A.S, customizable crosshairs, and FPS/RTS presets.

Design & Connectivity

21 9 Curved Monitor

The LG 34UC79G is VESA mount compatible and you can also elevate its screen up to 110mm and tilt it by -5°/20°. Connectivity options include a DisplayPort, two HDMI 2.0, a headphones jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub. The screen curvature of 3800R is subtle but definitely noticeable.

Summary

On balance, the LG 34UC79G is the best gaming monitor for $500 if you want an ultrawide curved gaming monitor with a buttery smooth performance.

The monitor is also available with G-SYNC instead of FreeSync, the LG 34UC89G, which will cost you an extra $200-$400; we’ll get into this particular model later on.

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What We Loved

  • Excellent value for the price
  • Quick response time, low input lag, high refresh rate
  • Plenty of gaming features including FreeSync and 1ms MBR
  • Ergonomic design and rich connectivity options
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density but tolerable for entertainment purposes
  • FreeSync works over DisplayPort only

BenQ EX3501R – Premium 100Hz 1440p UltraWide HDR Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

Unlike all the previous monitors, the BenQ EX3501R features a VA panel which boasts a higher static contrast ratio but doesn’t have as good viewing angles and response time as IPS panels.

Image Quality

Thanks to its static contrast ratio of 2,500:1, you get deeper black shades fir more vivid details in the shadows of the image.

The monitor also offers eye-catching colors covering 100% of the sRGB color gamut with true 8-bit depth.

While the viewing angles amount to 178° both horizontally and vertically, just like on IPS panels, some minor and negligible shifts in contrast will occur when looking at the screen from certain angles.

Moving on, the BenQ EX3501R 35″ ultrawide monitor has a 100Hz refresh rate which doesn’t make video games as smooth as 144Hz, but it’s still a big upgrade from 60Hz/75Hz.

Alas, the weakest point of all VA panels is the response time performance. Basically, when there are mostly dark pixels on the screen, the pixels take longer to change from one shade of gray to another.

This causes noticeable trailing and smearing in fast-paced video games, even at 100Hz.

Now, for most people, the amount of ghosting on the BenQ EX3501R would not a big deal but rather a fair trade-off for such deep blacks. If you mostly play competitive games, however, you should stick with the IPS ultrawides.

Lastly, the BenQ EX3501R supports HDR but even its superior contrast ratio won’t do HDR any justice. Some games and movies may look slightly better, and some may just be over-saturated due to the limited sRGB color gamut and low brightness and contrast for the optimal HDR viewing experience.

Features

AMD FreeSync is supported with a 48-100Hz (LFC supported as well) dynamic range over both HDMI and DP.

Additionally, the BenQ EX3501R features the Brightness Intelligence Plus technology which via built-in sensors automatically adjusts screen brightness and color temperature according to the ambient lighting for the best viewing experience and eye-care.

The monitor can also run native video formats (24p, 25p, and 30p) to completely remove judder from videos shot at 24, 25, and 30 frame rates per second.

Design & Connectivity

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Ergonomic options include height adjustment up to 60mm and -5°/20° tilt, but the monitor is not VESA mount compatible. The screen curvature is steep at 1800R and perfectly wraps your peripheral vision.

When it comes to the connectivity, there’s a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, a headphones jack, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and a USB-C port with a DisplayPort 1.4 Alternate Mode but no power delivery.

Summary

Overall, the BenQ EX3501R delivers a striking image quality and offers plenty of exclusive and useful features.

If you need its premium features, intend on watching movies on this display, and prefer better graphics and visuals to performance in fast-paced games, it’s definitely a display for you.

However, we find that the next ultrawide monitor offers better value for the money.

What We Loved

  • High contrast ratio for vivid blacks tones
  • AMD FreeSync up to 100Hz
  • Exclusive features such as B.I.+
  • Rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not VESA mount compatible
  • Visible smearing and ghosting of fast-moving objects in dark scenes
  • HDR is software-enabled only
  • Expensive

LG 34GK950F – Best FreeSync UltraWide Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

The LG 34GK950F is the first ultrawide gaming monitor to feature both 3440×1440 and 144Hz allowing it to deliver uncompromised image quality and performance.

Image Quality

Based on LG’s latest Nano-IPS panel, the 34GK950F offers a wide color gamut with 98% DCI-P3 coverage, 10-bit color depth (8-bit + 2-bit FRC), and a 400-nit peak brightness.

Moreover, the monitor supports HDR with VESA’s DisplayHDR-400 certification which we still find too weak for a notable HDR viewing experience.

Note that in order to get 3440×1440 at 144Hz, you will need a graphics card with a DisplayPort 1.4, otherwise, you’ll be limited to 120Hz at 3440×1440.

Features

Besides the common features such as Black Stabilizer, Crosshair, D.A.S, and FPS/RTS presets, the LG 34GK950F also offers 1ms Motion Blur Reduction.

It supports AMD FreeSync 2 (55-144Hz range) which in addition to providing a variable refresh rate for AMD cards, ensures minimal input lag when gaming with HDR enabled.

All in all, the monitor has a stunning image quality and smooth performance without any prominent ghosting or visual artifacts.

Design & Connectivity

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The LG 34GK950F has a curvature of 1900R, it can be tilted by -5°/15°, height adjusted up to 110mm, swiveled to the left or right by +/- 20°, and it’s VESA mount compatible.

Connectivity options include a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and a headphones jack.

Summary

On the whole, the LG 34GK950F is the best ultrawide gaming monitor currently available and it’s ideal for AMD users.

The G-SYNC version of this monitor, the LG 34GK950G is available for ~$400 extra yet it has no HDR support and it has a native refresh rate of 100Hz (120Hz overclocked).

If you’re interested in a 3440×1440 120Hz G-SYNC model, we’ve picked a better alternative for the money.

What We Loved

  • Wide color gamut
  • Low input lag, quick response time, 144Hz
  • Plenty of features including FreeSync 2 and 1ms MBR
  • Ergonomic design with rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low contrast ratio and brightness for HDR
  • Audible buzzing when MBR is enabled with brightness set over 50%

Acer XR382CQK – Best 38″ UltraWide Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

In case you want an even bigger ultrawide monitor, the Acer XR382CQK is the best 38″ model for gaming.

Image Quality

This gigantic LG ultrawide curved monitor isn’t only bigger than its 34″-35″ counterparts, it also has a higher screen resolution of 3840×1600 pixels; so, you still get the ideal pixel density of 110 PPI as well as a larger screen.

The IPS panel of the Acer XR382CQK supports 10-bit color via dithering and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. It also supports HDR but has a peak luminance of only 300-nits and a contrast of 1,000:1.

It’s possible to overclock the monitor up to ~100Hz though your mileage may vary as each unit is slightly different.

Features

Moving on, the monitor supports AMD FreeSync with a 48-75Hz range via DisplayPort and 30-75Hz via HDMI.

It also has the 1ms MPRT backlight strobing technology for smoother fast-paced motion.

Other features including Black Boost (similar to Black Stabilizer) and Aim Point for customizable crosshairs.

Design & Connectivity

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The Acer XR382CQK features a gorgeous and robust design with up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/35° tilt, +/- 30° swivel, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options are abundant and include a DisplayPort 1.2, a DisplayPort-Out, an HDMI 2.0 (with MHL 2.1), a quad-USB 3.0 hub (four downstream ports and one USB-C upstream port), a headphones jack, and two 7W DTS integrated speakers.

Summary

If you don’t care for high refresh rates or would at least rather have a bigger screen for a more immersive gameplay experience, the Acer XR382CQK is for you.

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What We Loved

  • AMD FreeSync up to 75Hz
  • Wide FreeSync range
  • High pixel density
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • HDR is software-enabled only

Samsung C49HG90 – Best 32:9 UltraWide Gaming Monitor

Extra Wide Monitor

About the Monitor

The Acer XR382CQK is still not big enough for you? Then you might like the Samsung C49HG90 49″ 32:9 super ultrawide monitor.

Image Quality

With the aspect ratio of 32:9, you get even more horizontal screen space, however, the monitor has a resolution of 3840×1080 which may be too low for some users.

Essentially, the monitor is like two 27″ 1920×1080 monitors (in terms of both pixel density and physical size) put next to each other, just without the gap and bezels in-between.

Apart from that, the Samsung CHG90 delivers an amazing image quality thanks to its quantum-dot technology that enhances its contrast ratio and color gamut.

Its VA panel has a static contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and a peak brightness of 600-nits for vivid details in the shadows and highlights of the picture. The color gamut is also extended to cover 125% of the sRGB color space.

Lastly, the monitor boasts VESA’s DisplayHDR-600 certification and there’s a noticeable boost in image quality when watching HDR content.

Features

AMD FreeSync 2 is supported with a 48-144Hz dynamic refresh rate range over DisplayPort and 50-100Hz over HDMI.

Additionally, the monitor has the 1ms MPRT backlight strobing technology for better motion clarity in fast-paced games.

Note, however, that the Samsung CHG90 is the only monitor in this list that doesn’t have a flicker-free backlight. The flickering isn’t noticeable but those sensitive to it may experience headaches.

Other features include Black Equalizer, gaming picture presets (FPS, RTS, RPG, AOS), and Arena Lighting RGB LEDs.

Design & Connectivity

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Connectivity options include a DisplayPort 1.4, a mini-DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, a headphones jack, a microphone jack, and a dual-USB 3.0 hub.

You can elevate the screen of the Samsung CHG90 up to 120mm, tilt it by -2°/12°, swivel by -/+ 30° or VESA mount it.

Summary

Despite its low resolution for the size, the Samsung C49HG90 offers an immersive, responsive, and unique gaming experience; it’s one of those things you either love or hate.

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What We Loved

  • AMD FreeSync up to 144Hz
  • Ergonomic design and connectivity options
  • Quantum-dot technology for vibrant colors and high contrast
  • 1ms MPRT for minimal ghosting

What We Didn’t Like

  • Not flicker-free
  • Low resolution, but tolerable for gaming

LG 34UC89G – Best 144Hz 1080p UltraWide G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

Ultrawide Curved Monitor G Sync

About the Monitor

The LG 34UC89G is the G-SYNC model of the LG 34UC79G.

These two ultrawide gaming monitors have almost identical specs, so we’ll only focus on the differences here while you can jump back to the LG 34UC79G review for more information.

Image Quality & Features

Both monitors offer the same image quality, although the LG 34UC89G does have a bit brighter image with a 300-nit peak brightness as opposed to 250-nits of the LG 34UC79G.

The LG 34UC89G is also overclockable to 166Hz and has a wider variable refresh rate range of 30-166Hz.

However, the G-SYNC model has fewer connectivity options – two USB 3.0 ports, one DisplayPort, and one HDMI 1.4 port (2560×1080 at 60Hz max) whereas the LG 34UC79G has two extra HDMI 2.0 ports.

Finally, the LG 34UC89G G-SYNC ultrawide gaming monitor has no motion blur reduction technology.

LG 34UC89G vs LG 34UC79G

So, is the slightly higher refresh rate and dynamic range worth the extra $200-$400?

Well, it’s tough to say. If you plan on buying both a graphics card and a monitor, we recommend getting the FreeSync model and an AMD card.

In case you already have an NVIDIA card, it depends on your budget and the current pricing of both monitors.

If the LG 34UC89G is significantly more expensive ($200+), go with the FreeSync model even if you have an NVIDIA card. You won’t have a variable refresh rate, but you will have the 1ms MBR technology.

If the difference is around $100, consider investing in the G-SYNC model.

What We Loved

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • Plenty of gaming including G-SYNC up to 166Hz
  • Ergonomic design
  • Vibrant colors and wide viewing angles

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density but tolerable for entertainment purposes
  • Expensive in comparison to the FreeSync counterpart
  • No motion blur reduction technology

Acer Predator Z35 – VA-Panel 144Hz 1080p UltraWide G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

The Acer Predator Z35 is also a 144Hz 1080p ultrawide curved gaming monitor, but with a VA panel.

Image Quality

In comparison to the LG 34UC89G, you get a higher contrast ratio (up to 3,000:1) for deeper blacks and more vivid details in the shadows of the image.

Other panel-related specs include true 8-bit color depth, 100% sRGB gamut, and a 300-nit peak brightness.

Unfortunately, the Acer Z35 has the same issue as all VA panel displays, that is the response time performance. There is noticeable smearing and motion blur in fast-paced games.

Even though the monitor can be overclocked to whopping 200Hz, the pixels cannot keep up with such high refresh rates which, in turn, results in more ghosting whenever you get over 120Hz/144Hz.

Features

Although the Acer Z35 features the NVIDIA ULMB motion blur reduction technology, even with it enabled, you still get more ghosting than you would on the LG 34UC89G.

Besides NVIDIA G-SYNC and ULMB, you get Aim Point, Dark Boost, and Ambient Light RGB lighting features.

Design & Connectivity

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Ergonomic options include up to 130mm height adjustment, -5°/25° tilt, and VESA mount compatibility. At the back of the monitor, there’s one DisplayPort 1.2, and HDMI (max 60Hz), a headphones jack, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, and 2x9W DTS built-in speakers.

Summary

In short, if you mostly play fast-paced games, the LG 34UC89G is a better choice. If you’re more of an RPG or RTS type of gamer, the Acer Z35 will provide you with a more immersive picture quality as well as a flawless performance thanks to G-SYNC.

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What We Loved

  • High contrast ratio for vivid blacks tones
  • Plenty of gaming features including G-SYNC and ULMB
  • Height-adjustable stand

What We Didn’t Like

  • Low pixel density, but tolerable for gaming
  • Prominent smearing of dark pixels in fast-paced games
  • 200Hz is bottlenecked by the slow response time

Dell Alienware AW3418DW – Best G-SYNC UltraWide Gaming Monitor

Best G Sync Monitor 2019

About the Monitor

The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best 3440×1440 ultrawide gaming monitor with NVIDIA’s G-SYNC technology.

Image Quality

Based on an IPS panel, the Dell AW3418DW delivers vibrant as well as accurate colors, but more importantly, it has no awful ghosting and smearing issues.

It has a 100Hz native refresh rate that you can overclock in the OSD to 120Hz which is more than enough for a fluid and smooth gameplay.

Other specifications include a 300-nit max luminance, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, 178-degree viewing angles, and true 8-bit color depth.

Features

Furthermore, the monitor supports G-SYNC with a 30-120Hz dynamic range.

Unfortunately, the Dell AW3418DW has no ULMB backlight strobing technology, but thankfully, it’s not all that necessary.

You will also find other gaming features such as Dark Stabilizer, an FPS counter, an on-screen timer, as well as the FPS, RTS, and RPG picture presets.

Lastly, the monitor boasts the AlienFX RGB lighting technology which consists of LEDs placed in four different zones: the stand, the bottom bezel, the power button, and at the back of the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

Best Monitor 2019

The futuristic design consists of a height adjustable stand, tiltable screen, and 100 x 100mm pattern for VESA mount. The screen curvature is 1900R.

Connectivity options include a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4, a quad-USB 3.0 hub, and a headphones jack.

Summary

The Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best ultra-wide monitor for NVIDIA users. It delivers a flawless performance and a vibrant image quality; moreover, it’s got plenty of cool features and a high-quality design.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0afwE6GVLQw

What We Loved

  • Quick response time and low input lag
  • Height-adjustable stand
  • Rich colors and wide viewing angles
  • Plenty of features available including G-SYNC and RGB lighting

What We Didn’t Like

  • Calibration is required for the optimal picture quality

AOC AG352UCG6 – VA-Panel 120Hz 1440p UltraWide G-SYNC Gaming Monitor

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About the Monitor

The AOC AGON AG352UCG6 is a similar ultrawide monitor to the Dell AW3418DW except that it has a VA panel.

Image Quality

In comparison to the AW3418DW, you get the same 3440×1440 screen resolution and 120Hz overclockable refresh rate with G-SYNC support.

With the AOC AG352UCG6, you also get a higher contrast ratio and a larger screen by an inch, but you also get a weaker response time performance.

So, it’s the same dilemma as with the Acer Z35 and the LG 34UC89G.

Features

In the OSD menu of the AOC AG352UCG6, you will find plenty of gaming features including Shadow Control (similar to Black Stabilizer) and the FPS, RTS, and Racing picture presets.

The monitor also has an RGB lighting technology; you can change the color (red, green, or blue) of the LED strips located at the back and beneath the bottom bezel of the monitor.

Design & Connectivity

Best Budget Gaming Monitor 2019

The AOC AG352UCG6 has a versatile design with up to 110mm height adjustment, -5°/28° tilt, -/+ 30° swivel, and it’s VESA mount compatible.

Concerning the connectivity options, there’s a DisplayPort 1.2, an HDMI 1.4, a microphone jack, a headphones jack, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and two 2W integrated speakers.

Summary

If you want deeper blacks, go with the AOC’s model but keep in mind that you will have to cope with dark pixels smearing in fast-paced games as there’s no backlight strobing technology.

For better performance in fast-paced video games, the Dell AW3418DW is better, and you still get an excellent image quality, just not as vivid details in the shadows.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82PSh_c5ydg

What We Loved

  • Low input lag and high refresh rate
  • Plenty of gaming features including G-SYNC
  • Fully ergonomic design and rich connectivity options
  • High contrast ratio for deep blacks

What We Didn’t Like

  • Visible ghosting particularly in darker scenes
  • No NVIDIA ULMB technology

Dell U3419W – Best 34″ Professional UltraWide Monitor

Best Budget Ultrawide Monitors 2019

About the Monitor

The Dell U3419W is a lot similar to the LG 34UC80. You get the same 34″ 3440×1440 IPS panel, but instead of AMD FreeSync, the Dell U3419W is factory-calibrated at Delta E < 3 and offers additional exclusive features.

Image Quality

While the Dell U3419W is based on the same IPS curved (1900R) panel used in the LG 34UC80, Dell tweaked their model a bit better with Delta E less than 3 factory calibration for professional-grade color accuracy straight out of the box.

Other panel-related specs are identical including a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, a 300-nit peak brightness, 99% sRGB color gamut, and 10-bit color support via dithering.

Features

In addition, the Dell U3419W features a built-in KVM switch (Keyboard-Video-Mouse) which allows you to connect two PCs to the screen, and control both PCs with just one set of keyboard and mouse.

So, the Picture by Picture and Picture in Picture modes are supported as well.

Design & Connectivity

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There is a plethora of connectivity options available including a DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI 2.0, a USB-C port with up to 90W power delivery, four downstream USB 3.0 ports and two upstream (for KVM), a headphones jack, and an audio line-in for the 2x9W built-in speakers.

The design is sleek as well as versatile with up to 115mm height adjustment, -5°/21° tilt, +/- 30° swivel, and VESA mount compatibility.

Summary

The Dell U3419W is the best ultrawide monitor for work if you’re looking for a 34″ 3440×1440 display.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydLDOTlpzTg

What We Loved

  • Delta E < 3 factory calibration
  • Ergonomic design and rich connectivity options
  • USB-C with up to 90W PD
  • Built-in KVM switch

What We Didn’t Like

  • No AMD FreeSync
  • Somewhat expensive

ViewSonic VP3881 – Best 38″ Professional UltraWide Monitor

Cheap Ultrawide Curved Monitor

About the Monitor

The ViewSonic VP3881 is based on the same panel as the Acer XR382CQK, but just like it’s the case with the previous display, ViewSonic’s model ditched the gaming features for superior color accuracy.

And it’s more affordable as well!

Image Quality

The ViewSonic VP3881 is factory-calibrated at Delta E less than 2 and covers 100% of the sRGB and Rec. 709 color spaces. So, you get even better color accuracy than with the Dell U3419W.

Additionally, the monitor supports 14-bit 3D LUT (Look-up Table) for a wider color palette of 4.39 trillion colors.

Other panel-related specs include the 3840×1600 UWQHD+ screen resolution, dithered 10-bit color depth, a 300-nit peak luminance, and a 1,000:1 static contrast ratio.

The ViewSonic VP3881 also supports HDR, but it’s software-enabled only.

Features

Moving on, the monitor offers additional useful features such as Dual Color which allows you to split the screen in two and have different color spaces for each half.

There are also customizable and predefined picture profiles for various different purposes such as CAD/CAM, Animation, Video Edit, Photographer, etc.

Design & Connectivity

Best Budget Monitor For Gaming

The ViewSonic VP3881 ultrawide monitor has an ergonomic design with up to 130mm height adjustment, +/- 120° swivel, -1°/21° tilt, and 100 x 100mm VESA mount compatibility.

Connectivity options include a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, a USB type C port, three downstream and one upstream USB 3.0 ports, a headphones jack, and two 5W integrated speakers.

Summary

On balance, the ViewSonic VP3881 is the best ultrawide monitor for professional use under $1,000.

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What We Loved

  • 14-bit 3D LUT
  • Factory-calibrated at Delta E < 2
  • Plenty of exclusive features
  • Adjustable design with rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • HDR is software-enabled only

LG 34WK95U – 5120×2160 Professional UltraWide Monitor

Ultrawide 4k Monitor

About the Monitor

The LG 34WK95U is the first and only (for now) ultrawide display to feature a screen resolution of 5120×2160 pixels. Some refer to it as 4K ultrawide or even 5K ultrawide, but LG simply calls it ‘5K2K’.

Image Quality

Besides offering a high resolution that results in an incredibly rich pixel density of 163 pixels per inch (same as 2560×1440 on 27″ screens), the LG 34WK95U has the latest Nano IPS panel technology with 98% DCI-P3 color gamut.

So, you get flawless details, plenty of screen space, and stunning color quality.

The monitor also has VESA’s DisplayHDR-600 certification, but its static contrast ratio of only 1,200:1 will cause most of the extra HDR details to be lost.

Other-panel related specs include a 450-nit peak brightness (600-nit for HDR content), 178-degree viewing angles, a 60Hz refresh rate, a 5ms response time speed, and naturally, 10-bit color support (8-bit + 2-bit FRC).

Design & Connectivity

4k Ultra Wide Monitor

In order to reach 5120×2160 at 60Hz, you will need to use either DisplayPort 1.4 or Thunderbolt 3, though your device needs to support Intel’s Titan Ridge version of Thunderbolt 3. HDMI 2.0 limits the resolution to 3440×1440.

Connectivity options on the monitor are as follows: a DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0, a USB type C port (Thunderbolt 3), a headphones jack, a dual-USB 3.0 hub, and two 5W built-in speakers.

You can elevate the screen of the monitor up to 110mm, tilt it by -5°/15°, and VESA mount it using the 100 x 100mm pattern.

Summary

Want the best image quality possible on an ultrawide display? The LG 34WK95U won’t disappoint you, just make sure your device is capable and compatible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxJ1xj8mXA4

What We Loved

  • Wide color gamut
  • Accurate and consistent colors
  • High pixel density
  • Ergonomic design and rich connectivity options

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Low contrast ratio for the optimal HDR viewing experience

Conclusion

Did you manage to pick the best ultrawide monitor for you? Let us know if you need any further help in the comments below!

All in all, the LG 34UC79G offers the best value for money if you’re into fast-paced video games while the LG 34UC80 is great if you don’t care for high refresh rates but would rather have a higher resolution.

For the best gaming experience, we recommend the LG 34GK950F for AMD users and the Dell Alienware AW3418DW for NVIDIA users.

If you’ve got a limited budget, the LG 29WK600 will provide you with a spectacular image quality for the price; the 34″ 34WK650 also isn’t bad, but only if you’ll mostly play video games on it.

As far as professional use is concerned, the ViewSonic VP3881 will undoubtedly increase your productivity and creativity.

Writer

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

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