Best Ultrawide Monitors for Flight Sims (2020)

For maximum immersion with flight sims, you essentially have three options:

  1. VR setup
  2. Ultrawide setup
  3. Triple-monitor setup (or more)

There are pros and cons to each, but I prefer VR and ultrawide over a multi-monitor setup. Ultrawides are simply a step up over the multi-monitor setup in my opinion. Over the last few years, the quality and availability of ultrawides has increased significantly while the price has come down.

What features to look for in an Ultrawide?

I have been buying ultrawides for personal use for some time now, and I can tell you it used to be tough. Getting everything you wanted in the same monitor was just not possible 3-4 years ago. But these days we are starting to get some damn near perfect ultrawides. Here are the things you must consider:

  1. Display Resolution – There are two popular resolutions: 3440×1440 pixels (WQHD) and
  2. Screen Size – 34” is the most common ultrawide screen size although you see 35” or 38” as well. These are all close enough to be considered similar. 27” is too low to be considered in this list. Bigger ultrawides like 49” also exist and I will include them in this list. They are just a bit pricier.
  3. Refresh Rate – Back in the day, you had to be content with 60Hz which isn’t all that good. Personally, I am happy with anything over 100 Hz. You get 120Hz and 144 Hz options these days. If you are unsure about this, just stick to 100Hz or more and you will be fine.
  4. Screen/ Panel type – There are three screen/ panel types.
    • IPS panels best overall with good colours/ vibrancy and good speed (pixel response time). But they are more expensive. Best for flight simmers and general use.
    • TN panels are the fastest but have the worst color reproduction. Mostly preferred by competitive first person shooters because of the highest pixel response speeds.
    • VA panels have the best colors but they are slower (pixel transition).
  1. Adaptive Sync – Important tech to consider to get rid of issues like screen tearing. Nvidia’s proprietary tech is called G-Sync while others use the open source FreeSync. G-Sync monitors are a bit more expensive. I will mention compatibility of each monitor.
  2. Curvature – Ultrawides are curved because otherwise the sides would eb further away form you than the centre. You don’t have to worry about the amount of curvature, but just make sure you are not buying a flat one as some of the cheaper ones are flat.
  3. Weight and mounting options – Weight might not seem important unless you want to mount it using a desk arm. Those things have a limit to how much they can lift. But if you just want to plop it on your desk or use a sturdy mounting brace and not a movable arm, you should be golden. The standard mounting option is VESA.
  4. Design/ Color/ RGB lighting – These are all personal preferences.

Based on all these factos and trying out quite a few of these monitors, here is my top list.

1. Best Overall (34”)

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ALIENWARE AW3420DW NEW Curved 34 Inch WQHD 3440 X 1440 120Hz, Monitor,...
  • Experience breathtaking views with a combination of immersive features
  • A 1900R curved, wide 21: 9 display maximizes the field of view and provides an even, consistent...

The newest Alienware checks all the boxes. IPS panel, 120 HZ refresh rate, G-Sync, good build quality and 3440×1440. This resolution is the sweet spot for flight sims as if you go higher, you would struggle even with the top end graphics cards to maintain frames.

LG 34GK950G-B 34" 21:9 Ultragear WQHD Nano IPS Curved Gaming Monitor...
  • 34" WQHD (3440 x 1440) 21:9 Curved Nano IPS Display
  • NVidia G-Sync with 100Hz (120Hz OC)

This is LG’s answer to the competing Alienware. It has the same screen size at 34”, an IPS panel, G-Sync etc. It’s default refresh rate is 100 Hz which should also be good and it also has the option to overclock it up to 120 Hz.

2. Best Free-Sync Ultrawide (34”)

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LG 34GK950F-B 34" 21:9 Ultragear WQHD Nano IPS Curved Gaming Monitor...
  • 34 inches WQHD (3440 X 1440) Nano IPS ultra wide display
  • VESA displayed 400

If you need a FreeSync monitor, then this is your best bet. FreeSync monitors are inherently a but cheaper than G-Sync modules but other than that, there is not much difference. Get these if you have an AMD card.

It’s the standard ultrawide resolution at 3440×1440 with an IPS panel and 144 Hz.

3. Best 38” Ultrawide

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LG 38GL950G-B 38 Inch UltraGear Nano IPS 1ms Curved Gaming Monitor...
  • 38” 21 9 curved WQHD+ (3840 X 1600) Nano IPS display
  • Nano IPS (DCI-P3 98%) 1ms response time

This is slightly bigger ultrawide than the standard 34” monitors on this list. The resolution is 3840 X 1600 which is where you start to push it in terms of performance. You will need a top end GPU for this and even that might struggle with some games but should be fine for most.

Other than that, it’s a gorgeous IPS panel with 144 Hz standard and 175 Hz overclocked refresh rate. It’s obviously a bit pricey but that is par for the course that this segment.

4. Best 49” Ultrawide

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SAMSUNG LC49RG90SSNXZA 49-Inch CRG9 Curved Gaming Monitor, Black
  • 49 inch super ultrawide dual QHD curved gaming monitor is the equivalent of dual 27-inch QHD...
  • 120 hertz refresh rate with AMD FreeSync 2 technology for crisp HDR content display, reduced input...

This is the most monstrous entry on this list and probably the max you can stretch without melting your graphics card. Its almost like having two 27” monitors. It’s a FreeSync monitor with 120 Hz refresh rate. No complaints there.

It’s HDR 1000 and the screen resolution is a whopping 5120 x 1440. At this point, you are going to start to hit the performance ceiling on games but if you are the discerning simmer, you can’t go wroth with this baby.

5. Budget Ultrawide (34”)

Viotek GN34CW 34-Inch 21:9 Ultrawide Curved Gaming and Professional...
  • Dual-Purpose Business Monitor – The GN34CW is an office-ready ultrawide 34-inch monitor, curved...
  • Dynamic Color Reproduction – The thin-bezel 1440p monitor VA panel delivers a wide color gamut,...

This is a VA panel with FreeSync which means it is at a much attractive price point than the IPS panels. For someone like me, the difference is not that great between IPS and VA but I am not really that good at colour stuff anyway. If you are on a budget, this is perfectly viable option. It’s 3440×1440 with 144 Hz refresh rate.

AOC CU34G2X 34" Curved Frameless Immersive Gaming Monitor, UltraWide...
  • 34" Class (34" Viewable) AOC Gaming G2 Series monitor with 3440x1440 Ultra wide Quad HD (2K+)...
  • Rapid 1ms response (MPRT) and 144Hz refresh rate with Adaptive-Sync for ultra-smooth competitive...

This is a 100 Hz VA panel in the 3440×1440 category. The price point is really getting very attractive now.

6. Entry Level Ultrawide (2560×1080)

These are all 2560×1080 panels. If you don’t have the GPU to push 3440×1440 but still want ultrawide, these are the ones you want.

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MSI Full HD Non-Glare 1ms 2560 x 1080 Ultra Wide 200Hz Refresh Rate...
  • Curved Gaming display (1500R) – The best gameplay immersion
  • FHD High Resolution - Game titles will even look better, displaying more details due to the FHD...
AOC CQ34G2 Super Curved Frameless Gaming Monitor, UltraWide FHD...
  • 34" Class (34" Viewable) AOC Gaming G2 series monitor with 2560x1080 UltraWide Full HD Resolution VA...
  • UltraWide super-curved 1500R monitor wraps around your vision to put you at the center of the action
Sceptre 30-inch Curved Gaming Monitor 21:9 2560x1080 Ultra Wide Ultra...
  • 30" Curved Gaming Monitor 2560 x 1080 Full HD Resolution. Response Time- 5ms GTG
  • DP Up to 200Hz Refresh Rate / HDMI 2. 0 Up to 120Hz Refresh Rate: More than double the standard...
About the Author

Gary (Flanker)

Gary has been "hard landing" into runways and driving his Mitsubishi Evo off of cliffs since the early 2000s. These days, he spends most of his precious hobby time with his favorite flight, racing and space simulations in VR. He also has an Engineering Degree in Computer Science which helps a lot with his obsession with optimizing PC hardware like CPUs, Graphics Cards, VR Headsets, HOTAS, Racing Wheels etc. for high end sims.