The Best Curved Gaming Monitors For 2020 - Buyers Guide

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The Five Best Curved Gaming Monitors For 2020 - Buyers Guide

If you are a gamer then you know your monitor is a game changer. Having a crisp clear picture with a swift refresh rate, the monitor can deliver smooth frame loading and awesome graphics no matter how quickly the in-game action unfolds. If you are playing with a sub par monitor you are going to be left in the dust. When seconds and milliseconds matter you cannot afford a slow refresh rate. You will fail. 

The Best Curved Gaming Laptops For 2020We have searched and tried multiple curved  monitors leaving us with a list of the top five curved monitors for 2020. 

Take your game to the next level with a monitor that is up to the challenge. The minimum for this list is at least a 1080p display with a mimumum of a 16:9 aspect ratio.

 

1. The Viewsonic VX3258-2KC-MHD - 32" Display

2. Samsung 34-Inch CJ791 Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor

3. Sceptre 30-inch C305B-200UN Curved Gaming Monitor

4. MSI Full HD Gaming Red LED Optix AG32C 32" Display

5. Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ 49” Curved Gaming Monitor 

 

Product Reviews:

The Viewsonic VX3258-2KC-MHD - 32" Display

The Best Curved Monitor For Gaming 2020

PRO's:

The best monitor for the budget conscious gamer! Under $300 bucks with free shipping if you are a prime member.

The Best Curved Gaming Monitors of 2020

Easy to assemble stand while it is still in the box. This was a nice touch and made the setup nice. There are 2 pieces to the bracket. The stand is Metal on both pieces and feels very sturdy.

As long as you have a powerful graphics card and a HDMI 1.4 or 2.0 this monitor will run at 144hz otherwize it will run at a 60hz and you will be disappointed. Absolutely stunning experience transitioning from a regular 60hz monitor to a 144hz monitor. The lack of motion blur is so smooth and immersive, improving your gaming experience. 

There are 7 presets for viewing experiences, and 2 of those are "gaming" and "standard". Each of these settings have an additional 5-6 features for custom display features. The monitor uses MVA panel technology that minimizes flicker making it easier on the eyes and is a true flicker free experience. 

CON's:
No Vesa Mount, no rotation, only very limited tilt up/down. The stand is not height-adjustable, so it's difficult to get it at the right height without placing something underneath.

Decent set of speakers are included in the monitor, but if you're planning on routing the audio from either the line-in or headphone jack, be aware that it doesn't have a strong output -- I had to max the speaker volume to get a decent amount of sound.

Samsung 34-Inch CJ791 Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor

The Best Curved Gaming Monitor Of 2020

PROS:

The Video is crisp and screen real estate is plentiful at 3444 X 1440 resolution. I love not having to put the display together out of the box. Pre-assembled. Just plug in and go.

This is a super wide monitor. Make sure you measure your desk to ensure it will fit. With the super size you would expect the quality to diminish but Samsung certainly delivers. Some specs of the CJ791 is that it has a refresh rate of 100hz, 4ms response time, 3440x1440 screen resolution, and a contrast ratio of 3000:1.

The ultrawide 34" screen makes you feel immersed as you watch movies or play games at 21:9. The monitor delivers great sound quality from the included speakers almost feeling like surround sound. 

CONS:

Samsung really delivers in quality but you pay for it. If you are the person who doesn't care about the almost $800 dollar price tag then this is definitely your number 1.

Looking at pictures and guessing just how big this is, you will be wrong. This is a very wide monitor. Get a tape measure out and check out your desk. Get a sheet of cardboard or something, just the tape measure doesn't do it justice. 

Sceptre 30-inch C305B-200UN Curved Gaming Monitor

The Best Curved Monitor for Gaming

PROS:

Another monitor with a price tag around $300. Curved 200hz with a great picture that looks amazing and performs well under load. All colors are very true and perfect right out of the box. 2560x1080p typically are over $700. 

If you are looking for an ultrawide to game on with a great picture, high refresh rate with low input lag, a plethora of ports, and lastly at a great price, this is the monitor for you.

CONS:

Freesync seemed to have issues with the screen stuttering with some games. Typically a game issue and not a monitor issue but thought I would mention it. Color settings are poor compared to others in this class.

Some Ghosting has been observed.  The best bet is to go down to 144hz instead of using 200hz that will cut this ghosting phenomenon. 

Speakers. Obviously, if you are using this for gaming, you are not using the built in speakers, but if you just want to relax and watch a movie or Youtube with the speakers, they are pretty bad. You can get better out of cheap $10 Logitech speakers.

MSI Full HD Gaming Red LED Optix AG32C 32" Display

The Best Curved Monitor For Gaming 2020

PROS:
The price tag is under $250. The 144hz + Grey to grey time is great. (When running blur busters, i had practically no ghosting.) The panel itself is very nice for VA. The contrast + viewing angles are near IPS standard (very good, much better than my TN), and the blacks are pretty dark. Being a 1ms monitor as well as a VA panel, This outperforms both IPS (slower) and TN (less vivid picture quality/ viewing angles) while staying within this price range. The panel is also freesync, so that is a plus as well for AMD users. 

CONS:
Smaller than the others on this list. With a resolution of only 1920 x 1080, at 27" the pixels are a bit more noticeable than a 24", but definitely NOT a deal breaker. Not having a fully adjustable stand is a bit annoying. (Its TILT up and down is adjustable... but nothing else.) Also not a VESA stand to fix the last issue. (it is not a bad stand, just not adjustable) I have a little backlight light bleed on the panel i received. However it is pretty much unnoticeable in day to day use.

Asus ROG Strix XG49VQ 49” Curved Gaming Monitor 

The Best Curved Monitor For Gaming 2020

PROS:

The combination of Size, Resolution (2560X1440), and the Freesync range were major factors in wanting this monitor. Games are super smooth as well as the desktop environment. Although a bit pricey coming in around $800. 

The menu's are really easy to navigate with the ability to put an FPS meter up in the corner. Overall a great gaming monitor. 

Next is the stand, it is actually a lot nicer than I expected, however it takes up quite a bit of space, and if you don't have a deep desk, you may be hard pressed to get it far enough away from you in your seating arrangement. 

CONS:

The distance from the back of the stand to the center of the front of the screen is about ten inches due to the stand's absurd design. The result is a monitor that takes up twice as much space as it needs to, so it can project a red company logo down onto your desk. 

The Size surprised me the first set up. Coming from a 27in 4K monitor to this was immediately noticeable. Check before you buy that you can fit this on your desk. 

 

 


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