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Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

Mon Aug 07, 2017 1:38 pm

I'm in the market for a new monitor (if/when I get budgetary approval from the wife :wink: ) in the 27" - 32" 1440p range. Haven't yet made up my mind for aspect ratio, I used my brother's 29" 21:9 monitor for a while and it felt good for gaming, but clumsy for desktop/office use. I have ZERO experience with curved monitors aside from briefly glancing at a couple in passing at Best Buy. My initial thoughts are that 27" 16:9 or 29" 21:9 is about the size limit I consider appropriate for flat panels. There are more and more curved monitors showing up in the market (even down to 22" monitors), but I'm just not 100% convinced that the curve doesn't "distract" from the perception(?) of on-screen objects.

So what are your opinions? Is the curve noticeable/natural? How are curved screens in gaming scenarios? What about general office use? Does anyone have experience with multiple curve Radii?
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Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:51 pm

You get some pretty minor image distortion that your brain rapidly adapts to. Even on 1800R and 2000R screens, I didn't really notice the distortion - especially since the way FOV is rendered on a flat screen isn't really accurate to the way our eyes work anyway, so our vision is already used to dealing with warped perspective anyway. It's just a little bit different.

Where the curved screens help is twofold.

1) They make the focal distance more uniform across the screen. If you have issues or get eyestrain from changing focal distance (I hear it's pretty common as you get older anyway) then a curved screen will bring the focal distance you need for the corners closer to the focal distance you need for the center of the screen.

2) They reduce the severity of the viewing angles at the edges of the screen. That doesn't matter a whole lot with a good quality VA screen, but it helps with TN and IPS, especially with a reduction of IPS corner-glow.

The downside to curved screens is that manufacturers seem to struggle with backlight uniformity and edge bleeding more than with flat panels. The LG I tried was pretty leaky, but at least it was uniform. The Acer with a Samsung VA panel was much better in terms of leakage but the white uniformity wasn't brilliant. It was no worse than my TV I guess....
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Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:04 pm

It is just the latest fad in monitors. It is more for aesthetics of the monitor itself then anything else.
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Re: Your Impressions of Curved Monitors

Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:13 pm

The only curved monitors should be curved out toward the user, like the kind I play my Sega tapes on.

I don't have much personal experience with a curved LCD, but I shift around in my chair all day. I'm sure I'm sitting at suboptimal angles for a big chunk of my day and I don't see how the curve would help. It might help for the area I moved away from, but the closer area would be (potentially) harder to see. I just can't get behind it because of my own personal use cases. Others might find them extremely handy.
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