One trend that’s very clear from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is that the days of traditional flat screens are over.
With most major brands, such as Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Toshiba, TCL, Hisense and a few others debuting curved televisions at the show, we can expect to see plenty of these in stores is a couple of months.
So why would we want to buy a curved screen over a flat one anyway? We’ve summarised some of the reasons we’ve been given by various TV manufacturers. It’s doubtful that all of them can be proven scientifically, but they appear to make sense.
Curved screens produce a more natural picture
When you look at a traditional flat screen display centre-on, not all areas of the screen are the same distance from your eyes.
In fact, the corners are a fair distance away from the centre of the screen. So by curving the edges forward, this brings them closer to your eyes so that they’re a similar distance as the screen’s centre.
The net effect of this is to mimic the way we see things in our world, adding both a larger field of view and a degree of realism to whatever we’re watching.
Curved screens are more ‘cinematic’
The bones of this statement are probably connected to the screens that we see in the theatre, some of which are nicely curved to provide an immersive ‘wrap-around’ effect as well as assisting with the shape and aspect of the projected image and to prevent pincushion distortion.
Curved screens create a 3D effect without glasses
Occasionally, and depending on the footage, I’ve witnessed a slight 3D ‘effect’ with some curved displays. I think this happens because the centre of the screen is bowed away from the viewer, and since it’s curved rather than flat, the image appears in front, rather than ‘on’ the surface of the display. It’s certainly not as dramatic an effect as 3D with glasses, but it can make the image ‘pop’ out a bit, adding a bit of drama to the viewing experience.
Even if this doesn’t apply to TV screens, having a curved display in my living room does remind me of being at the movies, which is a good thing.