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1000R Curved Monitors and Common Questions About Them

BenQ
2021/09/15

We’ve talked at length about curved gaming monitors for PC and consoles in the past, but this time we’re looking specifically at 1000R curved displays. Thanks to advances in manufacturing, 1000R curved monitors have become possible, whereas previously 1500R and 1800R where the most “aggressive” curvatures available to panel makers. The 1000R design matches human viewing angles and depth perception better than shallower curves, and therefore is considered the ideal curve designation. Let’s explain in more detail, following a format based on major questions we keep getting from people who are interested in switching to a curved monitor. 

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What Does 1000R Stand For?

This is very simple. The R mean radius, while the number is millimeters. So, a 1000R monitor is 1000mm edge to edge, tracing along the surface of the monitor. The bigger the number and the greater the radius of a display, the less pronounced the curve. If you look at an 1800R monitor, you’ll notice that it’s both bigger and shallower than a 1000R monitor. And monitors with numbers like 4000R are very large and also not very curved. Thus, if you want to experience a really curved monitor, going with 1000R is the best option. However, it’s entirely up to personal preference. Many people prefer bigger displays with a light curve, and so you may want to do more research before deciding

Why is a 1000R Gaming Monitor Good?

As mentioned above, the 1000R design most closely matches human eyesight. With the right monitor size, that means the display covers your field of view almost perfectly, while also making depth perception easier. You don’t need to move your head around so much, and your eyes strain less than when using a flat display due to natural focusing. You save yourself neck and eye stress, while enjoying better peripheral vision and detail identification. 

The natural way 1000R monitors conform to human eyesight makes them superb for spatial awareness in gaming, and helps with regular desktop work as well. A good 1000R monitor provides at-a-glance viewing and perception better than any other form factor. 

What Types of Games is 1000R Good For?

You’ll enjoy any genre better on a 1000R monitor due to the closer match to the way we naturally see the world. But of course, the advantages of 1000R are more apparent in high speed, reflex-based competitive games like first person shooters. Also, simulators look and feel a lot more immersive on curved monitors, so if you’re looking to build a flight or racing sim station, a 1000R curved gaming monitor is a good idea. 

What About Movies and TV?

Very much a matter of taste. If you think about it, movie theater screens usually have a slight curve to them to offer a more encompassing display, with the audience seated in the center. While less noticeable than with gaming, you’ll still get better field of view coverage and peripheral vision on a curved monitor when watching movies and TV, which may translate into a more comfortable experience. 

Is 1000R Too Curved?

Not at all, we’ve already established that 1000R is very close to being “eyesight perfect”. Certainly, some people find curved monitors in general off putting, and since 1000R is very curved, those people may dislike using that kind of curvature. This is fine, and there’s no denying flat displays are by far more popular. Curved isn’t for everyone, but once you have a taste for it, going back to flat displays is very difficult.

 

But the short answer is that no, 1000R isn’t too curved. It’s just right. Actually, very large displays with shallow curves are the ones that may be slightly “wrong”, because they’re basically flat monitors that have very mild curvatures. 

Are 1000R Monitors Always Ultrawide?

No, they’re not. True, there’s a close link between curved and ultrawide. But in terms of manufacturing, there’s no reason a 16:9 monitor can’t be curved. That’s why our own EX2710R sports a very standard 2560 x 1440 resolution while arriving in a sleek 1000R build. The same applies to the EX3210R. While at desktop seating distances the typical size of a 1000R monitor is 27” to 32” and those two models cover that range, bigger or smaller screen sizes may work great depending on your preference and environment. 

Do 1000R Monitors Work with Consoles?

Of course. All you need is an HDMI connection. However, if you plan on getting an ultrawide curved monitor, remember that none of the consoles currently support 21:9 or 32:9 ultrawide aspect ratios. Monitors like the EX2710R and EX3210R work great with Xbox Series consoles since those support 1440p. If you hook up a PS5 then the display will default to supersampled 1080p (PS5 currently doesn’t have full 1440p support).

Are 1000R Monitors Good for Productivity and Work?

Yes, except if you’re doing precision design work. For that you should really stick with flat displays as those depict straight lines in a more traditional way than curved panels. But for general office-type productivity, curved monitors are certainly excellent. The same benefits we mentioned, i.e. less neck and eye strain, also apply to work in addition to gaming. In other words, a 1000R monitor makes for a good investment if you plan to game and work on the same screen, for example when working from home.

 

We hope this quick article has helped answer any questions you may have had about 1000R monitors for gaming and more. If we missed anything, let us know on social media! 

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