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Best ultrawide monitors 2020: the top ultrawide monitors we've tested

Best ultrawide monitors 2019
We found the best ultrawide monitors on the market right now. (Image credit: Future; EA)

These days, getting one of the best ultrawide monitors is the way to go. Having a nice monitor won’t cut it anymore, especially when you’re a big gamer or a content creator needing a lot of space. You either go big, or you go home. 

Widescreen displays have the ideal real estate for playing the best PC games, getting a lot of productivity work done and editing your videos on. And, as with any monitor on the market, they come in many shapes, sizes and prices. Whatever it is you need – whether it is a gaming monitor with a quick refresh rate and low latency or one with a vibrant display for your entertainment watching needs, you’ll find one that’s a terrific fit. 

We tested and reviewed a lot of monitors this year, so we figured we could give you a hand in your search and put together a list of the best ultrawide monitors we’ve had the pleasure of using. These five get high marks from us, so you know you’ll be getting your money’s worth, whichever one you choose.

Best ultrawide monitors at a glance

  1. BenQ EX3501R
  2. AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition
  3. Alienware AW3418DW
  4. Asus Designo Curve MX38VC
  5. AOC CU34G2X 
  6. LG 34UC79G-B
The BenQ EX3501R is equipped with a USB-C input and an astonishing 2,500:1 contrast ratio. (Image credit: Future; EA)

1. BenQ EX3501R

Finally, an ultrawide HDR monitor

Screen size: 35-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440 | Brightness: : 300 cd/m2 | Refresh rate: 100Hz | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 2,500:1 | Color support: sRGB 100% | Weight: 23 pounds

Huge display
HDR
Needs a bit of tweaking

Ultrawide resolutions are already pushing our computing experiences to the edge, so when we came across the BenQ EX3501R, a 3,440 x 1,440 monitor with HDR, we sat up and took notice. This is an absolutely incredible gaming monitor – though BenQ advertises it as a 'video enjoyment monitor' – and considering it’s equipped with a USB-C input and an astonishing 2,500:1 contrast ratio, you'll be hard pressed to find anything not to love about one of the best ultrawide monitors out there. Well, at least until you look at the price tag.

Read the full review: BenQ EX3501R

AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition

The AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition is an excellent ultrawide monitor (Image credit: Future)

2. AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition

A premium high-refresh ultrawide monitor

Screen size: 35-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 2,500:1: | Color support: sRGB 100% | Weight: 26 pounds

Amazing color
Up to 120Hz refresh rate
Thick bezels

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.

Read the full review:  AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition

Alienware AW3418DW

The Alienware AW3418DW has been around a while, but it's still great. (Image credit: Future)

3. Alienware AW3418DW

An oldie but a goodie

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Response time: 4ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 | Color support: sRGB 100% | Weight: 26 pounds

Excellent display
G-Sync
Expensive

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.

Read the full review: Alienware AW3418DW

Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

The Asus Designo Curve MX38VC is a great ultrawide for creatives. (Image credit: Future)

4. Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

An ultrawide for the creatives

Screen size: 37.5-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3,840 x 1,600 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Response time: 5ms G2G (grey-to-grey) | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1,000:1 | Color support: 1.07 million colors | Weight: 9.9kg

4K and Ultrawide
Built-in Qi wireless charging
No HDR

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.

Read the full review: Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

AOC CU34G2X

(Image credit: AOC)

5. AOC CU34G2X

AOC has another winner

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 3,440 x 1,440 | Brightness: 300 cd/m2 | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Response time: 1ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 80M:1 | Color support: 16.7 Million | Weight: 20.9 lbs

Superb performance
Immersive
Menu is hard to navigate
No G-Sync

There's no arguing with this monitor's exceptional performance. This 'frameless' monitor works hard to provide best-in-class performance, rather than advertising its gamer-centric nature via sharp angles and aggressive RGB lighting. Though if you are looking for gaming features, it boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and 1440p resolution for immersing gaming that looks incredible as well. And, with a $450/£450 price tag, you’re certainly getting a lot of value for your money.

Read the full review: AOC CU34G2X

LG 34UC79G-B

The LG 34UC79G-B is an affordable ultrawide monitor. (Image credit: Future)

6. LG 34UC79G-B

An ultrawide without the ultra-price

Screen size: 34-inch | Aspect ratio: 21:9 | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,080 | Brightness: 250 cd/m2 | Response time: 10.3ms | Viewing angle: 178/178 | Contrast ratio: 1000:1 | Color support: sRGB 92.1% | Weight: 8.6kg

Affordable
AMD FreeSync
Lower resolution than other options

One of the main drawbacks of the best ultrawide monitors is that they happen to be on the expensive side. Sure, having an extremely wide screen is fantastic, but if you can't spend a grand on a new monitor, you're out of luck. Luckily, the LG 34UC79G-B is here to save the day on a budget. Now, this display doesn't have as high a resolution as some of the other selections on this list, coming in at 2,560 x 1,080, but with the amount of money you're saving, it almost doesn't even matter. Plus, you're getting FreeSync, too.

Read the full review: LG 34UC79G-B