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Curved screens limit the viewing angle

You would think that if you had a row of people watching a curved TV on the sofa that the people on the far ends might not be able to see the entire picture because of the curved edges getting in the way.

I’ve had a good look a this, and the curve does not appear to cause any problems. This is because the display technology used on premium televisions like Samsung and LG already have a very wide viewing angle. Also, the physical curve is not that dramatic, and only around 15 degrees, so it would only get in the way if you had an extremely wide sofa that spanned the width of a couple of standard rooms.

Curved screens are beautiful

Well, judging by the products I’ve seen, this is certainly true. These displays are simply gorgeous, and the smooth sweeping lines add a degree of visual interest compared to many otherwise featureless flat-screen designs. Since they’re so new, it’s difficult to imagine curved TVs in a variety of living room settings, but I think they’d add a nice talking point to any home.

Curved and sweeping lines lend a natural feel to TV design. Samsung's 105in model even has has a wood panel look.

Some curved screens can ‘flex’

In case you’re still unsure if you want a curved screen on your next TV, you can have the best of both worlds with Samsung’s Bendable TV, or LG’s Flexible TV.

Both are Ultra HD screens that, at the touch of a button, bend from flat displays to become curved, right in front of your eyes. Since both manufactures have figured out how to make the screen’s substrate flexible without cracking, this has opened up exciting new possibilities for displays.

Lg's G-Flex phone has a 6 inch curved screen that can bend if pushed flat.

LG, for example has even made a curved smartphone called the G-Flex that can bend flat if pressed, or sat upon, and the curve is said to improve audio quality and provide some of the benefits mentioned above when watching video on its 6 inch curved screen.

Valens Quinn travelled to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA, as a guest of Samsung Australia.