Here come the bendable TVs and monitors that no one wants

Here come the bendable TVs and monitors that no one wants
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Two LG OLED Flex LX3 TVs facing each other
To enlarge / LG’s OLED Flex LX3 TV won’t pick sides.

If you’ve been following display technology lately, you’ve noticed an interesting feature: bendable displays. Yes, monitors and TVs that you can bend to be flat or curved are said to be coming soon. This feature is meant to appeal to those who can’t quite place it straight or crooked, and most of the upcoming products feel similarly indecisive, exhibiting identity crises that make it hard to see where they fit in…literally. Does something like this belong in the living room, office or playroom?

LG OLED Flex LX3 4K TV case announced Wednesday (no price or release date), the most obvious answer is the living room. It’s a 42-inch TV with a tuner, LG’s webOS, and even an LG Display OLED Evo technology used in LG C2 TV. The main difference from all other TVs is that this TV has buttons (including buttons on the remote) to change the screen from flat to 900R curved in 20 steps. It provides potential extremely curved TV.

The thing is, you probably don’t want to watch a curved TV. Sellers tried to make this a thing years ago, but as we wrote at the time, curved TVs mostly places people sitting quite close to the TV and directly in front of it. Most people don’t even gather in the heart of the living room. Living room TVs are often shared, with people sitting at different distances and angles from the screen. But close and centered sounds are very similar to how most people use monitors.

Based on this image, it looks like the LG TV is also being used as a PC monitor.
To enlarge / Based on this image, it looks like the LG TV is also being used as a PC monitor.

The switch should make it easy to use the TV’s microphone and USB-connected peripherals with an HDMI-connected PC. A special button on the stand switches between the TV and HDMI input. It supports HDMI version 2.1, meaning PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S can connect and use the TV’s 4K, 120Hz refresh rate. There are many others adaptive-synchronization compatibility and you can even adjust the visible screen size up to 27 inches.

Gaming is the most popular use for curved screens these days, as players sit close to the screen and feel like the virtual world surrounds them. However, many living room fixtures will not fit this type of setup. Someone with a lot of flexibility can roll their gaming chair onto the TV for an intense gaming session, but we can’t be sure that these tiltable TVs will sell for a premium.

A foldable monitor too

The Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 monitor announced last week (price and availability to be announced later this year), meanwhile, seems to be targeting PC gaming slots based on specifications. It’s a 45-inch monitor with a 3440 x 1440, 21:9 aspect ratio, up to 800R curve, and a W-OLED panel from LG Display. gray-gray response time It is reported to be 0.03 milliseconds. Obviously, this is for serious gamers for whom a curved ultrawide monitor with extremely limited motion blur is the ultimate display.

The 800R is over-curved even for a high-performance ultra-wide gaming monitor.
To enlarge / The 800R is over-curved even for a high-performance ultra-wide gaming monitor.

So why put sticky grips that allow the monitor to be curved or flat? Surely it can’t be just for the nausea that I have to come up with 45 inches of physical manipulation. OLED a panel you pay for with your own money. No, it should be versatile. Many people prefer productivity and other types of computing on a flat panel (although I know some dedicated workloads obsessed with using curved ultrawides), and the 45WQHD240 should do that so you don’t need multiple panels. monitors for work and play.

However, the 45WQHD240’s gaming specs and likely high price will make it best suited for extreme gamers who like ultra-wide curved monitors. Users will need a powerful computer graphics card pushing 4,953,600 pixels at 240 frames per second. Ultra-fast video motion processing is designed for hardcore gamers who take the battlefield seriously. And for such gamers, gaming is a top priority, making the 45WQHD240 more likely to be used primarily as a curved ultra-wide gaming monitor.

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