In a vast sea of curved monitors, which ones are the best for you to take on and defeat all enemies? Which ones will help you take your content creation to the next level without breaking the bank? The beauty of curved monitors is that they give the feeling of being immersed in the games you play, the content you create, or the media you use. Curved monitors have become all the rage with their immersive, tactile visual user experience. Once an oddity, they are starting to become a favorite choice not only for gamers, but also for productivity and content creation. Let’s be honest here too, the curve is sexy, delicious and inviting.
When someone enters your work area, play area or house, their eyes immediately spot your round visual mistress and start asking questions. Design teams at every major company seem to put a little extra into their curved monitor creations.
Today, HP announced three new curved gaming monitors that we’re sure will compete for their place on our list of the best curved monitors. The new HP X-series curved monitors are available in 27 and 32 inches. the HP X27c Curved Monitor comes with FHD resolution, a refresh rate of 165 Hz and AMD FreSync Premium. The X32 arrives with FHD resolution, 156Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync Premium, and finally the HP X27qc arrives with QHD resolution, AMD FreeSync Premium, and is EyeSafe and TUV certified. We should have those units assessed soon. And we’re also here for you if you’re not sure whether you want dual monitors versus ultra-wide monitors.
But which is the best curved monitor for you, for your budget or for your work? With the help of our lab maniacs, we present our picks for the best curved monitors of 2022.
With CES 2022 in full swing and new curved monitors being announced right now. We’ll be back shortly to update you on all the upcoming curved monitors we’ll be reviewing in the near future. Maybe some of our current group will fall off our list or drop off altogether, we’ll see.
Why buy a curved monitor?
You may wonder why you would want or need a curved monitor, especially when you consider some smaller curved monitors that don’t offer many benefits over flat panels. This is why so many curved monitors are 30 inches and above where the curvature makes the most difference. The curvature of these monitors is most beneficial to gamers, graphic artists and video content creators. Since the entire screen is facing the user, it provides them with a panoramic view of their work and gaming experience. Plus, the larger, wider dimensions of most curved monitors allow you to use more windows and apps at once. And some OEMs offer software that supports several operating systems at the same time.
The best curved monitors you can buy today
The HP S430c brings a lot to the table. With a bright, vibrant, stunning 43.4″ 4K display replacing the need for multiple monitors, you shouldn’t need more. And yet the monitor has more to offer. The HP S430c also adds a pop-up wide-angle HD IR webcam, which uses Windows hello software to provide additional security with facial recognition technology.
The HP S430c also comes with the company’s proprietary device bridge software, which allows you to simultaneously connect a PC or Mac to share the massive screen. That in itself is a miracle, but HP goes further and lets you control the two systems with a single cursor and keyboard. You can even transfer data from one to another using copy/paste or drag-and-drop, and share files, making the HP S430c a multitasker’s dream come true.
View our full HP S430c Curved Monitor Review†
The 32-inch Samsung CF391 is our choice for the best budget curved monitor. If you’re looking for a more immersive experience but on a budget, this is a great entry-level monitor. While inexpensive, the Samsung does a solid job of providing a 4 millisecond response at 1080p thanks to AMD FreeSync technology.
And despite its price, the Samsung CF391 delivers a crystal-clear image and solid color reproduction. There are some trade-offs to contend with, such as only a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s not intended for super heavy gaming, but will do very well as an everyday home office workhorse monitor with the ability to enjoy your daily multimedia endeavors.
The Dell U3818DW 38-inch monitor is sturdy and known for its color accuracy, solid image quality and decent motion handling, making it a workhorse in the office. It also has excellent multitasking capabilities, including picture-in-picture, picture-by-picture, and a USB hub that allows you to connect two computers.
The Dell U3818DW comes with the InfinityEdge design meaning there is almost no bezel to speak of and with the curvature of the monitor the screen should feel endless. Its excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy makes it an excellent choice for graphic artists and photographers alike. Adding to the feature set are two 9-watt speakers that reproduce audio solidly.
The beautiful Acer Predator X34 Curved Monitor is a well-designed curvaceous beast in which you can lose yourself while gaming or watching movies. Thanks to the curve of 1900R, it gives you a cinema feeling, even when you are sitting in your office.
When gaming, the Acer Predator X34’s ability to overclock the refresh rate to 180Hz means faster, buttery smooth image reproduction. Covering 98% of the PCI-P3 color gamut, games and video have accurate color reproduction with nice saturation.
The Predator X34 also comes with a pair of 7 watt speakers that use DTS Sound technology to deliver an excellent audio output with a solid amount of bass response. While you only get two video inputs (DisplayPort and HDMI), the monitor does come with a five-port USB 3.0 hub (4 downstream, 1 upstream) and a headphone jack.
The Acer Predator X34 ticks all the boxes you want in a curved monitor, but you have to be prepared to pay a premium price.
The stylish Alienware AW3420DW 34-inch curved monitor is definitely a favorite with its beautiful design, RGB lighting, fantastic image quality and color reproduction. With a fast 120Hz refresh rate and a 2ms response rate, from gaming to video editing, there’s no frame falling or screen tearing.
The Alienware 34-inch AW3420DW is one of the best-performing curved monitors on the market. Thanks to the 1900R curved display, the AW3420DW offers a fully immersive viewing experience thanks to the 1900R curved display that takes you deeper into the game or any project.
The curvature of the screen maximizes your field of view, reducing eye movement, so you can comfortably stay focused on your game or work. This display with 3440 X 1440 WQHD resolution delivers sharp, crystal clear graphics with excellent clarity and covers the DCI-P3 98% color gamut.
HP’s E34m G4 WQHD Curved USB-C Conference Monitor is an all-in-one, 34-inch immersive productivity beast that’s bright, colorful and bright, and offers a number of convenient port options. When you add in the built-in 5MP pop-up camera that also has a tilt adjustment, some snazzy microphones and speakers, the E34m makes an ideal work companion.
The E34m G4 measures 31.8 x 4.3 x 15.3 inches and weighs 26.4 pounds. The HP E34m G4 is a 34-inch, 60 Hz, 3440 x 1440-pixel VA curved panel with a 21:9 widescreen aspect ratio that is perfect for most office productivity work. The E34m’s display is bright with excellent color and saturation.
To learn more about the HP E34m G4 WQHD Curved Conference Monitor, check out our full review.