The World Isn’t Flat and Your Computer Monitors Shouldn’t Be Either

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If you’re in the market for a new computer monitor, we recommend making the jump from traditional flat screens to curved, with curved monitors offering several benefits, most notably a more immersive and impressive viewing experience.

Curved monitors allow for a more panoramic viewing experience by bending the edges of the screen’s display, which creates a realistic image. This is in effect giving users the sensation that they are looking out a window as opposed to staring at a flat 2D screen. For those who prefer to use multiple monitors at once, using two or three curved monitors makes for a more seamless transition between screens. Curved monitors provide a natural viewing experience, which makes the transition from looking away from the screen less stark and difficult on our eyes to adjust than with flat monitors.

A curved monitor means that the visual landscape of a screen can now allow for more graphics, with the viewing experience more lifelike and vibrant than with a traditional flat monitor. As pointed out by Windows Central, curved monitors reduce the amount of distortion commonly found in flat monitors by directing light to the eye. Curved monitors also helped to reduce the glare and reflection of common environmental factors, like sunlight from nearby windows or harsh overhead lighting.

By creating a panoramic viewing experience, curved monitors are primarily targeted at gamers who spend many hours entering worlds that are filled with stunning graphics. But curved monitors are also an excellent option for anyone who spends time streaming videos on their computer, from YouTube clips to full-length movies and TV shows.

Curved monitors are still relatively new to the computer world, which makes their price point higher than traditional flat screens. But we’ve found three curved monitors that have quickly become favorites among users not only for the several features but also because of their affordability. Check out our top picks for curved monitors below.

1. Dell UltraSharp 34-Inch Curved LED-Lit Monitor

Winner of PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice for the best monitor, the Dell UltraSharp 34-Inch Curved LED-Lit Monitor is one of the world’s first 34-inch 21:9 curved monitors, offering a panoramic view and the added benefit of impressive sound.

Pros: The largest screen on our list, the Dell comes in at a whopping 34-inches, a full seven inches larger than our other two models and most competitors. The monitor not only packs an impressive sound experience with cinematic WQHD resolution and panoramic 3440×1440 crystal clear imagery, but it also boasts dual 9W speakers for crisp sound. Dell allows for Picture-by-Picture or Picture-in-Picture, enabling you to work on multiple screens at once and has several added features that customers can feel good about, including being Energy Star qualified and made with eco-conscious materials.

Cons: It’s by far the most expensive option on our list.

Dell UltraSharp 34-Inch Curved LED-Lit Monitor

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2. Samsung Electronics 27″ Curved Monitor

Elevate your streaming experience with the Samsung Electronics 27″ Curved Monitor, which boasts an ultra-fast 4ms response rate and ultra-slim design.

Pros: The Samsung has an impressive response rate of 4ms and AMD FreeSync technology, which creates a smooth image during fast scenes, making it an excellent option for streaming. The ultra-slim design is less than 0.5 inches thick and has a 1800R screen curvature with built-in Eye Saver Mode that reduces blue light emission and lessens the effects of eye fatigue.

Cons: Its refresh rate is only 60Hz, which is slower than the Sceptre.

Samsung Electronics 27" Curved Monitor

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3. Sceptre 27″ Curved 75Hz LED Monitor

Gamers who want an immersive, tear-free gaming experience should try the Sceptre 27″ Curved 75Hz LED Monitor, which has the fastest refresh rate on our list at 75Hz.

Pros: The Sceptre has the highest refresh rate at 75Hz, meaning it can display up to 75 frames per second, which makes it ideals for gaming, streaming or surfing. Like the Samsung, the Sceptre also has a 1800R screen curvature and also uses Blue Light Shift to cut down on eye fatigue. The Sceptre includes a gaming mode and an edgeless screen for an optimal gaming experience.

Cons: Although the Sceptre comes with built-in speakers, customers note they are not very strong and recommend purchasing external speakers.

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