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The best curved monitors take your favorite games and completely cover your view. The benefit of a curved monitor over a flat one is the ability to wrap you in an immersive experience. They also have the benefit of making large monitors easier to see. Curved monitors don’t all have the extremely obvious bends in them, you can get one with a subtle curve too. I picked out the best curved monitors that are not only built to supplement serious gaming, but can even do it with high refresh rates for fast-paced experiences.

Ultrawide displays like the Alienware 34 QD-OLED or Acer Predator X38 need one of the best graphics cards to play at resolutions like 3440 x 1440 comfortably. Matching the monitor’s high refresh rate with high frame rates is how you’ll ensure your money’s well spent, and only a powerful GPU will get you there.

You don’t need to spend over $2,000 on a decent curved monitor either; gamers on a budget might consider something smaller than an ultrawide beastie, such as the Dell S3220DGF or Pixio PXC273. These won’t break the bank, but they’ll still offer a large enough panel size to provide excellent front sitting viewing angles and less image distortion, reducing eyestrain. You’d be surprised how much they deliver through specs and performance. That’s as long as you don’t mind omitting some pixels and other fancier features.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best curved monitors for gaming, having tested each one extensively. Some we even use daily in our setups. Check them out, and treat your eyeballs to some immersive, responsive gaming action for the right price.

Best curved monitors for gaming


  • Fabulous contrast and colours
  • Stupendous pixel response
  • Genuine HDR capability


  • Not a great all-purpose panel
  • Latency isn’t a strong point
  • No HDMI 2.1

OLED has truly arrived on PC. Alienware’s 34 QD-OLED is one of very few gaming monitors to receive such a stellar score from us, and it’s no surprise. Dell has nailed the OLED panel in this screen and it’s absolutely gorgeous for PC gaming.

What that panel can deliver in either of its HDR modes, HDR 400 True Black or HDR Peak 1000, is nothing short of exceptional. The image it produces is punchy and vibrant, but it doesn’t stop there. In gaming terms, this thing is a beast, too. It’s capable of delivering 175Hz refresh, on a smart-looking OLED no less, and its response time is absurdly quick at 0.1ms. It cruised through our monitor testing suite, and you really notice that speed in-game, too.

Heck, even typically underwhelming titles—in visual terms—like Call of Duty: Warzone look great thanks to the quantum dot-enhanced saturation and speedy response. The slight softening of the image that you have to put up with pretty much any LCD panel when flying around maps in online shooters and other fast-paced games simply isn’t there.

Not only is it OLED, it’s also Samsung’s hot new QD-LED tech, which combines the ideal RGB subpixel structure with quantum dot technology to produce both excellent colour saturation and an even brighter panel. Net result? Alienware is claiming both an impressive 99.3 percent coverage of the demanding DCI-P3 colour space and fully 1,000 nits brightness, albeit that brightness level can only be achieved on a small portion of the panel, not across the entire screen.

Alienware AW3423DWF Specs

Panel Type / Backlight Quantum Dot
Organic Light Emitting Diode
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio 34 inches / 21:9
Curve Radius: 1800mm
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate 3440×1440 @ 165 Hz
FreeSync Premium Pro
Native Color Depth & Gamut 10-bit / DCI-P3
Response Time (GTG) 0.1ms
Brightness (mfr) 250 nits SDR
1,000 nits HDR
Contrast Infinite
Speakers None
Video Inputs 2x DisplayPort 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0
Audio 2x 3.5mm output
USB 3.2 1x up, 4x down
Power Consumption 51w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base 32.1 x 16.36-20.69 x 12.04 inches
(815.25 x 415.57-525.57 x 305.71mm)
Weight 13.82 pounds (6.9kg)
Warranty 3 years


OLED is also far faster than LCD. By how much depends on how you measure things. The fastest current IPS monitors are quoted at around 1ms for grey-to-grey response. But that only measures part of the transition between colours. The full change takes much longer. By comparison, Alienware is quoting this OLED panel at 0.1ms. And that’s likely for the full transition. It’s at least an order of magnitude faster.

If all this sounds a little hyperbolic, it doesn’t actually mean that all LCD monitors are now awful. In fact, when it comes to refresh rates and therefore latency, LCD monitors with 360Hz-plus refresh are clearly quicker. Latency is traditionally a weak point for OLED, and while we didn’t sense any subjective issue with this 175Hz monitor, there’s little doubt that if your gaming fun and success hinges on having the lowest possible latency, there are faster screens available.

There’s no HDMI 2.1 on this panel, however. So it’s probably not the best fit for console gaming as a result. But this is PC Gamer, and if you’re going to hook your PC up to a high-end gaming monitor, we recommend it be this one.

2. Acer Predator X38

(Image credit: ACER)
  • Best curved monitor for immersion


  • Screen size: 37.5-inch
  • Panel type: IPS
  • Aspect ratio: 21:9
  • Curvature: 1900R
  • Resolution: 3840 x 1600
  • Response time: 1 ms GtG
  • Refresh rate: 144 Hz (175 Hz overclocked)
  • Weight: 34 lbs
  • G-Sync/FreeSync: G-Sync Ultimate

4. Samsung Odyssey G9 LC49G95T

(Image credit: Samsung)
  • The best ultra-curved gaming monitor money can buy


  • Screen size: 49-inch
  • Panel type: VA
  • Aspect ratio: 32:9
  • Curvature: 1000R
  • Resolution: 5120 x 1440
  • Response time: 1 ms GtG
  • Refresh rate: 240 Hz
  • Weight: 26.4 lbs
  • G-Sync/FreeSync: G-Sync Compatible, FreeSync Premium


  • Incredibly immersive 49-incher
  • Fantastic pixel response
  • Great all-round feature set


  • Limited local dimming zones
  • Takes up a lot of space
  • Flawed HDR

Even among this grouping, the Samsung Odyssey G9 is a vaguely ridiculous offering. Completely in a just-look-at-this-thing way. Obviously, it all begins with that humungous 49-inch panel. The 5,120 by 1,440 native resolution arguably isn’t all that exciting given the size and aspect ratio, equating to an unexciting 109 pixels per inch.  You’ll still need a powerful graphics card to drive this thing too.

It’s the sheer scale and the outrageously tight curvature that separates the G9 from just about every other monitor. Including the 240Hz refresh, FreeSync and G-Sync support, HDR 1000 certification including a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, 2,500:1 contrast, 95% coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut, and 1ms response. Quite the package. It isn’t perfect, with the HDR performance being rather uninspiring—especially so given the sticker price. Still, in almost every other aspect it’s golden.

Anyway, it also doesn’t hurt that the G9 looks like a million bucks from almost any angle. OK, the chassis is plastic. But the glossy white finish looks classy, while the ‘Infinity Core’ LED lighting is slick and funky. The overall effect is something akin to a big-budget sci-fi prop. I like.

I also like most aspects of the Odyssey G9’s performance. A lot. First up, let’s attend to any doubts over response due to the VA panel. Samsung has included three user-configurable levels of overdrive in the G9’s OSD menu. Subjectively, they’re difficult to tell apart. But the important conclusion is that the G9 is properly fast and comparable with 1ms IPS monitors. Phew.

There are a few slight snags. Overdrive isn’t available with either adaptive refresh or low input-lag mode. But response still looks good with FreeSync or G-Sync available and there’s no discernible latency whether you enable the low input lag mode or not.

The major issue involves HDR performance. It’s a bit of a mess. For starters, while the G9 does have local dimming, as you’d expect from an HDR1000 panel, it’s limited to just 10 edge-lit zones, which makes it pretty much entirely pointless. In mitigation, the inherent contrast, rated at 2,500 to one, of the VA panel ought to help boost HDR performance. But in practice, HDR content is underwhelming on the G9 and lacks the visual highs you’d normally expect from an HDR1000 panel.

So, this monitor does its best work as a particularly punchy SDR screen, in which mode it’s good for 420 nits. In PC gaming terms, you haven’t lived until you’ve seen CyberPunk 2077 running in all its ray-traced, DLSS’ed glory on the G9. It’s something very special. A lot of that is down to immersion. The outrageous 32:9 aspect, plus the very tight curve and mega 49-inch proportions, make for an incredible wrap-around experience. Just remember that you’ll need one heck of a graphics card to drive this screen smoothly in the latest games. The overall pixel count is nearly as high as full 4K.

Overall then, Samsung’s insane 49-inch gaming beast packs an incredible punch, but that flawed HDR implementation is disappointing.

5. Pixio PXC277

(Image credit: PIXIO)
  • Best budget curved gaming monitor


  • Screen size: 27-inch
  • Panel type: VA
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • Curvature: 1500R
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440
  • Response time: 1 ms
  • Refresh rate: 165 Hz
  • Weight: 14.97 lbs
  • G-Sync/FreeSync: FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible


  • Affordable
  • 165 Hz refresh rate
  • VESA mounts


  • Not much in the way of extras
  • Weak HDR performance
  • Slightly sluggish response times

The Pixio PXC277 is about as barebones as they come in regards to gaming monitors, but it’s still got the goods where it counts. And that also means it comes in at a pleasingly low price point, too. This 27-inch curved 1440p panel provides frames at a solid 165Hz and is also FreeSync certified.

And if you’re after a curved monitor, then the tight 1500R curve of the Pixio will satisfy those bendy cravings. At 27-inches I’ve maybe found the experience less immersive than something like the 1000R wraparound feeling the Samsung Odyssey G9 delivers, but then that’s also the price of a whole PC.

The screen itself is advertised as anti-glare and holds up in most brightly lit environments—and I always find the thin bezel a plus in my monitor experience.

The biggest draw to the PXC277 is obviously its low price point. It’s a great entry-level option for those looking for a larger screen with a high refresh rate and who don’t want to be left completely broke. As this is a budget display, while you do get gaming specific features, such as multiple overdrive levels, dynamic contrast, and HDR support they’re not at the same level as higher-end displays.

I mean, it will technically do HDR, but with a peak luminance of 400 cd/m2 it’s not that punchy, and doesn’t deliver any extra contrast when enabled. So yeah, I’d suggest that’s best left turned off. Pixio’s claims of 1ms response is also based on MPRT, which really does impact the brightness of the panel, too. Again, I’d recommend not going with that.

Monitor controls are always a pain, but the joystick style is the most intuitive I’ve found. Though on the Pixio it’s located in a slightly odd position, making it a little tough to track down initially.

But you will struggle to find a monitor with this sort of specs sheet for the money. And the basics it does well; the 165 Hz refresh rate is great for games, and the 1440p resolution is the perfect mix of high resolution and decent pixel pitch for a 27-inch panel. It’s simply one of the best-value curved gaming monitors around.

Best curved gaming monitor FAQ 

What do I need to consider when buying a curved gaming monitor?

There are numerous features to consider when it comes to buying a monitor for gaming.

    • Resolution
    • Screen Size
    • Refresh Rate
    • Response Time
    • G-Sync/FreeSync
    • HDR
    • Color Gamut
    • Inputs/Outputs
    • Panel Type

This isn’t the order of priority, but it is likely how things will be presented to you as you shop for a monitor.

What level of monitor curvature should I choose?

Your panel’s curvature, or curve radius, is key to your viewing experience. Most curved panels are rated across a range: roughly 4000R to 1500R. The lower the number, the higher the curvature of the panel. This is one of the reasons the Samsung Odyssey G9’s 1000R curve is so surprising—it has a much tighter curve than anything else out there.The distance you sit from your monitor will also help you choose which curvature is ideal for you. You’ll generally find gaming monitors around the 1800R mark, right in the sweet spot for desktop gaming. A more pronounced curve, viewed at a greater distance, could negatively impact viewing angles and your overall experience.

How do you test a gaming monitor?

There are two main ways to test out our screens to determine the best gaming monitor. The first is by playing games on it, obviously. Subjectively testing each panel’s gaming performance isn’t necessarily going to give you the lowdown on the specifics of a particular screen. Still, it will let you test the functioning aspect ratio, native resolution, and any particular gamer-centric technologies they’re sporting.Side-by-side comparative testing in this manner is also precious for keying into the sometimes subtle differences between each panel. When you use a screen in isolation, it’s easy to become blind to its comparative faults as you get used to them. Testing screens back-to-back allows us to discover and highlight specific issues between them.

Objective testing can be great, but it’s also far more difficult. To do it properly, you need hardware for testing the true latency, color accuracy, and other metrics. Most gamers don’t have access to any of this, but you can do a semblance of objective testing using the LCD calibration pages here. This site offers several test screens to bring up on any web-connected panel to make some qualitative assessments. The days of actual retail space for such things are dwindling, but if you can get a look at a screen before purchasing it, plugging a notebook or such into it and checking out the Lagom pages is very handy.

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