The best curved gaming monitor not only looks pretty sci-fi, but it also makes sense physiologically to wrap the curved monitor around your curved eyeballs. But before you go splashing out, make sure you have hardware that can handle a good curved gaming monitor.
If you’re planning on picking up a massive ultrawide display like the Acer Predator X34, you’ll need the best graphics card that can easily support gaming on the demanding 5120×1440 resolution at 120Hz.
Gamers on a budget or those who don’t have the 49 inches of desk real estate could look at something like the Pixio PXC273 for a fraction of the cost (when it’s in stock). You’ll get the speed for the competitive games you usually play if you don’t mind going smaller and losing out on some features.
Below you’ll find a list of some of the best curved monitors for gaming we’ve tested so that you can treat your eyeballs to some immersive, responsive gaming action.
Acer makes good monitors. So, it’s no surprise that the Acer Predator X38 made it to the list. The Predator X38 provides high brightness (for a curved monitor) and great colors on a 38-inch IPS panel with a 3840×1600 native resolution.
What can’t be understated is the X38’s killer design with its built-in LEDs, speakers, and thin aluminum legs. The under-glow of the monitor’s bottom-facing LEDs provides a nice ambiance to whatever you’re playing.
The 3840×1600 resolution gives you a wide field of view, especially in shooters where expanding the battlefield could give you a strategic edge. This feature-loaded gaming monitor doesn’t come cheap, though. Expect to spend around $2,000 on this bad boy, but it’ll worth every penny.
The Pixio PXC273 is about as barebones as they come in regards to gaming monitors. This 27-inch curved 1080p panel provides frames at a solid 144Hz and is also FreeSync certified. The screen itself is advertised as anti-glare and holds up in most brightly lit environments—and the thin bezel is always a plus in our book.
The biggest draw to the PXC273 is 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, you’ll lose out on a lot of the extra features you’d find in higher-end curved monitors.
You may have noticed that the PXC273 sells out every time stock is available. You can always check back on our handy price widget will let you know when it’s in stock again.
The impressive yet pricey Alienware 34 curved monitor is a gorgeous and speedy ultrawide display. While it doesn’t have the same LED light show as the Acer Predator X34, you might argue that the Alienware AW3418DW’s stylish design doesn’t need it. Following the space-ship aesthetic that they are known for, it’s a good-looking curved monitor.
What we like the most is the game-type specific display mode that’ll crank up the brightness in FPS mode, oversaturate colors in RTS mode, and an RPG mode that’ll show deeper, richer blacks without too much of a fuss. This curved monitor reproduces a deep 127.2 color on the sRGB color gamut, which is one of the highest we’ve seen.
The AW3418DW is one of the best premium ultrawide displays you can buy, and its overall performance slightly edges past the Acer Predator X34. Finally, that is essentially the same as the 3418DW, except it has a 2ms response time instead of 4ms, which is stupid fast for a screen of this size and resolution.
The Acer XR382CQK is a massive 38-inch curved screen that looks absolutely stunning. It features a QHD ultrawide panel with a 3840×1600 resolution, with an aspect ratio of 24:10 that’s slightly wider than the ‘standard’ 21:9 aspect ratio on other ultrawide displays. The IPS panel looks great, and the size means gaming from the comfort of your couch is a viable option.