When it comes to gaming, curved monitors bring one of the best immersive experiences to the table. Couple that with a big-screen setting. Or, if you want to take things further up the ladder, you can mix in features like G-Sync support, especially if you have an NVIDIA GPU. With this feature, you will make the most out of the variable refresh rates minus screen tears and stutters.
However, a curved screen is not the only deciding factor. The panel and variable refresh rate also play an important part, especially in a gaming monitor.
In this post today, we have compiled a small list of the best curved G-Sync gaming monitors. Let’s check them out. But before that,
1. Alienware AW3420DW Curved Monitor
- Resolution: 3440 x 1440 pixels (34-inch) | Refresh Rate: 120Hz | Panel: IPS
- Ports: 1 x HDMI 1.4, 1 x DisplayPort 1.2, 2 x USB-A ports
The Alienware AW3420DW gaming monitor also carries RGB lighting. And if you are in the mood to tweak the software, you can customize it as per your preference.
You can expect decent ports for connectivity. The monitor offers DisplayPort and HDMI connectors. Plus, you can also use the USB-A ports to connect your gaming peripherals, should you not want to connect to your GPU.
You can also use the Alienware AW3420DW for regular office work. The ultrawide resolution will easily accommodate a couple of windows. Moreover, if you are in the mood, you can watch a couple of videos. The 98% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage means you will get richer and accurate colors.
2. Samsung Odyssey G7 Curved Gaming Monitor
- Resolution: 2560 x 1440 | Refresh Rate: 240Hz | Panel: VA
- Ports: 2x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5mm audio output
This monitor supports both FreeSync tech for now — G-Sync and FreeSync, thereby giving it the flexibility of choosing an AMD GPU in the future.
The Odyssey G7 brings a fast and quick response time to the table. This is further accompanied by a high contrast ratio and accurate color reproduction. Well, it’s something you come to expect from a premium gaming monitor. Furthermore, the near-accurate color gamut ensures that you can play your favorite games in all their glory.
The Odyssey G7 is more than just a gaming monitor. You can also double it up as the occasional work monitor. Text appears clear and crisp, and the ample screen area will only help you become more productive.
3. Samsung CRG5 Curved Gaming Monitor
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 240Hz | Panel: VA
- Ports: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1 x 3.5mm audio output
The CRG5 packs an aesthetically pleasing design. While you won’t get fancy features like RGB lighting, it manages to do things just right. The bezels are on the slimmer end, which adds to its looks. The best part is that the display curvature of 1500R gives off an illusion of a bigger screen. Cool, right?
At its heart, the CRG5 is an FHD monitor set on a VA panel. While you may not get the amazing viewing angles of an IPS panel, it manages to deliver a rich picture quality. The contrast ratio is also on the higher end (3000:1), implying dark black and apt-shadows. You will need to calibrate the colors to find the right balance since the out-of-the-box color calibrations are a little bit off.
Connectivity-wise, things are satisfying. This is a dual HDMI monitor and comes with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 ports.
More importantly, the 240Hz refresh rate combines with the G-Sync compatibility to deliver smooth and flicker-free gameplay. And if that’s not enough, the CRG5 brings home a significantly reduced motion blur as per the folks at IGN.
This is purely a gaming monitor and might not be that effective for casual work or browsing the internet, thanks to the deep curvature, which results in slight distortion.
4. Acer ED273 Abidpx Gaming Monitor
- Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | Refresh Rate: 144Hz | Panel: VA
- Ports: 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 2x HDMI 2.0, 1 x DVI, 1 x 3.5mm audio output
Again, the G-SYNC support means you will enjoy a much smoother performance when gaming. However, note that when the refresh rate drops below 48fps, the brightness my flicker a bit, as few users reported. On the upside, this has only happened with few monitors and is not a widespread issue.
Considering that it’s a budget gaming monitor, the connectivity options are a tad on the leaner side. You will find options for only an HDMI 1.4 connector and a DisplayPort 1.2 port, apart from a DVI port.
While the picture quality is decent, it’s worth remembering that it’s a TN panel, and TN panels don’t perform as well in the color department compared to VA or IPS displays. That said, you may have to tweak the color a bit to suit your needs.
Do note that this one is not as versatile as the ones above, for it has a lower PPI (~91) which causes text and icons to appear a bit hazy and unclear.
If your gaming rig has an NVIDIA graphics card, it makes all the more sense to buy a monitor with G-Sync support. While G-Sync Ultimate grade monitors seem to be the ideal candidate, they are a little on the pricier side. Thankfully, few options in the market walk the line between premium and budget.
So, which of these will you buy?
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This post was written by Namrata Gogoi and was first posted to Guiding Tech
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