Here come the bendable TVs and monitors that no one asked for


enlarge / LG’s OLED Flex LX3 TV won’t take sides.

If you’ve been looking at display technology lately, you may have noticed an interesting feature: bendable displays. Yes, monitors and TVs that you can bend to be flat or curved are reportedly coming out soon. The feature aims to appease those who can’t settle for flat or curved, and most emerging products feel equally indecisive and exhibit identity crises that make it hard to see where they fit… literally. Does something like this belong in a living room, office or playroom?

In the case of the LG OLED Flex LX3 4K TV 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 LG Display’s OLED Evo technology used in the LG C2 TV. The main difference from any other TV is that it has buttons (including buttons on the remote) to change the screen from flat to a 900R curvature in 20 steps. This offers the possibility for a extreme curved television.

The thing is, you probably don’t want to watch curved television. Sellers tried to realize this years ago, but as we wrote back then, curved TVs are usually suitable for people who sit quite close to and directly in front of the TV. For example, most people don’t gather around the heart of the living room. TVs in the living room are often shared, with people sitting at different distances from the screen and at different angles. But close and centered sounds very similar to how most people use monitors.

Based on this image, LG also sees its TV being used as a PC monitor.
enlarge / Based on this image, LG also sees its TV being used as a PC monitor.

A Switching Hub should make it easy to use the TV’s microphone and USB-connected peripherals with an HDMI-connected PC. A dedicated button on the stand switches between TV and HDMI input. HDMI supports version 2.1, meaning the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S can connect to and use the TV’s 4K, 120Hz refresh rate. There’s also plenty of Adaptive-Sync compatibility, and you can even adjust the visible screen size up to 27 inches.

Today, gaming is the most popular use for curved screens as players sit close to the screen and feel the virtual world envelop them. But many living room setups are not suitable for that kind of setup. Someone with a lot of flexibility might be able to roll a gaming chair to the TV for an intense gaming session, but we’re not betting this will bring in a huge sale of bendable TVs that are sure to come at a premium.

Also a bendable monitor

The Corsair Xeneon Flex 45WQHD240 Monitor announced last week (price and availability would be announced this year), meanwhile, seems to be targeting PC gaming dens based on specs. It is a 45-inch monitor with a resolution of 3440 x 1440, a resolution of 21:9, a curve up to 800R and a W-OLED panel from LG Display. The gray-to-gray response time is said to be 0.03 milliseconds. This is obvious to serious gamers for whom a curved ultra-wide monitor with extremely limited motion blur is the ultimate screen.

800R is an extreme curve even for a high performance ultra-wide gaming monitor.
enlarge / 800R is an extreme curve even for a high performance ultra-wide gaming monitor.

So why put sticky handles on the monitor that allow you to bend it curved or flat? Surely it can’t just be because of the sickening feeling I have to come up with physically manipulating a 45-inch OLED panel that you paid for with your own money. No, it should be for versatility. Many people prefer productivity and other types of flat-panel computing (although I’ve known some obsessively devoted working dogs who also used curved ultrawides to wrap themselves in work), and the 45WQHD240 should make it so you don’t have to. need multiple monitors for work and gaming.

However, the 45WQHD240’s gaming specs and likely high price will make it best suited for extreme gamers who also like ultra-wide curved monitors. Users need a powerful PC with a solid graphics card to push 4,953,600 pixels at 240 frames per second. The extremely fast processing of video movements is made for hardcore players who take the battlefield seriously. And for such players, gaming is a top priority, increasing the likelihood that the 45WQHD240 is mostly used as a curved ultra-wide gaming monitor.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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