In 2011, the global TV market reached its peak. However, after two straight years of declining sales, something had to happen. In 2013, something did happen: curved TVs. This new generation of TV only hit the shelves this year but have already caused a storm: it seems some people love them while other’s think they are rather silly.
The proponents of curved TVs say they provide the ultimate picture quality, a beautiful, subtle curved design and a striking look, providing the most natural and realistic viewing experience. They aren’t far wrong. The picture quality is, of course, great, but what’s up for debate is whether making TVs curve is just a gimmick.
The precise curve of the screen ensures your eyes are equally distant from all parts of the screen, giving you an immersive experience. There is also a sweet spot: when you catch it, you’re well aware of a wraparound visual effect. This sweet spot creates an intensity you just won’t get with a flatscreen. Playing video games on a curved TV is also likely to provide a fun and new experience.
TCL writes that a typical flat screen “makes objects at the centre seem larger,” but a curved TV “brings the edges closer to you,” creating a “theatrical effect.” This theatrical effect offered by curved TVs is causing hype, despite those who say curved TVs are overrated.
Curved TV display shipments are forecast to reach nearly 800,000 units by the end of 2014 and exceed 6 million by the end of 2017, according to research by DisplaySearch.
Perhaps the biggest downside to curved TVs is that you can’t mount them on a wall. You have to rely on a stand or a table top. But is this really that much of a big problem?
Let us know your thoughts. Do you love it or hate it? And, most importantly, will you be buying one?
by Omar Shahid