Ultra wide gaming monitors offer an unpralleled gaming experience. Apart from having a competitive advantage, using an ultrawide monitor offers greater productivity. The best ultrawide monitors should offer excellent colour reproduction, fast refresh rates, low input lag and various connectivity options.

Some gaming monitors offer RGB lighting which is controlled through proprietry software, allowing for various colour combinations and lighting effects. Furthermore, through GSync or FreeSync technologies, screen tearing is removed as the monitor’s refresh rate and the game’s refesh rate is matched.

LG 34GK950F-B

The Good

  • HDR400
  • Very good colour reproduction with NanoIPS
  • Very fast display with 144Hz

The Bad

  • Expensive

The LG 34GK950F-B is the monitor that has all of the gaming technologies you might want from a monitor. It comes with 144Hz refresh rate, a class leading 98% DCI-P3 thanks to Nano IPS technology and HDR400. Although this monitor does not officially support NVidia Gsync (it supports FreeSync 2), it has the same panel as the one used in the Gsync version of the monitor. We had tested this monitor and confirmed that it indeed supports Gsync. Thus, there is no need to select the Gsync option, which is more expensive and has a reduced refresh rate and less features due to the Gsync chip. Although we are willing to forgive the lack of RGB lighting, one must note that this monitor isn’t cheap to buy, having a suggested retail price of $1199.99.

Specifications

Size34 inches
Resolution3442 x 1440
Brightness400 cd/m2
Refresh Rate144Hz
TechnologyFreeSync
Color GamutDCI-P3 98% | 100% sRGB
Response Time5ms
Panel TypeIPS
Signal Input2x HDMI, DisplayPort
Earphone jack 3.5mm Mini-Jack 
USB Port(s)3.0×2, 1 x upstream

Alienware AW3418DW

The Good

  • Striking design
  • Beautiful 1440p display
  • Very good colour and 270nits of maximum brightness.

The bad

  • Underwhelming LED effects
  • Expensive

Second up is the Alienware AW3418DW. This monitor comes close to the LG above, however, it lacks certain technologies which the LG has, namely HDR400, a lesser refresh rate: 120Hz via overclock, and less colour gamut. However, this monitor uses an IPS panel and does support Gsync natively.

One thing the Alienware does perfectly is grabbing your attention. The monitor has a sleek design and a sharp angled base with discreet LED light along the rear panel, stand and underside. These LEDs can be customised to any colour you like through Alienware’s proprietary software.

Specifications

Size34.1 inches
Resolution3440 x 1440
Brightness300 cd/m2
Refresh Rate120Hz
TechnologyNvidia G-Sync
Color GamutsRGB 99%
Response Time4ms
Panel TypeIPS
Signal InputHDMI, DisplayPort
Earphone jack 3.5mm Mini-Jack 
USB Port(s)3.0×4, 1 x upstream

Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ

The Good

  • Decent response times
  • Very low lag
  • Deep blacks, good contrast

The Bad

  • Some dark smearing when playing certain games
  • Limited viewing angles
  • Colour accuracy not on par with IPS panels.

The Asus ROG Strix XG35VQ is a Freesync VA panel that is able to deliver a native 100Hz refresh rate and has support for blur reduction. Just like the Alienware, the ROG Strix has RGB lighting. On this monitor, a multi-coloured glow comes out from a ring around the upright’s attachement point. Furthermore, light is emitted from the base. This light can be given a custom lens which replaces the lens that comes pre-installed.

Since this panel uses a VA panel, you get the better contrast and deeper blacks when compared to the IPS counterparts. However, due to the limitations of VA panels, you might experience ghosting in fast paced gaming.

Specifications

Size35 inches
Resolution3441 x 1440
Brightness300 cd/m2
Refresh Rate100Hz
TechnologyFreeSync
Color GamutsRGB 100%
Response Time4ms
Panel TypeVA
Signal Input HDMI(v1.4), DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI(v2.0)
Earphone jack 3.5mm Mini-Jack 
USB Port(s)3.0×2, 1 x upstream

Samsung CHG90 LC49HG90DMNXZA QLED

The Good

  • Accurate and vivid colours
  • Good contrast ratio and deep blacks
  • HDR400
  • Very fast display with 144Hz

The Bad

  • Low resolution
  • Super-wide can be uncomfortable to use when close to the monitor

This Samsung monitor can be considered as the alternative to two 27 inch monitors stacked side by side. Although the sheer width of this monitor might be a godsend for productivity, such as in finance, a very wide screen also offers advantages in gaming.

Further gaming technology includes a 144Hz refresh rate with support for Freesync, support for HDR400 and a one millisecond response time. The area where this monitor falls flat is the resolution. Having the same pixel density as a 27 inch 1080p screen, individual pixels are easily noticeable when looking up close.

A monitor with this size requires a strong base. Although the base is made out of plastic, it still feels durable, with height, swivel and tilt adjustment.

Specifications

Size49 inches
Resolution3840 x 1080
Brightness350 cd/m2
Refresh Rate144Hz
TechnologyFreeSync
Color GamutDCI-P3 92% | sRGB: 100%
Response Time
Panel TypeVA
Signal Input2x HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort
Earphone jack 3.5mm Mini-Jack