Best Curved Monitors

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 10, 2017
We get used to working 8-12 hours a day in front of a monitor. Our eyes get tired, but now there is a solution. Recently, engineers have developed innovative curved monitors for solving this problem. Our curved monitor review will help you to assess their capabilities and pick the best one. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Diagonal
Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Type of Matrix
Refresh Rate
Response Time
Static Contrast Ratio
Color Support
Viewing Angle
Connectivity Options
Audio
ERGONOMICS
 
PROS
Game mode allows you to optimize settings of the monitor according to the game genre. Thanks to Thunderbolt ports, you can read the data from compatible devices at the speed of up to 10Gb/s.
CONS
Though the picture quality is truly outstanding, the contrast ratio could be somewhat better.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to the wide range of available colors, it is an ideal model for photographers and graphic designers.
detailed parameters
Diagonal
34"
Resolution
3440 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Type of Matrix
IPS
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Response Time
5ms
Static Contrast Ratio
1000:1
Color Support
1.07 Billion
Viewing Angle
178°(H) / 178°(V)
Connectivity Options
2x HDMI (ver 2.0), 1x DisplayPort, 2x Thunderbolt 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 (1x Quick Charge)
Audio
7W x 2
ERGONOMICS
100 mm x 100 mm VESA mounting interface, Tilt (-5° to 15°)
PROS
The thin bezel around the display enlarges the screen. The monitor shows good image quality due to high pixel density. Connectivity options include lots of USB ports.
CONS
There are no VGA and DVI ports.
OUR VERDICT
It is a high-quality model that has a big screen size and elegant design. Such a monitor can be used for both work and fun.
detailed parameters
Diagonal
34"
Resolution
3440 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Type of Matrix
AH-IPS
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Response Time
5ms
Static Contrast Ratio
1000:1
Color Support
1.074 Billion
Viewing Angle
172°(H) / 178°(V)
Connectivity Options
1x HDMI, 1x MHL, 1x DisplayPort, 1x Audio Line out, 4x USB 3.0 ports - Downstream, 2x USB 3.0 port - Upstream
Audio
9W х 2
ERGONOMICS
Height adjustable stand (115mm), VESA mounting
PROS
The monitor has one of the highest contrast ratios at its level and Eye Saver mode, which allows you to work in front of the monitor for a long time without damage to your eyes.
CONS
Integrated speakers have poor sound quality.
OUR VERDICT
This curved monitor is certainly a good choice. It can easily be connected to the PC of various modifications due to various connectivity options.
detailed parameters
Diagonal
27"
Resolution
1920 x 1080 pixels
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Type of Matrix
VA
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Response Time
4ms
Static Contrast Ratio
5000:1
Color Support
16.7 Million
Viewing Angle
178°(H) / 178°(V)
Connectivity Options
1x VGA, 1x Display Port, 2x HDMI, 1x Headphones
Audio
5W x 2
ERGONOMICS
Stand to VESA 200x200, Tilt forward 15° or backwards 2°
PROS
This device has an excellent refresh rate indicator. Bright and juicy colors raise your mood and eyes don't get tired after a long-time use. Thanks to the matte screen, there is no glare.
CONS
This model slightly lacks a vertical viewing angle which might be somewhat inconvenient.
OUR VERDICT
An excellent model of curved monitor that can help you to feel as a part of the game, to drown in the atmosphere occurring on the screen.
detailed parameters
Diagonal
34", 35"
Resolution
3440 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Type of Matrix
IPS
Refresh Rate
75Hz
Response Time
4ms
Static Contrast Ratio
1000:1
Color Support
1.07 Billion
Viewing Angle
172° (H) / 178° (V)
Connectivity Options
1x Display Port, 1x Mini Display Port, 1x Display Port Out, 1x HDMI, 1x MHL, 5x USB 3.0 ports
Audio
7W x 2
ERGONOMICS
Tilts from -5°- 35°, VESA mounting
PROS
Samsung monitor has highly vibrant image quality. An excellent depth of black color and a good contrast ratio prevent distortion of colors and provide fantastic image quality. Response time is very impressive.
CONS
VA panel does not ensure high image quality at various angles.
OUR VERDICT
A decent model of the curved monitor which has good image quality. It will be the most suitable for a gamer and for cybersport.
detailed parameters
Diagonal
29", 34"
Resolution
3440 x 1440 pixels
Aspect Ratio
21:9
Type of Matrix
VA
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Response Time
4ms
Static Contrast Ratio
3000:1
Color Support
16.7 Million
Viewing Angle
178°(H) / 178°(V)
Connectivity Options
2x HDMI, 1x USB (connectshare), 1x Display port, 1x Headphones
Audio
7W x 2
ERGONOMICS
100mm HAS, Tilt (-2° to +20°)

What is a Curved Monitor

A monitor is an integral part of any desktop computer, because it helps us watch video content, enjoy computer games, as well as work and read. Now you can find many different models and modifications of these devices differing from each other in design and performance. The most popular today are the so-called Curved monitors. This type of screen allows you to experience the maximum immersion in the video, to feel the effect of presence. Thanks to its curved matrix, it creates a wider field of view than conventional flat monitors do, which allows our eyes to focus faster from the center to the edges of the video, reducing the stress on our eyes.

If for some reason you do not like the curved shape of such monitors, we recommend you to pay attention to conventional Computer Monitors and to Touchscreen Monitors. But now let's review the top 5 Curved Monitors.

What Features to Compare

First of all, pay attention to the Screen Features. You need to pick a screen size, i.e. a diagonal. In most cases, you are almost right up to the screen, so do not make your choice based on the rule 'the more the better'. Curved monitors usually have diagonals from 27 to 34 inches. Monitors that have a diagonal from 27 to 29 inches are best suited for use at a distance of 50-80 cm from eyes. As of curved monitors over 29 inches, they are ideally suited for professional use, for example, in design or project development. An important parameter which is also necessary to consider is the screen resolution. This feature characterizes the number of pixels of the display monitor vertically and horizontally. Also, it is responsible for a detailed display of objects on the screen. Curved Monitor Resolution can be Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) and Ultra HD (3440x1440 pixels). Choosing a monitor with a maximum resolution, you should take into account the power and performance of a video card (or GPU) since it affects image quality. Also, one of the main features of any screen, which impacts the format of image, it is the aspect ratio. All monitors have a curved widescreen aspect ratio that varies from 16: 9 to 21: 9, which provides a uniform extension and optimal picture quality.

Once you have decided on all the screen features, pay attention to the Type of Matrix. The Curved monitors usually use IPS and MVA / PVA. The advantages of IPS matrices are great viewing angles and a good response time. As for the MVA and PVA, they boast a great depth of black color and excellent contrast. Then, you should consider a refresh rate that affects image quality during fast action movies and games. The higher this rate is, the more stable and the clearer the picture is. A further important aspect is the response time during which the image changes its brightness. Usually, it ranges from 2 to 5 ms. Too long response time will cause blurring of a dynamic image. The important feature of the matrix is a static contrast ratio, which is the ratio of the brightest point of the screen to the darkest. This implies that the contrast is set to the brightness of the image, taking into account the level of black. The standard static contrast ratio is 3000: 1 and higher. An important indicator is also the color support that is responsible for the color scheme. This indicator reaches 1,074 billion on the top models of curved monitors. the last but not least parameter that determines the quality of the matrix is a viewing angle. That is the minimum angle you take your eyes off the monitor when the image on the screen starts losing its contrast and the colors get distorted. In other words, the larger a viewing angle, the better. A good monitor should show 178° both vertically and horizontally.

Next, you should consider the Connectivity Options of every curved monitor. It is necessary to consider what video ports are present in the monitor, as well as their number because it affects the quality of the transmitted signal and image sources you can connect to the monitor at the same time. Let's start with the VGA port. Since it is one of the oldest types of analog connection, its poor side is a poor image transmission. A DVI port is used in almost all models of monitors that provide a good quality of the transmitted video. HDMI port allows you to transfer high-quality video and audio through a single cable. Modern curved monitor must have a DisplayPort, the most progressive of all the ports described above, which provides the most high-quality video and audio transmission. Beyond the usual ports, the monitor might include one or several USB ports. In the most advanced models, you can play media content from external media devices using a USB port. In some models, there is even a USB hub, which is very useful because you do not need to reach directly for PC unit itself.

And the last thing to look for when choosing a curved monitor is its Additional Features. Now, apart from displaying video, many curved monitors can also play sounds. Usually, speakers are placed inside the lower part of the monitor. The sound output can reach up to 9W per each speaker, which is not bad at all considering their compact size. An interesting feature of the curved monitor is the availability of so-called Picture-by-Picture function, which allows to simultaneously connect two computers to a single monitor and the screen will be divided into two parts. Also, curved monitors can be equipped with a PIP function which is responsible for multitasking. It enables you to watch your favorite movies and videos while working with spreadsheets and office programs. It can be an additional advantage if the monitor includes a flicker-free function. It allows you to work with a text for a long time without serious damage to your eyes. In conclusion, it should be mentioned that some curved ergonomic monitors have VESA mount support, which means they can be attached to a wall. Moreover, they can be equipped with an adjustable stand that allows you to select a comfortable angle and height of the screen.

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LG Elecronics 34UC88-B

Screen Features

Due to the screen size of 34 inches and the resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels (4K standard, superior to Full HD) the display of this model boasts excellent image quality. This monitor allows you to enjoy playing video games or watching your favorite movies. An aspect ratio of this model is 21:9, which is considered to be the benchmark for this kind of monitors. You can use this monitor both at home and in the office.

Type of Matrix

The manufacturer guarantees high-quality quality image reproduction due to the wide 178° viewing angles (in both directions). The display is built on IPS technology and the response time of the panel is only 5 ms, so it's very responsive and suitable for dynamic PC games. Please, keep in mind that the dynamic contrast ratio of this model is 1000:1. The panel displays astounding 1.07 billion colors! Thus, the picture is extremely natural and realistic.

Connectivity Options

This model is ideal for those who need to connect several devices at the same time. The monitor includes several modern ports, like HDMI or Display Port, as well as a high-speed Thunderbolt port for lots of supported devices. The rear panel also includes several USB 3.0 ports, allowing you to connect the removable media and some peripheral devices. In addition, one of the ports is capable of charging your devices really fast.

Additional Features

Among the additional features this model provides are 2 built-in speakers (each one has the power of 7W). Another advantage is the adjustment of the tilt angle (up to 5 degrees forward and 15 degrees backward). The unique design of the screen allows for easy height adjustment too. Unlike many other monitors with buttons, this device offers the onscreen controls that allow you to easily configure your monitor, depending on what you are currently working on.

Additional Info

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Dell U3417W FR3PK

Screen Features

A display of Dell UltraSharp U3415W has a 34-inch screen that can be used in a spacious room. A monitor has a gorgeous cinematic resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels, that will allow you to see the tiniest details of the image. The aspect ratio of this curved monitor is 21: 9. It will allow you to enjoy the panoramic widescreen view of pictures. This monitor with an ultra-wide field of view plunges into a whole new digital world and provides incredible ease of use.

Type of Matrix

The Dell UltraSharp U3415W monitor is impressive. AH-IPS matrix with sufficiently large viewing angles - 172° vertically and 178° horizontally - provides high-quality video playback that even the most exigent user will appreciate. This curved monitor has a high color support that is 1,074 billion, the picture will always be juicy and colorful. The refresh rate is 60Hz, just as most of its competitors have. The response time in Fast mode is 5 ms and the maximum brightness is 300 cd/m², the maximum static contrast ratio - 1000: 1.

Connectivity Options

The monitor can be connected to most modern PCs and laptops via a DisplayPort as well as HDMI and MHL ports. In addition, Dell UltraSharp U3415W model is equipped with a USB port with a high-speed file reader (version 3.0), the number of ports is 6, so you won't need any additional USB hubs. Typically, Dell uses conventional buttons on its top-level monitors. Instead, this model of the curved monitor uses touch-sensitive controls placed along the lower right edge.

Additional Features

Dell UltraSharp U3415W is equipped with two built-in speakers with the power of 9 Watts each. This device exceeds the sound power of some modern television sets thereby providing you with loud and high-quality sound. An adjustable stand allows you to pick the best height for your monitor, its tilt and the best angle. The monitor can display video from two computers simultaneously using a single set of keyboard and mouse.

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Samsung U28E590D

Screen Features

The size of Samsung curved screen LED monitor S32E590C is 31.5 inches, which is an excellent size taking the low price of this monitor into account. With this kind of diagonal, the monitor can be used for absolutely any purpose. It is possible to view the majority of videos and play your favorite games with the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (Full HD), which will save you from a long search for suitable content. The standard aspect ratio is 16: 9 and it provides a natural image size.

Type of Matrix

As with most Samsung monitors, a VA panel is installed on this model. It provides excellent colors and remarkable contrast ratio. A static contrast ratio is 5000 : 1 and, by the way, it is the best result among curved monitors. The device has a refresh rate of 60Hz, providing a high-quality transmission of action games and movies. The colors will remain clear and bright regardless of how fast the frames are refreshed (in a game, for example) thanks to a very fast response time of 4 ms.

Connectivity Options

Samsung curved screen LED monitor can be connected to old models of computers and the newest ones that have just appeared on the market. This is achieved with the help of built-in video ports: VGA for analog video streaming, two Display Ports, and two HDMI inputs for transmission of digital video signal and sound. There's also a port for connecting headphones. The weak side of this device is that there is no USB port for connecting external storage devices.

Additional Features

This curved monitor has two built-in speakers. The power of each one is 5 Watts, and it makes sound quite good and clean. Design and ergonomics of this model are thought out to the smallest details. Thanks to the VESA mount (200 x 200 mm), you can easily attach the monitor to a wall. It is worth noting that tilt angles vary from 15° to 2° which make it easier to use the monitor. The presence of Eye Saver function prevents tears and eye fatigue even after spending many hours in front of the screen. In addition, thanks to the Enhance Gaming Experience mode, your monitor will automatically detect any changes in scenes, enhancing the colors and controlling the contrast.

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Acer XR341CK bmijpphz

Screen Features

Acer Curved UltraWide QHD has a diagonal of 34 inches, which is ideal for use in engineering and design when you have to see a lot of windows on the screen. The display resolution is 3440 x 1440 pixels - this is the highest resolution available at this time that provides stunning video quality. It slightly lacks a vertical viewing angle, which may interfere with the ongoing work. The screen has an aspect ratio of 21: 9, the image looks natural, not stretched or flattened.

Type of Matrix

This model meets the set of IPS matrix that provides large horizontal and vertical viewing angles without picture distortion. The refresh rate is 75Hz which makes it possible to enjoy the clarity of dynamic scenes when watching your favorite movies or during gaming battles. The response time is 4 ms and this rate is one of the highest among the rival curved monitors. The device has a good contrast ratio which is about 1000 : 1. The ideal image quality of the model is achieved due to the presence of ColorPlus technology, including 100% SRGB range and 6-axis color adjustment for a perfect picture.

Connectivity Options

Acer Curved Monitor includes a Display Port which ensures the highest transmission quality of both video and audio signals. It has the ability to connect HDMI devices and there is an MHL port that is used to connect mobile devices supporting high resolution. A great advantage of this model is the presence of five USB ports (3.0 version) with a high data transfer rate that allows you to play media content from external drives.

Additional Features

Additional features of this model include the presence of two speakers with the sound output of 7 Watts per each one. In general, the audio quality is not bad considering the slim design of the monitor. Also, an important advantage of this model is a PIP function which is able to raise your productivity to the next level. The ergonomics of the monitor allows you to adjust its inclination in the range of -5° - 35°, and there is a possibility to attach the device to a wall as the manufacturer provides the VESA mount.

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Samsung S29E790C

Screen Features

Samsung S29E790C boasts best-in-class curvature with an ultra-wide aspect ratio of 21 : 9 - perfect for a widescreen display. The resolution of the monitor is 3440 x 1440 pixels, so the curved monitor provides the accurate details of all objects in the image. The screen size is 29 inches, which is perfect for both office and home use. The device not only significantly improves the productivity thanks to an ultra-wide screen, but also provides high-quality images regardless of the assigned tasks.

Type of Matrix

The picture quality produced by this curved monitor is good enough. The screen has a VA matrix, which is used in almost all models of this type of Samsung monitors. A special feature of this matrix is a great depth of black color, and excellent contrast ratio, which is 3000 : 1. The manufacturer claims the viewing angles are 178° - both vertically and horizontally. The brightness level is high - 300 cd/m². A matrix supports 16.7 million colors, and the response time is only 4 ms (from gray to gray).

Connectivity Options

Samsung S29E790C has one VGA port for transmission of an analog video signal, allowing you to connect it even to relatively old PC models. A single Display Port and two HDMI ports are used for high-quality transmission of a digital signal and they even transmit sound. Also, the monitor allows you to connect headphones for a more comfortable use in computer games, while listening to music or watching videos. All ports are located on the rear panel.

Additional Features

Additional features of this model include a Picture-By-Picture function and PIP 2.0. Thanks to them, the monitor can be connected to more than one computer, providing excellent multitasking. This option allows you to diversify your workflow by watching your favorite movies and videos on 2 screens simultaneously. It is necessary to mention the availability of a game mode, which detects a dynamic change in scenes, enhances the color and adjusts the contrast for a more realistic image. Also, the monitor is equipped with the Free Technology Flicker, which protects your eyes from fatigue, so you can play games, watch movies, or edit photos longer than ever.

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