Review of the best according to the editorial board. About selection criteria. This material is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.
A good curved monitor can significantly increase the comfort of your computer. But you need to choose the right one based on the key characteristics. The model should be moderately large, have high resolution and frequency. We analyzed the market and found 9 of the best curved monitors.
- Benefits of a curved monitor over a conventional
- How to choose the right curved monitor
- Best curved monitors rating
- Acer Predator X34P
- Samsung C49HG90DMI
- LG 34UC89G
- HP OMEN X by HP 35
- ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ
- Samsung C34F791WQI
- LG 34UC79G
- Samsung C24FG73FQI
- Samsung C27F396FHI
Benefits of a curved monitor over a conventional
Such devices are not just a marketing ploy: they bring tangible benefits to people who work at a computer every day. They have three main advantages over flat models:
- The eyes are less tired. Due to the structure of the eyeball, the curved monitor is more convenient – we see it as if concave (if translated into monitor values, the curvature of the eye would be 1000R). Therefore, when looking at flat and, especially, old convex monitors, a part of the picture at the edges is not as clear and bright as in the center. Simply because we cannot focus on it. Peripheral vision hardly works in such conditions – there is not enough sharpness and contrast. When using a curved monitor, this drawback is leveled, since all points of the display are approximately at the same distance from the eye, which solves most of the focusing problems.
- Better for vision. Follows from the previous point. Different points of the flat panel monitor are at different distances from the focus point. And then the eyes, when looking at different parts of the screen, are forced to constantly change focus, since the distance from them to the plane changes. The curved display eliminates the problem of frequent refocusing. Consequently, the eyes are less tired.
- The effect of immersion in the picture is created. Peripheral vision is involved, which allows you to analyze not only what is in front of your eyes, but also what is on the side. Due to this, you can feel a partial 'immersion' in the picture. Consequently, the user is less distracted by external stimuli, and his performance increases.
Remember that curved monitors are ideal for personal use – only by being exactly in the center of the screen, a person can experience all the advantages of this form of display. If you move to the right or left, the effect is lost.
How to choose the right curved monitor
When choosing the best curved monitor, we suggest examining some of the specifications. They will help you choose the best option. By correctly determining the value of the following parameters, you can purchase a curved monitor that will not lose its relevance in the next few years:
- Screen resolution. This parameter directly affects the picture quality: the larger it is, the more detailed the image will look (provided that it matches the monitor resolution). Now most of the content for home or 'office' use is in the format Full HD (1920×1080 pixels), but after a year and a half, QHD (2560×1440) or even 4K (3840×2160) resolution may become more relevant.
- Matrix type. Three types are relevant: TFT IPS, TFT MVA, TFT TN. TFT TN matrix is the oldest and most common type. It is simple and cheap, with no major advantages. The main advantage is quick response. Therefore, this choice is ideal for games and movies, where frame refresh rate is important. But I am not happy that this type of monitor reproduces colors poorly and has narrow viewing angles. Advantages of the IPS-matrix are as close as possible to real color rendition and wide viewing angles. But on the other hand, it responds worse to sudden changes. MVA matrices (also found SVA, WVA, PVA) are practically similar to IPS in all respects, except for contrast. According to this parameter, MVA outperforms all types of matrices.
- Display cover. Can be matte or glossy. The first one does not reflect glare, fingerprints and dust are not visible on it. But due to the coating, some of the brightness is lost, and the colors become duller. Glossy monitors, in turn, reproduce colors perfectly, but any speck of dust or a sunbeam will interfere with comfortable viewing.
- Update frequency. The more this parameter is, the more smoothly the image on the screen will move. For work or the Internet, a monitor with 60 Hz is enough. And if you are a lover of dynamic films or a gamer, you need to take a model with 120 Hz and higher (ideally, with 144 Hz).
- Display diagonal. Depends on the purpose for which you purchase the monitor. If you need it for work or surfing the net, a 24-inch diagonal is enough. Watching movies or gaming for full immersion will require 27 inches or more. Professionals buy curved monitors with a diagonal of 31-32 inches.
- Aspect ratio. The most relevant are widescreen monitors (16: 9). They support most of the content. Ultra-wide 21: 9 monitors are gradually coming into use – even more elongated and narrow. You can open two windows on them at once. Models with large aspect ratios (eg 32: 9) are rare.
- The degree of curvature (curvature). Each monitor has a specific R index. The lower the index number, the more the screen is curved. Most advanced models have curvatures up to 1800R and less. This is the optimal radius that is considered standard today.
- Video inputs and connectors. It is advisable that the new monitor has a DisplayPort connector to achieve optimal graphics. In the review, almost all models have a corresponding input (if not, this is indicated separately). An HDMI input is also required. It is desirable that the model has USB outputs for connecting peripherals and inputs and outputs for the audio signal.
- Purpose of use. Curved monitors are optimal for movies and PC games. They allow you to immerse yourself in the picture, feel the effect of presence. If you are a professional design, graphics, or photography professional, remember that a curved monitor can distort a flat image. So ideally try to compare usability before purchasing.
By choosing the most appropriate values for each specification, you can find and buy the most comfortable curved monitor for you. We also recommend that you try to use the model for at least 5-10 minutes before buying to see if it suits you.
Best curved monitors rating
|Nomination||a place||Name of product||price|
|Best curved monitors rating||1||Acer Predator X34P||RUB 85,500|
|2||Samsung C49HG90DMI||RUB 62,490|
|3||LG 34UC89G||RUB 48,010|
|4||HP OMEN X by HP 35||RUB 51,290|
|5||ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ||RUB 30,190|
|6||Samsung C34F791WQI||RUB 44 390|
|7||LG 34UC79G||RUB 33,990|
|8||Samsung C24FG73FQI||RUB 15 550|
|9||Samsung C27F396FHI||RUB 10,850|
Acer Predator X34P
This curved gaming monitor is no accident in its well-deserved first place. It is the most optimal in comparison with other similar models. This is a 34-inch ultra-wide monitor with a 21: 9 aspect ratio. It is interesting that the design of the model is bright: black and red colors, aluminum polished plastic, no frames and external lighting with changeable colors. All in all, a typical gaming monitor.
The screen resolution reaches 3440×1440 pixels – an honest UWQHD. The native vertical frequency reaches 100 Hz, but with a strong desire, you can overclock to 120 Hz. Semi-matte IPS matrix with 1900R curvature, which is almost perfect. The W-LED backlight supports Flicker-Less technology to prevent flickering. To improve the smoothness of picture movement, manufacturers have created support for NVIDIA G-Sync. There are built-in speakers – four of 7 watts.
Unfortunately, the color reproduction of the monitor is slightly limp in comparison with competitors: only after adjustment can you achieve more or less natural shades.
- High-quality assembly and well-chosen parameters.
- The optimal balance of convenience, quality and price.
- The 'default' color rendition is not good enough.
Really huge monitor with a diagonal of 49 inches. It is literally packed with technology, so it is able to amaze not only in size but also in functionality. In fact, such a monitor can easily replace a combination of two or three screens. And the advantage is the seamlessness of the design. But you need to be at least a meter away from the model, otherwise it is inconvenient. The manufacturers declared the model as a gaming one.
Has an SVA-matrix with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, quantum backlighting (declared color gamut – 125% of standard sRGB) and Flicker Free technology. However, the latter works only at high brightness, otherwise the monitor is invisible to the eye, but flickers. The screen is curved along a 1800R radius, which is ideal for such a diagonal. Format – 32: 9: several windows will fit in a row at once. Supports FreeSync2, HDR. The response speed, according to the manufacturers, does not exceed 1 ms. Conveniently, there is a Picture-in-Picture technology that allows you to connect two computers, laptops, set-top boxes and so on to one monitor at once.
The resolution, which is rather low for such a giant, is not encouraging – only 3840 x 1080 pixels. Particularly vigilant users will notice the large 'fat' pixels, but some will even like it. For designers, this pixel density won't work. Not everyone will be pleased that the monitor lacks a built-in audio system.
- Huge 49 '' diagonal.
- Record-breaking fast response (1ms).
- Possibility to connect two signal sources.
- Low screen resolution (3840 x 1080).
Another ultra-wide monitor for gamers with an aspect ratio of 21: 9 and a diagonal of 34 inches. The matrix is a typical IPS with all the advantages and disadvantages. Supports G-Sync, which will delight gamers – it will eliminate the problem of tearing frames. Able to overclock up to 166 Hz, but in standard mode it operates at a frequency of up to 144 Hz. The screen resolution is 2560 x 1080 pixels. This is not enough, but not critical.
The design is typically playful. Pleased with very thin, almost absent side and top frames. So you can safely assemble two or three such monitors side by side – the borders will be very faintly noticeable. The presence of gloss is ambiguous – yes, it is beautiful, but prints remain on the case. The display itself is semi-matt, which is standard.
I'm not happy that the monitor has a radius of 3800R, which is much more than the recommended 1800R. Therefore, the effect will be much less noticeable near. It is also inconvenient that the interface panel is located straight, and not turned down.
- Laconic play style.
- G-Sync support.
- Large radius of curvature – there will be almost no effect near.
HP OMEN X by HP 35
Another gaming monitor with an ultra-wide 21: 9 aspect ratio, an excellent 35-inch diagonal and a resolution of 3440×1440 pixels. VA-matrix is standard, curved in the optimal radius – 1800R. The coating is standard semi-matt, reliably protects against glare. The refresh rate is not the maximum for monitors of this category – 100 Hz. I am glad that the model supports G-Sync.
There are five stages of acceleration, which will achieve the desired effect. It is worth remembering that the VA matrix has poor viewing angles – the shades fade significantly. But if you sit right in front of the screen, the color reproduction is good. The stand under the monitor is very thin, almost invisible, but reliable. The structure does not stagger at all. But it sticks out strongly forward. The stand may interfere with placing the keyboard closer to the device.
It's inconvenient that you can't adjust the monitor gamma. We'll have to be content with the possibilities to adjust the monitor for themselves, which the developer left – several templates and temperature options.
- G-Sync support.
- Excellent stability.
- There is no way to adjust the gamma.
- Stand protruding forward.
ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ
Not a bad and inexpensive curved model with good characteristics. Compared to the previous participants in the rating, the 27-inch diagonal with a resolution of Full HD (1920х1080) is small, but this is enough for most tasks. The aspect ratio of the model is standard, 16: 9 – suitable for most content. A semi-matte SVA-matrix with 1800R curvature is installed – the colors are bright and saturated, the viewing angles are decent. The curvature is enough for full immersion in the picture. The refresh rate up to 144 Hz is quite a 'game' value.
Interesting design with many curves, asymmetrical lines and intricate shapes. There is AURA RGB lighting on the back. So the monitor will look beautiful anywhere. This is facilitated by a special overlay for the interface compartment. The buttons on the body allow you to turn on a special GamePlus game mode (shows the FPS counter, sight or timer) or quickly switch between the preset GameVisual modes.
Interestingly, at the price of the device, manufacturers frankly saved on ports. The monitor has no USB outputs, so you won't be able to connect additional peripherals.
- Memorable design.
- Low price.
- Standard configuration (Full HD, 16: 9).
- No USB outputs.
One of a line of gaming monitors with an almost standard configuration. Pleases with the minimum radius of curvature – 1500R, which allows you to use the device with maximum comfort. The monitor has a diagonal of 34 inches. The aspect ratio is 21: 9. Matrix SVA semi-matt, has a resolution of 2440×1440. It is backlit with Quantum Dot technology, which provides 125% sRGB coverage for much brighter colors. The sweep frequency is 100 Hz. In this case, the monitor does not flicker (Flicker Free). Adaptive-Sync and AMD FreeSync technologies are supported, so the frame rate is perfectly adapted to the monitor.
I am pleased with the successful decision to combine the modes “picture in picture”, “two pictures side by side” and the built-in audio system. Now you can connect multiple signal sources to the monitor at once and use the whole family. And no speakers are needed. Conveniently, the cables can be hidden almost completely – for this there is a channel in the monitor stand and a special shutter to cover the compartment with connectors.
We consider the disadvantage of a thick round stand sticking out in front of the monitor. No, it is really stable and comfortable. But if you like to put the keyboard close to the monitor, then it will interfere with you.
- Best radius of curvature (only 1500R).
- Picture-in-picture and two pictures side by side.
- The round stand may interfere with the keyboard installation.
The 'older brother' of the monitor LG 34UC89G, which still hasn't lost its relevance. This model at the beginning of 2017 led the market and is still a good option to buy. The matrix is IPS, has LED backlighting along the edges (WLED). The resolution of 2560 x 1080 pixels with a diagonal of 34 inches is not too much, but it is comfortable to work with. There is a special anti-reflective coating on the matrix, which allows you not to worry about light rays interfering with your work.
The design is aggressive – the monitor has red inserts, slightly sharp corners (for example, on the headphone holder). Everything as the target audience likes. The screen frequency is officially 144Hz – perfect for gamers. The model also supports Adaptive-Sync and AMD FreeSync. At the same time, there is a separate set of settings for computer games in the monitor menu.
I was not pleased with the large radius – almost 4 meters (3800R). The effect will be subtle if you sit close to the monitor. It is also inconvenient that all the connectors 'look' backwards and not downwards – it is inconvenient to find them and insert wires without getting up from the computer.
- Low price.
- Game design.
- Large radius of curvature (3800R).
Compared to other models in the ranking, this is a frankly small monitor measuring 23.5 inches. And this can be called an advantage – it will fit on any table. Resolution Full HD (1920×1080) allows you to get the clearest picture. But the maximum is not achieved – there is no DisplayPort input.
The 16: 9 matrix is created using SVA technology, has a semi-matte coating and Quantum Dot backlighting. Despite the small matrix size, the standard curvature is applied – 1800R. Ideally, you should use a slightly smaller radius. There is no flicker (Flicker Free). The screen frequency is 144 Hz, so gamers will have no problems with FPS. AMD Free-Sync adaptive synchronization technology is also present, which is relevant for owners of the corresponding video card.
Not happy with the rather bulky, albeit ergonomic stand – it consists of two elements connected by a hinge. This allows you to flexibly adjust the position of the screen in relation to the user. You can even change the orientation to portrait, which is rare for curved models. But to install the monitor, you need a lot of space.
- Small diagonal.
- Low price.
- Bulky stand.
- No DisplayPort.
This model got into the rating because of not the worst characteristics, coupled with a really low cost. Now such a monitor can be found for 12-15 thousand rubles. However, the technical content is consistent. For starters, the stand is not customizable – unlike all other models in the rating, this monitor can only be tilted or raised. Height change is not available.
The monitor received a 27-inch SVA matrix with an aspect ratio of 16: 9. With this size, the resolution is not enough – only 1920×1080 pixels. People with good eyesight may notice 'fat' pixels. The cover of the monitor is semi-matte. The bend radius is good – standard 1800R. So the effect is not added for show – it will really be noticeable. There is a game mode and Eye Saver, designed for long-term operation (reduces the amount of blue).
An obvious drawback is the low frequency of only 60 Hz. For gamers, such a monitor is clearly not suitable. Rather, for office work or quiet home gatherings with games and movies. There's also no DisplayPort input – just old HDMI and analog D-Sub. But AMD FreeSync has been added, which will smooth out sharp transitions between frames.
- Penny cost for a curved monitor.
- Several operating modes.
- No DisplayPort input.
- Low frequency (60 Hz).
Attention! This rating is subjective and does not constitute advertising and does not serve as a purchase guide. Before buying, you need to consult with a specialist.