Looking to invest in a new TV? There are definite advantages to curved designs compared to more common flat screen TVs – but which style should you pick? We’ve put this simple section together so you can weigh up the benefits and drawbacks of curved TVs before making a purchase.
ADVANTAGES OF CURVED TVS
Curved TVs are a newer style of TV that has been on the market for a few years now. Samsung are the only company currently producing new models, but there are still older models from other brands available to purchase. Curved models have benefits over a traditional flat screen. We’ll run through the benefits that a curved screen brings, so you can decide whether it’s right for you.
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. Panoramic viewing makes for a more immersive and comfortable viewing experience.
You’ll notice that most cinemas have a curved screen for the same reason.
The curvature of the screen is designed to enhance your perception of depth.
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 design also means that colours and contrast look better from a greater range of viewpoints – 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 around. If technology is a big part of your living room, you may want to invest in a curved TV to complete the look.
DISADVANTAGES OF CURVED TVS
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 on the TV can appear more prominent 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 screen’s centre and at a specific distance away. Think about the space available in your living room before purchasing.
Curved TVs tend to be more expensive.
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 significant 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.