Are Curved TV The Future or Even Worth your Money?
Is it worth it buying a curved TV or its just a waste of money? If you are looking for a new Television, you’be probably seen curve TV on different stores boasting that they are the future and they offer more than just your regular TV.
Today we will check out what makes these curve TV great and if they are worth cost. This year, we’ve seen a lot curve TV’s in different stores showing their features and they look great. But most consumers are confused as what makes this TV worth it and why it is curve?
Here are the list of things that you should know about curve TV and what makes them better, and how it beats your regular TV.
1. Improve immersion
The biggest question favoring curve TV is the idea of curving the image slightly forward, these seems you are watching a wrap-around, which enters your peripheral vision more and drawing you deeper into the world you are watching.
2. Sense of ‘depth’ is enhanced
Most common reaction when watching a curved TV screen is that it looks like 3D, even though the source is only 2D. This is because of the curving edges of the image towards the viewer, which enables the visual perception of depth that you are currently watching. Samsung made the depth enhancement processing to its curved TV that can adjust contrast of different parts of the image to boost the sense of field depth.
3. Wider field of view
By bending the edges towards you, it makes you feel that you are seeing a wider image than a flat screen. Curve screen images appears to stretch further across the wall than flat TV image, even though they are the same size.
4. Contrast is better than ‘non-curved’ screens
Curved screens focus on the light coming from the screen more directly to your eyes, same way a satellite dishes strengthen signals by focussing on the LNB, and so it can deliver between 1.5x and 1.8x higher contrast than your regular flat screen.
Though hard to quantify, flat screen use the same exact level of picture specification used by the first curved screens we’ve seen. It is also true that most of the curved screens we have today have superior contrast than old ones.
5. Uniform viewing distance
Curved TV tracks the roundness shape of your eyes, this help to deliver a more focused and comfortable image than flat screens. The idea is the same with cinema, where the curve helps the projected image to retain its shape even though your are in different angles.
6. A wider effective viewing angle
Logic says that by curving the edges of the image forward should reduce the viewing angle support and not increase it. Though on LCD TV have a directional problemwhere the way they push the light right from the LCD means viewing from LCD TV sides, which means you have to put up a quite drastic reductions in colour saturations and contrast.
The way the curved emitted light contrast and colour retain almost the perfect accuracy if you watch it from side to side. At least where the level of curve causes the other viewing angle issues.
7. Curved TVs look cool
The way they designed these curved TV is amazing, it looks cool on your living room and people around you would be surprised to watch. This is why other desktop brands and now going for curve screen design.
Here are the list of downside of having a curve TV
1. Curve exaggerates reflections
These curve TV creates reflections from any bright source, especially direct light. The reflection can curve, stretched and distored across a wide area of the screen. Make sure you have a plan your living room before getting one, or be ready to redesign your house.
2. Curve limits viewing angles
Curve prevents flat LCD usual reduction in contrast and colour performance with off-axis viewing, though the curved shape can affect your images geometry when viewing from down-side part of the TV.
This issue is not noticable unless you watch from 35 degrees either side of opposite screen. As soon as you get beyond 35 degress, images will quickly start to become unwatchable. This is due to side of the picture nearest to your seating position starts to look foreshortened versus the opposite side.
3. Need to be in the sweetspot to get most benefits
If you want to get the maximum impact from the immersive and depth-enhancement elements of the curve, you need to be sat right opposite the centre of the screen – and ideally at the perfect distance from the screen too.
The idea that you need to be in specific spot to watch a curved TV is not true, since the 70 degree viewing arc provides enough room for multiple people to watch without ruining the experience. Though the area you are within to maximize the curve’s benefits are quite small.
4. Bigger is Better
Based on our experience to date, the effectiveness of curved screens is proportional to their size, with a 55 inch model the curve’s benefits are minimal unlike the 65inch ones. We think that having a 70inch curve TV will satisfy more users since its colossal size.
5. Curved screens make awkward wall flowers
Since Samsung does wall mount their curved TV, we think that curved screens shouldn’t be wall mounted. They look great on TV stand, since they look awkward on the wall and doesn’t blend properly with interior.
6. More expensive
Samsung and LG said that it is tougher to make a curved TV than a flat one, and that is why it is more expensive than flat TV counterpart. The premium process it takes and issues it faces during production is what makes them more expensive.
Should you buy a curved TV instead of flat TV?
From our testing and review, we think that curved TV has its place and flat TV will still win the hearts of consumers. Because of the price and its a new technology, it will probably take some time for other people to adapt and welcome its features.
In case you are thinking of getting one, a 65inch curved TV will benefit you more than the smaller ones. Plus you can use it to connect your console games and have an amazing experience.