Is this the end of the flat screen monitor? It might be if Samsung’s latest release is an indication, releasing four curved monitors and no signs of anything new and flat.
This week, four curved monitors are joining the likes of the few already out there, as Samsung increases its amount of curved gadgets for those who like their world to close in around them.
Built for multimedia and workhorse needs, four monitors ranging from 24 inches all the way up to 32 will be released this week in select retailers across the country, offering 16.7 million colours on panels that circle around your space, essentially making it easier for the eye to travel from one side to the other without forcing too much neck movement.
If you don’t need too much of a curve, there will be two models in the SE510C (above) range — the entry-level section, so to speak — with a 23.5 inch ($470) and a 27 inch ($600) offering Full HD’s 1920×1080 resolution.
But if you want something a little more premium and more pronounced from the curve, there will be a 32 inch SE590C model stretching that curve and Full HD resolution a little steeper for $860, while an even longer 2560×1080 (Wide Full HD) model will adopt the 21:9 aspect ratio across 29 inches in the SE790C (below).
If this sounds just like jargon to you, the easy way of explaining it is this: if you spend less than $600, you get a basic curved Full HD monitor from Samsung, while spending between $800 and $1000 will net you something a little more curvy and premium where you can noticeably see the curve and wow people at home or in the office a little more.
“The expansion of our curved monitor portfolio reflects Samsung’s strong commitment to providing Australians with a range of products to suit their display needs,” said Todd Lynton, Director of Enterprise and Small Medium Business at Samsung Australia.
“We’ve received good feedback from our customers after our first range of curved monitors last year and we’re excited to add to this line-up with products that help deliver viewing comfort and immersion.”
We do need to note that Samsung hasn’t told us what type of panel the screen, nor has it said why the monitors are still using the Full HD resolution we’ve seen for quite a while now. Certainly with 2560×1440 being offered for some 16:9 screens and 3440×1440 for larger 21:9 ultra-wide displays, it’s a little surprising to see Samsung going with slightly older display technology and updating it with a curve.
That said, we’re checking with Samsung to find out why it has taken this approach, and when it comes back with a quote, you will find it here.
Until then, it is at least good news that curved display technology is dropping in price even if the resolution isn’t raising in pixel clarity like you’d hope.
Now we just need to wait until Samsung starts curving the few 4K screens it has for desktops. Wouldn’t that be something.
Samsung’s curvy additions should be in electronics and computer stores now, with the recommended retail prices coming in at $469.95 for the S24E510C (23.5 inch), $599.95 for the S27E510C (27 inch), $859.95 for the S32E590C (32 inch), and $999.94 for the S29E790C (29 inch, 21:9 ultra-wide).