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Best ultrawide monitors 2022: the top ultrawide monitors we've tested

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An LG ultrawide monitor displaying a game
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The best Ultrawide monitors might not be for everyone, but they absolutely make a difference for those who use them. If you spend hours a day on your computer, you may benefit from the immersive nature of an ultrawide display. These monitors come with tons of extra screen space that are a boon for gamers, content creators and multitaskers who need to look at a lot of items at once.

Some of these superwide monitors are among the best monitors out there right now. If you’re looking for a new monitor and want a major upgrade, an ultrawide monitor might be a great choice for you. Ultrawide displays are much longer than standard monitors, but once you make the switch you’ll wonder how you ever got by without the extra screen room.

Using one of the best ultrawide monitors can really benefit your work productivity as well because you won’t have to minimize programs or switch between various tabs, apps, and windows - as long as your PC can run them all at once, that is. Keeping all your items accessible and onscreen at all times is one of the many perks offered by ultrawide displays.

Ultrawide monitors are also great for gaming PCs and can really envelop your field of vision and create an immersive PC game experience - almost on par with the best VR headsets. These displays can make you feel like you’re right in the middle of your game, plus ultrawide gaming monitors with high refresh rates can help you get an edge against the competition in online games.

Whether you’ll use one of the best ultrawide monitors for work, play or both, there’s definitely one out there tailored to your exact needs. If you’re worried about finding the best ultrawide display for you, we’re here to help with our top picks of 2022. We’ve even included a price comparison tool to help you find the best monitor deals as you make your selection.

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. 

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

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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

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

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Huge ultrawide display
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HDR is executed well

Reasons to avoid

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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

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Phenomenal colors on a super-wide screen
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Up to 120Hz refresh rate

Reasons to avoid

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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

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Large, immersive ultrawide screen
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Excellent features like G-Sync

Reasons to avoid

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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

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4K and Ultrawide
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Built-in Qi wireless charging

Reasons to avoid

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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

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Glorious 5K2K resolution
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Superb Nano IPS panel

Reasons to avoid

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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 

BenQ EW3880R against a white background

The BenQ EW3880R is great for work and media consumption. (Image credit: BenQ)
THE widescreen for work and media consumption

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

Even non-creative professionals can get a lot out of an ultrawide monitor, which means there’s certainly a place for the BenQ EW3880R. This display is just as great for work as it is for media consumption, touting a subtle curvature that increases immersion, that ultra HD resolution in 21:9, and eye-comfort features that boosts productivity. 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. However, if you have the money to spend on a premium display for work and entertainment, it’s definitely a winner.

Read the full review: BenQ EW3880R

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)

8. 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

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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

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

Jackie Thomas (@jackiecobra on 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.

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