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Should you choose a curved or flat monitor for gaming?

BenQ
2018/12/10
 Curved monitor vs. flat monitor for excellent gaming experience
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This article offers better insight into why gamers need to pick a curved monitor to gain more immersive gaming experiences.

Are you planning to upgrade your monitor but you are not sure if you want to invest in a curved monitor? In this article, you will learn about the reasons why a curved gaming monitor is all you need to guarantee you the “right” gaming experience.

What Is a Curved Monitor?

The first curved screen hit the consumer market in 2014. Since then, almost every gamer asked themselves the question of “to buy or not to buy” a curved monitor. The main characteristic of a curved monitor is, of course, the curvature or the magnitude of bending. It can take a value of 1800R, 3000R or 4000R. This is the spec that you’ll never find in a flat monitor. The ‘R’ here stands for radius and is measured in millimeters. The lower the number is, the more curved your monitor. For example, 1800R is more curved than 4000R. 1800R has become somewhat of a standard spec for curved monitors.

*The curved monitors we discuss in this article are 32" and above. The curvature of monitors less than 27” is not enough to offer the benefits of a curved monitor, and so those smaller sizes will not be discussed here.

1800R becomes the standard curvature to offer better immersion and viewing comfort.
Immersion

Did you know that a screen in a movie theater is curved? If so, do you know why? A curved screen makes movie watching much more immersive. It takes advantage of 3D stereo as well as the utilization of peripheral vision, which convey much more life-like content when compared to a flat screen.

Eye Comfort

Have you ever had eye strain from long hours of playing video games? Curved monitors make gaming not only immersive but also comfortable for your eyes. The arc of the curved monitor matches the natural curvature of the human eye. Thus, your eyes will feel more comfortable with a more natural viewing experience.

A Wider Field of View

A curved monitor can direct light from all angles toward the eyes of the viewer, and guarantees viewing comfort at the same time. With a curved monitor, you can see more and see larger, reducing eyestrain and gaining more cinematic immersion.

After learning about the benefits of a curved monitor, are you keen to get one? Check BenQ EX3203R . We're sure your gaming experiences will become even more amazing.

What Are the Advantages of Flat Monitors over Curved Monitors?

However, there’s no denying that a flat monitor still has its advantages. Since a flat monitor is usually smaller than a curved monitor, it’s easier for a flat monitor to tilt, swivel, and height adjust. These adjustments compensate for decreased viewing comfort in a way.

The size of the curved monitor contributes to another issue: the space needed to accommodate it. If you have a larger room to accommodate a curved monitor, then it is definitely a good choice for you. If not, just stick with your flat monitor.

Last but not the least is screen usage. If you’re pretty used to a flat monitor, then you might have a hard time getting used to a curved monitor. Therefore, it can be concluded that you should pick a flat monitor for gaming if you care more about wall mounting, limited space, and your screen usage. But if you value immersion, eye comfort, and a wider field of view, be sure to give a curved monitor a shot.

Besides curved and flat monitors, there’s still another option for upgraded gaming experiences: going with an ultra-wide monitor.

The Ultra-Wide Curved Monitor
 Ultrawide monitor, 21: 9 aspect ratio, with extra screen real estate for gaming

The common aspect ratio of a monitor is 16:9, meaning that the monitor has a width of 16 units and a height of 9 units. While an ultra-wide monitor has an aspect ratio of 21:9 , it gains around 33% extra screen real estate compared to an average curved monitor. That’s why we’d like to recommend to you an ultra-wide monitor for gaming as well. BenQ’s EX3501R is an ultra-wide monitor which has all the benefits a curved monitor possesses, plus the extra screen real estate. It allows you to have much more immersion and comfort in viewing.

After reading this article and learning about what a curved monitor can bring to you, don’t hesitate to give a curved monitor a shot. It’s worth it!

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