Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitors
Ultrawide gaming monitors are quickly gaining popularity in the gaming world. They work great for first-person games by allowing the player to see more of what is around them with usually about a 21:9 ratio. With resolution technology continually improving, there is no longer a need to have a set-up with two monitors. After setting up with the one monitor, you are set to go with the best refresh rate and lowest response times possible on a screen ratio similar to a movie theater in your home space. As more people adopt the ultrawide screen lifestyle, space will become more crowded with many options to choose from. With that in mind, the following are the best ultrawide gaming monitors available in 2019.
Best Ultrawide Gaming Monitors
The Samsung CRG9 is a massive 49” monitor with 5120x1440 resolution as well as a 120Hz refresh rate. If you have a big enough space, the CRG9 allows you to change the input to Picture by Picture mode. This mode essentially makes this single monitor into a dual monitor set-up. You can connect your gaming console and be playing on there while doing whatever work needs to be done on your PC. No border separates the two.
The monitor has a Samsung QLED panel that is HDR 1000 compatible with a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. The most important thing with a gaming monitor is the experience it gives you. That’s why the 4ms response time is such a big selling point on the CRG9. The big problem with this monitor though, it can be too big for your games. If you want to play a game that does not support the 32:9 aspect ratio, your game will play scaled down. It still looks beautiful, but big black bars on the sides of the game you are playing dampens the experience.
The Samsung CRG9 delivers one of the immersive experiences outside of a VR headset. If you are looking for the most lifelike experience available with your games, then this mammoth of a monitor is going to be the best pick for you. While finding games to support the 32:9 aspect ratio might be hit-or-miss, when you do find that supporting title, it is going to be impossible to ever go back to playing it any other way.
The Alienware AW3418DW is a 34.1" monitor with 120 Hz refresh rate, 4ms response time, all held together in an IPS panel. Depending on the game you are playing, there will be options in the monitor to ensure you are getting the best experience. While there is the standard option that will suit your everyday needs without needing to adjust it, there are also modes suited explicitly for first-person shooters, real-time strategies, roleplaying games, and multiple customizable settings.
The Alienware AW3418DW has a wide QHD resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 pixels. The monitor comes equipped with multiple USB 3.0 ports, an upstream port, as well as HDMI and DisplayPorts, but no USB- C port. Should you need to plug a headset directly into the monitor as opposed to your PC, a 3.0 mm jack is also available, but it does not have its speakers. This is also the only curved screen of this size that will offer G-Sync capabilities.
The Alienware AW3418DW sports a gorgeous 1440p screen that outputs impressive color and brightness. The combination of the size and noticeable colors make it easy to notice the smallest details in whatever environment you play in. If you are looking for one of the absolute monitors on the market, the Alienware AW3418DW is going to deliver one of the best experiences for you regardless of what you are doing.
The LG 34UC79G-B is a 34” curved monitor with an IPS panel that is great for gaming with its 144 Hz refresh rate. As a bonus, it also has Freesync support. Take into consideration the fast pixel response time, high refresh rate, flicker-free backlight, a notable lack of motion blur, and optional black frame insertion, and this is a great monitor for gaming. The big draw of this monitor is gaming performance, along with its durability. It is set in place with a sturdily made stand that will always seem stable.
With all those performance positives, there is a slight negative. The screen is not as bright as the others on this list, and it does not have HDR support. Colors will not appear as vivid as some of the other choices on this list. That does not mean the image quality is bad by any means, but you are buying this monitor more for the fluid action than taking in a breathtaking vista.
The LG 34UC79G-B is one of the best combinations of power, price, and performance while delivering impressive response times in first-person shooters and racing games. In short, the monitor is going to be one of the better choices for you if you are looking to save a little money, but still get a high-performing monitor.
Much like the previous LG monitor on this list, the LG 34GK950F is built for the best gaming experience in mind. This 34” screen has a native resolution of 3440x1440, a pixel density of 109ppi, and does support HDR this time around. It has a 144 Hz refresh rate and 5 ms response time as well as support for Freesync 2. Its brightness gets up to 400 nits. This is all packed into its panel dimensions of 32.2x18.1-22.4x11.3" and a 1900R curvature chassis that puts it at a little over 17 lbs. The biggest selling point for this monitor is the wide gamut. The KSF phosphor in it increases color saturation while reducing the backlight’s power requirements. It is a great way to increase the monitor's gamut without having to resort to external sources and saving on power.
While the LG 34GK950F monitor supports HDR10 and the other LG didn’t, it is only a decent picture advantage over the former. The IPS panel still struggles in dark areas with not putting out a good enough brightness and can have some backlight bleed in low lit areas. Also, if you feel the HDR is off, there is no calibration setting for it. Once again, this monitor does not come with its own speakers installed, so you will need to either hook up your own headset or speakers into the 3.5mm jack.
The Acer Predator Gaming X34P is a 34” 3440×1440 resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, G-SYNC capable ultrawide curved gaming monitor. It has 4 ms response time and a brightness of 300 nits. This monitor has a screen curvature of 1900R and ensures accurate, consistent, and vivid colors throughout your gaming time. There also is no worry about scaling issues as the 34” screen has 110 pixels per inch. While the IPS panel doesn’t do great in unlit areas, it does make it so no matter the angle you’re looking at the screen, the image will always be perfect. However, the lack of a VA panel does hurt its contrast image quality.
The X34P is an updated version of the original X34. Almost everything here has been upgraded since the original design for the better. The curvature is more noticeable, and the overclocking refresh rate is much improved over the former model. This monitor has a maximum brightness of 300 nits and does have two speakers installed in it. The Acer Predator Gaming X34P never blows away the competition, but for the price point, you are getting a solid ultrawide curved monitor.
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