Looking to purchase a new monitor for your desktop? Why not take the plunge into the curved display market, as Samsung has added five new models to its curved monitor family (opens in new tab), ranging from 23.5 inches to 29 inches. These include the SE790C Series, the SE590C series and the SE591C Series.
Samsung indicated in its Samsung Tomorrow blog that the monitors have a curve that complements the human eye, meaning users may have a more comfortable experience when viewing the contents on the screen, even in the dark. In essence, the displays are designed to provide less eye strain and a reduced amount of reflections.
For instance, the eye-saver mode lowers eye strain by reducing the amount of blue light emitting from the screen. The panels also use Samsung's flicker-free technology, which reduces the amount of flickering that's associated with your typical monitor. Add these two technologies together, and users presumably can sit in front of the screen with less eye fatigue and for longer durations.
Samsung provided five monitors with two different curved form factors: the SE790C and the SE590C have a 3000R radius curvature, and the SE591C and the two SE510C panels sport a 4000R radius curvature. The SE510C panels are considered the entry level offerings of the group, while the SE790C is the flagship panel.
The SE790C is a 29-inch monitor with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a 2560 x 1080 resolution. Additional hardware specs include a 4 ms response time, a brightness of 300 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 3000:1, support for 16.7 million colors and 178 degree viewing angles.
The SE590C is a bit larger, a 31.5-inch panel with a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920 x 1080 resolution. This panel also has a 4 ms response time but a higher contrast ratio of 5000:1. This display also includes a brightness of 350 cd/m2, 178 degree viewing angles and support for 16.7 million colors. Like the SE790C, this panel comes in black and metallic silver colors.
In the 4000R group, Samsung is launching the SE591C curved monitor measuring 27 inches. This panel has a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1920 x 1080 resolution, a response time of 4 ms and a brightness of 350 cd/m2. Rounding out this monitor is a contrast ratio of 3000:1, support for 16.7 million colors, 178 degree viewing angles and a white high glossy form factor.
Finally, we have the SE510C, which comes in 23.5-inch and 27-inch sizes. Both panels have a 16:9 aspect ratio, a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a response time of 4 ms. Other features include a brightness of 250 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 3000:1, support for 16.7 million colors and 178 degree viewing angles. Both are shipped in a black form factor.
Samsung didn't provide actual availability and pricing on the blog. However, the company already offers a 34-inch model costing $1,059.95 and up on Amazon and four other online retailers, and a 27-inch model costing $399.99.
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It's the exact same concept at home as in a movie theatre. On a flat monitor, the edges are further from your eyes than the center. Curving it makes the viewing distance to all parts of the monitor equal. This eliminates color changes at the edges. It absolutely has a place on our desks! It will never go away! All reviews of curved monitors have been very positive so far!
If they are targeting professionals, they better think twice. They can get better color reproduction at a much lower price point.
I agree that curved monitors are awesome for desktop use. If only these companies didn't charge such crazy prices for them.
The irony is that most people feel exactly the opposite. The distance you sit from a TV or theatre screen is just too damn far to reap any benefits from a slight curve this article on Ars Technica about it]. A monitor on the other hand is close enough where a curve can actually have a benefit and enhance immersion in games.
Thanks for the link.. I'll amend my prior statement to say I don't envision wanting a fixed curved TV in my house, but perhaps I should not be so quick to dismiss curved screen(s) on my (work) desk.
As far as MicroCenter, it's like last place in USA where you can go and actually touch and see a PC case, see multiple motherboards, see other components.