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While curved TVs provide additional immersion, the viewer has to be at the right distance and angle to take full advantage of it. Since the viewing experience is only slightly enriched, many people find it an unworthy trade-off for other disadvantages such as the added cost and picture distortion when the TV is watched from the sides.
Ever since curved TVs were released, people have wondered whether it’s just another gimmick or a new and a better way to enjoy watching movies, playing console games, and other related activities.
Nowadays, there are more and more curved TVs, so they are definitely not just a fad.
Apart from the obvious advantages of curved TVs such as the cool design and a wider field of view, there are additional things you should take into consideration before buying such a TV.
Advantages Of Curved TVs
The curved screen brings the edges of the display closer to your peripheral vision providing you with additional depth and a wider field of view. Not only does this improve the viewing experience by making it more cinematic, it is also good for your eyes as you don’t have to move them as much.
However, in order to take full advantage of this, a TV would have to be huge, we’re talking over 85-inches in diagonal. Since most of the modern curved 4K TVs are 55-inch or 65-inch, the added immersion is very subtle though still noticeable.
Disadvantages Of Curved TVs
Curved TVs have a sweet spot in terms of distance and angle you should be watching the screen from. If you were to align multiple curved TVs to form a circle, the center of that circle would make for the ideal distance. Sitting further away from that makes the screen curvature less apparent while sitting closer makes the TV look bigger.
Furthermore, since you should sit directly in front of a curved TV for the best viewing experience, a problem occurs when there are more people in the room watching the same screen from an angle – for them, the extra immersion is gone.
Lastly, while curved TVs generally look better than flat TVs, they look rather awkward if mounted on the wall. However, in this case, it comes to down to personal preference.
Joseph is a tech writer and copy-editor that has written and ghostwritten hundreds of articles for different online magazines and blogs. He now writes and manages DisplayNinja to ensure it stays as the people’s favorite resource.