Curved TVs: The Future or Yet Another Fad?

by Rizwan Baig | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 | 2482 views

You’ve probably all seen the new range of curved TVs that’s been hitting stores over the past few months, right? Well, we wondered whether this was just a simple fad, or if it could be a glimpse into the future. There have been a lot of technological releases over the last ten years, and some have been more lucrative than others. For instance, while many of us do own a blu ray player, DVDs are still a top choice amongst consumers. So, it’s pretty safe to assume that technology will disappear into obscurity at some point, just like Betamax videos did during the 1980s.

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With that in mind, we’re going to spend a few minutes looking at some of the pros and cons of curved TVs, and then hopefully the answer will become clear. Of course, some people will be more enthusiastic about them than others, and so it’s difficult to say how long they’ll be around. However, as they’re in stores now, and thousands of you are considering making a purchase, it would be wise to read through the information in this post before opening your wallets.

The pros of curved TVs

  • Picture quality – Curved TVs stop glare and produce a superior picture quality to anything else on the market at the current time. No matter where you’re sat in the room, you’ll always see the screen clearly.

  • 3D compatibility – While you can get 3D TVs with flat screens, if you’re going to spend all that money it would be worth noting the technology looks ten times better on a curved screen.

  • Home cinema compatibility – One of the most appealing qualities of curved TVs is their ability to link up with your standard home cinema room installation.

The cons of curved TVs

  • Price – As with any other new release, curved TVs are currently overpriced in most stores. For that reason, many people will wait a couple of years to make their purchase.

  • Space requirements – Unlike some of the flat screen options you will have become used to, these curved screens take up a lot more space.

  • Durability – Nobody should go around dropping their TV on the floor, but with standard flat screens you stand a decent chance of it being okay. However, if one of your kids knocks your new curved TV off its stand, the chances are it will smash instantly.

So, as you can see from the information above, there are just as many pros as there are cons, which means it’s pretty difficult to work out which way this one will swing. Our best guess is that curved TVs will sell well for the next five or ten years, but will disappear into obscurity the second something better and more advanced comes along.

Should you go out and buy one? Well, if you’ve got the money to spend and you’re looking for a cool, new piece of kit, we say yes! But if you’re on a tight budget, it’s probably best to wait until the prices drop next year.

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