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    Curved Monitor

    Anyone got a curved monitor? Just wondered how it compares to a standard monitor, apart from a curve obviously.

    I have a 31.5" 1440p Acer monitor but have been considering a 34" Msi Optix. Not really for gaming as such as don't do as much of that now, just looking for something that can spread a couple of windows open across and general multi-tasking etc. Wondering if its worthwhile going for it
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    I am a flat screen man myself and having used a curved monitor, the curve drops off noticeablety (?) quite quick.

    I will say when I've used a curved screen it was to play LoL, so maybe didn't have the immersion factor people suggest curved offers.
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    Cheers mate, I think I am just looking for something a bit different but monitors in this bracket are not cheap so trying to justify it lol
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    I've used a couple of curved monitors at offices and really don't like them.

    I can't explain quite what it was. It felt like there was a slightly weird refraction effect at a particular point on the curve. Perhaps it would have been better in a film or game, but it certainly didn't fit for me in desktop use.

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    Re: Curved Monitor

    If you intend to any photo editing it isn't ideal due to the distortions. Also effective viewing angle will be better on a flat screen.


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    Re: Curved Monitor

    I have seen some videos showing a strange effect at the edges, shame, thought they looked nice.
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    I've got this:

    https://displaysolutions.samsung.com...l/1421/C49RG90

    It's both awesome and ridiculous. Heartily recommended but on the pricey side. I actually find it works really well for productivity and the curve doesn't bother me at all. In fact it so big that if it wasn't curved I think it'd be more uncomfortable to use.

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    Re: Curved Monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by CAT-THE-FIFTH View Post
    If you intend to any photo editing it isn't ideal due to the distortions. Also effective viewing angle will be better on a flat screen.
    Depends if you can sit close (matching or below the R in mm) and centrally or not. If you're bang centre and close then there should be less horizontal distortion than a flat screen and better effective viewing angle. Go off centre though or more distant and you could be worse off.

    I sit 820mm from my monitor, so would benefit from anything greater than 820R (and incidentally, is about the visual acuity distance for a 23" 1080p monitor, I'm that sad.)
    Last edited by kalniel; 15-05-2020 at 09:07 AM.

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    Re: Curved Monitor

    I have a flat 30" Dell and 27" Acer as well as two curved 32" screens from Asus and AOC.

    I can say, from extensive experience of both, curved makes little to no difference - don't let the desire for curved reduce your options, but also don't let it put you off. Build your shortlist from important specs and see what you're left with.
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by kalniel View Post
    Depends if you can sit close (matching or below the R in mm) and centrally or not. If you're bang centre and close then there should be less horizontal distortion than a flat screen and better effective viewing angle. Go off centre though or more distant and you could be worse off.

    I sit 820mm from my monitor, so would benefit from anything greater than 820R (and incidentally, is about the visual acuity distance for a 23" 1080p monitor, I'm that sad.)
    I tend to not sit too close,otherwise I might not see the sides of the monitor,and for some of the stuff I do,I really don't want added distortion! Last time I checked a lot of the curved monitors seemed more gaming orientated and were glossy or semi-gloss,which won't do it for me. I don't know if that has changed more recently.

    Also reflections on the curved screens were not to my liking,and also if you want to use a hood,not so great(probably the sides will be ok,but not so sure about the top bit). At least going to the main photo shows,I have not seen any of the photo oriented ones being curved,or any of the companies using curved panels. Mine was one of the more photo oriented Dells,with a calibration report,and ability to integrate wih an X-rite colorimeter,etc so had some nice features.

    It was the same with TVs - I remember talking to someone from John Lewis,and they said normal consumer sized curved TVs tended to get more returns. So the Samsung rep pushing for curved TVs and the John Lewis rep,telling people to ignore him. Interestingly enough the curved models were a bit cheaper. This is a few years ago though. I can see a point for the huge curved LCD/OLED screens for home cinema though,the smaller ones are neither here nor there.
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by Spreadie View Post
    I have a flat 30" Dell and 27" Acer as well as two curved 32" screens from Asus and AOC.

    I can say, from extensive experience of both, curved makes little to no difference - don't let the desire for curved reduce your options, but also don't let it put you off. Build your shortlist from important specs and see what you're left with.
    This was the one I was looking at : https://www.amazon.co.uk/MSI-MAG341C...MGF2MQXYCSVFX5
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    I've got an Acer Predator Z35P, curved. The curvature really does lend itself to the overall format of the monitor, being an ultrawide. I upgraded to this from a flat ultrawide, the difference was lovely.

    The larger the screen, the more it'll benefit from being curved.

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    Re: Curved Monitor

    I have a 31.5" flat screen at the moment which is ok, just thought would be nice to try something a bit different and liked the look of it and has a higher refresh than my current monitor
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    Curved for ultra wide only for me, the image look distorted on 16'9 for me.

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    Re: Curved Monitor

    Can you elaborate on what you mean exactly?
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    Re: Curved Monitor

    When you have a 16'9 curved monitor even up to 32inch I feel like the image is distorted but with an ultra wide I don't get that same issue. Maybe it's because the ultra wide is filling more of my peripheral vision. Before purchasing my LG 850 I sat at about 20 different sized shapes and curved and flat monitors and didn't like any curved ones except the ultrawides.

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