Curved monitors have been around for a few years now, and it must be said that they look a bit more futuristic than flat screen TVs. But are they actually any good? We’ve put together five reasons why you have to add some curve to your existing PC setup.
Curved screens mean more immersive gaming
OK, we’ve all heard the phrase “immersive gaming” – but what does it REALLY mean? Well, it means you are more likely to get drawn into and feel part of the action as you game. It’s almost like your senses are surrounded and the outside world is blocked out.
Curved monitors are particularly great for gaming. Your next Call Of Duty or Fortnite match will undoubtedly feel more realistic than before and you’ll experience a more intense battlefield scenario than your average gaming PC monitor.
As with most things, your budget is an important factor with regard to the experience you get. Fortunately, curved monitors have come down in price in recent years, and there are plenty of models to choose from which won’t batter your bank balance!
Perfect for multi-monitor users
Not just for gaming, curved monitors are perfect for professionals across many industries. The technology creates a much more natural viewing angle than you could ever get with flat monitors that are lined up side-by-side.
Not all professionals will need such an expansive field of view. However, for those working in areas such as video editing, programming, etc. a curved screen means you won’t be constantly switching from tab to tab or looking at different display.
A much more comfortable up-close viewing experience
A curved monitor is perfect for those who enjoy a more close-up experience. If you’re a constant gamer, a desk-bound worker or a movie buff, you’ll find a curved monitor enhances your gaming, working and viewing pleasure.
If you’re thinking about buying a curved monitor, you’ll need to find the ideal curve ratio and size. Getting this right will enable you to relax, be more productive and enjoy your curved monitor fully.
Basically, not all curved monitors are curved the same amount. Some are gently curved, whilst others – gaming and ultrawide monitors, for example – tend to have a bigger curve.
Highly curved monitors usually have what is called ‘1800R’ curvature. This means that if you were to place enough of these monitors side by side to form a circle, its radius would be 1,800mm—that’s 1.8 metres, or 5.9 feet. And if you were positioned that far away from the screen, the centre, the right edge, and the left edge all would be equidistant from your eyes.
Few people would usually be so far from the screen, except maybe when watching movies in a group. When you do move closer, especially with a large ultrawide monitor, the curve makes for a panoramic, immersive experience as the screen’s edges almost seem to wrap around you. This creates a three-dimensional effect, which a flat panel simply can’t provide.
More natural and possible health benefits
In addition to providing breathtaking graphics, the curve helps to reduce eye strain. When you first experience a curved monitor it may feel like your eyes are having to work harder than when watching a flat screen. This is just a temporary effect, a bit like when you get a new pair of glasses.
As you view a flat screen display, your eyes constantly move from the centre of the screen to the outer corners, depending on where the action is taking place. Due to this movement your eyes have to re-focus quite quickly. A curved screen keeps the focal distance more uniform, which means that your eyes are actually doing less work with fewer refocuses.
We’ll start off by contradicting ourselves with point number 5! Curved screens can catch more reflections, and this can distort the on-screen image more than a flat screen. Actually, both curved and flat monitors have this same problem, but they react differently.
The position of the curved monitor puts it ahead of flat screens. If you’re in a room with a light source and reflections bouncing off a glass picture frame, nearby window or mirror, then a curved monitor can help you avoid those distracting reflections with its ability to distort glare.
If your curved monitor is wrong, you’ll end up with the bright spot being amplified, which can be really annoying. Strategically placed monitors can help workers get the best of the natural light in their office or home while avoiding the pain points that go with it.
So, we’ve gone through a few of the reasons we think a curved monitor is the option to go for. And did we mention that fact that they just look so much cooler than a flat screen monitor?
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