The 5 Widest Monitors of 2021
Apr 7, 2021
Whether you’re a user with a productivity focus or a gamer looking for unrivaled immersion, ultrawide monitors are an incredible multi-purpose offering.
Some of the leading manufacturers have come out with aspect ratios that go as far as including 2 high-resolution 16:9 screens in 1 monitor.
But there is a notable difference in picture quality, value, and other important specs amongst these choices.
That’s why today’s feature is here to guide you through the widest monitors worth buying in today’s market, with some different budgets and requirements in mind.
Overall Widest Monitor Best Pick: Samsung CRG9
What a fantastic offering this is.
Boasting the widest monitor aspect ratio today of 32:9, the CRG9 is not just a super ultrawide display; with its enormous size and 5k resolution at 5120 x 1440 pixels, this 49-inch Samsung monitor is the equivalent of 2 1440p 27-inch screens in 1 unit.
While marketed as the widest gaming monitor, its specs and price offer what we consider to be a better value than any choice on the market.
In other words, we rank the CRG9 as the best choice for nearly any type of user after a super ultrawide display.
Arguably the best multitasking monitor on the market, it’s really hard to articulate just how effective the screen real-estate is. With the additional ability to plug 2 devices in at once if required (e.g. a work laptop and home PC, side by side as 16:9).
The screen is made even better by the superb picture quality on offer; with HDR1000 and a QLED IPS panel that achieves excellent color accuracy, anything from media to general content browsing will look fantastic on the CRG9.
But let’s talk about gaming.
If you are interested in playing big titles on this monitor, it’s one of the best screens in any category to provide an immersive experience.
On top of the aforementioned picture quality, the monitor also boasts a 120hz refresh rate, 4ms GTG response time & FreeSync Premium Pro support to effectively mitigte screen tearing/ghosting issues.
With the plethora of titles that support ultrawide resolutions, the CRG9 is perfect for losing yourself in immersive single-player titles while also boasting a latency and refresh rate more than capable of a premium experience in competitive/esports games.
Speaking of losing yourself, the CRG9 is also the widest curved monitor. With 1800R curvature, we much prefer this over a flat form factor, especially for very wide displays, which more ergonomically accommodate the natural curvature of the human eyes when they have even a soft curve to match.
Not only does this give the feeling of your immersive content “engulfing” your vision, but it’s simply easier to view the end-to-end screen real estate comfortably.
The exception here is if you demand large viewing angles (say, multiple users needing to view the monitor). This is the one area where a flat screen will improve over the CRG9.
If your primary focus is gaming and you have the extra budget, we would highly recommend upgrading to the second Amazon listing; the Odyssey G9.
Featured many, many times on What in Tech, the G9 includes the same great picture quality as the CRG9 while also boasting a 240hz refresh rate, G-Sync compatibility, 1ms GTG response time, and a stronger 1000R curve.
These specs make it a formidable premium gaming monitor and more than worth the price difference (though if you can’t afford it, the CRG9 is still an excellent choice and the top of our list for a reason).
Finally, no corners have been cut on the physical elements of the CRG9/G9. With incredible, sturdy build qualities that you would hope for in their large form factors, as well as some striking futuristic designs, these Samsung offerings are so much more than just the widest monitors in the world worth buying.
CHG90 vs CRG9
We wanted to touch briefly on comparing our top pick to another popular wide Samsung model; the CHG90.
While the CHG90 is a great choice in itself, it is an older model compared to the CRG9 with a noticeable spec loss: a 1080p resolution instead of the CHG9’s 1440p.
This means, despite being the same width/size, the CHG90 has a notably lower DPI. It’s still a decent runner for gaming, but the value you get from spending that little bit more for the CHG9 is in pretty much every case, a no-brainer.
If you’re budget-focused, a 1080p ultrawide is a good option, but we have cheaper ultrawide 1440p choices further below too.
Be it gaming, productivity, video editing, media, or general use, we are simply floored by how the CRG9 ticks all the boxes.
Yes, it is expensive, but we’ve seen offerings with significantly lesser specs charge more for a premium ultrawide. The CRG9 (and the Odyssey G9 for gamers) aren’t just high-quality, they provide a deceptively high value for their premium price tags.
Not only is this the widest monitor ever, but it’s also one of the best offerings in any category of PC display.
Widest Monitor Runner-Up Pick: Spectre C505B
As much as we love the CHG90, it’s closely followed by another fantastic offering.
Matching the aspect ratio and size of our top pick, the C505B also boasts an incredible 5k super ultrawide DQHD resolution with 2 27inch 2k monitors built-in.
For a slightly lower price tag, you’re still getting a 120hz refresh rate, 4ms GTG latency, 99%sRGB/90% DCI-P3 color gamuts, and 400-nits brightness. This combination is capable of providing a very high-quality picture for a variety of content.
Spectre is another formidable brand in the gaming monitor space. Yes, gaming is certainly the focus here. But like the CHG90, we think the specs lend themselves perfectly to any type of productivity/production user after some serious screen real-estate and/or multi-tasking.
The C505B also boasts the same 1800R curve as the CHG90, adding a gorgeous sense of immersion that really has to be experienced to fully appreciate.
Despite its lower price tag, the build quality still seems excellent, with dual DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, height adjustability, and VESA mounting options.
So with that said, why is it our second choice?
Well, although coming in at just shy of 10% cheaper, the trade-off is that you are getting a monitor with less capable contrast and brightness (HDR400 vs the CHG9’s 1000), and while its color gamut is very respectable, it doesn’t quite match up to the QLED IPS panel of our number #1 choice.
Finally, although the C505B is a gorgeous, well-built monitor in its own right, we appreciate that the CHG90 is such a tried-and-test popular choice, with 1000‘s of users citing its longevity (minimal dead pixel issues or problems with ghosting, screen-tearing, etc.).
While we fully expect this Spectre display to be a worthy runner, when you’re buying a product of this price, it’s nice to have so many previous owners back up the quality to provide valuable peace of mind that you can’t get from product listing and initial monitor reviews alone.
With all that said, if the price difference is more meaningful to you than the change in specs, this is still a fantastic choice, and matches the CHG90 as the widest PC monitor in the world.
Widest Monitor Cheap Pick: VIOTEK SUW49C
We appreciate some users will be after the widest PC monitor for the lowest cost.
We’re pleased to say that while the SUW49C isn’t as powerful as our top 2 picks, it boasts some impressive value considering it’s around 30% cheaper.
Viotek is a reliable monitor manufacturer who often specializes in providing budget alternatives for premium displays, and this offering is one of their best achievements in that signature capacity.
Still boasting a 49-inch size, 144hz refresh rate, 4ms latency, HDR capability with 320-nits brightness, FreeSync, and a respectable color gamut for a VA panel, the SUW49C may not have the picture quality of the above choices, but it feels like a premium monitor in a large sense.
Other than the slightly lower color and brightness/contrast capabilities, there is one major aspect that changes the SUW49C vs our top 2 picks; it’s a 1080p super ultrawide monitor as opposed to 1440p.
3840 x 1080 is still one of the widest monitor resolutions, and if you are running a budget gaming PC, it may be more suited for you anyway; with fewer pixels to render on a more limited GPU.
That said, there’s no denying that the increased DPI of our 1440p super ultrawide monitor picks offers a notably sharper image. This is especially important for non-gaming use, where we expect any type of user to appreciate the crispness of internet/basic software content.
With all that said, this Viotek display is still 30% cheaper.
Do we think the CHG90/505B is worth the premium? Absolutely.
But if you can’t stretch to it, Viotek has carved out a place in the market that is quite special; we really appreciate that this option empowers someone with a lesser budget to still gain the wonderful immersion and multi-tasking benefits only the widest computer monitors on the market can provide.
If that sounds like a fit for you, we think you’ll love the SUW49C.
Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest
After much review over specs, build quality, and price, the top choices are our main picks for the widest computer monitors work buying in today’s market.
We’ve included a couple of additional quick-fire options for those that might be after a little more choice (or some great alternatives if the above options are out of stock).
Widest Monitor for Work: Samsung C49J890DKN
As mentioned previously, we think the CHG90 (or C505B) suit themselves well for any type of use.
If however, you happen to see this monitor at a cheaper price tag and are purely interested in basic, non-gaming needs (documentation, programming, browsing, etc.) you may appreciate this more simplistic choice.
As much as we think picks like the CHG90 are worth the money for serious gamers & productivity users, we appreciate they’re heavy on both size and price.
If your idea of the widest computer monitor was something smaller and/or cheaper, we highly recommend checking out the various picks in our articles for 1440p ultrawide (best) or 1080p ultrawide (cheapest).
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