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Best ultrawide monitors 2021: the top ultrawide monitors we've tested

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We found the best ultrawide monitors on the market right now. (Image credit: Future; EA)
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Consider getting one of the best ultrawide monitors available if you find yourself spending a lot of time working on projects or seeking a more engaging experience out of your gaming PC. Though these monitors are not for everyone since they are pretty massive, gamers, multi-taskers, and content creators will get a lot out of all that extra screen real estate.

Some of today’s superwide displays even rank among the best monitors on the market and for good reason. Gamers will find that the wider screen will make diving into the best PC games so immersive, you’ll feel like you’re using one of the best VR headsets out there. Working on one of these is a breeze since you can keep all your tabs, windows and apps open at the same time instead of having to switch between them. Whether you’re fighting your way through the latest AAA title or editing a 4K video, these displays will immerse you like no other screen can.

Take a look at one of the top ultrawide monitors and leave that standard widescreen aspect ratio behind for a computing experience that will draw you in. Whether you’re gaming or working on a complicated project, there’s something among our top choices here that will fit your needs. And, don’t forget to use our comparison tool to find the best monitor deals.

LG UltraGear 38GN950 at an angle on a white background

If you’re serious about gaming, then the LG UltraGear 38GN950 is the monitor for you. (Image credit: LG)

1. LG UltraGear 38GN950

A killer ultra-wide gaming monitor

Specifications
Screen size: 38-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3840 x 1600
Brightness: 450cd/m²
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: DCI-P3 98%
Weight: 20.3 lbs
Reasons to buy
+Large screen looks fantastic+Super-responsive with a 160Hz refresh rate
Reasons to avoid
-HDR can’t compete with high-end TVs

It’s hard not to be impressed by the LG UltraGear 38GN950. If you’re looking for the ultimate gaming monitor, this is certainly the one to beat, with a 144Hz refresh rate that can be easily overclocked to 160Hz, 1ms response time, spectacular image quality, and many other gaming features like G-Sync, an ultra-wide aspect ratio and DisplayHDR 600. If you’re serious about gaming, then this is the best ultra-wide monitor to get for gaming – if you can afford it, that is.

Read the full review: LG UltraGear 38GN950

BenQ EX3501R at an angle on a white background

The BenQ EX3501R is an absolutely incredible gaming monitor. (Image credit: Future; EA)

2. BenQ EX3501R

Finally, an ultrawide HDR monitor

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Huge ultrawide display+HDR is executed well
Reasons to avoid
-Needs a bit of tweaking out of the box

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 at an angle on a white desk

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

3. AOC Agon AG352UCG6 Black Edition

A premium high-refresh ultrawide monitor

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Phenomenal colors on a super-wide screen+Up to 120Hz refresh rate
Reasons to avoid
-Design needs work, especially the 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 from the front on a back desk next to a window

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

4. Alienware AW3418DW

An oldie but a goodie

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Large, immersive ultrawide screen+Excellent features like G-Sync
Reasons to avoid
-Not a huge amount of ports

The Alienware AW3418DW has been one of the best ultrawide monitors for years now. With an incredibly reliable, color accurate display and a high refresh rate, this Alienware gaming monitor has definitely earned its gaming classic label. It's still a bit expensive, as you may expect from an Alienware product, but you really are getting what you're paying for. And, just like any other product from the alien-themed manufacturer it looks amazing sitting on your desk. 

Read the full review: Alienware AW3418DW

Asus Designo Curve MX38VC from the front on a wooden desk in front of two windows

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

5. Asus Designo Curve MX38VC

An ultrawide for the creatives

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+4K and Ultrawide+Built-in Qi wireless charging
Reasons to avoid
-No HDR or high refresh

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

MSI Prestige PS341WU from the front on a white background

The MSI Prestige PS341WU is a cut above the 4K norm. (Image credit: MSI)

6. MSI Prestige PS341WU

When 4K just doesn't cut it...

Specifications
USB-C: Yes
Screen size: 34 inches
Resolution: 5,120 x 2,160
Aspect ratio: 21:9
HDMI inputs: HDMI 2.0 x 2
Display ports: DisplayPort v1.4 x 1
Reasons to buy
+Glorious 5K2K resolution+Superb Nano IPS panel
Reasons to avoid
-Mediocre HDR performance

If you’re looking for a monitor that’s a cut above the 4K norm, then you’ve got the MSI Prestige PS341WU. Showing up any impeccable 4K monitor is by no means an easy feat, but this monitor does so with the huge 5K2K native resolution (and 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio) of its luscious 34-inch IPS screen. It doesn’t come cheap, but it does have a great feature set to make up for that, including a Nano IPS panel with DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR support and comprehensive connectivity. All that packed in a beautiful white aesthetic, and you’ve got yourself one of the best ultrawide monitors of 2020.

Read the full review: MSI Prestige PS341WU 

AOC CU34G2X from the front on a white background

AOC CU34G2X boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time and 1440p resolution. (Image credit: AOC)

7. AOC CU34G2X

AOC has another winner

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Superb performance+Immersive
Reasons to avoid
-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 on a wood desk in front of a pink wall

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

8. LG 34UC79G-B

An ultrawide without the ultra-price

Specifications
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
Reasons to buy
+Curved 21:9 screen design+Excellent image quality
Reasons to avoid
-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

Jackie Thomas

Jackie Thomas (Twitter) is TechRadar's US computing editor. She is fat, queer and extremely online. Computers are the devil, but she just happens to be a satanist. If you need to know anything about computing components, PC gaming or the best laptop on the market, don't be afraid to drop her a line on Twitter or through email.