AOC CU34G3S 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor Review: High Contrast, Colorful and Capable

There are plenty of gently curved monitors available for people who don’t want an extreme wraparound effect. Since radii tighter than about 1300R can produce image distortion, that’s understandable. But for hardcore gamers who want to replicate VR goggles without hanging a bunch of bulky tech on their heads, 1000R ultra-wide screens do an excellent job of filling one’s peripheral vision and surrounding the player with the virtual environment.

The AOC CU34G3S is one such monitor. It features a 34-inch diagonal with a VA panel that delivers over 3,000:1 contrast. It has HDR and wide gamut color for a punchy and realistic image. In addition, gaming performance is enhanced with Adaptive-Sync and a 165 Hz refresh rate. The best part is the price – just $430 at this writing – makes it a great contender to join the ranks of the best gaming monitors.

AOC CU34G3S Specs

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Panel Type / BacklightVA / W-LED, edge array
Screen Size / Aspect Ratio34 inches / 21:9
Row 2 – Cell 0 Curve radius: 1000mm
Max Resolution & Refresh Rate3440×[email protected]
Row 4 – Cell 0 FreeSync: 48-165Hz
Row 5 – Cell 0 G-Sync Compatible
Native Color Depth & Gamut8-bit / DCI-P3
Response Time (GTG)4ms
Brightness (mfr)300 nits
Contrast (mfr)3,000:1
Speakers 2x 5w
Video Inputs2x DisplayPort 1.2
Row 12 – Cell 0 2xHDMI 2.0
Audio3.5mm headphone output
USB 3.21x up, 4x down
power consumption48w, brightness @ 200 nits
Panel Dimensions WxHxD w/base31.3 x 15.8-20.9 x 13.4 inches (795 x 402-532 x 340mm)
Panel Thickness5.2 inches (133mm)
Bezel WidthTop/sides: 0.3 inch (8mm)
Row 19 – Cell 0 Bottom: 0.9 inch (22mm)
Weight18.3 pound (8.3kg)
Warranty3 years