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Best curved monitors 2021: excellent curved displays for more immersive viewing

Best curved monitors
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It doesn’t get more immersive than with the best curved monitors. Skip the ancient flat screens and take a look at these curved beauties instead. They’re not just cool looking with a unique and somewhat futuristic design, these computer displays actually have some real benefits over the traditional flat monitors.

One of the benefits, of course, is how immersive they are. While flat displays suffer from edge distortion, the best curved monitors remedy that by equalizing the viewing distance at every point of the screen which ends up reducing potential eye fatigue and providing a wider field of view. In essence, you end up with a much more immersive viewing experience no matter if you’re editing photos and videos, bingeing the latest from Netflix, or are hours into the latest AAA game.

So, take the plunge and switch from a flat display to one of the best curved monitors to get that immersion. Now is as good a time as any to look at the best ones available at the moment, which include best 4K monitors. Don’t forget to take advantage of our exclusive price comparison tool, so you know you’re getting the best deal available.

LG UltraGear 38GN950

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1. LG UltraGear 38GN950

The best curved monitor for ultrawide fans

Specifications
Screen size: 38-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3,840x2,160
Curve radius: unspecified
Viewing angle: 178/178
Refresh rate: 144Hz, overclocked to 160Hz
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: DCI-P3 98% color gamut
Reasons to buy
+160Hz refresh rate+Super-responsive+Large screen
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-May be a bit too large for some

The LG UltraGear 38GN950 isn’t just one of the best curved monitors we’ve tested recently. It’s also among the best ultrawide monitors to date. This nano IPS display rocks some solid specs – including a super-fast refresh rate and response time as well as HDR support, G-sync and massive screen size, making it a boon for gamers. You can even overclock its refresh rate to 160Hz for all those fast-paced games you’ll be playing. It’s not just your gaming experience that’s elevated here; that subtle screen curve helps reduce eye strain when looking towards its edges. Budget buyers might want to look at other options on this list, however, as this monitor will not come cheap.

Read the full review: LG UltraGear 38GN950

AOC CU34G2X

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2. AOC CU34G2X

Best curved monitor that’s easy on the budget

Specifications
Screen size: 34-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440x1440
Curve radius: 1500mm
Viewing angle: 178/178
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Response time: 1ms
Contrast ratio: 3000:1
Color support: 119% sRGB color gamut
Reasons to buy
+Superb performance+Immersive+Subtle design
Reasons to avoid
-Menu is hard to navigate-No G-Sync

For everything this curved monitor has going for it – and there’s a lot – the AOC CU34G2X is affordably priced. That’s pretty incredible for a monitor that boasts QHD resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and AMD Freesync as some of its marquee features. That’s without mentioning its superb performance, impressive technical stats and some HDR support. It’s a little plain as far as design is concerned, but that’s hardly a deal-breaker. There’s also one advantage it has over the pricier LG UltraGear 38GN950 – it has a smaller footprint at 34 inches, so it’s just the ticket for users with more limited desk space.

Read the full review: AOC CU34G2X

Dell S3221QS

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3. Dell S3221QS

Best curved monitor with 4K resolution

Specifications
Screen size: 31.5-inch
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Curve radius: 1800mm
Viewing angle: 178/178
Refresh rate: 60Hz
Response time: up to 4ms
Contrast ratio: 3000:1
Color support: 1.07 billion colors
Reasons to buy
+Picture-in-picture with two PCs+Surprisingly decent sound+Elegant design
Reasons to avoid
-Not very fast-Limited ports

The Dell S3221QS is a gorgeous monitor inside and out. Its simple yet elegant silver design gives it a unique look that sets it apart from all the gamer-centric or boring black office monitors you're most likely to find. It comes with a stunning 4K VA panel to match, making everything from movies to gaming a pleasure to watch. And, to make it an even better proposition, it’s got some great features as well – namely, decent-sounding speakers and an interesting picture-in-picture functionality that will let you display two different computers in the same display. That’s pretty nifty and a great way to make up for the fact that there’s no USB-C connectivity.

Read the full review: Dell 4K S3221QS Curved Monitor

Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

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4. Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

Curved monitor with a terrific feature set

Specifications
Screen size: 37.5-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3,840x1,600
Curve radius: 2300mm
Viewing angle: 178/178
Refresh rate: unspecified
Response time: 5ms
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 1.07 billion colors
Reasons to buy
+Huge desktop real estate+Good quality IPS panel+Excellent connectivity
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR or high refresh-Very expensive

If you’re looking for something with a deeper curve – perhaps if you plan on sitting farther away from your monitor – you should take a look at Asus Designo Curve MX38VC. Its 2300R curvature gives you a 2300mm curve radius. That might not be the deepest out there, but it’s still decently deep. And, you’re also getting a couple of nifty features with it: Bluetooth connectivity, a pair of 10-Watts stereo speakers that Harman Kardon helped develop, and a Qi wireless charger at the base. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of the more affordable options out there, but if you’ve got the funds, this is the best curved monitor for your productivity needs.

Read the full review: Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition

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5. AOC Agon AG352UCG6

Affordable curved monitor for gaming

Specifications
Screen size: 35-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440x1440
Curve radius: 1800mm
Viewing angle: 178/178
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Response time: 4ms
Contrast ratio: 2500:1
Color support: 85% NTSC color gamut
Reasons to buy
+Strong price point+120Hz refresh rate+Super-wide aspect ratio
Reasons to avoid
-Design needs work-OSD menu is clunky

Its design isn’t the only gamers-centric feature – although it might be a selling point for those who love that gamer’s aesthetic. The AOC Agon AG352UCG6 curved monitor is created for gamers, with its super-wide aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate and popping colors. Gamers with a predilection for fast-paced games might want to look elsewhere – that response time is still slow for those and that refresh rate could be faster. However, those who adore RPGs and slower-paced single-player titles will simply adore its buttery smooth performance.

Read the full review: AOC Agon AG352UCG6

Michelle Rae Uy

Michelle Rae Uy is a Los Angeles-based editor, writer and photographer with a bad case of wanderlust. She is a regular contributor for Thrillist, TravelAge West, HuffPo Travel, Paste Magazine, and Travel Pulse. She has written for publications like Nylon, Fodor's and SmarterTravel, and is also the contributing editor for MiniTime.com.