Why Buy A Curved TV?

Three years ago, curved TVs sud­denly ex­ploded onto the main­stream when Sam­sung and LG re­vealed that their new TV ranges would con­tain sev­eral curved-screen op­tions.

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So why should you buy a curved TV. Ac­cord­ing to the ex­perts there are plenty of rea­sons for buy­ing one of the Sam­sung QLED curved TV’s. A curved TV takes the tra­di­tional flat screen and bends it along a gen­tle arc. The edges end up a bit closer, os­ten­si­bly pro­vid­ing a slight wrap­around ef­fect. Curved TV mak­ers such as Sam­sung, will tell you that curved TV’s are more “im­mer­sive” than their flat coun­ter­parts.

Curved TV Pros 1. You feel more im­mersed in what you’re watch­ing

When you look at the real world you don’t per­ceive it as just a flat ‘screen’. The rounded na­ture of your eye­balls gives you pe­riph­eral vi­sion too, so that you’re aware of the world ex­tend­ing around you to your sides. By curv­ing the edges of their pic­tures to­ward you, curved TVs try to repli­cate this sense of a world to the side of as well as in front of you, mak­ing you feel more im­mersed in what you’re watch­ing.

2. You feel like you’re ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a wider field of view

By curv­ing the edges of their pic­tures gen­tly for­ward, curved TVs ap­pear to fill more of your field of view than flat ones – so long as you’re sat in roughly the right po­si­tion.

3. You see more sharp­ness at the edges of the im­age

Be­cause curved screens track the nat­u­ral shape of your eyes bet­ter than flat ones, their images look slightly

4. You feel like pic­tures have more depth

The first thing many peo­ple say when they first try out a curved TV is that the pic­ture feels 3D. This is be­cause the curved screen makes the im­age ex­ist on mul­ti­ple depth planes – with a phys­i­cal fore­ground and back­ground like a 3D im­age (or the world around us, come to that). So, im­por­tant is this depth at­tribute that Sam­sung uses pro­cess­ing on its curved TVs to make images marry up more ef­fec­tively with the curved na­ture of the screen.

5. You can en­joy a richer con­trast per­for­mance

The ar­gu­ment goes that since curved screens fo­cus their light to­wards your seat­ing po­si­tion rather than scat­ter­ing it around a wider area like flat TVs do, thus they can de­liver al­most twice as much per­ceived con­trast.

sharper at their edges. It’s this phe­nom­e­non that leads to many com­mer­cial cin­e­mas us­ing curved screens, since the big­ger the screen the more likely your eyes are to per­ceive a re­duc­tion in clar­ity at the edges if that screen is flat. With this in mind, though, I’d say this sharp­ness point only ap­plies to very large TVs of 70 inches and more.

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