Best Curved Gaming Monitors for 2022


(Pocket Ribbon) – It can be difficult to find the right gaming monitor for your needs. Specs often vary considerably, even in the same price range, and adding a curved screen to the equation means there’s still something else to wrap your head around.

While the concept of a curved TV has a gimmicky feel to it, as you’re often too far away to matter, it’s a completely different proposition with a monitor.

You are almost always much closer to the screen, so the arc helps to fine-tune the shape of your eye more precisely and effectively.

Curved monitors are measured between 1500R and 4000R, with lower numbers indicating a more pronounced curve. There are positives and negatives to leaning more to one side of the scale – and we’ll provide more advice on this below our picks – but don’t forget there are the other main specs to consider as well, including resolution, response time and refresh rate.

Once you’ve got your checklist of the ideal specs you want for your curved gaming monitor, as well as the price you’re willing to splurge on, it’s all about finding the best available – and that’s where we come in.

Below we’ve laid out some of the best curved screens for gaming to make your search a little smoother.

Our top pick at the moment is the ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ1B† However, we also recommend to LG UltraGear 34GN850-BAOC C24G1AScepter C248B and Acer curved ED242QR

Our top pick

Asus

ASUS TUF Gaming VG32VQ1B (32-inch)

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For

Excellent performance Very reasonably priced

In return for

Factory settings need a lot of adjustments

Asus’ VG32VQ1B isn’t just one of the best curved gaming monitors to consider, it’s one of the best full-stop.

There are plenty of options within the range, but the 31.5-inch, 1500R curved option offers the perfect mix of specs. Simply put, there just aren’t many 2560 x 1440 resolution, 165Hz refresh rate, and 1ms responsive curved monitors out there at this price.

FreeSync Premium is also supported via the DisplayPort and the two HDMI 2.0 ports. HDR 10 also makes an appearance, but like most monitors in this price range, keep in mind that it doesn’t necessarily excel.

Therefore, make sure to play with the factory settings and modes as well. In our experience, these are generally fairly neutral, but the VG32VQ1B’s presets can actually hinder the experience if you’re not playing with them.

Curved gaming monitors we also recommend

Not every monitor we’ve tested for this guide can be our best overall recommendation, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth your consideration. Below you will find four curved monitors that are also excellent for gaming.

LG

LG UltraGear 34GN850-B (34″)

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For

Can overclock up to 160Hz Exceptional performance

In return for

Not an ideal HDR for the price Power stone and short cables

If you’re serious about upgrading your gaming setup with a curved monitor, LG’s 34-inch ultrawide is a fantastic choice.

It’s certainly on the pricey side, but for those who want to make the jump from 16:9 to 21:9, while also taking advantage of a 3440 x 1440 resolution, 1 ms response time, and a maximum refresh rate of 160 Hz, there are few 1800R monitors that can compete.

In terms of inputs, you also have HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort and USB 3.0.

AOC

AOC C24G1A (24″)

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For

FreeSync Premium and excellent refresh rate Excellent value for specs

In return for

Average HDR performance OSD controls are tricky

AOC’s C24G1A is an ideal choice for those who want something smaller or more affordable, and therefore don’t necessarily mind gaming in 1920 x 1080.

It’s certainly good enough to get by, with the 1500R curved design excelling thanks to its excellent refresh rate up to 165Hz and a fast 1ms response time.

FreeSync Premium is also supported in the very neat design, which can also rotate and tilt to your heart’s content. For the money, this is a very solid pickup.

scepter

Scepter C248B (24″)

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For

Truly excellent value High refresh rates

In return for

Needs a lot of color adjustments Only supports 144Hz via DisplayPort

The C248B is another great example of how bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, with its 24-inch, 1800R monitor offering a great mix of specs.

It may not be as solid as other 24-inch monitors, but those who want a slightly less curved screen – while still having a 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time – have a top option here to explore.

Those who play a lot of FPS and RTS games can also take advantage of the custom display settings to really enhance the experience.

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Acer curved ED242QR

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For

An excellent entry-level model Beautiful look

In return for

No elite specs Lacks a premium feel

Monitor design in general may be an underrated factor, with internal specs often dominating the conversation.

The fact is, however, whichever monitor you choose should still fit in with your wider decor – and Acer’s white ED242QR arguably does that much better than typical spaceship-style gaming monitors.

Don’t think it’s bullshit though – it’s a great entry-level choice that matches the other 24-inch options listed here in a few key areas.

There is a resolution of 1920 x 1080 on the curved screen, with a response time of 4 ms, a refresh rate of 75 Hz and support for AMD FreeSync.

Keep in mind that there’s only an HDMI and VGA port here – which is undoubtedly a bit of a drawback.

Other products we considered:

The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides, including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our last best guides.

Here are the products we considered that ultimately didn’t make our top five:

How to choose a curved gaming monitor?

As we mentioned above, there’s plenty to consider when buying a monitor for your gaming – and that’s especially true if you’re entering the relatively new field of curved monitors.

To help you narrow down your decision and choose the right monitor for your needs, we’ve listed some key considerations.

What is the right monitor curvature for you?

Deciphering what level of monitor curvature is best for you is about knowing what you will be using the screen for. If you’re only gaming on it, you can afford to dive into the ultra-immersive world of 1500R monitors.

If you’re also going to do some work on the curved monitor, something less curved, like an 1800R, will probably fit better. This also applies to those new to displays – while you’d probably adapt to a more extreme curvature, it never hurts to start with a less curved display as well.

What are the benefits of a curved monitor for gaming?

Immersion is the most obvious and most important benefit to note. Because curved screens offer a wider field of view than flat screens – and conform more closely to the shape of your eye, as we mentioned – you can ‘feel’ the peripheral edges and suffer less from distortion.

This is of course not such a big consideration if you also plan to work on your screen or use the internet, for example.

Are budget and mid-level curved gaming monitors any good?

As you’ll notice, most of our tried-and-true picks are in the entry-level and mid-range. There is no doubt that there are more expensive monitors that are very good at getting the best specs possible. However, for most gamers, a solid mid-level pick is more than enough to take your experience to a whole new level.

As with most things, spending more will certainly yield a better experience – but that doesn’t necessarily mean better value, and that’s how we judge our choices.

What are refresh rate and response time?

It’s not just about how curved your screen is – and specs like refresh rate and response time are still very important to consider.

Again, you should start by thinking about what kinds of things you will be using your monitor with for gaming. The refresh rate relates to how many times per second the monitor can produce a new image, and, as you might imagine, a slow refresh rate is very noticeable when playing fast-paced games like FPS and racing titles.

However, just because something has a high refresh rate doesn’t necessarily mean it can negate motion blur. That’s where response time comes in, and lower numbers are naturally more preferable.

How many ports do you need?

If you use your curved monitor for gaming, you should of course think carefully about how many ports you will use.

Don’t think dedicated gaming monitors pack them too. We tested several monitors that didn’t make our final choice due to lack of ports, such as the competitive nature of mid-range devices.

In general, two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort should help you, with VGA, USB, a 3.5mm jack and DVI handy to have too.

More about this story

Each product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your everyday life.

In the case of curved gaming monitors, we continuously test the latest and greatest options. We don’t do anything out of the ordinary, we just try to mimic exactly how a normal buyer would use them.

We do this primarily by using the monitors when compiling our in-depth game reviews on the latest consoles – PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series S | Series X – and PC. As regular users would, we also try to push each monitor to its limits and find the optimal settings while using it.

From here we can make a judgment based on the overall gaming experience with the curved monitor, while also considering the price and overall value.

In all of our buyer’s guides, including this one, we’re not interested in the superfluous details – we just want to provide an easy-to-understand review that gives you an idea of ​​what it will actually be like to use.

And don’t think for a second that the products have not been fully tested, because the reviews are concise. We’ve been covering technology since 2003 and in many cases have reviewed not only the product in question, but the previous generations as well – all the way back to the first model on the market.

There are also plenty of models we considered that didn’t make it into every one of our buyer’s guides.

Written by Conor Allison. Editing by Max Freeman-Mills.

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