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Are Curved Monitors Better for Gaming?

BenQ
2019/12/19

This article offers insight into what gamers can get the most immersive experience from curved monitors.

Are you planning to upgrade your monitor? Maybe you’re wondering whether to invest in a curved gaming monitor? Here are some things to consider when making your decision.

What Is a Curved Monitor?

The first curved screen hit the consumer market in 2014. Since then, almost every gamer has been asking “to buy or not to buy” a curved monitor. The main characteristic of a curved monitor is, of course, the curvature or the magnitude of bending. It can have a value of 1800R, 3000R, or 4000R. This spec represents the curvature of the monitor. The ‘R’ here stands for radius and is measured in millimeters. The lower the number, the more curve in your monitor. For example, 1800R, the most popular curvature, is more curved than 4000R.

Smaller screens do not have enough surface to benefit the user much. For that reason, we’ll focus on 32” curved monitors and larger.

The value 'R' is used to indicate the curvature radius. A 4,000R monitor would form a circle with a 4,000 mm radius.

Immersion Without Eye Strain

Did you know that movie theater screens are curved? If so, do you know why? It comes down to that word we see so often in the gaming world—immersion. Just like a curved screen offers the best movie watching experience, curved monitor gaming and streaming feel better – especially on your eyes.

Curved monitors keep all images equidistant from your eyes. Think of them as wrapping around your field of vision. This increases immersion and saves your eyes from having to make micro-adjustments to view content at varying distances. You guessed it. This means improved eye comfort – especially during extended sessions.

As an added bonus, BenQ curved monitors have built-in eye-care features for an even better session that’s healthier for your eyes.

Another advantage of curved monitors is the ability to take in all your content more easily. Bringing the sides of your display closer lets you see and defeat gaming foes quicker and with ease.

The BenQ EX3203R has a curve and eye-care features for amazing gameplay. Picture extended sessions with incredible images that put you in the center of the action. All that with comfortable eyes. Sure, you'll feel spoiled, but the team at BenQ likes it that way.

Recommended Product

BenQ EX3501R 100Hz 35-inch Curved Monitor with HDR

  • 35" 3440x1440 with 1800R Panoramic Curve
  • HDR for Video Performance
  • USB-C One-Cable Connectivity

Curved vs Flat Monitors

There’s no denying that flat monitors have advantages. Flat displays take up less space. If you have room to accommodate a curved monitor, go for it. If not, a flat monitor is the better option.

When it comes to flat gaming monitors, 27” makes for the perfect screen size if you’re gaming at 2560 x 1440, also known as 2K or QHD. And while there might be plenty of 27” monitors out there that support QHD, few have as many features and gamer-centric boons packed into them like the BenQ EX2780Q. It embodies the ideal monitor for gamers at this mid-point between 1080p and 4K.

Last but not least, it’s about your screen usage. If you’re in front of your display a lot and are used to a flat monitor, be prepared for an adjustment period when you switch to curved. Another reason to stick to a flat monitor is if you work with content that requires precision in straight lines. The difference is slight, but curved monitors make those lines less than exact.

Bottom line, pick a flat monitor for gaming if you care more about saving desk space and the ability to work with impeccably straight lines. If you value immersion, eye comfort, and a wider field of view more, give a curved monitor a shot.

Yet another option for an upgraded gaming experience is an ultra-wide monitor.

Recommended Product

BenQ EX2780Q 144Hz Gaming Monitor with HDRi Technology

  • 27 inch QHD 16:9 IPS Display 
  • HDR and FreeSync for smooth gameplay
  • USB-C™ One-Cable Connectivity

The Ultra-Wide Curved Monitor

The common aspect ratio of a monitor is 16:9, meaning that the monitor has a width of 16 units and a height of 9 units. Since an ultra-wide monitor has an aspect ratio of 21:9 , it gains around 33% extra screen real estate compared to an average curved monitor. Want a mind-blowing gaming experience? BenQ’s EX3501R is the ultra-wide monitor you want.

After finishing reading this article and learning about what a curved monitor can bring to you, don’t hesitate to give a curved monitor a shot. It’s worth it!

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