If you've never used a curved monitor before, you might not understand the hype. Much like a curved flat screen, a curved monitor is a popular choice for gamers or anyone who likes to watch videos on their computer. The unique design can improve your gameplay or make your favorite movie look even more intense.
With so many different brands out there and so many features, prices, and specs to compare, choosing the right curved monitor can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you don't have to go through all of the information – we've already reviewed these top tips for you.
At a glance
The best curved monitor overall: BenQ EX3501R
Why should you buy this: It is an excellent monitor for color and brightness, perfect for viewing pictures and videos.
Who is it for: Everyone, but with a special focus on gamers and those who use their computer for entertainment
Why we chose the BenQ EX3501R::
The BenQ EX3501R combines a large 35-inch monitor with a very affordable price for such a high-end ultrawide. It offers HDR support, BenQ's EyeCare settings to reduce eye strain, a refresh rate of 100 Hz and FreeSync. We were particularly impressed with the brightness and color accuracy of this screen (100% of sRGB and 82% of AdobeRGB), which offers vivid images for games and videos – and of course any work you might be doing on the monitor. Ports include USB-C, HDMI, DisplayPort, and two USB-A ports that are sufficient for all of your connection needs. It's a great ultrawide made for everyone and an easy recommendation if you're not sure where to turn.
The best professional curved monitor: Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW
Why should you buy this: It's a durable, versatile monitor with an extra wide screen and great colors.
Who is it for: People looking for one of the largest monitors available, or who like strong monitor controls.
Why we chose the Dell Ultrasharp U3818DW::
Dell's beefy monitor comes with an extra size, an extra-large 38-inch WQHD + ultrawide that won't wobble on your desk, assuming you've made enough space for it (VESA mounting options are also included). It offers a resolution of 3,840 x 1,600, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and simple buttons / joysticks on the underside that make it easy to switch between modes. The ports include two HDMI, DisplayPort and USB-C ports. We also found that the model has a wide color gamut, albeit with a mediocre contrast ratio. There's no FreeSync, which makes this giant better suited for work than gaming.
The monitor with the best color accuracy: Samsung CJ791
Why should you buy this: This Samsung monitor is for sure one of the best ultra-wides we have ever seen.
Who is it for: People who like big curves and lots of color accuracy.
Why we chose the Samsung CJ791::
The excellent 34-inch model from Samsung offers an incredible contrast ratio, a refresh rate of 100 Hz, a response time of 4 ms and a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440. Samsung's quantum dot technology adds extra sharpness to the display and the color accuracy is 100% sRGB and 85% AdobeRGB – in other words, the color looks great.
We were also fans of the sleek design, the easily accessible ports, and the clear, detailed menu controls for adjusting the color and switching between different modes. Ports include two HDMI 2.0 ports, a DisplayPort 1.4, and two USB ports: the latest updates to this model also include support for one of the USB ports in Thunderbolt 3, giving you options for ultra-fast data transfer or powering accessories .
If you want one of the best images a curved ultrawide can deliver, it is worth saving up for this Samsung. Note, however, that gaming is a little friendlier than streaming services, which may be difficult to fit on the oversized screen and its somewhat unusual resolution. To support this, Samsung offers picture-by-picture and picture-in-picture modes that make the display more versatile.
The best curved gaming monitor: Alienware AW3418DW
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Why should you buy this: Alienware's unique monitor sets new standards with an overclockable screen.
Who is it for: Gamers, PC makers and those with big desktop dreams
Why We Chose the Alienware AW3418DW::
You can expect an Alienware monitor to be well suited for gaming, and this curved 34-inch monitor impresses with a refresh rate overclockable to 120 Hz, G-Sync, and an extensive menu system with many different modes and color control options (as well as a handy Dark Stabilizer with four modes). The color accuracy is excellent and the brightness so impressive that you will likely need to turn it down for most games. The ports include USB 3.0, USB with charging station, HDMI and DisplayPort, but unfortunately no USB-C. For those who need G-Sync and want a curved ultrawide for the best gaming experience, this Alienware monitor is one of the best options available!
The Best Best Affordable Curved Monitor: BenQ EX3200R
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Why should you buy this: It is an affordable monitor that offers great features despite its low price.
Who is it for: Those who want to save, gamers on a budget, people who don't mind 1080p.
Why we chose the BenQ EX3200R::
Let's say you want some of these great monitor features like a curved screen and an oversized monitor, but your budget is a little more limited. The BenQ EX3200R helps you with a low price, but a robust set of features that get absolutely everything it can out of its 1080p resolution. The 32-inch screen has a refresh rate of 144 Hz, an incredible contrast ratio of 2060: 1 according to our own tests. While the color accuracy is only average, there are a number of control options and presets to play with. The ports include two HDMI 2.0, a DisplayPort 1.4 and a USB port. If you're looking for affordable monitors, add this one to your list.
The best combination of size and price: LG 38UC99
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Why should you buy this: With this huge monitor, you can wrap yourself up in a display with many connectivity options.
Who is it for: People with a lot of desk space and great ambitions
Why we chose the LG 38UC99::
As if the super large monitor of the LG and the 38-inch display weren't enough, this model also offers extensive functions such as the 75 Hz refresh rate and the resolution of 3,840 x 1,600. Take advantage of FreeSync technology, 100% sRGB color accuracy, 332 lux brightness, and 78% AdobeRGB and you have some great numbers to work with.
Connectivity is impressive, however, with ports that include two USB-A, one USB-C, DisplayPort 1.2, and two HDMI 2.0 ports. You're going to get a lot from this LG, but the most important thing is to make sure you have enough space to store it – otherwise, all of these features will just be wasted.