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. 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.
2. 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.
3. LG Curved UltraWide Monitor
If money is no object, we suggest the LG Curved UltraWide Monitor. The premium 34-inch screen provides plenty of display real estate for video and music editing, or just having multiple windows open at once (we see you and your 30 open tabs). Whatever is open on your monitor is going to look crisp and clear at 3440 x 1440 resolution (better than 1080p, but not quite 4K). And new computer owners (especially Mac owners) will rejoice at the USB-C connectivity. If you have the money, this curved monitor is a no-brainer.
4. Samsung 32-inch Curved LED Monitor
While you can find budget curved displays under $200, the best curved monitors are over 30-inches in width. Unfortunately, it’s hard to stay under $300 at that superior size. However, if you’re looking for a large curved monitor at a reasonable price, Samsung is the brand to know.
With thin bezels and a slim design, the Samsung 32-inch Curved LED Monitor looks as good sitting on your desktop as the contents do on the display. The 1080p display sports 5000:1 contrast so the contents on your display will always pop and look crystal clear. You can easily connect your laptop or desktop via the HDMI or display port on the back of the monitor. And if you want to mount the monitor to the wall to save desk real estate, you can do that, too.
5. Dell UltraSharp 34-inch Curved LED-Lit Monitor
BEST FOR PROFESSIONALS
The large display and the slight curvature reduces glare and reflections from the screen, as well as improve your field of view. You’ll be impressed with the 3440 x 1440 resolution on this large display, making the content look more sharp and crisp than 1080p screens. Plus, all your devices will have a home with two HDMI ports, a display port and USB-C port, along with four USB ports. This curved monitor is a blessing in any work or home office.
6. 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.
7. 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.