The best curved gaming monitors for more immersive online racing

A curved monitor is the ultimate step in gaining immersion, here are the best ones we've found.

A person cleaning a curved monitor

by Ryan Gilmore |

Most cars don't have flat windscreens for a good reason. While they may be cheaper to manufacture than curved glass, they're not very aerodynamic, and in the case of the original Fiat Panda, very easy to pop out which makes theft a doddle.

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So if most cars on the road have some form of curvature to the windscreen, surely for a more immersive online racing experience you'd want to be looking at a curved screen of some sort. The benefits of curved monitors are clear when it comes to gaming, they can draw you further in the game, improve peripheral vision and reduce eye strain. Not to mention they look cool with the right set-up and will come with the hardware to allow you to enjoy your next online race with the best possible display. As such, we've found our favourite curved gaming monitors right here.

The best curved gaming monitors

AOC CU34G2X

The best curved gaming monitor
AOC CU34G2X
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Our current top curved monitor pick is this powerful unit from AOC. The 1440p resolution will give you sharp graphics while the 144Hz refresh rate will ensure that the gameplay is as smooth as a well-executed gear change. The colours are vibrant and the sRGB rating of 119% means there is plenty of contrast too.

Specifications
Size: 34-inch
Resolution: 1440p
Refresh rate: 144Hz
Panel: VA, 1500R
Connections: HDMI 2.0 x2, DP 1.4 x1, USB Hub, Audio out
Other: FreeSync

ASUS ROG STRIX XG43VQ Ultrawide

The best ultra-wide curved gaming monitor
ASUS ROG STRIX XG43VQ Ultrawide
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When it comes to racing sims, the wider the screen, the better the immersion. With an aspect ratio of 32:10, this ultrawide monitor will give an experience similar to actually being sat in the car. This single monitor gives the same coverage as two standard 24-inch monitors but seamless and curved. The 120Hz refresh rate keeps gameplay smooth too.

Specifications
Size: 43-inch
Resolution: 3840 x 1440
Refresh rate: 120Hz
Panel: VA, 1800R
Connections: HDMI 2.0 x2, DP 1.2 x1, 3.5mm audio out
Other: FreeSync Premium Pro, HDR, Shadow Boost

AOC C27G2ZU

The best budget curved gaming monitor
AOC C27G2ZU
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You don't need to slide into your overdraft to get a good curved monitor, AOC's C27G2ZU may only run at 1080p as opposed to 4K but that doesn't stop it from being a good choice. The 240Hz refresh rate, 120% sRGB and 1500R VA panel all mean that the colours are sharp and the graphics smooth.

Specifications
Size: 27-inch
Resolution: 1080p
Refresh rate: 240Hz
Panel: VA, 1500R
Connections: HDMI 2.0 x2, DP 1.2 x1, USB Hub, Audio out
Other: FreeSync

Samsung Odyssey G5

The best curved monitor with HDR10
Samsung Odyssey G5
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A meaty option for anyone who wants the best colours possible, this premium example from Samsung has a stunning display. The standout details are a 164Hz refresh rate with a 1440p display. The fact it supports HDR10 means colour contrast will be ultra-rich and deep.

Specifications
Size: 43-inch
Resolution: 3440 x 1440
Refresh rate: 165Hz
Panel: VA, 1000R
Connections: HDMI 2.0 x1, DP 1.4 x1
Other: FreeSync Premium

What are those different HDMI and DisplayPorts?

Look at the back of any monitor and TV and the sheer number of connectors available will probably leave you scratching your head. Newer TVs and monitors will use newer iterations of HDMI and DisplayPorts which allow for more information to pass through them, basically meaning you can get better resolution and those important refresh rates.

Depending what console or gaming PC you own, you'll be wanting at correct connection for the best graphics possible. We've broken them down here:

HDMI 1.4 - 120Hz at 1080p, 75Hz at 1440p, 30Hz at 4K

HDMI 2.0 - 240Hz at 1080p, 144Hz at 1440p, 60Hz at 4K

HDMI 2.1 - 120Hz at 4K, 60Hz at 8K UHD

DP 1.2 - 240Hz at 1080p, 165Hz at 1440p, 75Hz at 4K

DP 1.3 - 240Hz at 1440p, 120Hz at 4K, 60Hz at 5K, 30Hz at 8K

DP 1.4 - 144Hz at 4K, 120Hz at 5K, 60Hz at 8K

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