A comparison of the best curved monitors for gaming

A comparison of the best curved monitors for gaming

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Cool style and immersive gaming – curved monitors are now often the better choice for gaming. But which models are worth buying? TECHBOOK looked at a total of nine curved monitors.

Curved monitors have evolved from an unusual gaming gadget to a must-have for frequent gamers. No wonder: the curved screen allows the player to immerse themselves much more deeply in the game. The special advantage is that due to the curvature, the outer viewing areas are also clearly visible. The head does not have to be moved as much and the user feels deeper in the action. An immersive gaming feeling is created that many players no longer want to do without. And a curved monitor can also be practical in the home office. TECHBOOK presents the best curved monitors in a large comparison.

A gaming monitor should be able to do that

There are slightly different criteria when buying monitors than for televisions – after all, as a user, you usually only sit a few centimeters away from the screen, while with a TV it can sometimes be several meters. A pixelated image, an insufficient resolution or jerky movements can be seen much faster on a gaming monitor. These are the key specs to look out for when buying a gaming screen:

Resolution: The larger the screen, the higher the resolution should be – this is especially true for gaming monitors, since you sit much closer in front of the picture than, for example, on a television. At least Full HD resolution (1,920 × 1,080 pixels), better still WQHD (2,560 × 1,440 pixels) or Ultra HD (3,840 × 2,160 pixels) is recommended.

Frame rate: Refresh rate is an important metric that helps determine the quality of a gaming screen. It indicates how often the image on the monitor is updated per second. Every competitive gamer wants this rate to be as high as possible – so the result is as smooth, stutter-free and lag-free as possible. However, the refresh rate of a monitor alone is far from being an indication of the quality of the image. The CPU and GPU of the connected computer are essential for interaction.

Response time/switching time: Response time is the time it takes for the pixels on a screen to change color. The color change from black to white or from one shade of gray to another shade of gray (“GtG”, i.e. “grey to grey”) is measured. The measuring methods and thus the results differ; not all manufacturers indicate which method was used for measurement. Standard screens offer a response time of around 10 milliseconds – gaming monitors can even be less than 1 millisecond. Values ​​of 1 to 5 milliseconds are recommended, although with the “GtG” method the differences between 1 and 5 milliseconds are hardly recognizable to the user.

Does a curved monitor make you a better gamer?

As mentioned at the beginning, a curved monitor provides an immersive gaming experience thanks to its curvature. The curvature of the screen makes the content appear much more spatial and less distorted to our eyes and, above all, ensures that the distance between the eyes and the monitor is the same everywhere. Because the eyes and brain have to do less work and refocus, the player can concentrate better on what is happening.

In order for this to work, the distance to the device must be right: if you sit too far away, you no longer benefit from the advantages of the curved design. If you sit too close, you quickly lose track. So you can’t say per se that a good curved monitor also improves gaming behavior.

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A comparison of curved monitors: the most important terms explained

Whether size information, resolution or unsightly effects – you should know a few terms related to curved monitors and their properties.

Customs service: As with televisions, monitor size is almost always given in inches. The inch specification describes the screen diagonal of the device. One inch corresponds to about 2.5 centimeters.

WQHD: WQHD stands for Wide Quad High Definition. The resolution corresponds to a 16:9 format (2,560 x 1,440 pixels are common here) and is better than a Full HD resolution, but worse than Ultra HD.

DQHD: Dual-QHD is a QHD resolution on a particularly wide screen – “dual” describes two adjacent QHD resolutions. The aspect ratio here is 32:9 and the resolution is 5,120 x 1,440 pixels.

VA/IPS panel: The panel describes the arrangement of the liquid crystals on an LCD screen. The slightly older VA panel, in which the pixels are arranged vertically, is installed in most devices. VA panels convince with strong contrast values. IPS panels have horizontally aligned crystals that offer better color values ​​and faster response time. They also have lower energy consumption. However, IPS screens are also more expensive.

ghosting: Ghosting occurs on gaming monitors when they have a slow response time. In other words: when the pixels take a little longer to change from one color to another. When playing, this shows up as a “ghost” that appears to follow an object.

Backlight bleeding: This unsightly effect mainly occurs on lower-quality screens. Light leaks out at the edges of the monitor – resulting in uneven lighting. This cannot be fixed once it has occurred. In addition to high-quality workmanship, it is important to always move your monitor carefully.

tearing Tearing describes an undesirable effect in which a single image appears torn. Tearing can occur when the monitor and graphics card are not working in sync. FPS and refresh rate should therefore be as high as possible – this is where software solutions, such as Gsync for NVIDIA graphics cards, help.

What else do I have to pay attention to?

Not only the technical values ​​of a screen have to be right – its use and the environment in which it is set up also play an important role. You should therefore also pay attention to these things before buying a curved monitor:

Distance: The right distance to the monitor plays an essential role – ideally it should be 1.2 times the diagonal of the monitor. However, the recommended distance also varies depending on the size of the monitor: if you’re gaming on a 15 or 17 inch gaming laptop, it’s best to sit between 50 and 60 centimeters away. With a 27-inch screen, it should be over 90 centimeters. On the other hand, with a 4K device, the distance is no longer so important, since the quality of the image is high enough not to damage the eyes.

Size: Gaming laptops mostly come with 15-inch or 17-inch screens. Gaming monitors, on the other hand, usually start at around 20 inches in size. The standard size for most models is 24 inches. Depending on the available space on the desk, there are also smaller models with 22 inches or much larger ones with 27 inches. Curved monitors, on the other hand, only start at 27 inches and are usually available in wide formats such as 34 inches and in ultra-wide with 49 inches.

Position: In order to avoid back, neck and headache pains or, in the worst case, permanent poor posture, you should always make sure that you are seated correctly at your computer and in front of your screen. Important is: The top of your curved monitor should be at eye level.

Number: The downside of a curved monitor: It works best as a standalone device. If you already have a monitor and want a second device, you shouldn’t necessarily use a curved monitor. In order to fully exploit its advantages, it should be placed in the middle in front of the user, leaving no room for additional screens.

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A comparison of the best curved monitors for gaming

Current curved monitors from well-known manufacturers usually differ not only in size: the resolution and equipment are usually tailored to different types of gamers. Whether casual gamer or professional gamer – there is the right device for every need and every price range. We compared these nine curved monitors:

  • Samsung Odyssey C49RG94SSR
  • ASUS TUF VG27WQ1B
  • AOC CU34G2X
  • Dell S3422DWG
  • Samsung Curved C27RG54FQR
  • HUAWEI MateView GT 34″
  • MSI MAG ARTYMIS 242CDE
  • LG 34GN73A-B 86
  • Acer Nitro ED273P

Ultra wide and ultra sharp – Samsung Odyssey Ultra Wide DQHD C49RG94SSR

The high-end model from Samsung offers the absolute full equipment of a curved monitor of the highest quality. But that costs the buyer more than 800 euros in the purchase. However, this screen is worth the price for frequent gamers and professional gamers: ultra-wide 49-inch curved displays in DQHD resolution deliver a smooth 120 Hz refresh rate. 4 milliseconds (GtG) response time is unbeatable on this size. Manufacturer Samsung also offers the Eye Saver mode, which reduces blue light that is unhealthy for the eyes. There is also strong HDR 1000 and a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits.

A screen of this width in DQHD consists of two 27-inch QHD screens – this also enables the picture-by-picture function: on the Samsung Odyssey Ultra Wide, two different s can be displayed in parallel, gaming and watching movies so simultaneously on one screen possible. The picture mode enables quick access to the picture settings at any time – the manufacturer has dispensed with manual buttons on the housing with this model. However, the special width of the curved monitor cannot be used by every program – even films do not always support this format. If you are thinking about buying one, you should consider this. A setup with two screens may make more sense for some users.

Advantages:

  • dual screen mode
  • Especially far
  • High contrast ratio

Disadvantages:

The strong price-performance winner – Samsung Curved Gaming Monitor C27RG54FQR

The second curved monitor from Samsung does without fancy extras such as manual buttons on the housing, but instead focuses on the important things such as a particularly high refresh rate of 240 Hz and a very fast response time of 4 milliseconds (GtG). Flowing events on the 27-inch display in Full HD resolution are thus guaranteed. A comparatively high contrast ratio (also thanks to the VA panel) ensures intensive colors and a good view when playing.

The curvature of 1500 R enables an immersive gaming experience even with the compact size. The Samsung C27RG54FQR is also available in an even smaller 24-inch version on request. A higher resolution would have been desirable for the larger variant – but Samsung still offers an absolutely acceptable purchase price of mostly less than 200 euros. In addition, gamers benefit from Gsync support and a picture mode that allows quick access to the settings at any time.

Advantages:

  • Inexpensive
  • High refresh rate
  • High contrast ratio

Disadvantages:

High quality and particularly fast – ASUS TUF VG27WQ1B

27 inches is the standard curved monitor size that fits almost anywhere. Even slightly smaller desks should accommodate a screen with these dimensions. The curved monitor from ASUS scores in comparison with a low purchase price of less than 300 euros. A decent 165 Hz refresh rate and a chic WQHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels make it an inexpensive competitor to other and significantly more expensive models. On paper, the manufacturer also promises many extra functions that are intended to prevent ghosting effects, for example. Pros: Most of these work flawlessly. So if you turn a few wheels here and there in the settings, you will get a high-contrast and color-intensive image in high resolution. There is also Gsync support for NVIDIA cards. However, the ASUS monitor cannot do it entirely without ghosting – this is also the biggest point of criticism of the inexpensive ASUS monitor.

Advantages:

  • Particularly narrow edge
  • Pivotable and tiltable
  • Inexpensive

Disadvantages:

  • – Not adjustable in height
  • – Ghosting effects
  • – Rather expensive

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The popular top seller – AOC Gaming CU34G2X

The BILD comparison winner from the AOC brand presents itself as a crowd pleaser: Despite the cost of just under 400 euros, it scores with over 9,300 reviews and 4.6 out of 5 stars from the online retailer Amazon. These are remarkable values ​​for the 34-inch monitor. Its advantages are not only the very fast response time of 1 millisecond and 144 Hz refresh rate. Above all, it is also height-adjustable and thus adapts to the individual needs of the user. The low blue light technology is also easy on the eyes.

The high WQHD resolution of 3,440 x 1,440 pixels looks clear, sharp and rich in color on the 21:9 widescreen format. The curvature is slightly stronger at 1,500R and promises particularly immersive gaming. Even if you place the AOC CU34G2X in the middle of the room, you don’t have to worry: Elegant red applications on the back make the curved monitor an eye-catcher. If you want, you can get the model at a slightly adjusted price without a USB hub, with less or more Hz and, if you wish, also without a curved format.

Advantages:

  • Particularly narrow edge
  • Height adjustable

Disadvantages:

The professional model – Dell S3422DWG

You can’t go wrong with purchasing the Dell S3422DWG: it’s the perfect partner for gaming, movies and entertainment. Brand manufacturer Dell enjoys a leap of faith from many buyers, which is justified with this model. The curved monitor with WQHD resolution and smooth 144 Hz offers GSync support, FreeSync and in comparison countless extras for even more immersive gaming. An integrated FPS counter always keeps you up to date, downlight ensures better visibility in dark environments, the buttons on the back allow flexible adjustment of the most important settings.

On the other hand, the Dell S3422DWG isn’t exactly a bargain at just under 500 euros. And you should try it out first, because in contrast to other devices in comparison, it is much more curved. With 1800R in contrast to the usual 1500R, it offers additional immersion when gaming – but this takes some getting used to at first. And above all, it requires that it be in a suitable environment and that the user sits in front of it. If this is not the case, the viewing angle stability can suffer.

Advantages:

  • High contrast ratio, good color values
  • Stronger curvature
  • Manual buttons for settings

Disadvantages:

  • Rather expensive
  • Not adjustable in height

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Fast, inexpensive and compact – MSI Mag Artymis 242CDE

With the MSI you are opting for visual understatement, but you are bringing a strong gaming partner into the house: Fluid 165 Hz, 1 millisecond response time with VA panel, on 24 inches, with Full HD resolution – and all of that for mostly just under 200 euros. Important to know: In this model, the curvature is significantly weaker than in other curved monitors in comparison. The immersion effect when gaming is also reduced – but not everyone likes strongly curved displays, which is why this option also has its right to exist.

The compact size is suitable for small desks and little space – for the rather low price, however, as a buyer you have to do without larger extras. There are almost no additional connections, for example, and many gamers also miss the NVIDIA Gsync support in this model. But if you can do without extras like these and still want a curved monitor at a low purchase price, you will certainly be happy with the MSI Artymis.

Advantages:

  • Inexpensive
  • Very narrow frame
  • Compact size
  • Easier curvature

Disadvantages:

The comfortable one – LG UltraGear 34GN73A-B 86

The curved monitor from LG is the only one in our TECHBOOK comparison that comes with a high-quality IPS panel. Its 34 inches are supported by a 144 Hz refresh rate and a Full HD resolution – even in this version it costs almost 450 euros. A stately price at which, as a buyer, one would actually wish for a somewhat higher resolution. Nevertheless, the LG UltraGear supports Gsync, offers FreeSync and all sorts of other software-related advantages to support colors and smooth gaming.

The special advantages of the LG 34GN73A-B 86 curved monitor lie in its consistently convenient functions: Not only can it be adjusted in height and tilted, it can also be mounted on the wall. In addition, although it is curved, at 1000R it is significantly less strong than many of its competitors (common: 1500R). Buyers rate the less pronounced curvature very positively – as does the high-quality design of the curved monitor, which is also impressive on the back thanks to chic applications.

Advantages:

  • Height adjustable & tiltable
  • Very narrow frame
  • Easier curvature

Disadvantages:

  • Slightly slower response time
  • Full HD only

Big and cheap – Huawei MateView GT 34

With the Mateview GT, manufacturer Huawei provides an inexpensive alternative in 34 inches: The resolution in Ultra Wide QHD is impressive. A fast 165 Hz refresh rate and particularly high contrast values ​​make Huawei’s curved monitor a strong competitor. The LC display comes with a VA panel that still supports the contrast values.

At 5 milliseconds, the response time is significantly slower than the competition. You have to reckon with a minimal ghosting effect with the MateView. Buyers also report slight backlight bleeding, which is hardly noticeable in everyday use. In return, the device from Huawei impresses with rich colors and a comfortable view with a fairly clear curvature. Quick settings can be made using the manual buttons on the back – including activating FreeSync, which is not activated ex works. If desired, the Huawei MateView can also be bundled with an integrated soundbar.

Advantages:

  • High contrast ratio
  • Manual buttons for settings
  • Inexpensive

Disadvantages:

  • Slightly slower response time
  • ghosting effects
  • No Gsync support

Particularly inexpensive – Acer Nitro ED273P gaming monitor

The Acer Nitro is an insider tip among curved monitors – especially when it comes to price. At 27 inches, it is a good size for less than 200 euros. A decent 165 Hz refresh rate ensures a smooth display. With a response time of 1 millisecond, it can also keep up with the high-priced competitors. As a buyer, however, you have to do without additional connections or WQHD resolution.

In addition, the model offers comparable comfort: HDR 10 promises strong black and white contrasts, Acer’s FreeSync should enable even more smooth movements. The Nitro ED273P is not height-adjustable – it also looks very reserved, but almost frameless. In any case, it is a good choice for anyone who does not have a large budget for buying a curved monitor.

Advantages:

  • Very narrow frame
  • Inexpensive

Disadvantages:

Conclusion: Curved monitors in comparison

The choice of the right curved monitor can be designed individually. Should it be an ultra-wide 49-inch model or rather a compact 24-inch device? Depending on the price range, the resolution, the refresh rate and the extras – such as manual buttons for quick access – vary. Before you buy, you should definitely have sat in front of a curved monitor, as there are also big differences in curvature. Only very slightly or very strongly curved – everything is possible.

And speaking of sitting: Unfortunately, only a few models in comparison offer the option of adjusting the height of the monitor. However, this is very important for particularly large or small gamers or different desks. Anyone who spends a lot of time sitting at the computer and playing games should definitely choose the right height – if necessary, also with books or other aids to increase a monitor.

A comparison of the best curved monitors for gaming

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