Curved versus Flat Monitor

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Slightly off topic but senior-citizen related issues mean I am looking at a BIG screen (34in) to run in split screen mode, to make viewing and mouse actions easier.  I have zero interest in gaming.

I'm attracted to the curved option.  From a SnagIt perspective, would selecting a capture and editing it be better on a flat or curved monitor?  
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Curve monitors are a terrible idea. What they can do is distort images and video.
Take a look at this article and your see what I'm talking about.
I would never go there. You're better off going with two monitors and angling them towards you. At least that's the way I see it.

https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/221682-the-flawed-math-behind-curved-monitors/

Regards, Joe

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Paul - Find a shop that can demo one first. 

Large flat monitors also have problems in that if you're too close, the corners don't look as good as a dead center view and you'll find yourself shifting left and right trying to "see" better. Sitting further away can bring the whole picture into better view, but that defeats the purpose of a larger screen.  

I agree with Joe, two monitors are better, but 3 monitors are best! I have 3 - 24" monitors situated in a half hexagon. My best viewing position is at a distance where turning my head, left, center or right has my eyes equidistant from the monitors' centers. 

If anything, I wish my monitors had smaller bezels. 
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Thanks guys.  I had a nagging doubt that curved might distort and i certainly get that 2x might be better
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I think there’s actually two ways to look at it.

If you’re just a low-level image and video editor. The distortion introduced by curve monitors might not be that big of a deal.

However, if you ever wanted to step up your game and do first-class work. You’re now using a monitor that introduces artificial distortion.

What you see, is never what you get. And bonus, you can’t do anything about it.

That’s an untenable situation on many levels.

 

As far as HDTV’s go. I think the curve TV concept is kind of comical. The person positioned directly in front of the TV is poised to benefit the most. As the curves are angled to benefit them.

If you’re sitting towards the left side of the television. 50 percent of the screen is now gradually curving away from you. How in the world is that going to benefit you? Slightly bending the far side toward you  isn’t enough of a trade-off in my opinion.

The TV manufacturers found a new way to sell television sets to people.

Then, this somehow this trickled down to computer monitors. At least that’s the way I see it. I think curve displays will become a niche market in the future.

Flat displays will be much more popular than curved ones down the road.


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I will just mention that I use an LG 27" flat and I don't think I would want to have much bigger than that on my desktop. Even with that, I find myself sometimes backing up from the desk when viewing videos. I like to watch full screen because it is more like watching TV. No other distractions. I do feel that the idea of a curved monitor is just a gimmick to try and sell more expensive products.