If you recently started working from home, we know what you’re missing the most. No, we’re not talking about human interaction. We’re talking about that sweet, sweet second monitor.
For all the spreadsheets, documents, tabs and emails you have to keep track of throughout the day, an extra monitor is absolutely essential. But as you look for a new monitor for your home office, here are some of the reasons you should consider a curved monitor instead of a flat one.
Curved computer monitors offer a number of benefits:
- Reduced eye strain
- Wider field of view
- Reduced image distortion
- Better looking design
- Newer technology
A curved monitor slightly wraps around the user’s field of view. This means that your eyes don’t have to work as hard to see everything on the screen. Plus, you don’t have to worry about the connectivity problems and cables that come with syncing up two different displays. Curved screens also make it seem as though your field of view is wider because the edges of the screen are pointing inward and directing more light towards you. It’s almost like an optical illusion, except one that makes your image look better.
Curved computer monitors are relatively new to the scene. And since — for the most part — they are generally geared towards gamers, these monitors often have great display resolution, refresh rates and contrast ratios that are superior to their flat counterparts. That’s ideal for creative work like video or music editing. Plus, curved monitors just look cooler.
If you’re ready to break the mold and go with a curved monitor for your work or home office, you’ll find our recommendations for the best curved monitors below.
1. MSI MPG Artymis
The Artymis feels like it wraps around your entire body and engulfs you in an immersive gaming experience. When it comes to playing first-person action games, it’s difficult to beat the gaming experience. You’re all in, and that’s exactly what you want from your curved gaming monitor. You’ll see more of the landscape in your games which means you’ll be more prepared for anything that comes. This gaming experience is worth every penny.
2. Asus Rog Swift
This feature packed curved monitor is for serious gamers only. The color accuracy and refresh rate on this large display is an absolute marvel. Really, the 200Hz refresh rate is insane, and looks incredible when you are going hard on any game. And by plugging in a decent gaming headset into the display — thanks to integrated DAC — you can truly be immersed in the game. It’s expensive, but it’s an unbelievably incredible curved monitor — no doubt about it.
3. LG 49WL85C-B
This ultra-wide monitor earns an Amazon Choice delineation with a strong 4.5 star rating and over 455 reviews. That’s due to its incredibly large display that allows you to open multiple windows and apps at once as well as solid color accuracy for content creators. One of the more nifty features is that USB-C ports will actually charge your device. That’s right, your monitor will actually charge your laptop. Pretty sweet, right?
4. Asus ProArt Curved Monitor
GREAT FOR CONTENT EDITING
As the ProArt name suggests, this curved monitor is a wonderful tool for photo and video editing. The color accuracy is fantastic giving editors a clear representation of their work and software calibration tools allow you to further dial in their curved monitor to look as good and sharp as possible. And when you aren’t editing photos and videos, you can take advantage of the 100Hz refresh rate and HDR by watching a movie or gaming a little bit. Either way, this is a great monitor for work and entertainment.
5. Dell U-Series 38” Screen
BUILD FOR THE OFFICE
This large and in charge Dell curved monitor provides plenty of real estate — 38 inches to be exact — to put multiple windows up to streamline your workflow. It sports a 3,840 x 1,600 resolution making all of your content crisp and clear and you can easily make adjustments to your monitor thanks to a helpful joystick on the bottom of the display. There’s plenty of ports including a couple HDMIs, DisplayPort and USB-C to connect everything else you need in your office.
6. BenQ EX3501R Ultrawide Curved Gaming Monitor
GREAT FOR WORK AND PLAY
This curved monitor is a great addition to your gaming rig, or to your home office for work. It sports great color accuracy making content, photo and video editing more accurate, but also has an 100Hz refresh rate that lends itself for immersive gaming. For work, there are plenty of connectivity options including USB-C, HDMI, Display Port and USB-A ports for all of your additional devices and even an EyeCare setting to relieve eye strain when you’ve been working too hard. This monitor provides the best of both work and play worlds.
7. AOC C24G1 Curved Monitor
With the sides and top being bezel-free, the 24-inch screen actually looks bigger than it really is. You can adjust the height to make the display as comfortable as possible, which often isn’t the case with curved monitors. It can be an addition to your workstation, or serve as a capable gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync, although the 1080p resolution isn’t as high as other monitors. But it’s hard to be too picky when there’s such an affordable price tag.
8. Samsung 49-inch Odyssey G9 Curved Monitor
When you need to have a lot of programs and windows open to do your job, this large 49-inch monitor is a godsend. For this large curved monitor you’ll need plenty of room on your desk, but it is absolutely worth it. Not only is it huge, it supports both G-sync and AMD FreeSync2 if you want to get your gaming on. Something to keep in mind — although you can use it to game or watch movies, with a screen this large, there isn’t much content out there with that wide of an aspect ratio. That being said, you’ll love all the extra screen space for work.
9. ViewSonic UWQHD Curved Monitor
You can get nice and comfortable with the ViewSonic curved monitor. You can adjust the height, tilt and swivel of the monitor — a luxury that often isn’t offered with curved monitors. It’s 34-inch screen is plenty wide for multiple windows, applications and tables, and the color accuracy is prime for photo and video editing. This curved monitor even flexes its gaming muscle with AMD FreeSync and a 100Hz refresh rate. This is a solid choice for your office, and even for gaming if you feel so inclined.
10. Sceptre 24-inch Curved LED Monitor
This affordable yet impressive curved monitor provides crisp visuals at 1080p while also boasting a refresh rate of 75Hz, which is good enough for gaming. It plugs into your laptop with an HDMI cable or VGA (sorry, new Macbook users, you’ll need a dongle or hub to connect). It even has a Blue Light Shift mode that creates a filter for blue light to reduce eye strain for those long days in front of the screen. If you’re searching for the best curved computer monitors but don’t want to spend more than $300, this is your best bet.
11. Samsung 390 Series 24-inch LED Curved Monitor
For a wall-mountable, 1080p curved monitor under $200, the price is definitely right. This 24-inch monitor from Samsung is great for a cramped apartment, cubicle or home office space. And the high gloss, thin-bezel design brings a bit of style along with its utility. Connect your laptop via HDMI and get your home office up and running without putting your wallet under major strain in the process.
12. Acer Predator X34
BEST FOR GAMING
When you take gaming seriously and you’re willing to shell out some dough, the rewards are sweet — and the Acer Predator Gaming X34 is proof positive. With a speedy 120Hz refresh rate on a 34-inch QHD screen, the visuals displayed are clean, smooth and free of weird glitching or tracking problems. And if gaming isn’t your thing, this curved monitor can serve as the most advanced monitor in your office. You can be sure of that.
13. MSI Optix 27-inch LED Curved Monitor
The MSI Optix curved monitor screams affordability and quality. The 1080p visual quality is great for both office work and gaming. Speaking of gaming, PC gaming enthusiasts will appreciate the 165Hz refresh rate for smooth, glitch-free visuals. And the lighting on the back of the display even shows off your gaming prowess. Regardless, this is an overall quality monitor, even if it’s for office work.