Are curved monitors better?
So far, 2021 has proven itself to be the year of the curved
monitor. They’re everywhere. In store, online, and glamming up desks the world
The curved monitor is undeniably glamorous. But are curved
screens actually better than the old-fashioned flat screen alternative?
That’s the question we’ll be dissecting today. Curved monitors
are a new technology, but they are fast becoming a growing tech trend.
Is this a case of style over substance or are curved
monitors a genuine upgrade?
More and more buyers are choosing curved monitors over flat
ones. If you’ve been thinking about making the switch, then you’ve come to the
We’ll be discussing everything you need to know about curved
monitors. The pros, the cons, and the all-important question – curved or flat?
So, without further ado, let’s get started!
What is a curved monitor?
Curved monitors have increased in popularity over recent
years. A curved monitor is just like your standard computer monitor. The only
difference is the curvature. Different monitors come with different levels of
curvature. Curvature is measured with an ‘R’ rating. The lower the R rating the
greater the level of curvature. The most common curvature levels are 1800 R,
3000R, and 400R. Even though you can find smaller curved monitors, most curved
monitors are on the larger side. And that’s for good reason. To get the full
effect of the curvature, you’ll want a 32-inch screen minimum.
Curved versus flat monitors – what’s the difference?
The main difference between curved and flat monitors is
immersion. Curved monitors are specifically designed to provide users with more
immersive and comfortable experiences. Curved monitors use ocular perception
technologies to recreate real-life, immersive viewing experiences in three
dimensions. After all, in the real world, we don’t see things on a flat screen.
Curved monitors give us the impression of having peripheral vision while using
Other than the viewing experience itself, curved and flat
monitors are very similar. Tech wise, they are almost identical. They use the
same inputs and share the same resolution capabilities. Choosing between a
curved or a flat monitor is purely a matter of preference. If you’ve got the
space on your desk for a large-scale piece to sit then a curved monitor might
be for you. If you’re short of room then a flat screen is probably going to be
more convenient. At the end of the day, you’ll still have all the features you
need whatever monitor type you choose.
The benefits of curved monitors
When it comes to user experience, curved monitors offer some great
benefits. And that’s probably why curved screens are becoming increasingly
gaming fans. A curved monitor will immerse you in a game
in a more life-like, action-packed way, by offering the illusion of having
peripheral vision. But that’s not all. Aside from immersion, curved screens are
great for eliminating distortion, offering a wider field of view, and are actually
better for your eyes.
Bye bye distortion
Flat screen monitors have long been associated with visual
distortion. Luckily, distortion is minimized on a curved screen. That’s because
curved screens project light directly at the user. Flat screens on the other
hand direct light in a straight line (past the viewer) thus creating image
Bye bye eye strain
Did you know that curved screens are actually kinder on our
eyes? It’s true. Because curved screens direct light at the user that means our
eyes are able to take in the visuals in front of us without too much strain.
Large flat screens, on the other hand, often exceed our natural field of
vision. When we try to take in all of this information, we naturally strain our
Wave hello to a wider field of view
The reason curved screens offer such immersive experiences
is because they offer a much wider field of vision than their flat screen
counterparts. This is especially true if you opt for an ultrawide curved
monitor. These ultrawide screens are stretched horizontally which actually
accentuates the immersive experience of using a curved screen.
Common challenges associated with curved monitors
Curved monitors do not involve any kind of learning curve.
However, there are some minor challenges you may encounter if you make the
switch from flat to curved. First and foremost, curved monitors are expensive.
Although their prices have dropped since their initial market entrance, curved
screens are still significantly higher in price than their flat-screen
counterparts. And the larger the monitor, the more you should expect to spend.
You’ll need to be willing to fork out anywhere between £300 and upwards of
Other than price, you’ll need to be prepared to install your
new monitor with a bit more care than you might be used to. Curved screens can
be tricky to mount – especially if you’re planning to mount it to a wall. If
you’re planning to place your new monitor on a desk, you’ll need plenty of
space. You may also want to consider where you position your workspace. Curved
screens are prone to glare in certain light sources. Make sure that your screen
is angled in a way to mitigate this nuisance.
Aside from these minor issues, curved monitors offer no
additional technical issues. As we’ve already mentioned, a curved monitor is
just a flat monitor in disguise. So all that’s left is to pick the perfect
screen for you!
How to choose a curved monitor
When it comes to choosing your perfect curved monitor, it’s
important to consider how much space you have available to accommodate the
screen’s curvature. You’ll also need to decide exactly how much curvature you
want, the level of resolution you need, and some practical aspects such as
display ports and speakers. Think carefully about how much curvature you
Not all curved monitors come with the same degree of
curvature. Some offer gentle curvature. Others arc around quite tightly.
There’s no right or wrong answer. It’s worth testing out some options to see
what’s most comfortable for you. Consider how close to the screen you’re likely
to sit and how immersive you want your experience to be.
What to look for in a Curved Monitor
So, you’ve decided to upgrade your monitor for a more
immersive experience. That’s great news. But which monitor is right for you?
There are tons of curved monitors on the market today ranging in price, size,
resolution, and curvature. The choice can be a little overwhelming.
We recommend doing plenty of research before stepping into
the lion’s den. It can help to read real customer reviews to see if your
preferred screen has lived up to other customers’ expectations or come up
short. It’s also important to know exactly what you’re looking for.
Curved monitors vary in depth, size, resolution and
curvature. But a small screen isn’t necessarily worse than a big screen, and a
deep curve isn’t automatically superior to a gentle one. It’s all about
figuring out what works best for you.
To help get you started, we’ve identified some of the top
features to look out for in a curved monitor.
The perfect curve
How much curvature are you after?
This is probably the most important factor to consider when buying a curved
monitor. After all, the curve is what it’s all about, right? Don’t get the
deepest curve available just because you can.
Try a few out to see which viewing
experience you like the best. This all comes down to personal preference. In
general, the more curvature the more immersive the experience. So if you’re a
hard-core gamer then a deep curve might be perfect for you. If you’re going to
be using your monitor primarily for work, however, then a gentle curve might be
If you’re investing in a curved
monitor don’t settle for anything less than full HD resolution. For an even
sharper picture experience then a 4k curved monitor is guaranteed to dazzle.
Monitor size is important but
there’s no right or wrong answer here. It’s all about finding a curved monitor
that will fit well in your own space. Remember, curved monitors take up a
little bit more room than their flat counterparts. So you might not want to opt
for a screen that’s too big if you haven’t got oodles of space to spare.
To curve or not to curve?
So, what’s it going to be?
To curve or not to curve, that is the question. Whether
you’re looking to improve your working environment and ease that eye strain, or
enjoy a truly immersive gaming experience, then a curved monitor might just be
perfect for you.
Whether you’re after a gentle curve or some serious arcing,
it’s always best to try out a few options before you buy. Curved screens are
super chic. But that’s not all they have to offer. Whichever screen you opt
for, upgrading to a curved monitor promises plenty of fantastic benefits.