Technological advancements are much like fashion trends. Some appeal to the masses, some don’t, but all of them do get the spotlight to some extent.
Introduced to the consumer market in 2014, curved screens managed to create a hype which created expectations for a major change in the realm of displays. However, they failed to create a significant ripple in the technological arena. Fighting against various new developments, advancements with regards to curved screens seemed to have taken a backseat.
With companies like Samsung still working on making curved screens the de facto standard, we can again see a lot of devices coming up to provide a more immersive experience.
Before giving a verdict on the sustainability of this not so new concept, it’s necessary to cover a few basics.
Why were they introduced? What’s so special about a curve in the first place?
The answer to this question is hidden in the answer to another question-Why were CRT’s replaced with flat screens? To relieve the strain on people’s eyes. The curve responds to the natural curvature of the eyes making it the ideal setting matching our field of view.
However, is this change as big as the change from CRT’s to flat screens? Probably not. When one starts comparing a flat screen to a curved one, the end of the curve brings an end to it. It is not technological leap but rather a technical jump.
What’s the main benefit of having a curved screen?
The provision of a more enigmatic and theatre like experience has been the main selling point for all curved screen devices till now. With an enhanced contrast and sense of depth, one seems to be drawn into the world one is watching.
What’s the main con of having a curved screen?
Unless and until you’re in your own sweet spot, the viewing isn’t all that ‘immersive’ with all the heightened noticeability of corners and reflections. A slight shift in the viewing angle is all that is required to make you feel like you burned a hole in your pocket for nothing.
Do the benefits outweigh the cons?
That’s something which varies from person to person. If you’re hoping to enjoy playing that new game you got for hours, yes. If you’re hoping to spend some decent family time in front of a screen, nein. The fights will branch out from being about the remote to being about where one is sitting.
On seeing the responsive approach of the consumers towards the new Acer Predator 21 X offering a curved display, one can say that not being confined to a specific place to enjoy a curved display has really appealed to a majority. With more and more people focusing on making their viewing experience more extravagant, one thing we can say for sure that curved screens cannot be written off as a short term gimmick.
In the near future, curved screens are most likely to become a norm mostly because of aesthetic reasons but one can’t say anything about what might happen to them in the long run.
In simple words, for now, people do like curves.