The best ultrawide monitors in 2024: top picks for gaming beyond 16:9

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One of the best ultrawide monitors delivers much more in the way of benefits than you might imagine, and these expansive screens can be ideal for a number of different types of users – and not just gamers, which is likely your first thought for the kind of person who might want one of these displays.

Granted, they are very well-suited for PC gaming, with all that additional screen real-estate making the experience more immersive, not to mention the extra peripheral vision that an ultrawide monitor grants you, which is particularly useful in, say, first-person shooters. Indeed, our top pick in this roundup, the LG UltraGear 38GN950, is a superb gaming monitor that really delivers the goods in terms of image quality, again reinforcing that immersive aspect.

Mind you, it could be argued that all this display space is even better for ramping up your productivity and working with multiple apps on one screen, and there are plus points on the ergonomic front, too, with these ultrawide displays possibly helping to reduce eye strain and neck pain.

An ultrawide could be the best monitor for many different folks, then, but whether you’re a PC gamer, high-powered productivity user, or a creative type, you’ll find an ultrawide display to suit your needs in the models we’ve picked out below. Even those on a budget will be catered for here – an ultrawide screen doesn’t necessarily have to cost a fortune, just check out the beefy 34-inch AOC CU34G2X if you want a value proposition in spades.

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Whether it's for handling massive spreadsheets or for gaming, the best ultrawide monitors will give you the screen real estate and immersion you need for the job. Take a look at our top picks for every need and budget. And be sure to tap "Read more below" to find out more about your choice before you hit buy.

The best ultrawide monitors in 2024

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 Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best ultrawide monitor picks on our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted. 

The best ultrawide monitor overall

LG UltraGear 38GN950

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Still the best ultrawide monitor overall

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

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Large screen looks fantastic
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Super-responsive with a 160Hz refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

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HDR can’t compete with high-end TVs

If you’re looking for the ultimate gaming monitor the LG UltraGear 38GN950 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 this is a truly remarkable monitor.

During testing, the 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio certainly delivered the ‘wow’ factor –games feel much more cinematic on this display, offering not just a super-immersive experience, but also a tactical advantage. In particular, Microsoft Flight Simulator greatly benefited from the ultrawide design as it allowed us to keep an eye on landmarks and runways without pressing a button to switch views.

We found that playing at 144Hz and 160Hz results in an enjoyable experience without screen tearing. Meanwhile, the DCI-P3 98% color gamut support makes it a good option for photographers and video editors. The HDR here is still a middling version, with a peak brightness of only 600 nits. Still, although it can’t compare to OLEDs in particular, the UltraGear 38GN950 does display a decent HDR image.

Read our in-depth LG UltraGear 38GN950 review

The best budget ultrawide monitor

Great gadget gifts to give PC gamers that gaming edge

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Affordable 34-inch ultrawide monitor for gaming

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

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Superb performance
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Immersive

Reasons to avoid

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Menu is hard to navigate
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No G-Sync

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. If you are looking for gaming features, it boasts a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and 1440p resolution for immersive gaming that looks incredible as well. 

The AOC CU34G2X's performance is also impressive beyond gaming-centric uses. Its curve doesn't feel too overwhelming when leaning in close and offers one of the most immersive gaming experiences we’ve had. Out of the box, the hues and shades are gorgeous, not needing any adjustments for color balance. Meanwhile, its 144Hz refresh and 1ms response time have proven to be effective at minimizing screen-tearing even during intense battles. 

Sadly, there is no G-sync, which is disappointing considering it's a gaming monitor. Plus, the menu is a little annoying to navigate. However, this is among the best ultrawide monitors for gaming – not to mention, a lot of value for your money.

Read our in-depth AOC CU34G2X review

The best curved ultrawide monitor for gamers

A BenQ EX3410R playing elden ring

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The best curved ultrawide monitor for gamers (but not creatives)

Specifications

Screen size: 31.5-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Brightness: 350 nits, 400 peak w/ HDR
Refresh rate: 144Hz (160Hz OC)
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 3,000:1
Color support: sRGB 100%, DCI-P3 90%

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic 1440p and 144Hz performance
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Built-in speakers actually sound great
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Great price

Reasons to avoid

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Needs calibration for best results
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VESA DisplayHDR400 is just ok

The BenQ EX3410R is an excellent ultrawide gaming monitor with lots of features, a stylish design, and great 144Hz performance. Its 1ms pixel response makes it a fantastic option for esports players who need to better see the battlefield and react quickly. Though, bear in mind, that we found during testing that it still requires some calibration for best results.

Surprisingly, the speakers on the BenQ EX3410R are actually very good too. And, while they're not going to compete with a high-quality soundbar with a sub-woofer and Dolby Atmos, they are more than enough for the vast majority of people out there. 

The only real knock we have against it is that while it does have good color coverage, it doesn't have enough for the needs of creative professionals, so this is really a gamer's gaming monitor, rather than something that creatives who are also gamers can use into doing double duty.

Read our in-depth BenQ EX3410R review

The best 32:9 ultrawide monitor

Samsung Odyssey Neo G9

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Premium ultrawide monitor with a 32:9 aspect ratio

Specifications

Screen size: 49-inch
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 5,120 x 1,440
Brightness: 420 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1,000,000:1
Color support: sRGB 125%, Adobe RGB 92%, NTSC 1976 88%, DCI-P3 95%
Weight: 32 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Quantum LED backlighting 
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With a 32:9 aspect, this is a chonky boi
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Stunning contrast and HDR

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Needs high-end hardware

Go big with the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9. Sure a 21:9 aspect ratio is great and all, but if you love games like Final Fantasy XIV you’re going to need more screen real estate for your buttons and meters. Luckily, this behemoth offers the coveted 32:9 aspect ratio which gives you a whole lot more room to spread out.

It’s more than just the size it also packs the most impressive tech we’ve seen and used in a gaming display; the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 takes everything offered by its predecessor (the Odyssey G9) and turns it up to 11. It now comes with Samsung's new Quantum Mini LED tech that allows this panel 2,048 local dimming zones for the most impressive and stunning HDR we’ve ever seen. We found this to be brighter and more colorful than anything we've ever seen. 

Unfortunately, because of its size and tech, you need a seriously powerful PC to take full advantage of it. But, then again, if you’re buying a monitor that costs as much as this one does, you probably have the gear to back it up.

Read our in-depth Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 review

The best bendable ultrawide display

Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 OLED on a gaming setup

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Excellent bendable display to give you the best of both worlds

Specifications

Screen size: 45-inch
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Brightness: 1,000 cd/m2
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Response time: 0.03ms GtG
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1,500,000:1
Color support: 100% sRGB, 98.5% DCI-P3, 96.3% AdobeRGB
Weight: 13.9 pounds (6.3kg)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent picture quality
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Rich colors with deep blacks
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Fast response

Reasons to avoid

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No swivel or height adjustments
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Bending mechanism still feels clunky
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Expensive piece of kit

Bendable monitors have arrived in the PC gaming world, and the Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 OLED is one of the pioneers. As with any new tech, it's an expensive piece of kit, but it gives you a whole new experience you won't get from all other ultrawide gaming display - and gaming monitors in general, for that matter. 

By bendable, we really do mean bendable as this display's panel is capable of curving up to 800R. That means that you can pretty much play whatever PC game genre you want on this monitor at the most ideal curve for immersion. And it can completely flatten as well for games like Rocket League and Sid Meier's Civilization VI. Its flex is quite literally its flex.

Being an OLED panel, we weren't surprised to also find its colors rich and its blacks beautifully deep. What we were particularly please about were the color representation and color accuracy. Our colorimeter reading gave us just under 100% DCI-P3, 100% sRGB, and a Delta E average of less than 1. That means that it’s good enough for content creation as well.

There are opportunities for improvement here. The bending mechanism still feels clunky, HDR10 support is also disappointing, and there are no swivel or height adjustments. However, this is a truly versatile and immersive gaming monitor that's worth considering if you want to go the ultrawide route.

Read our full Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 review

The best ultrawide monitor for work

BenQ EW3880R widescreen monitor

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The best ultrawide monitor for office work and entertainment

Specifications

Screen size: 37.5-inch
Aspect ratio: 21:9
Resolution: 3,840 x 1,600
Brightness: 300 cd/m2
Response time: 1ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1000:1
Color support: 95% DCI-P3
Weight: 13kg

Reasons to buy

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Huge desktop real estate
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Media looks great
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Excellent speakers

Reasons to avoid

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Struggles in fast games
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Average brightness and contrast

The BenQ EW3880R is just as great for work as it is for media consumption. It boasts a subtle curvature that increases immersion, that ultra HD resolution in 21:9, and eye-comfort features that boosts productivity. 

Its ability to display four, full-sized A4 documents, huge spreadsheets, and large graphical working areas makes it a productivity dream. Plus, during testing, its Ultra HD 3,840 x 1,600 resolution kept everything crisp and in sharp relief while its evenly lit panel married with the matte screen kept us from feeling fatigued even after prolonged periods of work.

As for media consumption, the built-in 2.1 sound system is seriously impressive – not to mention, space-saving since you won’t be needing a pair of external speakers. It’s expensive and not quite gaming-friendly. You might experience motion blur, image tearing and skipped frames when playing fast-paced games. However, if you have the money to spend on a premium display for work and entertainment, it’s definitely a winner.

Read our in-depth BenQ EW3880R review

The best OLED ultrawide monitor

Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 on a desk

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The best OLED ultrawide monitor

Specifications

Screen size: 49-inch
Aspect ratio: 32:9
Resolution: 5120 x 1440
Brightness: 250cd/m²
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Response time: 0.03ms
Viewing angle: 178/178
Contrast ratio: 1,000,000:1
Color support: DCI-P3 99%
Weight: 28.4 lbs

Reasons to buy

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Large, beautiful panel
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Solid speaker system
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Tons of customization

Reasons to avoid

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Extremely expensive
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Lack of port variety

The follow-up to the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9, which ranks higher on this list, is here, and it's better than ever thanks to its breathtaking OLED panel. It keeps some of the same features as its predecessor like its whopping 32:9 aspect ratio and 240Hz refresh rate, but it boasts an even faster response time, a wider color gamut, deeper blacks, and smoother visuals overall.

Though held back by a convoluted user interface and the lack of port variety, it impresses in looks and performance. Titles like Forza Horizon 5 and Doom: Eternal looked absolutely phenomenal during our testing, especially in that aspect ratio, and the display delivers excellent color accuracy, with the Delta-E staying around 1. Throw in a set of speakers that deliver good audio, and this is the best ultrawide monitor to get if money is no object.

Take that last part seriously as this will cost you a pretty penny. It's among the priciest, non-creative pro monitors we've tested.

Read our full Samsung Odyssey OLED G9 review

How to choose the best ultrawide monitor for you

Ultrawide monitors are a fairly niche item right now, but they are growing in popularity very quickly. Still, this does mean that many shoppers are likely new to the ultrawide monitor market and might not be as familiar with what they need to know to make the right choice for their needs and budget. Fortunately, we've pulled together some frequently asked questions to help set you on the right path to finding a great ultrawide display.

Frequently asked questions about ultrawide monitors

What’s the difference between ultrawide monitors and standard monitors?

The difference between ultrawide monitors and regular monitors mainly lies in their aspect ratios. Standard monitors have an aspect ratio of 16:9, whereas ultrawide monitors have an aspect ratio of 21:9 making them, as their name states, much longer horizontally. The extra length is great if you need to keep a lot of things onscreen or just like watching or creating 4K videos.

It’s important to note that as impressive as ultrawide displays are, their resolutions aren’t always supported by modern tech. If you’re looking for a monitor to connect to your PS5 or Xbox Series X, you’re probably better off with a standard monitor because the traditional resolutions are supported on those consoles. 

Is an ultrawide monitor good for gaming?

Yes, ultrawide monitors are a popular choice among gamers due to the extra real estate that they provide. With an ultrawide display, you can typically see more of your in-game surroundings, than you can with a more standard 16:9 display.

Additionally, many ultrawide monitors feature curved screens, which are ideal for drawing you into your game, and offer you a deeper level of immersion than a flat panel display can provide.     

Is an ultrawide monitor worth it?

There’s no doubt that an ultra-wide monitor will set you back more than a regular one will. Whether or not it’s worth the extra cost will depend on you.

Ultrawide monitors, and in particular curved ultrawide monitors, can be game-changing for creativity and PC gaming. And if you're looking for a more immersive experience with either, then it’s going to be well worthwhile to make the upgrade. They’re also good for productivity too since they allow more scope for multitasking.

Ultrawide monitors tend to have a slightly lower resolution than other monitor options, so it’s worth bearing this in mind. And if you’re looking for more vertical space from your monitor, you may prefer to look at other alternatives.    

Is there an ultrawide monitor larger than 34-inches?

For a long time, 34-inches was the largest screen size you could get for an ultrawide monitor, but in 2023 there are now plenty of screens that are much larger - and therefore more immersive. Our number one pick for the best ultrawide monitor is the LG UltraGear 38GN950, which is 38-inches.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is a massive 49-inches, with a resolution of 5,120 x 1,440. If you want the largest ultrawide monitor in 2023, then the Samsung Odyssey Neo G95C is the one to get - it offers a huge 57-inches of screen. You'll need a lot of desk space, though.

Where can I buy an ultrawide monitor?

Most major electronic retailers sell ultrawide monitors now and often have some fantastic deals on them as well.

In the US
Amazon:
The world's largest retailer often has ultrawide monitors on sale
Newegg: This popular computer and parts retailer always has great sales
B&H Photo: The place to go for professional ultrawide monitors
Walmart: A great place to find more budget-oriented ultrawide monitors

In the UK
Amazon.co.uk:
Offers a wide range of ultrawides in the UK
Box.co.uk: One of the UK's biggest electronics retailers usually has great sales
Currys: Another great place to find the best ultrawide monitors on sale
Argos: Great options for ultrawide monitors, usually with in store pickup 

How we test ultrawide monitors

Testing monitors in general is more involved than you'd think. It isn't as simple and straightforward as setting it up, using it for a day, and taking down notes. A monitor is an investment, whether you're looking to get the traditional 16:9 aspect ratio or need the screen real estate an ultrawide monitor can offer, so we take great pains to ensure that anything we recommend is worth your hard-earned money.

To do so, we use it as our main monitor for at least a week, utilizing it for our day-to-day workloads, watching movies and shows with it, and playing our favorite AAA games on it if it's a gaming monitor. This way, we can gauge its real-world performance. 

We also test very specific things like refresh rates, response times, and viewing angles. We use a colorimeter to check its color reproduction, color accuracy, and uniformity. We check to see just how smooth, clean, and artifact-free its image quality is as well as how good its marquee features like HDR, adaptive sync technology, RGB lighting, and curvature are. 

Of course, we note its design, aesthetic, and other physical features like how thin its bezels are, how good its port selection is, and how durable its build is. We then gather all that information and compare it to its price tag, to see if it’s a great value to consumers.

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Michelle Rae Uy
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Michelle Rae Uy is the former Computing Reviews and Buying Guides Editor at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives. 

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