Best ultrawide monitors 2020


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#1 Samsung CJ791

This 34-inch monitor is a striking piece of hardware. The design is understated, effortless, and professional. The frame and stand all seem to melt away when you’re seated before its all-encompassing curved view. It’s a bit of a chameleon, too, as it could easily sit next to a flashy desktop PC decked out in LEDs or a dusty old workstation in the office.

Samsung’s CJ791 offers stunning picture quality, with rich inky blacks and vivid, lifelike colors saturating your vision from all angles. Video content is rich and fluid, thanks to the monitor’s 100Hz refresh rate and AMD’s FreeSync. It supports a variety of uses, providing one DisplayPort, an HDMI port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and two USB-A ports.

Overall, this level of quality on a standard 16:9 display would be outstanding. The fact that it’s on a massive 21:9 display with a deep curve makes it truly a sight to behold. It simply doesn’t need a flashy exterior design. Its size, clarity, and resolution make it a showstopper all on its own.

#2 AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition

Ultrawide resolution? Check. Fast 120Hz refresh rate? Also check. The AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition is certainly more than its clumsy name lets on. This 3,440 x 1,440 ultrawide monitor isn’t just stunning with its perfect VA panel, but coupled with a 120Hz refresh rate and a low 4ms response time, it should make the top of any gamer’s list of the best ultrawide monitors. Just bear in mind, that if you want to take full advantage of the AOC Agon, you’re going to need a little help from something like the RTX 2080 Ti.

#3 Alienware AW3420DW

Dell’s 34-inch Alienware ultrawide monitor is an excellent choice for gamers. It packs a 3,440 x 1,440 resolution complemented by a curved IPS panel (1900R), producing rich colors and wide viewing angles. Complementing this panel is a 350-nit brightness maximum and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio.

The AW3420DW includes six physical menu buttons for toggling preset modes, automatic overclocking, dark stabilization, and controlling brightness and contrast. Tucked away below the display’s bottom edge, you’ll find a line-out jack, a headphone jack, five USB ports, DisplayPort 1.2 input, and HDMI 1.4 input.

In keeping with Alienware tradition, adjustable LED strips line the angular spines on the backside and stand. Gamers will also see the popular alien head logo shining on the back. The screen’s black bezels are minimal at best, while the back sports a gunmetal titanium finish.

Finally, Dell’s latest Alienware display features Nvidia’s G-Sync technology for smooth, tear-free framerates. It also has a native 120Hz refresh rate and a two-millisecond response time. It’s a slight step up from the previous model, the Alienware AW3418DW, which packs a lower native 100Hz refresh rate and a slower 4ms response time for $100 less.

#4 Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

The best ultrawide monitors aren’t just great for experiencing the best PC games, they’re also amazing for creatives and professionals. And, the Asus Designo Curve MX38VC is an exceptional example, providing excellent color accuracy, and a high resolution that’ll be a boost to photo and video editors. Considering its price tag, it would have been nice to have HDR included, but this gets the creative job done so well that we can easily overlook that little exclusion.

#5 Dell U3818DW

One of the best ultrawide monitor we’ve tested so far is the Dell U3818DW. It’s a curved monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a great 3840×1600 resolution that allows it to display most of your work or gaming arena, minimizing the need for scrolling. The monitor supports both Picture-in-Picture and Picture-by-Picture, which is great for multitasking using two PCs. Its ergonomics, considering the size, allow you to position the monitor comfortably by letting you adjust the height and swivel to your liking. This monitor has a decent overall picture quality and the image remains accurate even when you sit up close so you can immerse yourself into your gaming. It’s more suitable for most bright rooms, as it can handle reflections well and can get decently bright to fight glare.

This is a flicker-free monitor with a great response time that displays fast-moving content with only little blur and a very low input lag that’ll please most gamers. Unfortunately, it has a mediocre contrast ratio and blacks look gray when in a dark room, like with most IPS monitors. Also, the monitor lacks support for any variable refresh rate technology, which might be disappointing to some demanding gamers.

Overall, this is the best ultrawide monitor and delivers good performance in most uses.

#6 LG 34GK950F

The LG 34GK950F-B is the best FreeSync ultrawide monitor that we’ve tested so far. It has all the features of a great monitor without the price premium of a G-SYNC variant. Excellent motion handling, excellent response time, outstanding low input lag, and the optional black frame insertion all contribute to a great gaming experience, where fast-moving objects are clear with minimal blur.

Like most IPS monitors, viewing angles are good; great for co-op gaming or if you like to sit close to the monitor. It has very good peak brightness and great reflection handling, so glare in a bright room shouldn’t be an issue. HDR support is also present but doesn’t improve the image quality all that much. LG also provides a decent selection of ports, including a DisplayPort, two HDMI ports, and a USB 3.0 hub. The monitor sports a somewhat overused color scheme of red on black typical of gaming monitors; however, the red accents are mostly on the back and are fairly subtle.

#7 Acer Predator Gaming X34

Many great widescreen displays support G-Sync technology. If you’re looking for the best ultrawide that ticks gaming boxes, however, there’s nothing quite like the Acer Predator X34. It has a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 — the sweet spot resolution for gaming — and a native 100Hz refresh rate (120Hz overclocked). The brightness isn’t the best at just 300 nits, but that’s more than enough for a non-HDR screen. Other great features make up for this panel’s lackluster brightness.

Thanks to its IPS panel, Acer’s display enjoys fantastic viewing angles for collaborative work and play. It doesn’t suffer much with response time, either, with a rating of just 4ms. Color support is strong, too, featuring 8-bit color depth and decent color accuracy across the screen.

The included G-Sync tech not only helps prevent screen tearing but stamps Nvidia’s seal of approval all over Acer’s gaming display. It’s fantastic and our favorite ultrawide for G-Sync gaming.

#8 BenQ EX3501R

BenQ’s EX3501R has a professional, understated look and with good reason: This is a monitor for professionals. It features a gorgeous, immersive 1800R curvature, but don’t assume it sacrifices color accuracy for that wraparound effect. This is one of the most vibrant, accurate displays we’ve ever seen, beating out strong competition from high-end Samsung, Dell, and LG screens in our testing.

With a resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 and HDR, this 35-inch ultrawide packs plenty of screen space for multiple windows — or a very long editing timeline. It has a contrast of 1,100:1 and a brightness of more than 330 nits, providing beautifully dark blacks and bright whites. Connections include HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-A 3.1 Gen 1, and USB-C.

Although this screen isn’t designed for gaming, if you want to do it in your off-hours, it does a great job. With a refresh rate of 100Hz and FreeSync support to prevent screen tearing, there’s little else you could ask for. This is a fantastic all-around display, but it’s especially our favorite ultrawide for video editing.