Should I Buy a Curved TV?
Thinking of investing in a new TV? There are plenty of advantages to curved designs compared to more common flat screen TVs, but which style should you pick? We’ve put this simple guide together so you can weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of curved TVs before making a purchase.
Advantages of Curved TVs
Curved TVs are new and exciting, but that’s not the only reason they’re so popular. These models have loads of advantages over a traditional flat screen.
The curved screen works with the shape of your eyes to create the illusion of panoramic viewing – every part of the image is the same distance away so things ‘wrap around’ more like they would in real life. This makes for a more immersive and comfortable viewing experience.
You’ll notice that most cinemas have a curved screen for the same reason.
2. Increased depth and contrast
The curvature of the screen is designed to enhance your perception of depth. Some brands such as Samsung have Depth Enhancer technology to adjust the contrast on different parts of the image to increase this effect even more.
3. Wide viewing angles
Perspective means that if you sit to one side of a flat screen TV, the side furthest away from you will look smaller. A curved screen helps counteract this effect, so you can enjoy a clearer picture wherever you sit.
This also means colours and contrast look better from a wider range of angles – as long as you don’t get too far off to one side.
4. Attractive design
Curved TVs can be more aesthetically pleasing than flat screen TVs and more of a talking point when you have friends round. If technology is a big part of your living room, you may want to invest in a curved TV to complete the look.
The curvature of the screen is designed to enhance your perception of depth.
Disadvantages of Curved TV
As with any piece of technology, curved TVs aren’t for everyone. If you’re considering buying a curved TV over a flat screen, there are some minor drawbacks to bear in mind.
1. Exaggerated reflections
Reflections in the TV can appear bigger and more distorted than on a flat screen. You may need to re-think the lighting in your living room for the optimum viewing experience.
2. Where you sit makes a difference
Although viewing angles are generally good with this type of TV, to get the most out of the display, you need to sit directly opposite the centre of the screen and at a specific distance away. Think about the space available in your living room before purchasing.
3. Awkward wall mounting
Curved TVs don’t hang flush against the wall like flat screen TVs. However, there are special mounts you can buy for curved models, and this shouldn’t be a major problem if you intend to sit a fair distance away.
4. More expensive
Curved TVs tend to be more expensive than flat screen TVs – purely because the technology is so new. You’ll need to figure out your budget and weigh up the pros and cons before you place an order.
Think about the space available in your living room before purchasing.