The Pros and Cons of a Curved TV
Samsung and LG believe that curved TVs are the future, but what are the pros and cons of these curved TVs.
The Pros of a Curved TV
One of the largest pros that are promoted is that the curved TV gives the viewer a more immersive experience. The slightly curved image makes it appear that it wraps around you and enters your peripheral vision more, meaning to draw you in to your viewing.
The curved edges of the screen also mean that it enhances the visual perception of depth in what you are watching. Samsung applies depth enhancement processing to its curved TVs, which then adjusts the contrast of different parts of the image in order to boost the sense of field depth.
Wider Field of View
The bending of the edges of the image towards you will make you feel that you are seeing a wider image then what you get with a flat screen.
Cons of a Curved TV
Limited Viewing Angles
Whilst the curve prevents flat LCDs usual reduction in contrast and colour performance with an off axis viewing, the curved shape can negatively affect your images geometry when you are viewing from down the TVs side.
The Sweet Spot
If you want to get the full benefit of your curved TV with immersion and depth enhancement then you will need to sit dead centre of the screen.
Has to be Big
In order to get the benefits of a curved screen without feeling the negatives too much you will have to go big and in that it has to be about 65 inches. Also the bigger screens are able to support more viewers easily.
From the above we can see that there are pros that will sway you to get a curved TV, but there are notable cons that way against them and there is also more reflection experienced with curved TVs. If you are thinking about getting a curved TV it is best to research their offerings before you opt for one as these do seem to be more of a fad than anything else.