The 5 Best Curved Monitors of July 2021
Curved monitors haven’t been around for very long, but since their first step in the market back, all the way in 2013, they have come a long way in terms of their design and features. These days, a curved monitor is usually normal to see around a workstation or a gaming setup, as they can provide a larger viewing space. Whether you’re working or gaming, more screen space without it being too large, is always a benefit, for productivity, efficiency and of course immersion.
Many people may think that a 28-inch monitor is too large. Whether it’s because they don’t have space for something of that size or the viewing space is too large. That’s 1 thing curved monitors set out to change. Due to the curvature of the screen, it allows for bigger monitors to be built without taking up extra space compared to a flat-screen counterpart of the same size. Allowing for more space on your desk, and a bigger viewing space within your line of sight, since you can see more of the screen.
These curved monitors for the above reason allow you to immerse yourself in your own world. Of course, this is great for productivity, especially for those switching between documents constantly, however, also an absolutely fantastic option for gaming and media in general. Watching a movie feels almost cinema-like (under the right circumstances) with vivid colours and sharp images, allowing you to experience that feeling.
Playing a video game is even better! Throw yourself into the battlefield and have a complete vision of your surroundings in your wide viewing space, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in your games! Whether it be a single-player cinematic experience or an action-packed multiplayer game, a curved gaming monitor will surely make your gaming experience more fun than it already is!
In no particular order, check out Wireless 1’s 5 best picks for curved monitors based on customer feedback and first-hand experience, below!
First, I’ll start off with a gaming monitor, specifically, the ViewSonic VX3218-PC-MHD. It’s a pretty solid all-around monitor. Speaking from first-hand experience, I’m extremely fond of this particular model. It features a 1500R curved gaming panel to fully immerse you into your games or media. It’s rich in colour and provides a fantastic viewing experience when playing any game. The panel itself provides FHD (1920x1080) resolution on a 165Hz VA AMD Adaptive Sync (Freesync) panel, which prevents screen tearing allowing for very smooth images and high refresh rates of up to 165fps.
It also has a response time of 1ms allowing you to get a bit more of a competitive edge compared to slower monitors. It also features a dynamic contrast of 80m:1 so which means deeper blacks and brighter colours on all types of media. It also features 2 in-built speakers and eye-care technology allowing help to reduce eye strain so you can play for longer without your eyes hurting sooner (always take a break though!).
Samsung has been around for an extremely long time. While recently they’ve been very well known for the Samsung Galaxy smartphones and TVs, most of their catalogue features the latest and greatest technologies for the times they were manufactured. So you know that with most of their products you’re getting a quality item and the Samsung CR500 curved monitor doesn’t disappoint!
Featuring a 1500R curved screen, a decent refresh rate, AMD Freesync technology to prevent screen tearing, high in contrast, rich in colours and features flick-free technology. This monitor is great for mid-tier gaming, however, if you’re looking for a really good curved monitor at your workstation, whether it be at home or in the office, then look no further than the Samsung CR500.
Of course, being a 31.5-inch monitor, you may be hesitant when thinking about the size, but that’s one of the beauties of a curved screen, they don’t take that much space up compared to a flat-screen. So if you’re after a monitor with a large viewing space for your work-related projects, some light gaming, something good for media in general as well. Then this is the monitor for you!
The LG UltraGear 38GL950G is one of the pricer options on the list, however, if you’re looking for the best of the best when it comes to curved gaming monitors then look no further than this! This is your ultimate gaming monitor, a massive 38-Inch ultra-wide QHD+ (3840 x 1600) nano IPS HDR400 curved screen, with a max overclock refresh rate of 175Hz or a default of 144Hz. That was a mouthful. Sounds impressive? Well, it kind of is. Nano IPS is one of the newer types of screens you can find on the market. They’re much finer and brighter than traditional IPS screens so it provides you with an absolutely amazing viewing and gaming experience like no other.
Not only are you getting an absolutely fantastic resolution for anything you’ll be playing on it, but the colours and deep blacks it provides will wow you! They have an extremely rich colour vibrancy and features HDR400, allowing you to view HDR content and games, which really increases the depth of any content you're viewing. If you haven’t viewed HDR content on an HDR screen before, it may not seem much of a leap, however, once you go back to standard gaming without HDR, you can really see the difference in the colour depth it provides. We highly recommend this if you want the best possible gaming experience on a curved monitor. Couple this with Nvidia G-Sync to eliminate screen tearing, you won’t ever be looking back at your old monitors.
On the opposite side of the earlier entry, you may be looking for the ultimate workstation monitor. Well, we’re not going to make you search for it, it’s the Dell UltraSharp U4919DW. Why is this the best workstation monitor? A fair question to ask.. To put it simply, it has a huge screen space for productivity. With a 49-inch screen and a max resolution of 1440p (5120 x 1440), you’ll be able to open many documents, files and apps all within 1 screen and within your viewing space, allowing you to reach maximum productivity in your workday.
It also features a dual-screen feature. Meaning you can connect two different PCs to the monitor, split the screen into two QHD 27-inch screens and use both PCs at the same time. So less time switching accessories and PCs, and more time working on what’s important to you. It also features USB-C compatibility allowing you to connect most devices to it easily for transmitting data, power and video. You can connect a laptop to the USB-C port and start working right away. Not only are you getting some impressive features from it, but it also provides, which is what’s important in a monitor, a very clean, sharp and smooth viewing experience with very nice colours.
Finally, we have the Asus ROG Strix XG32VQR, which happens to be one of our most popular models! It features a 31.5-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) screen, boasts a refresh rate of 144Hz and features AMD’s FreeSync 2 HDR technology. This is a very popular pick amongst gamers for a few reasons. The screen size is one of the best for a curved monitor, the refresh rate is pretty high considering most gamers would be playing at 2K or 4K resolution these days with an FPS of around 120. It supports HDR content which is important for many gamers who are really into their graphics, HDR gaming is beautiful and this model has many HDR modes to choose from to suit your style of gaming.
Asus are very well known in the gaming industry, from parts, to accessories, to laptops, Asus have it all and are a top choice for gamers all around the world. So you know you’re getting some top-notch gaming gear whenever you see the Asus ROG logo. So if you’re after a very good gaming curved monitor, without breaking the bank, this is a top choice for many and one you should definitely consider!
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