The rapid technological advancement in televisions has seen the release of curved TVs with Samsung and LG revealing that their new TV ranges would encompass curved screen ranges in January 2014. Sony also recently launched curved 4K/UHD TVs eliminating the notion that curved TVs are a tech fad instead are here to stay. The launch of curved TVs has sparked debate among consumers and tech analysts on whether curved TVs are really superior to flat screen TVs, if they’re worth buying and how they contribute to the overall viewing experience. Nevertheless, there are a lot of things to consider when looking to buy a TV including the type of display whether HDR or OLED and the type of screen whether flat or curved just to mention a few. With the much hype accompanied by the launch of curved TVs, they have cons and pros as discussed below.
Cons of Curved TVs
1. Provides a more Immersive Viewing Experience
When you look at the world, you most likely notice that the world extends around you to your sides attributed to the curved nature of the world in combination with the rounded nature of your eyeballs. Curved TVs replicate this phenomenon by warping images thereby encapsulating your vision. The viewing experience even gets better when you are sited directly at the center of the screen as the display would capture much of your peripheral vision by eliminating distractions in the house. This offers an immersive viewing experience giving you a cinema-like realistic movie experience that can be enhanced by a powerful sound system.
2. Offers more sharpness(contrast) at the edges of the Image
Curved TVs have a better contrast as compared to their flat screen counterparts since they strengthen light directed at a particular part of the screen instead of spreading the light across the entire screen as with flat screen TVs. Images in curved screens appear slightly sharper at their edges making them crystal clear and more real. The overall effect of high contrast is that it provides a more comfortable viewing since our eyes are optimized to recognize 3D objects.
3. A curved TV has Better Viewing Angles
Flat screen TVs suffer from angle distortions and sometimes hinder the viewing experience especially for person seating at the sides. Curved TVs has better viewing angles providing exceptional viewing experience for even persons sitting at the sides. The viewing experience in most cases is enhanced by contrast-boosting aspects which makes the parts of the TV that usually appear blurred from the sides to look sharp and colorful. Images on a curved TV can be comfortably viewed regardless of the viewing angle.
Cons of Curved TVs
1. They Waste a Large Amount of Space
Curved TVs waste a large amount of space as compared to thin and flat TVs especially when mounted on a wall in the living room. Additionally, they appear awkward when mounted on the wall and in most cases do not fit with the interior décor. Walls are flat and have sharp corners, therefore, blends perfectly with flat-paneled TVs which appear more natural and takes minimal space. When you are going for a curved TV, ensure to place it on a stand instead of mounting it to a wall as they would appear better and less awkward.
2. They are more susceptible to glare and onscreen reflections.
The single biggest problem of a curved screen is that they suffer from glare and onscreen reflections due to their curved nature. Glare and onscreen reflections occur when there is presence of multiple bright light sources in the room directed towards the curved screen. In such instances, the light is not reflected as with flat screens; instead, the curve distorts the reflection leading to a significant amount of glare which disrupts the viewing experience.
3. They are quite Expensive
Curved TVs are more expensive (three times) as compared to flat screen TVs. This is because the cost of producing a curved panel is costly and time-consuming making them costly with the overall cost being channeled to the consumer. Additionally, curved screen is an extremely new technology which is still under experimentation and most TV production companies have not indeed adopted it. Therefore, the production economies are not yet established making them expensive. The high cost of curved TVs makes flat screens more desirable. Additionally, curved TV installation and repairs are quite expensive as compared to their counterparts the flat screens.
In conclusion, curved TVs is still a new innovation in the field of entertainment and has both cons and pros. While they offer a wide range of advantages including immersive viewing experience, better contrast, and multiple viewing angles, they are expensive and fairly take a waste a fair amount of space. You also require quite a sizeable curved TV to enjoy its advantageous feature fully. Nevertheless, it mostly depends on an individual preference is choosing whether to buy a flat screen TV or a curved screen TV.