Best Curved Monitors for Work and Fun

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 23, 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
Warranty
 
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

2 x 9W speakers
Audio Line out (3.5mm),

ERGONOMICS

Height adjustable stand (115mm)
VESA mounting

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The monitor features a USB 3.0 port allowing you to quickly charge your gadgets directly from the computer without having to look for the nearest socket.

CONS

A USB cable is not included in the kit.

OUR VERDICT

This slightly curved ultra-wide monitor is designed for immersive gameplay. It offers plenty of ports and gamer-friendly settings to beat your online competitors and get the whole new experience from familiar games.

detailed parameters
Diagonal

34"

Resolution

2560 x 1080 pixels

Aspect Ratio

21:9

Type of Matrix

IPS

Refresh Rate

144Hz

Response Time

5ms

Static Contrast Ratio

1000:1

Color Support

16.7 Million

Viewing Angle

178°(H) / 178°(V)

Connectivity Options

1 x DisplayPort (1.2)
2 x HDMI
2 x USB 3.0 with Quick Charge (USB Port 1)
1 x USB Up 3.0

Audio

Line out (3.5mm)
Headphones jack (3.5mm)

ERGONOMICS

Screen can be adjusted forward or backward from -5° to 20°
VESA® mounting 100x100

Warranty

1 year

PROS

For a user's convenience, the monitor is designed with a joystick located at the rear bottom corner of the screen. It will help navigate control menu easily even in the dark.

CONS

The monitor tilts only two degrees forward.

OUR VERDICT

This curved monitor is the best option for those who adore playing dynamic games. It features the Active matrix technology that boasts 4 ms response ensuring no ghosting, no tearing, just detailed and crisp pics on the screen.

detailed parameters
Diagonal

32"

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

1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI

Audio

Headphones jack (3.5mm)

ERGONOMICS

Screen can be adjusted forward or backward from -2.0° to 22.0°
VESA® mounting 75x75

Warranty

3 years

PROS

This monitor features a VGA port for transmitting an analog video signal allowing you to connect it to relatively old PC models.

CONS

The interfaces are a little hard to get to.

OUR VERDICT

The VIOTEK monitor will allow you to enjoy the high detail and quality of the picture. It provides the Game and Movie Mode enabling you to adjust the settings for your comfortable viewing. 

detailed parameters
Diagonal

32"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

Aspect Ratio

16:9

Type of Matrix

N/A

Refresh Rate

60Hz

Response Time

N/A

Static Contrast Ratio

N/A

Color Support

16.7 Million

Viewing Angle

N/A

Connectivity Options

1 x VGA
1 x DVI
1 x HDMI

Audio

Headphones jack (3.5mm)

ERGONOMICS

Screen can be adjusted forward or backward

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Can be mounted on a wall due to the included VESA mount adapter. 

CONS

The casing is made of pretty flimsy plastic.

OUR VERDICT

Owing to 75 Hz refresh rate and implementation of the AMD FreeSync™ technology this curved monitor fully eliminates ghosting and tearing, while the VA panel guarantees great color saturation and deep black contrast. An excellent combination for any user.

detailed parameters
Diagonal

27"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 pixels

Aspect Ratio

16:9

Type of Matrix

VA

Refresh Rate

75Hz

Response Time

5ms

Static Contrast Ratio

3000:1

Color Support

16.7 Million

Viewing Angle

178°(H) / 178°(V)

Connectivity Options

1 x DisplayPort (1.2)
1 x HDMI

Audio

Headphones jack (3.5mm)

ERGONOMICS

Screen can be adjusted forward or backward from -5° to +13°
VESA mounting

Warranty

1 year

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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Dell U3417W FR3PK

Screen Features

A display of the 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.

Review of Dell U3417W FR3PK UltraSharp Curved LED-Lit Monitor

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.
Dell U3417W FR3PK UltraSharp Curved LED-Lit Monitor in the use

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, the 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.

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Additional Features

The 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.

Dell U3417W FR3PK UltraSharp Curved LED-Lit Monitor application

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LG 34UC79G-B

Gamer's Dream

Any gamer knows that it's impossible to fully immerse into the on-screen environment if the computer delivers slow framerate and the objects on the screen appear with ghost tails. The benefit to using the LG 34UC79G-B monitor is that it provides high-quality gameplay. The refresh rate of 144Hz, along with the AMD's FreeSync technology, allows for flawless image reproduction with no tears and chopping even throughout fast-paced games. In addition to excellent performance and the original 2560x1080 resolution of the screen, the LG 34UC79G-B monitor provides a wealth of user-friendly settings and convenient features. Besides having access to the basic settings, you will be able to adjust the gaming modes, enhance shadow details, reduce ghosting, use crosshair feature, adjust color levels and saturation, and do much more to customize the picture on the screen so that it looks like you crave. Furthermore, the screen has a subtle 3800mm-radius curve which ensures that all parts of the image are positioned at the same distance from the eye and there are no distortions. The monitor offers sharp viewing-angles performance, which is typical of all monitors with IPS panels, and two mounting options - you can set it on the stand or hang it on a wall using the mounting hardware included in the kit.

Review of LG 34UC79G-B Curved IPS Gaming Monitor

Unlimited Connectivity

When it comes to adjustment and connectivity options, LG company isn't one to fall behind the others. Most of the goods it produces can be customized to various needs and demands. With regards to the said 34UC79G-B monitor, you can both adjust it in height and change it tilt varying it from 20° to 5°, thanks to the fact that it comes with a height-adjustable stand. With regards to ports and inputs, you'll find them positioned at the rear of the monitor. The 34UC79G-B monitor has two HDMI ports, 1.2 DisplayPort input, three USB 3.0 ports (2 downstream and 1 upstream), 3.5 audio input and a headphone jack. 

LG 34UC79G-B Curved IPS Gaming Monitor in the use

Vibrant Colors and Wide Range of Shades

The LG 34UC79G-B monitor provides the contrast ratio of 1000: 1 and the maximum brightness level of 259cd/m2, which allows it to produce vibrant colors and a wide range of hues and shades, all well distinguishable by a human eye. Add to that excellent black color levels with deep dark shades and you get a fantastic monitor for the life-like viewing experience.

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LG 34UC79G-B
 

Samsung C32F391

Work and Play Monitor

At a comfortably large size of 32", the Samsung C32F391 curved monitor offers a few great features which make it an alluring choice for customers who look for something more than a mere Full HD monitor. The C32F391 has 4 ms response time and 60Hz refresh rate, which ensures that the picture on the display doesn't look fuzzy nor causes any ghosting that may spoil your viewing experience. The monitor runs on a VA panel that provides great color reproduction, wide viewing angles, and high contrast ratio. With the maximum luminance of 250 cd/m2 and 5000:1 contrast ratio, the picture on the screen looks clear and vivid, with deep blacks and bright whites, no matter from what angle you look at the monitor. The curvature of the C32F monitor is 1800R and it looks really elegant and steep.

Besides decent technical specifications, the Samsung C32F391 boasts a stylish and attractive design. It is finished in a glossy-white ultra-slim plastic, which makes it look pretty modern and even high-tech. Wherever you set it in your living environment, be sure it will become the focal point of the place. While many of the monitors with slim profiles seem fragile and poorly protected, the Samsung C32F39 curved monitor comes with a heavy-duty base which allows for its secure placement.

Review of Samsung C32F391 Curved Monitor

Intuitive Controls

Unlike monitors with pushbuttons or touch-sensitive panels, the C32F391 monitor enjoys a handy joystick. By implementing this new feature in this monitor, Samsung engineers made it much more convenient for users to navigate the menu and controls of the monitor without having to click multiple buttons. The joystick is placed on the rear of the monitor and is easy to access. Another feature that greatly contributes to the convenience of use of this monitor is a VESA mount the manufacturer supplies the C32F391 with. Thus, if you need to save some space on your desktop, you can easily hang this screen on a wall using a mounting bracket on the back of the housing. 

Samsung C32F391 Curved Monitor in the use

Mesmerizing Colors

Drawing some bottom line at the end of this review, we'd say the Samsung C32F391 curved monitor has a lot of features and characteristics that keep it hold to the market. It does deliver a broad spectrum of colors and it renders them pretty well, thanks to the Samsung's Active Crystal Color technology which preserves the crispness and clarity of the picture keeping it close to the life-like scene. What could be improved, however, is the density of pixels that are reproduced on the screen. For a 32-inch screen diagonal, 1920 x 1080 might seem simply not enough, especially considering that many people today own smartphones with higher-res displays. Still, if you're a fan of Samsung electronics and you have put your trust in their goods a long time ago, you shouldn't regret buying this Samsung C32F391 curved monitor. 

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Viotek NB32C

The Whole New Experience

When you’re buying a device on a smaller budget, you definitely have to sacrifice some of its features. When it comes to the Viotek NB32C, however, this sacrifice will be really small. At a surprisingly low price, this monitor boasts many of the features, along with a superior curve, that usually only high-end models have. Though the screen isn't 4K and has 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution only, it boasts 4 ms response time and 60 Hz refresh rate which allow for flawless image rendering without any lags during action scenes. The screen of the monitor was treated against glares so it can be viewed comfortably from any angle without deterioration in image quality. Any computer gamer should appreciate the Game Mode function that was added by the manufacturer to enhance a customer's experience. This feature alone may easily compensate for a couple of drawbacks that this monitor has. When used in this mode, the monitor automatically deactivates some of the features running in the background in order to boost the response time and render picture in better quality. Furthermore, the Viotek NB32C brags a truly amazing design. Enclosed in a non-edgy white plastic housing, it virtually removes the borders of the frame allowing you to immerse into the gameplay as deeply and realistically as possible.

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Connectivity Options

As the Viotek NB32C features a VGA port, it can be connected both with old computers that stream analog videos and with new higher-end computers. The other ports this monitor has include DVI and HDMI inputs for video and audio signal transmission. While it's possible to connect headphones to this screen, there's no option to plug in a USB drive, unfortunately. If you think you can put off with this slight drawback, the other specs won't make you regret purchasing this monitor.

Viotek NB32C Curved Monitor in the use

Position Your Monitor Correctly

It is very important to position the monitor so that you don't have to strain your neck and back while viewing the screen. These several tips should help you do so right:

  • Place the monitor directly in front of you. Such position will prevent you from twisting your neck while reading or watching something on the screen.
  • The monitor should be located at about an arm's length away from you.
  • Your eyes should be in line with an imaginary point on the screen located about 2-3″ below the top of its casing.
  • Place the monitor in a place where sunlight or artificial lightning won't create reflections on the screen.
  • Tilt your monitor so that the base is located closer to your face than its top. Thus, you will view the whole screen more clearly.
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Viotek NB32C
 

HP 27b

Lose Yourself in Every Picture on the Screen

The 27-inch VA panel has the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a peak brightness of 300 cd/m2, and the 3000:1 contrast ratio. Additionally, the monitor supports 16.7 million colors so you will experience superb color contrast and accuracy on the screen and get the whole new viewing impressions while watching films, photos or playing games. Furthermore, the HP 27b monitor features 5 ms response time and 75 Hz refresh rate making the monitor suitable for dynamic PC games, and boasts the 1800R curvature allowing you to fully immerse in the scene on the screen. The viewing angles are wide (178°/178°) and allow for viewing the picture in high detail from any position. 

Micro-edge matte-black bezels, along with a thin panel, give the monitor minimalistic look making it suitable for any setting while also allowing for seamless multi-monitor set-ups. The ports on the HP 27b monitor are pretty standard and include a DisplayPort, HDMI, HDCP support, and audio output.

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Environment-friendly Monitor

The HP 27b monitor comes packed with a number of environment features we'd like to expand on. First of all, the Mercury-free LED backlighting and Arsenic-free monitor glass allow for eco-friendly disposal of the monitor since mercury and arsenic are known to be one of the most toxic elements that drastically affect both human and animal health. And secondly, the HP 27b features a low-voltage halogen design that promotes great energy efficiency and helps reduce electricity bills. The casing itself doesn't contain any materials or compounds that may be regarded as unsafe. 

HP 27b Curved Monitor in the use

Protect your Eyes

Eye strain and fatigue are a real problem for anyone who spends a lot of hours in front of a computer screen. While typing, browsing the web, playing games, and even watching movies, we put our eyes to quite a lot of stress. As a result, by the end of a day, we often have a blurred vision, struggle to concentrate on the work we do and feel very much exhausted. That said, constant development of technology implies that we can't possibly omit using a computer and that we need to think of some other ways how to protect our eyes from harmful effects of the computer. One of the best things you can do already today is to buy computer glasses. Designed to optimize your eyesight, they help reduce the glare, increase the contrast, and maximize everything you see through lenses. You can wear computer glasses not only while working at the computer but also when you're watching TV and using a tablet. 

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FAQ:

Q: Why should I choose a curved monitor over a flat one?

A: Let's start with the fact that gently curved screens offer a greater level of immersiveness since their form tend to expand the quantity of screen space in relation to their size. Additionally, the curved screen enhances the sense of depth creating close to a 3D effect viewing experience and offering a wider field of view. Finally, the curve tracks the rounded shape of a human eye better delivering a more focused image on a screen and causing less strain to the eye.

Q: What is the difference between monitors with diverse curves?
A: The curvature is measured in a radius a curve would have made if a monitor had been designed as a complete circle. To specify, the 1800R means that a display is curved with a radius of 1.8 m. This distance is considered to be the optimal one for a user not to feel any discomfort while watching the screen even from the corner of the room. As you may guess, the larger the radius is the bigger the circle will be and vice versa.

Q: There are so many displays with different refresh rates. What is the difference between them?
A: The refresh rate stands for the number of frames a monitor shows per second. Some monitors have a standard 60 Hz refresh rate while others boast refresh rates varying between 75 to 144 Hz. Generally, the higher this rater is the better the visuals in dynamic scenes will be. The refresh rate reduces visual artifacts like ghosting and image tearing. However, the refresh rate itself doesn't inherently improve the image quality in dynamic scenes, as the pixel response time also matters.

Q: What display size and maximum resolution should my monitor have?
A: Larger monitors will make your work easier, especially if you are engaged in photo, graphics and visuals editing. So make sure that a monitor you choose is no smaller than 27". Such monitors are also great for watching movies, and playing games on a large screen immerses you into the action better. When it comes to resolution, monitors with larger resolution render a more crisp and detailed picture. However, these 2 parameters are interdependent and you should consider them both when choosing a monitor. For example, 27" or smaller monitors should have the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, while the monitors with a bigger diagonal should have a higher resolution.

Q: What should I do if there are no preset modes on a monitor that can improve its performance?
A: Generally, all pre-set modes are just made to save a user's time as one can adjust the settings manually and achieve even better results if compared to the pre-set configurations. Just spend some time to adjust it.

Q. What are the benefits of DisplayPort over HDMI?
A: DisplayPort provides higher bandwidth, able to connect multiple monitors to a single video output and are license and royalty-free. DisplayPort also uses a smaller connector or can be combined with other interfaces onto a single common connector.


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