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Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 18, 2018 01:01PM
He's looking at a 50" Samsung curved screen.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 18, 2018 01:31PM
I'd say so.

Like a flashlight reflector or lens, there's one best spot for viewing, and it's probably fairly small compared to a traditional screen. And I think if there's any benefit to be derived, it would come from sitting closer than most people think is 'right' or comfortable. I think most people sit back too far from TVs in general, but I prefer an immersive experience.

I haven't seen any reviews that speak to a curved screen providing a superior viewing experience. Maybe if one used it for a month or two and went back to a flat screen, they'd feel the difference. There's no telling who will/can appreciate it.

I'd hold off unless a) the set is otherwise a good performer, and b) your friend can get a really good deal on said good performer.




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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: May 18, 2018 01:58PM
I always thought it was a gimmick, and that for some reason it was originally easier to make curved OLED screens in large formats, hence the need for the gimmick (don't quote me, no idea if that's true or not).

Manufacturers do claim that the viewing angle is actually better with a curved screen, but is that really true?...

I'd still buy a flat screen myself, especially if I was planning to wall mount it.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: May 18, 2018 01:59PM
It's a good idea for a large or ultrawide computer monitor because one person uses it at a time and sit in the ideal location. Seeing as frequently more than one person watches a TV at a time, either one or none will be able to sit in a curved TV's sweet spot. That seems bad.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 18, 2018 02:00PM
One of my clients has a large curved screen model. I would not bother with such a display myself, but I have noticed, when I have had theirs on, that you very quickly forget that it is curved, and that it picks up fewer reflections from the nearby window.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 18, 2018 02:21PM
....does it curve to the left.....or to the right....???



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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 18, 2018 02:30PM
Never seemed like something worth paying extra for.



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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: JPK
Date: May 18, 2018 02:31PM
I have a curved monitor for my office set up. I love it.

I have a buddy who has a very large curved tv - more because of the novelty that he mounted on a curved wall of the approx same radius.

JPK
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: tronnei
Date: May 18, 2018 03:27PM
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: May 18, 2018 03:38PM
I love them, although I don't have one. In fact, when I've stared at those at Costco, I've noticed that, "I think I've been standing here too long" feeling; it's quite immersive. I'd pay a little extra for it.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Carm
Date: May 18, 2018 03:57PM
Best viewing angle is.....limited. As for reflection. I’ve never had that issue with any of my displays.

Edit: for a few giggles [www.theverge.com]
It’s under “Entertainment”



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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 18, 2018 04:22PM
How close is he sitting?



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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: May 18, 2018 04:26PM
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Carm
Best viewing angle is.....limited. As for reflection. I’ve never had that issue with any of my displays.

Edit: for a few giggles [www.theverge.com]
It’s under “Entertainment”

Reflections are pretty specific to the location. Might not matter to most people. The curve does help in one setup that I have seen.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: jdc
Date: May 18, 2018 04:34PM
50" seems so small these days.



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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 18, 2018 04:57PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
How close is he sitting?

10'.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: May 18, 2018 05:04PM
50" seems so small these days.

Agreed.

I attribute much of that not only to the fact that 65" and bigger screens are pretty common, but also getting away from rear-projection made their footprint much smaller, more acceptable.

And being 'only' 50", I still think the best viewing spot is very small. And to get the most out of its resolution (1080/4K?) means sitting closer than most people are typically accustomed.


I have a buddy who has a very large curved tv - more because of the novelty that he mounted on a curved wall of the approx same radius.

Ok, that has to look pretty cool, even when the TV is off.



I love them, although I don't have one. In fact, when I've stared at those at Costco, I've noticed that, "I think I've been standing here too long" feeling; it's quite immersive. I'd pay a little extra for it.

I've got to go into town for provisions, so I'll look for a curves screen. I didn't notice any last trip.

Without longish watching, it would be difficult to perform the true test- go back to a flat flatscreen and see if you're missing anything, even if one can't articulate that it is. At least that's what I'd like to try before buying. That's probably possible with Costco.




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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: May 18, 2018 05:14PM
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jdc
50" seems so small these days.

That's what I told him. He already has a 50" PANASONIC plasma.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 18, 2018 05:29PM
I haven't tried one yet, but I think a 50 inch curved 1080p screen is borderline gimmick from 10 feet away. A 65 inch screen would be better.



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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Carm
Date: May 18, 2018 07:52PM
I was reading a review, they mentioned that 70 and bigger would benefit the most from curved display.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: May 19, 2018 02:10AM
Yes.



It is what it is.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: May 19, 2018 08:31AM
I looked at curved screens. One thing I noticed is the no matter where you view from, there is glare. Went with a 65" flat
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: May 19, 2018 01:56PM
My 32" makes me feel inferior somehow.

But then again, lying in bed with my laptop on my chest makes your massive wall screens "look" tiny in comparison. And my cat lounges on my belly with the heat exhausting right on his side. Everyone is happy.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/19/2018 01:59PM by Racer X.
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Re: Friend wants to buy curved screen TV. Is that a gimmick?
Posted by: Fritz
Date: May 19, 2018 03:23PM




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