The benefits of curved monitors appreciated by fans of video games, as well as those who appreciate high-quality video.
Curved monitors are monitors with a curved instead of a straight screen, which have increasingly found their way into the consumer sector since 2014.
Depending on the manufacturer, the concave shaped panels of curved monitors have a certain curve radius, which is supposed to correspond to the bend of the eye’s natural curvature.
When optimally positioned in front of the curved display, the viewing distance to each pixel of the monitor is ideally the same.
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Curved monitors – A well-rounded solution for immersive enjoyment
PC monitors with curved screens are primarily used for media consumption, of course, and offer a particularly immersive gaming experience, especially with video games.
However, they should also lead to advantages in productive use and increase the general picture quality by reducing contrast losses due to different viewing angles at the lateral screen edges.
In addition, the curved screen surface is subjectively perceived larger despite the same width.
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- Because the wider field of vision of a curved monitor is similar to that of a cinema screen, it also creates a kind of “in the middle” feeling when watching movies. Due to the curvature, it is therefore necessary to be in a central position in front of the curved monitor to avoid trapezoidal distortions. However, the problem is much less serious with curved monitors for standalone gaming PCs than with curved TVs in the living room.
- The resolutions of curved monitors range from Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) and 16:9 aspect ratio to Ultra WQHD resolution (3440×1440 pixels) in the particularly wide 21:9 ultra widescreen format. The latter corresponds to the aspect ratio of cinema films (CinemaScope) and thus makes the “black bars” (letterbox) that occur in movies on 16:9 screens disappear.
- Curved monitors for PCs are offered in sizes from 24 inches up to 34 inches and mostly have very modern connections like HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt and DisplayPort, so that the high resolutions can also be displayed with a pleasant refresh rate of at least 60 Hz.
- Due to the high viewing angle stability required for curved monitors, curved panels rely on high-quality OLED, (M)VA and IPS technology, while TN panels are not suitable for curved displays.
- Other features of curved monitors usually match those of straight monitors: USB hubs, built-in speakers, height adjustability, swivel, tilt, pivot, and more.