Last Updated: June 2018
The best curved monitor for gaming is the Asus PG348Q. It combines everything we want in a gaming monitor and is just plain gorgeous too. It sports a massive 34-inch curved panel, a fast 100Hz refresh rate, and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology so you’ll never have to suffer any frame-tearing. It’s expensive, but once you think of it as an investment in your happiness the price seems a bit more reasonable, especially considering it’s a piece of hardware you can use for 10 years or so, or until the 8k version comes out.
We came to this conclusion after dozens of hours hands-on testing a huge collection of curved panels, ranging in size from 27″ all the way up to a massive 49″ model. Over the past year we’ve tested the following curved gaming monitors:
- Samsung CF591 Curved FreeSync Monitor
- AOC AGON AG322QCX Curved Gaming Monitor
- Acer Predator Z35P Curved Gaming Monitor
- Asus ROG Swift PG348Q Curved Gaming Monitor
- Alienware AW3418DW Curved Gaming Monitor
- Viewsonic VP3881 Ultra-wide Monitor
- Samsung CHG90 QLED Gaming Monitor
Based on our testing and consideration of price, features, and performance, here is our pick for the best curved gaming monitor.
The Best Curved Gaming Monitor – Asus ROG Swift PG348Q
Like we said above; this bad boy has all the features we want in a gaming monitor, and looks just aggressive enough to satisfy us without going over the top, or being bland. It’s a 34-inch curved panel with a 3440 x 1440 resolution, runs at 100Hz refresh rate, and has Nvidia’s G-Sync as well. There are other monitors with similar specs (see below), but the Asus throws in a cool light-show in the form of a ROG logo that is beamed down from the neck, and it also features an intuitive joystick controller for the OSD. It’s also rocking an IPS panel with full sRGB support, so it’s good for professionals as well as gamers. It’s fast, beautiful, accurate, and huge without being too huge. With this monitor, you get what you pay for.
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Another Fantastic Curved Monitor Option – Alienware AW3418DW
Alienware’s 34-inch panel has similar specs as the Asus model above, but with a slightly higher overclocked 120Hz refresh rate (as opposed to 100Hz). It’s got the same 3440 x 1440 resolution, and has Nvidia’s G-Sync too. Oh, and of course it has RGB lighting on the back, so it will make your wall glow softly while gaming. It’s even got four USB 3.0 ports, so it’s fully-loaded. The only feature truly holding this curved gaming monitor back from greatness is its “alien” design, as it looks right at home next to an Area 51 PC no doubt, but like it’s from another planet in any other setting. It’s OSD control is a bit more wonky than the Asus monitor as well thanks to the traditional “guess which each button does” layout.
If You Have Room For It – Samsung 49-inch CHG90 Curved Monitor
Both of the monitors above have similar specs, and honestly so do the rest of the gaming LCDs on the market, for the most part. That’s where the Samsung CHG90 comes in, as it’s a radical departure from the typical gaming monitor, in many ways. First is its ginormous size; at 49-inch diagonally it’s so big you can’t see it all from your desk unless you stand up and take a few steps back. This creates a complete wraparound effect you just can’t get with a 34-inch panel. Second, instead of using a traditional backlight LCD it uses a Quantum Dot panel for increased brightness and a wider color gamut.
Finally, it also supports HDR content and runs at a 144Hz refresh rate, and is also the first monitor we’ve tested that supports AMD’s FreeSync2 technology for lower latency when displaying HDR content. The only downside is the monitor’s vertical resolution is a mere 1080p, so it just doesn’t have that same sharpness of its higher-resolution competitors, but the tradeoff is you don’t need a beast of a GPU to run games at native resolution.
The Best Budget Curved Monitor – Samsung CF591
The Samsung CF591 is a great way to see if a curved monitor is to your liking without having to dig into the kids’ college fund for one of the panels listed above. Of course, at just 27-inch diagonally the monitor isn’t exactly big enough to give you a wraparound effect like you get on a bigger model, but what do you expect for the price? Even better, it has AMD’s FreeSync technology if you’re on the red team, and the included 5w speakers are actually surprisingly decent.