The jury is still out on the benefits of curved TVs. Whenever I see them on display in a store, it’s impossible to view the screen without picking up some reflections because, you know, it’s curved!
MONITORS ARE A DIFFERENT BEAST
But monitors are a different beast. We sit much closer to them, and light sources can be more easily controlled. Now Samsung is adding a new feature into the mix: curved monitors using quantum dots.
It’s CES next week, and manufacturers need to stand out from the crowd. So Samsung is launching a number of new curved monitors “designed with gamers in mind.”
FIRST UP IS THE CH711 QUATNTUM DOT CURVET MONITOR
First up is the CH711 Quantum Dot curved monitor, which comes in 27-inch or 31.5-inch sizes and features a 1,800R curvature (that’s 1,800mm of curvature radius across the width of the monitor). Both models boast a resolution of 2,560 by 1,440 and support 125 percent sRGB color coverage.
If you’re wondering what quantum dots are, they are basically semiconductor nanocrystals that work in a similar way to OLED displays, allowing a display to be brighter, produce better color accuracy and saturation, and function more efficiently. All of which make for a highly desirable display if a manufacturer gets it right.
Two other Quantum Dot curved monitors are also being introduced by Samsung this month: the CFG70 and CF791. Both are already available to buy.
THE CFG70 IS AIMED AT GAMERS USING A 144 HZ REFRESH RATE
The CFG70 is aimed at gamers, using a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, AMD FreeSync support, and a 1080p resolution. Both models also include a ‘Gaming UX’ user interface and “advanced calibration options” to help optimize the image output for the types of games you play. The 24-inch ($349.99) and 27-inch ($449.99) variants are available now.
Then we have the CF791, which is a display that will certainly draw the eye when placed on your desk. It only has a 1,500R Curvature, but that’s because this is a 34-inch 21:9 aspect ratio monitor with a resolution of 3,440 by 1,440 and a 4ms response time. Surprisingly, it can be wall mounted. The CF791 is available to buy for $999.99.
AT THREE CURVED MONITORS WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT CES
All three curved monitors will be on display at CES along with previews of the UH750 28-inch gaming monitor, and the SH850 WQHD monitor in 23.8 and 27-inch variants.