Is a Curved Monitor Right for You?

Choosing the right computer monitor can be tricky, especially since the introduction of curved monitors into the marketplace. If you are an executive, a student, or someone else who spends long hours on their computer, you might consider opting for a curved monitor. In addition to a better picture and less strain, having a curved screen is beneficial if you frequently work in multiple programs and windows at once. If you are wondering whether you should get a flat or curved monitor, we’ve put together some points to consider before making a decision.

Why It Pays to Have a Curved Monitor

While it’s true that curved monitors come at a slightly higher price than a flat screen, let us explore the reasons why people are fussing over curved monitors and why these monitors demand the price they do.

Perhaps the most common reason people opt for curved monitors is the immersive experience they offer. The curved screen fills up your peripheral vision, which creates a more realistic and immersive viewing experience while working, studying, or engaging with social media platforms. It also prevents you from getting distracted by your surroundings while you work. If you enjoy playing computer games in your free time, you’ll appreciate the immersion factor that much more.

Another advantage of curved monitors is greater color accuracy. On a curved screen, every pixel is presented to you at the optimal angle, enhancing the on-screen image. When using a flat, widescreen monitor, colors can shift because the pixels toward the edges are off axis. As a curved monitor user, you will perceive all of the images on your screen from the intended point of view.

Unless your desk is elevated or your monitor is mounted on the wall, you cannot fully view the corners of a 30" flat screen without shifting your whole head to do so. A curved monitor allows you to take in everything on the screen without straining your neck and eyes.

Although curved monitors cannot fill your peripheral vision completely, their coverage is far superior to that of a flat screen. By stimulating your peripheral vision, curved monitors make the contents of your computer screen appear more realistic. This allows you to perceive media contents as “real” in the sense that you feel like you’re experiencing what you’re seeing.

As humans, we do not see the world as a flat image with defined edges. Instead, we have a field of vision with soft edges that wraps horizontally around us. By curving the monitor, the images on your computer screen will imitate the real-life experience and immerse you in the work that you’re doing.

The Drawbacks of Choosing a Curved Monitor

Curved monitors offer substantial benefits, but they are not without drawbacks. Let’s start with the obvious: curved monitors can be expensive. The added benefits of using a curved monitor come at a cost, and just like a flat monitor, the larger the screen size you choose, the greater the price point.

Lastly, although curved monitors offer better color consistency and viewing angles, they are not free from the dreaded glare. In fact, the curved screen picks up and reflects light more easily than a flat screen because it is angled in more directions. To mitigate this, angle light sources away from the monitor. If your office has a window, make sure your monitor is not in a position to receive direct sunlight at any time throughout the day.

To Curve or Not to Curve?

At the end of the day, whether or not a curved monitor is right for you comes down to your needs, preferences, and how much you are willing to spend. If you are looking at purchasing a larger screen and can budget for higher quality and greater comfort, then consider improving your user experience with a curved monitor. Regardless, we’ve got you covered.

If you’ve decided that a curved monitor is the right fit for your office or study space, BoxAV offers a premium 34" or 49" curved monitor with adjustable stand in our Executive Office in a Box. This set is perfect for optimizing your home office to meet all of your executive needs. It comes complete with a smart HD video conferencing camera, stereo Bluetooth headset, USB-C to HDMI Adapter, and optional electric sit stand desk and monitor arm. If flat is the better choice for you, have a look at our Home Office in a Box with dual 24" or 27" monitors, professional wireless headset, mini webcam, and more.

Whether you’re looking for a flat or curved monitor, we’re happy to tailor an office in a box to your needs. Contact our team at support@boxav.co to get started.

ErgonomicsProductivity