I discuss whether or not you should buy a curved screen?
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1. They improve immersion
This is the biggest argument made in favour of curving TV screens. The idea is that by curving the image
slightly forward, the world you’re watching seems to ‘wrap around’ you more, entering slightly more into
your peripheral vision and thus drawing you deeper into the world you’re watching.
2. The sense of ‘depth’ is enhanced
One of the most common reactions from people watching a curved screen for the first time is that it
looks like 3D, even when the source is only 2D. This is because curving the edges of the image towards the
viewer enhances the visual perception of depth in what you’re watching. Samsung underlines this by applying
depth enhancement processing to its curved TVs that adjusts the contrast of different parts of the image to
boost the sense of field dept
3. You get a wider field of view
Bending the edges of the image towards you makes you feel as if you’re seeing a wider image than you get with a
flat screen. Draw lines from your head position to the edges of, say, a 65-inch flat TV and then draw lines from
your head position past the edges of a 65-inch curved TV to the same plane you’d have been watching the flat screen
in, and the curved screen’s image appears to stretch further across the wall than the flat TV image, despite the
screen sizes involved being ostensibly the same.
4. Contrast is better than ‘non-curved’ screen
This is an interesting one. The argument goes that curved screens focus the light coming from the screen more directly
at your eyes – in much the same way satellite dishes strengthen signals by focussing them onto an LNB –
and so can deliver between 1.5x and 1.8x higher contrast than flat screens.
This argument is hard to quantify objectively in the absence (for comparison) of flat screens that
use the same exact level of picture specification used by the first curved screens we’ve seen.
However, it is certainly true that most of the curved screens we’ve seen to date have truly excelled
in the contrast department.
5. Uniform viewing distance
The argument goes that curved TVs track the rounded shape of our eyes better, and thus deliver a more
focussed, comfortable image than flat screens. This argument is born out to some extent by the use of
curved screens in commercial cinemas, where the curve helps the projected image retain even sharpness right
into the corners of their vast screen sizes.
Samsung has taken this argument so seriously that it’s set its curvature level at that of a 4200mm-radius circle,
appropriate to the current average TV viewing distance of 3.2m (based on studies conducted in America and Germany).
However, we haven’t really seen much impact from this benefit on the relatively small curved TV screens we’ve had so
far. Maybe it will deliver more tangible benefits when the 70-inch plus curved TVs start to roll in
6. You get a wider effective viewing angle
This doesn’t make much sense on paper. Logic dictates that curving the edges of the image forward should reduce
viewing angle support, not increase it. However, LCD TVs have a directionality problem, whereby the way they push
light through their LCD arrays means that viewing from down an LCD TV’s sides means you usually have to put up with
quite drastic reductions in colour saturations and contrast.
With curved screens, though, the way the curve adjusts the direction of the
emitted light means that contrast and colour retain almost perfect accuracy if you watch from the side – right up
to the point, at least, where the curve causes other viewing angle issues discussed in the ‘cons’ section…
The curve limits viewing angles
Yes, yes, we know we had viewing angles in the Pros section as well. But hear us out.
The thing is, while the curve prevents flat LCD’s usual reduction in contrast and colour performance with
off-axis viewing, inevitably the curved shape can negatively affect your image’s geometry when viewing from
down the TV’s side.
Surprisingly this problem doesn’t really become uncomfortable to watch until you get to around 35 degrees either
side of directly opposite the screen (an angle Samsung itself agrees with us on). But as soon as you get beyond 35
degrees images quickly start to become almost unwatchable thanks to the way the side of the picture nearest your
seating position starts to look foreshortened versus the opposite side.
Your brain tries to compensate for the distorted geometry it’s witnessing too, which means off-axis viewing can be