Best Curved Monitors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 11, 2019
We get used to working 8-12 hours a day in front of a monitor. Our eyes get tired, but now there is a solution — curved monitors. Our review will help you assess their capabilities and pick the best one. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Resolution
Panel Type
Key Specs
Colour Support
Connectivity Options
Audio
Warranty
 
PROS

In addition to HDMI and DisplayPort, there is a USB Type-C connector: it allows you to copy data at very high speeds and broadcast the image without loss of quality using a single cable. 2 USB ports make it easy to connect peripherals.

CONS

To mount it on a wall, you need to purchase a VESA adapter plate from Benq.

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ EX3203R satisfies the wishes of even the most demanding users, because in this monitor everything is well thought out to the smallest detail: a lot of advanced settings will help to achieve the perfect picture, based on your preferences. The height-adjustable stand allows you to set the screen at eye level.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

31.5"

Resolution

2560 x 1440 (16:9)

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 144Hz

Brightness: 400 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 3000 : 1

Response Time: 4 ms

Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Colour Support

16.7 Millions

Connectivity Options

2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x USB Type-C port, 2 x USB ports, 1 x Headphone jack

Audio

No

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The unique GamePlus function is equipped with a number of innovative gaming features: for example, it allows you to change the appearance and color of the sight to make it more detailed and noticeable. 

CONS

Backlight may not have even brightness across the screen.

OUR VERDICT

Asus has created the perfect monitor for gamers, as it combined a Curved display with a Refresh rate of 144 Hz: as a result, even in the hottest battles you will have an advantage over your opponents because you will be immersed in the gameplay and will be able to instantly react to game situations.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 144Hz

Brightness: 400 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 3000 : 1

Response Time: 1 ms

Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Colour Support

16.7 Millions

Connectivity Options

1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI, 1 x Headphone jack

Audio

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The V-slim metal stand not only looks stylish, but also provides stability to the monitor on the desktop. Its design provides the ability to competently hide the wires inside, making the appearance of the device even more stylish.

CONS

Power button isn't very responsive.

OUR VERDICT

A diagonal of 32 inches and 4K Ultra HD resolution makes this monitor the best for watching movies or videos on YouTube in the highest quality. A 1.074 Billion colour support provides natural colour reproduction so that you get maximum enjoyment from what is happening on the screen.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

32"

Resolution

3840 x 2160 (16:9)

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 2500 : 1

Response Time: 4 ms

Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Colour Support

1.074 Billion

Connectivity Options

1 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Headphone jack

Audio

No

Warranty

2 years

PROS

With AMD FreeSync™ Technology, you can play any type of game without screen tearing or stuttering, which usually occurs due to the difference between the frame rate of the graphics card and the monitor refresh rate. It will be very useful in action and racing games.

CONS

Stand is a bit unstable.

OUR VERDICT

If you need a good monitor with a diagonal of 24 inches, then we recommend purchasing this model: it compares favorably in parameters to most of its competitors in this price category, and the thin frames allow you to use the AOC C24G1 as a second monitor.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

24"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 144Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 3000 : 1

Response Time: 1 ms

Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Colour Support

16.7 Millions

Connectivity Options

2 x HDMI, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x VGA, 1 x Headphone jack

Audio

No

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The presence of a special mode Eye Saver Mode and Flicker-Free Technology allows you to work for a long time behind the monitor without unnecessary eye fatigue: it reduces the intensity of the blue glow and the flicker frequency to reduce the harmful effects.

CONS

Missing DisplayPort connector.

OUR VERDICT

Despite the relatively low cost, this monitor with 1800R curvature will be an excellent solution not only for home use, but also for office work. It can comfortably work with text documents, spreadsheets, as well as perform many other tasks.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

27"

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (16:9)

Panel Type

VA

Key Specs

Refresh Rate: 60Hz

Brightness: 250 cd/m²

Static Contrast Ratio: 2500 : 1

Response Time: 4 ms

Viewing angle: 178°(H)/178°(V)

Colour Support

16.7 Millions

Connectivity Options

1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x Headphone jack

Audio

No

Warranty

3 years

BenQ EX3203R

Plenty of Connectivity Options

Monitors are an integral part of any computer. With their main function to display video output from the computer, it would simply be impossible to do any kind of work without one. However, many recent monitors have added a confusing array of connectivity options to them, which can make finding the right one for your computer difficult. With options such as DisplayPort, HDMI, Thunderbolt, and even USB-C, it can be confusing to tell whether or not your computer is compatible with the monitor that you want to choose for it.

The BenQ EX3203R 32-Inch QHD 2K HDR 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor has all of your bases covered by adding a wide range of display options to help ensure that your computer will be compatible with it. In addition to DisplayPort and HDMI ports, which are two of the most common connection options found on most monitors today, there is a USB Type-C connector: it allows you to copy data at very high speeds and broadcast the image without loss of quality using a single cable. It even helps with adding more connection options to the monitor, such as the 2 USB ports which make it easy to connect peripherals. Needless to say, unless you have a very old computer, you can be assured of your system being compatible with this monitor.

Review of BenQ EX3203R 32-Inch QHD 2K HDR 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor (1800R, FreeSync)

High Attention to Detail

Enough about the connectivity options; there is plenty more to talk about with this monitor. Featuring a curved 31.5-inch display, this monitor features a high resolution of 2560 x 1440 at a 16:9 aspect ratio, giving you a resolution higher than full HD quality. The 1800R curvature of the display also gives you a fully immersive experience with whatever you are displaying on the monitor, whether it be a full action FPS game or an HD quality film. The large screen plus the curvature will fill out your peripheral vision, giving you an experience unlike what can be had on a regular monitor.

The BenQ EX3203R satisfies the wishes of even the most demanding users, because in this monitor everything is well-thought-out to the smallest detail: a lot of advanced settings will help to achieve the perfect picture, based on your preferences. The height-adjustable stand allows you to set the screen at eye level, with tilt adjustments that will let you set it at the optimal angle. For gamers, this monitor supports the AMD FreeSync 2 technology for smooth gameplay, giving you a refresh rate of 144Hz which allows for instantaneous response time to the action. All in all, this curved PC monitor has the right attention to detail that will please all of its users.

BenQ EX3203R 32-Inch QHD 2K HDR 144Hz Curved Gaming Monitor (1800R, FreeSync) in the use

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ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ

Gameplay Enhanced

Ask many computer enthusiasts what software most likely benefits from a curved monitor the most, and the answer is almost always going to be games. Gaming on a computer has always held a special purpose, with gaming having driven much of the advancement of computer technology. Curved monitors are one of the latest ways in which gaming can be enhanced, as they help provide a more immersive experience that wraps the action around you rather than just putting it in a small rectangle in front of you. Essentially, any serious hardcore PC gamer is going to want a curved monitor.

The fine people at ASUS have delivered a superb gaming monitor with the ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ. Including a number of features that help enhance the overall gaming experience, this widescreen curved monitor can give gamers many of the tools they need to master their gaming skills. Included in this is the unique GamePlus function which is equipped with a number of innovative gaming features. For example, it allows you to change the appearance and colour of the sight to make it more detailed and noticeable, giving you the perfect reticle on your sights in order to shoot with pinpoint accuracy. Such features as this are always a welcomed addition in any fast-paced action game.

Review of ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ

Lightning Fast Action

Asus has created the perfect monitor for gamers, as it combines a curved screen with a refresh rate of 144 Hz: as a result, even in the hottest battles you will have an advantage over your opponents because you will be immersed in the gameplay and will be able to instantly react to game situations. The 1 ms response time also ensures that all actions carried out in games happen instantly within the game, with absolutely no noticeable lag in screen updates. This gives you immediate real-time responsiveness that is essential to winning any exchange that requires fast reflexes and high accuracy.

A number of other technologies are included here, such as the FreeSync technology that removes the possibility of screen tearing, as well as the ASUS Aura RGB lighting that lets you customise the LED lighting on the back, among other tools for getting the best lighting aesthetics for your gaming setup. The monitor stand features an ergonomic design that lets you adjust the height and tilt of the display in order to get the best viewing angle for your comfort. The extremely narrow bezel also gives you the maximum viewing area without large borders that will distract you from your gameplay or pull you out of your immersion. Overall, this curved gaming monitor from ASUS has everything you need to help enhance your gaming experience to unknown levels.

ASUS ROG Strix XG27VQ in the use

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Samsung U32R590

Beautiful And Stylish

Gaming isn't the only application that benefits from a curved monitor. In fact, nearly every aspect of using a computer can benefit from one, whether it be simple web browsing, performing actual work, or even just other entertainment options such as watching high definition movies. Having a curved monitor helps bring whatever visuals are being displayed into a fully immersive experience, bringing a much more natural image into view than what is possible on normal flat displays. In other words, even non-gamers can greatly benefit from having a curved display.

The Samsung U32R590 32-Inch UHD 4K Curved Monitor is a great model that is geared towards a wide audience rather than specifically geared towards gaming. This 32-inch model features a 1500R curved display that wraps the image naturally around your eyesight while also featuring a stylish and practical appearance. As an example, the V-slim metal stand that holds the display not only looks stylish, but also provides stability to the monitor on the desktop. Its design provides the ability to competently hide the wires inside, making the appearance of the device even more stylish and your workstation area nice and tidy, without any excess clutter.

Review of Samsung U32R590 32-Inch UHD 4K Curved Monitor (1500R)

Ready for Anything

The large screen size of 32 inches and 4K Ultra HD resolution make this monitor the best for watching movies or videos on YouTube in the highest quality. This, along with the 1.074 Billion colour support, provides natural colour reproduction, so that you get maximum enjoyment from what is happening on the screen. All images will appear in vibrant life-like colours that will certainly astonish you with its crisp image quality that surpasses that of most older monitors. Although this monitor isn't geared specifically towards gamers like some of the other models in this review, it is still quite suitable for such an activity, thanks to its sharp display, accurate colour reproduction, and its fast 4 ms response time.

This monitor hasn't forgotten any of the other details that most users appreciate in their monitors either. A special Picture-by-Picture (PBP) mode gives you the ability to connect another device to the monitor and view both input sources side by side simultaneously. Speaking in inputs, this monitor features both a DisplayPort and HDMI input along with a headphone jack for easy access, which will be a great option for those who commonly use headphones on their computer. With these great features, combined with its practical and stylish design, this 4K monitor from Samsung will be a great option for anyone.

Samsung U32R590 32-Inch UHD 4K Curved Monitor (1500R) in the use

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AOC C24G1

Affordable Gaming Monitor

Gaming monitors are usually the envy of every hardcore PC gamer. WIth the wealth of features that they offer, including enhancements for gameplay that are included in some, along with the high refresh rates and low latency, many gaming monitors help to really bring out the best in any PC gaming experience. However, these high-end features tend to make many gaming monitors quite expensive, which unfortunately tends to put them out of the range of gamers who are on a budget. While some lower-cost monitors will work fine for gaming, the enhanced features offered by many gaming-specific models simply can't be matched.

The AOC C24G1 24-Inch Full HD VA Curved Monitor brings all of the great features of a gaming monitor at a very affordable price. This curved gaming monitor includes many of the features that help make more expensive models the best ones for gaming. With the included AMD FreeSync™ Technology, you can play any type of game without screen tearing or stuttering, which usually occurs due to the difference between the frame rate of the graphics card and the monitor refresh rate. Those who frequently play action and racing games will definitely notice the difference when compared to a non-gaming monitor.

Review of AOC C24G1 24-Inch Full HD VA Curved Monitor (1ms, 144hz, 1500R)

Full HD Display

Although the 24 inch screen of this model doesn't match the size of many of the larger monitors featured in this review, those who have smaller desks won't really notice that much of a difference, and in fact will appreciate the smaller footprint of this model. This display runs at a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, giving you plenty of screen real estate for any tasks you are doing on the computer, as well as giving you high-resolution visuals in all of your games. The 1500R curvature of this model will give you the same immersive experience as other more expensive models, so there is nothing you will be missing out on.

If you need a good monitor with a diagonal of 24 inches that is affordable yet without any missing features, then we definitely recommend purchasing this model. It compares favorably in parameters to most of its competitors in this price category, and the thin frames allow you to use the AOC C24G1 as a second monitor. Of course, it works just as well as a primary monitor too, with its inclusion of two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and even a VGA port for older video cards. The inclusion of the headphone jack will also be a big plus for many gamers. In short, there are few models on the market that are a better deal than this one.

AOC C24G1 24-Inch Full HD VA Curved Monitor (1ms, 144hz, 1500R) in the use

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Samsung C27F390

Protect Your Eyes

Everyone who has ever had to spend hours upon hours of each day staring at a computer monitor knows what kind of havoc it can cause on a person's eyes. Those who spend a lot of that time staring at the normally white background of applications such as word processors and spreadsheets know full well the amount of eye strain that doing so can cause. With such type of work, some people will come away with the same effect of having a flashlight shining directly into their eyes for hours on end, which is obviously not something that is good for the eyes.

The Samsung C27F390 27-Inch Curved LED Monitor is the perfect option for those who do serious work on their computers that requires extended sessions in front of the monitor. With this model, special features are included to make the time spent in front of the monitor a more pleasant experience. The presence of a special Eye Saver Mode along with its Flicker-Free Technology allows you to work for a long time behind the monitor without unnecessary eye fatigue. This mode works by reducing the intensity of the blue glow and the flicker frequency to reduce the harmful effects on the eyes, giving your eyes a pleasant and much less harmful working experience.

Review of Samsung C27F390 27-Inch Curved LED Monitor

Great for Serious Work

The abilities of this monitor to help reduce eye stress are complimented by the overall performance of this model. The 27-inch curved screen with an 1800R curvature gives you excellent image quality thanks to its full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, letting anyone take full advantage of HD video content. This curvature helps give the monitor an ultra-wide viewing angle that lets you see the visuals clearly from almost any angle. Along with this, Samsung has included a number of other display technologies that help the overall image quality, including the high contrast ratio of 3000:1 that displays deep blacks and vibrant colours.

Although this model isn't specified as a gaming monitor, it works just as well for gaming as it does for anything else. The monitor includes the AMD FreeSync technology that gives your games a high refresh rate without screen tearing or stuttering. Despite the relatively low cost, this monitor curvature will be an excellent solution both for work and home use. It can comfortably work with text documents, spreadsheets, as well as perform many other tasks, and even gamers will find plenty to love about this model. In the end, this well-rounded model will serve just about any purpose quite well.

Samsung C27F390 27-Inch Curved LED Monitor in the use

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What Is a Curved Monitor?

A monitor is an integral part of any desktop computer because it helps us watch video content, enjoy computer games, as well as work and read. Now you can find many different models and modifications of these devices differing from each other in design and performance. The most popular today are so-called Curved monitors. A curved screen allows you to experience the maximum immersion in the video, to feel the effect of presence. Thanks to its curved panel, it creates a wider field of view than conventional flat monitors do, which allows our eyes to focus faster from the centre to the edges of the video, reducing stress on our eyes.

If for some reason you do not like the curved shape of such monitors, we recommend you to pay attention to conventional computer monitors or touchscreen monitors.

What Features to Compare

Screen Features

First of all, pay attention to the screen features. You need to pick a screen size, i.e. a diagonal. We sit closer to the monitors than we do to TVs, therefore "the bigger the better" rule is not exactly applicable here. Curved monitors usually have diagonals from 27 to 34 inches. Monitors that have a diagonal from 27 to 29 inches are best suited for use at a 50-80 cm distance from your eyes. As for curved monitors over 29 inches, they are ideally suited for professional use, for example, in design or project development. Another parameter necessary to consider is the screen resolution. This feature defines the number of pixels on the monitor screen, vertically and horizontally. Also, it is responsible for a detailed display of objects on the screen. Curved Monitor Resolution can be Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) and Ultra HD (3440x1440 pixels). Choosing a monitor with a maximum resolution, you should take into account the power and performance of a video card (or GPU) since it affects image quality. Also, one of the main features of any screen, which impacts the image format, is the aspect ratio. All monitors have a curved widescreen aspect ratio that varies from 16: 9 to 21: 9 for an ultrawide monitor, which provides a uniform extension and optimal picture quality.

Type of Panel

Once you have decided on all the screen features, pay attention to the type of panel. The curved monitors usually use IPS and MVA / PVA. The advantages of IPS matrices are great viewing angles and a good response time. As for the MVA and PVA, they boast a great depth of black colour and excellent contrast. Then, you should consider a refresh rate that affects image quality during fast action movies and games. The higher this rate is, the more stable and the clearer the picture is. A further important aspect is the response time during which the image changes its brightness. Usually, it ranges from 2 to 5 ms. Too long response time will cause blurring of a dynamic image. The important feature of the panel is a static contrast ratio, which is the ratio of the brightest point of the screen to the darkest. This implies that the contrast is set to the brightness of the image, taking into account the level of black. The standard static contrast ratio is 3000: 1 and higher. An important indicator is also the colour support that is responsible for the colour scheme. This indicator reaches 1,074 billion on the top models of curved monitors. The last but not the least parameter that determines the quality of the panel is a viewing angle. That is the minimum angle you take your eyes off the monitor when the image on the screen starts losing its contrast and the colours get distorted. In other words, the larger the viewing angle, the better. A good monitor should show 178° both vertically and horizontally.

Connectivity Options

Next, you should consider the connectivity options of every curved monitor. It is necessary to consider what video ports are present in the monitor, as well as their number because it affects the quality of the transmitted signal and image sources you can connect to the monitor at the same time. Let's start with the VGA port. Since it is one of the oldest types of analogue connection, its poor side is a poor image transmission. A DVI port is used in almost all models of monitors that provide a good quality of the transmitted video. HDMI port allows you to transfer high-quality video and audio through a single cable. A modern curved monitor must have a DisplayPort, the most progressive of all the ports described above, which provides the most high-quality video and audio transmission. Beyond the usual ports, the monitor might include one or several USB ports. In the most advanced models, you can play media content from external media devices using a USB port. In some models, there is even a USB hub, which is very useful because you do not need to reach directly for the PC unit itself.

Additional Features

And the last thing to look for when choosing a curved monitor is its additional features. Now, apart from displaying video, many curved monitors can also play sounds. Usually, speakers are placed inside the lower part of the monitor. The sound output can reach up to 9W per each speaker, which is not bad at all considering their compact size. An interesting feature of the curved monitor is the availability of so-called Picture-by-Picture function, which allows simultaneously connecting two computers to a single monitor and the screen will be divided into two parts. Also, curved monitors can be equipped with a PIP function which is responsible for multitasking. It enables you to watch your favourite movies and videos while working with spreadsheets and office programs. It can be an added advantage if the monitor includes a flicker-free function. It allows you to work with a text for a long time without serious damage to your eyes. In conclusion, it should be mentioned that some curved ergonomic monitors have VESA mount support, which means they can be attached to a wall. Moreover, they can be equipped with an adjustable stand that allows you to select a comfortable angle and height of the screen.

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Getting the Most From Your Gaming Setup

Having top-end hardware is always the goal of any serious gamer, whether it be just a hardcore gamer who likes winning, or a professional gamer who plays games for a living. While having the best computer equipment is a must, it is far from the only thing that can give an advantage to gamers. There are many other ways to get the best out of your gaming setup, especially when it comes to the positioning of your monitor in relation to the computer. Listed here are a few ways to help you get the best out of your gaming station, in a way that will give you the best advantage possible in whatever games you play.

Ergonomics

An often overlooked aspect of gaming is ergonomics. Having a high-end computer with a gaming mouse and keyboard can go a long way towards gaining an advantage, but any advantages they provide can be cancelled out if the ergonomics of your computer are lacking. Most people think of ergonomics as being important for office work, but really, the ergonomics of your setup can give you a much better advantage than you realize. The best ergonomics will prevent you from experiencing fatigue during long gaming sessions, which can often make the difference in your matches.

A few things must be kept in mind while you setup your computer hardware. Your keyboard and mouse should be placed on a completely flat surface that lets them rest evenly while providing little resistance to movements. The desk should be level and about the same height as the bottom of your rib cage. This should allow your forearm to be level while using the keyboard and mouse. Although many gamers prefer not to use them, using a wrist wrest for both the keyboard and mouse will go a long way in preventing arm and hand strain, and will reduce the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Monitor placement should be just below the center of your eyes while sitting straight up. Not having it level will strain your neck and back muscles, which can lead to quick fatigue during marathon gaming sessions. The monitor brightness should also be enough to clearly show detail, yet not too bright as to cause eye strain. Also, having the monitor positioned just the right distance from your eyes can also prevent eye strain, as well as allowing you to maintain a full view of the monitor without needing to turn your head.

Positioning

Maintaining good ergonomics is always the best practice when using the computer for any reason, but for gaming, there are a few other things you can do as well to ensure that you maintain maximum control over the gaming experience. One of the best ways to do this is with the placement and positioning of your keyboard and mouse. Many serious gamers opt for corded mice and keyboards, as they often prove to be more responsive to input than wireless ones. In this case, where to plug in your mouse and keyboard can be very important. Many of the gaming monitors available, along with all of the models listed here, offer USB 3.0 ports, which are perfect for plugging in your input devices. Having close inputs ensures that your mouse and keyboard won't be hampered by the cable being snagged or stretched, ensuring free movement whenever necessary.

Following this advice should give you the ability to perform at your best in any game, especially during marathon gaming sessions. And it will be easiest to do so with a great gaming monitor.

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